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Monumental Inscriptions of St Mary the Virgin Church, Chatham - recorded by D. E. Williams 2012

Section C - North East portion of Church Yard

North East Corner of Churchyard
(All Standing Headstones, unless otherwise stated)

It should be noted for future reference, that there is a fine dismantled chest tomb in the extreme north east corner, on the edge of the cutting. The ledger is beneath many heavy stones, and is also undermined ! The top stone is far too heavy to move and the whole is rather dangerous . What can be seen of the inscription (only "In Memory") seems in good condition.

 

135.  Headstone, against north wall

 
MARY, WIFE OF ROBERT AGGAR, AND MARY HER DAUGHTER, BOTH DIED 1735

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
MARY WIFE OF Mr. ROBERT AGGAR
MASTER ATTENDANT OF HIS MAJESTY'S YARD
AT CHATHAM SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 28th 1735 AGED 67 YEARS
AND ALSO MARY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE SAID
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER 20th 1735
AGED 23 YEARS

Robert Aggar, Master Attendant of H.M. Dockyard was responsible for ship movements to and from the Dockyard, including Dockyard craft. Aggar was buried at St. Mary's although he does not seem to have a surviving monument, but he may be on the reverse of his wife and daughter's stone, which stands against the north churchyard wall.

Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 29th February 1748
   Son Henry, Master Mast Maker at Sheerness Dock Yard, sole executor, gets all estate and has to pay legacies.
   To Henry, bed and furniture (except chest of drawers), 6 chairs, 2 arm chairs, looking glass, pewter dishes, 12 pewter plates, 3 large table clothes, pair brass candlesticks and £100.
   To grandson Robert Aggar, son of Henry, silver tankard marked A , large salver marked A , milk pot marked R A, R M R M pepper box marked A , 6 large spoons marked R A , punch ladle marked A , with sundry furniture in best parlour, R M R M, elbow chair, easy chair, 6 leather bottom chairs, square tea table, and best set of china, large picture (landskip), over the fire place, large china "burnt in" bowl, large china enamelled bowl, small enamelled bowl, 2 middling enamelled china dishes, 8 enamelled china plates, large blue and white china dish, china jar, painted card table, black and white earthen bowl, mahogany table, in the back parlour, large sea picture over the fire, 3 pictures opposite the windows with 2 saints and a woman; in the common parlour, large sea picture over the fire; in the best chamber, bed with bolster, curtains, vallance, window curtains, brass hearth, quilt, 2 blankets, 2 pairs sheets, 2 pillow cases, large looking glass, chest of drawers; in the kitchen, 6 pewter plates, 6 soup plates, tureen, 6 china soup spoons, copper fish dish, pair brass candlesticks, plate warmer, large copper coffee pot, chocolate pot, 2 damask table clothes, 6 napkins, wearing apparell, except 6 shirts, 6 neckes, 6 handkerchiefs and £250.
   To grandson John Aggar, second son of Henry, silver tankard marked S , (this marked has an heart in the middle)  I M  silver slver marked R A, 2 spoons marked A , 3 spoons marked S , bed, silk quilt, 2 blankets, 2 sheets, 2 pairs pillow  R M I M  curtains, vallance, window curtains in the small fore chamber up one pair [of] stairs, 6 matted chairs with Kettleton backs in the fore parlour under it, looking glass in best chamber, red and blue china dish, smaller red and green dish, 2 red and green plates, 2 pewter dishes, 12 pewter plates, pair brass candlesticks, mahogany table, 2 table clothes, 4 napkins, 6 shirts, 6 neck, 6 handkerchiefs, stone [     ] ?, all small prints in best parlour and £100.
   To Miss Mary Taylor, daughter of James Taylor of Deal, Pilot, white rag bed, 2 blankets, 2 pairs sheets, 2 pair pillow beares, now in small room up two pairs of stairs forward.
   To her brother Robert Aggar Taylor £10. To niece Mrs Mary Higgins relict of Mr Edward Higgins late of Greenwich, Mariner, bed, curtain, vallance, quilt, 2 blankets, "that she lies in", 2 pairs sheets, 2 pillow beares, 2 octagon tables, small chamber table, large chest of drawers in his own chamber, all other furniture and household goods, and £50 "as a token of my affection and in memorandum of my gratitude for the great care she has always taken of me".
   All other money due to him, to son Henry and 2 grandsons Robert and John, equally. In case son Henry dies before the testator, his legacy goes to grandsons, equally, they will then be executors.
    If John dies his legacy to Robert, provided he is not married; if Robert dies his legacy to his heirs. If John is married then to his wife or sons.
   If niece Mary Taylor dies before testator, her legacy shared equally between her 2 daughters, Mrs Mary Downer and Mrs Susannah Caskett.
   Witnesses: John Brome, Charles Downman and Eustace Peacock

Codicil dated 2nd November 1749
   To Robert Aggar, grandson, £100 in trust, to be invested in Public Funds; interest for clothing and education of great grand daughter Martha Aggar, daughter of Robert, until she is 21 or married, Robert to pay the £100 to Martha at 21 or marriage. If she dies unmarried or under 21, the £100 to her father.
   Witnesses: Solomon Turner, Newland Rice and Henry Sheafe
   Proved 16th January 1752

136.  Headstone

TO THE MEMORY OF
PHILLIP AUSTEN
SHIPWRIGHT LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
THE 18th OF APRIL 1747 AGED 5[  ] ? YEARS
ALSO ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 6th OF APRIL 17[  ]
AGED 61 ? YEARS

 

137.  Large Ledger, very eroded

ELIZABETH
[    ]
THOMAS BALDOCK
[    ]
[    ] SEPTEMBER 1832
[ AGED] 30 ? YEARS
THOMAS BALDOCK
[    ] [    ] APRIL 1840 ?
[IN HIS] 72nd or 79th ? YEAR

Thomas Baldock of H.M. Dockyard, Secretary of the Philosophical & Literary Institute (Wright's Directory 1838), is he the Thomas Baldock who died 1846 ?

A Gentleman in his P.C.C. Will dated 14th March 1838
   To grandson Alfred Baldock, his share in freehold estate in Luton, Chatham late in occupation of William Filmer, now occupied by ----- ? Rule and ------ / Webb, subject to payment of annuity of £12 for daughter Mary.
   Also to Mary household goods, linen, furniture, plate, china, wine and liquor, books and pictures.
   To son Thomas Baldock clothes..
   Money and investments and residue of personal estate to friend Michael Lock of Gillingham, Gentleman and George Essell of Rochester, Solicitor, upon trust, to convert personal estate to cash, and to invest; dividends to daughter Mary; after her death, third of capital and freehold invested in trust for her children if any, sons at 21 daughters at 21 or marriage.
   If Mary dies without children, or none reach 21, in trust for son Thomas and grandson Charles Fincham Baldock, equally divided.
   Another third invested for son Thomas, remaining third held for grandson Charles, until he is 21, if he dies pre 21, then to son Thomas.
   Witnesses: George Povall and Charles Lott, Clerks to Messrs Twopenny and Essell, Solicitors, Rochester.

Codicil dated 30th April 1841
   Had given to grandson Alfred properties in Luton, subject to annuity for daughter Mary. Revokes this, property to son Thomas, charged with same annuity.
   To grand daughter Louisa daughter of son Thomas, £500 at 21, if she reaches 21 after death of daughter Mary. If she is 21 before then, then immediately after Mary's death.
   If Louisa dies pre 21 the £500 is part of residue and the £500 invested for benefit of Mary.
   Witnesses: J.S. Bullard and Gabriel Couves, Clerks to Messrs Essell, Solicitor, Rochester

Codicil dated 25th January 1845
   Gives whole of trust funds to son Thomas, subject to trust for Charles, who gets £1,000. Revokes bequest of £500 to Louisa, now gives her £1,000, on same terms.
   Witnesses: Charles Lott and Gabriel J. Kenyon, Clerks to Messrs Essell, Hayward and Essell, Solicitors, Rochester

138.  Ledger, laid on side, Part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

[     ] REMAINS OF
WILLIAM JOSEPH BATE[S]
SON OF
WILLIAM AND ELLEN BATE[S]
WHO DIED ON THE 4th DAY OF [OCTOBER]
1814 AGED 14 MONTHS

 

139.  Headstone, buried


WILLIAM BEEKE, DIED 1755
SEVERAL STONES IN THIS PART OF THE CHURCHYARD HAVE BEEN PARTLY BURIED,
 MAY BE FROM SPOIL THROWN UP WHEN THE CHURCH WAS RE-BUILT IN THE 1880's ?

[IN MEMORY OF]
---------------(Ground Level)-------------
WILLIAM BEEKE
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED THE 16th
NOV: 1755 AGED 45 YEARS

Almost all of this stone is buried, and like other partly buried stones, the covered inscription is in very good condition. William Beeke, Coachmaster and Victualler, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 5th June 1755
   To kinsman Henry Beeke of Chatham, Blacksmith, £5; to Henry's now wife, Elizabeth £5; to their son Henry £5.
   To his sister Mary Wattle, £5; to William Jessup, £5; to Elizabeth Jessup £5.
   To Rebecca Beeke daughter of Henry £20, to be paid after the death of his widow Anne.
   To William Wattle son of sister Mary, £20 and to her mother £20. To Elizabeth Jessup £20 to be paid after the death of his widow. Residue including money household goods, coaches and carriages, horses, stock in trade and personal estate to wife Anne, for ever, she is executor.
   Witnesses: John Cazeneuve, Peter Martin and Thomas Johnson
   Proved 26th November 1755

He married first to Elizabeth Jessup in Chatham in 1740. His kinsman, Henry, was fined one shilling in 1744 for leaving dung and other rubbish in the street in Chatham !
   His second wife was Anne Glidd, whom he also married in Chatham, in 1751. If either of his wives are on the stone, they are at a depth which is not practical to reach with a trowel.

140.  Headstone

Front

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. ROBERT BEVERSTOCK
ATTENDANT ? IN HIS MAJESTY'S DOCKYARD, CHATHAM
DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER [     ] [1762 ?]
AGED 50 YEARS
[ALSO] ELIZABETH [WIFE OF ?]
ROBERT BEVERSTOCK
[    ]

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH FORRESTER DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT AND ELIZABETH BEVERSTOCK
WHO DIED [ ] 21st 1815 AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF JOHN MARK
[SON OF ?] ROBERT & ELIZABETH
[WHO] DIED JANUARY 9th 1826
AGED 74 YEARS

 

141.  Headstone

[IN MEMORY OF]
SUSANNA WIFE OF Mr. JOHN BODDINGTON
WHO DIED FEBRUARY [    ] 1806
AGED 5[ ] ? YEARS
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
THE ABOVE NAMED Mr. JOHN BODDINGTON
WHO DIED JANUARY 31st 1824
IN HIS 88th YEAR
HAVING FAITHFULLY SERVED HIS MAJESTY
AS WARDEN OF CHATHAM DOCKYARD
FOR 27 YEARS
[Verses, very eroded]

John Boddington, Warden of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham P.C.C. Will dated 15th January 1821
   Wishes to be buried in Chatham Churchyard in same grave as his wife Susanna and that a "headstone and foot stone be set up to our remembrance stating the number of years I have had the honour of serving his Majesty as Warden of His Majesty's Dockyard at Chatham, commencing the 21st July 1796"
   To brother Thomas, all his wardrobe, watch, silver shoe and knee buckles; if Thomas is not alive, then to nephew Mr Mar Isaac at Messrs Broadwood Manufactory in Bridle Lane, Golden Square, London, except his watch which goes to his sister Joanna Bromage, she also gets bed and table linen; if she is dead, then to her daughter Ann Mar Isaac.
   To Mrs Emmerson wife of nephew Thomas Emmerson , 2 volumes of Hogarth's Works, 2 china jars in the hall with their brackets, blue and white china jar in the corner cupboard in his sitting parlour, 2 old red and white china soup plates, 2 ½ pint cups of Staffordshire Ware, all his sea shells and chimney ornaments in his best parlour. To Thomas Emmerson, glass case containing the "shivered effects of a shot on the Cat's Tail of the Victory"
   To Ann and Catherine, 2 eldest daughters of Mar Isaac, all prints and ornaments, framed and glazed in his sitting parlour, except the portrait of Sir Sidney Smith which is to be sold with the rest of the prints in the house.
   To nephew and godson John Boddington Lawcourt of Richmond, Surrey, £10 and cheese tray, formed of part of the Victory; also cat and dog painted on wood which are in his sitting parlour. To each of children of nephew and niece Ann and Dunstan Mar Isaac £5. To servant Maria Reed £15 over and above any wages due.
   Residue equally divided between his brother and sisters.
   The furniture to be sold by Mr Robert Burr of Chatham and he to conduct funeral as he conducted that of his wife. Brother Thomas of Thurnby near Leicester and nephew Tomas Emmerson of no. 4 Berniers St., Oxford St.., London are his executors; to them £10 each for their trouble.
   Witnesses: Joseph Burgis and D. Cowley

Codicil dated 11th November 1822
   Bother Thomas has died; appoints nephew Dunstan Mar Isaac executor in his place.
  No witnesses

Affidavit dated 3rd March 1826
  Thomas Catherall of 88 Pall Mall, Tea Dealer and John Branscomb of same place, Tea Dealer, are sworn that they knew testator well, and were familiar with his handwriting; they believe codicil is in his handwriting and that signature is authentic.
   Proved 17th March 1826 Power reserved to Dunstan Mar Isaac

142.  Headstone, against north wall


THOMAS BORMAN, DIED 1728
THIS STONE HAS BEN MOVED FROM IT'S ORIGINAL POSITION TO THE NORTH WALL

HERE LIES THE BODY OF
THOMAS BORMAN
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
THE 18th ? OF JUNE 1728
AGED 34 YEARS

Thomas Borman , Baker, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 23rd March 1723 (24)
   To his aunt Mary Dartnall of Chatham, widow, gold ring to value of 21/-. Residue to his wife Sarah, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Harlow ? Palfry, Samuel London and Thomas Johnson

BRETT see WOOD

143.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. JAMES BUCK (SHIPWRIGHT)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 21st 1812
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO OF Mrs. MARY BUCK
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 4th FEBRUARY 1827
AGED 67 YEARS

James Buck, Shipwright of Queen Street, P.C.C. Will dated 10th August 1811
   To wife Mary all his half share of houses on the Brook or Smithfield Bank in Chatham, which he inherited from his father Benjamin Buck, who inherited them, with his brother Richard Buck, from their father Crosley Buck, for ever.
   All his money and investments, wages, household goods, furniture, plate, etc. and residue to wife Mary, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Joanna Stephens, Anna Stephens and W.P. Morgan
   Proved 15th October 1812

144.  Headstone, against north wall

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM WEST BURTON
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 7th 1843
AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO
FAITH MARIA BURTON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 17th 1846
AGED 26 YEARS

 

145.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
JAMES CANE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 6th OF
DECEMBER 1762 AGED 42
YEARS

John Cane, Boatswain; H.M.S. Windsor, (at date of will, 1755) and H.M.S. London, Consistory Court of Rochester Will on Naval Form, dated 11th October 1755
   All estate to wife Jane of Plymstock, Devon, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Nicholas Hore, Carpenter and Henry Stacy, Clerk

146.  Side Panel from a destroyed Chest Tomb

IN MEMORY OF CHARLOTTE CARTER
WHO DIED THE 8th AUGUST 1805 AGED 30 YEARS
FRANCIS CROCKFORD WHO DIED THE
14th FEBRUARY 1831 AGED 1 MONTH
ALSO HENRY SHOTWATER CROCKFORD WHO DIED
THE 20th AUGUST 1831 AGED 1 YEAR AND 9 MONTHS

 

147.  Rear of an eroded 18th century Headstone

HERE LIETH
INTERRED THE BODY
OF SARAH WIFE OF
ROBERT CHAPPLE SHE
DIED THE 2nd OF MARCH 1763
AGED 74 ? YEARS

Robert Chappell, Shipwright, he was probably on the eroded front of the headstone, which commemorates his wife on the rear. P.C.C. Will dated 3rd May 1740
   Forgives Sarah Thomas daughter of his wife Sarah, all charges he has met for her board, washing, lodging and clothing during time she has lived with him. To wife Sarah, his wages due from H.M. Dockyard and all goods, wares and merchandise; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Thomas Smith, Thomas Warrington and Samuel Brook
   Proved 26th March 1762

Sarah Chappell, Widow of above, P.C.C. Will dated 9th October 1762
   She is not well in bodily health. £50 to Arthur Chappell of Chatham, Shipwright, nephew of late husband; £50 to Robert Chappell, son of Arthur at 21. Executors to pay interest from latter to Arthur Chappell until his son is 21.
   £30 to Thomas Chappell son of Samuel Chappell of Chatham, Blacksmith, another of late husband's nephews, at 21; interest as above.
   £5 to Ann wife of James Baldock of Rochester, Blacksmith; £5 to Mary Goldfinch of Rochester, Spinster; 1 guinea to her sister Susannah Goldfinch. To her friend Eleanor wife of Michael Littlewood of St. Margaret's, Rochester, Shipwright, I guinea for a ring. £5 to Mary Gowdy, daughter of Michael Littlewood. Residue of ready money, investments, goods and personal estate, shared equally among nieces and nephews, Sarah Allen, widow; Mary Cush, spinster; Elizabeth wife of Mr [ ] Dennis; Martha Cush and Thomas Cush, children of her late brother Nathaniel Cush.
  
Sarah Allen and Martha Cush executors
   Witnesses: Hannah Peckham and William Twopenny
   Proved 21st March 1763

148.  Ledger, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GILBERT CHILD
OF THE 19th DRAGOONS
[COLONEL] IN THE ARMY
AND LATE BARRACK MASTER
AT CHATHAM
AND WAS THE ONLY SON OF
MAJOR CHILD
OF RAVENHILL HALL
IN THE NORTH RIDING OF YORKSHIRE
HAVING SPENT 19 YEARS
IN INDIA
IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
[HE FELL ?] VICTIM TO HIS EXERTIONS
AT THE LATE FIRE AT CHATHAM
AND DIED
AFTER A LONG AND PAINFUL ILLNESS
ON THE 11th MARCH
1821
IN THE 57th YEAR
OF HIS AGE

"The late fire at Chatham" occurred in 1820, when a considerable number of properties were destroyed. The military were the best resource for fighting fires on this scale. Child gave 3 guineas to the relief fund

149.  Headstone


WILLIAM CLARK. DIED 1777 AND HIS DAUGHTER FRANCES TURNER, DIED 1784

[IN MEMORY OF]
WILLIAM CLARK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH
24th 1777 AGED [ ] YEARS
ALSO FRANCES WIFE OF THOS. [TURNER]
[DAUGHT]ER OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM [CLARK]
WHO DIED MAY 23rd 1784
AGED 40 YEARS

William Clark, Victualler, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd June 1773
   All real and personal estate to daughter Frances Clark for ever; she is executor
   Witnesses: Samuel Chappell, John Wilkins and John Hick, Attorney of Rochester
   Proved 13th April 1777 Administration to Frances , now Turner, wife of Thomas Turner (see Turner will)

150.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. SARAH CLEMENTS WIFE OF
Mr. JOHN CLEMENTS SENR.
WHO DIED THE 18th ? OF NOVEMBER 1761
AGED 51 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE THREE SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER
ALSO TWO SISTERS OF THE ABOVE
Mrs. SARAH CLEMENTS
AND WILLIAM CLEMENTS HER LAST ISSUE
WHO DIED MARCH [ ] 1762
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO Mr. RICHARD MORRIS OF CHATHAM
AND SOUTHFLEET, GRANDSON TO ONE OF THE
ABOVE TWO SISTERS WHO DIED NOVEMBER
4th 1826 AGED 54 YEARS

Richard Morris was buried at Southfleet. In 1922 Leland Duncan transcribed his headstone, which agrees with the Chatham inscription but Chatham is not mentioned

CROCKFORD see CARTER

151.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH FAIRHALL
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 12th ? 1771
AGED 39 ? YEARS

 

152.  Headstone

Front

Mr.
JOHN FOREMAN
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH THE 6th 1785
AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO HANNAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[ ] 22 [ ] IN THE 6[ ] [OF HER AGE]

Rear

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. HANNAH WEST
WIFE OF
WILLIAM JAMES WEST
WHO DIED [ ]
[ ]

John Foreman, Coach Master P.C.C. Will dated 31st December 1784
Household goods to wife Hannah and real estate for life, she keeping same in good repair. Money, investments, and personal estate to Hannah and his son Thomas, upon trust, they to invest value in Public Funds, upon trust, to permit his wife to receive the interest for life. After her death, then real estate and fund shared equally among his children, Arthur John, Thomas, Elizabeth, Hannah and Ann Foreman, for ever.
   Wife and son Thomas executors.
   Witnesses: Edward Pope, William Archer and John Sommerton
   Proved 21st March 1785

William James West, Late of Malta now of St. Nicholas, Rochester, P.C.C. Will dated 29th October 1824
   West was buried at St. Mary's, Chatham but there is no surviving inscription. His wife is on the back of the headstone of the Foremans, who were her parents.
   Family to be put into decent mourning. Wife Hannah gets all household goods, money and personal estate, except money in Public Funds. To Hannah, and John Snatt of Frindsbury, Esquire, his dwelling house, upon trust, Hannah to have rents for life; after her death, upon trust, for his sons and daughters, Hartwell ?, William James and Ann West equally, for ever.
   If in wife's life, executors see it as advantageous to sell above property, they can, and put proceeds with money in Public Funds, so that Hannah has dividends foe life. After her death, upon trust, for his children, equally shared. Executors can if they think fit advance money to his children towards their advancement in the world, but not exceeding £1,000 each.
   Witnesses: John Batten of Rochester, Arthur Rye, Surgeon of Rochester and J. Gibbs, Solicitor, Rochester
   Proved 20th April 1825

FORSTER see KIRBY

FOSTER see MORRIS

153.  Headstone

[    ]
JANE GANNIKELL
WHO DIED MARCH 2nd ? 1787
AGED [    ] YEARS

 

154.  Eroded Ledger, Close to ground

[IN MEMORY OF]
[RUPERT GEORGE]
[ ]TAUR[ ]D SON OF
[THE] [H]ONBLE. BARON [GEORGE]
[WHO FELL ?] VICTIM TO [A FEVER]
[AS A CONSEQUENCE ?] OF HIS DUT[Y] ON THE [    ]
[DECEMBER 12th ] 1807 AGED [    ]
"[    ] allotted [    ]
[ [ thou [ ]"

Rupert George, Late Midshipman of H.M.S. Prince of Wales, son of Baron George, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.
Died at the Mitre Inn (Gentleman's Magazine for 1807, page 1,236)

GIBBS see MANSFIELD

155.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN
MEMORY OF Mr. RICHARD GREENFIELD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 10th OF
JANUARY 1765 AGED [ ] YEARS
SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED THE 21st
OF NOVEMBER 1782 AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH GREENFIELD DAUGHTER
OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED THE 14th OF APRIL
1771 AGED 18 ? YEARS
Mr. GEORGE GREENFIELD
[    ] R[    ]
[    ]
MARCH 1817 AGED 69 YEARS
[    ]
ALSO Mrs. ELEANOR GREENFIELD
[    ] 27th MAY 1836 AGED 83 YEARS

 

156.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LEONORA DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT AND JANE HANNA
OF CHATHAM BARRACKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 21st
DAY OF JANUARY 1821
AGED 15 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT HANNA THEIR SON
WHO DIED THE 19th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1824
AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE ROBERT HANNA
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 7th ? 1827
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO MARIA [    ] DAUGHTER OF
[    ]

 

157.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. THOMAS HORLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ]
[    ]
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 30th OCTOBER 182[ ]
AGED 80 ?YEARS

 

158.  Headstone

[IN MEMORY OF ]
Mr. JAMES HOWARD
[    ]

 

159.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN
MEMORY OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JAMES JACKSON OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON OCTOBER [    ] 1771 AGED [    ] YEARS
[AND FOUR] OF THEIR CHILDREN
MARTHA ?, MARIA, ANN AND [    ]
[ALSO] SARAH WIFE OF GEORGE JACKSON
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON [    ] APRIL 17[    ] AGED [   ]2 YEARS
ALSO [ ] OF THEIR CHILDREN
ALSO OF Mr. GEORGE JACKSON
WHO DIED THE [   ] OF JANUARY [1801]
AGED [    ] YEARS

George Jackson, Late Victualler, P.C.C. Will dated 11th November 1800
   Desires to be buried in Chatham Churchyard by the side of his wife and children "in my burying place".
   To Ann Grimett his wife's sister, £100 of Stock in his name in the 3% Annuities of the Bank of England. To son George, household goods, money and rest of investments; also to George the interest ? part of the £850 in the hands of Mr Harvey Pierce of Newhall near Axminster, Devon, which interest ? is now paid to Ann Jackson during her life; also the remaining house of the two in Troy Town, Rochester, of which Ann Jackson wife of James, deceased, receives the rent for her life, as bequeathed by her husband. After her death the properties will come to testator, who is son of the said James, and a half of the £850 in the hands of Harvey Pierce and one house in Troy Town. The other half of the £850 and other house in Troy Town (adjoining the other) to his son George. His sister in law Ann Grimett and Mr Samuel Nicholson, Shipbuilder, are executors; to each of them, "a very handsome mourning ring".
   If son George dies before 21, then whole property shall be at the disposal of Ann Grimett, except sum of £10 given to Mr John Jackson of Brompton, Grocer
   Witnesses; Samuel Commins and Henry Medwin
   Proved 14th April 1801

160.  Headstone


JOHN JOBSON, DIED 1732

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
JOHN JOBSON SON OF JOHN & ELIZ.
JOBSON OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL THE
[    ] 1732 AGED 21or 24 ? YEARS

 

161.  Ledger on low stone base


KIRBY TOMB, 
PRECARIOUSLY PERCHED ON THE EDGE OF THE CUTTING

MEMORIAM SACRAM
Mr. EDWARD KIRBY
DIED MARCH 27th ? 1743 AGED [    ] YEARS
Mrs. ANN KIRBY HIS WIFE
WHO WAS DAUGHTER OF [THE LATE?]
JHO. FORSTER ESQ.
OF WARNFORD, NORTHUMBERLAND
DIED DEC. 9th 1758 AGED 76 YEARS
AND SIX OF THEIR CHILDREN
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ELIZ. KIRBY THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER
DIED SEPT. 13th 1777 AGED 68 ? YEARS
Mr. THOMAS KIRBY THEIR ELDEST SON
DIED AUGUST 12th 1781 AGED 70 YEARS
LIEUT. MATH. KIRBY THEIR SECOND SON
DIED OCT. [   ] 1781 AGED 66 YEARS
Mr. GEORGE KIRBY THEIR THIRD SON
DIED NOV. [   ] 1784 AGED 59 ? YEARS
Mrs. MARY KIRBY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
Mr. GEORGE KIRBY DIED FEBRUARY 22nd
1788 AGED 48 ? YEARS

Edward Kirby, Barber Surgeon P.C.C. Will dated 18th March 1742 (43)
   To each of his children £5 each. All other money, lands, houses, goods, chattels and personal estate to wife Anne; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Edward Ham, James Purcell and Isaiah Brittain

George Kirby, Esquire, P.C.C. Will dated 10th November 1784
   To wife Mary his freehold in Chatham where he lives, for life; after her death to his adopted niece Elizabeth Kirby , daughter of his late brother Matthew Kirby, by Martha Butcher, for ever.
   To James Morrison, Esq., of the Tower of London, and George Marsh of the Navy Office, Esq., (two of his executors), all household goods, upon trust, they to allow his wife to use same for life. After her death, then for niece Elizabeth Kirby. To Morrison and Marsh, £7,500 4% Bank Annuities, part of larger sum in the Bank of England, upon trust, to pay interest to his wife for life. After her death, upon further trust, to transfer the £7,500 to niece Elizabeth.
   Also to trustees, £1,250 4% Bank Annuities, upon trust, to pay interest to Martha Butcher for life; after her death the £1,250 to niece Elizabeth. Also to trustees £1,000 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities, upon trust, to divide sum among all children of James Morrison by Margaret his wife, deceased, who shall be living.
   To his relation Thomas Forster of Alnwick, Northumberland, and his sister Jane Forster, and George North, £100 each.
   To John Witheridge of Chatham, Ironmonger, £100 to put his family in mourning; to his son William Witheridge, £100 at 21; to all his servants with him at time of death, £10 each.
   Residue of real and personal estate to his niece Elizabeth for ever.
   Wife, niece Elizabeth, James Morrison and George Marsh executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Bengo, Francis Barrow and J. Simmons, Attorney of Chatham
   Proved 23rd November 1784

Mary Kirby,
Widow of above, P.C.C. Will dated 29th January 1786
   By indentures of lease and release made previous to her marriage to George Kirby dated 25th and 26th June 1784; George Kirby of the 1st part, herself, Mary Witheridge of the 2nd part, Samuel Gillam Mills of Greenwich, Surgeon and John Hosier of St. George Street, Westminster, Gentleman, of the 3rd part, she did with consent of George Kirby, grant and convey to Samuel Gillam Mills and John Hosier, her half share of three houses in Chatham occupied by [      ] and all her other property in Chatham, and her half share of another property, to Mills and Hosier, upon trust, after her death to such persons as by deed or will disposed.
Also to trustees £800 3% Consolidated Bank Reduced Annuities, upon trust.
   George Kirby did by the above indentures, covenant with the trustees, all sums of money he had from the estate of William Witheridge, in respect of £235 and interest due to her upon bond, to be paid to trustees, for her to dispose of.
   George Kirby has since died, and she has received all monies and interest from estate of William Witheridge, upon bond. Her brother John is indebted to her in £166 7s, upon bond of obligation dated 7th February 1785, part of £266 7s By Power of Indenture of Release, the trustees to remain possessed of above houses and the £800 annuities; they to take rents and interest until the four children of her brother John, William, Robert Inwood, Henry and John are 21.
   Trustees to buy from the interest, after repairs of properties, new 3% Bank Annuities in their names.
   The half share in the properties and the bank annuities, rents and dividends and new investments; all her real estate to all her above nephews who are then 21, equally. She forgives and releases brother John from money due on bond , the £166 7s to remain in his hands for life; he to renew bond or give it to her trustees. After his death, the £166 7s is to be lent to Mrs Sarah Witheridge, wife of John, if she is living, and is to carry on husband's trade for life; she to give bond to trustees. If she is not to carry on business, the £166 7s to be paid out by trustees for purchase of of new bank annuities, upon trust; Sarah Witheridge to receive interest, if living, for life. If she is dad at time of her husband's death, or from her decease, the £166 7s shall be part of testator's estate.
   To niece Elizabeth Kirby, silver coffee pot, diamond hoop ring and any other diamond rings she may choose.
   To Sarah wife of John Witheridge all her clothes. To nephew William Witheridge gold watch, silver pint pot, six silver tea spoons, tongs, strainer with a castle as a crest.
   Rest of her silver plate equally divided among Witheridge nephews.
   To servant Elizabeth Rogers £20, if still in her service
   Residue to trustees upon trust, to use part of interest towards maintenance and education of above nephews, until they are 21. When they are 21, their legacies with interest equally divided.
   If all die pre 21 then to their father, John; if he is dead, then to their mother Sarah, for life; if she is dead, then to trustees for their use; they can lay out money from dividends for benefit of nephew William Witheridge or for his further education as a Surgeon , Apothecary or Midwife between his 20th and 21st years.
   Trustees are executors
   Witnesses: James Morrison, Tower of London and John Whiffen of Chatham
   Proved 3rd July 1788 Power reserved to Samuel Mills

162.  Ledger, just above ground level


KITE TOMB,
ON THE EDGE OF THE CUTTING

IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. SUSANNAH KITE WIFE OF
Mr. PHINEAS KITE OF THIS PARISH
DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 14th A.D. 1783
AGED 52 ? YEARS
Mr. PHINEAS KITE DIED DEC. 19th 1793
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO
THREE OF THEIR CHILDREN
VIZ.
JOHN DIED NOV. 30th 1769
}INFANTS
SARAH DIED DEC. 30th 1773 ?

SUSANNA DIED JAN. 9th 1778
AGED 7 YEARS

Phineas Kite, Tallow Chandler, (Bailey's Directory, 1784) P.C.C. Will not dated or signed
   "I desire to be decently interred in Chatham Church Yard in the vault which I have built for that purpose for my late wife and children"
   "I have only one son living, who was born 20th day March 1774, whom I pray that God will keep him under his care and protection".
   His houses, goods, money in the bank at 4% Consolidated New South Sea Annuities, "my ledger page 157 for particulars". His Bonds or Navy Bills, Exchequer Bills, household goods, shop goods, book debts, all to son Jacob, for ever; if he is 18 at testator's death he can dispose of or bequeath legacy as he pleases.

Affidavit dated 21st March 1794
   John Simmons, Gentleman of Rochester and John Eggier of Chatham, Leather Currier, sworn that they knew Kite well and were familiar with his handwriting. They have examined the will and confirm that it is in Kite's hand.
   Proved 26th April 1794. Administration to Jacobe Cazeneuve Troy, "the cousin german", next of kin and curator or guardian of Jacob Kite, a minor.

Note in margin of above, dated 29th March 1802
   " Administration granted to Jacob Kite, son and universal legatee"

Phineas Kite was a Churchwarden of St. Mary's in 1770. He married Susanna Cazeneuve in Chatham in 1767

163.  Headstone, against north wall


JOHN LAMPERD, DIED 1753
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO NORTH WALL

IN MEMORY OF Mr. JOHN LAMPERD
LATE BOATSWAIN OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP
NEWARK WHO DIED THE 19th ? OF JUNE 1753
AGED 59 ? YEARS
ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE LIETH THE BODY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH WALL
----------------(Ground Level)--------------
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 5th ? DAY OF FEBY. ? 17[    ]
AGED 65 ? YEARS
NEAR THIS PLACE LIETH THE BODY
OF Mrs. ELIZABETH MILLFORD
[WHO DIED] THE [    ] DAY OF FEB. 1752

John Lamperd, Boatswain of H.M.S. Cumberland at date of will, made a month after his second marriage, to Ann Wall at Chatham), and H.M.S. Newark, at his death (as on stone) Consistory Court of Rochester Will, on Naval Form, dated 31st July 1750
   All to wife Ann,who is executor
   Witnesses: Elizabeth and John Tomlyn

Elizabeth Millford was the wife of Humphrey; just over a week after her burial, her son, Robert, was buried. She presumably died as a result of childbirth ? She was probably Lamperd's daughter ?

164.  Headstone

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF HENRY LIGHT
WHO DIED ON THE 29th OF AUGUST 1846
AGED 28 YEARS
"Farewell dear friends, I've gone before,
My love will be to you no more,
No grief, nor sorrow for me take,
But love my offspring for my sake"

 

165.  Headstone

TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIFE OF
JOHN MANSFIELD
QUARTER MASTER SERGEANT
[    ]
WHO DIED AT WOOLWICH ? ON THE 9th OF
APRIL 1843 AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO JANE GIBBS
[SIS]TER OF THE ABOVE AND DAUGHTER OF
Mr. WILLIAM GIBBS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [    ]
[    ]
ALSO Mrs. ANN GIBBS WIFE OF
Mr. WILLIAM GIBBS OF THIS
PARISH AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
[   ] APRIL [    ] AGED [    ] YEARS
[ALSO] Mr. WILLIAM GIBBS

William Gibbs, possibly the Provision Merchant, died 1852, P.C.C. Will dated 12th January 1852
   To grand daughter Ann Owen, Widow, now living with him, all his household furniture, leasehold estate, money, stock and goods; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Frederick S. Manser, Vitler (sic) of Chatham and Alfred Morgan, Clerk to W.G. Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester

166.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

[    ]
JOHN MAWBY ESQ,
[    ] [JULY] 1801[    ]
[   ]
ANN MAWBY
[    ]
[    ] 181[    ] [    ]

 

167.  Fragments of Headstone

[SERGEANT] [WILLIAM] [MAX]WELL
[CHATHAM] [DIV]ISION OF
[ROYAL] [M]ARINES
[WHO] [DIED] [ON] [TH]E 4th DAY OF JANY. 1851
[AG]ED 52 YEARS
[LEAVI]NG A WIDOW AND 3 CH[ILDREN]
[AND ?] [SIS]TER ? TO LAMENT THEIR LOSS
HIS WORTH AS A FRIEND
HIS EXCELLENCE AS A SCHOOLMASTER
HIS WARM AND GENEROUS DISPOSTION
ARE TESTIFIED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM

Maxwell

From the Maidstone Journal, January 14th 1851
"MILITARY FUNERAL.--- On Wednesday last, Sarjeant Maxwell, the schoolmaster of the Royal Marines boy's school, was buried at St. Mary's church. The deceased being well known and much respected, it was determined to bury him with full military honors. The body was removed from Melville hospital at half-past two p.m. to the parish church , and to witness the funeral cortège there was an immense concourse of persons assembled along the road leading to the church. The body was preceded by the splendid band playing the Dead March in Saul; next came the coffin, the pall being borne by 6 sergeants, followed by the deceased's son as chief mourner: next came the boys of the school; the procession was closed by a long train of sergeants, color-sergeants, and sergeant majors from the Royal Marines, 12th regt., sappers and miners, artillery, and provisional battalion; there were also many officers and tradesman present. The deceased had served 28 years in the corps and was in his 52nd year."

168.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF GILES SON OF
GILES AND HANNAH MILLER?
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY THE [ ] 17[81]
AGED 37 ? YEARS
[    ] JOHN AND
[    ] MILLER ? DIED
[    ] 1787
[    ] MONTHS

Foot Stone

G. M.
1781
H

 

MILLFORD see LAMPERD

169.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church, very eroded


THE LONG LOST MILLS FAMILY HEADSTONE, IN THE CUTTING.
VICTIMS OF THE 1816 ROCHESTER BRIDGE TRAGEDY

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. ALEXANDER MILLS
[ LATE QUARTER MASTER SERGEANT] OF THE ROYAL MARINE CORPS.
[ WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON] THE
[    ] APRIL 1812
AGED 59 ? YEARS
[    ]
JANE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] THE 11th
[OF] JANUARY 1806 AGED 48 ? YEARS
JANE [THEIR] DAUGHTER DIED IN INFANCY
[    ] [AUGUST] [1794]
ALEXANDER MILLS AGED 27 YEARS
MARIA HIS WIFE AGED 27 YEARS
ANNA ELIZA AGED 3 YEARS
WHO WITH
[THOMAS] AND ELIZA GILBERT
NINE YOUNG LADIES AND THE BOATMAN
[WERE UNFORTUNATELY] DROWNED IN [ATTEMPTING]
[TO PASS THROUGH ONE OF] THE ARCHES
[OF] ROCHESTER BRIDGE ON THE EVENING
OF [THE 13th ] [OF] SEPTEMBER [1816]
[WHICH MELANCHOLY CIRCUMSTANCE IT IS]
[SUPPOSED WAS OCCAISIONED BY THE]
[CULPABLE NEGLECT OF THOSE PERSONS APPOINTED]
[TO CONDUCT THE REPAIRS OF THE BRIDGE WHO]
[LEFT FIXED WITHOUT SUFFICIENT NOTICE A PIECE]
[OF TIMBER ACROSS THE ARCH AGAINST WHICH]
[THE BOAT STRUCK AND WAS UPSET]

This is probably the headstone which the Rochester Journal reported (in 1895) was formerly at the east end of the church "but has now disappeared" Alexander Mills, Senior does not appear in the burial register. The date on the stone is very clear on an otherwise very worn stone, and Alexander Mills death was reported in the Maidstone Journal, of 22nd April 1812 as having occurred "a few days since", so it could hardly have been at any great distance from Chatham.
   The deaths of Alexander Mills, Junior, his wife and child, and the others was caused by their boat striking a piece of timber which had been left between two of the starlings of Rochester Bridge. The party had been on a trip up river to Wouldham to celebrate the 21st birthday of Thomas Gilbert. The nine young ladies were pupils of a school run by Eliza Gilbert, who was Maria Mills sister. Two of the pupils, Mary Brock, age 11, and Agnes Reynolds, age 5, were buried in this churchyard on the same day as the Mills family, (September 18th)

170.  Headstone

Front

IN
MEMORY OF ELIZABETH
WIFE OF RICHARD MORRIS WHO DIED
THE 28th OF APRIL 1760 AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO THREE CHILDREN, MARGARET,
JOHN AND THOMAS
ALSO RICHARD MORRIS WHO DIED
THE 10th OF MARCH 1764 AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JOHN FOSTER JUNR. OF THIS PARISH
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH THE 10th 1779
IN THE 33rd YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO RICHARD MORRIS
SON OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD AND ELIZABETH MORRIS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[ ] 1834

Rear

IN
MEMORY OF SARAH WIFE OF
Mr. RICHARD MORRIS JUNR.
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED FEBY.
THE 28th 1779 AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM THEIR SON WHO DIED
MARCH THE 28th 1779 AGED 18 WEEKS
ALSO MARY SECOND WIFE OF THE
ABOVE WHO DIED NOVEMBER 8th 1780
AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO JEMIMA THIRD WIFE OF THE
ABOVE WHO DIED MAY 24th 1826
AGED 60 YEARS
[ ]

Richard Morris, Shipwright P.C.C. Will dated 27th February 1829
   His freehold house, divided into two in Meeting House Lane, Chatham, in his own occupation and William Roffe; all other real estate to his sons and daughters, John, Elizabeth Winford, Sarah Jemima Mason, James, Rebecca Tascall ? And Joseph George Morris, equally.
   To grandson James Tomlin19 guineas at 21. All his ready money, investments, public stock, chattels and personal estate to his children equally. Sons John and Joseph executors
   Witnesses: D.B. Lewis, Solicitor, Rochester, James Lewis and D.R. Lewis, his Clerks
   Proved 3rd November 1834

171.  Headstone, against north wall, on side


JOHN NASH, DIED 1739
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO NORTH WALL

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN NASH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY [    ] 1738 [    ]
HE LEFT ISSUE TWO SONS & THREE
DAUGHTERS

 

172.  Ledger, near ground level

ANN PALLISER
DIED 10th OCTOBER 18[0]3
AGED 6 YEARS, 3 MONTHS
SARAH PALLISER
DIED 11th OF SEPTEMBER 1811
AGED 7 ? YEARS, 4 MONTHS
ANTHONY PALLISER
OBIIT 22nd FEBRUARY 1815
AGED 9 YEARS, 8 MONTHS
ROBERT WARRE PALLISER
DIED 26th OCTOBER 1817
AGED 3 ? YEARS, 11 MONTHS
Mr. JOHN [COSTOBODIE] PALLISER
DIED [    ] NOVEMBER 1818
[AGED 23 YEARS]

 

173.  Headstone, partly buried

[IN MEMORY OF]
HENRY PEARNE
DIED 23rd APRIL 1739
------------(Ground Level)----------
AGED 71 ? YEARS
MARTIN
SON OF HENRY PEARNE
WHO DIED 11th NOV. 1750

Henry Pearne, Joiner, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 1st June 1737
   To two sons Thomas of Deptford, Clerk and Martin of Chatham, Clerk, five sixths of a house, barn, stables, orchard and land in Gillingham, called Little Twiddall, occupied by Henry White, equally, for ever.
   If either dies without children, survivor gets all. To wife Mary property called Maysberry in Rainham for life; after her death, equally between two sons, also two houses in Brompton, on condition that she remains a widow; if she remarries then these houses and Mayberry to sons.
   She also gets three houses in Chatham on "Colledge lease", occupied by Mr George Guy, Mr Pain, Shipwright and Mr King, Joiner; after her death, these houses to sons. Rent arrears due at his death on Little Twiddall, equally to two sons, other arrears to wife.
   Household goods and personal estate to wife, who is executor.
   Witnesses: John Leafgreene, John Woodger and Thomas Manger ?

Henry Pearne married Mary Leafgreene at Chatham in 1702. There may be more on the stone but it is buried rather deep in the ground.

Martin Pearne, Clerk, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 9th October 1749
   "Weak in body". To brother Thomas of Deptford, Clerk, his share of five sixths of property at Little Twidale in Gillingham, in occupation of Henry White, for ever.
   To his mother, Mary of Chatham, and niece Catherine Pearne of Deptford, £100 each. If either dies in meantime the survivor gets £200.To brother Thomas, sister Catherine Pearne, uncle John Leafgreene and friend Henry Smith, £10 each. To cousin Elizabeth Croucher and John Batten, Junior, £5 each. To friend John Gardener, Junior, all woollen and silk clothes and microscope and case. To mother Mary, all linen clothes, plate, and furniture of best parlour.
  To friend Henry Smith, 20 volumes of his books, as he chooses.£20 to buy twenty gold mourning rings to be inscribed with his name and date of death, to give to the twenty persons named on the back of his will. To brother Thomas the residue; he and Henry Smith are executors.
   Witnesses: R. Paine, John Smith and H. Barber
   Proved 24th November 1750 Power reserved to Thomas Pearne

Persons to be given the gold rings
   Mr Newland Rice, John Croucher, John Leafgreene, John Hill, Thomas Pearne,  Edward Batten, Nathaniel Pearne, Mrs Mary Pearne, James Collins,  Dor. Humphries, Ralph Paine, Catherine Pearne, Senior, Henry Smith, Sarah Northrop, Baker Pidgeon, Ann Northrop, John Gardner, Junior Elizabeth Croucher, Senior, John Batten, Junior, Sarah Masterman

174.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

 
THE EXTREMELY ERODED PETTY STONE IN THE CUTTING
COMPARE TO REAR, BELOW


THE REAR OF THE PETTY STONE, RECORDING THE ERECTION
OF THE STONE BY HENRY PAUL IN 1750, A QUARTER OF
A CENTURY AFTER THE DEATHS OF THE PETTYS

Front

TO
THE MEMORY OF
JOHN PETTY ROPEMAKER
AND OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
[    ]
IN H[   ] ? LOVING

[    ] : 172[1]
[    ] : 172[4]
[    ]
[    ]
JOHN AND ELIZABETH

Rear

ERECTED
BY H. PAUL
1750

Elizabeth Petty, Widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 5th November 1723
   Concerning the "Society of Chatham"*, of which her late husband, John, was a member, and which he wished would benefit from a house in Brompton, occupied by John Churchman and the house in Chatham, in which she lives, and is occupied by John Collins, Sail Maker.
   The rents from these houses are now to be used by the Society to keep poor children at school, if the parents are too poor to pay .
   To Elizabeth Hart daughter of Stephen Hart, late Clerk of the Parish of Chatham an annuity of £5, from above rents; after her death, then to use of the poor children, above.
   She appoints " trusty and well beloved friends" Henry Paul of Gillingham, Caulker and John Sanders of Chatham, Shipwright, trustees to oversee her gifts " to the Glory of God and the good of poor children's souls"
   Paul and Sanders to choose two other members of the Society of Chatham to act in their place, after their deaths. These should be men who fear God and hate covetousness. If the Society fails or does not use bequest as ordained then , testator's house to Eleanor Pearpoint daughter of brother Peter Pearpoint and to Ann Hart daughter of Stephen Hart, the house in Brompton . To brother Peter Pearpoint, ½ guinea; to his two children, William and Eleanor, £5 each at 18.
   To god daughter Elizabeth Duncome, two silver spoons; to Sarah wife of John Collins, 1 guinea; to Henry Paul and John Sanders, 1 guinea each and all her books equally. To Elizabeth Hart daughter of Stephen, all her clothes; to "loving friend" John Sanders, ready money, bills, and bonds, for ever. She trusts that he will see that legacies are fulfilled and that he will take care of "that poor girl Elizabeth Hart".
   Henry Paul and John Sanders executors
   Witnesses: John Howard, Jane Marlow and Thomas Phillips

*Ron Baldwin in his Chronicles of Gillingham, states that the society was "a Church of England Society"

Henry Paul
, Caulker of Gillingham, was a trustee of Elizabeth Petty's will. The inscription on the back of the Petty stone is in a very fresh condition; it was probably placed here with the other stones in the cutting, when the church was rebuilt in the 1880's, and is testimony to the worsening pollution of the last 120 years compared to the previous 120.

175.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN MEMORY OF
AMBROSE PROCTOR
[WHO DIED] [ ] [FEBRUARY] 1759
AGED 60 ? YEARS
[ALSO] MARY HIS WIFE DIED THE 6th OF FEBRUARY 1763
AGED 62 YEARS
[ALSO] AMBROSE PROCTOR SON OF THE ABOVE
[WHO] DIED THE [ ] OF JANUARY 1764 AGED [ ] YEARS
[ALSO] ELIZABETH WIFE OF WILLIAM PROCTOR
[WHO] DIED 8th ? OF NOVEMBER 1781 AGED [ ] YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE WILLIAM PROCTOR
WHO DIED THE 16th ? OF NOV. 1798 AGED 67 YEARS
[    ] PROCTOR
GEORGE AND SUSANNAH [PROCTOR ?]
[   ] 13th OCT. [    ]
[    ] PROCTOR [   ]
[BORN] [    ] NOV. 178[   ] DIED 19th DEC. [    ]
[    ] GEORGE PROCTOR [    ]
[    ] ELIZABETH [    ]
[   ]

Ambrose Proctor, Senior, Brazier, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 20th May 1758
   To eldest son Ambrose 5/-; to daughter Mary wife of Daniel Bing of Chatham, House Carpenter, £5; to son William £10 at 21. Residue to wife Mary, she is executor
   Witnesses; Robert Cox and William Twopenny
   Proved 20th February 1759

Ambrose Proctor, Junior, Brazier, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 17th December 1763
   To sister Mary Bing, £5. Residue to brother William of Chatham, Tinman, he is executor and is to pay sister's legacy.
   Witnesses; John Townson and John Speek

Mary Proctor, Widow of Ambrose, Senior, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 1st February 1763
   Clothes to daughter Mary wife of Daniel Bing. Daniel Bing has his own household goods in her dwelling house, part he bought, part he made; these are recorded in an inventory, drawn up by testator and Daniel, bearing same date as her will. She gives all household goods to Daniel and also forgives and releases him from debts he owes her for his families board.
   The £5 given to daughter Mary and the £10 given to her son William by her late husband's will, which she has not yet paid, shall be paid from her personal estate.
   She forgives and releases son William money owed for clothing, she also gives him his father's silver watch. Her husband's working tools and tools used in her trade or business, shared equally between sons William and Ambrose. Residue equally shared between Mary Bing and sons William and Ambrose Proctor.
   Daniel Bing and William Proctor executors
   Witnesses: Joseph ? Sparrow and William Witheridge
   Proved 15th February 1763

Later Proctors appear as Braziers in various Directories into the early 19th century

176.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH PROSSER
WHO DIED JANY. 30Th 1811 AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO
THE BODY OF Mr. WALTER PROSSER
SHIPWRIGHT HUSBAND TO THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 2nd 1814 AGED 52 YEARS

 

RENNOLLS see ROBINSON

177.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

TO THE MEMORY
OF
JOHN FRANKLIN
SON OF
HENRY HEPBURN
THE ELDEST [    ]
[    ] RICHARDSON
OF THE
ROYAL MARINES
AND NOW OF
HASLAR HOSPITAL
[    ] ORYER ?
ONLY AND INTELLIGENT CHILD
[    ] SCARLET FEVER
AGED 2 YEARS , 8 MONTHS
[    ]2 SEPTEMBER1822 2 ?
[   ]
WHEN ONLY A MONTH [    ] WAS SUDDENLY
CARRIED OFF BY [   ]
MAY 28th 1835
[    ]

 

RICHARDS(ON ?) see SMITH

178.  Fallen Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
Mr. SAMUEL ROBBINS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 1st OF OCT. 1799
AGED 74 YEARS

Samuel Robbins, Gardener ? P.C.C. Will dated 15th July 1777
   Although the copy of the P.C.C. Will states "Gardener", I wonder if this is correct, because he commits his body to "earth or sea" ? To wife Elizabeth all his real and personal estate, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Charles Mills, Gunner of H.M.S. Leander and Harry Mynors Long, No. 3 Clifford's Inn
   Proved 29th April 1800

179.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
THOMAS ROBINSON SON OF
SARAH RENNOLLS WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE DECEMBER THE 20th 172[2]
AGED 21 ? YEARS
HERE ALSO LYETH THE BODY OF
SARAH RENNOLLS WIFE OF
RICHARD RENNOLLS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY [ ] 173[1]
AGED 61 YEARS

Richard Rennolls, formerly a Mariner, later Boatswain of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham. The Boatswain was responsible, with the Master Attendant, for the movement of craft to and from the Dockyard.
P.C.C. Will dated 17th February 1740 (41)
   Appoints Robert Aggar of Chatham, Gentleman, James Sommers of Chatham, Master Boat Builder of H.M. Dock Yard and Richard Lemmon of East Greenwich, Mariner, now Master of H.M. Yacht "William and Mary", executors and trustees. (Debts to be paid by sister Sarah Roberts). To each of his trustees £5. To son in law John Robinson, bedsteddle, curtains, vallence, blankets, bolster and pillows in best chamber of his house, silver spoon marked S H,another marked J B, two others marked J E, silver porringer marked S , little silver cup marked J H , dozen pewter plates marked R,  T R R S,  two pewter dishes of large size, two of middling size and one small, a large old print bible; from kitchen, large kettle, old easy chair and two flat brass candlesticks.
   To son Richard Rennolls £100 bank stock, clothes, rings, jewels and watches, silver tankard marked R ; to grand  R E,  daughter Sarah Cornish £200 bank stock at 21 or one month after marriage, if before 21; in meantime interest for her maintenance and education, she also gets bedsteddle, curtains, vallence, bed, bolster, three blankets, two pillows, blue and red silk quilt, chest of drawers in best chamber, silver soup spoon marked R R , two silver spoons marked S C, two silver spoons marked R , two silver spoons marked R R , one marked S R, one marked E R, two marked R C and four R S marked R R, small silver salver marked S C, large silver salver marked R , silver half pint mug marked S C , silver R S porringer marked R C, silver dram cup without mark, two silver salts marked R , pair of silver beer cups marked R  R E R E  dozen silver tea spoons, pair of silver tea tongs.
   To son in law John Cornish £10 for mourning.
   Executors to pay interest of £100 bank stock to daughter Anne Davis for life; after her death, the £100 shared equally among her children. If she outlives her husband, Clement, the £100 paid to her; if she dies in husband's lifetime,with no children, the £100 goes to residue of personal estate.
   Forgives and releases son in law Francis Stott money lent on account of his late wife, or otherwise, also gives him 1/-
   To sister Sarah Roberts, who lives with him, £20 and bedstead, curtains, vallence, bolster, two pillows, three blankets and rug in garret "where she lodges", two pairs of "wearing sheets" and two pairs pillow bears. If she is dead at time of his death, the £20 and goods to niece Elizabeth Roberts. Residue to son Richard Rennolls and grand daughter Sarah Cornish, equally; Sarah's share at 21 or marriage. If son Richard, who now lives in North America, dies in father's lifetime, his bequest to grand daughter Sarah Cornish for ever, as above.
   If Sarah dies pre 21 or marriage, her legacy to son Richard, for ever.
   Witnesses; Samuel Parker, Henry Sheafe and John Fick, Clerk to Mr Sheafe
   Proved 15th October 1742 Power reserved to Robert Aggar and James Sommer

180.  Marble panel from Chest Tomb? Part of retaining wall of path around north side of church


SARAH ROGERS, WIFE OF MAJOR ROGERS, DIED 1718
FROM A CHEST TOMB ? AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CUTTING

SARAH THE WIFE OF MAJOR THOMAS ROGERS
DIED THE IX OF OCTOBER MDCCXVIII IN HER XLIII YEAR
TO HER PIOUS MEMORY
ONE OF THE BEST WIVES, PRUDENT AND VIRTUOUS,
HE WITH DEEPEST SORROW FOR THAT GREATEST LOSS,
THIS MONUMENT ERECTED

 

181.  Richly carved wall monument, top half eroded. Part of retaining wall of path around north side of church


THE STONE OF EDWARD SMITH, DIED 1704
THIS APPROPRIATELY "GOTHIC" IMAGE GREETS VISITORS TO THE CUTTING!

EDWARDUS SMITH
FILIUS CORUM OBT. JULII 31st [ ]
ATEAT SUAE 39
ANNO MDCCIV

 

182.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SMITH ESQ.
LATE STOREKEEPER OF H.M.
ORDNANCE, CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ]
OF MARCH 1802
IN THE 65th ? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO JANE SMITH
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 16th OF JANUARY 1807
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO JOHN RICHARDS(ON) ?
BROTHER TO THE ABOVE JANE SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 8th OF JULY
1810 AGED 87 YEARS

William Smith, Clerk of the Cheque, H.M. Gun Wharf, Plymouth, later Store Keeper of H.M. Ordnance, Chatham
P.C.C. Will dated 6th June 1780
   All his personal estate to wife Jane, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Nicholas Mill and Charles Higgs
   Proved 13th May 1802

As Ordnance Office Storekeeper at Chatham Smith had a salary of £140 P.A. (Universal British Directory, 1790's) His brother in law does not appear in the Burial Register

183.  Ledger, slightly below ground level, on edge of cutting around church

IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH SMITH
WIFE OF
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT.
THE 20th 1818 AGED 88 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
WHO DIED OCTBER 6th 1825
AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO ANN SMITH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 6th ? 1846
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 9th 1852
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
WHO DIED APRIL 21st 1853
AGED 81 YEARS

Abraham Smith, Senior, Superannuated Block Maker of H.M. Dockyard Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 17th April 1823
   Three front and two back houses in Chatham High Street near the poor house, occupied by himself and others, to son Abraham Smith, for life, he to keep in good repair and pay insurance.
   After son's death, to son's daughter Elizabeth Smith for life, same conditions; after her death, to her children, equally.
   If she dies with no children, then to children of daughter Elizabeth Ely, late of Chatham, now of Rochdale, Lancs., widow, and children of daughter Sarah Gooding, wife of William Gooding of Chatham, Cordwainer, equally.
   Ready money securities, household goods and residue of personal estate to daughter Ann Smith of Chatham, spinster, she is executor.
   Witnesses; J.S. Stephens, S.A. Stephens and Henry ? Stephens
   Proved 3rd November 1825 Value under £100

Abraham Smith, Block Maker, P.C.C. Will dated 1st March 1853
   Two freeholds on north side of Chatham High Street, occupied by John Miller and John Bridges, which he bought from ------- ? Harris; freehold cottage behind the above, occupied by ------ ? Fox; freehold house in Brougham Place, New Road, Chatham, occupied by Mrs Rowe, which he erected on ground purchased from George Robson, to daughter Elizabeth wife of Francis Smith White Sparkes (commonly called Francis White) for life; after her death to her husband for life; after his death, to their children, Abraham Smith, Jabez, John, Harriet and Elizabeth, equally at 21.
   Household goods to daughter Elizabeth Sparkes; also dividends from capital stock of £400 3 ¼ % Annuities in the Bank of England, and other stock dividends, for life. Feter her death to her husband, for life, after his death to their children at 21.
   Francis Smith White Sparkes and grandson Abraham Smith Sparkes (commonly called Abraham Smith White) are executors
   Witnesses; W. J. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and Walter Scot his Clerk
   Proved 26th August 1853 Power reserved to Abraham Smith White

The Smiths' brick-lined grave is right on the edge of the cutting, which was made when the church was rebuilt in the 1880's, the exposed bricks were probably rendered then. The Kite grave has been similarly exposed.

184.  Headstone, buried


JOHN AND JUDITH STRANGE, DIED 1734 AND 1741
THE INSCRIPTION IS TOTALLY BURIED!

-----------Ground Level----------
IN MEMORY OF
Mr.
JOHN STRANGE
AND JUDITH HIS WIFE
-------------Limit of Excavation-----------
[JOHN STRANGE buried 14th March 1734]
[JUDITH STRANGE buried 27th May 1741]

 

TURNER see CLARK

185.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LUCY ELIZA
WIFE OF CHARLES JAMES VINALL
WHO DIED AT CAPE COAST CASTLE
26th AUGUST 185[7] ?
AGED 20 YEARS

 

186.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
REBECCA WALKER
WHO DIED MAY [   ] [1852]
AGED 14 YEARS

Rebecca Walker was the daughter of a Superannuated Shipwright, (1851 Census) Her mother and two older sisters ran an Haberdasher business in John Street

WALL see LAMPERD

WEST see FOREMAN

187.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF 
GEORGE WHITE JUNIOR 
OF THIS PAR: LATE LAY CLK
[OF ROCHESTER] CATHEDRAL 
[WHO DIED][    ] [ FEBRUARY]176O
AGED 2[  ] YEARS 
ELIZABETH WIFE
OF GEORGE WHITE
SEN: DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 30th OF MARCH
  1776 AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE WHITE
WHO DIED JUNE 14th 1782
AGED 74 YEARS

188.  Headstone, buried


WILLIAM WILKINS, DIED 1747
LIKE STRANGE AND BEEKE, THE INSCRIPTION IS BURIED

[IN MEMORY OF]
-------------Ground Level-----------
WILLIAM WILKINS
CARPENTER OF YE PRINCE OF ORANGE
WHO DIED THE 25th JANUARY 1747
AGED 58 YEARS

William Wilkins, Carpenter of H.M.S. "Colchester", Consistory Court of Rochester Will, on Naval Form, dated 31st July 1732
   H.M.S. "Colchester" "now riding at Chatham" Pay and wages to wife Elizabeth; in case of her death to three youngest daughters Susan, Mary, and Phillis Wilkins, equally. Wife and Robert Russell executors
   Witnesses: William Walter, Giles Baker and Thomas Jordan

This inscription is buried and is in very good condition below ground level.

189.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WALCOTT WISEMAN
WHO DIED
[    ] OF APRIL 1844
AGED 16 YEARS

Large foot-stone

W. W.
1844

 

190.  Headstone

IN
IN MEMORY OF
MEMORY OF SARAH WOOD
ELIZABETH BRETT DIED APRIL 10th 1745
[DIED] JANUARY 19th ? 1767 AGED 44 ? YEARS
[AGED] [    ] YEARS ALSO EDWARD WOOD
EDWARD WOOD DIED DEC. 21st 1735
DIED [    ] 13th 1769 AGED [ ] MONTHS ?

Edward Wood, House Carpenter, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 4th June 1769, re-executed 28th June, daughter's name corrected from Sarah Wood to Mary and testator's name from John to Edward .
   Freehold and leasehold in Chatham or elsewhere, to daughter Mary, spinster, for ever; charged with two annuities for wife and son John, £50 and £20, respectively.
   If John survives mother, he gets additional annuity of £10. The leasehold where he lives to daughter Mary, foe life, charged with making up the above annuities.
   To wife such household goods she chooses to value of £50. To son John all his clothes. If daughter Mary dies unmarried or married with no children living, all real estate and such of leaseholds remaining, to son John, for ever, charged with annuity of £50 for wife. Residue and personal estate shared equally between wife and daughter.
   Witnesses; John Cazeneuve, John Townson and William Stubbs
   On the 28th June the witnesses sign again to endorse alterations, above.

191.  FOOT-STONES IN CUTTING AROUND NORTH SIDE OF CHURCH

W. B. J. S E. B. 1851. T. R. 1830 J. G. 1822 J. O. 1847
1787 1845 J. B. 1853 M. R. 1844 S. G. 1825

 

192.  FOOT STONE CLOSE TO BALDOCK

A. S. 1838
A. S. 1812

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