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Monumental Inscriptions of St Helen's Church, Cliffe - recorded by D. E. Williams 2011

Section A  is south of the church and south of the footpath to Church Street.

PRE - 1930 GRAVES ONLY

1.   Headstone


MARY BERY, DIED 1704

[HERE] LYETH
[YE] BODY OF MARY
BERY WIFE OF THOMAS
BERY YEOMAN OF THE
PARISH OF CLIFFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 10th DAY OF O[CTOBER]
1704
BEING AGED [    ] [YEARS]

Mary Berry or Berry appears in the Burial Register in October 1704. But a will of Mary Berry, wife of Thomas, at the Centre for Kentish Studies is dated April 1705 and was proved in August 1705 but there is no corresponding entry in the Burial Register between April and August 1705?

2.   Coped Stone close to Ground

North Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM ELSEGOOD
WHO DIED JUNE 2[   ] 1883
AGED 69 YEARS

South Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM ELSEGOOD
WHO DIED JULY 18th 1899
AGED 84 YEARS

East Side
IN
MEMORY OF
ANN FARLEY
WHO DIED MARCH 24th 1901
AGED 92 YEARS

In the 1871 and 1881 Census William Elsegood is a Retired Farmer living in Milton, Gravesend. Ann Farley died at Higham.

FARLEY see ELSEGOOD

3.   Headstone with Brick "Body Stone"

IN MEMORY
OF
LYDIA DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS & LYDIA LAZELL
WHO DIED MARCH THE 31st 1820
AGED 20 MONTHS
ALSO JOSEPH LAZELL
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH THE 13th 1834
AGED 18 YEARS
"Remember thy Creator in
the days of your Youth"
ALSO LYDIA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS LAZELL WHO DIED
APRIL THE 19th 1838 AGED 56 YEARS
THOMAS LAZELL DIED MAY
9th 1843 AGED 59 YEARS

Rear
JOSEPH LAZELL
[DIED] MARCH 1st ? 1836 AGED 83 YEARS

Thomas Lazell, of Reed Street, was a Bricklayer. His daughter, Martha married Edward Parker, a Butcher. They are buried in Section E. I understand that their Parker descendants ran a store, of that name in Cliffe. Thomas Lazell's will is dated 13th February 1841.All his personal estate and household effects to his son and daughter, Thomas Lazell and Maitha (sic) Lazell. Maitha (sic) Sole Executor. Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Samuel Rumble and Thomas King
   Martha Parker
, wife of Edward Parker granted Administration 29th April 1843. Estate under 100
Consent of Edward Parker
Edward Parker
approves of his wife proving her father's will and being his Executor.
   Witness: George Essell, Registrar and Notary Public

4.   Headstone

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD MISKIN
WHO DIED 12th JANUARY 1870
AGED 72 YEARS

Edward Miskin was a Farmer, in the 1861 Census he was at West Street, farming 80 acres and employing 2 men and 2 boys.

5.   Headstone


NICHOLAS PERRITT, DIED 1708

HERE LYETH YE BODY
OF NICHOLAS PERRITT
OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH YE 7th 1708
AGED 45 YEARS
HERE LYETH ALSO HIS
TWO SONS AND
THREE DAUGHTERS

Nicholas Perritt was probably a Farmer. The Perritts were long established in Cliffe, and were related to the Childs family (see Section D)

6.   Chest Tomb, Almost Completely Eroded


SOMNER TOMB?

SOMNER?

S. Side
[    ]
SO[   ]E HEW[    ]
[    ]ER[    ] R[    ]SED[    ]

On page 229 of Phippen's, Descriptive Sketches of Rochester, Chatham and Their Vicinities,1862, the author notes "on the south side of the churchyard is a large monument belonging to the SOMNER family, in which FRANCES SOMNER, who died in 1648, aged 22 was buried". The chest tomb is the only large monument on the south side, apart from the STEEL monument of the early 19th century. It is possible that this is the SOMNER tomb, so I am including these verses which Phippen recorded in 1862.

"Passengers weepe Here lies a wife who caused none to doe soe in her life One that was all good you'd finde in the whole piece of woman kind so modest that shee shond the light and died not, bot went out of sight She thought that Mother goes o'th score to death whose childs deceas'd before Heaven was her portion and she's none to claim't being past her twentie one Now passenger y'ave leave to walke she and her tomb after to talke"

7.   Headstone

"He Hath Borne our Grief and Carried our Sorrows"
IN
LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF
LUCY MARGARET
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES STEVENS
WHO CALMLY FELL ASLEEP
NOVEMBER 14th 1887
IN THE 65th YEAR OF HER AGE
"Art thou weary, art thou languid,
Art thou sore distrest,
Come to me saith [Christ ?] and coming
be at rest"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
CHARLES STEVENS
WHO FELL ASLEEP DEC. 24th 1913
AGED 81 YEARS
"Thanks be to God which giveth us the
Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"

Charles Stevens was a Grocer at 5 Old Workhouse (1881 Census). Shopkeeper (Kelly's 1882 Directory), and Chemist, none prescriptive, I presume. (Kelly's 1891 Directory)

END OF SECTION A

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