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

Section B  is south and east of the church as far north as the north east corner of the north transept.

PRE 1930 GRAVES ONLY

8.   Blue Slate CWGC Headstone

8112 CORPORAL
C CORNELL
EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT
27th JANUARY 1918
"Peace, Perfect Peace
in this Dark World of Sin"

9.   Double Headstone and Two Body Stones

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS EDMONDS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE [ ] DAY
OF MARCH 1776
AGED 67 ? YEARS
ALSO 6 CHILDREN
 [IN MEMORY OF]
  MARY [EDMONDS? ]
  [                           ]
  WHO DIED NOV. [   ] [ 1790? ]  AGED 66 ? YEARS

Thomas Edmonds died Intestate and Administration was granted to his widow Mary in March 1776. No occupation is recorded. Administration Bond in names of Thomas Goldsmith of Milton, Gravesend, Maltster and John Evans of Gravesend, Gentleman

GREY see LLOYD

10.   White Headstone, recently cleaned

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
WILLIAM JOSEPH HAGGER
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE NOV 22nd 1918
AGED 35
ALSO HENRY ALFRED HIS BROTHER
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE FEB 13th 1919
AGED 33
ALSO LEONARD DEALMARK HIS BROTHER
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE NOV 15th 1918
AGED 19
"Crowned with the Garland of Immortality"

11.   Chest Tomb, Immediately East of the Chancel, Very Eroded


BROWNE / HEATH TOMB


THE LEDGER OF THE ABOVE
INSCRIPTION TO REBECCA HEATH, NEE BROWNE, DIED 1726

Ledger
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
REBECCA DAUGHTER OF
JOHN BROWN SHE WAS THE
WIFE OF Mr DAVID HEATH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OF SEPTEMBER 172[6]
AGED 6[   ] YEARS
H[ERE][A]L[SO] [LYETH THE BODY OF ?]
[    ]
[    ]

South Side
THE [    ] REBEC[CA] WIFE
[    ]NLY [    ] JOHN BROWN
[ ED [    ] STO?[ ] OF YE TOMB
[    ]9 AGED 57 ? YEARS

John Browne is probably buried in the same grave as his daughter, though it is not clear to whom the side panel refers to.
   The rest of the tomb, apart from the top ledger is completely eroded.
John Browne's will is dated 7th ? June 1679. He is a Gentleman of Cliffe.
   To wife Rebecca, "she hath a Jointure in Rickles? Marsh"; 10 per annum from Rickles Marsh, while she remains a widow.To daughter Rebecca, 1,000 at 21 years, if she dies before 21, 1,000 shared between his three sons, John, Joseph and Joshua. If she marries before 21 and has a son or daughter or sons and daughters, her children to have the 1,000. If only one child, only 500 to that child. To son Joseph land he bought of Mr Tambling and Gregory Steward?, except acre of woodland at lower end of Strate Wood. But Joseph to have piece of woodland belonging to Horshoe House. To son Joshua property bought from William Browne, Richard Browne and Thomas Browne. Wife Rebecca to bring up his three youngest children, and she to have 60 per annum from Executors as long as she remains a widow. If she remarries, Executors to bring up children. To brother Richard Browne 20, and he forgives him all he owes. To son Joshua, land at the lower end of Church Street. A house in Church Street given for a school (see Plaque in Interior). To son John Browne, Rickles Marsh and house in Church Street, formerly called "Bull House", with stables and yard. One ---? and yard in Redam Mead, and one other house John Haye lives in. All his houses and land in Southfleet, provided he keeps property given to Joseph and Joshua in good repair, and to give property to them when they are of age. If they died before 21 without heirs, their shares divided equally among surviving brothers. To sister Starkey, 5. Brother Richard Browne and brother Richard Starkey to be Overseers.
   Witnesses: Richard Slater, Augustine Cesar and John Cowland

Although one would expect David Heath to be buried under this monument, he does not appear in the Burial Register? The Heaths and the Browns were also united by the marriage of Joshua Brown and Mary Heath at Cliffe in September 1695.
   David Heath's will is dated 24th April 1728 and he describes himself as a Gentleman.
   To grandson Heath Calant, who is to be Sole Executor, property and land called East Borough Farm, Frindsbury. In Cliffe, hop ground and oast house, "by me, newly built"; also waste land, "used to lay dung on". All other real estate in Kent to Heath Calant, including house and sheepwick and marshland called Buckland Marsh in parish of Frindsbury, leased from Dean and Chapter of Rochester. To sister Mary Brown 20. To Heath Calant residue of goods, etc. except lease of farm and lands held from George Faunce, Esq.. Nephew David Brown to have latter, except 3 acres of hop ground belonging to said farm, upon condition that David Brown lives in the dwelling house on the farm. Before he enters the house he must give security to Heath Calant for the latter to hold the 3 acres of hop ground and Parsonage of Cliffe, if Heath Calant wants it. If David Brown refuses to live in house or occupies it before security is given to Heath Calant,or does not let Heath Calant have the 3 acres of hops and Parsonage, contrary to will, then lease farm and land goes to Heath Calant for term of the lease. If David Brown does agree to terms, he shall have first refusal of all live and dead stock of the farm, as Heath Calant can spare. These are to be valued, and David Brown is to pay Heath Calant securities for value of stock.
   Witnesses: William Elliott, William Carsley and Henry Barrell
   David
Heath's will had not been administered by Heath Callant when the latter died in 1751. His widow was granted Administration. 

12.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EMILY MAUD MARY STANLEY LEATHES
BORN APRIL 8th 1868
DIED AUGUST 4th 1889
"Even so, come Lord Jesus"

LEATHERSBY see THORP

13.   Medieval Coffin Lid Style, with Cross, Chalice and Bible

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF HENRY ROBERT LLOYD M. A. RECTOR OF THIS PARISH AND CHAPLAIN
TO CHARLES THOMAS ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY BORN AUGUST 9th 1809 DIED JULY 30th 1880

14.   Coped , adjacent to above

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF HARRIET WIDOW OF HENRY ROBERT LLOYD M. A. LATE RECTOR OF THIS PARISH AND FOURTH DAUGHTER OF THE HON. EDWARD GREY SOMETIME BISHOP OF HEREFORD
BORN MARCH 2nd 1819 DIED AUGUST 7th 1887

Harriet Lloyd was the niece of Earl Grey, the Whig Prime Minister responsible for the Great Reform Act of 1832.

MEARS see THORP

15.   Headstone

OF THIS
PARISH
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
CHARLES
HENRY MOSELEY
BORN 2nd JUNE 1840
DIED 2nd OCTOBER 1872
AND OF
CHARLES MOSELEY
SON OF THE ABOVE AND OF
ELEANOR HIS WIFE
BORN 19th FEBRUARY 1869
DIED 8th OCTOBER 1886
"Thy Way not mine O Lord,
However dark it may be,
Lead me by thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me"

Charles Henry Moseley was a Cement Labourer (1871 Census)

PELLING see STEEL

16.   Headstone


EDWARD POOL, DIED 1735, PARNELL POOL, DIED 1755
AND ELIZABETH SNASHALL, DIED 1742

IN MEMORY OF EDWARD POOL
LATE GU[NNER] [OF HIS] MAJESTY'S
SHIP M[ERMAID]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOV. 18th 1735 AGED 43 YEARS
ALSO PARNELL POOL WIFE OF THE ABOVE
EDWARD POOL WHO [DEPARTED]
[THIS LIFE] NOV. [    ] 1755 AGED 60 ? YEARS
LIKEWISE ELIZth. SNASHALL
[WHO] DEPARTED THIS LIFE
------------Ground Level-----------
FEB. 5th 1742 AGED 50 YEARS

Edward Pool, the Navy Gunner made his will on 12th January 1726(7)
   He left his wife, Parnell all of his estate, including "pay and pays due and becoming due in or from the Edinburgh, or any other of his Majesty's ships". He signs with a good signature.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Snashall (buried in same grave), Ellin Boberts and William Derisley
  
The ship recorded on the headstone, Mermaid, was broken up in 1734. It was an old ship, built as long ago as 1652, during it's long career it was rebuilt twice, to increase it's size and number of guns carried.

Will dated 12th November 1751.To son, James Pool, who is Sole Executor, all plate, one silver tankard, six large silver spoons, eleven tea spoons, tongs and strainer, silver punch ladle, silver seal and snuff box, silver tweezers, four gold rings, two stone rings, and household linen. All other goods and apparel sold. Bed and bedstead, best quilt, best blankets, her bed, best pair of down pillows, little pallet stead bed "for my son's cabin bed". Books for her son, none to be sold. The money to the use of her son. If he be dead, money and plate shared equally between John Atnoke and Ellen Stevenson, junior, her god daughter. Son James to be in the care of John Stevenson, Farmer of Cliffe and John Wellard, Shopkeeper of Cliffe until he is 21.They are Executors and Guardians of son. Signs will.
   Witnesses: William Warren and John Fullagar

17.   Pedestals and Cross

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
ANNIE DU PONT
THE BELOVED WIFE OF JOHN ROBERTSON
WHO DIED DECR. 13Th 1911 AGED 33 YEARS
"Asleep in Jesus"
ALSO OF HIS DAUGHTER
ANNIE KATHLEEN
WHO DIED AUGUST 19th 1982
AGED 78 YEARS
ASHED INTERRED AT ST. MICHAEL AND
ALL ANGELS, FORT VICTORIA
ZIMBABWE

The Robertsons , of Scottish origin, were Farmers, in the 1901 Census they occupied Manor Farm. John Robertson was Chairman of the Parish Council in 1913, Kelly's Directory

18.   Pedestals and Cross

"Until the Dawn"
THOMAS CRAWFORD ROBERTSON
DIED JANY. 27Th 1917
AGED 45 YEARS

SLOMAN see STEEL

SNASHALL see POOL

19.   Classical Sarcophagus, once on a High Base and topped by a Pyramid


STEEL / HATCH TOMB

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF CHARLES STEEL*
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED JULY 25th 1795 AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO REBECCA WIFE OF Mr WILLIAM HATCH
OF LEYBOURNE CASTLE IN THIS COUNTY & DAUGHTER
OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED SEPT. 26th 1822 AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE CHARLES STEEL
AND SARAH HIS SECOND WIFE WHO DIED MAY 5th 1809
AGED 10 MONTHS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF
Mr JAMES PELLING HATCH
OF STROOD AND LIKEWISE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
CHARLES AND SARAH STEEL WHO DIED FEBY. 2Nd 1823
AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO JAMES WOODGATE SON OF JOHN & ANN STEEL
OF WEST STREET IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 13th 1868
IN THE 46th YEAR OF HIS AGE

West Side
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr CHARLES STEEL
OF COTT SOLE IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 26th OF AUGUST 1826
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO SARAH
SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
Mr CHARLES STEEL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st FEBRUARY 1837
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO CHARLES STEEL
SLOMAN
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 20th 1865
AGED 42 YEARS

East Side
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY SLOMAN WIFE OF
Mr JOHN SLOMAN
OF MAIDSTONE
AND DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
CHARLES STEEL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 11th OF OCTOBER 1831
AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO FOUR CHILDREN OF Mrs SLOMAN
WHO DIED PREVIOUS TO HER DECEASE (sic)
JOHN SLOMAN DIED 19th AUGUST
1825 AGED 13 MONTHS
WILLIAM JOHN SLOMAN
DIED 20th AUGUST 1826 AN INFANT
GEORGE SLOMAN
DIED 30th AUGUST 1827 AGED 10 WEEKS
AND THOMAS SLOMAN DIED
30th JANUARY 1832 AGED 3 YEARS
AND 6 MONTHS
(*Mary Steel is buried in Section E, see Headstone Inscription)

Charles Steel was a Farmer of Court Sole Farm. His will is dated 16th June 1826.
   He desires to be buried in his vault in the churchyard of Cliffe, "where the remains of part of my family are already deposited and that a suitable inscription be made on the Tomb over the said vault to my memory". Later in his will he leaves 5 per annum from Court Sole, to the Rector and Churchwardens of Cliffe, payable on the 29th September, each year, for "keeping in repair the vault belonging to and lately made by me in the churchyard of the said Parish of Cliffe and also the Tomb over the said vault, and also in or towards the painting, repairing and keeping in repair the iron railings thereto". It shall be lawful for the Rector and Churchwardens to distrain the farm for the payment.
   It cannot escape the notice of all who enter the churchyard, that this obligation, if taken on by the Rector and Churchwardens, has for some time past, been sadly neglected, although 5 per annum would hardly suffice today!
The will goes on :
   By an indenture of 28th February 1822, made between Charles Steel, of the 1st part, Sarah Steel, his wife, of the 2nd part and James Pelling Hatch and Nathaniel Boorman of the 3rd part, an agreement between Charles Steel his heirs and executors with James Pelling Hatch, Nathaniel Boorman that Charles Steel would pay to his wife, Sarah during her life an annuity of 60 per annum out of his estate by the executors and trustees of his will.
   To John Sloman of Maidstone, Timber Merchant, and John Comport of Cooling, Gentleman and James Steel of Cliffe, Yeoman, Court Sole Farm and several pieces of land belonging to it, 63 acres, in his own occupation to supply the annuity of 60 per annum. His two cottages, divided into 3 properties and gardens in Cliffe, also his shares of marshland of 40 acres in the parishes of Breznett ?, Snargate, Warehorne and Brookland in Romney Marsh in the occupation of his nephew, Charles Steel, also arable land in Romney Marsh, near Brenzett and Snargate, lately purchased by him from the assigns? Of his late brother Samuel Steel, of 4 acres 1rood and 23 perches, occupied by nephew Charles Steel, and all his other freehold properties, upon trust. The latter to pay his daughter Mary , now wife of John Sloman, the annual rents and profits during her life for her own sole use. After her death, John Sloman can take the same benefits for his life. After they are both dead, upon trust to pay Charles Steel Sloman, eldest son of John and Mary Sloman same income for life. After his death, upon trust for all the children of Charles Steel Sloman at 21 years of age. If Charles Steel Sloman has no surviving children, property in Cliffe and Romney Marsh, upon trust to pay John Sloman, son of John and Mary Sloman annual rents etc. at 21 years of age, for life. After the death of John Sloman, to his children, equally, if there are no surviving children or he has no living siblings, then to nephew Charles Steel son of brother James Steel. He forgives nephew George Steel of Stoke, Yeoman money which he owes.
   To nephews James and Charles Steel, 50 each. To John Gibbs of Strood, Gentleman (his Solicitor), and to John Sloman , John Comport and James Waters of Rochester, Yeoman, 19 guineas each. To any men and maid servants at time of his death, 10 each, over and above any wages due. To grand daughter Elizabeth Hatch, only child of daughter Rebecca, late wife of William Hatch of Leybourne, Farmer, 1,500 from funds and securities at 21 years of age. If she dies under 21 leaving issue, then to child or children equally at 21. If she leaves no children, then the 1,500, plus stocks and securities to the value of 1,500 to trustees to pay grandchildren, James and Sarah Hatch, son and daughter of daughter Sarah, late wife of James Pelling Hatch of Strood, Tailor at 21. If they died under 21, leaving issue, then of the above money and stocks etc. equally to their children at 21.If no children, upon trust to pay daughter Mary Sloman interest etc. of the 1,500 for life, after her death, upon trust to pay John Sloman interest for life. Stocks to be transferred to all of Mary Sloman's children, equally at 21, if they died before 21, then to all his nephews and nieces, equally. Trustees can take money from rents etc. to pay for education, etc. of the beneficiaries under the will. There follows complicated details concerning the executors.
   Executors: John Sloman. John Comport and James Steel
  
Witnesses: P. Dive, Kingsdown, Kent, George Shaw and Thomas Pryer, Clerks to Mr Gibbs

Codicil Dated 19th November 1824
   To two sons in law, William Hatch and James Pelling Hatch,19 guineas each for mourning. To Ann Bell, Housekeeper, weekly sum of 14 shillings for life to be paid regularly by Executors every Monday morning.
   John Sloman no longer to be a Trustee, in his place "friend" George Lake of Higham, Gentleman, he is also to be an Executor. To George Lake, 19 guineas.
   Witnesses: George Shaw, Thomas Pryer and Sarah Giver.

20.   Large Headstone

IN
MEMORY
OF
GUNNINGS STEVENSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE 19th 1809
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO ANN HIS WIFE WHO DIED
MAY 1st ? 1829 AGED 82 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE BY ANN HIS WIFE THREE SONS
AND TWO DAUGHTERS VIZ GEORGE,
JAMES GUNNINGS, CHARLES, CHARLOTTE
AND LOUISA

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
[LOUISA] WIFE OF JOHN STEVENSON
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED APRIL [    ] 1820 AGED [36] YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN STEVENSON
WHO DIED DECEMBER [    ] 18[65] AGED [8] 5 YEARS

21.   Headstone

THE FAMILY GRAVE OF THOMAS & MARY ANN THORP
OF LONDON
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF THE ABOVE
SARAH ANN THORP
DAUGHTER OF
JOHN & FRANCES LEATHERSBY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JANUARY 15th 1863
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO OF
FRANCES SUSANNAH MEARS
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 15th 1879
AGED 84 YEARS

When Sarah Ann (Thorp) was Baptised in 1822, her father, John, was a Labourer

END OF SECTION B

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