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Monumental Inscriptions of St James Church, Cooling  - recorded by D. E. Williams August 2011

Section B   churchyard pre-1930 graves only. Inscriptions are arranged
                             alphabetically.

15.   Large Ledger on Ground, South of Church, East of Porch

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE BALLS
WHO FELL ASLEEP
FEBRUARY 18th 1915
AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH TERRY
WHO FELL ASLEEP
DECEMBER 28th 1933
AGED 71 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO
IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP 18th JULY 1938
AGED 76 YEARS
"At Rest"

 

BAKER see COMPORT

16.   Headstone and Curbs, South of Church, East of Porch

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELLEN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
THOMAS BALLS
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 2nd 1888
AGED 61 YEARS
"Them also which Sleep in Jesus
Will God Bring with Him"
"Asleep in Jesus Peaceful Rest,
Whose Waking is Supremely Blest,
No Fear, no Woe shall Dim the Hour,
That Manifests the Saviour's Power"
ALSO THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN
INTERRED IN THE ADJOINING GRAVES
ELEANOR DIED MARCH 28th 1858
AGED 7 YEARS
CHARLOTTE DIED SEPTEMBER 12th 1864
AGED 3 MONTHS
JANE DIED OCTOBER 12th 1864
AGED 3 YEARS
JOSEPH DIED MAY 25th 1870
AGED 13 YEARS
ANNIE DIED SEPTEMBER 2nd 1871
AGED 5 MONTHS
"Gone with Christ to Reign they,
Wait to Welcome Us"

Thomas Balls, died 1905, Waggoner at New Barn Farm (1861 Census), Agricultural Labourer, Grabham's Farm (1881 Census). Marsh Gate (1891 Census)

17.   Headstone and Curbs, Close to above

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS BALLS
WHO DIED MAY 2nd 1905
AGED 79 YEARS
"Blessed are the Pure in Heart,
For they shall see God"
"Safely, Safely, Gathered in,
Free from Sorrow, Free from Sin,
Passed beyond all Grief and Pain,
Death for Thee is Truest Gain,
For our Loss we must not Weep,
Nor our Loved One Long to Keep,
From the Home of Rest and Peace,
Where all Sin and Sorrow Cease"

 

18.   Headstone and Curbs, West of Church

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCES
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES BATCHELOR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 7th 1878 AGED 51 YEARS
"While in this World I did Remain,
My Latter days were Grief and Pain,
But when the Lord did think it Best,
He took me to a Place of Rest"

 

19.   Small Eroded Pedestal and Broken Cross, Close to above

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN [JAMES] [BATCH]ELOR
WHO [DIED DECEMBER [    ] ]1898
[AGED 5 MONTHS]

 

20.   Headstone and Curbs, Close to above

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARY SUSANNA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES BATCHELOR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DEC. 10th 1921
AGED 70 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO THE ABOVE
CHARLES BATCHELOR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE 14th 1925
AGED 78 YEARS
"So he giveth his Beloved Sleep"
Psalm 127

Charles Batchelor, Farmer at New Barn Farm (1891, 1901 and 1911 Census)

21.   Small Triangular Headstone and Curbs, Close to above

IN
LOVING
MEMORY OF
ADA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
C. BATCHELOR JUNR.
WHO PASSED AWAY OCT. 15th 1921
AGED 34 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

South Curb

IN LOVING MEMORY OF EDWARD WILLIAM MARSH DIED 26th NOV. 1997 AGED 84 "Sadly Missed"

North Curb

IN LOVING MEMORY OF GWENNNETH MARY MARSH DIED 13th DEC. 2000 AGED 88 "Sadly Missed"

 

22.   Low Headstone and Curbs, Close to Above

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JAMES WILLIAM BATCHELOR
WHO PASSED AWAY MARCH 11th 1924
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF HIS WIFE
ANN DEBORAH
WHO DIED 22nd OCTOBER 1946
AGED 88 YEARS

James Batchelor, Farmer of White House Farm (1891 Census), Cooling Court (1901 & 1911 Census)

23.   Headstone and Curbs, Large Plot, North of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
SAMUEL BELLAMY
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 4th 1894
AGED 60 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
SAMUEL BELLAMY
WHO DIED JANUARY 20th 1901
AGED 81 YEARS
"At Rest"

Samuel Bellamy, Shepherd at Marsh Gate (1861 Census). Agricultural Labourer at Broomey Cottages (1891 Census)

24.   Eroded Headstone and Foot Stone, South of Church

IN MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF WILLIAM CHILD
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE
THE 20th MARCH 1789
AGED 64 ? YEARS
"Warn the Great Teacher Death,
She was a Most Affectionate Wife
And Tender Mother"

Ann Child, wife of William Child, probably the Farmer of Child's Farm ? He died at Frindsbury, which then included areas now in Cooling, in 1803

25.   Classical Chest Tomb, Once Railed, South of Tower


COMPORT TOMB


WEST END OF COMPORT TOMB

Ledger

THE TOMB ERECTED
IN MEMORY OF JANE WIFE OF
Mr MICHAEL COMPORT
OF THE CASTLE IN THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 8th DAY OF OCTOBER 1789
AGED 47 YEARS
"Characters and Praise on Tombs are of no Service,
To the Living or to the Dead,
Of what Character She was the Day of
Resurrection only will Discover"
LIKEWISE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED
Mr MICHAEL COMPORT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE FIRST DAY
OF JANUARY 1797 AGED 51 YEARS
CHARLES COMPORT
SON OF THE ABOVE DIED MARCH 21st 1803
AGED 22 YEARS
Mrs JANE EDWARDS
DAUGHTER TO THE ABOVE DIED JAN. 14th 1805
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO CATHERINE WIFE OF
Mr THOMAS COMPORT
WHO DIED 8th APRIL 1821 AGED 53 YEARS
LIKEWISE ELIZABETH ANN WIFE OF
Mr MICHAEL COMPORT
OF DECOY HOUSE, HALSTOW WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE ON THE 27th OF FEBRUARY
1833 AGED 61 YEARS

South Side (Eroded)

IN MEMORY OF Mr GEORGE COMPORT
LATE OF GATTON'S HOUSE IN CLIFFE
WHO DIED 4th DECEMBER 1824 AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO Mrs KITTY COMPORT [WIFE OF]
Mr AUGUSTUS COMPORT [WHO DEPARTED ]
THIS LIFE THE 18th OF OCTOBER 18[31] [AGED 48 YEARS]
[ALSO SARAH COMPORT WIDOW OF GEORGE COMPORT]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 12th FEB. 1847 AGED 69 YEARS]

North Side

IN MEMORY OF Mr JOHN COMPORT WHO DIED 17th APRIL 1827 AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO SARAH RELICT OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th ? MAY 1841 AGED 55 YEARS
MICHAEL COMPORT ESQ.
OF THE DECOY HOUSE HIGH HALSTOW
[WHO] DIED 26th DECEMBER 1844
AGED 75 YEARS

East Side

IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS COMPORT ESQUIRE
OF WHITE HALL, HOO
OBT. 23rd OCT 1843
AET. 76
ALSO GEORGE COMPORT
SON OF THE ABOVE
OBT. 17th JAN. 1844
AET. 51

West Side

Armorial Crest

Michael Comport, died 1797 Farmer. In his Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 12th August 1795, he describes himself as a Gentleman.
   He desires to be buried in the vault belonging to him in Cooling Churchyard. His children to be "put into decent mourning" by his Executors. The Executors are to make an inventory of his estate, except his houses, farms and lands held on leasehold; expenses and legacies deducted from total.
   The money and other personal estate to his children, Thomas, Michael, George, John, Charles and Kitty in equal parts.
   From share of eldest sons, Thomas and Michael, 1,000 to be deducted in consideration of money already advanced to them. Money for younger children In Trust.
   To son Thomas, marshland and saltings known as Bennett's Marsh in Cliffe, in his occupation held by lease from the Earl of Darnley for remainder of term. To son Michael, the castle or mansion with farm where Michael, Senior now lives, named Castle Farm, in Cooling, held on lease from Thomas Best, Esq., for remainder of term. Son Michael to permit brother Charles and sister Kitty, to live with him, with board and lodging until they are 21. Costs from their legacies.
   Charles to be paid 150 at 21. Michael to benefit from agreement concerning Great Tithes of the lands belonging to the Castle Farm, held under Mr Thomas Smith. To Michael, freehold land, an ash plantation in Cliffe in his possession.
   To sons George and John, Cooling Court Farm, in Cooling, Cliffe, High Halstow and Frindsbury, held on lease from Jacob Harvey, Esq., subject to payment of 150 to Charles and Kitty.
   To Charles and Kitty the Great Tithes in High Halstow, held by lease with Thomas Smith by agreement with the Hon. and Rev. Harbottle Grimstone.
   To sons George and John, benefit of lease as to Great Tithes of land in Cooling held under Thomas Smith, also in respect of two farms called Cooling Court and New Barn, as lies in the parish of Cooling and another ?at Bottom's Green? Also to George and John, 10 acres in Frindsbury and Cooling near Bottom's Green in his occupation, held on lease from Mary Kidd, widow; also freehold, "Nobody's Piece", in his possession. To son Charles, two acres of "commoning" in Rye Street Common in Cliffe in occupation of Thomas Allen.
   To William Comport of Cobham, Gent. And George Gunning of Frindsbury, Esq. , 1,000 out of residue, Upon Trust. They to invest this in Public Funds, dividends to daughter Jane, wife of Edward Edwards of Strood, Surgeon for her lifetime. After her death, Upon Trust, and dividends to her children until they are 21.
   If  Jane and all children die before 21, 1,000 investment for benefit of his other children, in equal shares.
   Involved Trust Details follow.
   To William Comport and George Comport, 10 each. To housekeeper, Margaret Goble, if in his service at his death, 10.
   Sons Thomas, Michael, George and John Executors and Guardians of Charles and Kitty, while minors.
   Executors and Trustees to instruct Charles in farming and grazing, and procure a suitable farm for him.
   Witnesses: Thomas Smith, Strood, John Gibbs, Attorney at Strood and Richard Toms, Clerk to Mr Gibbs.

CODICIL, dated 12th August 1795
   He had given son Thomas, Bennett's Marsh in Cliffe, this legacy revoked. Instead it goes to son Charles for remainder of term. He had also given to Charles two acres in Rye Street Common, Cliffe, he also revokes this and gives it to son Thomas.
   Witnesses: Thomas Smith, John Gibbs and Richard Toms.
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George Comport
of Gatton's, Cliffe, Gent. (Monument also inside Church) P. C.C . Will dated 21st June 1821
   To wife Sarah, for her lifetime, Gatton's and Draper's, in Cliffe, purchased from Thomas Edwards Esq. Also Broomey Farm in Frindsbury and Cooling, and of Isburrows or Eastborough in Frindsbury, the latter two he has agreed to purchase from the trustees of the late Thomas Smith of Wilderwick, Lingfield, Farmer and Grazier (buried at Frindsbury), also Church Street Farm, 125 acres of land in High Halstow and St. Mary, in his own occupation; also 4 cottages occupied by Samuel Isaby, John Wakelin, George Austen and Henry Bora; also barn and granary and further 43 acres in High Halstow lately purchased from the Trustees of the late James Taylor; also cottage and blacksmith's shop in High Halstow, built on the waste, held of the Manor of Hoo, occupied by George Osenton. After his wife's death the above equally shared between their children.
   If there are no surviving children over 21, then to nephews and nieces in the 1st degree and John Murton son of William Smith Murton of Faversham, Gent., equally shared.
   Cottage and garden in Cliffe occupied by John Godwin, lately purchased from Thomas Edwards Esq., to the said John Godwin for life, if he is in testator's service at his decease. After John Godwin dies then to his estate.
   His half share of Buckland Marsh in Frindsbury, held on lease from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, to wife Sarah for life. She to carry on farming business and have profits.
   Also to her, 100, household goods, liquors, provisions, furniture, plate , linen and china.
   To brother in law Augustus Comport, securities on 300 due from him, forgives him principal and interest.
   To sister Kitty wife of Augustus Comport, an annuity of 50, payable out of personal estate.
   To James Simmons of High Halstow, Husbandman, 10/- per week payable every Saturday for life.
   To William Smith Murton, George Hughes of Linton, Gent. and nephew George Comport of Hoo, Gent. 100 each.
   To brothers Thomas, Michael and John, 50 each. To friend William Smith Murton, George Hughes and George Comport, the residue, Upon Trust, to sell and invest money in Public Funds.
   Involved Trust details follow.
   Proceeds of investment to be shared equally among his children at 21 years, until then, interest for their maintenance and education, and to place in profession, business or trade. If no child survives then to nephews and nieces of 1st degree and John Murton, equally.
   Further involved Trust details follow.
   Witnesses: J. Gibbs, Attorney at Law, Strood, Samuel West and George Goldsmith, Clerks to Mr Gibbs

CODICIL, Dated 8th July 1824
   Testator has (since) purchased several freeholds; will to be good to all intents and purpose.
   Witnesses: J.Gibbs, Geo. Goldsmith and Geo. Shaw
  
Proved 1st July 1825
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John Comport, of Cooling Court, Gent. P.C.C. Will dated 3rd December 1824.
   Freehold called Kingsland or Nobody, of 4 acres in Cooling in his occupation, to his son John.
   To wife Sarah, brothers Thomas and Michael and son John, Quickrells Farm in Cliffe, plus small piece of 3 roods in Cliffe in his possession, and acre in Cliffe, formerly waste held of the Manor of Mortimers subject to annual payments of 1s Quit Rent to Lord of said Manor, plus all other freehold real estate, Upon Trust. Also to them, household goods, money, live and dead stock and personal estate, Upon Trust. They to sell when they think fit. Involved details of Trust and Sale conditions follows.
   Proceeds to wife Sarah,son John and daughter, Sarah Ann, or other children he may have, equally divided at 21 years; further Trust details follow.
   Wife and brothers Thomas and Michael, and son John, Executors.
   Witnesses: J. Gibbs, Solicitor, Strood, Geo. Shaw and Thomas Pryer, Clerks to Mr Gibbs.
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Thomas Comport
, of White Hall, Hoo, Esq. (Monument also inside Hoo Church) P.C.C. Will dated 17th October 1840.
   By a Marriage Bond dated 20th November 1823 by which he was bound to buy for his present wife, Mary, a farm (part of which he was then owner), to settle on his wife. He now gives her 4,000 subject to her having no more claim on his estate, she also gets a further 2,000 and household effects, carriage, horses and harness.
   To son Michael, 1,000 and freehold chalk works, leased to Messrs Chatfield and others in Cliffe.
   To son John Huggins Comport, his Rye Street Commoning, or his Rights of Common in Cliffe, and 2 acres of land in the occupation of Mr Pett.
   To son Thomas 200; to brother Michael and friend Richard Knight, 19 gns.
   To servants, Joseph Lee and John Hedgecock, 19 gns., to servant John Gates, 10.
   Executors to stand possessed of 5,000 and securities, Upon Trust, to pay interest to son Thomas for life. After his death, Upon Trust, for his present wife for life or until she remarries. When she dies or remarries, Upon Trust for all Thomas' children until 21 or marriage of girls, for their maintenance and education.
   Executors to stand possessed of further 2,000, Upon Trust, for the four children of his late daughter, Mary Ann Everist, equally divided at 21 or marriage of girls. After death of their father, Henry Everist, executors can use interest for the childrens' maintenance and education during their minority, and allow any sums for their advancement in the world in same period. While Henry Everist lives, interest accrued added to capital.
   Friends John Huggins of Sittingbourne, Esq. and Edward Lake of Hoo, Gent. are to be Executors, to each of them, 100, if they take task on.
   To them all his freehold and leasehold farms and lands, personal effects and securities, Upon Trust, details of Trust conditions follow.
   They can carry on farming business for two years from Michaelmass next. His wife can, if she wants, continue to live in his house during the two years and live on profits from business. If sons, George and John prefer to consider a legatee of 6,000 each each rather than a Residuary legatee, with chance of a fall in value of property, to give notice of this within six months of his death.
   He gives same to them and other legacies, except legacy to his wife, which has priority, then real estate to be sold, shared equally between two sons. If either want to keep Residuary Estate, Trustees to partition estate, long and detailed conditions follow.
   Witnesses: James Everist, Stoke, Frances Bennett, servant to Mr Comport and John Lake, 10 Lincolns Inn
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Sarah Comport
, of Gattons House, Cliffe, Widow of George Comport. P.C.C. Will dated 22nd February 1842.
   To friends John Lock of Gillingham, Gent., William Stunt of Higham, Gent. and George Murton of Faversham, Gent., 100 each as a mark of respect and esteem for their troubles as Executors.
   To brother in law Michael Comport, Gent. "a handsome mourning ring", which executors are to purchase and present to him as a memorial of her affectionate regard.
   To friend John Murton of Cooling Castle, Gent. 100 in gratitude for his help in management of her property. To half sister, Jane Buck of Rochester, Widow, 150. To nephews, Michael Smith Comport and George Comport, Gents, and niece Sarah Ann the wife of John Rose Baker, youngest daughter of her late sister, Elizabeth Ann Comport, 150 each.
   To her young friend, Elizabeth Gascoyne, daughter of the late Henry Barnett Gascoyne, 200.
   To servant William Gates, 50, if in her service at her death.
   To Augustus Comport late of Hoo, Gent. 50. To Harriett Dive daughter of Phillip Dive, 50. To the above Elizabeth Gascoyne, all her clothes, linen, gold brooch and engraved seal initialled S.C.
   To Elizabeth Smith Murton and Maryn Ann Murton, pieces of china as found marked with their initials.
   Residue and real estate to niece Elizabeth Sarah Murton, wife of John Murton and daughter of sister Elizabeth Jane Comport.
   Witnesses: Charlotte Hughes, -------- ? Paddock and Jemima Little, Halstow
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Michael Comport
, of Decoy Farm in High Halstow, Rochester Will, dated 27th February 1844
   All his estate including Norwood in High Halstow, of 61 acres, conveyed to him in October 1825, and now in his occupation, to John Murton of Cooling Castle, Gent and John Rose Baker of Cooling Court, Gent (his two sons in law), Upon Trust. They to sell personal estate and freehold of Norwood, to pay mortgages, debts and legacies. Money from personal estate shared among his children, Michael Smith Comport, Elizabeth Sarah wife of John Murton, George and Sarah Ann wife of John Rose Baker, equally. If son wishes to purchase any of household goods, personal estate and effects, trustees to allow him to do so. Trustees to allow sons to carry on farming and grazing business, except Norwood, they to pay rents, etc. Gives half share in Decoy Farm and half share of marsh lands and saltings of over 5 acres near Decoy Farm lately purchased from William Fuller of Temple Bar, City of London, Esq. Also half of Dagnam Farm in High Halstow, St. Mary's and Allhallows; also all other freeholds in Kent, subject to payment of outstanding mortgages, also chargeable with sums bequeathed to daughters.
   Money from freeholds, except Norwood, to his executors, John Murton and John Rose Baker, Upon Trust. First half of property to son Michael Smith Comport; if he is no longer in possession of estate, to his executors, during Michael Smith Comport's life, to preserve remainder . Michael Smith Comport to have rents from undivided moieties, except Norwood, for life. After his death, to all his children by his present wife, Mary Ann, (late Mary Burford), whether born previous to or after marriage, equally.
   If all Michael Smith Comport's children die under 21 with no heirs, then Trust for benefit of son George and his heirs. If George dies heirless, then to daughters, Elizabeth Sarah and Sarah Ann equally. If George gives up estate, then to Trustees to preserve remainder, rents to George for life; after his death to his children.
If sons dead, money to be raised by mortgage on properties and 6,000 to daughters, equally. Interest on this, or parts, if not paid to them, at 4% per annum.
   Involved Trust details follow.
   Executors, John Murton, John Rose Baker , Michael Smith Comport and George Comport.
   To John Murton and John Rose Baker 50 each.
   Witnesses: J.Gibbs, Solicitor, Strood and F.J. Attwood, Clerk to Mr Gibbs

26.   Headstone, Ten Eroded Body Stones and Four Foot Stones on the East Side,  
            Three Body Stones on the West


HEADSTONE OF 4 CHILDREN OF MICHAEL & JANE COMPORT

IN MEMORY OF
SONS AND DAUGHTER OF
Mr MICHAEL & JANE COMPORT
OF COWLING COURT IN YS PARISH
WILLIAM DIED YE [   ] DAY OF MAY 1771
AGED 8 MONTHS, [   ] WEEKS, 6 ? DAYS
WILLIAM DIED YE [   ] DAY OF JUNE 1773
AGED 7 MONTHS, 2 WEEKS,[ ] DAYS
FRANCES DIED YE [   ] DAY OF JUNE 1775
AGED 4 MONTHS, 1 WEEK, 3 ? DAYS
JAMES COMPORT DIED 12th ? OCT. 1777
AGED 4 MONTHS, [   ] DAYS


HEADSTONE AND BODY STONES OF 10 COMPORT CHILDREN
& FOREGROUND, BODY STONES OF 3 BAKER CHILDREN


Remaining Six Body Stones on East Side, (According to an Earlier Transcript and Register)

MARY COMPORT OCTOBER 1767 ? (Not in Register)
WILLIAM COMPORT MARCH 1779
SARAH ELIZABETH COMPORT JULY 1779
ELIZABETH COMPORT OCTOBER 1779
ELIZABETH COMPORT 1792 ? (Not in Register)
THOMAS COMPORT NOVEMBER 1801

Three Body Stones on the West of Headstone, (According to an Earlier Transcript and Register)

JOHN ROSE BAKER JUNE 1837 AGED 3 WEEKS
SARAH ANN BAKER JUNE 1837 AGED 5 WEEKS
ELLEN ELIZABETH BAKER AUGUST 1854 AGED 3 MONTHS

 

27.   Large Ledger, Low on Ground, West of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JAMES THOMPSON COUSINS
BORN 17th MAY 1868
DIED 20th APRIL 1880
ALSO IN THE ADJOING GRAVE
ELIZA COUSINS
AGED 92
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
BOTH FORMERLY OF THE GATTON'S, CLIFFE

Eliza Cousins, died at Herne Bay in 1926

28.   Pedestals, Cross and Curbs, South of Church, by Yew

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY CROUCHER
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
CAROLINE CROUCHER
DIED FEBRUARY 13th 1925
AGED 79 YEARS
"Sleep on Beloved, Sleep and take thy Rest"
ALSO THE ABOVE
CAROLINE CROUCHER
DIED MARCH 25th 1937
AGED 90 YEARS

Henry Croucher, Farm Bailiff of Cooling Castle Farm (1901 Census)

EDWARDS see COMPORT

 

29.   Heart Shaped Plaque on Cross, South of Church

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
CLEMENT E. FAULKNER
DIED OCT. 28th 1928
AGED 31
"In God's Keeping"

 

30.   Headstone and Foot Stone, West of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FRANCES EMILY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JEFFERY FILMER
BORN APRIL 21st 1841
DIED NOVR. 19Th 1901
ALSO THE ABOVE
JEFFERY FILMER
DIED JUNE 19th 1922
AGED 70 YEARS
INTERRED AT RAMSGATE

Jeffery Filmer, Farmer at Eastborough Farm (1911 Census)

31.   Pedestals, Cross and Curbs, West of Church

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
EVA FILMER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 28th 1904 AGED 27 YEARS
"Gone from all Sorrow and Sickness and Pain
And Gone where the Ransomned Eternally Reign"

 

32.   Curbs, North of the Church

South Side

IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR LILIA WHO FELL ASLEEP APRIL 20th 1910

East Side

AGED 26 YEARS

West Side

LILIA FORBES

North Side

"Home where Spring Never Fades"

Lilia Forbes, of Church Street, Gravesend (Register)

33.   Curbs, Large Plot, Privet, South of Church

South Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ELIZA ANN FULLER ENTERED INTO REST JUNE 11th 1924 AGED 68 YEARS

East Side

ALSO JOHN FULLER ENTERED INTO REST APRIL 28th 1932 AGED 78 YEARS "We Love Him because He First Loved Us" EDWIN FULLER PASSED AWAY DECEMBER 18th 1928 AGED 33 YEARS (All one line)

 

34.   Small Detached Headstone, Leaning against Terry Headstone, South of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM ALFRED
GRANT
WHO DIED MARCH 10th 1878
AGED 4 ? YEARS & 6 ? MONTHS

 

35.   Headstone, Curbs, Low Railings

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE HINDS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTOBER 25th 1895
AGED 46 YEARS
"Though Lost to Sight,
To Memory Ever Dear"
FRANCES MARIA
HINDS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE 13th 1918
AGED 67 YEARS
"It is a Loss, a Shock Severe,
To Part with the ones we Love so Dear"

George Hinds, from Upper Higham

36.   Small Headstone and Curbs, North of Church

IN MEMORY
OF
THE CHILDREN OF
SAMUEL & ELEANOR
HODSHON
MARY ELIZABETH
DIED FEB. 17th 1876
AGED [   ] MONTHS
SAMUEL
DIED OCTOBER [    ] 1881
AGED 7 MONTHS
FRANK
DIED JANY. 9th 1883
AGED 5 YEARS & 6 MONTHS

Samuel Hodshon, Publican, of the "Horse Shoe and Castle" (1881 Census)

37.   Pedestals, Cross (Chalice and Wafer), Curbs, East of Chancel

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
THE REVD. WILLIAM HENRY ACOME LEAVER
FOR NINE YEARS RECTOR OF COOLING
FELL ASLEEP DECR. 9Th 1897 AGED 43
"Requiscat in Pace"
"He being Dead yet Speaketh"

South Curb

"And when the Chief Shepherd shall Appear"

East Curb

"Ye shall Receive"

North Curb

"A Crown of Glory which Fadeth not Away"

 

38.   Red Granite Pedestals, Cross and Curbs, Next to Above

MABEL
WIFE OF ASSHETON LEAVER
BORN 29th JUNE 1868
DIED 26th AUGUST 1901
"Gifted with Song, A Gracious Presence,
And Patience under Great Suffering"
[Obscured by Thick Ivy Roots]

East Curb

"Father into Thy Hands I commend my Spirit"

N. Curb

"Thou hast Remembered me O Lord God of Truth"

South Curb

"Father Forgive them for they Know Not what they Do"

Mabel Leaver. Died in Davos, Switzerland (Register)

MARSH see BATCHELOR

 

39.   Body Stone, North of Church

IN MEMORY OF
OWEN
[SON OF]
[JOHN AND ELIZTH. MURTON]
[OF COOLING CASTLE]
WHO DIED 26th APRIL 1838
AGED 4 MONTHS

 

40.   Body Stone, Next to Above

IN MEMORY OF
GEORGE
SON OF
JOHN AND ELIZTH. MURTON
OF COOLING CASTLE
WHO DIED THE 7th MARCH 1842
AGED 6 YEARS

 

41.   Triangular Section Body Stone, Next to above

S. Side

IN MEMORY OF
CLARA MURTON YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF
JOHN & ELIZABETH MURTON OF COOLING CASTLE
WHO DIED THE 23rd? OF SEPTEMBER 1863 AGED 14 YEARS

North Side

"A Treasure in the Heavens !"
Luke c12, 33v
"O Lost Too Soon, O Loved Too Well,
Too Dear for Death, Farewell, Farewell"

(Adjoining grave with completely eroded Headstone probably the parents of the above)

John Murton, Farmer of Cooling Castle Farm, (son in law to Comports), 550 acres, employing 20 men in 1881 (Census)

42.   Headstone, East of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SARAH ANN OVERRRIGHT
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1901
AGED 79 YEARS
"There Remaineth therefore a Rest
To the People of God"
ALSO
JOHN GATES OVERRIGHT
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 2nd 1903
AGED 89 YEARS
"His End was Peace"

John Gates Overright, Waggoner at Child's Farm (1861 Census), Agricultural Labourer (1881 Census). Both of the Overrights died at Cobham College (Almshouses).

43.   Richly Carved Headstone, Body Stone and Foot Stone, South of Church


HEADSTONE OF RICHARD PREBBLE, JUNIOR


DETAIL OF HEADSTONE OF RICHARD PREBBLE, JUNIOR

IN MEMORY OF
Mr RICHARD PREBBLE OF YE PARISH
OF CLIFF SON OF Mr RICHARD PREBBLE
AND FRANCES HIS WIFE LATE OF YS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 9th DAY OF APRIL 1775
IN THE 30th YEAR OF HIS AGE
"He was a Dear Father and Affectionate Husband,
A Good Master, and Sincere Friend,
Tho' Young he was, Youth could not Withstand,
Nor him Protect from Death's Imperial Hand,
Life is a Cobweb be we e'er so Gay,
And Death's a Broom that Sweeps us all Away"

Richard Prebble, died 1775, a Farmer, was Borsholder (Constable) at Cooling in 1763 and Surveyor in 1768.

44.   Double Headstone, Two Buried Body Stones and Broken Top Part of Headstone as Foot Stone
                                          (see Below)


THE SECOND HEADSTONE OF RICHARD PREBBLE, SENIOR 
& FIRST WIFE FRANCES

IN MEMORY OF IN MEMORY OF
RICHARD PREBBLE FRANCES WIFE OF
OF THIS PARISH RICHD. PREBBLE
LATE OF JESKINS OF THIS PARISH
AT COBHAM IN KENT WHO DIED MARCH 23rd ? 1751
WHO DIED THE 7th MARCH 1779 AGED 37 ? YEARS
AGED 66 YEARS ALSO 3 CHILDREN, WILLIAM
MIRIAM AND FRANCES
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

Richard Prebble, Senior, died 1779, was a Yeoman of Cobham. His Consistory Court of Rochester Will is dated 7th May 1777.
   Richard Davies of Frindsbury, Yeoman is indebted to him in sum of 43, upon a bond dated 26th December 1767, in penal sum of 110, conditional for payment of 55 and interest, 43 is residue of sum of 55; all money due upon bond to son John Prebble of Higham, Yeoman, is 43 and interest.
   By a marriage settlement dated 30th March 1771 between Mary Prebble, "my late wife deceased" (then Mary Comport of Cobham, Widow), and administrator of the will of George Comport of Cobham, Yeoman, of the 1st part, Richard Prebble the Elder of the 2nd part, John Biggs, William Biggs the Younger of Dabbs Place, Cobham, Yeomen, Richard Prebble the Younger (since deceased) and Thomas Brooke Hennings of the 3rd part.
   George Comport was possessed of the Manor of Henhurst and Giskins or Henhurst Hall in Cobham, on lease , his widow, Mary became entitled to one third of his goods and effects; the residue belongs to his children, William Comport, Elizabeth Comport, Ann Comport and George Comport. The widow's part valued at 450 12s 2 d, the residue 919 4s 5d belonging to the four children.
   The appraisal of the household goods, stock and effects of farm is 1, 876 18s 10d, including third part due to late Mary Prebble from former husband's estate, due to Richard Prebble.
   The farm and lands was in Trust to allow Richard and Mary Prebble to hold for life of survivor, then to William Comport, eldest son of George Comport for remainder of term at 24 years of age. William to pay 919 4s 5d or amount not yet advanced to his brother and sisters at 21. 483 11s is already advanced and paid by Richard Prebble, sum of 474 3s 5d, remainder of sum of 1, 876 18s 10d (which was late wife's). Upon Trust for above purpose.
   If William Comport dies before 24 years, , then in Trust for George at 24 years, if both died before 24, then upon Trust to two sisters, equally. If only one living then all to her. Richard Prebble in lifetime of his wife retained 483 11s, whereas farm stock, effects, etc valued at 919 4s 5d plus 474 3s 5d.
   Richard Prebble gives to son John and William Bigg, household goods, stock etc. in farm and lands, and personal estate, money, securities, rights, etc. after payment of 919 4s 5d or of such as not already advanced, to be paid by him to Comport children at 21, plus 474 3s 5d as under settlement, upon Trust that John Prebble and William Biggs make an inventory for value of goods exceeding 919 4s 5d, or sum not already advanced, and sum of 474 3s 5d, upon Trust . William Comport at 24 years when entitled to farm and lands shall sell surplus of goods, effects, etc over and above sum of 919 4s 5d, or sum not already advanced, and sum of 474 3s 5d to be divided among Comport children. If William Comport dies before 24, "overplus" of goods to be sold, money divided among surviving Comport children. If William Comport lives he to pay John Prebble and William Biggs of value of "overplus", this to his siblings. If "overplus" not sold and William Comport dies before 24, the George Comport inherits, he is to pay trustees two thirds of value goods, etc which are divided between his sisters.
   Witnesses: Thomas Patttinson and John Pattinson

45.   Broken Top of Headstone, Foot Stone to above


ORIGINAL HEADSTONE OF RICHARD AND FRANCES PREBBLE, 
WHICH WAS, SOMEHOW BROKEN
AND THEN USED AS A "FOOTSTONE"


AFTER EXCAVATION, SHOWING PART OF INSCRIPTIONS 
AND THE ENDS OF THE TWO BODY STONES, NOW BURIED

IN MEMORY OF IN MEMORY OF
RICHD. PREBBLE FRANCES [WIFE OF]
-----------------------------------Break----------------------------------------

 

46.   Headstone and Curbs, North of Church

IN EVER LOVING REMEMBRANCE
OF
STEPHEN SMITH
WHO DIED APRIL 13th 1900
AGED 36 YEARS
"Thy Will O God be Done"
"Gone but not Forgotten"



Stephen Smith
, Agricultural Labourer at Eastborough Farm (1891 Census)

47.   Vaulted Headstone and Curbs, North of Church

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 9th ? 191[4]
AGED 61 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO MARY ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 19th 1915
AGED 62 YEARS
"Sleep on Dear Mother, your Troubles are o'er,
Your Willing Hands will Toil no more,
A Loving Mother Good and Kind,
No Friend on Earth like Her we Find"

George Smith, died 1914, Landlord of the "Horse Shoe and Castle" ?

48.   Low Headstone and Curbs, North of Chancel

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
JAMES ALBERT
SON OF JAMES AND ALICE SMITH
WHO DIED 24th MAY 1921 AGED 32 YEARS
"He has Gone, the One we Loved so Dear to his Eternal Rest"
"His End Peace"
AND HE ALSO LEAVES HIS WIDOW
AND THREE CHILDREN TO MOURN HIS LOSS

 

49.   Low Headstone and Curbs, North of Chancel

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
NORMAN
BELOVED SON OF JAMES AND ALICE SMITH
WHO DIED 13th OCTOBER 1923 AGED 19 YEARS
"With Christ which is Far Better"

James Smith, father of Norman, died 1923, Agricultural Labourer at Eastborough Farm ? (1891 Census)

50.   Long, Low Headstone, Curbs, Large Plot

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN SPEARMAN SARAH HIS BELOVED WIFE
DIED 16th OF MARCH 1907 DIED 10th [MARCH 1924]
AGED 64 YEARS AGED 79 YEARS
"For only those who Bear the Cross [   ] hope to w[   ]

John Spearman, A Waggoner at Grabham's Farm (1881 Census), Cooling Castle Farm (1901
Census)

51.   Headstone, North of Church

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
EMMA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
THOMAS SOLOMON
OF COOLING COURT
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 17th 1879
AGED 28 YEARS
"Blessed are the Pure in Heart"
ALSO OF
THOMAS BERTRAM
YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 11th 1880
AGED 1 YEAR
ALSO THE ABOVE
THOMAS SOLOMON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 3rd 1910
AGED 73 YEARS

Thomas Solomon, A Farmer. Died at Lewisham (Register)

52.   Headstone, South of Church

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE
OF
WALTER THOMAS TERRY
WHO DIED MAY 3rd 1895
AGED 7 MONTHS
ALSO
ARCHIBALD WILLIAM TERRY
WHO DIED JANUARY 17th 1900
AGED 1 YEAR & 6 MONTHS
THE BELOVED CHILDREN OF
GEORGE & ELIZABETH TERRY
"The Lord Gave and the Lord hath Taken Away,
Blessed be the Name of the Lord"

George Terry, died 1938, Agricultural Labourer of Marsh Gate, son in law of Thomas Balls; Coal Porter of Mill Croft, Cliffe (1901 Census)

53.   Large Ledger on Ground, South of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE TERRY
WHO FELL ASLEEP
MARCH 20th 1911
AGED 15 YEARS

 

TERRY see BALLS

 

54.   Granite Pedestals, Cross and Curbs, North of Church

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
ERNEST WILLIAM WOOD
1863 1925
ALSO OF HIS WIFE
EMMA ELIZABETH
1858 1948

Ernest Wood, Farmer and Stock Auctioneer, Lodge Hill House.(1901 Census)

55.   Pedestals, Cross and Curbs, North of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EILEEN MARIANNE
DAUGHTER OF
ERNEST & EMMA WOOD
WHO DIED JULY 29th 1898
AGED 4 YEARS
"And Jesus called a Little
Child unto Him"

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