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Monumental Inscriptions of St Mary's Church, Higham - recorded by D. E. Williams September 2012

Introduction
I have divided the churchyard into five areas. On the south side of the church, the path to the porch separates the South East portion from the South West portion. In the south west portion, I have indicated when graves are in the 1925 extension. East and West are in the areas covered by the width of each end of the church. North West is the area bounded by the north boundary to the line of the west end of the aisle and North is the area north of the church. Where inscriptions are missing or illegible, I have relied on Leland Duncan's 1921 notes. I have limited this work to pre–1945 graves. The inscriptions are in alphabetical order.                                   D.E. Williams

Leland Duncan's pencil sketch plan (68KB) of location of gravestones in Higham Churchyard

Churchyard        Church Interior


Church from the South West

Churchyard

1.   Ledger on Low Base ? From Duncan's Notes. (Covered in Very Thick Ivy, Not Seen)  South West

[IN MEMORY OF]
[JOSEPH ADAMS]
[CIVIL ENGINEER]
[WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 9th 1837]
[AGED 68 YEARS]

2.   Granite Pedestals and Cross   West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE CANTRELL ALLEN D.D.
VICAR OF HIGHAM 1912 – 1921
DIED APRIL 25th 1921
"Faithful unto Death"
AND ADELAIDE CATHERINE ALLEN
HIS BELOVED WIFE
DIED 1st FEBRUARY 1925 AGED 69
"They were Labourers together with God"

AMOS SEE STEDMAN

3.   Tall Headstone and Body Stone   South West


HEADSTONE OF THOMAS AND MARY ANN BENTLEY
AND HELEN ANDERSON (SOUTH WEST SECTION)

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HELEN THE WIFE OF
ROBERT ANDERSON ESQ.
[LATE] OF SUDBURY, SUFFOLK
WHO DIED JANUARY 8th 1939
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO HER SISTER
MARY ANN BENTLEY
OF HERMITAGE
IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED AUGUST 16th 1842
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO
THOMAS BENTLEY ESQ.
OF HERMITAGE
WHO DIED JANUARY 24th 1844
AGED 73 YEARS
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
(See Interior)

Thomas Bentley, of The Hermitage, Esquire, P.C.C. Will dated 8th February 1843
Wife Marianne, nephew Thomas Paterson Anderson of Adelphi Terrace, Strand, Gentleman and "good friend" Charles
   Murray of Sudbury, Surgeon, are executors.
   To wife £100 and household goods and furniture. To the other executors, his house, The Hermitage with buildings and land belonging to it, in Higham and Frindsbury, and other real estate, upon trust, for wife's benefit. Leaseholds and farming stock not required to carry on farming business, to be sold by executors. If they think fit they can sell business or freeholds; proceeds to be invested in Public Funds, and interest to wife for life. After her death, to her sister Annabella Lunan, Spinster; after her death, then equally shared between Thomas P. Anderson and his sister Christiana Murray, wife of Charles, children of his late sister Helena wife of the late Robert Anderson of Sudbury, Surgeon.
   Witnesses: J. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and M. S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham

Codicil dated 27th July 1843
   Executors to pay Annabela Lunan Wilkie, now living with him, the daughter of Major Wilkie, Barrack Master at Brecon
   £1,000 after death of his wife and her sister Annabella Lunan.
   Witnesses: James S. Chancellor and Ann Wickham, Servants to Mr Bentley
   Proved 5th February 1844 Power reserved to Marianne Bentley

4.   Headstone, Very Eroded   West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM ASHLEY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 19th OF MAY 1861
AGED 52 YEARS

William Ashley, Provision Merchant (1861 Census)

5.   Headstone   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARIA AYERS
DIED 4th FEBRUARY 1919
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED 29th JULY 1921
AGED 74 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done

George Ayers, 1901 Census, an Agricultural Labourer at Hoo

6.   Headstone and Curbs   South West, (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE EDWARD BAKER
WHO PASSED AWAY 27th JAN. 1938
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO EMMA HIS BELOVED WIFE
WHO PASSED AWAY 24th OCT. 1939
AGED 70 YEARS
"Reunited"

George Baker, 1901 Census, a General Labourer

7.   Headstone and Body Stone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EMILY BARNES
WHO DIED 2nd APRIL 1814
IN THE 8th YEAR OF HER AGE
"Nipp'd in the Bud, so Beautiful and Good,
Her Blessed Spirit now rests with God"

8.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JAMES BARNES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 1st DAY OF JUNE 1815
AGED 43 YEARS
ALSO CHARLOTTE SECOND WIFE
OF THE ABOVE
JAMES BARNES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 3rd DAY OF OCTOBER 1821
AGED 39 YEARS
[ Eroded Verse?]
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES BARNES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 27th DAY OF MARCH 1834
AGED 69 YEARS

James Barnes, of Higham, Yeoman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 21st January 1832
£550 in the hands of William Huggett of Brookland, Kent, Grazier, lent to him at interest, to William Huggett.
   To brother George Barnes, for life, 5s per week, out of real and personal estate. Residue to George Lake of Higham, Gentleman, and John Smith of Higham, Blacksmith, upon trust. They to sell all personal estate, not already consisting of money; they to pay funeral expenses and debts, £550 legacy and 5s per week to brother. Surplus invested in Public Funds, in trust, for Ann, William and James Barnes, the three children of the late Ann Barnes ,(formerly Ann Akehurst, Spinster), wife of William Barnes the Younger of Higham, Gardener, in equal shares. If Ann Barnes, daughter of Ann Barnes ..........
   [ Page 2 of the Will is Missing]
   Page 3:- George Lake and John Smith are executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: James Edmed, Solicitor, Gravesend, John Heard, Inn Holder, Gravesend and James Tadman, Milton next Gravesend
   Proved 13th May 1834. Value of goods under £450

9.   Headstone and Body Stone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIFE OF
ROBERT BARNES
LATE OF THE PARISH OF ORSETT, ESSEX
AND DAUGHTER OF JAMES AND
ANN SAUNDERS WHO DIED IN
CHILDBED ON THE 13th OF JUNE 1825
AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT HER INFANT
"The Lord Gave and the Lord hath
Taken Away, Blessed be the Name
of the Lord"
ALSO THE ABOVE ROBERT BARNES
WHO DIED APRIL 4th 1855
AGED 62 YEARS

Robert Sutton Barnes, of the Chequers Inn, Higham, Licensed Victualler, P.C.C. Will dated 27th March 1855
Appoints Edward Wates of 15 Harmer Street, Milton, Solicitor and son in law William Easdown of Higham Hall, Gardener, trustees and executors.
   They to pay his wife Caroline, £50 from personal estate; they to hold real and personal estate and have arrange valuation of stock in trade and contents of Chequers Inn. Son in law William Easdown to have first offer; or if he is dead, daughter Ann Easdown,. If he or she decline, trustees to sell , proceeds to wife. Trustees to receive rents of freehold house and shop occupied by William Jull, built by testator, and freehold cottages in Cliffe occupied by Thomas Franks, Thomas Knight and James Elsegood, and pay to wife, for life. After her death, rents for maintenance and eduction of son William, until he is 21, when the above properties to be conveyed to him.
   He owns a piece of freehold ground called Meadow Piece of 1 ½ acres occupied by William Easdown , and three cottages built there occupied by Isaac Armitage , John Hollands and William Thomas ; rents from these to his wife for life. After her death, this property to be conveyed to William Easdown; if he is dead, property to be sold, and proceeds shared among children of William and Ann Easdown, equally.
Remaining two freehold cottages, occupied by Widow Porter and Thomas Whatman ?, built by testator on Meadow Piece, to be conveyed to son James of London, ........ ? Trunk and Box Maker; if he is dead, then trustees to sell and share proceeds among children of James. Rents of two cottages at Church Street, Higham, occupied by George .......? and William Eaton, to daughter Jane wife of George Dartnall of the Sun Public House, for life. After her death, the rents to George Dartnall; if he is dead, properties to be sold, proceeds shared among the Dartnall's children. Residue to son James and daughters Ann Easdown and Jane Dartnall.
   Witnesses; Frederick Cavell, Clerk to Messrs. Gibson and Wates, Solicitors, Gravesend and George Taylor, Ironmonger, Gravesend
   Proved 10th July 1855

10.   Headstone   South West

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN BARNES OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 28th JULY 1856
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN BARNES, MASTER MARINER
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT TAGANROY 13th AUGUST 1872
AGED 34 YEARS
"I have Fought the Good Fight, I have Finished my Course,
I have kept the Faith"
ALSO JOHN BARNES HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th MAY 1888 IN HIS 82nd YEAR
"O, Death, where is thy Sting,
O Grave where is thy Victory"

John Barnes, died 1888, Labourer of Higham Upshire, (1841 Census)

11.   Cruciform Coped   South West

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM BARNES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th NOVEMBER 1859
AGED 61 YEARS

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF WILLIAM BARNES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 12th 1880
AGED 65 YEARS

William Barnes, died 1859, Farmer of 110 acres, employing 3 men, 2 women , born at Hoo (1851 Census)

12.   Headstone and Body Stone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM BARNS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 14th OF OCTOBER 1836
IN THE 68th YEAR OF HIS LIFE
"When this you see remember me,
Speak of [      ] find,
[      ] love"
[ALSO ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
[WHO DIED 6th] OF MAY 18[54]
AGED 90 YEARS

William Barnes, of Higham, Victualler, P.C.C. Will dated 23rd January 1836
Household goods, furniture, stock in trade, etc., to wife Ann, son in law William Easdown of Higham, Covent Garden Market, Fruit Salesman and George Lake of Higham, Gentleman, upon trust, to allow wife use of above,and carry on business, for life. After her death, upon trust, to sell. If wife wishes to cease business of victualler, then his daughter, Matilda wife of William Easdown, shall have first offer of taking on the business.
Executors, out of his personal estate, from time to time, to raise £50 to provide grandson William Barnes, son of Robert Sutton Barnes, who the testator has placed in an apprenticeship, with necessaries during the apprenticeship.
   Residue of this money to be divided equally between Robert Sutton Barnes and Matilda Easdown. Residue of personal estate to trustees, upon trust, to sell and invest in Public Funds, and pay interest to wife Ann, for life, as long as she is his widow. After her death or remarriage, the other trustees to hold £100, in trust, for daughter Ann wife of Joseph Bates of Brompton, Victualler. Trustees also to hold £300 to invest in Public Funds and pay interest to daughter Ann. After daughter Ann's death, the funds, in trust, for Matilda, Jane and Amelia Mc Ritchie, daughters of daughter Ann by late husband Alexander, in equal shares.
   Trustees also executors.
   Witnesses: James Edwards, Solicitor, Gravesend and Mary Ann Pope, Servant to Mr Edwards

Codicil dated 5th October 1836
   Revokes bequest of £100 to daughter Ann, this now to go into residuary estate. Revokes bequest to son Robert. £250 to son Robert and £50 each to his children, Ann, Jane and William, at 21.. In case all three of latter die pre 21, then to their father. After death of wife Ann, residuary estate to daughter Matilda; if she dies in the lifetime of his wife, then to her children. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Pearson and Charles Pearson, Solicitor, Gravesend
   Proved 5th May 1837

Ann Barnes,
of Higham, Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd November 1847
To grandchildren, Matilda and Emily Easdown, £300 equally shared at 21. If both died pre 21, then shared between grandson James Barnes and great grandson William Easdown; if both are dead then into residuary personal estate. Residue of personal estate and all real estate subject to £300 legacy, to son Robert; he and William Easdown the Younger of Higham, Fruiterer and Gardener, are executors.
   Signs with a mark (Mary Barnes written instead of Ann)
   Witnesses: George Essell, Solicitor, Rochester and Robert T. Moore, Clerk to Messrs. Essell, Hayward and Essell.

Affidavit dated 10th June 1854
   George Essell of the Precinct, Rochester, sworn that he witnessed Ann Barnes make her mark on will, in his and Mr Moore's presence and that they immediately signed as witnesses. Essell wrote the name Mary instead of Ann by mistake.
   Proved 14th June 1854

BENTLEY SEE ANDERSON

13.   Headstone   South East

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE BLACKMAN
WHO AFTER EIGHT YEARS
PATIENT SUFFERING
DIED 7th FEBRUARY 1880 AGED 56 YEARS
"His End was Peace"

14.   Curbs   South East

South Side
WILLIAM BLACKMAN 5th NOV. 1918 AGED 44 YEARS

North Side
ELIZABETH EMILIE BLACKMAN DIED 19th MARCH 1949 AGED 70 YEARS

William Blackman, ? Machine Driller H.M. Dockyard, living at Castle Road, Chatham (1901 Census)

15.   Headstone   South West (Extension)

TO
THE MEMORY OF
MARY BLACKMAN
DIED 22nd APRIL 1927
AGED 77 YEARS
AND
SAMUEL ROBERT BLACKMAN
DIED 3rd APRIL 1930
AGED 80 YEARS
"Not dead but only taking Rest"

Samuel Blackman, Agricultural Labourer / Horseman at Little Oakley (1881 Census), Farm Bailiff to C. Lake at Little Oakleigh (1913 Kelly's Directory)

BLAKE SEE WHITEBREAD

16.   Headstone   South West


HEADSTONE OF WILLIAM BOGHURST

[HERE]
LYETH YE] BODY OF
WILLIAM BOGHURST
OF YE PARISH DIED
5th APRIL 1720
AGED 65 YEARS
AND ALSO YE BODY OF
ELIZTH. BOGHURST
[HIS] DAUGHTER DIED
25th ? MARCH
[17]20 AGED 2 YEARS
--------Ground Level--------
AND 11 MONTHS

William Boghurst, of Higham, Yeoman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 9th April 1720
His house and farm at Sharnel Street, High Halstow, now occupied by Widow Jennings, and all other real estate, to his two younger children, William and Susan Boghurst, for ever. If both die pre 21 or day of marriage, then executor to sell above properties and pay herself £100 and £100 to son in law, William Best of Higham, Husbandman. In case of death of latter, then his £100 to executor. Residue of money to his three daughters, Elizabeth Warren, Ann Masters and Mary Grainger, equally shared.
   Executor to maintain and educate two youngest children out of personal estate until they are 21 or married. To his three married daughters, £5 each. To son in law William Best, £200 from personal estate, £100 one year after testator's death, £100 within two years; testator desires Best to assist executor. Residue to wife who is executor.
   Witnesses: John Feamas?, mark of Thomas Ring and John Sheafe

17.   Curbs   East

South Side
SARAH BOTTING WHO DIED 6th FEB. 1940 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO HER BROTHER WALTER WOOLARD WHO DIED 1st JUNE 1907 AGED 25 YEARS

North Side
AND ELIZABETH WOOLARD WHO DIED 9th DEC 1899 AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO HER HUSBAND ISAAC WHO DIED 18th OCT. 1920 AGED 69 YEARS

Sarah Botting, Wife of William, Horseman on farm at Shorne (1901 Census)

Walter Woolard, Waggoner's Mate (1901 Census)

18.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
RUTH WIFE OF
WILLIAM BROOKER
YEOMAN OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 19th DAY OF JANUARY 1843
AGED 76 YEARS
[ Eroded Verses]
ALSO THE ABOVE
WILLIAM BROOKER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 4th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1852
AGED 87 YEARS
ALSO SARAH MARTIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 9th DAY OF JUNE 1864
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF EDWARD WHITE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th OF NOVEMBER

William Brooker, of Higham, Yeoman, P.C.C. Will dated 1st August 1834
Son John of Higham, Husbandman, and son in law Thomas Youens, Husbandman, are executors.
   His house and land at Higham Upshire, occupied by himself, his son and son in law,(above), and all other real estate, to use of wife Ruth, for life. After her death, the cottage recently erected in line with above property, occupied by son in law James Martin, to John Brooker and Thomas Youens, in trust, for life of Sarah, James Martin's wife, to pay Sarah rent. After her death, then to her children. In default of children, then to son John and daughters, Mary, wife of Edward White and Ruth wife of Frederick Nash, equally shared. After wife's death, his other cottage at Higham Upshire, occupied by Edward White to his executors, for benefit of daughter Mary White, for life; after her death, as above, in default of children, then to Edward White for life. After his death, then to testator's sons and daughters . Another cottage at Higham Upshire to executors for benefit of daughter Ruth for life, after her to her husband, for life, then as above. After his wife's death his own house with warehouse, stable, fruit plantation, etc., and all other real estate to Thomas Youens, Edward White and Frederick Nash, in trust, for benefit of son John, for life, after him, to his children and those of Sarah Martin. If John has no heirs, then to his wife Jane, for life, after her, to testator's three daughters equally.
   To son John and Thomas Youens, £5 each for their trouble. Ready money, investments, household goods and furniture, and residue to wife, for life, so she can carry on business. After her death, then to his daughters, equally.
   Witnesses: J. Stephens, M.S. Stephens and J. Barnaby, Jnr.

Codicil dated 30th August 1839
   He has since built a house on part of property devised to executors, in trust for daughter Sarah, this is to be part of that trust property. The new property to executors, as before. Rest of will ratified.
   Witnesses; J. Stephens and M.S. Stephens
   Proved 3rd May 1853

Edward White, Market Gardener (1865 Post Office Directory)

19.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
RICHARD BROOKER
DIED APRIL 12th 1895
AGED 45 YEARS
(The Following is Etched, not Cut, and Very Faded)
ALSO
ELIZABETH BROOKER
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 10th 1911
AGED 59 YEARS
[      ] BROOKER
[      ] 19[    ]
[          ]
[Eroded Verses]

Richard Brooker, died 1895, Retired Farmer at Brooker's Cottages, (1891 Census)

20.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELLEN BROOKER
WHO DIED OCTOBER 31st 1898
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO JOHN BROOKER
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 7th 1901
AGED 70 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"

John Brooker, died 1901, Retired Farmer living in Strood

21.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN BENJAMIN
BROOKER
WHO DIED JANUARY 1st 1906
AGED 35 YEARS
"He is not dead but Sleepeth"
"We Loved him, yes, no one can tell,
How much we Loved him and how Well,
Christ Loved him too and thought it Best,
To Take him Home with Him to Rest"
ALSO BENJAMIN PEARCE
UNCLE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 13th 1908
AGED 44 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace, with Loved Ones
Far Away"
ALSO
AMELIA BROOKER
WHO DIED OCTOBER 26th 1920
AGED 75 YEARS
"At Rest"

John Benjamin Brooker, died 1906, Market Gardener at Higham Hall Lane

Benjamin Pearce, Market Garden Employee (1901 Census)

22.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
AMELIA EMMA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
GEORGE BROOKER
OF REDE COURT, FRINDSBURY
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY JULY 9th 1911
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
GEORGE BROOKER
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 16th 1913
AGED 67 YEARS
"At Rest"

George Brooker, died 1913 Farmer at Rede Court (1901 Census)

BROOKER SEE RAYFIELD

23.   Wooden Cross, (Not Present) From Duncan

[IVY MAY BROWNING]
[DIED 18th JULY 1891]
[AGED 27]

24.   Headstone ? (Not Present), From Duncan

[VIOLET MORTON BUDDEN]
[WHO DIED 21st APRIL 1881]
[AGED 12 DAYS]

BURBIDGE SEE PRICE

25.   Pedestals, Cross Fallen   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN WILLIAM BURROW
FOR 13 YEARS VICAR OF THIS PARISH
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
20th APRIL 1913
"Give unto thy Servant that Peace
Which the World cannot Give"

26.   Headstone   West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
MARTHA WIFE OF
GEORGE BUTCHER
OF GAD'S HILL, HIGHAM
WHO DIED 15th SEPTEMBER 1875
AGED 75 YEARS
"The Actions of the Just Smell Sweet
and Blossom in the Dust"
ALSO THE ABOVE
GEORGE BUTCHER
BORN JANUARY 28th 1802
DIED JULY 18th 1898
"His End was Peace"

George Butcher, Market Gardener, 3 acres, employing 1 man and 1 woman (1871 Census)

27.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan

[F AND J BUTLER]
[AGED 72 AND 84]
[1908 AND 1910]

James Butler, Gentleman's Gardener (1881 Census)
Percival Butler, Agricultural Labourer?, boarder in Higham (1901Census )

28.   Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
MY BELOVED PARENTS
JOHN CALDER
WHO DIED 25th SEPT. 1941
AND
JANET KERR CALDER
WHO DIED 18th AUG. 1948
AGED 75 YEARS

John Calder, Electrical Engineer?, living in Brasted in 1901 (Census)

29.   Book Type and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY ANN
CARPENTER
WHO DIED 28th FEB. 1931 
AGED 75 INTERRED AT CLIFFE
"Gone but not Forgotten" "God united them on Earth
ALSO OF WILLIAM Now in Heaven"
HER DEVOTED HUSBAND
WHO DIED 16th AUG. 1932
AGED 76
 ALSO
  LILY EDITH
  THEIR DAUGHTER
  WHO DIED 29th NOV. 1913
AGED 15

William Carpenter, Waggoner on Farm (1901 Census)

30.   Wooden Rail (Gone?) There is a Wooden Rail but with No Inscription;
                 one of Two Recorded by Duncan    South West


A RARE SURVIVAL: A 19th CENTURY OAK RAIL, THE INSCRIPTION HAS COMPLETELY ERODED AWAY
Possibly - from Duncan listing - 132. Wood rail George CHAPMAN died 10 December 1868 aged 38. Ann Chapman died 1860 aged 3 years

[GEORGE CHAPMAN DIED 10th DECEMBER 1868 AGED 38 YEARS]
[ALSO ANN CHAPMAN DIED 1860 AGED 3 YEARS]

George Chapman, Carter at Cobham, has one daughter born at Higham in 1860 (1861 Census)

31.   Pedestals and Fallen Cross   North

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
HENRY CHEESEMAN
WHO DIED JANY. 19Th 1903
AGED 75 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

Henry Cheeseman, Shoemaker (1891 Kelly's Directory)

32.   Headstone   North

IN MEMORY OF
BENJAMIN JOHN
THE BELOVED SON OF
BENJAMIN & SARAH CLARE
WHO DIED MARCH 15th 1889
AGED 19 YEARS
"He that hath the Son hath Life" John v12
"We Loved him and no tongue can Tell,
How Much we Loved him and how Well,
God Loved him too and thought it Best,
To take him Home with Him to Rest"

Benjamin Clare, Agricultural Labourer (1881 Census)

33.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

Curbs
North Side
IN MEMORY OF SARAH ANN BELOVED WIFE OF FRED CLARE WHO DIED 2nd JUNE1947 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE FRED CLARE REUNITED 1st FEBRUARY 1960 AGED 84 YEARS

South Side
AND HER SON ARTHUR FRED CLARE WHO DIED 15th JULY 1928 AGED 18 YEARS
AND ALFRED GEORGE CLARE WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION [    ] AUGUST 1944 AGED 27 YEARS

Frederick Clare, Cement Labourer, boarder at Cliffe, (1901 Census)

CLARE SEE GIBBS

34.   Granite Headstone and Curbs   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GEORGE WARDLE CLARK
DIED 23rd DEC. 1920 AGED 27 YEARS
AND ROBERT WILLIAM CLARK
DIED 26th SEPTEMBER 1965 AGED 18 YEARS

35.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHRISTOPHER CLARK
DIED NOVEMBER 23rd 1923
AGED 27 YEARS
"At Rest"
ALSO NELLIE CLARK
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
DIED JUNE 12th 1935
AGED 70 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO HENRY WILLIAM CLARK
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED JULY 18th 1954
AGED 92 YEARS
"Reunited"

Henry Clark, Market Gardener (1901 Census)

36.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
CHARLOTTE CLARK
WHO FELL ASLEEP JAN. 28th 1925
AGED 76
"Sleep on Dear Mother and take thy Rest"

37.   Two Cruciform Headstone, (Badly Eroded), From Duncan   South West

[IN]
[MEMORY OF]
[HENRY]
[INFANT SON OF]
[ROBERT AND FRANCES COBB]
[WHO DIED 15th MARCH 1845]
[AGED 7 MONTHS]

[IN]
[MEMORY OF]
[ROBERT EDWARD]
[INFANT SON OF]
[ROBERT AND FRANCES COBB]
[WHO DIED 10th APRIL 1853]
[AGED 1 YEAR AND 8 MONTHS]

38.   Pedestals and Fallen Cross   West

GEORGE
SON OF
HERBERT MANSFIELD
AND
CONSTANCE COBB
BORN MAY 21st
1892
DIED MAY 22nd

39.   Granite Pedestals , Cross and Foot Stone   South West

East Side
ROBERT LAKE COBB
BORN 9th JUNE 1817
DIED 4th FEBRUARY 1893

North Side
FRANCES
WIDOW OF
ROBERT LAKE COBB
BORN 14th OCTOBER 1824
DIED 9th JANUARY 1899

Robert Cobb, Land Agent and Surveyor, of Mockbeggar

40.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HERBERT MANSFIELD COBB
BORN SEPT. 23rd 1853
DIED MARCH 19th 1925
"Life's Race Well Run,
Life's Work Well Done,
Life's Crown Well Won,
Now Comes Rest"
ALSO CONSTANCE
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 10th DECEMBER 1942

Herbert Cobb, Land Agent and Farmer, 700 acres, employing 20 men, 5 boys and 6 women.

41.   Headstone   South East


HEADSTONES OF WILLIAM CODD (RIGHT) AND SMOOKER FAMILY

TO
THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM CODD OF THIS PARISH
YEOMAN BUT LATE OF THE PARISH
OF ST. MARY, WHITECHAPEL
IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE
7th OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR
LORD 1810 IN THE 53rd YEAR OF HIS AGE
[Eight Lines of Eroded Verses}

42.   Small Voluted Headstone   North

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR MOTHER AND FATHER
FRANCES COLLINS
WHO DIED
APRIL 28th 1906 AGED 53
AND WALTER COLLINS
WHO DIED
DEC. 19th 1937 AGED 86

Walter Collins, Road Labourer of Pear Tree Place (1901 Census)

43.   Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN SWEET REMEMBRANCE OF
OUR LITTLE SON
JOHN COLLINS
WHO FELL ASLEEP JULY 19th 1939
AGED 12 YEARS
"At Rest"

COOPER SEE NASH

44.   Ledger From Destroyed Chest Tomb   South East


REMAINS OF THE DESTROYED CHEST TOMB OF JOHN CRADOCK

IN HOPES OF A JO[YFUL]
RESURRECTION TO LIFE
ETERNAL
HERE LIES INTERRED THE BODY OF
MR. JOHN CRADOCK OF THIS PARISH
[WHO] DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY THE [    ] 1747
AGED 60 YEARS
"He was [ ] the Lord,
True and Faithful to his Word,
In his Dealings Just to All,
To the Poor most Liberal,
[      ] good Friend,
Lived in Peace, in Peace did [End]"

John Cradock, of Chatham, Yeoman, P.C.C. Will dated 13th February 1745/6
To nephew Edward Clifferton £10; to Thomas Cradock (2 years old) son of his nephew Thomas late of Eastchurch, deceased, £30 at 21; to Elizabeth Dudley daughter of William Dudley of Sheerness, Joiner and Elizabeth his wife, who is testator's niece, £10 at 24. To nephews and nieces, James, Mary, William, Jeffery and Elizabeth Crips, £10 each at 24.
    To sister Ann Raysell wife of John Raysell of Higham, Yeoman,, £20. To sister Elizabeth Hogben, widow, a £10 annuity, for life, from personal estate. To John Raysell and his wife Ann, Elizabeth Hogben. Ann Stephens of Higham, Spinster and his servant maid, Mary Parker, if she is with him at death, 5 guineas each for mourning.
   To John Raysell and William Tadman of Higham, Yeoman, £20 each for their trouble as his executors. He releases Raysell from debts owed and that a bond for security be given to him to cancel. To Mary Parker, money extra to her wages due to make up £100; she is to have free use of any one room in his house called Oakley at Higham, and the furniture she shall choose. To William Cradock (about 8 or 9 years old) £1,000 at 21; he has been brought up by testator and is now at Mr Morris's Boarding School in Castle Street, Southwark; he is to have £20 per annum towards his education. Overseers of the will to assist executors in William's education. When William leaves school he wishes him to enter farming and grazing business, assisted by Raysell and Tadman.
   Residue of estate to John Cradock, at 21, (he is aged about 15); he was also brought up by testator and is also at Morris's school. He would like John to enter the farming business and is to be educated under care of Raysell and Tadman for not more than £30 per annum. If both the latter legatees die pre 21, then residue to those of his sisters and nephews and their heirs, then living, including Ann Bradley, equally shared. In this case the annuity to Elizabeth Hogben will cease.
   John Raysell, William Tadman and John Cradock are executors; William Twopenny of Rochester, Gentleman is Overseer; he wishes him to assist Raysell and Tadman to carry on farming business. William Cradock is to have part of the farms and business at 21; he is also to have, if John Cradock lives, the leases on his 2 farms, Oakley and Abbey Farm, both in Higham; the room left to Mary Parker, excepted. John Raysell is to continue to occupy Abbey Farm
   Witnesses; William Harlock and Isaac Bradley
   Proved 19th May 1747 Power reserved to John Cradock

45.   Headstone, and Foot Stone   South West


DETAIL OF THE HEADSTONE OF MARY CRADOCK

IN MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF MR. WILL
CRADOCK OF THIS PARISH
DIED FEB. 14th ? 1762 AGED
24 YEARS
LIKEWISE ALSO WILL THEIR SON
WHO DIED IN HIS INFANCY

William Cradock, of Higham, Yeoman, P.C.C. Will dated 9th April 1762 (No monument, is mentioned on wife's headstone)
   Desires to be buried in leaden coffin. Brother in law, John Knight of Cooling, Yeoman is executor, he to have £100.
   To mother Mary Parker, an annuity of £30, for life, from personal estate. To Ann Comport, Spinster, his sister in law, £100; to brother in law Michael Comport of Cooling, Yeoman, £50. Residue of household goods, live and dead stock, crops, money , investments and personal estate, to John Knight, for ever.
   Witnesses; Martha Mitton and Henry Mitton
   Proved 21st March 1764

46.   Headstone   South west

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
PHOEBE
WIFE OF ROBERT CRITTENDEN
DIED JULY 2nd 1853
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO JOHN
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED MAY 19th 1866
AGED 32 YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE
ROBERT CRITTENDEN
DIED JUNE 30th 1889
AGED 96 YEARS

Robert Crittenden, Blacksmith at Upper Higham (1851 Census)

47.   Headstone   North

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
ALICE CRITTENDEN
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 19th 1885
AGED 58 YEARS
"A Light is from our Household Gone,
A Voice we Loved is Still,
A Place is Vacant in our Home,
Which Never can be Filled"

48.   Headstone   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EMMA WIFE OF
ALFRED CRITTENDEN
WHO DIED OCTOBER 17th 1895
AGED 62 YEARS
"He Giveth His Beloved Sleep"
ALSO AMY SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 8th 1906
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO ALFRED CRITTENDEN
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1916
AGED 84 YEARS

Alfred Crittenden, Farmer of 40 acres, employing 3 men, 1 boy and 2 women (1881 Census), Market Gardener (1891 Kelly's Directory)

49.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JAMES CRITTENDEN
WHO DIED 2nd APRIL 1911
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO AMY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN CANADA
8th APRIL 1911
AGED 34 YEARS
"Until the Day Break"

James Crittenden, Sawyer (1861 Census)

50.   C.W.G.C. Headstone   South West

L/9340 PRIVATE
H. E. CRUNDWELL
THE QUEEN'S
20th NOVEMBER 1914 AGE 23

IN MEMORY
OF PTE. S. A. CRUNDWELL
KILLED 16th MAY 1915
BURIED NEAR LA BASSEE

51.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

North Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JAMES JOSEPH CULLEN
DIED MAY 20th 1932 AGED 65 "At Rest"

South Side
IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED DAUGHTER AND SISTER LOUIE CULLEN
DIED FEBRUARY 10th 1934 AGED 36 YEARS "Thy Will be Done"

52.   Two Identical Pedestals, Crosses and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ANNIE ELLEN MAY CUTTRESS
BORN MAY 12th 1918
DIED JAN. 19th 1931
"Sweetly Sleeping"
----------
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM GEORGE CUTTRESS
BORN AUGUST 8th 1880
DIED MARCH 3rd 1932
"Till We Meet"

53.   Headstone and Foot Stone   West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN DANIELS
WHO DIED MAY 13th 1869 AGED 59 YEARS
"Weep not for me my Wife and Children Dear,
I am not Dead, but Sleeping here,
As I am now so you must be,
So now Prepare to Follow me"
ALSO
SARAH DANIELS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 2nd 1918 AGED 93 YEARS
"And She gave up the Ghost,
And Died in a Good Old Age,
An Old Woman and Full of Years,
And was Gathered to her People"

54.   Headstone   West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE DARTNALL
DIED AUGUST 17th 1873
AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO JANE HIS WIFE
DIED DECEMBER 8th 1904
AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT DARTNALL
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
DIED AUGUST 18th 1877
AGED 8 MONTHS

George Dartnall, Licensed Victualler of "Rising Sun" P.H. (Post Office Directory 1855, 1871 Census)
Jane Dartnall, Beer Retailer (1891 Kelly's Directory)

55.   Fallen Headstone, Part Missing   West

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH DARTNALL
WHO DIED FEBY. 7Th 1893 AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO EDWARD DARTNALL
WHO DIED NOVR. 28Th 1893 AGED 94 YEARS
AFTER 67 YEARS OF MARRIED LIFE THEY
WERE NOT SO LONG DIVIDED
ALSO SARAH FISHER DARTNALL
BORN JULY 18th 1827 DIED SEPR. 22Nd 1828
ALSO JESSE DARTNALL
DIED AUGUST 6th 1866 AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO JAMES DARTNALL
BORN APRIL 9th 1831 DIED AUGUST 1st 1869
AT GIBBON'S GOLD FIELD, QUEENSLAND
ALSO HENRY DARTNALL
BORN MAY 10th 1833 DIED JULY 11th 1875
AT WARRNAMBOOL, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
ALSO EDWARD DARTNALL
BORN MARCH 9th 1829 DIED MARCH 1881
IN AUSTRALIA
ALSO MARY JEEVES DAUGHTER OF
EDWARD AND ELIZABETH DARTNALL
DIED DECR. 23rd 1890 AGED 43 YEARS
INTERRED AT PONDERS END, MIDDLESEX
"Jesu Mercy"
ALSO ELIZABETH DARTNALL
[DIED JULY 31st 1903 AGED 53 YEARS]
[INTERRED AT PONDERS END]


Edward Dartnall, Labourer (1851 Census)

56.   Pedestals and Cross   West

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
ROBERT DARTNALL
WHO DIED 30th MARCH 1914
AGED 68 YEARS
"Simply to thy Cross I Cling"
ALSO MERCY DARTNALL
WHO DIED 1st AUGUST 1941
AGED 86 YEARS

Robert Dartnall, Market Gardener (1881 Census), Licensee of "the Sun" (1901 Census), Beer Retailer (1913 Kelly's Directory)

57.   Chest Tomb, South Side   South East


CHEST TOMB OF ANN DAVIS

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
[ANN] DAVIS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED YE 26th DAY OF MAY
1737
AGED 38 YEARS

58.   Book Type   South East

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
THOMAS DAY 
WHO DIED 
NOVR. 2nd 1912 
AGED 
59 YEARS
ALSO
  HIS WIFE
MARTHA
WHO DIED
JANY. 7Th 1929
AGED 77 YEARS

Thomas Day, Higham Station Master (1901 Census)

59.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

North Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF TRACY DUNFORD DIED JAN. 11th 1935 AGED 68 YEARS

South Side
ALSO MATILDA MARY DUNFORD DIED NOV. 1st 1948 AGED 78 YEARS

Tracy Dunford, Farmer at Cypress House, Frindsbury, in 1901 (Census), Market Gardener at Higham (1913 Kelly's Directory)

60.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

North Side
EDWARD ALFRED EARL DIED JAN. 7th 1937 AGED 75 YEARS

South Side
ALSO CAROLINE EARL DIED OCTOBER 14th 1952 AGED 94 YEARS

Alfred Earl, Labourer in Government Works at Cliffe in 1901 (Census)

61.   Headstone and Body Stone   South West


HEADSTONE OF MATILDA EASDOWN, WHO WAS FATALLY INJURED
AFTER JUMPING, IN PANIC, FROM A VEHICLE WHEN THE HORSE BOLTED

IN MEMORY OF
MATILDA WIFE OF
WILLIAM EASDOWN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 25th OF APRIL 1838
AGED 24 YEARS
"Husband Most Dear my Time is Past,
My Love remain'd while Life did Last,
And now for Me no Sorrow Take,
But Love my Children for my Sake,
My Body is now turn'd to Dust,
My Soul to Christ in whom I Trust"
ALSO CLARA JANE DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND ANN EASDOWN
WHO DIED THE 12th OF APRIL 1858
AGED 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS

Matilda Easdown, died in 1838, as a result of injuries she received after jumping from a vehicle, when the horse ran away with it. (Burial Register)

62.   Headstone, Body Stone and Foot Stone   South West

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
JAMES FREDERICK EASDOWN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE 25th 1855
AGED 45 YEARS
"Then let our Sorrows cease to Flow,
God has Called his Own,
[    ]d let our Hearts in every Woe,
[    ]s still say Thy Will be Done"
ALSO AMELIA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 22nd 1884
AGED 73 YEARS
"O Give Thanks unto the Lord for he is,
Gracious and his Mercy Endureth"
ALSO CRISTIANA
WIFE OF JAMES EASDOWN
WHO DIED OCTOBER 25th 1898
AGED 44 YEARS
"Day by Day, the Voice saith Come,
Into thine Eternal Home,
Asking not if we can Spare,
This Dear Soul it Summons there"
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES EASDOWN
WHO DIED AUGUST 4th 1907
AGED 54 YEARS

James Frederic Easdown, of Higham, Market Gardener P.C.C. Will dated 11th June 1855
   Household furniture and goods, money and effects, to wife Amelia, also to her, for life, rents of his properties.
   She to maintain their children until they are old enough to earn their living. After Amelia's death, his property to be sold and proceeds divided equally between his children. Wife and George Taylor of Queen Street, Gravesend are executors.
   Witnesses: Benjamin William Outred, Gravesend and George Taylor, Gravesend
   Proved 21st May 1856
Amelia Easdown, Market Gardener (Post Office Directory 1865)

63.   Wooden Cross, (Not Present), From Duncan   South West

[128479]
[ACT. BOMBARDIER]
[EASDOWN H. E.]
[52nd A. A. COMPANY R.G.A.]
[DIED 27th JUNE 1918]
[ALSO MARY]
[WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
[DIED 25th OCTOBER 1920]
[AGED 39 AND 43]

64.   C.W.G.C. Headstone and Curbs   South West

128479 CORPORAL
H. E. EASDOWN
ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
27th JUNE 1918 AGE 40
AND
MARY CATHERINE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
FELL ASLEEP
25th OCTOBER 1920 AGE 43
R.I.P.
"We Grieve to Part,
With those we Love,
O may we one day,
Meet Above"

65.   Headstone, Very Eroded   South East


HEADSTONE OF HENRY EDMEADES AND HIS FORMER WIFE MARY STAINES, 
CLEARLY SHOWING THE "WRONG" DATE OF SEPTEMBER 1775 (SECOND & THIRD ROWS
 FROM TOP); NOTE CORRECT DATE FOR MARY, 1750, NINTH ROW FROM TOP

[IN MEMORY OF]
MR. HENRY EDMEADES OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPTEMBER [25]th
1775* (sic) AGED 29 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON AND TWO DAUGHTERS
HENRY, MARY AND AMY
ALSO MARY WIFE OF JAMES STAINES
AND LATE WIFE OF THE ABOVE H.EDMEADES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [FEBRUARY [    ] ]
1750 AGED 55 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

This Inscription is puzzling. The headstone is of a type and thickness which fits the 1730s, the Portland stone body stone is of a later date. The style of the lettering seems later than the period of the headstone, and the dates of the first part of the inscription is completely wrong!  There is no Edmeades in the Parish Burial Register for 1775. To make any sense, it should read as follows:

MR. HENRY EDMEADES OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY [    ]
1730 AGED [    ]

Henry Edmeades, the Elder, of Higham, Yeoman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 22nd January 1730/31
   (This will was originally drawn up in 1727 with alterations made on the above date)
   To wife Mary, £200; to eldest son, Henry, £300 at 21 or marriage, if he dies before then, the £300 to the two younger children, Mary and Amy (Amy in place of William, which is crossed out). Also to Mary and Amy, £200 each, as above; if they both died before 21 or marriage, then the whole £400 to Henry.
   Rest and residue, except leases of farms he now uses, to wife and children equally shared. The leases of his lands, to wife and son Henry, which they should use in partnership. If wife remarries, she shall "quit the possession of the said farms and lands". In such a case the leases to son Henry.
   Wife and son Henry to share maintenance and education of younger children until they are 21 or married. If wife remarries she shall, within a month of that marriage, pay the legacies of his three children, to his brother Robert Edmeades of Nurstead, Yeoman and George Masters of Meopham, Gentleman, in trust for the children; (the latter trustee is in place of Henry Masters of Higham, which has been crossed out). Trustees will be guardians of children during minorities. Wife and son Henry, executors; if wife remarries, Henry is sole executor.
   Witnesses: (after above alterations were made), Richard Prickett and John Sheafe
   Proved 29th March 1731

This is the Henry Edmeades whose headstone does not make sense. It bears the date for Henry of 1775 not 1730 ?
   The rest of the inscription makes perfect sense, all his children are name, as in the above will; Mary Edmeades, widow of Henry, married James Staines at Higham in 1736 and died in 1750. Was the stone re-cut at a later date, when the mistake was made? It is hard to believe that February was re-cut, by mistake as September. There are no Edmeades burials recorded in the Registers for 1775, so the mystery remains!

66.   Fallen Red Granite Headstone   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM EDMONDS
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 14th 1902
AGED 80
ALSO SUSANNA EDMONDS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 5th 1916
AGED 84 YEARS
ALSO ERNEST EDMONDS
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 17th 1902
AGED 28
INTERRED IN KALGOORLIE
CEMETERY, AUSTRALIA

William Edmonds, Farmer at Bendigo Cottage, 18 acres, employing 4 men ; Market Gardener (1891 Kelly's Directory); Market Gardener at Rede Court (1913 Kelly's Dirctory)

67.   Granite Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARY HOLDING EDMONDS
WHO DIED 26th DECEMBER 1927
"In God's Keeping"

68.   Headstone, Body Stone and Foot Stone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN
WIFE OF
THOMAS ELLIOTT
OF GRAVESEND
WHO DIED JUNE 7th 1873
AGED 37 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS ELLIOTT
WHO DIED JUNE 2nd 1875
AGED 39 YEARS

Thomas Elliott, Greengrocer in Gravesend High Street in 1871 (Census)

69.   Wooden Cross, (Not Present), From Duncan   South West

[IN MEMORY OF]
[ELIZA EVERETT]
[1921]
[AGED 73]

Eliza Everett, Servant in Milton (1901 Census)

70.   Low Headstone   South West (Extension)

IN FOND MEMORY OF
BETTY BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
HENRY & ALICE EVES
WHO PASSED AWAY
14th MARCH 1940
AGED 21 YEARS

71.   Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EMILY FARRINGTON
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
1st MARCH 1941 AGED 73 YEARS
AND GEORGE THOMAS
FARRINGTON WHO PASSED
AWAY 12th SEPT. 1948 AGED 77 YEARS
"They spent their Lives in Loving and being Loved,
Be Glad in the Lord and Rejoice"

George Farrington, Shipwright at Sheerness Dock Yard ? (1901 Census)

72.   Low Headstone and Curbs   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CAROLINE FLINTHAM
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 11th 1940
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO
LEONORA SPARROW
NIECE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 23rd 1921
AGED 13 YEARS

Caroline Flintham, wife of Charles, a General Labourer (1901 Census)

73.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JAMES RICHARD FOSTER, PRIEST
VICAR OF THIS PARISH 1932 – 1938
DIED 4th NOV. 1938
AGED 63
ALSO ALICE NORTON FOSTER
DIED 23rd APRIL 1976
AGED 95

74.   Headstone   South West


DETAIL OF HEADSTONE OF JOHN FRENCH

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH, VICTUALLER
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 23rd 1777
AGED 71 YEARS

John French, of Higham, Victualler Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 15th October 1775
   Desires a headstone be erected within one month of his death. Son Thomas French and housekeeper Margaret Buggs are executors. To Margaret Buggs, "who now lives with me in my family", £50; she also gets best bed, bedstead, blankets, sheets, quilt and furniture and chest of drawers; and any other furniture she likes.
To Richard Carrier of Higham, Husbandman, £5; to sister in law Elizabeth wife of Isaac Harbuck of Gravesend, Mariner, £5; to housekeeper Margaret Buggs, an annuity of £5 for life, out of his properties in Higham. These properties to son Thomas, charged with the annuity; plus 10 acres of meadow and salt marsh, and two commonings in Higham. Residue, including cattle, to son Thomas.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Francis Tadman, George Gunning and William Twopenny, Junior
   Proved 12th June 1779

75.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH FRENCH WIFE OF
THOMAS FRENCH (OF THIS PARISH)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUGT. 24Th 1797
AGED 48 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE TWO SONS AND SIX DAUGHTERS
"A Tender Mother and Sincere Friend"

76.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF MARY
FRENCH WIFE OF THOMAS
FRENCH WHO DIED MAY THE 23rd
1803 AGED 57 YEARS

Mary French, of Higham, Widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 2nd April 1782
  All personal estate to John Malden of Strood, Cheesemonger; he is also executor.
   Witnesses: Thomas Malden and James Lewis
   Proved 15th February 1783 Value of goods less than £100

77.   Headstone   South West

IN
MEMORY OF MR. THOMAS FRENCH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 29th
OCTOBER 1806 AGED 72 YEARS
"Here Lies an Honest Man,
Industrious in his Labours,
Faithful to his Friends,
And Just to all his Neighbours"

78.   Headstone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM
SON OF
JAMES AND ANN FRENCH
WHO DIED 2nd AUGUST 1840 AGED 8 YEARS
ALSO ANN THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 5th JULY 1852 AGED 15 YEARS
LIKEWISE ROBERT
WHO DIED 11th AUGUST 1871 AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO ANN FRENCH
WIFE OF JAMES FRENCH
WHO DIED 12th DEC. 1877 AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO JAMES FRENCH
HUSBAND AND FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 28th FEBRUARY 1892 AGED 83 YEARS
"And there shall be no more Death, neither
Sorrow, nor Crying, neither shall there be
Any more Pain"

James French, died 1892, Dealer (1841 Census), Market Gardener, 50 acres employing 3 men and 1 boy (1861 Census)

79.   Headstone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FRENCH
WHO DIED THE 9th OF JUNE 1853
AGED 52 YEARS
THIS STONE IS ERECTED
BY HIS EMPLOYER
WITH WHOM HE WAS CONNECTED
FOR UPWARDS OF 30 YEARS
AS A TRIBUTE OF RESPECT TO HIS
MEMORY FOR HIS GENERAL
CONDUCT AND PARTICULARLY FOR
HAVING BROUGHT UP A LARGE FAMILY
IN THE FEAR OF GOD
AND IN CHARITY
WITH THEIR NEIGHBOURS
ALSO ELIZABETH RUSSELL
WIFE OF EDWARD RUSSELL
FORMER WIFE OF WILLIAM FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JULY 26th 1873 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE FRENCH
SON OF THE ABOVE DIED 26th MAY 1850
AGED 15 YEARS

William French, died 1853, Labourer (1841, 1851 Census)

80.   Headstone   North

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
SARAH JUDITH FRENCH
DIED JULY 10th 1883
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE FRENCH
DIED DEC. 1st 1908
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO ANN ELIZABETH FRENCH
DIED SEP. 20th 1925
AGED 87 YEARS

George French, died 1908, Farmer in Northfleet at New House Farm (1901 Census)

81.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FULLER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 19th DAY OF JUNE 1851
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO OF
SARAH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 10th DAY OF JULY 1856
AGED 61 YEARS
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED BY JOSEPH FULLER
AS A MARK OF RESPECT TO HIS BELOVED PARENTS

82.   Headstone   South West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
MARY ANN
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND SARAH FULLER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED OCTOBER 28th 1870
AGED 38 YEARS
"Happy Soul thy Days are Ended,
All thy Mourning Days are Past,
Go by Angel Guards Attended,
To the Skies of Jesus, Go"

Sarah Fuller, of Gore Green, Widow, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 7th July 1856
   To son William, her iron grey pony, the lesser of her two vans and all her baskets and sieves. Residue, including larger of the vans, to to sold. Proceeds divided among her children; (from son Henry's share £6 to be deducted and shared among his siblings). Sons, Joseph of Woolwich (or elsewhere if he has moved), William, Henry and George of Higham; daughters, Emma of Cranford, Middlesex, Sarah of Chalk, Mary Ann of Higham and Hannah Hermitage.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: John Lampton and J. Armstrong

83.   Headstone   South West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
WILLIAM FULLER
WHO DIED 28th MARCH 1910
AGED 86 YEARS
"His End was Peace"
ALSO FRANCES WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1854
ALSO ELIZABETH PARRY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1897

84.   Pedestals and Cross   South West

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JULIA GASKELL
WHO DIED 6th APRIL 1904

Julia Gaskell, was cremated

85.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED GATES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 8th 1907 AGED 75 YEARS
"His End was Peace"
ALSO OF ANN GATES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY 4th 1915 AGED 83 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO OF LANCE CORPL.
A. R. MERCER (BOB) R.W.K.
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
MARCH 21st 1918 AGED 23 YEARS
R.I.P.

Alfred Gates, Shepherd of Church Street, (1891 Census)

86.   Pedestals and Cross   North West

IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
ANN GEORGE
BORN APRIL 30th 1843
DIED NOVR. 30Th 1894
AGED 51 YEARS
"Until the Day Breaks and the
Clouds Flee Away"

Ann George, Servant to Pickersgill - Cunliffe family at The Hermitage, born in Oxford Street, (1881 Census)

87.   Red Granite Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ETHEL MARGARET GIBBS
WHO PASSED AWAY AUGUST 21st 1934
AGED 27 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO SYDNEY GEORGE CLARE
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO PASSED AWAY OCTOBER 21st 1938
AGED 37 YEARS
"Rest in Peace"

88.   Headstone   South East

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
WILLIAM GODDEN
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 27th 1887
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO MARY GODDEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 15th 1890
IN HER 78th YEAR
"For I Know that my Redeemer Liveth,
And that He shall Stand at the Latter,
Day Upon the Earth"
Job XIX 25
"And though after my skin worms
Destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh,
Shall I See God"
Job XIX 26

William Godden, Farm Bailiff at Wybornes Farm, High Halstow, 157 acres, employing 6 men 5 women and 1 boy

89.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
SAMUEL GOODING
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 17th OF FEBRUARY 1825
AGED 32 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO JOHN GOODING
WHO DIED 6th OF OCTOBER 1827
AGED 25 YEARS

GOODSELL SEE TROOD

90.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

North Side
MY BELOVED WIFE ELIZABETH HANNAH GOORD DIED 9th JULY 1927 AGED 75 YEARS

South Side
IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED FATHER ALFRED GOORD WHO DIED 25th SEPTEMBER 1928 AGED 78 YEARS

Alfred Goord, Licensed Victualler at" The Chequers", (1901 Census)

GOUGE SEE TROOD

91.   Headstone on Large Railed Plot   South West

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSEPH GOWER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 18th OF APRIL 1851 AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO
DEBORAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 16th OF JUNE 1868 AGED 68 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead which Die in the Lord"
ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY
WIFE OF JOSEPH GOWER SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th OF JANUARY 1892 AGED 51 YEARS
INTERRED AT HORNCHURCH, ESSEX
ALSO JOSEPH
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE NAMED MARY GOWER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 23rd OF OCTOBER 1892 AGED 58 YEARS
INTERRED AT HORNCHURCH, ESSEX

Joseph Gower, Labourer (1841 Census)

92.   Headstone, Curbs and Flower Pot Holder   North West

LOUISA GRAY
DIED OCTOBER 3rd 1916
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO
ALFRED JOHN GRAY
PASSED AWAY JANUARY 26th 1950
AGED 73 YEARS

Flower Pot Holder
EVELYN ALICE
GRAY
28 . 1 . 1908 – 21 . 1 . 1998
WITH HER
MOTHER AND FATHER

93.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan   South West

[J. GREENFIELD]
[AGED 67]
[1894]

John Greenfield, Agricultural Labourer (1891 Census)

94.   Headstone   South West

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
KATE MILDRED
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
J. B. HALL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
17th NOVEMBER 1917
AGED 31 YEARS
"And with the Morn those Angel Faces Smile,
Which I have Loved Long Since, and Lost Awhile"

95.   Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR WIFE
HARRIETT ROSALENE HARRALL
DIED 28th NOV. 1938
AGED 38

96.   Low Headstone and Curbs   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
MYRTLE
THE DEARLY LOVED DAUGHTER OF
RICHARD & FRANCES HATCH
OF GOLF HOUSE, HIGHAM
WHO PASSED AWAY 18th MARCH 1918
AGED 23 YEARS
"At Rest"
"Ora Pro Nobis"

Richard Hatch, Cement Cooper, wife Hannah Housekeeper at Golf Club (1901 Census); Shopkeeper at Lower Higham (1913 Kelly's Directory)

97.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan   South West

[IN MEMORY OF]
[A. HAWKINS]
[AGED 90]
[1921]

98.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY
OF
JOHN HEAD
WHO DIED JUNE 16th 1868
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO HANNAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 22nd 1871
AGED 64 YEARS
"Be Ye Also Ready for in such an Hour as
Ye Think not the Son of Man Cometh"

John Head, Agricultural Labourer at Brick House Farm Cottages (1861 Census)

99.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN MEMORY OF NATHANIEL SALMON HEARLE WHO DIED DEC. 9th 1936 AGED 54 YEARS

100.   Headstone, Eroded   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES HEARN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th OF MARCH 1838
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 1st DAY OF APRIL 1837
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO JOSEPH THEIR SON
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1851
AGED 47 YEARS

101.   Headstone, Very Eroded, From Duncan   South West

[IN MEMORY OF]
[WILLIAM HEARN]
[OF THIS PARISH]
[WHO DIED APRIL 21st 1871]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

William Hearn, Labourer at Queen Street, Milton? Brother of Richard, a Dairy man born Higham (1861 Census)

102.   Headstone, Fallen and Broken   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN HEATH
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 14th DAY OF MARCH
1844 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO SARAH WEBSTER
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 7th DAY OF MARCH 1844
AGED 29 YEARS
ALSO JOHN HEATH SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 14th DAY OF AUGUST 1849
AGED 38 YEARS
[ALSO HANNAH HEATH]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[ON THE 25th DAY OF OCTOBER 1885]
[IN THE 95th YEAR OF HER AGE]

John Heath, Agricultural Labourer at Stone? (1841 Census)
John Heath, Junior, Sawyer in Gravesend? (1841 Census)

103.   Headstone   North

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ABRAHAM HEWITT
WHO DIED 21st DECEMBER1897
AGED 72 YEARS
"His End was Peace"
"In my Father's House are many Mansions"
"No one knows how we miss him.
None but aching hearts can tell,
Earth has lost him, Heaven has found him.
Jesus hath done all things well"

Abraham Hewitt, Keeper of a Wood in Berkshire (1891 Census)

104.   Headstone and Iron Railings   North

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE JAMES HICKMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 2nd OF FEBRUARY 1907
IN HIS 71st YEAR
ALSO FANNY MARIA HICKMAN
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 17th OF APRIL 1913
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO CHARLOTTE
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
G.J. HICKMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 24th NOVEMBER 1916
IN HER 81st YEAR

George Hickman, Cement Labourer at Old Vicarage (1881 Census)

105.   Pedestals and Cross   South West

East Side
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSEPH
THIRD SON OF THE REV. JOSEPH HINDLE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
18th AUGUST 1892 AGED 54 YEARS

North Side
ALSO
EDITH
WIFE OF JOSEPH HINDLE
DIED DECEMBER 13th 1902
"It is only till He come"

Joseph Hindle, Junior, of Hanseatic Lodge, Lewisham, Stone Merchant, Member of M.Institute of E.E. (1881 Census)

HOLE SEE LAKE

106.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan, (where wrongly HOLLARDS)   South East

[OUR DEAR MOTHER]
[EMMA HOLLANDS]
[DIED 3rd SEPTEMBER 1898]
[AGED 67]
[FATHER]
[WILLIAM HOLLANDS]
[DIED 29th DECEMBER 1918]
[AGED 96]

William Hollands, Farm Labourer at Gore Green (1881 Census)

107.   Headstone   North

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ROSA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
LEWIS JAMES HOLLANDS
WHO DIED DEC. 21st 1909
AGED 27
"My She Rest in Peace"
ALSO ELIZA
BELOVED WIFE OF J. IRONMONGER
AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 15th 1920
AGED 61

Lewis Hollands, Carpenter (1901 Census); Wheelwright (1913 Kelly's Directory)

J. Ironmonger, Labourer (1901 Census)

108.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

North Side
IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR MOTHER SOPHIA HOLLANDS DIED AUG. 16th 1936 AGED 61 YEARS

South Side
ALSO OUR DEAR FATHER GEORGE THOMAS HOLLANDS DIED SEPT. 6th 1947 AGED 85 YEARS

109.   Headstone, Body Stone and Foot Stone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS SON OF
THOMAS & HANNAH HOMPSTEAD
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 17th DAY OF DECEMBER 1850
AGED 16 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
"Called by my Maker hence just in my Prime,
Much Unprepared to answer every Crime,
Hard was my Fate so quick the Warning came,
Alas ! Tho' Short I Praised thy Glorious Name"
ALSO HANNAH, MARIA AND EMILY
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

110.   Headstone, Broken and Eroded, From Duncan   South East

[IN MEMORY OF]
JOSEPH HOMPSTEAD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JUNE 20th 1869]
[AGED 70 YEARS]

Joseph Hompstead, Market Gardener (Post Office Directory 1855)

111.   Headstone, Body Stone and Foot Stone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HANNAH
WIFE OF
THOMAS HOMPSTEAD
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED OCTOBER 18th 1874
AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
THOMAS HOMPSTEAD
WHO DIED APRIL 21st 1876
AGED 67 YEARS

Thomas Hompstead, Market Gardener Market Gardener (1841 Census, Post Office Directory 1855/65)
Thomas Hompstead, died in 1850 as a result of an accident while driving a vehicle (Register)

112.   Cruciform Headstone   West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JAMES HOPE
DIED 8th JUNE 1874
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO EMMA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 11th JANUARY 1876
AGED 54 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

James Hope, Platelayer of Chequers Street, (1871 Census)

113.   Pedestals and Cross   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
CHARLES FREDERICK HOSKINS
BORN NOV. 20th 1866
DIED MAY 27th 1914
"At Rest"
ALSO RUTH SARAH HIS WIFE
BORN MAY 17th 1867 DIED APRIL 11th 1945
"Resting where no Shadows fall"

Charles Hoskins, Grocer in West Ham (1901 Census)

114.   C.W.G.C. Headstone   South West

19104 PRIVATE
J. HOWE
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGT.
9th MARCH 1919

115.   Headstone and Curbs   North West

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
ALICE GRACE
WIFE OF FRANK HULBERT
WHO DIED NOV. 9th 1911
AGED 45
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
FRANK HULBERT
WHO DIED MAY 16th 1946

Frank Hulbert, Farrier in Bromley? (1901 Census)

116.   Granite Headstone   North

IN
LOVING
MEMORY OF
JAMES
DAVID HUMPHREY
WHO DIED 12th FEBRUARY 1919
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO
ELIAS EDWARD
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 10th JUNE 1885
AGED 4 ½ YEARS
ALSO
ANNE ELIZABETH HUMPHREY
WHO DIED 26th FEBRUARY 1922
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO
HENRY HUMPHREY
WHO DIED 20th APRIL 1932
AGED 77 YEARS
HARRIETT ELIZABETH HUMPHREY
DIED 25th OCTOBER 1953
AGED 79 YEARS

117.   Headstone, Now Illegible, From Duncan   South West

[IN MEMORY OF]
[WILLIAM HURDEE]
[WHO DIED 17th JUNE 1828]
[AGED 77 YEARS]
[ALSO]
[MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
[WHO DIED 7th JULY 1839]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

118.   Headstone   South West

IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE
OF
WILLIAM IDE
[OF] HER MAJESTY'S CUSTOMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
26th JULY 1885
AGED 45 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead which Die in the Lord"
ALSO MARY
WIFE OF THOMAS YOUENS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DE[PARTED THIS LIFE
11th APRIL 1893
AGED 82 YEARS

William Ide, Customs Officer, Outdoors. Lodger in Milton (1881 Census)

119.   Celtic Cross   North

I.H.S
IN
MEMORY OF
REV. JAMES
WILLIAMS INMAN M.A.
[      ] FELL. S. JOHN'S COLL. CAMB.
DIED JAN. 25th 1895
AGED 85

IRONMONGER SEE HOLLANDS

120.   Headstone   South East


HEADSTONE OF THOMAS AND CATHERINE JAMSON
THE "SEMI DETACHED" ROUNDEL IS RATHER UNUSUAL

IN MEMORY OF
CATHERINE WIFE OF THOMAS JAMSON
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED 26th AUGUST 1806
AGED 52 YEARS
"While in this World I did Remain,
My Latter Days were Grief and Pain,
At Length the Lord did think it Best,
To Take me to a place of Rest"
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS JAMSON
WHO DIED 3rd NOVEMBER 1828
AGED 82 YEARS

Thomas Jamson, of Strood, House Carpenter, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 13th September 1828
   To wife Amy, for life, his houses in Bill Street, Frindsbury, occupied by Benjamin Hildbert, John Goord and Thomas Davey, and one in his own occupation. After Amy's death, the house occupied by Hildbert to daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Cole of Rochester, Cordwainer, for ever; houses occupied by Davey, and Goord, to daughter Dovey, wife of John Jessop of Rotherham, Schoolmaster, for ever. Another house occupied by George Groombridge in Frindsbury, to daughter, Mary wife of John Ezeby of Wouldham, Wheelwright, for life; after her death, to her children; in default of children, then to her husband for life, then to daughter Elizabeth Cole. His own house to son Thomas, for ever. Wife to keep properties in good repair.
To son Thomas house in Frindsbury, occupied by Jonathan Gray, for ever; to daughter Elizabeth Cole, house in Frindsbury occupied by Robert Daniel, adjoining his own house, for ever.
   To wife, Amy all household goods and furniture in his house. All monies, etc. to son Thomas and daughters Elizabeth, Dovey and Mary in equal shares.
   Wife Amy and John Cole are executors.
   Witnesses: J. Gibbs, Solicitor, Rochester, George Shaw and Thomas Pryer, Clerks to Mr Gibbs.
   Proved 23rd February 1829 Value of goods under £200 Power reserved to widow Amy

JEEVES SEE DARTNALL

121.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSHUA JOHNSON
WHO DIED 28th JULY 1825
AGED 40 YEARS
LEFT A WIFE AND SIX CHILDREN
"Thus far did I come laden with my Sin,
Nor could ought ease the Grief that I was in,
Till I came hither, what a place is this,
Must here be the beginning of my Bliss,
Must here the Burden fall from off my back,
Must here the Strings that Bound it to me Crack,
Blest Cross, Blest Sepulchre, Blest rather be,
The Man that there was put to Shame for Me"
ALSO THOMAS JOHNSON
SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 5th AUGUST
1847 AGED 39 YEARS
LEFT A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN
ALSO JEMIMA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JOSHUA JOHNSON
WHO DIED 12th March 1883
AGED 98 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

Thomas Johnson, of Higham, Market Gardener P.C.C. Will dated 6th July 1847
   All real and personal estate to Robert Lake Cobb of Higham, Gentleman and William Barnes of Higham, Farmer, upon trust, to dispose of and pay each of his brothers and sisters £10, and to pay mother Jemima Johnson an annuity of £31 4s for life.
   Residue, upon trust, to pay wife for life or widowhood, the interest of proceeds; after her death, then divided equally among his children at 21, except that needed for his mother's annuity. If wife remarries, executors to pay out of residue one third to her; the remaining two thirds among children at 21. The provision for wife in lieu of Dower Rights. Executors can purchase Government Annuities for his mother, in lieu of above annuity. Trustees are also executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses; Thomas Cheeseman, Solicitor, Gravesend and John Augustus Taylor, Coachman of Gravesend
   Proved 6th September 1847

122.   C.W.G.C. Headstone   West

6014 PRIVATE
E. JONES
ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT
30th AUGUST 1914 AGE 35

123.   Headstone   North West


HEADSTONE OF WILLIAM KEY
DROWNED IN THE THAMES AT GRAVESEND

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM THOMAS
THE DEARLY BELOVED SON OF
WILLIAM AND JANE KEY
OF SHOEBURYNESS, ESSEX
WHO WAS DROWNED FROM THE BARGE
"GEORGE PEARSON" THROUGH A COLLISION
OFF GRAVESEND ON THE 9th MARCH 1899
AGED 21 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"
"When the weary ones we love,
Enter on their rest above,
Seems the Earth so poor and vast,
[      ] [a]ll our life joy over cast,
[      ] be every murmur [      ],
[      ] till [      ]"

William Key, William Senior was also on the "George Pearson" as mate in 1881 (Census)

124.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALICE (ELSIE) WIFE OF
CHARLES LAKE LATE OF
OAKLEIGH 1881 – 1919 WHO
PASSED AWAY 12th DEC. 1931
EDITH ELLEN HOLE
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO PASSED AWAY 25th JAN. 1937
AGED 80

125.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES LAKE
LATE OF OAKLEIGH
DIED 23rd MAY 1937
AGED 78
ALSO OF
ANNIE MAUDE MARY LAKE
SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 30th MARCH 1941 AGED 78
R.I.P.

126.   Cruciform Headstone and Iron Railings   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY LANE
WHO DIED MAY 22nd 1919
AGED 68 YEARS

Henry Lane, Farmer at Wrotham? (1901 Census)

127.   Pedestals and Fallen Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PERCY URWICK
LASBREY
WHO DIED OCT. 1st 1931
AGED 64 YEARS
VICAR OF THIS PARISH 1927 – 1931
CHAPLAIN TO THE FORCES 1914 – 1919
"Thou shalt Keep him in Perfect Peace"
ALSO EMILY MARIA LASBREY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 27th AUG. 1951
AGED 81 YEARS "At Rest"

128.   Headstone   South West (Extension)


HEADSTONE OF LT. COL. LASCELLES

LIEUTENANT COLONEL
JOHN NORMAN PULTENAY LASCELLES
COLDSTREAM GUARDS
BORN 16th MAY 1898
DIED 11th OCT. 1939

John Norman Pultenay Lascelles, Soldier, of the same family as the Earls of Harewood

129.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN MERE LATHAM
RECTOR OF OFFORD CLUNY, HUNTINGDON
DEARLY BELOVED HUSBAND OF
EVELYN LATHAM
PASSED TO HIGHER LIFE JAN. 27th 1927
"Semper Fidelis"
ALSO EVELYN
MUCH LOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN 5th SEPTEMBER 1866
DIED 28th AUGUST 1954

130.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH
WIFE OF
JOHN LATTER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 22nd DAY OF NOVEMBER 1855
AGED 68 YEARS
"Our Life Hangs by a Single Thread,
Wh[ich] soon [is] Cut and we are Dead,
Then Boast not, Reader of thy Might,
Alive at Noon but Dead at Night"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN LATTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 23rd DAY OF DECEMBER 1856
AGED 68 YEARS

John Latter, of Higham, Gardener P.C.C. Will dated 12th December 1855
   To Elizabeth Thorpe, daughter of Mary Thorpe, all his goods, money, real and personal estate. Philip Latter of Higham, Gardener and Benjamin Wright of Higham, Gardener are executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: William Wright and Ann Johnson
   Proved 6th January 1856

131.   Headstone   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
PHILIP LATTER
WHO DIED JULY 16th 1906
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO MARTHA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 16th 1929
AGED 93 YEARS

Philip Latter, Retired Farmer, Paddock Villa (1881 Census)

132.   Low Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM LEVISON
WHO DIED DEC. 4th 1934 AGED 70
"Rest in Peace"
ALSO SUSAN F. LEVISON
DIED OCT. 15th 1957 AGED 81

William Levison, Uralite Labourer (1901 Census)

133.   Headstone   South West

IN
MEMORY OF
MATILDA WIFE OF JOSEPH LINDRIDGE
DIED JUNE 18th 1867
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO MATILDA ANN DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED OCTOBER 20th 1867
AGED 19 YEARS
ALSO
EDWIN SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED SEPTEMBER 10th 1879
AGED 29 YEARS
ALSO
AMELIA DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 24th 1882
AGED 18 YEARS
ALSO
JOSEPH ALEXANDER SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED NOVEMBER 4th 1890
AGED 46 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JOSEPH LINDRIDGE
DIED MARCH 16th 1903
AGED 81 YEARS

Joseph Lindridge, Beer Retailer (1855 & 1865 Post Office Directory); Market Gardener at Blue House, 12 acres, employing 2 men (1881 Census)

LINDRIDGE SEE SMITH

134.   Pedestals, Cross and Curbs   South East

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
GLOVER LONG
DIED JUNE 22nd 1941
AGED 63 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO CATHERINE SARAH
DIED DECEMBER 27th 1963
AGED 81 YEARS

Glover Long, Farmer at Gravesend (1901 Census); Dairy Farm at Higham (1913 Kelly's Directory)

135.   Voluted Headstone   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLOTTE LUCKHURST
WHO DIED 5th MARCH 1936
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO LEWIS
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 24th JAN. 1940
AGED 76 YEARS
"At Rest"

Lewis Luckhurst, Domestic Gardener (1901 Census)

136.   Red Granite Convex   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ANGUS COLIN MACKAY
DIED MARCH 9th 1914
AGED 47
AND OF EDITH MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVR. 22Nd 1915
AGED 49

Angus Mackay, Clerk in Board of Trade, living in Bexley in 1901, wife Edith born Higham (Census)

MARRIOTT SEE WADE

137.   Headstone   North

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELIZA MARTIN
WHO DIED MAY 6th 18[87]
AGED 54 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
"Earthly Sorrow soon shall [Cease ?]
And Jesus call us
To Heaven's Peace"
ALSO JOHN MARTIN
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 20th 1904
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS MARTIN
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 10th 189[1?]
AGED 27 YEARS
INTERRED AT BROCKLEY CEMETERY
ALSO CLARA MARTIN
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 6th 1910 AGED 48 YEARS
ALSO ELIZA MARTIN
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 12th 1911 AGED 50 YEARS
"In as much as ye did it unto the least of
These my Little Ones ye did it unto Me"

John Martin, Gardener (1881 Census); Shopkeeper (1891 Kelly's Directory)

138.   Headstone   North West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARY LOUISA
WIFE OF GEORGE MARTIN
OF ST. GEORGE'S EAST, LONDON
WHO FELL ASLEEP MAY 29th 1899
AGED 47
"Sleep on Beloved, Sleep and Take thy Rest,
Lay down thy Head upon thy Saviour's Breast,
We Love thee well but Jesus Loved thee Best,
Good Night, Good Night, Good Night"

139.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan   South East

[SYLVIA M. MARTIN]
[8 YEARS]
[1902]

Sylvia Martin, daughter of John, Cement Labourer, Essex Terrace (1901 Census)

140.   Curbs   South East

South Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN MARTIN
WHO FELL ASLEEP JUNE 2nd 1938 AGED 71 YEARS

North Side
JEMIMA MARTIN
DIED JAN. 12th 1951

John Martin, died 1938, Cement Labourer (1901 Census)

MARTIN SEE BROOKER

141.   Headstone   South West


HEADSTONE OF THE MASTERS CHILDREN, SHOWING THE
EXTENT TO WHICH THE EARLY STONES ARE BURIED

IN
THIS GRAVE
LIES YE BODIES OF
THREE SISTERS
[ANN] MASTERS OB. 15th NOV.
1732 AGED 17 YEARS
HANNAH OB. 2nd APRIL 1732
AGED 7 YEARS
ELIZABETH OB. 24th NOV. 1732
NEAR YE THREE LIES YE BODIES
OF 4 BROTHERS AND 1 SISTER
HEN. OB. 1723 GEO. OB. 1722
----------------Ground Level-------------
HEN. OB. 1721 HEN. OB. 1719
AND HENRIETTA OB. 1718
CHILDREN OF HENRY
& ANN MASTERS

Henry Masters, of Higham, Yeoman, P.C.C. Will dated 8th April 1709 (No monument, mentioned on wife's headstone)
   12 dozen loaves for poor of Higham, on day of burial or as executor chooses. To nephew Henry Lane, £10 at 21; if he dies pre 21, the £10 equally shared among his siblings. To his eldest son Henry, £200 at 21, also to him, his title in an indenture of mortgage made to him by John Edmeades of Meopham, Yeoman, upon house and land in Meopham; (he has lent Edmeades a certain amount of money) To sons Richard and George, £200 at 21; to daughter Mary, £200, £100 at 18 or day of marriage, the other £100 6 months after the birth of her first child; if she dies before 18 or has no child, then the £200 shared equally among her brothers.
   To wife Dorothy, £200 and house and lands in Shorne, occupied by [      ] Stimpson, Blacksmith, for life or until remarriage. She to keep in good repair; after her death, or marriage, the to son Richard, for ever; if Richard has no heirs then to his brothers. Dorothy gets all household goods and furniture in best chamber of his house; she can choose other goods to value of £15. Residue to Dorothy and their children, equally divided. Wife, kinsman George Masters and son Henry are executors. As a token of his love for George Masters, who lives at Meopham, for his troubles, 5 guineas; he wishes him to assist wife and children.
  Witnesses: Richard Pickering, Edward Weaver and Peter Cumming
   Proved 10th May 1710 Power reserved to George Masters

MASTERS SEE WADE

MERCER SEE GATES

142.   Headstone   South West

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
ANNIE MERRICKS
DAUGHTER OF THE LATE EDWARD NASH
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 8th 1908
AGED 69 YEARS
"She is not Dead , She does not Sleep, She
Hath Awakened from the Dream of Life"

Annie Merricks, Widow living in Hampstead in 1901, born Higham (Census)

143.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MATTHEW MERRIKIN M.A.
NOVEMBER 22nd 1861
APRIL 11th 1927
VICAR OF HIGHAM 1921 – 1927
"The Lord Bless thee and Keep thee"

144.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ANN McGRATH
WHO FELL ASLEEP 8th MAY 1939 AGED 82 YEARS

Ann McGrath, wife of George, Railway Navvy, born Higham (1881 Census)

145.   Headstone, Celtic Cross and Coronet   West


HEADSTONE OF VITALE AND BEATRICE DE MICHELE
DE MICHELE WAS ENGINEER TO THE ROCHESTER BRIDGE TRUST

VITALE 
DOMEN
ICO DE
MICHELE

HIGHAM
HALL 
BORN 11th 
NOVEM. 
1848
DIED 21st
MARCH
1906
BEATRICE
  THEODO
  CIA HIS
  WIFE
  DIED AT
TURK'S HILL
HIGHAM 12th
SEPTEMBR.
  1933
AGED 78
  YEARS

146.   Pedestals and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED MILTON
WHO PASSED AWAY
SEPT. 18th 1938
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO FLORA LILY MILTON
WHO PASSED AWAY FEB. 6th 1940
AGED 63 YEARS

Alfred Milton, Farm Bailiff to Robert Cobb at Lillechurch (1913 Kelly's Directory); in 1901 was Farm Bailiff at Yalding (Census)

147.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LEONARD MISKIN
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE 2nd OCTOBER 1796
AGED 75 YEARS
"By the Sweat of his Brow hid days did he pass,
In Hope that in Heaven his Soul is at Last"
ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th MARCH 1807
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD THEIR SON
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 4th MARCH 1807
AGED 42 YEARS

148.   Small Pedestals and Broken Cross   North

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
IRENE
NORMANNA
INFANT DAUGHTER OF
JAMES DONALD AND
CONSTANCE MARIA MITCHELL
BORN 5th OCT. 1920
DIED 10th APRIL 1922
"Suffer the Little Children
To Come unto Me"

149.   Detached Headstone Leaning Against North Wall of Church

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ALBERT WILLIAM
THE ONLY SON OF
WILLIAM AND FRANCES MORTLEY
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
JUNE 14th 1891
AGED 6 YEARS
"Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me"

William Mortley, Agricultural Labourer at Barton's Farm (1881 Census)

150.   C.W.G.C. Headstone   West

O/111 RIFLEMAN
J. H. MUNDY
THE RIFLE BRIGADE
10th DECEMBER 1918 AGE 20
"Angels Call the Roll in Heaven"

151.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN NASH
SON OF
EDWARD NASH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 12th MARCH 1858
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO JANE THE BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES FREDK. NASH
OF PARK TERRACE, CLAPHAM PARK, SURREY
AND DAUGHTER OF EDWD. NASH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 2nd 1863
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE EDWARD NASH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 27th 1870
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO HARRIOT WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 25th 1872 AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 13th 1881 AGED 63 YEARS

Edward Nash, Master Wheelwright (1851 Census)
William Nash, Wheelwright (1865 Post Office Directory); Market Gardener 10 acres, employing 2 men and 1 boy at Bourne Road Villa (1881 Census) ?
John Nash, Journeyman Wheelwright (1851 Census)

152.   Headstone   South West

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
EMILY
WIFE OF JAMES NASH
WHO DIED MARCH 8th 1866
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES NASH
SON OF EDWARD NASH
WHO DIED MAY 15th 1866
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO
HARRIOT SAVAGE
DAUGHTER OF EDWD. NASH
WHO DIED DECEMBER 30th 1868
AGED 48 YEARS

153.   Headstone   South West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
JANE
THE DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
ALFRED NASH
WHO AFTER A PAINFUL ILLNESS
BORNE WITH REMARKABLE
CHRISTIAN FORTITUDE ENTERED
INTO REST AUGUST 5th 1894
AGED 53 YEARS
"Forever with the Lord"
ALSO THE ABOVE
ALFRED NASH
YOUNGEST SON OF THE LATE
EDWARD NASH
OF THIS PARISH
ENTERED INTO REST JUNE 2nd 1911
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO THEIR DAUGHTER
JANE
WIFE OF R. H. COOPER
1874 – 1962

Alfred Nash, Carpenter, Undertaker and Wheelwright (1891 Kelly's Directory)

154.   Headstone   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM NASH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MARCH 4th 1903
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO OF ROSINA
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 28th 1907
AGED 81 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

William Nash, Retired Builder (1901 Census)

155.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WALTER EDWARD
NASH
WHO DIED JANUARY 14th 1905
AGED 37 YEARS
ALSO
LOUIS PARAMOR NASH
NEPHEW OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANUARY 24th 1933
AGED 42 YEARS

Walter Nash, Builder (1901 Census)

156.   Pedestals, Cross Fallen   South West

East Side
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENRY
NASH
DIED 5th OCTOBER 1921
AGED 72 YEARS

North Side
CLARA ANN
NASH
DIED 15th DEC. 1926
AGED 74 YEARS

157.   Low Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
FRANCIS LOUIS NASH
A BELOVED HUSBAND AND FATHER
AT REST SEPT. 28th 1937
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO EVELYN MABEL
HIS BELOVED WIFE
DIED 3rd AUGUST 1990
AGED 94 YEARS

NASH SEE MERRICKS

158.   Curbs   South west (Extension)

North Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF ELIZA NETTLEINGHAM
DIED DEC. 22nd 1927 AGED 78 YEARS

South Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOSEPH NETTLEINGHAM
DIED JULY 30th 1931 AGED 82 YEARS

Joseph Nettleingham, Time ? Keeper at Uralite Works (1901 Census)
Eliza Nettleingham, Boarding House Assistant, Old Vicarage (1881 Census)

159.   Headstone   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS NEWMAN
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY
30th JANUARY 1903
AGED 69 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO
FRANCES EMMELINE NEWMAN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 7th 1908
AGED 79 YEARS

Thomas Newman, ?Farmer at Gore Green (1901 Census)

160.   Chest Tomb, Ledger (Armorial Crest), on Brick Base   East


DETAIL OF LEDGER OF REV. MAJOR NOURSE

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF THE REV.
MR. MAJOR NOURSE M.A. FELLOW
OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
LATE VICAR OF THIS PARISH FOR 21 YEARS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY YE 18th
1759 AGED 53 YEARS
"Where the Wicked Cease from [ ]
And the Weary be at Rest"
HERE ALSO LIETH THE BODY OF
ISABELLA HIS WIFE AND SINCE
WIFE TO MR. EDWARD TAYLOR
LATE OF WOULDHAM HALL
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER THE 11th 1770
AGED 60 YEARS

Major Nourse, Vicar of Higham, P.C.C. Will dated 9th March 1746/47
   To wife Isabella all his property, money, investments, household goods and furniture, utensils of husbandry and personal estate; wife is executor.
   Witnesses: William Comport, Edward Harman and Sary Hoadly
   Proved 27th February 1759

161.   Headstone   North

[IN LOVING MEMORY OF]
ALFRED OFFEN
DIED JANUARY 2nd 1887
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 17th 1892
AGED 69 YEARS
"We Loved them and no tongue can tell,
How much we loved them and how well,
God loved them too and thought it best,
To take our dear ones home to rest"

Alfred Offen, Farmer at Harp Farm, Boxley, 257 acres, employing 4 men and 1 boy (1881 Census)

162.   Headstone   West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS OGDEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 10th 1909
AGED 51 YEARS
"At Rest"
ERECTED BY HIS SORROWING WIFE

Thomas Ogden, Insurance Agent at Croydon? (1901 Census)

163.   Headstone   North

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALBERT PACKMAN
WHO DIED 15th OCTOBER 1891
AGED 50 YEARS
(INTERRED AT MEOPHAM, KENT)
"Though Lost to Sight to Memory Ever Dear"
ALSO
MARY ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO PASSED AWAY 2nd JANUARY 1914
AGED 38 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO ELIZA THE BELOVED WIFE OF
ALBERT PACKMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 11th OCTOBER 1919
AGED 76 YEARS
"At Rest"

Albert Packman, Woodman at Brand's Hatch (1881 Census); Woodman at Higham (1901 Census)

164.   Headstone   South East

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
RUTH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM PALMER
WHO WAS CALLED TO HER REST
21st OCTOBER 1918
AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM (SON)
WHO DIED FROM WOUNDS
IN FRANCE 18th DECEMBER 1916
AGED 27 YEARS
"Resting Oh so Safely"
ALSO THE ABOVE
WILLIAM PALMER
WHO FELL ASLEEP 6th AUG. 1936
AGED 77 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

William Palmer, Wheelwright at Pear Tree Place (1901 Census)

165.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
BEATRICE LINDA
BELOVED WIFE OF
SYDNEY F. PANGBOURNE
WHO DIED 29th JULY 1935
AGED 59

PATTINSON SEE WADE

166.   Headstone and Curbs   South West

R.I.P.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ADELAIDE PENTECOST
WHO PASSED AWAY
19th APRIL 1918
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO
WALTER EDWIN PENTECOST
BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO PASSED AWAY 21st DECEMBER 1929
AGED 79 YEARS
"They did their best for each of us,
Then left us to remember"

Walter Pentecost, Road Engine Driver, Telegraph Hill (1901 Census)

PEARCE SEE BROOKER

167.   Headstone   South West (Extension)

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
JACK POPE
DIED 5th NOVEMBER 1933
AGED 47
ALSO FRANCES MILLIE POPE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
REUNITED 10th OCTOBER 1959
AGED 71
"Ever in our Thoughts"

168.   Headstone    South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOSEPH PORTER
WHO DIED 6th OCTOBER 1862
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 18th MARCH 1881
AGED 73 YEARS
"Come unto Me al ye that Labour and are Heavy Laden,
And I will give you Rest"

James Porter, Baker of Telegraph Hill (1861 Census)

169.   Headstone and Body Stone   South East

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. MARY PREBBLE
WIFE OF
MR. JOHN PREBBLE
OF THIS PARISH
AND DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS AND MARY TOWNSEND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 25th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1775
AGED 29 YEARS

170.   Headstone and Body Stone   South East

[SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF]
MR. RICHARD PREBBLE
SON OF
JOHN AND MARY PREBBLE
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 26th DAY OF JANUARY 1821
AGED 46 YEARS

171.   Headstone and Body Stone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ANN PREBBLE
WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS PREBBLE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY 31st 1847
AGED 75 YEARS

172.   Curbs, Large Plot   South East

Nest Side
JOHN PRICE SEPTEMBER 23rd 1874 AGED 70 YEARS

East Side
ELIZABETH PRICE FEBRUARY 3rd 1895 AGED 73 YEARS

North Side
ALFRED BURBIDGE
JANUARY 4th 1937 AGED 89 YEARS

South Side
ANN BURBIDGE APRIL 5th 1942 AGED 87 YEARS

John Price, Cordwainer, Telegraph Hill (1861 Census)

Alfred Burbidge, Blacksmith of Kent Terrace, (1901 Census)

173.   Pedestals and Fallen Cross   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PHYLLIS K.D.
PRINCE
DIED 19th NOVEMBER 1915
AGED 4 ½ MONTHS
FOND REMEMBRANCE OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
LIEUT. G. R. DUDLEY PRINCE
WHO DIED AT SALONICA
24th NOVEMBER 1918

174.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
LOUIS
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
AMELIA PUCKETT
WHO DIED AUGUST 8th 1897
AGED 60 YEARS
"Surely He hath borne our
Griefs and carried or Sorrows"
Isaiah L111.4
ALSO THE ABOVE
AMELIA PUCKETT
WHO DIED JUNE 20th 1907
AGED 85 YEARS
"Come let us reason together,
Saith the Lord"

Louis Puckett, Domestic Coachman, Schoolhouse Cottages, Cliffe (1881 Census)

QUICK SEE TADMAN

175.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIFE OF GEORGE RAYFIELD
AND SECOND DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND JANE BROOKER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON THE 20th FEBRUARY 1869
AGED 39 YEARS
LEAVING SIX SONS TO LAMENT THEIR LOSS
"In the midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
JOHN AND JANE BROOKER
WHO DIED ON THE 17th JULY 1878
AGED 34 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JANE BROOKER
WHO DIED ON THE 24th DEC. 1882
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN BROOKER
WHO DIED 12th FEBRUARY 1884
IN HIS 83rd YEAR
"Be ye also ready for in such an hour
as ye think not the Son of Man cometh"

George Rayfield, Master Blacksmith and Wheelwright, employing 7 men (1861 Census, 1865 Post Office Directory)
"Railway Tavern" in 1874, same man?

John Brooker, died 1884, Retired Farmer of Higham Upshire, (1871 Census)

176.   C.W.G.C. Headstone   South West (Extension)

1292360 SERGEANT
E. J. ROBERTS
AIR GUNNER
ROYAL AIR FORCE
19th MAY 1943 AGE 19

177.   Headstone   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
REBECCA ROSE
WHO PASSED AWAY JANUARY 6th 1907
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO JOHN ROSE
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 22nd 1916
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO CHARLES JOHN ROSE
THE BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DEC. 6th 1929
AGED 61 YEARS
"Thy way not my, O Lord"
ALSO REBECCA ROSE
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JOHN AND REBECCA ROSE
WHO PASSED AWAY MARCH 9th 1937
AGED 82 YEARS
"He giveth his beloved Sleep"

John Rose, Master Miller at Mill House (1881 Census, 1913 Kelly's Directory)

178.   Headstone   South West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
GEORGE ROSHER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 5th AUGUST 1877
AGED 45 YEARS
"He that heareth my Word,
And believeth on Him that sent Me,
Hath Everlasting Life and shall not
Come into Condemnation but is passed
From Death unto Life" S. John v24
ALSO OF IDA
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 27th 1906
AND OF MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE G. ROSHER
WHO DIED MARCH 3rd 1919
"To me to live is Christ and to die is Gain"
Phil. 2

George Rosher, Cement and Lime Manufacturer (1871 Census)

RUSSELL SEE FRENCH

179.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. HARRIETT SANGSTER
A NATIVE OF ABERDEEN
WHO DIED 13th OCTOBER 1835
AGED 74 YEARS

180.   Headstone, Fallen, Eroded   South East

IN MEMORY OF
GEORGE SAUNDERS
WHO DIED 7th FEBRUARY 1881
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO JAMES SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th FEBRUARY 1886
AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO JOHN SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 3rd SEPTEMBER 1847
AGED 7 MONTHS
ALSO ELIZA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 20th SEPTEMBER 1901
AGED 84 YEARS

George Saunders, Shepherd at the Abbey Farm (1871 Census)

SAUNDERS SEE BARNES

181.   Curbs, Large Plot   South West

East Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY DEAR HUSBAND HARRY SAVAGE
WHO DIED 30th SEPT. 1938 AGED 64 YEARS

North Side
ALSO HARRY WHO DIED 17th OCT. 1910 AGED 4 YEARS

South Side
ALSO HERBERT WHO DIED 26th JAN. 1937 AGED 24 YEARS

Nest Side
ALSO MARTHA SAVAGE PASSED AWAY OCT. 26th 1955 AGED 79 YEARS

SAVAGE SEE NASH

182.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

North Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF DOROTHY SHEPHERD WHO DIED 27th MARCH 1929 IN HER 32nd YEAR

South Side
ALSO EDWARD SHEPHERD WHO DIED 6th OCT. 1947 AGED 47 YEARS

183.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

South Side
IN FOND MEMORY OF MY LOVING HUSBAND WILLIAM WOODBURY SIMMONDS
WHO PASSED ON AUGUST 7th 1937 AGED 65 YEARS

North Side
ALSO ADA AMELIA SIMMONDS HIS WIFE
WHO PASSED ON SEPTEMBER 25th 1941 AGED 70 YEARS

184.   Headstone, Fallen, Eroded   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SLAUGHTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 7th FEBRUARY 1780
IN THE 52nd YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO DOROTHY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 7th NOVEMBER 1790
IN THE 75th YEAR OF HER AGE

William Slaughter, died 1780, Farmer? Parish Clerk

185.   Chest Tomb, Ledger (Armorial Crest), on Brick Base


TOMB OF REV. GEORGE SMITH


CHEST TOMBS OF REVS. NOURSE, (BACKGROUND) AND SMITH

IN SURE HOPES OF A RESURRECTION TO ETERNAL LIFE
HERE LYETH INTERRED YE BODY OF YE REVEREND
MR. GEORGE SMITH B.D. LATE FELLOW
OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE YE CHAPLAIN
GEN. TO YE ARMY AND VICAR OF YS PARISH
A PERSON EQUALLY ESTEEMED FOR HIS LEARNING AND
KNOWLEDGE AND SOUND PRINCIPLES OF RELIGION
AS HE WAS FOR YE PRUDENCE , INTEGRITY
AND CHRISTIAN CONDUCT OF HIS LIFE
LAMENTED BY ALL YT KNEW HIM BUT ESPECIALLY
BY HIS DEAR WIFE WHO CAUSED THIS TOMB
TO BE ERECTED TO HIS MEMORY
"Farewell, My Brethren 'til ye Last
Trumpet Sounds"
HE DIED APRIL YE 17th 1725
AGED 58 YEARS

George Smith, Vicar of Higham, P.C.C. Will dated20th January 1722/23
   He wishes his body to be "allowed a quiet dormitory at the east end of the Churchyard at Kensington".
   He wishes for a frugal funeral because, "my worldly condition is mean necessitous", he wants to be buried three days after death.
   To brother Dr Joseph Smith, a mourning ring and other small things of small value, which he has specified to his wife, "in comparison of the great and sincere affection I bear him". A mourning ring to Mr Richard Worthington of Queen's Square, Westminster; Mrs El[izabeth]? Reeve and Mrs Jane Cordwell of Higham. To the poor of Higham, 40s, "a small sum but more than answerable to my mean condition".
   His wife Ann is executor. He wishes brother, Joseph and friend Richard Worthington to assist his wife with will, and in future, as "she is little acquainted with the affairs and management of worldly concerns".
   Witnesses: F. Bowark and Hanna Mains
   Proved 18th June 1725

186.   Headstone and Body Stone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN SMITH
20 YEARS CLERK OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 26th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1841
AGED 69 YEARS
"With Patience to the Last he did Submit,
And Murmer'd not at what the Lord thought Fit,
But with a Christian Courage did Resign,
His Soul to God at his Appointed Time"
ALSO GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 31st DAY OF AUGUST 1825
AGED 8 YEARS
ALSO ANN ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 13th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1825
AGED 3 YEARS AND 7 MONTHS
ALSO JOHN SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 8th DAY OF JANUARY 1850
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO SUSANNAH ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
MR. JOHN SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 7th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1854
AGED 73 YEARS

John Smith, of Higham, Blacksmith and Parish Clerk, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 23rd February 1841
   His forge to son John, for ever. To wife Susannah Ann, use of his household goods and furniture, etc., for life or widowhood. After her death or remarriage, then to his four children, Joseph Thomas, William Henry, Nathaniel and Charles, equally. His wife to carry on business, for a year after his death, for her advantage. If she dies or remarries or neglects business, then the business and effects to son John. Also to John, £25 and £75 at death or remarriage of mother.
   Residue of real estate to wife, for life as long as she remains his widow, she to keep in good repair and insured. After her death or remarriage, to four sons above, for ever. Money, investments, personal estate to wife, conditions as above; in default to above four sons, subject to payment of £75 to son John. Wife and friends, George Lake, Gentleman and William Barnes, Yeoman are executors
   Witnesses: William Webb Hayward, Solicitor, Rochester and Charles Lott, Clerk to Messrs. Essell, Hayward and Essell, Solicitors, Rochester.

187.   Headstone   South East

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
ANN SMITH
WIFE OF
THOMAS SMITH
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 13th 1867
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
THOMAS SMITH
WHO DIED APRIL 25th 1877
AGED 79 YEARS

Thomas Smith, Gardener Upper Higham (1861 Census)

188.   Headstone and Iron Railings   South West

"I Know that my Redeemer Liveth"
IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JOHN SMITH
OF HIGHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 27th 1876
AGED 50 YEARS
"He is not Lost but Gone Before,
Has Crossed the River, Reached the Shore,
And from the Eternal Heights looks o'er,
And Beckons us to Heaven"
ALSO OF ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AFTER A SHORT AND PAINFUL ILLNESS
MARCH 31st 1886 AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM HENRY LINDRIDGE
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 8th 1881 AGED 30 YEARS
INTERRED IN HIGHGATE CEMETERY
"They Rest from their Labours"

John Smith, died 1876, Agricultural Labourer (1871 Census)

189.   Headstone   South West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
EMILY SMITH
WHO DIED JULY 12th 1876
AGED 3 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS
"Weep not for me my Parents Dear,
I am not Dead but Sleeping Here"
CHARLES GEORGE SMITH
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
KILLED IN ACTION NEARE (sic) THE
DARDANELLES ON THE 4th DAY OF JUNE 1915
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO
CHARLES EDWARD SMITH
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 2nd 1921
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO
SELINA SMITH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 19th 1930
AGED 79 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"

Charles Smith, Landlord of the "Nag's Head" at Lower Stoke (1881 Census)

190.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSEPH THOMAS SMITH
WHO DIED 15th MAY 1879
AGED 65 YEARS
"In the midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO HARRIETT WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 15th AUGUST 1899
AGED 82 YEARS
"At Rest"
"A Loss so Great, a Shock Severe,
To part with ones we Love so Dear,
Though Great our Loss, we'll not Complain,
We Trust in Christ to Meet Again"

191.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EMILY SMITH
WHO DIED DECEMBER 9th 1891
AGED 35 YEARS
"We Loved her, ah, no tongue can tell,
How much we Loved her and how well,
Christ Loved her too and thought it Best,
To take her Home with Him to Rest,
Oh, we miss her and how sadly,
Bleeding Hearts alone can tell,
Earth has Lost her, Heaven has Found her,
Jesus has done all things Well"
ALSO GEORGE SMITH BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 4th 1914
AGED 60 YEARS
"God gives his Beloved Sleep"
ALSO HARRIET CATHERINE SMITH
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 25th 1936
AGED 84 YEARS
"Home to Rest"

192.   Headstone   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SMITH
WHO DIED JANUARY 29th 1907
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO SARAH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED DECEMBER 24th 1928
AGED 94 YEARS
"Her End was Peace"

William Smith, Market Gardener at West Street, Cliffe, 45 acres (1881 Census)

193.   Headstone   South East


HEADSTONES OF WILLIAM CODD (RIGHT) AND SMOOKER FAMILY

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SMOOKER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 23rd OF APRIL 1820
AGED 65 YEARS
[ALSO] ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th OF JANUARY 1820
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM SMOOKER
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 14th OF OCTOBER 1820
AGED 20 YEARS
LIKEWISE ALSO SARAH SMOOKER
GRANDDAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 24th OF MARCH 1820
AGED 2 YEARS

William Smooker, of Cliffe, Grocer? (Registers)

SPARROW SEE FLINTHAM

194.   Headstone, All Eroded. From Duncan   South East

[HERE]
[LYETH YE BODY OF]
[PHILLIP SON OF]
[JAMES AND RACHEL STAINES]
[WHO DIED JANUARY YE 24th 1733]
[AGED 19 YEARS]
[ALSO ANN DAUGHTER OF]
[JAMES AND ELIZABETH STAINES]
[WHO DIED JANUARY 23rd 1733]
[AGED 4 YEARS]

195.   Headstone, Very Eroded   South East

HERE
LYETH YE BODY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JAMES STAINES
WHO DYED JUNE 24th 1735
AGED 34 YEARS
ALSO ANN & MARY

196.   Headstone   South East


HEADSTONE OF JAMES STAINES, SENIOR

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES STAINES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 22nd MAR. 1756
AGED 68 YEARS

James Staines, of Higham, Yeoman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 24th April 1752
   Son James is executor. His two farms and other land at Wouldham and Burham, formerly occupied by late Thomas Staines, Yeoman, now occupied by Thomas Costing, and other land, to son James, for ever.
   To daughter Elizabeth, wife of Henry Edmeades of Nurstead, Gentleman, £5; she is already provided for by the marriage settlement of her parents; this is far better than he can do for son James.
   Residue, including all livestock, crops and implements, and household goods and personal estate, to son James, for ever.
   Witnesses: Richard Webb, Robert Taylor and Henry Mittoy
   Proved 2nd April 1756

197.   Headstone   South East


HEADSTONE OF JAMES STAINES, JUNIOR

IN MEMORY OF
MR. JAMES STAINES
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
THE 7th OF OCTOBER 1759
AGED 27 YEARS
HE LEFT ISSUE ONE DAUGHTER

STAINES SEE EDMEADES

198.   Headstone    South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ALEXANDER STEELE, ESQUIRE
A NATIVE OF THE ISLE OF SKYE, N.B.
WHO DIED 12th NOVEMBER 1834
AGED 74 YEARS

Alexander Steele, of Higham, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 16th November 1827
   All his real estate, money, household goods and personal estate, to wife Mary, for ever; she is executor.
   Witnesses: D.B. Lewis, Attorney at Law, Rochester, D.R. Lewis and James Lewis, his Clerks
   Proved 6th February 1835

199.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan   South West

[STEDMAN, JAMES]
[AGED 82]
[AMOS, HAROLD]
[KILLED ON H.M.S. NATAL]
[30th DECEMBER 1915]
[AGED 30]
[HEPHZIBAH]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

200.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan   South East

[RICHARD STEPHENS]
[AGED 77]
[1914]

201.   Curbs (Replacement for Latter)   South East

IN LOVING MEMORY OF RICHARD STEPHENS WHO DIED MAY 1914
ALSO HIS WIFE ELIZA WHO DIED MARCH 1929 "At Rest"

Richard Stephens, Agricultural Labourer of Essex Terrace, (1901 Census)

202.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES STONEHAM
DIED 22nd NOVEMBER 1843
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 23rd MARCH 1867
AGED 98 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 28th SEPTEMBER 1884
AGED 84 YEARS

Charles Stoneham, Agricultural Labourer in Shorne (1841 Census)

203.   Red Granite Convex    South West

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
FREDERICK STUNT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 16th MAY 1889
AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO HIS WIFE
CATHERINE STUNT
WHO DIED AT WESTGATE
23rd OCTOBER 1912
AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO
CONSTANCE HELEN STUNT
WIFE OF WARWICK STUNT
BORN DECEMBER 10th 1857
DIED JANUARY 25th 1925
ALSO
WARWICK STUNT J.P.
BORN NOV. 4th 1849
DIED MARCH 13th 1942

Warwick Stunt, Farmer of White House Farm, (1913 Kelly's Directory); died at Deanery Gate, Rochester (Registers)

204.   Headstone and Curbs    South West (Extension)

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
EMILY ANNETTA SUTTON
BORN AUG. 5th 1871
DIED JULY 30th 1931
ALSO
DANIEL WALTER SUTTON
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
BORN MARCH 6th 1867
DIED APRIL 22nd 1933

Daniel Sutton, Grocer of Forge Lane (1901 Census)

205.   Classical Portland Stone Chest Tomb   South West


CHEST TOMB OF TADMAN FAMILY

Ledger
IN MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM TADMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 6th DAY OF APRIL 1775
AGED 52 YEARS
"He was an Affectionate Husband,
A Tender Father & Sincere Friend"
HE LEFT ISSUE SIX SONS (VIZ. WILLIAM,
EDWARD, FRANCIS, LANCE, RICHARD & PETER)
BY SARAH HIS WIFE WHO HAS CAUSED
THIS TOMB TO BE ERECTED
ALSO MRS. SARAH TADMAN WIFE
OF THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 6th
1787 AGED 58 YEARS
IN MEMORY OF MR. WILLIAM TADMAN
SON OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM TADMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JAN. 13th 1795
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO LANCE TADMAN ESQ.
SON OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM & SARAH TADMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 1st 1798
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO MARY GRACE TADMAN
WHO DIED 19th APRIL 1885
IN HER 85th YEAR

North Side
IN MEMORY OF MR. EDWARD TADMAN OF OAKLEY
IN THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JAN. 12th 1781
IN THE 28th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO SARAH TADMAN DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN HER INFANCY
ANN WIFE OF MR. GEORGE QUICK, DAUGHTER OF
PETER & ANN TADMAN DIED SEPT. 13th 1835
AGED 44 YEARS AND WAS INTERRED IN THE CHURCH
CAPT. FREDERICK TADMAN YOUNGEST SON OF
CHARLES & MARY TADMAN DIED AUG. [ ] 1864
IN THE 36th YEAR OF HIS AGE

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
PETER SON OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM & SARAH TADMAN
DIED AUGUST 20th 1826 AGED 64 YEARS
[CHARLES] TADMAN SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANUARY 27th 1836 AGED 37 YEARS

East Side
FRANCIS
TADMAN
CAPT. IN THE
WEST KENT REGT.
OF MILTON
OBIT JAN. 8th
1787
AETAT 32

Nest Side
FREDERICK
TADMAN
WHO DIED AUG. 6th 182[1]
[AGED 20 YEARS]
WILLIAM
TADMAN
[WHO DIED]
[AUG. 30th 1835]
[AGED 28 YEARS]

William Tadman the Elder, of Higham, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 15th December 1774
   To wife, Sarah, all freeholds, for life; after her death, to six sons, William, Edward, Francis, Lance, Richard and Peter, equally, for ever. To wife, brother in law William Lance of Milton, Gentleman and sons William and Edward, all household goods, furniture, farm stock and implements, money, investments and personal estate (except leases), upon trust. They are to make an inventory and pay from personal estate, to sons, Francis, Lance, Richard and Peter, who are 21 at his death, £700 each. If any are under 21, their share to be invested in Public Funds, interest towards their maintenance and education, until they are 21. The property in trust, to use of his wife, for life; after her death, upon trust, for benefit of the above four sons; when they are all 21, shared equally among them. His farming and grazing business goes to wife and above four sons, equally.
   Wife, William Lance and sons Edward and William are executors.
   Witnesses: Richard Brenchly, George Arnold and John Pattinson
   Proved 17th May 1775

William Tadman,
of Higham, Gentleman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 6th September 1786
To wife Hannah, brother Lance of New House in Northfleet, Gentleman and son, Francis, all his leasehold houses, farms and lands in Higham and elsewhere in Kent, for rest of term. Also household goods and furniture, livestock, goods and implements, money, investments and personal estate, upon trust. Brother and sons tp to make an inventory and permit his wife to the use and occupation of leaseholds, etc., plus income from investments, for life. She to maintain and educate children, Francis, James, William, Sarah, Peter and Lance, until they are 21. When they are 21, trustees to pay, from monies or sale of stock, crops, etc., £200 each. After his wife's death, all the estate, equally to his children.
   Wife, brother Lance and son William, executors.
   Witnesses: John Pattinson and William Pattinson
   Proved 27th January 1795 Power reserved to William Tadman

Charles Tadman,
of Higham, Farmer, P.C.C. Will dated 26th January 1836
   Wife Mary Grace and Jarvis Maplestead Noakes are executors. To them all his leaseholds at Higham, live and dead stock, household goods and furniture, money, investments and personal estate, upon trust, for benefit of wife for life, as long as she is his widow. If she remarries, the legacy to her and executorship is void. Then Noakes will be sole executor, will hold the estate in trust, carry on the farming and pay wife an annuity of £150 for life. When children are 21, the estate is to be shared equally among them, they can then sell the estate, sharing proceeds. Executors to allow his mother Ann, a small weekly allowance, as they think fit. After wife's death or remarriage, executor can spend up to £50 each for any of his children, either for an apprenticeship or other advancement. If wife has died or remarried, Noakes is to be Guardian of children.
   Witnesses: James Furrell, Clerk to Mr Southgate, Solicitor, Gravesend and Stephen Steele, Strood.
   Proved 27th September 1836 Power reserved to William Maplestead Noakes.

206.   Headstone (Not Present), From Duncan   South West

[IN LOVING MEMORY]
[OF]
[ELIZABETH]
[WIFE OF]
[JOHN TAYLOR]
[OF THIS PARISH]
[WHO DIED JANUARY 1st 1891]
[AGED 76 YEARS]
[ALSO THE ABOVE]
[JOHN TAYLOR]
[WHO DIED AUGUST 12th 1899]
[AGED 97 YEARS]

207.   Pedestals and Fallen Cross   North

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ISAAC TAYLOR
DIED OCTOBER 16th 1894
AGED 55 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"

208.   Pedestals and Fallen Cross   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM JAMES TAYLOR
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 7th 1900
AGED 53 YEARS

William James Taylor, Schoolmaster (1881 Census)

209.   Headstone, Very Eroded   North West

[IN LOVING MEMORY OF]
FRANCIS ISAAC HARRY
[      ] SON OF
ISAAC & EMMA JANE THOMPSON
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 13th ? [1881]
AGED 5 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
[Eroded Verses]

210.   C.W.G.C. Headstone   West

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
M.V. THORBURN
D.S.C., V. D., R.N.V.R.
H.M.S. BULLDOG
3rd APRIL 1946 AGED 37
HUSBAND OF MARGUERITE HELEN
AND SON OF ADAM BROWN
AND DOROTHY MARY BEATRICE
OF HIGHAM HALL

211.   Headstone, (Eroded) From Duncan   South West

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
[ELIZABETH TOMLIN]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[ON THE 20th DAY OF MARCH 1834]
[AGED 72 YEARS]
[ALSO]
[WILLIAM TOMLIN]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[ON THE 6th DAY OF MARCH 1835]
[AGED 75 YEARS]

212.   Headstone (Cover by Thick Stemmed Ivy) From Duncan   South West

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
[JAMES TOMLIN]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[ON THE 17th DAY OF OCTOBER 1843]
[AGED 58 YEARS]
[ALSO]
[SARAH TOMLIN]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[ON THE 24th DAY OF MAY 1855]
[AGED 62 YEARS]

James Tomlin, of Higham, Victualler, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 10th October 1843
   Everything to wife, Sarah, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Joseph Hindle, Vicar of Higham and Stephen Steele, Surgeon, Strood
   Proved 30th October 1843 Value of goods under £200

213.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE TOMLIN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 12th DAY OF JANUARY 1854
AGED 24 YEARS
"In Love he Lived, in Peace he Died,
His Life was Craved but God Denied"

214.   Headstone (Bottom Eroded, From Duncan)   South West

TO THE MEMORY
OF
JOHN TOMLIN
WHO DIED OCT. 3rd 1870
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM TOMLIN
WHO DIED DEC. 12th 18[40]
AGED 2 YEARS
[ALSO] JAMES TOM[LIN]
[WHO] DIED FEB. 17th [1871]
[AGED] [3]O YEA[RS]
[ALSO MARY TOMLIN]
[WIFE OF THE ABOVE JOHN TOMLIN]
[WHO DIED AUGUST 22nd 1884]
[AGED 70 YEARS]

215.   Headstone and Two Body Stones   South East

SACRED MEMORY
TO THE OF
MR. THOMAS TOWNSEND
OF THIS PARISH, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 28th
DAY OF JUNE 1765 AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO
MRS. MARY TOWNSEND
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 2nd
DAY OF OCTOBER 1766 AGED 58 YEARS
AND TWO SONS OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS AND MARY TOWNSEND
THOMAS DIED IN HIS INFANCY
HENRY DIED AT THE AGE OF 5 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE SARAH AND MARY
"You Readers All and Standers By,
As You are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so You Must Be,
Prepare Yourself to Follow Me"

Thomas Townsend, of Higham, Yeoman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 1st December 1764
   To daughters Sarah and Mary, £200 each on day of marriage. To wife Mary , all real estate, for life, she to keep it in good repair. After her death, his real estate in Hodgell Street, in Milton (next Sittingbourne), to daughter Sarah and her heirs; in default of heirs, then to daughter Mary and her heirs, for ever.
   His properties, and shares of properties in Burham and Maidstone, to daughter Mary and her heirs; in default of heirs, to daughter Sarah and her heirs. In default of heirs, to wife , for ever. To good friend, John Tilden, 5 guineas for a ring, "to wear in remembrance of me". Residue to wife Mary, for life; after her death, to two daughters, shared equally.
   Wife and other executor to make inventory of personal estate and farm stock; they are guardians of daughters until they are 21.
   Witnesses: Hans Sloane, William Duff and the mark of John Sharpsell
   Proved 29th August 1765

This will is a copy, the original is in the P.C.C. The widow died before administering the will. In 1780 daughter Sarah, wife of William Brown, applied for, and was granted administration in the P.C.C., in London.

TOWNSEND SEE PREBBLE

216.   Headstone   North

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
EDWARD TREE
WHO DIED JUNE 25th 1916
AGED 57 YEARS
"My Time had come, I in a moment Fell,
And had no Time to bid my Friends Farewell,
For God doth not always a Warning give,
So Friends through Life be Careful how you Live"

Edward Tree, Basket Maker, blind from birth, Essex Terrace, (1901 Census)

217.   Headstone and Curbs   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE TRIGG
WHO DIED 1st JULY 1923
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO ELLEN
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 27th NOVEMBER 1957
AGED 76 YEARS
"Reunited"

George Trigg, Carman for Coal Merchant, Frindsbury? (1901 Census)

218.   Headstone   East

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JANE
SEVENTH DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM STOCKER & BETTY TROOD
WHO DIED THE 26th SEPTEMBER 1862
AGED 19 YEARS
ALSO FANNY MATILDA
NINTH DAUGHTER
WHO DIED JULY 25th 1852
AGED 11 MONTHS
ALSO AN INFANT SON
ALSO THE ABOVE
BETTY TROOD
DIED JANUARY 5th 1876
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO EMILY SOPHIA GOUGE
SIXTH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED APRIL 3rd 1892
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO MARY GOODSELL
SECOND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED SEPTEMBER 22nd 1894
AGED 64 YEARS

William Stocker Trood, (Wife and daughters buried here), Landlord of the "Sir John Falstaff"

219.   Pedestals and Cross   South West

IN LOVING
MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR MOTHER
ANN TURNER
WHO DIED 9th JUNE 1909
AGED 67 YEARS
"At Rest"

220.   Wooden Cross (Not Present) From Duncan   South West

[DOROTHY TWITCHEN]
[5 ½ YEARS]
[1920]

221.   Pedestals and Cross   South West (Extension)

SACRED TO THE
MEMORY OF
PERCY TYLER
WHO DIED 22nd OCT. 1931
AGED 64

222.   Headstone   South West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
EMMA VENN
DIED JUNE 12th 1909
AGED 63 YEARS
"My Soul doth long for thy Salvation"

223.   Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN THOMAS VIDLER
WHO DIED 5th MARCH 1939
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO HIS WIFE
MARGERY VIDLER
WHO DIED 2nd 1974
AGED 79 YEARS
"Reunited"

224.   Classical Chest Tomb, Damaged by Sycamore Growing Inside!   South West


CHEST TOMB OF WADE FAMILY THE LEAVES ARE FROM A 
SYCAMORE GROWING INSIDE, WHICH IS PUSHING THE STRUCTURE OVER

Ledger
HERE LIE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF JOHN WADE
WHO DIED THE 22nd OF FEB. 1777
IN THE 80th YEAR OF HIS AGE
MARY MARRIOTT
DAUGHTER OF THE SAID JOHN WADE
DIED 24th NOV. 1770 AGED 39 YEARS
JAMES WADE
SON OF THE ABOVE JOHN WADE
DIED 19th DECEMR. 1775
AGED 48 YEARS
MARTHA WIDOW OF JOHN DIED
16th DECEMBER 1784 AGED 84 YEARS
ANN PATTINSON DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND MARTHA DIED 21st
DECEMBER 1812 AGED 79 YEARS

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN WADE ESQ.
WHO DIED MARCH THE 6th 1837
IN THE 71st YEAR OF HIS AGE

James Wade, of Gravesend, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 12th August 1775
   Ratifies marriage settlement (wife Rebecca). To her, for life, if she remains his widow, an annuity of £20, over and above provision made in the settlement.
   To his father John, an annuity of £12 for life. These annuities from his real and personal estate. To wife Rebecca, £200. In case he inherits father's house in Cuxton, occupied by William Lewes, then that house and land purchased from Henry and Willam Edmeades, also occupied by Lewes, and other property, charge with above annuities, to sons James and John, and other children yet to be born.
   If both sons died pre 21 and without heirs, the property at Cuxton, to sister Ann Pattinson, wife of John Pattinson of Gravesend, Gentleman. This property will be in hands of Henry Thames Rogers of Gravesend, Gentleman, William Towers of east Tilbury, Yeoman and James Lance the Younger of Ash next Ridley, Yeoman, during life of Ann Pattinson, in trust, . After Ann's death, then to her children and their heirs, in equal shares. In default of heirs, then to James Blatch of Pitsea, Essex, Yeoman, for life; after his death, then to his children, equally, for ever.
   After death of testator's children, without heirs, the farm land at Cuxton, and other property in trust, for him or otherwise, to Rebecca, for ever. Also to Rebecca, all household goods, for life, as long as she is his widow, until son John is 21.If executors think fit, Rebecca shall carry on farming business, proceeds for maintenance and education of sons until they are 21; they also get stock in trade, not sold, equally. If executors think business should end, they can sell and invest proceeds, interest from this and other money to Rebecca for benefit of sons. All principle money, etc., to use of his sons; if they die pre 21, without heirs, then to his wife.
   Trustees are executors and guardians of sons.
   Witnesses: John Hutchison, Anthony Arnold and John Evans

Codicil dated 11th October 1775
   William Towers not now to be an executor or guardian, wife Rebecca in his place. Revokes £10 legacy to Towers. Rest of will ratified.
   Witnesses: John Sabb, William Sabb and Thomas Livesey
   Proved 9th January 1776

John Wade,
of Gravesend, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 15th September 1770
   To wife Martha, rents and profits of his freehold and leasehold property in Cuxton and Gravesend, for life, while she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, the Cuxton property to son James, for ever, plus two leaseholds in Gravesend, where testator and James live, for rest of term.
   To daughter Ann, £500, 3% Bank Annuities, part of £900 in Bank of England. If Ann marries in his lifetime, the £500 will go immediately to her as part of marriage portion.
  Also to Ann, £100 3% Bank Annuities, another part of the £900. After death of his wife, the remainder of the £900, to son James and daughter Ann, upon trust, to allow wife Martha the interest from it for life. If his wife's income is insufficient, she can sell part of estate to make it up. After wife's death, remainder of the £900 shared equally between James and Ann; they also get all household goods, etc. Residue to Martha for ever.
   Witnesses: J. Delap, H.T. Rogers and C. Watts
   Proved 7th June 1777 Administration to wife Martha, so James has since died (see above)

Martha Wade,
of Gravesend, Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 19th February 1779
To James Lance the Younger of Ash, Gentleman, her two leasehold houses in Gravesend High Street, one her own, the other occupied by John Bayley, Butcher, for rest of 99 year term, upon trust, to take rents and, after costs, pay grandsons, John and James Wade, £8 per annum until they are 21.When they are 21 the properties go to them.
   If both die pre 21, then to her daughter Ann Pattinson and her husband John Pattinson of Gravesend, Gentleman; after them, to to their children, equally. If no children living, then upon trust for children of James Blatch. To the Pattinsons, £100 upon trust, that they purchase £100 of Bank of England Stock, Ann to have interest from this for life. After her death the stock to the above grandsons at 21. If both died pre 21, then to Pattinsons. Also to Pattinsons, household goods and furniture, residue of money, investments; they are executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: John Bayley and James Bayley
   Proved 22nd February 1783 Power reserved to Ann Pattinson

John Wade,
of Milton, next Gravesend, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 30th August 1833
   Desires a modest burial in family vault at Higham. To Elizabeth Wade, widow of late brother James of Ash, all his household goods and furniture in his house at Ash. His freeholds in Ash and Hartley, crops, live and dead stock, two cottages at Turner's Oak in Ash, occupied by Robert Olive, three other cottages at West Yoke, in Ash, occupied by Thomas Gilbert, William Stevens and John Elcombe, to use of Elizabeth Wade, for ever. His freehold and Copyhold properties in Codicote in Hertfordshore, to Benjamin Squires of Tewin, Farrier, for ever.
   Residue of real and personal estate to John Whitehead of Yalding, Richard Whitehead of west Farleigh, Jane wife of John Charlton of East Farleigh and Elizabeth wife of George Morland of Chart, nephews and nieces of Elizabeth Wade, and Charlotte Elizabeth Burgess Crane, daughter of the Late Richard Whitehead of Ordnance Place, Chatham, in equal shares.
   John Whitehead and John Charlton executors.
   Witnesses: Charles Spencer, Druggist, Gravesend, T.B. Butcher, Baker, Gravesend and James Munn, Plumber, Gravesend.

Codicil not dated
   Executors to give £300 each to, Mary Dean widow of Ash, Richard Venner of Ash, John Russell of New House, Gravesend, Elizabeth wife of Mordecai Andrews of Cock House, Greenstreet Green, Darenth and Ann wife of John Swaisland of Idley in Ash.. £100 each to Mary Andrews, Ann Cowel, John Middleton, Sarah Williams, Rebecca Elgar and Mary Masters , sons and daughters of the late John and Ann Middleton of Ash.
   Witness; Charles Spencer

Affidavit dated 14th March 1837
   Alfred Bayley, Stock Broker, sworn; he was well acquainted with John Wade and was familiar with his handwriting. He has examined codicil and believes it to be genuine.

Affidavit dated 15th March 1837
   Charles Spencer is sworn. He is witness to the will and codicil; cannot recall date of latter, or whether it was made after will or not. He knew Wade for 28 years and lived close to him.

Affidavit dated 15th March 1837
   John Whitehead of West Barming, Gentleman and Thomas Burgess of Kemsing, Gentleman, sworn. They found will and codicil on the 6th of March1837. The documents were together in a locked letter case in a bureau in the front parlour of Wade's house. Whitehead stated that six months before Wade died, he had asked him to be an executor with Charlton.
   On the 4th of March 1837, Whitehead found Wade ill and not expected to live; he asked Wade if he had made his will, to which Wade replied "I have, I have made a short will and codicil with a few legacies". Whitehead asked where he would find them? Wade said "in my bureau, the one in the front parlour".
   Whitehead and Burgess believe that Wade meant and intended the codicil to the will.
   Proved 21st March 1837

Ann Pattinson, of Milton, Widow of John, Gentleman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 31st January 1812
   Nephews John Wade of Milton, Gentleman and James Wade of Ash, Gentleman are executors. Her freehold houses, cottages, farms and lands in Stoke, High Halstow, Cliffe and Chignal Smeely, Essex, and all other real estate to John and James Wade, for ever; they also get all leaseholds, household goods, monies and personal estate.
   Witnesses: Sarah Bevan, Elizabeth Peters and Christopher Beckingfield
   Proved 10th June 1813

224a.   Headstone


HEADSTONE OF DOROTHY WADE, FORMERLY WIFE OF HENRY MASTERS

HERE LYETH DOROTHY
WIDOW OF JNO. WADE
AND FORMER WIFE OF
HEN. MASTERS
BOTH OF THIS PARISH
OBT. JULY 28th 1744
AGED 77

225.   Headstone   South East

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
THOMAS WALKER
BORN MARCH 27th 1832
PASSED TO HIS REST IN PERFECT
PEACE JUNE 12th 1906
AND OF MARY HIS BELOVED WIFE
BORN NOVEMBER 4th 1835
WAS CALLED HOME SEPTEMBER 18th 1913
"Come unto Me"

Thomas Walker, Tailor of Pear Tree Place (1901 Census)

226.   Headstone   West

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN EDWARD WARLTERS
WHO DIED JANUARY 23rd 1912
AGED 62 YEARS
AND OF HIS THIRD SON
RAYMOND ALFRED PRICE WARLTERS
ASSISTANT PAYMASTER R.N.R.
WHO WAS KILLED IN AN AIR FIGHT OFF
THE KENTISH COAST APRIL 21st 1917

John Warlters, House Valuer and Surveyor of Leigh, Essex (1901 Census)

227.   Headstone, Body Stone and Foot Stone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN WEBB
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 14th 1843
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 20th 1859
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO HANNAH THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED JUNE 3rd 1870
AGED 65 YEARS

John Webb, Farmer at Church Street, Cliffe (1841 Census)

WEBSTER SEE HEATH

228.   Pedestals, Cross Gone   West

STELLA MARY
INFANT
DAUGHTER OF
R. H. AND E. M. WELLINGS
BORN 30th MARCH 1891
DIED 8th SEPT. 1891

229.   Wooden Cross, Decayed   South West (Extension)

IN
LOVING
MEMORY
VIOLET J. WELLS
DIED FEB. 23rd 1943
AGED 42

230.   Wooden Cross, Decayed   Next to Above

IN
LOVING
MEMORY
WILLIAM WELLS
DIED DEC. 23rd 1944 AGED 72

William Wells, Labourer (1901 Census)

WHITE SEE BROOKER

231.   Headstone   South West

IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS WHITEBREAD
DIED 23rd JANUARY 1860
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO RUTH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 8th FEBRUARY 1869
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO HANNAH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 20th JANUARY 1885
AGED 69 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead which
Die in the Lord"

232.   Headstone and Foot Stone   South West

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD WHITEBREAD
SON OF
THOMAS & RUTH WHITEBREAD
WHO DIED OCTOBER 23rd 1869
AGED 37 YEARS
ALSO HIS BELOVED AND AFFECTIONATE
CHILDREN, THOMAS AND HANNAH
THOMAS DIED MARCH 5th 1863
AGED 14 MONTHS
HANNAH DIED MARCH 30th 1866
AGED 5 YEARS, 8 MONTHS
ALSO MARY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
EDWARD WHITEBREAD
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 21st 1901
AGED 35 YEARS
ALSO MARTHA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 23rd 1907
AGED 75 YEARS

233.   Headstone and Curbs   South West

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
ROSINA JEMIMA WHITEBREAD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 23rd JULY 1874
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS WILLIAM WHITEBREAD
WHO ENTERED THE HEAVENLY HOST?
4th MARCH 1890
AGED 76 YEARS
"Loved by All"
ALSO ELLEN RUTH BLAKE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [     ]
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO JEMIMA WHITEBREAD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO ENTERED OUR HEAVENLY ROAD ?
21st OCTOBER 1893
AGED 74 YEARS
"Blessed are the Peace Makers"

234.   Headstone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
CHARLOTTE
BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES WHITEBREAD
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
25th JANUARY 1887 AGED 67 YEARS
"Thou art gone to thy rest dear Mother,
We will not weep for Thee,
For thou [are] now where oft on Earth,
Thy Spirit longed to Be"
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 15th NOVEMBER 1861 AGED 15 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 9th JULY 1887 AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES WHITEBREAD
WHO DIED MARCH 17th 1900
AGED 83 YEARS
"Now the Labourer's Task is O'er"

Thomas, died 1860, Market Gardener, 15 acres, employing 2 men (1851 Census)
Thomas, died 1890, Farmer 200 acres, employing 12 men, 11 women , 4 boys (1871 Census)
James, Market Gardener 17 acres, employing 2 men (1881 Census)

235.   Headstone and Foot Stone   South West

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
CAROLINE MARGARET WHITEBREAD
DIED 29th SEPTEMBER 1889 AGED 62 YEARS
"Even so Father for it seemed
Good in thy Sight" Luke 7.21
ALSO JANE RUTH WHITEBREAD
DIED 27th JULY 1890
AGED 59 YEARS
"There shall be no Night there" Rev. xxii 5
ALSO ELLEN RUTH WHITEBREAD
WHO FELL ASLEEP 29th JANUARY 1891
AGED 56 YEARS
"Until the Day break and the Shadows Flee Away"
ALSO MARY WHITEBREAD
DIED 10th JULY 1891
AGED 72 YEARS
"Our Life is but a Fading Dream,
Our Days and Years fleet quickly Past,
Lead us, O Christ when all are Gone,
Safe Home at Last"

Caroline and Ellen , Dressmakers, with Mary, an Annuitant , all in Mother's Confectionery Shop in Milton (1881 Census)
Edward, Market Gardener (1861 census)

Jemima, Farmer (1891 Kelly's Directory)
Martha, Shopkeeper (1891 Kelly's Directory)

236.   Headstone   North

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIGGLESWORTH
DIED APRIL 6th 1931 AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE RICHARD HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANUARY 15th 1937 AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE HENRY ELDER SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED NOVEMBER 12th 1918 AGED 26 YEARS
"Father in thy Gracious Keeping,
Leave we now our Loved ones Sleeping"

George Wigglesworth, Agricultural Labourer (1901 Census)

237.   Pedestal and Fallen Cross   East

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JESSIE WILLIAMS
DIED EASTER DAY 1902
AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO RUBY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED XMAS EVE 1924 AGED 23 YEARS
"Jesu Mercy" R.I.P.

Jessie Williams, Wife of John, Schoolmaster (1901 Census)

238.   Very Low Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DARLING SON
MICHAEL G. WILLIAMS
DIED 16th MARCH 1939 AGED 8 MONTHS

239.   Thick Slab with Horizontal Cross   North

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY WIFE OF THOMAS WINCH DIED 10th AUGUST 1904 AGED 54

240.   Red Granite Headstone   South East

IN MEMORY OF
HARRIET WOODBINE
DIED 13th MARCH 1907 AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO JESSIE KATHLEEN DAUGHTER
DIED 26th NOVEMBER 1907 AGED 30 YEARS
R.I.P.

Harriet Woodbine, Wife of John, Cooper at Salt Lane, Cliffe, (1881 Census)

WOOLARD SEE BOTTING

241.   Curbs   South West (Extension)

WILLIAM JOHN WOOLLETT
WHO DIED 25th MAY 1931
AGED 62 YEARS

John Woollett, Labourer at Uralite Works (1901 Census)

242.   Headstone and Curbs   South West (Extension)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
ALICE ELIZABETH WREN
WHO DIED JUNE 1st 1935
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
ALICE ELIZABETH
REUNITED JUNE 6th 1962
AGED 75 YEARS

William Wren, Market Gardener (1913 Kelly's Directory)

243.   Headstone    South East

IN MEMORY
OF
BENJAMIN WRIGHT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 18th JANUARY 1880
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO SARAH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1904
AGED 100 YEARS

244.   Headstone   North West

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CONSTANCE
FIFTH DAUGHTER OF
FREDERIC & FRANCES WRIGHT
OF HIGHAM ABBEY
WHO DIED 10th FEBRUARY 1884
AGED 1 YEAR AND 5 MONTHS

Frederic Wright, Gardener (1881 Census)

245.   Headstone   South East

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
JOHN SMALL WRIGHT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 29th 1914
AGED 85 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten by his Loving Wife"
"He Trusted in the Lord"

246.   Cruciform Coped   South West (Extension)

South Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FREDERIC WRIGHT
DIED MAY 10th 1930 AGED 84 YEARS

North Side
ALSO
FRANCES ELIZABETH WRIGHT
DIED SEPTEMBER 3rd 1943 AGED 91 YEARS

247.   Headstone   South East

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN YOUENS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 17th OF NOVEMBER 1801
AGED 36 YEARS
LIKEWISE OF
JANE YOUENS
RELICT OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 28th OF FEBRUARY 1833
AGED 66 YEARS
HAVING RESIDED IN THIS PARISH
MUCH RESPECTED
FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS
SHE DIED REGRETTED BY ALL
WHO KNEW HER
ALSO OF
THOMAS YOUENS
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 13th JANUARY 1838
AGED 43 YEARS

248.   Headstone   South West

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY YOUENS
WIFE OF
THOMAS YOUENS
YEOMAN OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 27th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1855
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS YOUENS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 18th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1865
AGED 78 YEARS

Thomas Youens the Younger, of Higham, P.C.C. Will dated 1st August 1834
   To sister Mary, wife of William Dunstan Skinner of Paddington, Gentleman, his half share of freehold estate belonging to him and William Skinner, in Higham, occupied by Thomas Youens the Elder. If sister dies before she can inherit, then to her daughters, Mary Susannah and Catherine Jane Skinner; also to them, his half share of leasehold, No. 111 Wood Street and No. [ ] Maiden Lane, both in City of London. The former occupied by Messrs. Downes and Spilsbury, the latter by Mr Robinson. His interest in these is from his late aunt Arrowsmith's will.
   To his brother William Youens of Church Street, Blackfriars Road, London, all his clothes and "goods about his body". William Skinner is executor.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Thomas Youens, Senior of Higham, Gardener, John Brooker, Junior of Higham, Gardener and George J. Skinner of Chatham, Gentleman. Proved 27th January 1838

Thomas Youens,
died 1865, Farmer, 400 acres, employing 30 men and 6 boys (1861 Census)

YOUENS SEE IDE

 

Interior of Church
The original Norman nave and chancel is the northern half of the present church, and is described as the North Aisle and Lady Chapel. The 14th century extension to the south is the present day Nave and Chancel. Inscriptions which are wholly or partly obscured, are taken from either John Thorpe's Registrum Roffenses, 1769, or C. H. Fielding's Handbook of Higham, 1882

249.   North Aisle, North Wall, Marble Tablet   (Made by Hooper of Strood)

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS BENTLEY ESQ.
OF HERMITAGE IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 24th OF JANUARY 1844
AGED 73
MARIANNE
RELICT OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 16th OF FEBRUARY 1845
AGED 63
(Thomas Bentley is Buried in the Churchyard)

BLAKE see WHITEBREAD

250.   Lady Chapel, North Wall, Brass on Chest Tomb


LADY CHAPEL, THE ORIGINAL CHANCEL
THE NEAREST CHEST TOMB IS THAT OF ELIZABETH BOTELER
THE PLAQUE ON THE WALL, LEFT OF THE FLOWERS IS TO ROBERT
HYLTON. ON THE FLOOR ARE THE LEDGERS OF THE STUNT FAMILY

HERE LYETH BURYED THE BODY OF ELIZABETH
BOTELER WHO DYED THE XV DAYE OF OCTOBER AN
DNI 1615 LATE WIFE OF WILLM. BOTELER OF
ROCHESTER ESQ., (DAUGHTER OF SR. WILLIAM CRAYFORD,
IN KENT, KNIGHT) LEAVING ISSUE TWO SONNES AND
2 DAUGHTERS, HENRY, THOMAS, ANN & ELIZABETH
AETATIS SUAE 32

Elizabeth Boteler, of Higham, Widow of William Boteler, late of Rochester, Gentleman.
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will dated 10th October 1615
Wishes to be buried in the chancel of Higham Church. She gives her executors power to follow up bargain she lately made with William Richardson of Sandwich, concerning the covenants and agreements made between Richardson and his father, Nicholas, and herself, relating to a farm called "Foulmeads". The lease to this farm and Higham Parsonage, held from St. John's College, Cambridge; also her houses in St. Alphage and St. Dunstan, Canterbury , two of which are in the occupations of Mr Scott and George Marrable, leased from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, to son Henry at 24 years of age, according to her late husband's will. A condition of Henry's legacy is that he must pay to his sisters,Anne and Elizabeth, and younger brother, Thomas, £200 each at 24 years of age. If his siblings all died pre 24, then Henry has the money. Executors have power to sell goods, except items bequeathed to Mr Henry Haslende of Meopham and to her brother Mr Robert Crayford , who gets her best grey horse.
   To servant James Rawlinson 20s; to poor of Higham, 40s at Christmas; to brother William, her best feather bed and pair of blankets, streaked with red; to her father a gold ring "in token of my duty"; to her mother, her wedding ring "in like token of my love and duty"; to her tenant, Thomas Man, two bacon hogs; to sister, Alice Mercy Webster, two pairs of fine sheets; to god daughter Elizabeth Warren, a 15s gold piece; to Katherine Buckman her yellow petty coat and old nightgown; to Widow Honde ?, her -------- ? petty coat and cotton waistcoat; to Walter Lewkins, 30s; to Michael Boyse, 40s; to Mr Beweblocke ?, 20s for a sermon; to servant James Rawlinson, £20 per annum until her debt is paid off ? Mr Henry Haslende and James Rawlinson are trustees; they to have £80 per annum for the education of her four female children, this money from Higham Parsonage and the Abbey Farm income.
   Brother Robert is executor.
   Witnesses: Mark of Thomas Man, Mark of George Bonnington and Robert Crayford
   Proved 24th October 1615

William Boteler, Esquire, of Rochester, husband of the above, died earlier the same year and was buried at Eastry, Kent, with his ancestors.

251.   Chancel, North Wall, Marble Tablet

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. HENRIETTA BRADBRIDGE
OF THE CITY OF ROCHESTER
DAUGHTER OF THE LATE LADY FIELD
AND GRAND DAUGHTER OF SIR FRANCIS HEAD, BART.,
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 3rd OF SEPTEMBER 1815
AGED 50 YEARS

Henrietta Bradbridge of Rochester, Widow of Thomas Bradbridge, grand daughter of Sir Francis Head.
P.C.C. Will dated 1st April 1812
She leaves everything to son Thomas, "from my approbation of his conduct"; he is also executor.
The will was not witnessed.

Affidavit dated 29th September 1815
Margaret Smith and Frances Carver, both widows of Rochester are sworn. They knew Henrietta very well and were familiar with her handwriting and signature. They have examined the will and are certain that it is authentic.
Proved 4th October 1815

252.   Worn Ledger on Floor Below Above

IN A VAULT
UNDER THIS STONE
ARE DEPOSITED THE [REMAINS]
OF
Mrs. HENRIETTA BRADBRIDGE

253.   Stained Glass Window, South Wall of Nave

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FRANCES COBB WHO DIED JAN. 9th 1899 AGED 74

254.   Brass Plaque, South Wall of Nave

(Anchor)
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS HUMPHREY COBB, R. N.
ACTING SUB – LIEUTENANT, H. M. S. INVINCIBLE
KILLED IN ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND
MAY 31st 1916 AGED 19 YEARS

255.   Brass Plaque, Above the Latter

(Regimental Badge)
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM RALPH COBB, M. C.
CAPT. THE QUEEN'S OWN ROYAL WEST KENT REGT.
DIED OF WOUNDS IN FLANDERS
6th OCTOBER 1917 AGED 21 YEARS

256.   Brass Plaque, North Wall of North Aisle, Beneath Dedicated Stain Glass Window

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED
MEMORY OF HERBERT MANSFIELD COBB
BORN 23rd SEPTEMBER 1853 DIED 19th MARCH 1926
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY PARISHIONERS
AS A MARK OF AFFECTIONATE RESPECT
FOR ONE WHO WAS THE FRIEND OF ALL

257.   Chest Tomb, South Wall of Chancel, Set in Medieval Recess, Once the Tomb of Abbess de Hadlo

HERE RESTETH THE BODY OF MRS. ANN CORDEWELL
SOMETYME WIFE TO SAMUEL CORDEWELL & DAUGH
TER OF RICHARD MACHEN ESQ. WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE FIRST DAY OF JUNE AO. DNI. 1642 AND IN YE
XXVIII YEARE OF HER AGE SHE LEFT ISSUE ONE SONNE
AND TWO DAUGHTERS, LUKE, ANN AND MARY
"God graunte that thou who yet dost draw thy breath,
May'st doe as she did often thinck on death
They that do soe shall doubtlesse meete with blisse,
Thinck still on death thou ne'r wilt doe amisse"

Ann Cordewell's husband, Samuel Cordewell of Higham, Esquire, left a P.C.C. Will dated 7th December 1647
Although he desire to be buried in the chancel of Higham church, and provides £100 for his funeral, there appears that there was never a monument for him, in contrast to his wife. He holds by lease from the Crown, a farm at Higham, occupied by Francis Wakeland, this is left to his son Luke. He has purchased the Manor of Combe, in St. Mary Hoo and Allhallows, this property, after some legal complications, also goes to Luke. If Luke dies before the properties are conveyed to him, then the testator's brother Robert Cordewell, Gentleman, of London and Nathaniel Sikes, Citizen and Fish Monger of London, are to convey the properties to testator's daughters Anne May and Sarah Cordewell. Much of the will involves a marriage settlement with his wife Sarah; this required him to lay out £2,000 to purchase good quality land within a year of the marriage. He has not done this yet, so his executors will make the purchase and to settle it on Sarah. Another substantial part of the will is taken up with marriage settlements for when his daughters marry.
   He has a 40 year contract from the Crown to keep the lions and leopards in the Tower Of London, this contract goes to son Luke, if Luke dies pre 21, it goes to testator's brother Robert. He has usually given to the poor of Higham, 20s for every acre he has planted; he has planted 10 acres, called "Winters", so executors to pay £10 to use of the poor.
   He has also been giving 2s per week in bread to the poor, this is to cease, unless his son carries it on.
His wife gets all the contents of his house at Lambeth, except two hangings (tapestries?), of the story of "Sampson and Philistines" in the "matted" room and others in his bed chamber. His wife also has his favourite diamond ring and biggest necklace of pearls; she also has the £50 debt owed by Mistress March, upon bond. His house at Lambeth Marsh, leased to 1649, goes to his wife. Brother Robert is to have his shares in two ships named the "Hopeful Luke" and the "Valentine". To his sister Mary Cordewell, wife of Robert, £5 for a ring; to kinswoman, Constance Riccolls ?, "now beyond the seas", £100; to friend Mistress Whitteny ?, late wife of Mr Collins, now wife of Mr Whitteny, £100; to Mistress Sibell Lyne, £10; to Francis Cordewell and his wife £5 each to buy rings; to John Collins, who lives with brother Robert Cordewell, £20 to put him in a "good calling". He has a necklace of pearls and a ----- ? diamond ring enamelled with blue, which he had before his present marriage, and another diamond ring with several stones, which he wears, also two similar rings; these to his daughters Anne and Mary; they also get residue of personal estate and leases at 16 years or day of marriage. To servants with him at his death, 40s each.
   Witnesses: Robert Lloyd, Robert Chapman and Edward Hunt
   Proved 6th February 1647 (48)

258.   Brass Plaque, South Wall of Nave, Near Door

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
HIS FAITHFUL SERVANT
ROBERT DARTNALL
FOR 40 YEARS SEXTON
VERGER AND BELL RINGER
THE BELLS OF THIS CHURCH
WERE RESTORED BY HIS FRIENDS
MCMXIV
R.I.P.
(Robert Dartnall is Buried in the Churchyard)

259.   Ledger in Floor, Lady Chapel

IN MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN DILLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECR. 19Th 1777
AGED 46 YEARS
HERE ALSO ARE DEPOSITED
[THE] REMAINS OF HIS FATHER
MR. THOMAS DILLEY
WHO DIED JANY. 19Th 1750
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO MRS. ANN DILLEY RELICT OF
THE ABOVE MR. STEPHEN DILLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 30th [1798]
AGED 69 YEARS

Stephen Dilley of Strood, Yeoman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 27th December 1777
Desires to be buried in churchyard (sic) of Higham, as near to his father as possible ?
   He leaves the Parsonage of Higham, which he leases from St. John's College, Cambridge, to wife Ann for life; she is to keep in good repair and not rent out, if she does not want to occupy it, other than to nephew, William Dilley of Erith, Labourer, or in event of latter's death, to nephew, Thomas Dilley, late of Erith, Tallow Chandler. After wife's death, Parsonage to nephew William Dilley, during life of Mary, wife of John Millen of Darenth, Victualler; and until youngest child of late brother William and sister Elizabeth Sunner ?, are 21. This property is bequeathed subject to an annuity of £20 to Mary Millen for life. After Mary Millen's death and when youngest child of brother and sister are 21, then lease on the Parsonage to be sold by auction. From the proceeds, to Samuel Millen of Bromley, Peruke Maker and to Sarah Munn wife of William Munn of Darenth, Yeoman, £25 each.
   Residue of monies equally divided among children of his late brother and sister. Thomas Stevens , Brewer of Rochester is obliged to him by bond, dated 1st July 1774, in the sum of £600, half of this with interest, is due on a certain date, goesto nephew Stephen Sunner at 21 years, this not to be paid during minority. He relies on the credit and honesty of Thomas Stevens (Mayor of Rochester and builder of Gads Hill Place), to pay the £300 when due. In the meantime the interest to wife Ann; if Stephen Sunner dies pre 21, Ann also gets the £300.
   To nephews William Dilley and John Sunner, £5 each. All his freeholds, residue of leaseholds and personal estate, money and household goods, etc., to wife Ann; she is also executor.
   Witnesses: Francis Barron ?, Tooth Doves and John Sparks
   Proved 12th January 1778

FIELD see BRADBRIDGE

260.   Ledger, With Armorial Crest, Middle of Three under the Altar in the Chancel. 
                 ( Registrum Roffenses, 1769)

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
REV. MR. HENRY FOCHE
B.D. SOMETIME FELLOW OF
ST. JOHN'S COLL., CAMBRIDGE
AND VICAR OF THIS PARISH
DIED FEBRUARY 6th 1731-2
IN THE 89th YEAR OF HIS AGE

Henry Foche of Rochester, Vicar of Higham P.C.C. Will dated 18th March 1729/30
To sister Ann Foche, for ever, his forth part and other shares in property he holds in common with her and his brother John, in Brabourne, occupied by Thomas Gyles. Also to Ann, for ever, his shares in property in Staple, occupied by William Cock, held in common, as above. Also his share of property given to him by his aunt, Ann Foche in Deal and Sholden, occupied by Abraham Mummery and Peter Hayman . Residue of money, plate, household goods and personal effects, to his "honoured" mother, Elizabeth Foche, except £40, which he gives to brother John, and £50 to the poor of Higham. His mother is executor.
   Witnesses: M.S. Wheatley, J. Wheatley and Catherine Watts
   Proved 4th April 1732

261.   Ledger, In Chancel, Mostly Hidden by North Choir Stalls (Handbook of Higham)

RIC[HARDUS HARGREAVES A. M.]
ECC[LESIAE DE HIGHAM PER ANNOS XXXI]
VIC[ARIUS, COLLEGII JOHANNIS]
[APUD CANTABRIGIENSES]
[QUONDAM SOCIUS]
[DECESSIT NONIS SEPTEMBRIS A. D. MDCCCXXVII
[AETATIS LXIII]
[HIC QUOQUE REQUIESCAT]
[ALICIA]
[CONJUX EJUS DILECTA]
[MORTEM OBIIT ANNO SACRO MDCCCI]
[VIXIT ANNOS XL]

Richard Hargreaves of Strood, Vicar of Higham, P.C.C. Will dated 2nd September 1828
To housekeeper Sarah Barrett, "as a reward for her long and faithful service", an annuity of £140 for life; this from the interest of his investments in the Corporation of London, (Temple Bar and Snow Hill Bonds and Thames Navigation Bonds). To her brother James Irwin Barrett, "as a reward for his attention to me", an annuity of £20, for life.
   Household goods and furniture, etc., to Sarah Barrett. His horse chaise and harness to James Barrett. All his money, goods and personal estate to the Barretts.
   To his executors, the real estate he holds as mortgagee or trustee, as part of his personal estate.
   The Rev. James Wood, Dean of Ely and Master of St. John's College, Cambridge and John William Smith, Doctor of Physic, Rochester are executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Solicitor, Rochester, D. Eyre, Surgeon of The Strand and D. R. Lewis, Rochester.
   Proved 4th October 1828 Power reserved to Dr Smith

262.   Marble Tablet with Crest and Motto, North Wall of Chancel

"STUDY - QUIET"

D.O.M.
HIC JACET
IN CERTA RESURRECTIONIS SPE
FRANCISCUS HEAD, BARONETTUS
HUJUS PAROCHIAE
NATUS ROFFENSI
HERMITAGII CASTELLI
FUNDATOR AB IMO
NATUS 1694
DENATUS 1768

Sir Francis Head Baronet, P.C.C. Will dated 1st April 1768
The first part of the will is taken up by the matter of a marriage settlement dating from 1756, concerning the marriage of the testator's daughter Wilhelmina to Henry Roper. Part of the testator's property is held by Sir Edward Hales, of Canterbury and Thomas Tomlyn of Rochester, in order to raise money to augment the portion of his daughter Campbell Elizabeth Head, together with her share of two lots of £4,000, provided for the marriage settlements of his and his wife's (Dame Mary) daughters, in default of male children. Campbell has recently married the Rev. Dr. William Lill of St. James, Westminster. The sum of £2,333 6s 8d to be raised by the trustees as soon as possible after testator's death.
   The parties to the settlement of 1756 are as follows: Henry, Lord Teynham, and his heir, the Hon. Henry Roper, Wilhelmina his wife, eldest daughter of the testator,Edward Bridges of Wotton, Rev, Granville Wheeler , Vicar of Otterden, William Hammond of St. Alban's, (Kent), Rev. Richard Henry Roper of Panton St., Westminster (but now of [      ], Ireland), Moses Mendes of St. Paul, Covent Garden, Philip Dorell of Cadexill (sic), Kent, John Head, D.D. Of Canterbury, John Hawkins of Nash Court, Sir Edward Hales, Thomas Tomlyn, Thomas Barrett of Ickham, Edward Dering of Surrenden, and Edward Ventris of St. Clement Danes.
   All his real estate to Campbell Lill for ever. All house contents including pictures but excluding family pictures drawn by Andrea Solar?, and the picture of "Adam and Eve" over the chimney in the picture gallery at his mansion Hermitage. After the death of his widow, the above excluded pictures to always remain in his gallery at the Hermitage.
   To daughter Anne Gabriella wife of Hon. John Roper, £500. To the "most necessitous poor men and women of Higham", £50 to those most in need.
   Residue of personal estate to daughter Campbell. Daughter Anne is executor.
   Witnesses: Rev. Edward Taylor, John Cooke and Richard Lockett
   Proved 3rd February 1769

Notes in margins of will:
3rd July 1772
Will not administered by daughter, Anne Roper who has since died. Administration granted to daughter Campbell.

31st October 1820
Will not administered by Campbell, who is now dead. Administration granted to Charles Shadwell of Gray's Inn on behalf of Charles John Lawson of Surrey Lodge. In relation to Right Title and Interest of Lawson in fresh marsh in Bonnington and New Church in Romney Marsh, granted to Sir Francis for 550 years in an indenture dated 21st August 1731. Anne Roper's surviving executor has renounced probate.

HEAD see BRADBRIDGE

263.   Ledger, Chancel Floor, Mostly Hidden by South Choir Stalls (Handbook of Higham, 1882)

[BENEATH ARE DEP]OSITED
[THE REMAINS] OF
[CHRISTOP]HER
[SON OF]
[JOSEPH AND SUSANNA]H HINDLE
[WHO DIED 18th SEP]TEMBER
[1855]
[ALSO]
[JOSEPH HIND]LE B. D.
[LATE FELLOW OF ST. JOHN]'S COLLEGE
[CAMBRIDGE AND FOR] 45 YEARS
[VICAR OF THIS PA]RISH
[WHO DIED DEC. 2]3rd 1874
[IN THE 80th YEAR O]F HIS AGE

264.   Brass Plaque on Black Marble, South Wall of Chancel

IN MEMORY OF THE
REVEREND JOSEPH HINDLE
M.A., B.D.
FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
CAMBRIDGE
AND FOR FORTY FIVE YEARS
VICAR OF THIS PARISH
AN EARNEST SIMPLE CHRISTIAN
MINISTER HE PASSED TO REST
ON THE 23rd DECEMBER 1874
IN THE 80th YEAR OF HIS AGE

HINDLE see JACKSON

265.   Stained Glass Window, East Wall Chancel

TO THE GLORY OF GOD CHRISTOPHER HINDLE AND SUSANNAH HINDLE DIED DEC. 3rd 1844
AND IN MEMORY OF DAUGHTER OF JOSEPH AND SUSANNAH HINDLE

266.   Brass North Wall of Lady Chapel (In this Position in 1882)

"All those that for my soule doth pray,
To the Lord that died on Good Friday,
Graunte them and me by their petition,
Oft our offencis to have remishon,
Ye may perceive with in every age,
This lyffe is but a pilgrimage,
Toward hevyn this ys eternal,
Where God bringe us all Amen"
HERE LYETH ROBERT HYLTON LATE YEOMAN OF YE
GUARD WITH THE HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE OF MOST
FAMOUS MEMORY HENRY VIII YE WHICH
DEPARTED OUTE OF THIS PRESENT LYFFE THE III DAY
OF DECEMBER ANNO DNI MCCCCCXXIII

267.   Ledger, With Armorial Crest, in Chancel, Southern One of Three, Under Altar

HERE RESTETH WHATSOVER WAS MORTAL
OF WILLIAM INGLETT BATCHELOR IN DIVINITY
AND FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEDGE IN CAMBRIDGE
SYM TYME VICAR OF THE PARISH OF HIGHAM
(Rest Covered... from Handbook of Higham)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY 14th 1659
AND HERE ALSO RESTETH WITH HIM THE BODY
OF HENRY INGLETT HIS SON WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE 21st OF THE SAME MONETH
OF JANUARY IN THE
SECOND YEAR OF HIS AGE
"From Serving of Master Deare,
Death tooke me and hath layd me here,
Where sweetly sleeping I Repose,
Till sound of Trump my eyes Unclose"

268.   Marble Tablet, South Wall of Chancel

IN MEMORY OF
RICHARD BURN JACKSON
LATE
OR GRAY'S INN
SOLICITOR
WHO DIED 14th NOV. 1841
AGED 44 YEARS

269.   Ledger, Chancel Floor (First Name from Handbook of Higham)

BENEATH ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF
[R. B. JACKSON WHO DIE]D
14th NOVEMBER 18[41]
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO SUSANNAH DAUGHTER OF
JOSEPH AND SUSANNAH HINDLE
[AND] NIECE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 3rd DECEMBER 18[44]
AGED 4 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS AND ELIZABETH HINDLE
AND COUSIN OF THE ABOVE SUSANNAH
WHO DIED THE 25th APRIL 1846
AGED 29 YEARS
CHRISTOPHER HINDLE LATE OF
HIG[HE]R CROFT NEAR BLACKBURN
LANCASHIRE UNCLE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 20th FEBRUARY 1847
AGED 70 YEARS
SUSANNAH WIFE OF
JOSEPH HINDLE VICAR OF THIS
PARISH WHO DIED 16th MARCH
A. D. 1855 AGED 53 YEARS
GEORGINA MAUD ROSHER
DAUGHTER OF GEORGE & MARY ROSHER
AND GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
SUSANNAH HINDLE
WHO DIED 27th JULY 1868
[AGED 6 ] MONTHS

Richard Burn Jackson, of Gray's Inn, Gentleman P.C.C. Will dated 29th May 1840
From 1832 to the present he has spent a great deal of happy time each year with his brother Rev. David Jackson, to whom he gives his share of their late father's property, which on the death of their mother, is to be divided among her children. He also gives him his gold watch, seal and chain, also a razor case and contents, marked "R. B. Jackson"; a stone snuff box set in silver which David gave to him some years ago. Residue of personal estate (except £200) divided into three equal parts, third to sister Susannah, third to brother David . Brother and brother in law, James Pennington are executors; to brother £100 (part of the £200), the other £100 to sister Mary.
   Witnesses: Thomas Griffith , Steward of Gray's Inn and Robert Dennison , Steward's Office, Gray's Inn.

Codicil dated 30th April 1841
   He and brother are trustees of marriage settlement on marriage of sister Mary and James Pennington. Trust monies have been advanced from time to time to Pennington. Brother understood that he would be indemnified from consequences of these advances. Executors are to investigate the accounts under the trust; this is to be assessed by counsel who will draw up a deed and get trust in order. A new trustee will be needed when testator dies and any shortfall made up from the remainder of his personal estate.
   Witnesses: George Stratton, Clerk to Mr Shadwell, Gray's Inn, Solicitor and Frederick Stratton, Clerk to Mr Jackson
   Proved 24th December 1841

Christopher Hindle
of Higher Croft, Lower Darwen, Lancashire, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 23rd January 1844
   To each of his servants with at death, a suit of mourning. To each of his partners, Messrs. Morton Bond and William Bous, a mourning ring in remembrance of him and as a token of his respect for them. To Ann Charnley, his god daughter, 5gns. To brother John an annuity of £40 for life; after John's death, the fund for this annuity to his personal estate. To brother Joseph (Vicar of Higham) and Lawrence Charnley of Blackburn, Cotton Manufacturer, £2,000 in trust, to invest in public funds. They are to pay the interest of £1,000 of this to his niece Elizabeth Hindle for life. Interest from the other £1,000 to be paid to niece Eleanor Hindle for life.
His half share of freehold cottages near the top of Brandy House Brow, Blackburn (brother Joseph owns the other half), to servant Nicholas Briggs for life. He desires his brother Joseph to give Briggs the other half of the property; if Joseph does not comply with this, executors to pay Briggs a sum equal to the rent of the half owned by Joseph, from his personal estate. To brother Joseph, a large china bowl received from late Dr Barlow, for life; after his death, to his eldest son. His freehold, copyhold and leaseholds, farming stock, horses, carriages, farm implements, household goods and furniture, in his mansion at Higher Croft, and residue of personal estate, to brother Joseph for ever. To Joseph Hindle and Lawrence Charnley, all property he holds as mortgagee or trustee, subject to trusts.
   Witnesses: Henry Kenyon, Solicitor, Blackburn and H.W. Tattersall
   Proved at Chester 21st June 1847
   Proved at London 11th April 1848 Power reserved to Lawrence Charnley

270.   Ledger, In Chancel, All but Top Line Hidden by Organ (Handbook of Higham)

IN MEMORY OF
[GEORGE LAKE, LATE OF OAKLEY]
[IN THIS PARISH]
[WHO DIED 26th FEBRUARY 1863]
[AGED 72 YEARS]

George Lake at time of the 1851 Census, a Farmer at Great Oakley; 1,100 acres, employing 30 men. Born at Bapchild

271.   Brass Plaque, Formerly under Window South Wall of Chancel, Not Seen (Handbook of Higham)

TO THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF
GEORGE LAKE
WHO DIED FEBY. 26Th 1863
THIS WINDOW WAS RESTORED AND STAINED GLASS INSERTED

272.   Brass Plaque, South Wall of Chancel

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PERCY URWICK LASBREY M.A.,
VICAR OF THIS PARISH 1927 – 31
DIED 1st OCT. 1931 AGED 64 YEARS
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY
HIS WIDOW AND CHILDREN
"Prosper thou our Handy Work"

273.   Marble with Crest, South Wall of Chancel above Cordewell

SAMUEL LEVINGE ESQ.,
A BARRISTER OF THE INNER TEMPLE
GRANDSON OF SAMUEL CORDENELL (sic)
LATE OF THIS PARISH ESQ.,
DIE 20th NOV. 1748
AGED 82 YEARS

Samuel Levinge, of the Inner Temple, P.C.C. Will dated 2nd April 1747
To cousin Elizabeth Levinge, all personal estate at Higham, including household furniture and live and dead stock, "in and about my farm there". To cousin Widow Wood, £4 per annum, for life. To Frances Moor, £10, and to cousins Mary Martin and Widow Cole, £20 each. To the then child, "to whom I and Mrs Philip Duncombe stood God Father and Mother, about twenty six years ago", if now alive, £20 and her God Mother's silver snuff box. To all nephews and nieces of Philip Duncombe, £5 each. To cousin Francis Levinge, £10, and to cousin Richard Waringe, all his law books and great gold ring, with small diamonds. To poor of Higham, to be distributed as Elizabeth Levinge thinks fit as most in need, £5. To the three daughters of cousin Thomas Levinge of Shepey, £5 each.
   To cousin Elizabeth Levinge, all his properties in Kent and Sussex and residue of personal estate; she is executor.
   Witnesses: John Walmsley, Thomas Bedall and Clifford Read
   Proved 22nd November 1748

274.   Brass Plaque, Formerly in North Aisle ? (From Registrum Roffenses)

HERE LYE THE BODIES
OF THREE CHILDREN OF
R. MACHEN ESQ.,
TWO SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER
WHO SEVERALLY DIED IN
THE TRACT OF THREE YEARS
1619

MACHEN see CORDEWELL

275.   Medieval Stone on Floor of North Aisle, Near Recess, Not Seen, Under Pews?
               (Handbook of Higham)

VLLYEM LEMARY [     ] ME EIT MERCI. AMEN

MERCER see PREBBLE

276.   Black Ledger, in Lady Chapel? Not Seen (Registrum Roffenses)

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
ELIZA PARKER
THE WIFE OF
ROBERT PARKER
OF SHINGLEWELL
WHO LEFT ONLY TWO SONS
RICHARD AND ROBERT PARKER
AND BEING OF THE AGE OF
53 YEARS AND ODD MONTHS
DEPARTED THIS LIFE AND WAS BURIED
THE 14th DAY OF JANUARY ANNO DOMINI 1670

277.   Black Ledger, with Armorial Crest, Northern One of Three Under Altar (Registrum Roffenses)

IN MEMORY OF THE
REV. RICHARD PEARSON
WHO HAVING LIVED 44 YEARS
VICAR OF THIS PARISH
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 14th DAY OF APRIL 1710
IN THE 68th YEAR OF HIS AGE

Richard Pearson, of Shorne, Vicar of Higham, P.C.C. Will dated 16th May 1709
To nephew Richard Pearson of Trinity College, Cambridge, for ever, his houses and lands in Colne in Huntingdonshire; also his nine houses ? in Sutton in the Isle of Ely, upon condition (the preceding lines seem to have been crossed through, although there is no note to that effect), that he pays testator's wife, Mary an annuity of £10 for life. This is in lieu of any claim she may have on his freehold estate. To sister Frances Bletsoe, for life, his house, with household goods, and land at Shorne, purchased from Mr Anthony Fryer, where he now lives; after her death, then to niece Elizabeth Pearson, for ever. Also to the latter, a Bond of £50 owed to him by Mr Richard Buttenshaw of Cobham.
   To John Fuller, son of sister Fuller, deceased, 20s and the Bond which his mother owed. To John Pecke and wife Anne, 20s and what rent the testator was owed. To Mary Crispe, Jane Vincent and Elizabeth Carington, £6 each. To Elizabeth Winner ?, sister Steven's daughter, £20; to sister Duncomber and Charles Vavazor, £20 each; to John Vavazor of Rochester, £15, three months after the end of his apprenticeship. To the "poorer sort" of housekeeper in Higham, £3 shared among them. 20s to poor of Shorne and poor of Colne. 10s each to his "menial servants". To Mr Green of Cliffe, Mr Turner of Halstoe, Mr Gibson of Frindsbury and Mr Thornton of Luddesdown, a guinea or a guinea ring. His Willingham lease and lease of Higham to brother Rev. John Pearson of Shelley, Essex, on condition that if testator's wife Mary pays, within a year after his death, brother John £300 for the reversion and inheritance of house and land at Hilton, purchased from Mr Robert Earle, so he can pay legacies. Brother John or his son John, if brother dies, should after receiving the £300 , surrender the title of the Hilton property to testator's wife, for ever.
   If the £300 is paid his wife to have extra annuity of £10; she is to have use of household goods, "now with her at Hilton", as long as she lives there. After her death to nieces Frances and Mary Pearson. Brother John to have rents from Higham for five years, after testator's death in order to raise £50 each for his three daughters, Sarah, Frances and Mary; after five years his son John of London,Baker, to have the Higham lease, for ever. He is to pay annuity to his mother.
   Residue to brother John of Shelley, on condition that he pays all testator's debts, legacies, annuities, etc. Brother John is executor
   Witnesses: J. Baynard, Thomas Tomlin and Ellin Tomlin

Two Codicils, both date 16th March 1709, neither witnessed.

Codicil A:
To Mr Robertson of Chalk, one guinea; to sister Bletsoe, £10; to sister Duncombe's three daughters, £10 each.

Codicil B: 
Revokes gift of house and land in Colne and Sutton to Richard Pearson; this now to brother John, to enable to better pay debts and legacies. He can sell properties and to pay testator's widow annuity of £10.

Affidavit dated 5th May 1710
   Thomas Bristowe of Allhallows, Bread Street, City of London, Grocer aged 46, and George Wright of St. Michael, Crooked Lane, Turner, aged 36, are sworn. They have known the testator, respectively for 8 and 20 years, and are well acquainted with Pearson's handwriting. They have examined codicils and they are sure they are in testator's hand.
   Proved 14th May 1710

278.   Ledger in Lady Chapel, Partly Obscured by Organ

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
JOHN PREBBLE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 19th 1811 (sic)
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 4th 1822
AGED 74 YEARS
CHRISTOPHER PREBBLE
ESQRE.
BORN 1791 DIED 1873
AGED 82 YEARS
FRANCES MARIA MERCER
DAUGHTER OF
JOHN PREBBLE ESQ.
WIDOW OF COLONEL E.S. MERCER
COLONEL COMMANDANT R. M.
[BORN] A.D. 1788 DIED A.D. 1879
[AT] PECKHAM, NEAR LONDON
SHE LIES IN THIS VAULT
ALSO THE BODY OF
[BENJA]MIN WINKWORTH GRANDSON
[OF THE] ABOVE NAMED JOHN PREBBLE
[WHO DE]PARTED THIS LIFE JAN. 23rd 1813
[AGE]D 7 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS

279.   Marble Tablet, (Made by Brown of Plymouth), East Wall of Lady Chapel

TO
THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
JOHN PREBBLE, GENT.
OF HIGHAM ABBEY AND SHORNE IN THIS COUNTY
OBIT DEC. 19th 1812 AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO OF ANN HIS RELICT
OBIT OCT. 4th 1822 AGED 74 YEARS
WHO LIES INTERRED IN A VAULT NEAR THIS PLACE
THIS STONE IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY THEIR CHILDREN
ALSO MARY TOWNSEND FIRST WIFE OF THE ABOVE
OBIT 25th SEPT. 1775 AGED 29 YEARS
AND RICHARD HER SON
OBIT 20th JAN. 1821 AGED [46] YEARS
ALSO BENJAMIN WINKWORTH GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
OBIT 23rd JANY. 1813 AGED 7 YEARS

John Prebble, of Shorne, Esquire, P.C.C. Will dated 7th February 1811
Desires to be buried at Higham.To wife Ann the use of all his furniture and household goods, for life. After her death, to son Christopher at 24 years; if he dies before then, equally between his three daughters, Mary Ann Winkworth, Frances Maria and Elizabeth Prebble. To son Richard, for life, an annuity of £120, on condition that he releases to executors any rights he has in will of Letitia Akers of Strood, Widow, his great aunt, late of Milton, next Gravesend, dated 6th July 1776, to money retained by testator, on his account, from lands at Cliffe and Higham. His annuity is chargeable on these properties. If son Richard attempts to sell the annuity it will be void and goes into personal estate.
   To daughters Frances and Elizabeth, £2,000 each at 21 or marriage (with mother's and executors consent). To daughter Mary Ann Winkworth, £1,000 plus annuity of £100, until son Christopher is 28, then she is to have interest from £3,000 chargeable on his real estate, for life. After her death, the £3,000to her children, equally at 21 years. If there are no surviving children or grandchildren, then to testator's children. Also to Frances Maria, interest on additional sum of £2,000 for life from real estate; after her death, then as above. To daughter Letitia Fenner, wife of Joseph of Long Lane, Southwark, Tanner, £1,000; if she dies within three years of father's death then the £1,000 as she directs in her will, in default then to be shared equally among her children. Also to Letitia, interest of another £1,000 until her children are 21.
   To son John, £50; to friends Philip Boghurst of Frindsbury, Gentleman and James Taggart of Chislehurst, Esquire, (two of his trustees and executors), £50 each. To his wife's sister, , Mrs Parker £50; to Mrs Parker, Mr and Mrs Boghurst and Mr Taggart, 2 guineas each for mourning rings. He has provided for son Thomas beyond any legacy to his siblings, so he gets £50. His freehold and leasehold properties and farms in Cliffe, Frindsbury, Higham, Halstow, St. Mary and Shorne and all other real estate and residue of money, live and dead stock , crops and personal estate, to Philip Boghurst, James Taggart, Christopher Prebble and wife Ann, upon trust, to carry on farming and grazing business and pay annuity of £300 to wife Ann. He gives Ann £200; son Christopher has annuity of £100 until he is 24, this is compensation for managing business; he is to allow mother £50 per annum for his board and lodging.
   Surplus money to be invested in Public Funds. Any other property not in his occupation or otherwise dealt with to be sold, proceeds for legacies. Residue of personal estate to Christopher at 24; if he dies before then, shared equally among his other children and children of son John at 24.
   Trustees can renew leases from St. John's College, Cambridge or elsewhere.
   Christopher and wife Ann additional Trustees and Executors.
   Witnesses: H. Judkin, Clifford's Inn, John Pool his Clerk and Joseph Groom, Bouverie Street.

Codicil dated 1st September 1812
   Has given son Richard annuity of £120, now gives £135, charged on woods and plantations and Blue House Farm, occupied by son Thomas. Legacies to three daughters charged on real and personal estate, revoked.
   To daughter May Ann Winkworth, £2,000 and interest on £4,000; to daughter Letitia, £1,000 and interest on £4,000; to daughters Frances and Elizabeth, £2,000 and interest on £4,000. After their deaths the sums of £4,000 shared among their children. To son John £1,500 and £2,500.
   Witnesses; D.B. Lewis, Rochester, J. Cooper of Chalk and S, Botting, Servant to Mr Prebble

Codicil dated 15th November 1812
   Wife has been given annuity of £300, if she remarries this will cease. Daughter Letitia was given £1,000, this to be paid 3 years after his death. His personal estate as well as real to be charged with legacies.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, William Bilboe and Sarah Botting
   Proved 22nd February 1813

280.   Marble Tablet, Above Latter

IN MEMORY OF
CHRISTOPHER PREBBLE ESQ.,
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON THE 13th OF OCTOBER 1873 AGED 82
ALSO OF LOUISA HIS WIFE
WHO DIED ON THE 12th NOV. 1866
AND JOHN LOUIS SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS DROWNED AT SEA
ON THE 24th OF AUGUST 1873

ROSHER see JACKSON

281.   Oval Marble Plaque in Porch, Above Door

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH
WIFE OF MR. WILLIAM SLAUGHTER WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 16th JANUARY 1803 AGED 48 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE MR. WILLIAM SLAUGHTER WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
13th SEPTEMBER 1813 AGED 60 YEARS
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE AND WIFE OF
MR. MICHAEL WOOLLETT OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 9th DECEMBER 1830 AGED 40
ALSO WILLIAM AND JOHN WOOLLETT TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN

William Slaughter, of Higham, Farmer P.C.C. Will dated 10th April 1813
Richard Knight of Westley Court, Cliffe, Gentleman is executor. To daughter Elizabeth, wife of Michael Woollett of Higham, Miller, £500.
   To his executor as a small token of friendship, £10. Residue of all estate to son John at 21 years; if he dies before then with no heirs then to daughter, Elizabeth.
   Witnesses; George Telfer and J. Simmons of Rochester
   Proved 21st October 1813

282.   Ledger in Lady Chapel

IN MEMORY OF
MARY ANN DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND MARY ANN
STUNT
OF THIS PARISH DIED MAY 2nd
1833 AGED 12 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM STUNT
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 10th 1842
AGED 57
ALSO MARY ANN STUNT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 28th 1861
AGED 73

William Stunt, of Higham, Gentleman P.C.C. Will dated 11th March 1825
All his real and personal estate to wife Mary Ann; she and her brothers, John and William Henry Fellowes are executors.
   Witnesses: James Simmons, Solicitor, of Rochester, Charles May Simmons and J. Mould, Clerks to Mr Simmons.

Codicil dated 9th August 1842
   John Fellowes is replaced as executor by testator's brother, John Stunt of Gillingham.
   Witnesses: Thomas Bentley, R. H. Beaumont and E. Edwards

Affidavit dated 8th November 1842
   Thomas Bentley of Hermitage, Esquire is sworn. He was a witness to the codicil and confirms testator signed it in his presence, and that of Beaumont and Edwards, and that they all signed it in testator's presence.
   Proved 10th November 1842. Power reserved to Mary Ann Stunt

283.   Ledger, Next to Latter

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SON OF
WILLIAM AND MARY ANN
STUNT
WHO DIED AUGUST 28th 1843
AGED 24 YEARS

TOWNSEND see PREBBLE

284.   Ledger, In Chancel,Completely Hidden under North Choir Stalls (Handbook of Higham)

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF THOMAS WARREN, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 3rd
OF OCTOBER 1650 LEAVING KATHERINE
HIS WIFE AND ONE SONNE, NAMELY JOHN WARREN
"His soule we hope that is in
Heaven Blest, His body in the
Earth a while must rest,
Which shall again be raysed
out of the dust, at the
Resurrection of the Just"
HERE LIES ALSO JOHN
WARREN SON OF THE
ABOVE SD.THOMAS AND KATH. WAN.
OBIIT JUNE 23rd 1699 ANNO AETAT 59

Thomas Warren, of Higham, Yeoman, P.C.C. Will dated 28th September 1650
To poor of Higham, 20s; to poor of Strood, 40s. To his "beloved mother", an annuity of 40s for life. To son John £400 at 21. His executor (his wife) is to have use of the £400 during widowhood, for John's education, etc. If she remarries before John is 21, she must hand money to Overseer of will, for John's advantage. To the child his wife is now expecting, £100 at 21. To Elizabeth Warren daughter of John Warren and James Warren son of William Warren, £10 each at 24. To Robert and Parnall Warren two more of William Warren's children, £5 each at 24. If both die before then, their shares to their brother John at 24. To his four brothers, Nicholas, Hamlett, Robert and Edward, 10s each. To sister Baynard, 5s. Residue to his wife, Katherine, who is executor. To aunt Warren for her pains and care with him, £5. His father Loft, Hamblett Warren and Robert Warren are Overseers of will.
   Witnesses: Edmund Ellis, Edward Loft and William English
   Proved 6th November 1650

285.   Stained Glass Window, South Wall of Nave, West End, (See Churchyard)

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING ROSINA, JEMIMA, ALFRED, GEORGE, JAMES, EDWARD
MEMORY OF THOMAS WILLIAM WHITEBREAD ELLEN, RUTH, AND HER HUSBAND FRANK BLAKE
AND JEMIMA HIS WIFE AND THEIR CHILDREN ROSINA, HELEN

There is a text accompanying it, but the actual inscription is missing. I think it would be appropriate to add it.
   "To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Thomas William Whitebread and Jemima his wife and their children Rosina Jemima, Alfred George, James Edward, Ellen Ruth and her husband Frank Blake, also niece and god-child Rosina Helen. erected 1935"
   The current text gives the impression that the window was erected for Ellen Ruth Blake and her husband Frank, even though it is largely for the Whitebread family. The window was commissioned by Ellen Ruth Blake, even though she is included in the inscription. Interestingly, the original version of the window did not include the name 'Whitebread' (it read 'in loving memory of Thomas William and Jemima his wife'). This was corrected, possibly while being erected, which is why the framing passes through the names 'William' and 'Jemima', whereas in the original design the framing did not bisect any of the words.
   Also interesting is the fact that Ellen Ruth's eldest brother Thomas William Whitebread (d.1896 and the father of Rosina Helen) was not included on the inscription. We assume this was because there was some sort of 'falling-out' between the two families, possibly over the upbringing of Rosina Helen, but I don't think anyone knows for certain. Contributed by Steven Whitbread 5th November 2015

WINKWORTH see PREBBLE

WOOLLETT see SLAUGHTER

286.   Marble Tablet, North Wall, North Aisle, (Made by Geere of Rochester)

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS YOUENS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED FEBRUARY 18th 1865
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO
OF
MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 27th 1855
AGED 73 YEARS
(Buried in Churchyard)

287.   War Memorials on North Wall of North Aisle   Brass Plaque

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS PARISH WHO DIED IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918

F. J. BLACKMAN 
F. A. BOSWORTH M.M,M.M.FR.
H. E. CHARLTON 
H. CHILMAID 
H. G. CLARE 
T. H. COBB 
W. R. COBB 
H. COOPER 
H. CRUNDWELL 
S. CRUNDWELL 
H. W. DRAY 
H. E. E. EASDOWN 
R. G. C. EDWARDS 
A. E. FLINTHAM 
A. FREEMAN 
H. GERMAINE 
H. B. HINDLE 
J. HOWE 
F. IRONMONGER 
I. IRONMONGER 
G. LEVISON 
A. O' GRADY 
W. PALMER 
A. W. H. PEACOCK 
J. PRATT 
R. J. ROSE 
N. A. ROSE 
E. T. TRICE 
H. E. TRICE 
C. E. WEEKES 
E. W. A. WILMSHURST 
F. W. WINGHAM 
H. WRIGHT 
T. E. WOTTON 

R. N.
R.F.A.
K.R.R.
R.F.A.
K.R.R.
R.N.
M.C. R.W.K.
R.W.K.
QUEEN'S
QUEEN'S
BUFFS
R.G.A.
R.N.
R.N.
R.N.
R.E. LAB. BTN.
R.F.A.
NORTHANTS.
QUEEN'S
R.W.K.
R.W.K.
R.W.K.
MIDDLESEX
R.G.A.
CANADIANS
ROYAL SUSSEX
R.E.
CANADIANS
HAMPSHIRE
R.F.A.
LONDON I.R.
R.I.R.
BUFFS
R.G.A.

288.   Framed Paper, North Wall, North Aisle

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
THOSE OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND IN THE
CAUSE OF FREEDOM IN THE SECOND
WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945
"Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori"
J. ACOTT 
G. BATCHELOR 
W. COLEMAN
W. CHILMAID
A. CLARE 
L. GILHAM 
C. HODGES 
J. KENWORTHY
F. MARSH
R. OSBOURNE
A. POPE
F. PERKINS
E. ROBERTS
H. SKINNER
H. WARD

Index of Names - from gravestones only

Names Index
ACOTT  288
ADAMS 1
ALLEN 2
ANDERSON 3
ASHLEY 4
AYERS 5

BAKER 6
BARNES 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
BARN(E)S 12
BATCHELOR  288
BENTLEY 3, 249
BLACKMAN 13-15, 287
BLAKE 285
BOGHURST 16
BOSWORTH 287
BOTELER 250
BOTTING 17
BRADBRIDGE 251, 252
BROOKER 18-21, 175
BROWNING 23
BUDDEN 24
BURBIDGE 172
BURROW 25
BUTCHER 26
BUTLER 27

CALDER 28
CANTRELL 2
CARPENTER 29
CHAPMAN 30
CHARLTON  287
CHEESEMAN 31
CHILMAID 287, 288
CLARE 32, 33, 287, 288
CLARK 34, 35, 36
COBB 37, 38, 39, 40,
   253-256, 287
CODD 41
COLEMAN 288
COLLINS 42, 43
COOPER 153, 287
CORDENELL 273
CORDEWELL 256
CRADOCK 44, 45
CRAYFORD, 250
CRITTENDEN 46-49
CRUNDWELL 50, 287
CULLEN 51
CUTTRESS 52

DANIELS 53
DARTNALL 258
DARTNALL 54, 55, 56
DAVIS 57
DAY 58
DE MICHELE 145
DILLEY 259
DRAY   287
DUNFORD 59

EARL 60
EASDOWN 61- 64, 287
EDMEADES 65,
EDMONDS 66, 67
EDWARDS   287
ELLIOTT 68
EVERETT 69
EVES 70

FARRINGTON 71
FIELD 251
FISHER 55
FLINTHAM 72, 287
FOCHE 260
FOSTER 73
FREEMAN   287
FRENCH 74-80
FULLER 81, 82, 83

GASKELL 84
GATES 85
GEORGE 86
GERMAINE   287
GIBBS 87
GILHAM  288
GLOVER 134
GODDEN 88
GOODING 89
GOODSELL 218
GOORD 90
GOWER 91
GRADY   287
GRAY 92
GREENFIELD 93

HALL 94
HARGREAVES 261
HARRALL 95
HATCH 96
HAWKINS 97
HEAD 98, 251, 262
HEARLE 99
HEARN 100, 101
HEATH 102
HEWITT 103
HICKMAN 104
HINDLE 105, 263-265, 269,
   287
HODGES 288
HOLLANDS 106, 107, 108/
HOMPSTEAD 109, 110, 111
HOPE 112
HOSKINS 113
HOWE 114, 287
HULBERT 115
HUMPHREY 116
HURDEE 117
HYLTON 266

IDE 118
INGLETT 267
INMAN 119
IRONMONGER 107, 287

JACKSON 268, 269
JAMSON 120
JEEVES 55
JOHNSON 121
JONES 122

KENWORTHY 288
KERR 28
KEY 123


LAKE 39,124,125,270,271
LANE 126
LASBREY 127, 272
LASCELLES 128
LATHAM 129
LATTER 130, 131
LEMARY 275
LEVINGE 273
LEVISON 132, 287
LINDRIDGE 133
LONG 134
LUCKHURST 135

MACHEN 274
MACKAY 136
MANSFIELD 38, 40, 256
MARSH 288
MARTIN 18, 137-140
MASTERS 141
McGRATH 146
MERCER 85, 278
MERRICKS 142
MERRIKIN 143
MILTON 146
MISKIN 147
DE MITCHELL 145
MICHELE 148
MORTLEY 149
MORTON 24
MUNDY 150

NASH 142, 151-157
NETTLEINGHAM 158
NEWMAN 159
NOURSE 160

OFFEN 161
OGDEN 162
OSBOURNE 288

PACKMAN 163
PALMER 164, 287
PANGBOURNE 165
PARAMOR 155
PARKER 276
PATTINSON 224
PEACOCK 287
PEARCE 21
PEARSON 277
PENTECOST 166
PERKINS 288
POPE 167
POPE 288
PORTER 168
PRATT 
PREBBLE 169, 278, 279, 280
PRICE 172
PRINCE 173
PUCKETT 174
PULTENAY 128

RAYFIELD 175
ROBERTS 176, 288
ROSE 177, 287
ROSHER 178
ROSHER 269
RUSSELL 79

SANGSTER 179
SAUNDERS 9, 180
SAVAGE 152, 181
SHEPHERD 182
SIMMONDS 183
SKINNER 288
SLAUGHTER 184, 281
SMITH 185-192
SMOOKER 193
SPARROW 72
STAINES 65, 194-197
STEDMAN 199
STEELE 198
STEPHENS 200, 201
STOCKER 218
STONEHAM 202
STUNT 203, 282, 283
SUTTON 204

TADMAN 205
TAYLOR 160, 206, 207, 208
THOMPSON 209
THORBURN 210
TOMLIN 211, 212, 213, 214
TOWNSEND 169, 170, 171,
   215
TREE 216
TRICE  287
TRIGG 217
TROOD 218
TURNER 219
TWITCHEN 220
TYLER 221

URWICK 127
URWICK 272

VENN 222
VIDLER 223

WADE 224, 224a
WALKER 225
WARD 288
WARDLE 34
WARLTERS 226
WARREN 284
WEBB 227
WEBSTER 102
WEEKES  287
WELLINGS 228
WELLS 229, 230
WHITE 18
WHITEBREAD 231-235,285
WIGGLESWORTH 236
WILLIAMS 237, 238
WILMSHURST 287
WINCH 239
WINGHAM 287
WINKWORTH 278, 279
WOODBINE 240
WOODBURY 183
WOOLARD 17
WOOLLETT 241, 281
WOTTON 287
WREN 242
WRIGHT 243-246, 287

YOUENS 118
YOUENS 247, 248, 286

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