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

Section C - is all that area south of the footpath, bounded on the south and west by the
                                   churchyard walls..

162.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENDERSON ALEXANDER
LATE CAPT. & QRTR. MASTER R. E.
WHO DIED 25th JUNE 1919
AGED 56 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO MARIA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 5th JUNE 1933
AGED 68 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

 

163.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
GEORGE PEEK APPLIN
LRCP ED., MRCS E.
WHO DIED
ON THE 24th DECEMBER 1873
AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
HIS INFANT SON
CLIVE CLINTON
WHO DIED ON THE 3rd JULY 187[3]
AGED 14 MONTHS
ALSO SARAH WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 10th APRIL 1938
AGED 92 YEARS
INTERRED AT CROYDON

 

164.   Grey Granite, Cruciform Coped

South side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PAYMASTER-IN-CHIEF HENRY WILLIAM ARLIDGE R.N.
BORN JUNE 24th 1824
DIED FEB. 26th 1895
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not Want"

North Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY EMILY THE BELOVED WIFE OF
PAYMASTER-IN-CHIEF HENRY WILLIAM ARLIDGE R.N.
BORN SEPT. 22nd 1823
DIED DEC. 15th 1891
"Thy Will be Done"

 

165.   Headstone, Very Eroded

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WALTER JAMES SON OF
JOHN FRANCIS & MARTHA BACON
WHO DIED [ ] SEPTEMBER 1850
[ AGED 1 YEAR]
[   ]
[   ]
ALSO MARTHA [WIFE OF]
JOHN FRANCIS BACON
[AND MOTHER] OF THE ABOVE
[Rest Illegible]

John Francis Bacon, Grocer and Post Office, Upnor (Post Office Directory 1855)

166.   Plain Chest Tomb, Railed

Ledger

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH ANN WIFE OF
JOHN ROSE BAKER
WHO DIED THE 11th MAY 1856
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO OF ALICE JANE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DEC. 25th 1881
AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO OF
JOHN ROSE BAKER
WHO DIED JULY 8th 1899
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO OF EMMA JULIA
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 12th 1905
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO OF THOMAS
LATE MAJOR OF THE 12th SUFFOLK REGIMENT
3rd SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 10th 1909
AGED 65 YEARS
INTERRED AT ALGIERS
ALSO OF FREDERIC
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 16th 1910
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF GEORGE
LATE COLONEL OF THE 67th HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT
2nd SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 19th 1910
AGED 70 YEARS
MARIANNE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 12th 1935
AGED 86 YEARS

North Side

ALSO FANNY MANSEL JONES 3rd DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE BORN 20th JUNE 1851 DIED 29th OCTOBER 1929 (one line)
INTERRED AT BOURNEMOUTH

John Rose Baker was a Farmer. The clock in the Church Tower was installed in his memory.

167.   Headstone

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
BENJAMIN BAKER
WHO SUDDENLY MET HIS DEATH
AT HOO SEPTEMBER 2nd 1900
AGED 59 YEARS
"A sudden change, I in a moment fell,
I had no time to bid my friends farewell,
Think this not strange, death happens to all,
This day was mine, tomorrow you may fall"

Benjamin Baker, perhaps the Potter, born at Hoo, living at 14 Pearson Street? (1891 Census)

168.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF
RICHARD BERRY
WHO DIED 3rd JULY 1869
AGED 61 YEARS
"The Lord seeth not as Man seeth,
for Man looketh on the outward
appearance but the Lord looketh
on the Heart"
ALSO OF
RICHARD BERRY
WHO DIED 1st JULY 1881
AGED 74 YEARS
"Hail blessed day of rest and peace,
Which calls us from our care,
To calm repose and quietness,
Within the house of prayer"

Rear

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS WILLIAM
THE BELOVED SON OF
THOMAS AND JANE BERRY
WHO DIED AT ATBARA, SOUDAN, EGYPT
2nd SEPTEMBER 1898
AGED 20 YEARS
"A loss so great , a shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear,
Though great the loss we'll not complain,
We trust in Christ to meet again"
ALSO OF
JAMES BERRY
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT SEA ON HIS
VOYAGE HOME FROM CALLAO
28th DECEMBER 1871
AGED 29 YEARS
"The Sea of Life is crossed,
The voyage is now at an end,
The wearied soul has sought
An eternity in Heaven to spend

Richard Berry was a Master Baker, in Bill Street in 1847 (Bagshaw's Directory); at Medway House in 1881(Census)

169.   Granite Pedestal, Cross Gone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES BIRD
FOR 30 YEARS HEADMASTER OF
SIR JOSEPH WILLIAMSON'S
MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL, ROCHESTER
DIED APRIL 11th 1910 AGED 67
"Much had he learned and laboured, and his best
He gave his fellow Men, God give him rest"

Charles Bird was Headmaster of the Math School when the new school, at Eastgate, replaced the old one in 1893. During his tenure the number of pupils greatly expanded. In 1909 he lived at 1 Castle View Road (Kelly's Directory), was this "High Bank", the house where he died?

170.   Curbs

North Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF FRANCIS BOYD 1875 1960
RECTOR OF BECKENHAM 1931 1955, CANON OF ROCHESTER

South Side

ALSO HIS WIFE MAJORIE 27th MARCH 1965

 

BRACEGIRDLE see SHEPHERD

 

171.   Headstone

[SACRED]
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM BRADLEY
SHIPWRIGHT
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 22nd NOV. 180[8]
AGED 38 YEARS

 

172.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. WILLIAM BRANTON
OF THIS PARISH, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY 15th 1795
AGED 48 YEARS
"The Eye of Him that hath seen me, shall see me
No more, Thine Eyes are upon me and I am not"

William Branton was a Farmer. In his will dated 18th September 1791, he left to his wife Sarah, two dwellings and 13 acres in Frindsbury in his own occupation. Bequests to relatives in Mickleover, Derbyshire, and 5 to Richard Browne, Shipwright of Rochester. Residue to wife, she and Richard Browne Executors. (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will DRa/PW16)

173.   Ledger on Ground Level

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. RICHARD BRENCH[LEY]
OF ST. MARGARET'S, ROCHESTER
DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. [   ] 1814
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF SARAH WIFE OF
Mr. ROBT. BRENC[HLEY]
OF THIS PARISH WHO DE[PARTED THIS LIFE]
JAN. 1st 1816 AGED 62 YEARS
Mr. ROBERT BRENCHLEY
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
SARAH BRENCHLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
5th DECR. 1822 AGED 76 YEARS

Richard Brenchley, Saddler of Rochester ? (Bailey's Directory 1784 & Universal British Directory 1795) In his will dated 3rd December 1812, he is described as a "Gentleman" of St. Margaret's. He desires to be buried "as near my brother Robert's family as conveniently can be" (the stone set at right angles to all the rest, and near the grave, refers to Mr Brenchley's Burial ground) He gives his executors 50 out of the rents of his several estates, to pay for the erection of an headstone and construction of a brick grave, this was not strictly followed, a ledger stone not an headstone was provided. Five properties and land in St. Margaret's in the occupation of Mr Shipman and others, to brother Robert Brenchley of Frindsbury, Shopkeeper and Sarah his wife for life, after their deaths, to John and James Brenchley, sons of Robert and Sarah. If one should die in the parents' lifetime, then that share to Richard Brenchley, another son, plus 100 from the properties, paid him by the surviving brother. 
   Freehold property and 5 acres in Wilmington occupied by Richard Southerden, Collar Maker, to Robert and Sarah Brenchley for life. After their deaths, to Thomas Baker of Strood, Baker, and Letitia, his wife, for life; after their deaths, then to their children. If no children, to brother Robert's three sons. Three properties in Wood Street, Brompton occupied by Smith, Daniels, Horden, English and Barrett to brother Robert. 50 to Letitia Baker, 100 to nephew, Richard. Property in Higham occupied by James Easdown, to brother Robert, who is charged with an annuity of 10 per annum to Frances wife of Thomas Smith of St. Margaret's, Carpenter. 25 to Edward, Richard, Elizabeth and Mary, children of Thomas Smith at 21. 
   Four freehold properties at Cross Street, Chatham, occupied by Fisher, Thompson and Adams to his brother, Robert, which he can sell; one third of money to Robert Groombridge, son of late sister, Sarah, one third to William Groombridge, another son, one third to Frances Smith for her life; after her death, to her children at 21. Freehold properties in St. Margaret's Street to nephew, Richard Brenchley for life, after his death to Charlotte wife of Richard Brenchley, after her death, to their children at 21.
   Household effects to Richard Brenchley. Property in High Halstow occupied by Widow Ashenden, to brother Robert, he is to sell to pay legacies; 25 to James Gregory of Strood, Coal Meter and Mary his wife, 25 to their children , James, William, Richard and Elizabeth at 21; 10 each to children of late Thomas Stiff of Chatham, Butcher, Thomas, John, Richard and James at 21. Residue to Robert Brenchley. 
   Executors: Good friend Argles Bishop of Maidstone, Distiller, brother, Robert Brenchley and Sarah, his wife. To Argles Bishop a ring of 2 guineas value. Witnesses: Francis Webb, J. Simmons and James Simmons (PCC Will PROB11/1568)

174.   "Headstone" Aligned East West, (several yards north of above)

THE C[ ]
Mr. BREN[CHLEY'S] ?
BURIAL GROUND

 

BREWER see PRALL

CARTER see SKINNER

175.   Pedestals and Cross

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRIET YOUNG CLIFFORD
WIDOW OF
THE REVD. R. S. CLIFFORD
SOMETIME VICAR OF TEYNHAM
IN THIS COUNTY
AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
LT. COLONEL CHARLES COX
OF H. M. 37th REGIMENT
[WHO DIED [ ] AUGUST 1897]
[AGED 83 YEARS]

Harriet Clifford lived at the "Red Cottage", Frindsbury (Registers)

COLEMAN see KING

 

176.   Headstone and Body Stone


JEMIMA COLLYER
This was another difficult stone to read, again the low, raking winter sun was essential

IN MEMORY
OF JEMIMA WIFE OF
WILLIAM COLLYER
OF THIS PARISH OB. 16th JUNE
1755 AGED 24
ALSO [HERE LIES?] THEIR SON DIED IN INFANCY

 

COX see CLIFFORD

 

177.   Pedestals and Cross, Plot once Railed

North Side

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
GEORGE HENRY CUREL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
13th MAY 1879
IN THE 38th YEAR OF HER AGE
"Alas the vital spark has fled,
Reject the thought that I am dead,
And this shall soothe thy troubled breast,
That she thou loved has gone to rest"

West Side

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
MARIA
THE SECOND WIFE OF
GEORGE HENRY CUREL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
20th JULY 1895
AGED 55 YEARS
"And there shall be no more death,
Neither sorrow, nor dying, neither
Shall there be any more pain"
Rev. xxi 4

East Side

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE HENRY CUREL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
16th DECEMBER 1895
AGED 56 YEARS

South Side

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
FLORA ANN
WIFE OF
JOHN FREDERICK CUREL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
17th DECEMBER 1884
AGED 25 YEARS
"She was taken from us in the bloom of youth,
She has left us in sorrow and pain,
But we trust in the Lord, in his mercy and truth,
That in heaven we shall meet again"

George Henry Curel was a Barge Builder and Sail Maker (see Section A). The son of James Curell. Born in London (1891 Census) John Frederick was born in Lambeth, (1881 Census), in that year he was a Shipwright lodging at 8 Albert Place, Frindsbury. Note the variation of spelling of the surname in Sections A and C.

178.   Headstone

HERE
LYETH YE BODY
OF WM. DAY LATE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO D[IED] [   ] [APRIL] [1721]?
[   ]

William Day was probably the Farmer, will dated 15th April 1721. 100 to each of three sons, Phillip, William and Andrew. Residue to wife, Martha. If she remarries, new husband to give securities as to above legacies, to be approve by Francis and Henry Barrell. Martha Executor. Witnesses Francis Barrell, Henry Barrell and mark of Mary Ashby. (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester DRa/PW6)

179.   Low Ledger

FRANCIS WILLIAM
SON OF
FRANCIS JOHN DE LA COUR
AND ANN HIS WIFE
DIED 9th NOVEMBER 1821
IN THE
4th YEAR OF HIS AGE
FRANCIS JOHN DE LA COUR
DIED 14th MAY 1845
AGED 53 YEARS
BENJAMIN GEORGE DE LA COUR
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 3rd AUGUST 1891
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO OF ANN THE WIFE OF
HENRY WILLIAM DE LA COUR
WHO DIED AT CHATHAM
ON THE 17th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1885
IN THE 30th YEAR OF HER AGE

Francis De La Cour, is, in his PCC Will PROB11/1714, dated 30th November 1825, a Gentleman of Frindsbury. He asks his executors to provide "decent mourning" for his family. His house in Frindsbury to his sons Francis John, Benjamin and Charles, and to friend Rev. Richard Symonds Joynes D.D., upon trust while wife is a widow. She to take profits for her lifetime. When she dies, or remarries, house upon trust for all sons and daughters, Francis John, Ann, Benjamin, George, Charles, Emily, Henry, William, Louisa, Sarah, Elizabeth, Harriett and Edward Joseph, equally. Household goods, etc. money and securities to sons and Rev. Joynes, as above upon trust for wife Ann, she to have annual interest, subject to maintenance of younger children, after her death or remarriage, then to all sons and daughters. Executors: Francis John De La Cour, Benjamin De La Cour, Charles De La Cour and Richard Symonds Joynes, also son George, one of his Executors and Trustees. Witnesses: Gabriel Hardes, Victualler of Frindsbury, J. Gibbs, Solicitor, Strood and Thomas Pryer, Clerk to Mr. Gibbs.
   Francis John De La Cour died at Cranbrook. When he moved from Frindsbury to Rochester, his house was advertised in "The Times" on April 16th 1827, it consisted of a 300 foot frontage to High Street, Frindsbury, was brick built with a stucco front, large gardens and stables etc. George died 1864 was a Jeweller in Chatham High Street (1851 Census), Benjamin was also a Jeweller in Chatham; George Henry was a Goldsmith, Jeweller, Watchmaker and Optician in Chatham High Street; Mayor of Chatham 1898. Anne was a Landed Proprietor, Elizabeth an Annuitant and Emily Dudding, sister of the latter, lived on Interest; (1881 Census) Ellen died at 76 Chatham High Street. (Registers)

180.   Low Ledger

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCIS DE LA COUR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE
[  ] OF DECEMBER 1825 IN THE
67th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO OF
ANN RELICT OF THE ABOVE
FRANCIS DE LA COUR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE
[   ] DAY OF OCTOBER 1852 IN THE
79th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO LOUISA SARAH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
FRANCIS DE LA COUR AND ANN
HIS WIFE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON
THE 13th DAY OF MARCH 1835
IN THE 24th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO OF
BENJAMIN DE LA COUR
WHO DIED IN LONDON JULY [ ] 184[3]
AGED 45 AND LIES BURIED AT
OLD MARYLEBONE
ALSO OF
EMILY DUDDING
2nd DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
FRANCIS AND ANN DE LA COUR
WHO DIED MAY 1st 1896
AGED 91 YEARS

 

181.   Low Ledger

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE DE LA COUR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE
2nd DAY OF MAY 1864
AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO OF MARTHA
RELICT OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 29th OF SEPTEMBER 1876
IN THE 54th YEAR OF HER AGE
"Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see their God"
Matthew 5th Chapter 8th Verse
ALSO OF GEORGE GERALD HERBERT
SON OF GEORGE FRANCIS DE LA COUR
M D LONDON
BORN SEPT. 28th 1877 DIED OCT. 21st 1877


CHARLES DE LA COUR M. A.
FOR 27 YEARS VICAR OF
HECKINGTON, LINCOLNSHIRE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 15th OF MARCH 1861 AGED 60
AND LIES BURIED AT HECKINGTON

 

182.   Low Marble Ledger, Horizontal Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE HENRY DE LA COUR
DIED DECEMBER 14th 1914
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO ELLEN HENRIETTA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED SEPTEMBER 29th 1903
AGED 79 YEARS
ELIZABETH HANNAH DE LA COUR
DIED JANUARY 18th 1900
AGED 85 YEARS
ANN DE LA COUR
DIED FEBRUARY 28th 1883
AGED 89 YEARS

 

183.   Small Headstone


DENTON
In her will, Margaret Denton desired that this stone be made by John Bowes, 
the Strood Stone Mason. Again this stone is illegible without raking sun.

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS DENTON
OF YS PARISH, YEOMAN
WHO DIED
FEBRUARY YE 24th 1741
AGED 75 YEARS
IN MEMORY OF
MARGARET WIFE
OF THO. DENTON
WHO DIED
JANUARY YE 13th 1763
AGED 80 YEARS

Thomas Denton was a Farmer. In her will, Margaret desired that she be buried in Frindsbury Churchyard as near her late husband as was convenient and that a headstone and inscription be made and set up by John Bowes, at a price of no less than 50 shillings. She also instructed that the Vicar be paid one guinea for the funeral sermon. (PCC Will PROB/888

184.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. WILLIAM DENTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 12th OF
FEBRUARY 1811 AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO Mrs. SARAH DENTON
THE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 2nd OF
APRIL 1811 AGED 39 YEARS
LEFT NO ISSUE

William Denton was a Victualler of Strood. ( Administration only, no will)

DOUGLAS see FORMBY

185.   Pedestal and Tall Cross

East Side

EMMA MARIA DREW
DAUGHTER OF
CAPTAIN JOSIAS DREW R. N.
OCT. 14th 1889
ALSO HIS ELDEST DAUGHTER
ELIZABETH MARGARET LEVERTON DREW
NOVEMBER 30 1910

North Side

ALSO HIS
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
MARY FRANCES DREW
DIED 25th JANUARY 1917

 

186.   Pedestal and Tall Cross

East Side

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
JOSIAS HENRY
DREW M. A.
FIRST VICAR OF ST. MARY'S, STROOD
1869 TO 1918
DIED 18th DECEMBER 1920
R.I.P.
"Nearer to Christ's Presence"
"In every place incense shall be offered unto
My Name", saith the Lord of Hosts"

South Side

ONLY SON OF
COMMANDER JOSIAS DREW R. N.
ERECTED BY HIS COUSINS
SPRV & LEWIS LEVERTON

 

187.   Headstone

TO
[THE] MEMORY OF
Mrs. FRANCES DRURY
OF THE PARISH OF
ST. NICHOLAS, ROCHESTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTR. 30th 1801 AGED 57 YEARS

 

DUDDING see DE LA COUR

ETHEREDON see LUCK

 

188.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JANE EVANS
WHO DIED DECEMBER 3rd 1870
AGED 54 YEARS
ALSO
DAVID EVANS
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 25th 1899
AGED 90 YEARS
"Gone from us but not forgotten.
Never shall their memory fade,
Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger,
Round the spot where they are laid"

David Evans was a Mariner, (Baptism Register, 1836)

189.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
RICHARD EVERIST
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED NOV. 8th 1757
AGED 31 YEARS
ALSO OF JAMES PELLING
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. 5th 1789
AGED 67 YEARS
Mrs. FRANCES PELLING
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD EVERIST AND
JAMES PELLING
DIED [JA]NY. 9Th 1796
[   ]

 

190.   Large Railed Plot, Ledger and Tall Cross

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SUSAN ALICE THE DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
THE REVD. JAMES FORMBY VICAR OF THIS PARISH
DIED 22nd AUGUST 1872 AGED 73 YEARS
"Neither can they die any more" Luke xx 36
ALSO OF THE REVD. JAMES FORMBY M. A.
54 YEARS VICAR OF THIS PARISH
DIED 4th FEBRUARY 1881 AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO OF CHARLES OF THE ABOVE
DIED 24th JUNE 1880 AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO OF JAMES MARSHALL YOUNGEST SON
DIED 16th OCTOBER 1898 AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF FANNY DOUGLAS THIRD DAUGHTER
DIED 26th JUNE 1932 AGED 90 YEARS
ALSO OF JANE FORMBY
DIED 13th MAY 1936 AGED 93 YEARS

The Formby family were also Cement Manufacturers. Charles died at Hastings, lived in West Brompton, London

191.   Curbs and Horizontal Cross

THEOPHILUS FOSTER DIED 27th MARCH 1888 AGED 57 YEARS

 

192.   Headstone, Most Buried

[HERE]
[LYETH YE BODY OF]
[SARAH FREEMAN ?]
-------------(Ground Level)----------
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 12th ? OF NOVEMBER
1701 AETATIS SVE 67
"Now at Rest,
Whose Soul wee hope
With Christ is Blessed"

 

193.   Headstone


JOHN FRENCH, DIED 1756

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN SON OF JOHN FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 8th OF MARCH 1756 AGED 28 YEARS

There were two Farmers named John French, both seem to have died intestate, but there are inventories, perhaps they were father and son, one died 1731 the other 1738. Perhaps the John French on this monument is the son of the latter ?
   Inventories are both Archdeaconry Court of Rochester; 1731 DRa/Pi13/7 & 1739 Dra/Pi21/4a-c. I now know that the latter was the father of Elizabeth Heard, (see Heard inscription.) The total value of the farm stock, etc. was 304, there is also an account by widow, Elizabeth under the same reference.

FRENCH see HEARD

 

194.   Pedestals and Curbs, Cross fallen

LORD HAVE MERCY
ON
THE SOUL OF
COLONEL DOUGLAS
FFRENCHMULLEN I. M. S.
OF HOLLYWOOD
WHO DIED 2nd APRIL 1920 AGED 67
ALSO CECELIA FFRENCH MULLEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 9th SEPTEMBER 1939 AGED 82 YEARS

 

195.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
MARY
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
Mr. WILLIAM GILES
DEVONPORT
WHO DIED 29th JANUARY 1847
AGED 26 YEARS

 

GILES see LEE

 

196.   Headstone and Body Stone, Very Eroded

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
JOSEPH GODFREY
[   ]
[   ]
[   ]
THOMAS GODFREY
[   ]
[   ]
[   ]
GEORGE GODFREY
[   ]
[   ]
[   ]
THOMAS GODFREY
[   ]

 

197.   Pedestals and Curbs

BASSETT CHARLES
EDWARD FITZGERALD GUNN
FLEET SURGEON R. N.
BORN DEC. 7th 1858 DIED NOV. 21st 1905
FLORENCE MARY GUNN
BORN FEBY. 18Th 1857 DIED OCT. 23rd 1928
"God's in his heaven,
All's well with the world"

 

198.   Curbs

North Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR PARENTS ROBERT JOHN GURR WHO DIED 12th FEBRUARY 1934 AGED 79 YEARS (one line)

South Side
ALSO HIS WIFE AMY ELIZABETH GURR WHO DIED 25th 1943 AGED 87 YEARS

Robert Gurr was a Domestic Groom of Bill Street (1881 Census)

HALL see HILL(S)

 

199.   Headstone and Body Stone

[SACRED]
TO MEMORY OF
WILLIAM THOMAS HARDY ESQ.
FORMERLY OF THE CITY OF OXFORD
AND MANY YEARS A RESIDENT OF
ROCHESTER AND CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 6th OCTOBER 1839
IN THE 56th YEARS OF HIS AGE
"Being justified by faith we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ"

William Thomas Hardy was Chief Pay Clerk at Chatham Dockyard (Pigot's Directory 1838 & PCC Will)

200.   Headstone, Very Eroded, (above ground)

[ IN MEMORY OF]
[ELIZABETH HARILL?]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
--------------(Ground Level)--------------
ON THE 2[  ] OF DECEMBER
1769 AGED 29 YEARS AND
[  ] MONTHS AND TWO WEEKS

 

201.   Headstone


ELIZABETH HEARD AND (BELOW GROUND) JOHN FRENCH


REVERSE OF ABOVE

TO
THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM HEARD
WHO DIED THE 29th SEPT. 1748
AGED 29 YEARS
--------------(Ground Level)--------------
ALSO ADJACENT LYETH THE BODY OF
JOHN FRENCH
FATHER OF THE ABOVE ELIZABETH
WHO DIED 27th NOVEMBER 1738
------------------(Limit of Excavation)-----------------

Rear

NEAR THIS PLACE LIES INTERRED
THE BODY OF WILLIAM HEARD
WHO DIED 27th NOV. 1765
AGED 50 YEARS

William Heard was a Farmer. In his will dated 11th December 1764,(Consistory Court of Rochester DRb/PW59) he leaves "one case of draws (sic), if not already given to her" to his daughter, Elizabeth wife of John Hunt of Rochester, Butcher. Residue to daughter Sarah, who is sole Executor. Witnesses: Henry Loft, Elizabeth Loft and J. Bowes.
   I eventually discovered below ground level an inscription to John French, died 1738, father of Elizabeth Heard. (See French notes)

HELLIER see MILLER

 

202.   Chest Tomb, Very Eroded, Armorial Crest on Ledger, South Side Missing


WILLIAM HILLS

WILLIAM HILLS ESQ.
OF THE CITY OF ROCHESTER
DIED NOV. 12th ? [1759]
AGED [ ] YEARS
?[ELIZABETH HILLS]
?[WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
?[DIED SEPTEMBER [ ] 1796]

North Side
JOHN HILLS [   ]
[   ] CITY OF ROCHESTER
[   ]
WILLIAM [   ]
[   ] ELIZABETH [   ]

West Side
IN MEMORY OF
MARY HILLS
THE WIDOW OF
HENRY HILLS
WHO DIED [   ] SEPT.
1806 AGED [  ]6 YEARS

William Hills was a Merchant of Rochester; he owned lands in Frindsbury, Hoo, St. Nicholas and St. Margaret's at Rochester, he also owned barges and brick kilns; his stock in trade included liquor. All, including residue, left to his wife Elizabeth, who was sole Executor. If she remarries when children still under 21, then his friend Luke Grimes of Chatham, Gent. To be sole Executor and guardian of his children until they are 21. If wife dies or remarries, all property to sons, John, Henry and Thomas, and daughter, Elizabeth, equally. 10 to Luke Grimes. Witnesses, William Clark, Junior, Robert Bousie, Junior and Richard Bristow (Consistory Court of Rochester Will DRb/PW59)

203.   Headstone, Partly Eroded

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. HENRY HILL(S)? DIED 9th ? JUNE 1755 AGED 76
ALSO HIS TWO WIVES MARY AND [ ]? AND
[ALSO?] OF TWO CHILDREN GEORGE AND ANN
Mrs. MARTHA SEE[   ]? [   ]
WIFE OF THOMAS HALL [   ]
ELIZABETH [   ]
[   ]
JOHN [   ]
[Mrs. MARY HALL DIED NOVEMBER 1775?]
[Mr.] THOMAS HALL HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
Mrs. MARY HALL DIED 7th [ ] 17[ ] AGED 67
THOMAS HALL [   ]
ELIZABETH HALL [   ]
[   ]

 

204.   Headstone


JAMES HUNT, DIED 1740 AND HIS TWO SONS

HERE 
LYETH YE BODY
OF JAMES HUNT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE
DEC. 14th 1740
AGED 55 YEARS

NEAR
THIS PLACE
ALSO LIE TWO
OF HIS SONS
WILLM. & JAMES

James Hunt probably the Churchwarden of c. 1727/8. William Hunt died in November 1719, James died in May 1728.

205.   Pedestal, Tall Cross and Tablet

East Side

"With
Christ"
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HANSON JACKSON M. A.
FOR 24 YEARS VICAR OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MAY 10th 1905 AGED 62 YEARS

North Side

ALSO OF
EDITH ANNE
HIS WIFE
DIED 8th DECEMBER 1927
AGED 86 YEARS

Tablet

ALSO
THEIR ONLY CHILD
EDITH MAY
HANSON
1881 1968

 

206.   Very Large Ledger, Ground Level, Eroded and Partly Covered

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF [THOMAS GEORGE JANES? SON OF]
WILLIAM JESSUP AND ELIZABETH JANES
[WHO] DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE [   ] DAY [OF OCTOBER 1837]
AGED [3] YEARS AND [8] MONTHS
ELIZABETH [WIFE OF] WILLIAM JESSUP JANES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE [   ] DAY OF APRIL 184[4]
AGED 43 YEARS
MARY ANN JANES DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM JESSUP
AND ELIZABETH JANES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE [ ] DAY OF JUNE 1853
AGED 22 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
WILLIAM JESSUP JANES HUSBAND [OF THE ABOVE]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 18th DAY [OF APRIL 1856]
AGED [56] YEARS

William Janes was an Egg Importer and Salesman of St. Saviour, Southwark (PCC Will). Probably related to the Janes in Section A?

JONES see BAKER

 

207.   Slate Headstone, Comedy and Tragedy, Barclay's Bank and Scouts Emblems, and Tablet

TREASURED MEMORIES OF
GAVIN EDWARD JUPP
14th DEC. 1966 - 28th JAN. 1996
"Time is not measured by the years you live,
But by the deeds you do and the joy you give,
A deep loss felt not only by his parents and sister,
But also by the local community
Upon which he expended much energy and time"

Tablet

TREASURED MEMORIES OF
COLIN LESLIE HENDY JUPP
A DEAR HUSBAND, DAD AND GRANDAD
17th FEB. 1940 - 14th FEB. 2007
"We miss you in so many ways,
We miss you in the things you used to say,
And when old times we do recall,
It's then we miss you most of all,
Your life was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure,
You are loved beyond words,
And missed beyond measure,
By his family and friends"

Gavin Jupp an employee of Barclay's Bank, a Scout Leader, he was active in Amateur Dramatics and Local Politics

208.   Headstone


ELIZABETH COLEMAN, (FORMERLY KING) AND JAMES KING


REVERSE OF PRECEEDING STONE
This records children of Friend Coleman and his second wife Sarah. When the sun goes off this, the inscription seems to be absorbed into the stone, and some time elapsed before I realised it was there.

IN MEMORY IN MEMORY OF
OF ELIZABETH JAMES KING
WIFE OF OF THIS PARISH
FRIEND COLEMAN WHO DIED
[LATE?] WIFE OF JAS. KING FEB. YE 7th 1776
WHO DIED AGED 39 YEARS
OCT. YE [ ] 1777 LEFT ISSUE ONE DAUGHTER
AGED 39 YEARS ELIZABETH

Rear

IN MEMORY OF SOPHIAH ANN
COLEMAN DAUGHTER OF FRIEND AND
SARAH COLEMAN DIED FEBRUARY 2nd 1780
AGED 3 MONTHS
ALSO JOHN COLEMAN DIED JULY [   ] [   ]
AGED 4 MONTHS

 

209.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
MARGARET WIFE OF JOHN LEE
LATE FOREMAN OF MAST MAKERS
IN HIS Ms. DOCKYARD, CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th OF OCTOBER 1819 AGED 90 YEARS
"Yes, the Christian's course is run,
Ended is the Glorious Strife,
Fought the Fight, the Work is done,
Death is swallowed up in Life,
Borne by Angels on their Wings,
Far from Earth the Spirit flies,
Finds his God, and sits and sings,
Triumphing in Paradise"
ALSO
CHARLOTTE GILES
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 16th NOVEMBER 1862
AGED 91

 

210.   Pedestal

[A LA MEMOIRE]
SOE[U]R LEON[E]
DECEDEE LE 3 OCTOBRE 1909
A L'AGE DE 62
R.I.P.
(BURIAL REGISTER AS: MARIE LAHURE)

Sister Leone was, presumably a teacher at St. Chretienne's School for Girls and Infants at Ravenswood in Mill Road

LEVERTON see DREW

 

211.   Ledger, on Ground Level

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF Mr. WILLIAM LUCK
LATE OF WATERINGBURY
BROTHER OF SARAH WIFE OF AMBROSE SPONG OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 29th NOVEMBER [1833]
IN HIS 29th YEAR
ALSO FANNY WIFE OF FREDERICK WILLIAM ETHEREDON
DAUGHTER OF AMBROSE & SARAH SPONG
DIED AT WOODLANDS, SOUTHAMPTON ON 22nd AUGUST 1843
IN HER 29th YEAR
ALSO FANNY GEORGINA THEIR INFANT DAUGHTER
ALSO Mr. AMBROSE SPONG OF MANOR FARM IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 2nd NOVEMBER 1857 AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO MARY SPONG SISTER OF THE ABOVE AMBROSE SPONG
WHO DIED [ ] AUGUST 1861 AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO JANE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th JANUARY 1866 AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO Mrs. SARAH SPONG WHO DIED AT DENMARK HILL, CAMBERWELL
ON 15th DECEMBER 1868 AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO AMBROSE SPONG SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED AT
NEW KENT ROAD, LONDON ON 11th DECEMBER 1878
AGED 42 YEARS

William Luck's PCC Will, PROB11/1829, dated 10th December 1831, records that he is living in Frindsbury with his brother in law at Manor Farm and that he is a"Gentleman". To his mother Martha, 10 annuity for life. Real estate in Wateringbury and Staplehurst, given to him by his father, and all other real and personal estate, to sister Sarah Spong. Executors: Sarah Spong and Henry Luck of Teston. Witnesses: Josiah Spencer, Butcher of Rochester, J. Adams, Bootmaker of Rochester and Charles Francis, Stationer of Rochester

Ambose Spong farmed Manor Farm. The Spongs were a well known farming family, originating in the Chart Sutton area. There were branches at Aylesford, Borstal, Boxley and Staplehurst Some of them were rather eccentric, William Spong of Cobtree Manor, at Boxley, is generally accepted to be the model for Mr. Wardle in Pickwick Papers. One of the legacies of this family still around today is the Spong Food Mincer! The transcriber is pleased to be a distant relation of the Spongs. Ambrose Spong's PCC Will PROB11/2261 is dated 3rd January 1857. He leaves a 1,000 + policy in the Kent Life Assurance and Annuity Co. to his wife Sarah. Residue upon trust to Trustees, to allow wife to carry on business, renew leases etc., profits to wife. At her death or remarriage, trustees to sell business and personal estate , interest or dividends for benefit of his children or their widows or widowers after wife's death, upon trust during life of such spouse. 500 lent to eldest son, George in 1848, now free from interest. Executors: wife Sarah, James Spong of Mortimer House, De Beauvoir Town, London, Congregational Minister and Joseph Staines ? Solomon, farmer of Shorne. Witnesses: Edward Muscutt, 4 Montague Terrace, Kingsland, Congregational Minister and George Osborn, Mortimer House, De Beauvoir Town.

212.   Classical Sarcophagus, Iron Ball and Claw Feet, on Part Rusticated Stone Base.
             
Recently surmounted by a Stone Pyramid, unfortunately removed. Two
              remaining segments are lying by West Churchyard Wall


MILLER TOMB
The Steele tomb, at Cliffe, sadly now completely dismantled, is very similar, and is probably by the same mason. The Miller tomb has also suffered the loss of it's pyramid. I find this puzzling, because surely it can not take any more expense or effort to repair rather than dismantle ? The Cliffe case is even more difficult to understand because the sarcophagus must have required heavy lifting equipment (at some cost) to lower it.

North Side

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SUSANNA WIFE OF
Mr. GEORGE MILLER
OF STROOD WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY 24th 1822
AGED 35 YEARS
ALSO OF
Mrs. MARRIAM PETTY
LATE OF WAINSFLEET, LINCOLNSHIRE MOTHER OF THE
ABOVE Mr. MILLER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY THE 31st 1817
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO
Mr. GEORGE MILLER
WHO DIED MAY 24th 1824 AGED 42 YEARS

West Side

TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRIETT MILLER
DAUGHTER OF GEORGE
AND SUSANNA MILLER
DIED FEBY. 28Th 1833
AGED 24 YEARS
AUGUSTA WESTBROOK
DAUGHTER OF SUSAN AND
CHARLES WESTBROOK
DIED JULY 6th 1838
[8 MONTHS]

East Side

EMMA
THE AFFECTIONATE AND BELOVED
WIFE OF
ISAAC HELLIER
AND THIRD DAUGHTER OF
Mr. GEORGE MILLER
DIED APRIL 7th 1839
AGED 25 YEARS

South Side

ADJOINING THIS VAULT ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF
Mr. THOMAS MILLER
WHO DIED 17th OCTOBER 1835 AGED 47 YEARS
IN THIS VAULT ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF
Mr. GEORGE MILLER
WHO DIED 8th MAY 1838 AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO CHARLES WESTBROOK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 24th APRIL 1845
AGED 37 YEARS

George Miller was a Coal Merchant of Strood (Pigot's Directory 1824 ) His PCC Will, PROB11/1687, dated 23rd December 1822, leaves real and personal estate upon trust to Peter Gunning of Rochester, Esq., Douglas Johnson Esq., of Kent Road, Surrey and Thomas West of West Street, Seven Dials, Liquor Merchant, to sell, except leaseholds, stock and annuities in Public Funds. If his children at 21 years of age do not carry on business, trustees can carry on business or dispose of it. There follows rather long and detailed trust conditions. Executors: Peter Gunning, Douglas Johnson, Thomas Smith and Harriet Miller. Witnesses: Elisha Naylor, Attorney at Law, Rochester, Elizabeth Naylor of Rochester and James Bromley, Pork Butcher of Chatham

Charles Westbrook was a Linen Draper in Milton., Gravesend (1841 Census)

213.   Ledger on Brick Base

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS MILLER OF ROCHESTER
WHO DIED 17th OCTOBER 1835
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO MARY JANE
GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 10th APRIL 1841
AGED 3 MONTHS
AND WILLIAM GEORGE HIS ONLY SON
WHO DIED 20th JUNE 1849
AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO MARY
RELICT OF THE ABOVE THOMAS MILLER
WHO DIED 2nd SEPTEMBER 1855
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO MARY JANE SUMMERFIELD
THEIR ONLY DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 29th APRIL 1865
AGED 52 YEARS
R.I.P.

 

214.   Curbs

FRANCIS WILLIAM MILLER "For the loved one taken from us,
DIED DECEMBER 7th 1903 AGED 61 YEARS Seems the one we least can spare,
But God knows best,
And he gives peace at last"

 

215.   Coped, Curbed Plot, once Railed

North Side

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
RICHARD MOORE OF KIRKHAM, LANCASHIRE
WHO DIED IN LONDON JANUARY [   ] 1870
AGED 49 YEARS
"[His?] kind and honourable conduct had [   ]
[   ] affectionate religious feeling gives [   ]
[   ] partaker of the Salvation [   ]
Jesus Christ
[   ] to the Will of God committed ?
[   ]
South Side

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEBRANCE OF
DOROTHEA MYERS
WIFE OF THE LATE RICHARD MOORE
WHO DIED APRIL 6th 1906
AGED 79 YEARS
"He that believeth in me even though
he was dead yet shall he live"

 

216.   Black Marble Headstone

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR WIFE
BEATRICE CAROLINE MULLINS
DIED 23rd AUGUST 1952 AGED 62 YEARS
"Until we meet again"
ALSO DANIEL MULLINS
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED 4th OCTOBER 1954 AGED 70 YEARS
"Re-united"

 

217.   Pedestal, Cross and Curbs

East Side

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN NUNN
WHO ENTERED INTO REST FEB. 17th 1900
AGED 55 YEARS
"Father in thy Gracious Keeping,
Leave we now thy Servant Sleeping"

South Side

ALSO
ERNEST NUNN
ELDER SON
WHO PASSED AWAY
JAN. 6th 1912
AGED 41 YEARS
"Thy [ ] shall rise again"

North Side

ALSO
SARAH NUNN
DIED 3rd MAY 1928
AGED 84 YEARS
"At Rest"

West Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EDITH
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND SARAH NUNN
PASSED AWAY OCTOBER 20th 1947
AGED 47 YEARS
"Sleeping"

East Curb

JOAN MARY TWORT 4th JULY 1910 - 3rd APRIL 1996 GRAND DAUGHTER OF JOHN & SARAH

North Curb

ALEC COWAN TWORT 11th AUGUST 1909 - 5th MARCH 1997 HUSBAND OF JOAN MARY

John Nunn was a Corn Factor's Warehouseman in 1881 (Census) Perhaps the General Dealer of Wainscott in 1891(Census)

218.   Ledger on Ground

IN MEMORY OF
ANN NURN
WHO DIED THE 8th OF AUGUST 1818
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO
ELEANOR NURN
HER DAUGHTER
WHO DIED THE 7th OF MARCH 1820
AGED 59 YEARS

 

219.   Stone fixed to West Wall

IN MEMORY OF
FRANK
FOURTH SON OF
JOHN AND ANN OAKLEY
WHO WAS BORN IN THIS PARISH
AND DIED AT DARLAND IN THE PARISH OF CHATHAM
ON THE 29th DAY OF JANUARY 1849
AGED 10 YEARS
"Sincerely Beloved and Deeply Lamented"

John Oakley was a Farmer

220.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. RICHARD OTLEY (OF THIS PARISH)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 14th 1801
AGED 87 YEARS
ALSO OF Mrs. CATHERINE OTLEY
(WIFE OF THE ABOVE) WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE MARCH 5th 1796 AGED 72 YEARS

Richard Otley was a Farmer. In his will dated 6th March 1801, to Ann Otley great niece, daughter of his nephew, Richard, son of his brother Joseph, she residing at Messrs. Robinson and Todd in Fleet Street, London, Farms and lands at Ham Green in Upchurch, Perry Hill and Box Tree Farms in Cliffe and Cooling. All other real estate to Ann. To John, George and William Robinson, and Susanna wife of John Gooding 50 each. To his servant Sarah Chapman 40, she also to have all his household goods, except that going to Ann Otley. Residue to Ann. George Gunning and Ann Otley Executors. Witnesses J. Gibbs, Thomas Smith and J. Venning (Consistory Court of Rochester Will DRb/PW63)

PELLING see EVERIST

PETTY see MILLER

 

221.   Headstone and Curbs

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE PILE
LATE STATION SUPERINTENDENT
CANNON STREET S. E. & C. RLY.
WHO FELL ASLEEP JULY 18th 1907
AGED 58 YEARS
"Not gone from memory, not gone from love,
But gone to his Father's home above"
ALSO LUCY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 11th 1914
AGED 63 YEARS

George Pile had formerly been Station Master of Strood and Bexley Stations

222.   Double Plot, two Pedestals, Crosses and Tablet

North Pedestal, E. Side

IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE
OF
RICHARD PRALL
DIED THE 20th OCTOBER 1895
AGED 63 YEARS
TOWN CLERK OF ROCHESTER 1859 1895
ALSO OF HIS BELOVED WIFE HESTER PRALL
WHO DIED 28th FEBRUARY 1916 AGED 77 YEARS
"That whosoever believeth in him should not
Perish but have Everlasting Life"
John 111 18

South Pedestal, E. Side

TO
THE MEMORY
OF
HERBERT EDWARD PRALL
THIRD SON OF
RICHARD AND HESTER PRALL
WHO DIED 2nd NOVEMBER 1901
AGED 33 YEARS
"Then are they glad because they are at rest"
"And so he bringeth them unto the haven,
Where they would be"

Tablet

RICHARD EVANS PRALL
ELDEST SON OF
RICHARD AND HESTER PRALL
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
AMY COBHAM PRALL
PASSED
THROUGH DEATH INTO LIFE
ON SUNDAY MAY 28th 1933
AMY COBHAM PRALL
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
R. EVANS PRALL
PASSED JULY 5th 1942
"An horizon is the limit of
the view beyond"

 

223.   Small Concave Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
H. ALEXANDER PRALL
DIED AT SEA SEPT. 5th 1932
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO OF HIS BELOVED WIFE
KATHLEEN GERTRUDE PRALL
DIED FEB. 28th 1935 AGED 63 YEARS
R. I. P.

 

224.   Pedestal

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM GEORGE RESKETT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 13th 1911
AGED 4 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS
"We loved him and no lips can tell,
How much we loved him and how well
God loved him too and thought it best
[To take him to a place of rest"]

 

225.   Headstone and Body Stone, Badly Flaked

SACRED
TO T[HE MEMORY OF]
Mrs. M[ARY] [RICH]
OF STONEHOUSE FARM [IN THIS PARISH]
WHO DEPARTE[D THIS LIFE]
THE TWENTY THIRD [OF FEBRUARY]
1823 AGED 63 [YEARS]
[T]O THE M[EMORY OF]
[   ]

 

226.   Headstone and Body Stone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. HARRIOTT RICH WIFE OF
Mr. JAMES RICH
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE [ ] DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1837
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
Mr. JAMES RICH
OF STONEHOUSE [FARM] WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE ON [THE] [   ] DAY OF MARCH
1853 AGED 63 YEARS

Harriet Rich, nee Demages is a beneficiary of John Sparks's will, (see Section A ) Her will of 8th August 1837 is rather involved and technical; concerning a marriage settlement, it runs to several thousands of pounds. (PCC Will PROB11/1886) James Rich's PCC Will PROB11/2172, is dated 12th March 1853. A "Gentleman" of Stone House Farm, he leaves 50 to brother George. To niece, Harriet Rich, 150. To nephew James Butcher, 300 mortgage secured on Reed Farm in Strood and Frindsbury. To James Franklin of Gravesend 19 guineas. To sister Ann Simmons wife of John of Cliffe, 200. To sister Charlotte Rich, his executors to pay her 12 shillings per week for life. To Frindsbury National School 100 for purposes of school. 100 to Minister and Churchwardens of Frindsbury. Wife, Jane and friend Charles Lake of Rodmersham. Executors. Charles Lake to get 50 for "his trouble". Freehold estate at Bill Street, purchased from John Boghurst, to wife Jane. Money in Public and other funds and all other property to wife, Jane. Witnesses: Edward Rowland Pickering and Arthur P, Pickering, Solicitors of Lincoln's Inn.

227.   Ledger on Low Brick Base

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM RIGBY
WHO DIED
THE 9th OF OCTOBER
1830
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO
Mrs. MARY RIGBY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED
OCTR. 6Th 1855
AGED 68 YEARS
JOHN A. RIGBY
DIED AUGT. 1St 1862
AGED 59 YEARS

William Rigby lived in Bill Street. There is a meagre will but no occupation recorded. (Consistory Court of Rochester DRb/PW65)

228.   Small Headstone with Cross

A LA MEMOIRE
CLAUDE ROY
DECEDEE LE 3 MARS 1915
A L' AGE DE 16 ANS

Claude Roy may have been a pupil at the Convent School at Ravenswood, 18 Mill Road?

229.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EMMA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
[A]NTHONY RYOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 23rd DAY OF JANUARY 1848
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO OF ANTHONY AND EMMA
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO OF ANTHONY RYOTT
DIED JULY 6th 1865
AGED 60 YEARS

Anthony Ryott was an Engineer, at one time lived at Quarry House. Other Ryotts who lived in Rochester were also Engineers, and Brass Founders.

230.   Headstone, Eroded

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF
BENJAMIN SAYWELL
WHO DIED THE 24th ? OF JUNE? 17[58?]
AGED [ ] YEARS
ALSO TWO SONS AND TWO DAUGHTERS
ELIZABETH DIED 23rd SEPT. 1766
AGED 10 ? YEARS
JOHN DIED 27th JULY 1774
AGED 24 ? YEARS
BENJAMIN DIED 6th MAY 1775
AGED [ ] YEARS
SARAH DIED 18th ? MARCH 1776
AGED 20 YEARS
LIKEWISE THE ABOVE
BENJAMIN SAYWELL
WHO DIED THE 29th ? JULY 1804
AGED 67 ? YEARS

 

231.   Chest Tomb in Large Railed Plot

IN [MEMO]RY OF
ISABELLA ANN MARTHA
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
JOHN SHEPHERD ESQ.
OF THE ORDNANCE AT
UPNOR CASTLE
DIED 23rd DECEMBER 1853
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
GEORGE HORACE SHEPHERD
ASSISTANT PAYMASTER OF H.M.S. NERBUDDA
SUPPOSED TO HAVE FLOUNDERED IN A GALE
OFF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE IN JUNE 1855
YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE NAMED
JOHN SHEPHERD AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
JOHN SHEPHERD ESQ.
ORDNANCE STOREKEEPER AT UPNOR CASTLE
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 9th JUNE 1860
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO
MARY SHEPHERD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE JOHN SHEPHERD
DIED APRIL 7th 1874
AGED 76 YEARS AND 11 MONTHS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
MARY AMELIA
THE AFFECTIONATE AND BELOVED WIFE OF
FREDERICK SHEPHERD ESQ.
MILITARY STORE STAFF AND DAUGHTER OF
EDWARD BRACEGIRDLE ESQ. OF GIBRALTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT GRAVESEND
THE 19th OF DECEMBER 1881
[AGED 56 YEARS]

 

232.   Curbs, Large Plot

North Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM SINDEN DIED FEBRUARY 2nd 1916 AGED 57 YEARS

South Side

ALSO VIOLET ISABEL HIS DAUGHTER DIED JUNE 11th 1922 AGED 24 YEARS

East Side

ALSO EMILY HIS DAUGHTER DIED FEB. 16th 1929 AGED 44 YEARS INTERRED AT SHORTLANDS


West Side

ALSO ELIZABETH ELLEN HIS WIFE DIED MAY 10th 1945 AGED 84 YEARS

 

233.   Curbs, Fallen Cross

JOSEPH SKILTON
FOR 15 YEARS PEOPLES' CHURCHWARDEN
WHO DIED AUGUST 19th 1899
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO ELLEN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 27th 1899
AGED 60 YEARS

Joseph Skilton died 1899, was a Master Baker, employing 2 men. (1881 Census)

234.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING EMORY OF
WALTER EDWARD SKILTON
WHO DIED OCTOBER 15th 1908
AGED 33 YEARS
"His memory is as dear to-day,
As in the hour he passed away"
ALSO
HARRY SKILTON
WHO DIED APRIL 18th 1913
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO
ARTHUR SKILTON
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 18th 1941
AGED 67 YEARS

 

235.  Curbs

North Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARGARET HELEN SKILTON WHO DIED 10th 1908 AGED 3 MONTHS

South Side

IN LOVING MEMORY OF FRANK SKILTON WHO DIED 12th JULY 1940

East Side

ALSO KATHERINE GRACE SKILTON
WHO DIED 25th AUGUST 1958
AGED 81 YEARS

 

236.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN SKINNER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER
THE 21st 1796 AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO OF SARAH SKINNER DAUGHTER
OF THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE THE 20th 1779 AGED 5 YEARS
ALSO OF THREE CHILDREN NAM'D WILLM.,
EDWARD LUFF AND MARY
SONS AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND
LEANER CARTER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

John Skinner was a House Carpenter. By his will of 23rd April 1790, he left to George Gunning, in Trust, all his estate, which he was to sell as soon as possible and collect debts owing. One half of money to his wife, Hannah, the other to Leaner wife of John Carter of Frindsbury, House Carpenter, daughter of wife Hannah, formerly Luffe before he married her. Hannah and George Gunning Executors. Witnesses D.B. Lewis and Thomas Spratt (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester DRa/PW16) John Skinner was probably the carpenter working on the enlargement of the Poorhouse in 1774

SPONG see LUCK

SUMMERFIELD see MILLER

237.   Small Pedestal

NEIL TAYLOR
AGED 15 MONTHS
"Suffer Little Children to Come
Unto Me"

 

238.   Pedestals, Fallen Cross

East Side

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
RICHARD
SON OF BRIAN AND CECIL
TAYLOR
DIED 29th MAY 1933 AGED 12

North Side

ALSO
JOHN
SON OF BRIAN AND CECIL
TAYLOR
DIED 11th NOVEMBER 1939 AGED 12

Richard Taylor died at the Isolation Hospital, Maidenhead, and John at Farnborough, Hants. (Registers)

239.   Headstone

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
RICHARD TAYLOR
FORMERLY OF ST. JUST, CORNWALL
WHO DIED ON THE 1st OF APRIL 1868
IN THE 40th YEAR OF HIS AGE
"Whatever is noble, pure, refined,
Just, generous, amiable and kind,
That did his constant thoughts pursue,
That did he love and practise too"
ALSO TWO DAUGHTERS OF THE ABOVE
[MA]RY ANN DIED 19th OF MAY 1863
IN THE 12th YEAR OF HER AGE
ELIZABETH DIED 11th OF OCTOBER
1864 [IN THE] 9th [YEAR OF] HER [AGE]

 

240.   Headstone and Curbs

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED 6th DEC. 1917
AGED 79 YEARS
CLERK OF THIS PARISH 35 YEARS
ALSO
EMMA EDMED THOMPSON
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED 13th NOVEMBER 1912
AGED 75 YEARS
"She knew Him here and knows Him there"
ALSO AMELIA HELENA THOMPSON
THIRD DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 7th APRIL 1911
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO EMMA EDMED THOMPSON
WHO DIED 20th MAY 1933
AGED 70 YEARS
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord,
Their works shall follow them"
ALSO ELLEN ANNIE THOMPSON
WHO DIED 12th JUNE 1942
AGED 74 YEARS

William Thompson was also the local Conservative Party Agent for Strood and Frindsbury. Lived at 7 Sheppey View (Kelly's Directory 1895)

TWORT see NUNN

241.   Tall, Grey Granite Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENRY WAYCOTT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED OCT. 9th 1908
IN HIS 64th YEAR
ALSO ESTHER
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 22nd 1922
IN HER 77th YEAR
ALSO BLANCHE GOODEN WAYCOTT
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 23rd 1883
AGED 18 MONTHS

William Waycott was a Licensed Victualler, at the "Good Intent", Milton, Gravesend (1881 Census); and Beer Retailer in Frindsbury Road in 1891 (Census)

WESTBROOK see MILLER

242.   Cruciform Coped, Stone Base

South Side

LAWRENCE HENRY WINCKWORTH ESQ. J. P. FOR KENT
FATHER OF LAWRENCE HULKES AND EDITH CAROLINE
DIED 12th DECEMBER 1872 IN HIS 55th YEAR

North Side

LAWRENCE HULKES WINCKWORTH EDITH CAROLINE WINCKWORTH
DIED 16th JANUARY 1862 DIED 5th DECEMBER 1871
IN HIS 10th YEAR IN HER 17th YEAR

East Side

ALSO OF HIS WIFE
PENELOPE JANE WINCKWORTH
DIED FEBY. 17Th 1920 AGED 91 R.I.P.

 

243.   Large Ledger, Stone Base, Part Railed

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM WOODHAMS
OF LARKIN HALL IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED APRIL 5th 1868
AGED 63 YEARS
"Thanks be to God which giveth us the
Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
ALSO OF
CAROLINE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 17th 1881
AGED 75 YEARS
"So He giveth His beloved sleep"
ALSO OF
FRANK WOODHAMS
OF MOORFIELD, MEOPHAM
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DEC. 14th 1916
AGED 75 YEARS
"There remaineth therefore a rest
To the people of God"
ALSO OF FRANCES EMMA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 19th 1925
AGED 80 YEARS
"The sleep of a labouring soul is sweet"

The Woodhams, of Larkin Hall, were Farmers. Frank Woodhams, Farmer and Maltster, (Post Office Directory 1873), Farmer and Hop Grower (Kelly's Directory 1895). Were they related to the Woodhams of Rochester, the Brewers ?

244.   Curbs

IN MEMORY OF FRANK ERNEST WOODHAMS DIED DECEMBER 22nd 1921 AGED 41
ERNEST WOODHAMS INTERRED IN CALCUTTA DIED JANUARY 10th 1910 AGED 25

 

245.   Fallen Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
THOMAS ELDEST SON OF
THOMAS AND ELIZABETH WYLES
OF STONE HOUSE FARM IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON THE 16th OF APRIL 1861
AGED 6 YEARS
ALSO FRANK SECOND SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 23rd OF DECEMBER 1861
AGED 3 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
ALSO
AGNES TWIN DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 30th OF JANUARY 1866
AGED 33 HOURS
ALSO EMMA
TWIN SISTER OF THE ABOVE NAMED AGNES
WHO DIED ON THE 3rd OF MARCH 1867
AGED 14 MONTHS
ALSO THOMAS SAMUEL
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 11th OF NOVEMBER 1867
AGED 2 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
ALSO ANN
SECOND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 19th OF NOVEMBER 1867
AGED 4 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS
ALSO ERNEST SIXTH SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 15th OF FEBRUARY 1868
AGED 7 MONTHS

Thomas Wyles was a Farmer . In 1891 Mrs. Elizabeth and John Wyles were farming at Stone House. (Kelly's Directory)

246.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
THOMAS WYLES
OF STONE HOUSE FARM
DIED 1st DEC. 1886
AGED 54 YEARS
DEEPLY REGRETTED
BY A LARGE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
ALSO ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 7th NOVEMBER 1897
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
CALLED HOME 5th FEBRUARY 1940
AGED 83 YEARS
"Blessed are the pure in heart"

 

247.   Low Ledger, Stone Base, Once Railed

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
BENJAMIN YOUNG ESQ.
OF FRINDSBURY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 17th OF SEPTEMBER 1844
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO
Mrs. ANNA YOUNG
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 10th OF APRIL 1839
AGED 76 YEARS

Benjamin Young was a Surgeon Dentist, formerly of Harley Street, London (The Times Death Notice of Anna) His PCC Will, PROB11/2008, dated 28th May 1827, leaves his freehold house in Frindsbury, where he lives, other property and personal estate to wife Anna. If she dies before him, then to son Henry, who is Executor. Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Attorney. At Law, Rochester, D. B. Lewis, his Clerk and Anne [ ? ]

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