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Monumental Inscriptions of St Werburgh Church, Hoo - recorded by D. E. Williams August 2011

Section C   is the area south of the church.

57.  "Boulder" Type, Cross Gone

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
AMY ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES ALLEN
WHO DIED JULY 8th 1894
AGED 35 YEARS

 

58.   Detached Headstone (lying on Goord Grave)

TO
THE MEMORY OF
PHILADELPHIA
DAUGHTER OF RICHARD
AND SARAH BALLARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE 26th 1812
AGED 2 YEARS AND 1 MONTH
ALSO RICHARD BALLARD
(Rest Gone)

 

59.   Headstone

IN
LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF
ROBINA
WIDOW OF THE LATE
RICHARD BALLARD
OF M[ILL] HOUSE IN THIS PARISH
BORN JANUARY 10th ? 1819 ?
DIED AUGUST 3rd ? 1895
ALSO
RICHARD BALLARD
(Rest Gone)

Richard Ballard was the Hoo Miller, (1855 Post Office Directory). Robina was the Miller by 1882, (Kelly's Directory)

BALLARD see GOORD

60.   Headstone, Extremely Eroded,( leaning against Yew)

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
[EDWA]RD ? BELL
[WHO DEPARTED] THIS LIFE
[ APRIL] [   ] [1863] [AGED] 60 YEARS
[   ]
[    ] BELL
[    ]
[ WHO DEPARTED] THIS LIFE
[   ] 12 YEARS ?
[    ]
[    ] BELL

Edward Bell was a Farm Bailiff, (1861 Census)

61.   Headstone

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM BLACKMAN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MAY 9th 1911
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO MATILDA BLACKMAN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 4th 1924
AGED 75 YEARS
"At Rest"

William Blackman was a Market Gardener, (1909 Kelly's Directory)

62.   Headstone, (Steep Angle)

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN CHESTER
WHO DIED AUGT. 31St 1867 AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO STEPHEN
BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBY. 16Th 1881 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE ABOVE
CHARLES
WHO DIED APRIL 22nd 1861 AGED 9 YEARS
ANN
WHO DIED JUNE 13th 1867 AGED 21 YEARS
MARY
WHO DIED JULY 29th 1868 AGED 20 YEARS
LUCY
WHO DIED JULY 1st 1870 AGED 12 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH
BELOVED WIFE OF C. HORNUNG
WHO DIED AT SAN FRANCISCO
[   ] 1883 ? AGED 32 YEARS
[   ]
[   ] SARAH ?
[ ]
[   ] HORNUNG
[SAN] FRANCISCO
(Rest Buried)

Stephen Chester, of Everist's Farm Cottages, was a Farm Bailiff

63.   Broken Headstone, Detached

IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF
MARY ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
HENRY COLLINS
[WHO] DIED APRIL 13th [1882]
AGED 55 YEARS
(Long Verse, Half Gone)

 

64.   Broken Headstone

HE[NRY] [COLLI]NS
DIED FEBRUARY 25th 1910
AGED 90 YEARS
"At Rest"
ALSO CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE
HARRIET DIED NOVEMBER 12th 1869
AGED 12 YEARS
NETHANIEL DIED MAY 5th 1860
AGED 2 YEARS
THOMAS DIED SEPTEMBER 7th 1867 ?
AGED 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS
GEORGE DIED DECEMBER 14th 1862 ?
AGED 3 ? WEEKS

Henry Collins, of Brickfields Thatched Cottages, was an Agricultural Labourer, (1881 Census)

65.   Double Headstone


MARY, 1st WIFE OF ROBERT DANIEL,
& RIGHT, ELIZABETH HIS SISTER

HERE LIETH THE BODY HERE
OF MARY WIFE OF
ROB. DANIEL
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEP.
THIS LIFE JUNE YE 14th 1751
IN THE 22nd YEAR OF
HER AGE
ALSO LIETH THE
BODY OF
ELIZABETH
THE SISTER OF
ROB. DANIEL
WHO DIED MAY YE [ ]
1751 AGED 22 YEARS

66.   Headstone


MARTHA DANIEL

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF MARTHA
THE DAUGHTER OF ROBERT & ANN DANIEL
SHE DIED THE [   ] OF NOVEMBER 1771
AGED 7 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
"Stop, Stranger and [   ] the [   ],
Our Dear Child that lies interred here,
Her Merits, Promise and Temperament were
A Pleasure given ? to all that did her know,
But O her Soul took wings to Heaven above,
And left us here in grief to weep [ ],
[   ] state and palaces must all decay ,
The narrow [   ]ings of a grave to pray,
[   ] the light and gilded [   ],
[   ] the darksome tomb [   ],
[   ] only [   ] at [   ]
[ to ]
[    ]"

 

67.   Headstone

[SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF]
ANNE DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT AND ANN DANIEL
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
THE [ ] OF NOVEMBER 176[4]
AGED [ ] YEARS & [ ] MONTHS

 

68.   Headstone


ROBERT AND ANN DANIEL

IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT DANIEL AND ANN HIS WIFE
HE DIED 2nd ? DECEMBER 1786 AGED 72 YEARS
SHE DIED JULY 21st 1785 AGED 60 YEARS

Robert Daniel was, at death, a Gentleman of Rochester. His Will is dated 1st April 1780.
   He desires to be "decently buried in my vault (sic) or burying place in the churchyard of the parish of Saint Warburgh, otherwise Hoo"
   He appoints "good friends" Rev. Nicholas Brown of St. Margaret's, Rochester, Phillip Boghurst the Younger, of Frindsbury, Gentleman and William Jackson of Steaton Hall Farm, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, joint Executors and Trustees.
   His property in "Holloway" in Frindsbury, leading from Strood Street, in the occupation of William Archer, brother of his late wife, and another person, to William Archer. Other property in Frindsbury and Cliffe to his nephew Richard Daniel, son of his late brother Matthew. His property in Hoo and High Halstow, to nephew Rev. John Armison, son of his late sister, Ann Armison. His now dwelling house in Rochester, to his Trustees, to sell within 1 year of his death, for the best price, to pay those entitled by his will.
   To his Trustees, 600 to invest in Government Funds or Bonds, or Mortgages, and re-invest if required. Interest from 400 of the 600 to his sister Catherine Daniel, Spinster, for life. After her death, the 400 to be divided among those entitled by his will. The interest of 200 of the 600 to William Archer for life, after his death, the 200 to be divided as above. In addition, to his nephews Richard Daniel and John Armison, 500 each. To William Butler and his wife Jane, sister of his late wife, 400. To his Trustees 40 each, for their trouble. Trustees to "put as soon as possible my said vault (sic) or burying place at Hoo aforesaid, and the tomb and stones belonging thereto into exceedingly good repair and condition and expend thereon so much money as they in their discretion shall think fit".
   All his household goods, ready money, securities, corn, cattle, stock implements of husbandry and personal estate to his Trustees, to sell to pay debts, funeral expenses; residue shared equally among all his nieces, daughters of his late brother Matthew; and daughters of his late sister, Ann Armison. He has several sums owed to him on Bonds, Mortgages, etc. this is to be paid to legatees 2 years after his death, unless Trustees can obtain it sooner. Interest to be paid to legatees 1 month after his death.
   Witnesses: William Spice, Thomas Hills and John Sparks, Attorney of Rochester

69.   Headstone, Half Inscription Flaked Off

[IN MEMORY OF]
[ANN] WIFE OF
[JAMES DAVISON] OF THE PARISH
[STOKE,] FORMERLY WIFE OF
[WILLIAM] GATES SHE DEPARTED
[THIS LIFE] THE 5th OF APRIL 1810
AGED 55 YEARS

 

FUNNELL see PEAK

70.   Headstone and Curbs, Very Eroded

[   ]
ROBINA ANN GARDNER
[WHO DIED] 25th JUNE 1921
AGED 77 YEARS
[   ]
AND HER ONLY SON
FREDERICK CHARLES
PASSED AWAY SEPTEMBER [   ] 19[   ]
AGED 61 ? YEARS
"[At Rest ?] after much Suffering Patiently [Borne ?]"

In 1911, Robina was living on "private means", son Frederick was a small Farmer and Poulterer, (Census)

71.   Double Headstone, (Two Iron Clamps on Back)


GEORGE AND ELIZABETH GATES

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
Mr. GEORGE GATES
[OF ST. MARY'S ?] 
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] NOVEMBER 1797
AGED [   ] YEARS
Mr. GEORGE GATES
  WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
  14th MARCH 180[2]
AGED [   ] YEARS
  [Eroded Verses]

George Gates, died 1802, was a Yeoman Farmer, of St. Mary Hoo. His Will is dated 3rd January 1800
   All leases, unexpired, cattle, livestock, corn, grain, hay, seeds, household goods, furniture, farming utensils, personal estate, to wife Elizabeth* and his two friends, Joseph Sudweeks of St. Mary, Farmer and William White of Hoo, Farmer, upon Trust, until children, Elizabeth, George, Sarah ,Ann and James attain 21 years of age. Most of the will is taken up with long detailed conditions of the Trust.
   Witnesses: J. Gibbs Attorney at Law, Strood, M Gibbs and J Jennings, Clerk to Mr Gibbs
*(
If I have correctly read the date on the headstone, Elizabeth must be George Gates second wife)

72.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr WILLIAM GATES
OF THE PARISH OF STOKE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 19th
1796 AGED 50 YEARS
"Farewell dear Wife and Children too,
By God's command I leave the World and you,
No more on Earth I shall your faces see,
But hope in Heaven our Souls will Happy be"
ALSO THREE CHILDREN SONS & DAUGHTER
OF THE ABOVE Mr WILLM. & ANN GATES
JOHN DIED JUNE THE 19th 1789
AGED 4 YEARS
GEORGE DIED DECR. THE 26th 1796
AGED 16 YEARS
ELIZABETH DIED APRIL THE 17th 1797
AGED 14 YEARS

 

GATES see DAVISON

 

73.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LIELA
WIFE OF RICHARD GOORD
OF ALLHALLOWS
AND SECOND DAUGHTER OF
RICHARD & ROBINA BALLARD
OF HOO
DIED 14th FEB. 1908
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO
RICHARD GOORD
WHO PASSED AWAY OCT. 15th 1923
AGED 82 YEARS
"At Rest"

Richard Goord was a Farmer at Avery Farm, Allhallows, (1881 and 1911 Census)

74.   Detached Headstone, (Leaning Against Yew)


ELIZABETH GRANGER

HERE
LYETH YE [BODY]
OF ELIZA[BETH]
WIFE OF W[ILLIAM]
GRANGER [ OF THIS PARISH ?]
DIED YE 26th ? [OF DECEMBER]
1724 AGED [   ]
YEARS
ALSO 4 CHI[LDREN]
LIES BY HER

William Granger or Grainger, was a Yeoman Farmer. His Will is dated 27th October 1734.
   He is "sick and weak in body". His father in law is Mr Richard Daniel of Frindsbury. Before his marriage with Anne, now deceased, he settled properties in Cliffe and Birling, he now ratifies this settlement. His goods, chattles, corn, cattle, husbandry utensils etc. to his only daughter Mary. If she dies before 21 years, or marries, then he gives 100 out of his personal estate to his brother Henry Grainger of Frindsbury, Yeoman, if he is then living. If he is dead, then the 100 to be divided equally among the children of brother, Henry.
Richard Daniel is Executor and Testamentary Guardian of his daughter.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Speed, Richard Sheafe and John Clark

75.   Small Headstone

COURTNAY GEORGE
SON OF LIEUT. THOS. GRAY R.N.
DIED 18th APRIL 1820
AGED 10 YEARS

 

76.   Headstone


JANE HARDS

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
JANE THE WIFE OF
THOMAS HARDS
CLARK OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED [   ] OF JAN. 1773
AGED [   ]7 YEARS
(Many Lines of Verse,Half Eroded)

Thomas Hards was a Shoemaker, (see Sands will) and, as on stone, Parish Clerk

HORNUNG see CHESTER

 

77.   Large Plot, Curbs, Fallen and Broken Cross

IN
LOVING
MEMORY
OF
HARRIET JANE FOR 44 YEARS THE
DEVOTED WIFE AND TRUE HELPMET
OF THE REV. ROBERT MARLEY
VICAR OF HOO ST. WERBURGH
ALSO THE REV. ROBERT MORLEY VICAR OF HOO 1900 1910
DIED AT HOVE, BRIGHTON ON 6th MAY 1919 AGED 73 YEARS
"Nearer my God to Thee"

 

78.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM MORE
WHO DIED MAY 17[72] AGED [   ] YEARS
FOR [   ] OF THE [   ]
WILLIAM MORE ]
[    ]
AND [   ]
ALSO HERE LIETH THE BODY OF ELIZ.
THE WIFE OF WILLM. MORE WHO DIED
THE 19th OF MARCH 1779 [AGED [   ] YEARS]

 

79.   Headstone


ROBERT MOSES

IN HOPE OF YE JOYFUL
RESURRECTION TO THE LIFE
ETERNAL HERE LYETH THE
BODY OF ROBERT MOSES
WHO DIED JAN. 11th 1752 AGED
38 YEARS

Robert Moses of Hoo, seems to be a Farmer. His Will is dated 27th February 1744
   All freehold land, ready money, mortgages, bonds, household goods, rings, jewels, watches, husbandry tackle, corn, cattle, stock and personal estate to wife Margaret, who is his Executor.
   Witnesses: William Clark, Jnr., John Palmer and John Burgis

80.   Headstone in Two Halves, (under Yew Tree)


PEAK, FUNNELL AND TOWN

[SACRED]
TO
THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS PEAK
AGED [21] YEARS
WILLIAM FUNNELL
AGED 20 YEARS
JAMES TOW[N]
AGED 19 YEARS
WHO WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED
[   ] [HO]O ? 30th [MARCH] [1866]
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED
BY THE VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
OF THE PARISHONERS
"In Truth may we say, "Life's like a Shadow,
Gone in a Moment""

 

81.   Headstone and Body Stone, (one of group of four)

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE AND ELIZABETH
PEARCE
WHO DIED THE 23rd OF DECEMBER 1828
IN THE SIXTEENTH YEAR OF HER AGE
"Here lies the House, the Tenant gone,
And sure we all must go,
Then may our fate be like hers that
Is now laid below"
ANN PEARCE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 13th 1832
IN THE 52nd YEAR OF HER AGE
"Offer the Sacrifices of Righteousness and
Put your trust in the Lord"

 

82.   Headstone and Body Stone, (fallen face down)

Body Stone
C P
1823

[IN MEMORY OF]
[CHARLOTTE DAUGHTER OF]
[GEORGE AND ELIZABETH]
[PEARCE]
[WHO DIED THE [ ] OF MAY 1823]
[IN THE 17th YEAR OF HER AGE]

 

83.   Headstone and Two Body Stones

IN MEMORY OF
ANNA MARIA PEARCE WIFE OF
JOHN PEARCE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 4th OF MARCH 1817 AGED 70 YEARS
"For many years unwell she was,
At length, a time did come,
Her God in kindness took her home,
She's gone, a World to come"
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN PEARCE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 17th OF FEBRUARY
1826 IN THE 81st YEAR OF HIS AGE
"Worn down by Age, he left his House of Clay,
To praise the God he loved in endless day,
'Twas fate decreed that all men should die,
Thy will be done let's pray before we died"

John Pearce, the Elder of Hoo, Yeoman Farmer. His Will is dated 9th December 1825.
   He wishes "a stone be provided in remembrance of my deceased wife and myself". To son George of Hoo, Farmer and son in law, John Hughes of Faversham, Butcher, all freehold and leasehold estate upon trust. Household goods in house for daughter Frances Pearce, except one good bedstead, bed and furniture to be reserved for daughter, Sarah. If Frances leaves the house or dies, then Sarah to have house. Trustees not to sell house during lifetime of Frances, can sell if daughters leave. Trustees to carry on or sell Farming Business at Belluncle Farm, rents or proceeds to be part of the residue, if house sold this goes into residue. Proceeds to be invested, interest to daughters. If either daughter dies, her share to other daughter, Mrs Charlotte Vain, detailed conditions follow.
   Trustees to pay Elizabeth daughter of son George, 500, same to John, son of son in law John Hughes. If the latter die in lifetime of daughters, Frances, Sarah and Charlotte, the legacies go to grandchildren. Part of the residue to be divided between children of son George and son in law John Hughes. Daughters Frances and Sarah, son George Pearce and son in law John Hughes Executors.
   Witnesses: William Acworth, Luton, Chatham, Richard White, Carpenter, Hoo and George Acworth, Solicitor, Chatham

84.   Headstone and Body Stone

IN MEMORY OF
FRANCES DAUGHTER OF JOHN
AND ANNA MARIA PEARCE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 21st OF JULY 1828
IN THE 39th YEAR OF HER AGE
"Adieu to Cares, Afflictions and to all [ ],
This World's no more to me tho' 'tis to you,
Now ? be [ ] make ready and prepare,
Tho' now in Life, in Death you'l surely share"
ALSO OF SARAH PEARCE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JOHN & ANN MARIA PEARCE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 4th OF JANUARY 1837
AGED 76 YEARS

 

85.   Headstone and Body Stone

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
GEORGE PEARCE AND DAUGHTER
OF
GEORGE & ELIZABETH GATES
WHO DIED THE 29th OF SEPTEMBER 1828
IN THE FIFTY FIRST YEAR OF HER AGE
"A Friend, a Wife and Mother all combined,
[ ] well be said by those she left behind,
She from her tender care is now released,
And may her o[ ] all once more her meet,
In Heaven to praise [ ] God and Him to greet"
LEFT ISSUE 5 SONS AND 5 DAUGHTERS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED GEORGE PEARCE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 13th DAY OF
DECEMBER 1845 AGED 69 YEARS
"Say ye to the Righteous that it shall be well with him,
Woe unto the Wicked ! It shall be ill with him"

 

86.   Headstone, broken in half, (leaning against Yew tree)

IN MEMORY OF
CAROLINE
THE WIFE OF
GEORGE PEARCE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 20th DAY OF MARCH 185[7]
AGED 64 [YEARS]
ALSO THE ABOVE
GEORGE PEARCE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 5th DAY OF APRIL 1863
AGED 60 YEARS

 

87.   Modern "Book" Tablet and Curbs

IN IN
LOVING MEMORY LOVING MEMORY
OF OF
JAMES SALMON EMILY SA[LM]ON
WHO DIED WHO DIED
26th JULY 1915 5th AUG 1950
AGED 60 YEARS AGED 89 YEARS
"Safe in the Arms
of Jesus"

N. Curb

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF JAMES SALMON WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 26th 1915 AGED 60 YEARS
"We have got another Home"

James Salmon Agricultural Labourer of 2 Star Elm Cottages, (1881 Census), General Labourer, (1911 Census)

88.   Modern Granite Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALBERT SAUNDERS
WHO DIED SEPT. 2nd 1915
AGED 63
ALSO ELIZABETH SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED FEB. 12th 1937
AGED 80

 

89.   Headstone


ROBERT SCOTT

HERE
LYETH YE
BODY OF
ROBT. SCOTT OF
YS PARISH YEOMAN
AND MARY HIS WIFE
AND 6 CHILDREN HE
DEPARTED YS LIFE YE
24th OF DECEMBER
[16]77 AGED 70 YEARS
AND SHE DEPARTED
[YS] LIFE YE 24th OF
[ ]MBER 1681
AGED 47 YEARS

Robert Scott,Yeoman Farmer, his Noncupative, (verbal) Will is dated 20th December 1677.
   To wife Mary 200. To children, Mary, Margaret, Robert, William and Anne, and child his wife is now carrying, 100 each [ ? ] Residue, (after 200 for wife) shared among children. House to remain to daughter Mary, over and above her share of estate, for ever. If she dies without lawful heirs, son Robert to have house. He has appointed Fredinand Booth, Clerk, (Vicar) and Robert Gibbons, Yeoman of Hoo, Overseers.
   Signed: Ferdinand Booth and Robert Gibbons

90.   Headstone, (badly flaked)

[SACRED]
TO [THE MEMORY OF]
WILLIA[M] [SKILTON]
WHO DEP[ARTED THIS LIFE]
ON THE 29th DAY [OF AUGUST 1857]
IN THE 51st YEAR [OF HIS AGE]
"Dear Wife and Child[ren] [   ]
For unto you this [   ]
The Debt is paid [   ]
Prepare yourselves [   ]"
ALSO ARTHUR [SON OF THE ABOVE ?]
WHO DEPA[RTED THIS LIFE]
ON THE 25th DAY OF [DECEMBER 1857]
AGED 9 [MONTHS]
"Adieu sweet babe [   ]
Just looked about [   ]
Thy Angles (sic) Face we [   ]
But soon we were [   ]
Sleep on loving babe [   ]
God takes them all [   ]
ALSO SARAH ANN [WIFE OF THE ABOVE ?]
WHO DEPA[RTED THIS LIFE]
ON THE 30th DAY [OF SEPTEMBER 1868]
[AGED 58 YEARS]

William and Edward Skilton were Bakers, (1851 Census and 1865 Post Office Directory)

91.   Headstone

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
EDWARD SKILTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 10th OF SEPTEMBER 1868
AGED 29 YEARS

 

92.   Headstone

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM SKINNER
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 26th 1901
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO
BETSY ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 28th 1893
AGED 55 YEARS
"Safe Home at last"

William Skinner was an Agricultural Labourer in 1881 (Census)

93.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF WILLIAM TOSSELL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
14th ? OF SEPTEMBER 1823 AGED 45 YEARS
"Long here I laboured[ ]
[ ] I had [ ] health
But now the Lord hath set me free
[ ] and from [ ]
Within the Arms of Righteousness
By Faith her Soul shall rest"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM TOSSELL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 28th OF MARCH 1842
AGED 63 YEARS

 

TOWN see PEAK

 

94.   Double Headstone

HERE
LIETH THE BODY OF
JOHN VAIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE ON THE [5th] DAY
OF OCTOBER 1811 
AGED 7[  ] YEARS
HERE
  LIETH THE BODY OF
  ANN VAIN WIFE
  OF JOHN VAIN
  OF THIS PARISH
  WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 29th OF DEC
  18[04] AGED 62 ? YEARS

John the Elder of Hoo, Yeoman Farmer. Will dated 2nd August 1811.
   To grandson John Gardner, a silver watch. To Timothy Eldridge, a clock. To daughter Sarah wife of William Gardner, household furniture and goods. To Sarah Myers 20. To son James Vain releases him from 400 he owes testator. To Sarah Gardner as above for 200. Son John Vain has had at various times 2,000; if John pays Sarah Gardner the 200 by 5 yearly instalments, father releases him from debt of 2,000. If he fails to pay the 200 to Sarah Gardner, then he will be answerable for amount above 400, this then divided equally between John Vain, James Vain and Sarah Gardner.
To son James all the residue, who is also Executor.
   Witnesses: George Pearce of Hoo, Thomas Morson, Attorney at Law, Chatham

95.   Headstone, broken, (leaning against Yew)


JAMES VAIN

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES VAIN
WHO DIED THE [  ] OF FEBRUARY 1828
AGED [5]7 YEARS
[Eroded verses]

James Vain, Yeoman Farmer. Will dated 1st January 1823.
   Freehold and leasehold estate, and personal estate to wife Charlotte, who is Executor.

Witnesses: Elizabeth Pearce, George Pearce and Thomas Morson, Attorney of Chatham

96.   Modern Curbs

North Side

GLADYS THE DEARLY BELOVED DAUGHTER OF FREDERICK & OLIVE CAROLINE WEBB
WHO PASSED AWAY 5th DECEMBER 1925 AGED 33 YEARS

South Side

MY DEAR HUSBAND FREDERICK WEBB
WHO PASSED AWAY 30th MARCH 1933 AGED 74 YEARS

 

97.   Pedestals, Broken Cross, Curbs,

South Side

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
THE INFANT SON OF
Mr & Mrs W. L. WYLLIE
BORN AND DIED
AUGUST THE 6th 1891

East Side

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
THE INFANT SON OF
Mr & Mrs W. L. WYLLIE
DIED JULY 17th 1893
AGED 6 DAYS

North Side
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
DOUGLAS WYLLIE
DIED JULY 9th 1894
AGED 6 DAYS

The father of the children buried at Hoo was William Lionel Wyllie, R.A.,(1851-1931), a prolific marine painter and etcher, who lived at Hoo Lodge from 1885 to 1906. He kept a sailing barge at Hoo, and made many paintings and etchings of the Thames and Medway. Born in London, he was a student at the Royal Academy Schools, where he was taught by Landseer, Millais and Leighton. When he was only 18 he won the Turner Gold Medal for his painting, "Dawn after Storm". In 1906 he moved to Portsmouth. A founder member of the Society for Nautical Research, he was a leading advocate for the restoration of H.M.S. Victory. His 42 foot wide panorama, "The Battle of Trafalgar" is in the Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth.

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