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Monumental Inscriptions of All Saints Church, Frindsbury - recorded by D. E. Williams 2011

Section B - is that area south of the church, bounded on the south by the footpath.

111.   Headstone


GEORGE ANDERSON AND WIVES
The inscription to George Anderson, Gunner in ten of His Majesty's Ships,
 is out of sight below the ground

IN MEMORY OF
CATHERINE & SUSANNA
WIVES OF GEORGE ANDERSON
OF THIS PARISH
WHO HATH BEEN GUNNER IN TEN OF
HIS MAJESTIE'S (sic) SHIPS
CATHERINE WAS BORN 15th SEPT. 1683
AND DIED 11th MARCH 1727
SUSANNA WAS BORN 25th JANY. 1684
AND DIED 10th JUNE 1758
---------------------(Ground Level)--------------------
ALSO YE ABOVE GEORGE ANDERSON
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJESTIE'S (sic) SHIP
NEPTUNE & WARRANTED 52 YEARS HE WAS BORN
24th SEPT. 1682 AND DIED 26th FEB. 1761

George Anderson, Superannuated Gunner of HMS Neptune, left money due to him from the Treasury; his house to Mary wife of Boyman Sampson, Brazier of Strood, after her death, to her brother George Hickman, Baker of Strood, the house never to be sold. He left 19 to Boyman Sampson for Sampson's children's "larning". He also left many silver items to the Boymans and Hickman. Also some money to relatives? in Scotland. Jane Gross and Mary Sampson, Executors. Witnesses to the will, dated 4th November 1760, Pike Rogers, Henry Potter and Jonathan Pointer. (Consistory Court of Rochester Will Drb/PW59) The will appears to be in Anderson's own hand.

112.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MICHAEL ARLIDGE OF THE CITY
OF ROCHESTER, PLUMBER AND GLAZIER
WHO DIED JANUARY 10th 1816
AGED 40 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER
ALSO GEORGE SHARP
OF ROCHESTER, PLUMBER AND GLAZIER
WHO DIED JUNE 26th 1822 AGED 30 YEARS
"Much Lamented and Respected"
[ALSO] [ELIZA]BETH SHARP
[WHO DIED] [   ] JANUARY 1866
[AGED 76 YEARS]

Michael Arlidge was the son in law of John Pelling, who is buried nearby. (Consistory Court of Rochester Will DRb/PW64)
   Elizabeth Sharp, presumably the widow of George Sharp, was carrying on the Plumbing business in Rochester in 1824 (Pigot's Directory)

113.   Headstone, with City of Rochester Arms

"Munus Capio"

IN MEMORIAM
WILLIAM ARLIDGE
WHO DIED MAY 20th 1886
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO JEMIMA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 22nd 1894
AGED 84 YEARS
"At Rest"
EDWARD PATTENDEN
WHO DIED DE[CEMBER] 23rd 18[74]?
AGED [66] YEARS
[   ]

William Arlidge, son of the above, was also a Plumber. The family business in Rochester flourished throughout the 19th century .

114.   Fallen Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS AUSTEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPT. 25th 1798 AGED [ ] YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE [OF]
WILLIAM H[AMMOND]
AND FORMERLY WIFE OF [THOMAS AUSTEN? ]
[WHO] DIED SEPT. 1st 1810 AGED [ ] [YEARS]
ALSO THOMAS H[AMMOND]
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JAN [ ] 186[4] [AGED] [60] [YEARS]
ALSO WILLIAM [HAMMOND]
SON OF
Mr. WILLIAM [HAMMOND]
WHO DIED OCT. 8th 1868 AGED [64] [YEARS]
ALSO HERBERT [   ]
SON OF
GEORGE & ANN CHEETHAM
AND GRANDSON OF
WILLIAM HAMMOND
[WHO] DIED OCT. 11th 1868 AGED 10 MONTHS

William Hammond, father of Mrs. Cheetham was a Gardener (Marriage register 1857) He was at Holly Wood House in 1861 (Census) Thomas Hammond, there are two in the 1861 Census, the most accurate age match is a Navy Pensioner, 54 years, the other, 61 years is a Butcher ?

George Cheetham was a Shipwright and Barge Builder in Canal Road. His first barge was Betsy launched 1845. His builds include the Steamer Prince Alfred, 1846 and barge Sophia, 1855. He went into partnership with a former apprentice George Gill; they parted in 1852 after going bankrupt (The Times). Gill went to Chatham to start his own successful business.

115.   Curbs

South Side

HARRY EDWARD AYLING CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE JULY 22nd 1941 AGED 79 YEARS

North Side

ALSO HIS WIFE BESSIE CONSTANCE AYLING REUNITED DECEMBER 13th 1949 AGED 89 YEARS

Eeast Side

WINIFRED AYLING
12th NOV. 1962 AGED 71 YEARS

West Side

PHILLIS AYLING
24th APRIL 1968 AGED 64 YEARS

Harry Ayling was a School Master of Grove Villa, Grove Road (1901 Census); a Rochester City Councillor, of 37 Goddington Road (Kelly's Directory 1927)

BAKER see GUNNING

 

116.   Headstone and Tablet

LILIAN
DEVOTED WIFE
OF H. A. BENNETT
NOVEMBER 26th 1944
ALSO H. A. BENNETT
DIED FEBRUARY 1978 AGED 86 YEARS
ORGANIST OF ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL 1930 1956
BELOVED HUSBAND OF ZOE
"Music when soft voices die
vibrates in the memory"
Shelly (sic)

Tablet

ALSO
ZOE
1912 1991
REUNITED

 

117.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ARTHUR BLAKE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[SEPTEMBER 1869]
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO
ANNIE BLAKE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 26th 1870
AGED 17 YEARS
ALSO
FANNY BLAKE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 11th 1871
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO
EMMA BLAKE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 25th 1872
AGED 15 YEARS
ALSO
HARRIETT BLAKE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 24th 1906
AGED 90 YEARS

Arthur Blake was probably the Licensed Victualler of the Jolly Sailor, Upnor, (Post Office Directory 1855); Pier Hotel, Upnor (1861 Census); Railway Tavern, Canal Road (Post Office Directory 1866). Harriett died at 17 Gun Lane.
   (Extra information kindly supplied by Ken Bradley 11-08-2014 - Arthur Blake was born in Sittingbourne 1816ish but his birth cannot be found. Harriett his wife was born 1816ish & again the birth cannot be found, she was 90 when she died. They did run the public houses as stated but they also had three sailing barges, Arthur Blake, Harriett and the Admiral Blake. All "Stumpies" designed to go under the bridge Rochester.

118.   Fallen Headstone Fragment

SACRED
TO THE REMAINS OF
[   ] INFANT SON OF
ARTHUR & HARRIETT BLAKE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 25th MAY 18[  ]
AGED 8 MONTHS
[WALTER ? ] SON OF THE ABOVE
[ WHO DIED ] 21st MARCH 18[58 ]
[ AGED 8 MONTHS ]

 

119.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SARAH ANN OGLE
DAUGHTER OF
ARTHUR & HARRIETT BLAKE
DIED NOVEMBER 24th 1904
AGED [56] YEARS

 

BOGHURST see STAINES

 

120.   Small Headstone

[   ]
E[ ]IS BLA[  ]
[   ]TER[ ]RR[   ] W
[   ] NOT STAY [   ]
[   ] YS PREPARE A
[   ]NT THAT DAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 27th DAY
OF SEPTEMBER 1685
AGED 72 YEARS
WHO WAS THE BE
LOVED WIFE OF
ROBERT BOREMAN

 

121.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELLEN WIFE OF
HENRY BOVINGDON
OF STROOD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTOBER 29th 1854 AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO HENRY RICHARD
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 1st 1849
AGED 10 YEARS
ALSO CHARLES THEIR SON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 25th 1849
AGED 7 YEARS
ALSO ALBERT RICHARD
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 6th 1854
AGED 3 MONTHS

Henry Bovingdon was a Corn Dealer and Seedsman of William Street (1851 Census); North Street (Post Office Directory 1873) Mrs. Eliza Bovingdon Corn Dealer, North Street, (Post Office Directory 1878)

122.   Monument Formerly on South Wall of Chancel, 
                    (Smetham's Rambles Around Churches,1929)

[IN MEMORY OF]
JOHN AND MARY
CABLE
HE DIED [NOVEMBER 12th 1741]
[AGED [   ] YEARS]
SHE DIED MARCH 12th 1765
[AGED [   ] YEARS]
ALSO
BETHIA HOLFORD
THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED OCTOBER 19th 1764 ?
AGED 29 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN CABLE
SON OF JOHN AND MARY
[WHO] DIED 2nd JAN. 1757
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO
[JOSEPH] HOLFORD
(GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE)
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 27th 1758
AGED 10 YEARS

 

123.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EUGENIA CARISBROOK
DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
J. CARISBROOK ESQ.
OF TETBURY IN GLOSTERSHIRE (sic)
WHO DIED ON THE 31st DECEMBER 1819
IN THE 19th YEAR OF HER AGE

 

CHEETHAM see AUSTEN

124.   Headstone


JOHN AND DANIEL COWLAND
I assume that John and Daniel were brothers ? Was the empty right hand side intended for their mother? 
This is a very good example of a stone that seems mostly illegible without raking sun.

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN COWLAND
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED
JANY. 20th ? 1752
AGED 34 YEARS
ALSO
DANL. COWLAND
WHO DIED
APRIL 3rd 1740
AGED 29 YEARS

John Cowland was a Farmer (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will DRa/PW12

125.   Curbs

South Side

MARY WIFE OF GEORGE CRACKLEN
DIED 22nd DEC. 1948 AGED 32

North Side
"God be in my Heart
and in my Thinking"

Mary Cracklen was the daughter of Clarence Wood (buried nearby). According to The Times Death Notice, she died the day after giving birth, no doubt as a result of the birth.

126.   Oak Pedestals and Oak Curbs. Large Plot

North Side

WILLIAM DANIEL
BORN JANUARY 31st 1839
AT REST MARCH 7th 1921
ARTHUR [YATES] [DAN]I[E]L
BORN APRIL 27th 1876
AT REST APRIL 27th 1922
"[For]ever with the Lord"

South Side

[ELIZABETH DANIEL]
[BO]R[N] [ ]0 1841
[AT] R[EST] [D]EC. 8th 1925

William and Arthur Daniel were Mechanical Engineers, living at Horsforth, Yorkshire in 1901(Census)
The Daniels lived at The Lodge, Chattenden at the time of their deaths

DANN see STAINES

DAWES see PELLING

 

127.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH DOWSETT
WIDOW
WHO DIED 7th JANUARY 1824
AGED 80 YEARS
SHE LIVED MANY YEARS A SERVANT
IN THIS PARISH
IN A FAMILY BY WHO THIS
MEMORIAL IS ERECTED AS A TESTIMONY
OF HER MERITORIOUS AND
FAITHFUL SERVICES

Sarah Dowsett is buried close to the Gunning Tombs, was she their Servant ?

128.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
Mrs. ANN EDWARDS
WHO DIED 17th MAY
1852
AGED 61 YEARS

Ann Edwards, a widow was a Licensed Victualler at Lower Upnor (1851 census)

129.   Headstone

[   ]
KATHERINE GILL
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
-------------(ground level)-------------
ON MUNDAY NIGHT
THE 3rd OF FEBRUARY
IN THE YEAR 1742 3
AGED 43 YEARS

 

130.   Headstone


THOMAS GOLDING

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS GOLDING
OF YS PARISH WHO DIED
[   ] DAY OF MARCH 1771
AGED 87 ? YEARS
ALSO MARY THE DAUGHTER
OF THOS. & MARY GOLDING
WHO DIED YE 29th OF AUG. 1766
AGED 43 ? YEARS

Thomas Golding was probably a Farmer; he left land in Barming and Ditton (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will DRa/PW14)

131.   Classical Chest Tomb, Railed, Large Plot

Ledger

HERE LIETH THE BODY
OF Mr. PETER GUNNING OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 3rd DAY OF MARCH 1777
AGED 58 YEARS
HIS DEATH
WAS SEVERELY FELT NOT ONLY BY HIS OWN FAMILY
AND RELATIVES BUT BY ALL THE NEIGHBOURS AROUND
TO WHOM
HE WAS AN ARDENT FRIEND AND DISINTERESTED ARBITOR
AND IN CHARACTER HAD FREQUENT OPPORTUNITIES
OF DISTINGUISHING HIMSELF AND SELDOM FAILED OF
GIVING SATISFACTION TO ALL PARTIES
FOR HE ALWAYS ACTED WITH IMPARTIALITY
AND INTEGRITY ?
TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY
AND TO IMPRESS UPON OTHERS THE VIRTUES OF
HIS CHARACTER HIS SON GEORGE HAS CAUSED THIS
TOMB TO BE ERECTED
"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall
be called the Children of God"
HERE ALSO
INTERRED THE BODY OF FRANCES THE WIFE
OF THE ABOVE PETER GUNNING
WHO DIED THE 3rd DAY OF FEBRUARY 1767
AGED 42 YEARS
SHE WAS [   ] AND FAITHFUL WIFE
A TENDER AND AFFECTIONATE MOTHER
A WARM AND SINCERE FRIEND
THEY LEFT ISSUE ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER
GEORGE AND MARY
PETER GUNNING GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
DIED APRIL 16th 1781 AGED 6 WEEKS
MARY GUNNING GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 20th 1786 AGED 5 YEARS

South Side

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF GEORGE GUNNING ESQ.
WHO DIED 10th NOVEMBER 1810
AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO OF
GEORGE GUNNING ESQ.
WHO DIED 21st OF JANUARY 1821
AGED 69 YEARS

West Side

IN
MEMORY OF
ANN GUNNING
DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE AND
ANN GUNNING
DIED MAY 15th 1803
AGED 23 YEARS

North Side

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY RUST ONLY DAUGHTER OF
PETER AND FRANCES GUNNING
DIED JANUARY 13th 1831 AGED 81 YEARS
MARY [   ] DIED FEB. 24th 1819 AGED 2 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS
HENRY DIED DEC. 6th 1830 AGED 2 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS
SAMUEL DIED SEPT. [ ] 1831 AGED 6 WEEKS
CHILDREN OF PETER & KATHERINE GUNNING

Peter Gunning d.1777, PCC Will PROB11/1029, dated 4th October 1776. Daughter Mary Griffin 40 p.a. Annuity from 48 acre farm at Allhallows. 50 acre farm at Allhallows, Bell Inn at St. Mary's Hoo, ash plantation at St. Mary's, two farms at Cobham, two houses in Cobham Street, wood in Meopham, called Downwood, Park Wood in Ash, 9 acres, Spring Wood in Ash, 3 acres, house in Meopham and 1 acres called Hop Ground, houses in Frindsbury , occupied by Jacob Smith, Widow Staples, William Lawrence and Alexander Norwood, 8 acres and house, barn and acre of ash in St. Mary's, property in Hoo Street, money, household goods, cattle, stock, crops and leases to son George Gunning.

132.   Convex Grey Granite, Railed, Adjacent to the Above

IN THE FAMILY VAULT
REST THE REMAINS OF
PETER GUNNING ESQ.
WHO DIED JULY 12th 1852
AGED 65 YEARS
AND KATHERINE HIS WIFE
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
SAMUEL BAKER ESQ.
OF SATIS HOUSE
BOLEY HILL, ROCHESTER
WHO DIED MAY 30th 1861
AGED 72 YEARS
AND
BENEATH THIS STONE
MARY
YOUNGER DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 11th 1885
AGED 61 YEARS
GEORGE
SECOND SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPT. 6th 1899
AGED 78 YEARS

 

133.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES HAMMOND SON OF
Mr. WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH HAMMOND
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
19th OF DECEMBER 1776 AGED 4 MONTHS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE Mr. WILLIAM HAMMOND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 29th OF APRIL
1788 AGED 51 YEARS
"He was an Affectionate Husband and Tender Parent"
ALSO OF JAMES TAPPLEY HAMMOND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 27th OF AUGUST 1793
AGED 7 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
ALSO OF FRANCIS WILKINS HAMMOND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH THE 18th 1796
AGED 14 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM HAMMOND GRAND-SON OF THE
ABOVE Mr. WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH HAMMOND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY THE 30th 1796
AGED 3 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS
ALSO OF TWO CHILDREN WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO ELIZABETH LAWRENCE FORMERLY
WIFE [OF THE] ABOVE [WILLIAM HAMMOND]
[   ] [OCTOBER] 1829
[AGED 82 YEARS]

 

HAMMOND see AUSTEN

134.   Headstone


MARY HOULDING
This stone is very badly flaked, one can't imagine the surface surviving much longer. 
There must have been a lot of care taken not to damage this stone when the Sims vault was constructed.

[HERE] LYETH YE BODY OF MARY HOULDING OF
[YS] PARISH WHO DECD. MARCH (sic) 1702 AGED 70
[YEAR]S ALSO YE BODY OF HER TWO GRAND DAUGHTERS
[MA]RY [   ] 13 YRS 1706
ORR[IS] [   ] A D
[ELIZ.] [   ] YRS 1710

Mary Houlding was the widow of a Mariner

135.   Headstone, Very Eroded

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ADAM KELLOCK
GUNNER OF H. M. SHIP BARFLEUR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [   ] DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1817
AGED 4[3] YEARS

 

136.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JAMES GRANDSON OF
WILLIAM & ELIZABETH KIMMINS
WHO SUDDENLY DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 22nd OF JULY 1862
AGED 20 YEARS
"He was beloved by all who knew him"
[  ]
ALSO ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM KIMMINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE
17th OF AUGUST 1880 AGED 67 YEARS
"Forever with the Lord"
ALSO THE ABOVE
WILLIAM KIMMINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 18th OF AUGUST 1894
AGED 80 YEARS

William Kimmins was a well known Miller and Corn Factor

LAWRENCE see HAMMOND

 

137.   Small Headstone


ELIZABETH MOXLEY
This inscription was a challenge to read, to say the least! The completely 
eroded stone next to this may be, I suspect, to her husband, Richard ?

HERE
LYETH YE [BODY]
OF ELIZ: MOXLEY
YE WIFE OF RICHD.
MOXLEY OF THE CITY
OF ROCHESTER WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH YE 12th
1722
AGED 53 YEARS

Elizabeth Moxley's husband Richard was a Cooper of Rochester. He died in 1739 and was buried at Frindsbury on February 21st , the Register wrongly gives his name as "Henry". On the same day the Burial Register of St. Nicholas, Rochester records "Richard Moxley at Friendsbury". Likewise in 1737 when Henry Moxley, also a Cooper, the latter's son? died he was buried at Frindsbury, on November 3rd ; the Burial Register of St. Nicholas records "Henry Moxley at Friendsbury". I take this to mean that the Vicar of St. Nicholas conducted the service at Frindsbury?
   Henry Moxley states in his will his wish to be buried at Frindsbury (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will DRa/ PW8)
   Richard's will is in the same court (DRa/ PW9) There are no surviving monument for Richard and Henry, although there is a totally eroded stone of the right period close to Elizabeth's, which itself is very eroded

138.   Headstone


ESTHER NICHOLS
There is an unusual motif on the carving; The Pelican in Her Piety, feeding her rather over large chick with her own blood, which she pecks from her breast.. This is a symbol of Christ and the blood shed by him.

IN MEMORY OF
ESTHER WIFE OF
JOHN NICHOLS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
DEC. 19th 1756 AGED 42 ? YEARS
"Relentless Fate snatched her from our Arms,
O Gentle Mother Earth receive her Charms,
Into thy Bosom, easie let her rest,
Her Sacred Ashes unpolluted keep"

 

OGLE see BLAKE

 

139.   Small Headstone


JOHN OLIFFE
This is another of the inscriptions which almost disappear on a day with no sun. 
In the background is the east wall of the south aisle.

HERE LYETH THE
BODY OF JOHN OLIFFE
CARPENTER
OF THIS PARISH
DIED JULY 16th 1739
AGED 46 YEARS

John Oliffe was an House Carpenter . In his will, dated 9th June 1739, he is owed upon bond, 60 from his cousin, Anthony Alchin of East Malling, Yeoman. This goes, in trust to his executors, the interest for the education of his two children, John and Sarah Wood Oliffe. The principal sum to be used for setting them up in apprenticeships, as they choose. Residue of money to children at 21 years. He is owed a large sum for the board of his wife's children by her former husband Mr Ward, this money to his own children. To his good friends, James Hunt and Richard Ironmonger, each a gold ring of 1 guinea value, "to wear in remembrance of me". Residue of estate to wife Elizabeth, for her life, after her death to his children. Executors: James Hunt and Richard Iron monger. Witnesses: Will. Gates and Sarah Perry (mark of). (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will DRa/PW9)

140.   Headstone and Tablet

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM PAINE
DIED 20th OCTOBER 1949
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO FLORENCE MARY HIS WIFE
REUNITED 3rd JUNE 1967
AGED 93 YEARS
Tablet
DOROTHY ISABEL
PAINE
AT REST 20th APRIL 1971
AGED 68 YEARS

 

PATTENDEN see ARLIDGE

 

141.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY PELLING
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 26th OF AUGUST 1822
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO JOHN PELLING, FARMER
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 24th OF AUGUST 1829
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO JAMES PELLING DAWES
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
BORN MARCH [  ] 1834 DIED AUGUST 20th 18[  ]
Mrs. ANN DAWES
DIED 5th JANUARY 1855
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO Mr. WILLIAM DAWES
WHO DIED JUNE 14th 1862
AGED 74 YEARS

John Pelling, Senior owned Blacklands Farm, which was farmed by his son in law William Dawes, and bequeathed it to his daughter, wife of William Dawes. (Consistory Court of Rochester Will DRb/PW65)
   John Pelling, Junior, may be the Miller at Luton, Chatham in 1851 (Census)

William Dawes was John Pelling's son in law; he was a Farmer at Blacklands Farm, 100 + acres (Tithes 1843)

142.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARTHA PELLING
WIFE OF
JOHN PELLING
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 11th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1847
AGED 29 YEARS
ALSO
MARTHA HUBBLE PELLING
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 29th NOVEMBER 1847
AGED 5 MONTHS

 

143.   Headstone


WILLIAM PINNOCK
Although it appears clear on this photograph, I initially thought this was illegible. It was only after high lighting
 with chalk and having the sun in the right position (in January or February), that I was able to read it. 
Pinnock's mother Elizabeth's stone is a few feet to the right.

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. WILL. PINNOCK
SON OF ELIZ. PINNOCK
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 19th OCT.. 1775
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO Mrs. ANN FRANCES
A RELATION OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DEC. 25th 1765
AGED 49 YEARS

 

144.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. ELIZ. PINNOCK
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED [   ] DEC. 17[55]
AGED 70 YEARS

 

145.   Headstone


LEFT: BENJAMIN AND ISABEL ROBOTTOM, DIED 1747 & 1724
RIGHT: CHARLES AND ANN SHERMAN, DIED 1780 & 1749

HERE LIETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
BENJAMIN ROBOTTOM
OF THE PARISH OF STROUD (sic) WHO DIED
AUGUST YE 5th 1747 AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO HERE LIETH
--------------------(ground level)-------------------
THE BODY OF ISABEL WIFE OF
BENJAMIN ROBOTTOM WHO DIED
DECEM. [   ] 1724 AGED 43 YEARS

 

ROBOTTOM see SHERMAN

SHARP see ARLIDGE

146.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF
CHARLES SHERMAN
GROCER IN STROUD (sic) AND DAUGHTER
OF BENJ. & ELIZ. ROBOTTOM
WHO DIED THE 18th AUG. 1749
AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO THE AFORESAID
CHARLES SHERMAN WHO DIED
[   ] [OCTOBER] 1780 AGED 6[  ] YEARS
ALSO ELIZ. HIS SECOND WIFE
WHO DIED NOV. [   ] 17[92]
AGED 77 YEARS

Charles Sherman, Grocer of Strood, requests his wife as Executor of his will to pay his brother's "benefits" into the Angel Club in Strood, until he reaches 60 years of age. The Angel was a long established Inn , (the modern one of the same name is, at time of writing closed). The Angel Club was probably some sort of "Friendly Society" (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will DRa/PW15)

147.   Low Ledger, Railed

IN HOPES OF A JOYFUL
RESURRECTION HERE REPOSE
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
Mr. ALFRED SIMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 6th OF DECEMBER 1832
AGED 28 YEARS
"He lived Honoured, he died Lamented"
J. M.
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF
Mr. ZECHARIAH SIMS AND MOTHER OF THE
ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 19th OF
SEPTEMBER 18[40] IN THE 66th YEAR OF HER AGE
"A Good Wife and Affectionate Mother
An Intelligent Woman whose Los[s] [   ]
Regretted amongst her Friends and [   ]"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
Mr. ZECHARIAH SIMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 11th OF [AUGUST] 1845 AG[ED] [73 YEARS]
MARY THE BELOVED [WIFE OF]
[Mr.] ZECHARIAH SIMS WHO DIED [ON]
DECR. 12Th 185[7] AGED 63 YEARS
"She lived [ ]"
ALSO Mr. ZECHARIAH SIMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 7th [1868] [AGED 73 YEARS]
ALSO Miss B[ARBARA] SIMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH [ ] 18[75] [AGED 89 YEARS ]

Alfred Sims died in St. Margaret's, Rochester, Elizabeth Sims died in Chatham. Zecheriah Sims was described as a "Gentleman" in his will, PCC PROB11/ 2041, dated 16th June 1845, leaves, to daughter, Barbara, freehold house in Alfred Place, Gillingham, occupied by John Cleaves, three cottages, occupied by Lin[ ] ?, Mannerings and Napier. In addition household furniture and plate, etc. After her death, if she has no heirs, to son Zechariah, if he has no heirs, to nephews, Edward Hopper, Shoemaker and Thomas Hopper, Grocer, both of Biddenden; after them to male heirs, successively by seniority. Failing which, to Richard Day of Standens, Farmer of Biddenden, failing the same conditions, to John Day, also a Farmer of Standens. On condition of keeping properties in good condition, and keeping vault in Frindsbury churchyard in good repair, including the lettering and painting the iron work regularly. Freehold estate in Iden Green , Benenden to son Zechariah, on condition of him paying 200 borrowed on Gillingham property; 520 due on Benenden property (mortgage ?) Executors: Zechariah Sims, Edward Hopper and Richard Day. Witnesses: George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester and George Tuff, his Clerk
   Zecheriah, Junior was a Farmer of Chatham Hill (1841 Census). He died in Rochester. Mary Sims died in Chatham,
    Barbara Sims died at the Medway Union (Workhouse), presumably as a patient in the Infirmary, rather than an inmate?

148.   Headstone and Body Stone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF Mr. JOHN SMITH
OF THE PARISH OF ST. MARY'S
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. 22ND 1800
AGED 48 YEARS
"I n this cold grave his silent ashes rest,
Whose pious soul is number'd with the blest,
From truth in this false world he never swerved,
But God and King with full devotion served,
To both obedient , to his country just,
True to his friends, and faithful to his trust,
Generous to all and to his neighbours kind,
Liberal to the poor, and of a noble mind,
Moral in all the actions of his life,
And a good husband to an Industrious Wife"

 

149.   Headstone and Body Stone

TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRIET THE ONLY DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND CHARLOTTE SNATT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] AND LAMENTED
ON THE 14th DAY OF AUGUST
ANNO DOMINE 1830
IN THE 18th YEARS OF HER AGE
JOHN THEIR ONLY SON DIED [   ]
[   ] ON THE [   ]
[   ]
JOHN SNATT ESQ. [   ]
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] NOVEMBER 1843
AGED [76]YEARS
(rest eroded)

John Snatt was formerly of H.M. Customs at Rochester. He lived in Holly Wood House. Churchwarden in 1824. His will dated 15th November 1838, makes it clear that his wife was sometimes "mentally afflicted". (PCC Will PROB/1989)

150.   Classical Chest Tomb, Railed

Ledger

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
Mr. PHILLIP STAINES
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPT. THIS LIFE
THE 8th OF AUG. 1718 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO URSILLA HIS WIFE
WHO DIED DEC. 9th 1715 AGED 68
YEARS
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. FRANCES BOGHURST
WIFE OF RICHARD BOGHURST
(OF THIS PARISH)
DIED 7th OF APRIL 1821 AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF
RICHARD BOGHURST ESQ.
WHO DIED THE 23rd OF NOVEMBER 1832
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF SARAH WIFE OF
JOSIAH TOLPUTT ESQ. WHO DIED
NOVEMBER 13th 1850 AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO MARIA
ELDEST TWIN DAUGHTER OF
RICHARD BOGHURST ESQ.
WHO DIED AUGUST 24th ? 1872
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO OF JANE
SURVIVING DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
AND TWIN SISTER OF MARIA WHO DIED
OCTOBER 18th 1878 AGED 83 YEARS

North Side

LIKEWISE NICHOLAS BOGHURST
AND REBECCA DANN SON AND
DAUGHTER OF JOHN & ANN BOGHURST
SHE DIED FEB. 1st ? 1741 AGED 36
HE DIED MAR. 16th 1747 AGED 35
YEARS

East Side

HERE
LIETH JOHN
SON OF PHILLIP &
ANN BOGHURST
WHO DEPARD. THIS
LIFE THE 3rd DAY
OF MARCH 1749
AGED 4 YEARS
AND ELEVEN
MONTHS

West Side

HERE
LIE YE
REMAINS OF
JNO. BOGHURST
OF THIS PARISH ALSO
ANN HIS WIFE
HE DIED DEC. 17th ?
1750 AGED 75
SHE DIED OCT. 9th ?
1747 AGED
69 YEARS

South Side

HERE ALSO LIETH WILLIAM ELDEST
SON OF JOHN AND ANN BOGHURST
WHO DIED APRIL 27th 1750 AGED 41 YEARS
"Time was I stood where thou dost now,
And viewed the dead as thou dost me,
E'er long you'l (sic) lie as low as I,
And others stand and look on thee"

Phillip Staines was a Farmer, Churchwarden in 1697. Judging by the style, this tomb was erected by the Boghurst family some time after the Staines died. At Frindsbury in May 1707, Nicholas Boghurst married Elizabeth Staines Phillip Staines PCC Will PROB11/565, dated 23rd October 1717 begins, "Out of respect and kindness to my late loving landlady Mrs Lamplugh's family, who have been very kind and civil to me, and doubt not but her son and family will continue the same after my decease to my executors" He goes on to bequeath, to each of Mrs Lamplugh's daughters,50 each. To his good friend, Francis Brookes, Esq. the Elder of Rochester,50, to his son Robert Brookes, 50, to his daughters, Jane and Katherine Brookes, 50 each. To cousin, Dorothy Saunders of Chatham, widow, 10. To eldest daughter of cousin Brown, wife of Robert Brown of Chatham, Shipwright, 20, to the 2nd daughter of cousin Brown, 20. To Edward Staines of Cliffe,son of his cousin, Richard Staines late of Cliffe, 10. To grand children, Phillip Rutley and Elizabeth Attwater, wife of Thomas Attwater of Strood, Baker, 10 each. To Mary Dutnall of Chatham, widow 25. To Richard Rathbury of Frindsbury, 10. To Clement Staines, son of cousin Richard Staines, 5. To cousin Martha Fuller wife of ------ Fuller 10. To Sarah wife of James Staines of Gillingham, Bricklayer, 10. To his "dear and loving wife", Elizabeth, 500 and any of his horses, saddle and bridle. 
   Farms in Cuxton, occupied by Henry Clements, Bill Street, occupied by --------- Williams, Noke Street, occupied by John Lane, Cliffe, occupied by Jonathan Meares, to his wife Elizabeth for life; after her death or default of conditions, the farm at Cuxton to Phillip Staines for ever, farm in Bill Street to Ann and Rebecca Boghurst daughters of son in law, John Boghurst of Strood, Yeoman. Farm in Cliffe to William Boghurst, son of above John Boghurst. Farm at Noke Street, to Edward Staines of Cliffe, also two houses in Gillingham.
   Rents of farm in Gillingham in occupation of James Staines to John Boghurst for 5 years, rents from Binney Farm in Allhallows to John Boghurst for 12 years, rents from two farms at Higham occupied by Alexander Pratt and ------- Palmer to John Boghurst for 12 years, upon trust, to pay legacies, etc. Farm in Gillingham occupied by James Staines, to James Staines and Mary Mitchell," my maid servant". Binney farm to Phillip Staines, son of James Staines of Higham and to Phillip Boghurst, son of John Boghurst. Farms at Higham to Nicholas Boghurst, son of John Boghurst, farm at Higham occupied by James Staines to James Staines for 12 years; rent free after 12 years to Phillip Boghurst. 
   Two houses in Frindsbury near Upnor Street, to occupied by John Young and Judith Prior to Elizabeth daughter of Edward Staines. Land in Frindsbury purchased from Francis Brookes, to Anne Lane daughter of his tenant John Lane of Frindsbury, Husbandman. Land at Hoo, bought from Mr Charles May, to Edward Staines and John Boghurst upon trust; rents to Church Wardens and Overseers of Frindsbury for bread for the poor aged and decayed householders and inhabitants of Frindsbury at two days every years as the trustees think fit. To servant John French, 40, to his "Looker", Henry Pett of Allhallows, 30, to two eldest sons of Henry Pett, 5 each. To ----- Whiskin of Northfleet, and his two sons, 60 equally divided. 5 in bread to Church Wardens and Overseers, for poor of Frindsbury 3 in bread to the Church Wardens and Overseers of Wouldham for their poor. 
   To the children of his late landlady Mrs Lamplugh, gold rings of 15 shillings value in remembrance of him. To his "loving friends" Mrs Brookes, wife of Francis, Mrs Mouch ? of Charing, Mrs Bevis of Rochester, widow, Mrs Rebecca Boghurst of St. Margaret's, widow and Mrs Martha Walsall of Strood, "a broad piece of gold called a Jacobus" To wife Elizabeth and John Boghurst, plate, rings, jewels and household goods equally. Also to them, farm goods needed to manage farm in Frindsbury, where he now lives, and farm for 2 years, sharing rent. After 2 years, his wife to "make good to him (John Boghurst) at the end of the said two years the one full half part of the value of stock, at the value of his his death "(i.e. Phillip Staines)
   To John Dann, his servant, 3. Executors to spend 100 for funeral, to buy 60 gold rings of 12 shillings each to his Chapman and friends, as they think fit. Residue to John Boghurst. Executors: Wife Elizabeth and John Boghurst for 2 years, after that, John Boghurst, Sole Executor. Witnesses: John Walsall, Jnr., Jo. Walsall and Siden ? Sheafe

A prominent Kent family. Landowners and Farmers, J. P. s Monuments in the Church.
   William Boghurst's PCC Will PROB11/780, is dated 28th October 1749. He is of Strood, and desires to be buried in Frindsbury, near his Father and Mother. To Samuel Pearse of St. Thomas's Hospital, Apothecary and James Tapley, Maltster of Strood, 400 in trust. To bring up and place in the world, two "natural" sons, William Evendine, otherwise, Sanders, and William Collins. In addition 50 apiece to place in an apprenticeship, the 400 to set up in trade. To Samuel Pearse and James Tapley 30 each for a ring "in remembrance of me". To God daughter, Mary Simmons, 30. To nephew, John Dann, property and land in Cliffe, occupied by brother Phillip Boghurst. Wearing apparel to William Evendine and William Collins. To wife Elizabeth Tomlin, 330. Residue to brother Phillip, who is Executor. Witnesses: John Barrow, Richard Otley and Charles ? Baker
   John Boghurst's PCC Will PROB11/785, dated 7th June 1750, leaves farm, land and mill in Frindsbury held on lease from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester for three lives, to son Phillip. All his freeholds and leaseholds to Phillip. To grandson, John Dann, 200; to grand daughter, Ann Boghurst, daughter of Phillip, 200 at 21. Grand daughter, Elizabeth Tomlin to have share of her late father's (John) estate, and 50 out of debt owed by her father, on certain conditions. Her brother George, forgiven his debt.. Residue to son Phillip, who is sole Executor. Witnesses: Isaac Philpot, William Heard and William Twopenny.

151.   Headstone


STAPLES FAMILY
Henry Staples, Senior, a Blacksmith, is on the left; his son, also Henry, is on the extreme right. I believe the middle stone is also of the Staples family, judging by the proximity, but all surnames and dates have eroded away. I have entered what there is of the inscription alongside the Staples entries.

HERE LIETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
HENRY STAPLES
OF THIS PARISH, BLACKSMITH
[WHO] D[IED] DECEMBER 24th 1747
AGED 47 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE SARAH, HENRY & BENJAMIN
ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE LIE 6 OF HIS CHILDREN

 

152.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY SON OF
HENRY STAPLES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED NOVEMBER [   ] 1755
AGED 17 YEARS

 

153.   Headstone, Almost All Eroded, (between the two above)

[  ]
MARY [STAPLES ?] HIS WIFE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE [ ] [1764?] AGED 60 YEARS

 

154.   Headstone, Very Eroded

IN
MEMORY OF
Mr BENJAMIN ? STODDY ?
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DEC. ? THE 10th 1762
AGED 67 ? YEARS

 

155.   Headstone, Very Eroded, (above ground)


MICHAEL AND HANNAH STONE
I had long given up on this stone yielding any information. The stone is very smooth and eroded.
It wasn't until 4 months after I had started transcribing, that I decided to have a thorough check of all "illegible" stones. As one can see, the inscription below ground is in very good condition, and gave me the surname. I was then able to find wills for for both Michael and Hannah Stone, so I could easily find the missing dates from the burial register and, more or less, re-construct the inscription.

[IN MEMORY OF]
[MICHAEL STONE]
[DIED APRIL/MAY 1778]
[AGED 39 YEARS]
[HANNAH STONE WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
[DIED] NOVEMBER 9th ? 1779
AGED[ ] YEARS
[HANNAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE]
------------(Ground Level)------------
DIED JANUARY THE [ ] 1780
AGED 3 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
MICHAEL STONE SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED JULY THE 27th 1781 AGED 17 YEARS

Michael Stone was a Farmer of Marden when he made his will on the 19th July 1775. He bequeathed 7 properties in Rochester to his wife Hannah until 1785. From the 22nd of January 1785 his son, Thomas Stone was to have 1 of the properties in St. Nicholas, Rochester. Subject to paying an annuity of 30 shillings to his sister Hannah, who was "now abroad". The annuity is to be paid for 10 years from 1785, then cease. If Thomas dies without lawful heirs before the 22nd of January 1785, then his house goes to his mother, subject to the same annuity. The other 6 properties, in St. Margaret's to his wife after 1st of January 1785, subject to the above annuity. Personal estate to wife, Hannah, who is also Executor. Witnesses: Mary Walter, John [    ] Walker and Joseph ? Williams. Probate note "of Frindsbury".
(Consistory Court of Rochester Will DRb/PW61)
   Hannah Stone's will is dated 28th of October 1779. William Arnold of St. Margaret's, Rochester, Victualler, is appointed Executor. All the estate goes to him, in trust, to sell it and pay debts of her late husband, Michael. Surplus to go to children, Michael, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, John, Ann and Hannah Stone. Testator signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Samuel Goldsmith and John Carr. (Consistory Court of Rochester Will DRb/PW61)

156a.   Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF JONATHAN TURNER WHO DIED [ ] NOV. 1909 AGED 75 YEARS

Jonathan Turner was a Bricklayer of Windmill Street (1881 census)

TOLPUTT see STAINES

 

156b.   Small Coped Stone on Brick Base

South Side

GEORGE WARD
FOR 42 YEARS MASTER
OF THE ROCHESTER SCHOOL
OF ART DIED 18th FEB. 1928

North Side

CONSTANCE
WIFE OF GEORGE WARD
DIED 22nd AUGUST
1953

 

157.   Low Ledger, Railed

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH WIFE OF
THOMAS WICKENDEN
OF CYPRESS HOUSE, FRINDSBURY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
3rd DECEMBER 1863
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO OF HER HUSBAND
THOMAS WICKENDEN
OF CYPRESS HOUSE, FRINDSBURY
WHO DIED ON THE [ ] JUNE 1875
AGED 82 YEARS
HE WAS CHURCHWARDEN OF THIS PARISH FOR 30 ? YEARS
ALSO OF THEIR SON THOMAS
WHO DIED FEB. 17th ? 1896
AGED 70 YEARS
INTERRED IN HASTINGS CEMETERY
AND ALFRED AUTHORN
WHO DIED NOV. 28th 1898
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF
THOMAS WICKENDEN
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS AND SARAH WICKENDEN
(LATE COMMANDER P & O SERVICE)
WHO DIED 28th JULY 1916
AGED 68 YEARS

Thomas Wickenden, Senior, was a Farmer of 50 acres and Brickmaker, (1861 census); he had also been a Maltster, (Pigot's Directory 1838) Thomas, Junior, farmed 19 acres, Alfred Wickenden, who died at Upper Norwood, was a Civil Engineer (1861 Census)
   Margaret Wickenden who lies under the adjoining monument was probably a sister of Thomas, Senior ?

158.   Low Ledger, Railed, Adjacent to Above

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY WICKENDEN
WHO DIED
SEPTEMBER 18th 1865
AGED 74 YEARS

 

159.   Small, Broken Headstone

[HERE]
LYETH YE
BODY OF MARY
YE WIFE OF WILLIAM
WICKES OF THIS
PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 20th OF JANUARY
1714 AGED 64

 

160.   Curbs

South Side

IN MEMORY OF CLARENCE (BONCE) BELOVED HUSBAND OF DERAH WOOD
AT REST 15th OCTOBER 1961 AGED 90 YEARS

North Side

IN MEMORY OF ALICE DERAH BELOVED WIFE OF CLARENCE (BONCE) WOOD
REUNITED 28th AUGUST 1962 AGED 77 YEARS

 

161.   Headstone, Broken

HERE LYETH THE [BODY OF]
THOMAS WOR[KMAN]
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJ. [SHIP]
------------------(ground level)-------------------
DEVONSHIRE WHO DIED THE
10th OF NOVEMBR. 1730 AGED
59 YEARS

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