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Some Monumental Inscriptions, with initial internment up to 1913 of St Margaret's Church, Rainham, Kent
Recorded by D. E. & B. J. William 2015 & 1016
(We are grateful to the band of hardy parishioners, who on Saturdays, during the winter, cleared away
 undergrowth and pruned low growing branches, making access to many monuments much easier for us.)
Some monuments that are no longer legible or missing were recorded by Bax and Rice in 1897, I have indicated these.
For general overall pictures of church and churchyard Click here


St Margaret's Church, Rainham, Kent from the North-East

INTRODUCTION

The 100 foot, 15th century tower of St. Margaret's church dominates the centre of Rainham. the interior is broad, light and airy. It was once broader still, there is evidence outside in the south wall, that there was a south aisle as well as the present north aisle. Inside is a 14th century remodelling of a 13th century church, parts of the 13th century building remain.

For a description of the church see Rainham Church by Rev A.J. Pearman  Archaeologia Cantiana Vol 17 1887

SECTION A - all graves south of the church and pathway from west gate.

SECTION B - NORTH WEST OF THE CHURCHYARD - West of the church and north of footpath

SECTION C - NORTH OF THE CHURCH, BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE NORTH WALL

SECTION D - EAST OF THE CHANCEL

INTERIOR OF THE CHURCH (WITH CONCISE WILLS AND PHOTOGRAPHS)

RAINHAM WWI WAR MEMORIAL

CHURCHYARD, SECTION A
Section A is a large area south of the church, to the southern and eastern boundaries, and all the area west of the church, south of the path, which runs from the porch to the west wall.

1.   SMALL HEADSTONE, SHAPED LIKE A DUTCH/FLEMISH GABLE

HERE LIETH YE BODY OF
JOHN CRITALL WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER YE 7th 1696 AGED
26 YEARS LEFT ISSUE
ONE DAUGHTER

2.   HEADSTONE, AS ABOVE

THIS STONE
[WAS] ERECTED BY
WILL: YOUNG
IN MEMORY OF
ELIZ: HIS FAITHFUL
WIFE [WHO DEPARTED]
[THIS LIFE] [    ]
17[    ] ?

William Young, Parish Clerk, died 1718

3.   HEADSTONE,, AS ABOVE

HERE LIETH YE BODY
OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM BUCKHURST
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY [  ] 1696 AGED
32 YEARS

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 16th June 1704
William Buckhurst, Yeoman.
He is sick.
To daughter Susanna, all his real estate. If she dies before she is 21, without lawful issue, then the real estate to his kinsman, Buckhurst Shrubsall son of Thomas of Hartlip, he is to pay from this estate, £5 per annum for 10 years to testator's daughter in law, Elizabeth Crittal and £5,annually , to his kinswoman, Elizabeth Burbidge of Upchurch for her lifetime. To daughter Susanna, all goods, chattels, money, debts, personal estate, she is to pay Elizabeth Crittal a debts of of £150, this is due from an Obligation, under his hand. But if daughter, Susanna, dies under 21, without lawful issue, then her latter legacy to Elizabeth Crittal. His father in law, William Harlock, of Rainham, Husbandman, is executor.
Signs will with mark.
Witnesses: Thomas Craddock, John Homan ?, and mark of Martha Symonds.
Proved 28th February 1705

4.   HEADSTONE, AS ABOVE


THOMAS SCUBBER

HERE LIES YE BODY
OF THOMAS SCUBBER
OF RAINHAM, FISHERMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE JANUARY YE 11th 1704
AGED 29

5.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
SUSANNAH MONTGOMERY
PALMER
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 13th 1837
AGED 64 YEARS

6.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
HANNAH WIFE OF JAMES
GILLMAN AND DAUGHTER OF MR GILES
OF THIS PARISH DIED THE 6th SEPT. 1753
AGED 29 YEARS

7.   CHEST TOMB


MANSFIELD TOMB

LEDGER
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY LAKE WIFE OF
JAMES HAWKINS HUGHES MANSFIELD
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JULY 19th 1827
AGED 35 YEARS
AND
TO THE MEMORY OF
JAMES HAWKINS HUGHES MANSFIELD
WHO DIED JUNE 1st 1834 AGED 40 YEARS
LEAVING ONE SON AND FIVE DAUGHTERS
ALSO
CHARLES SON OF THE ABOVE
[Born 25 Aug 1822; christened 8 Oct 1822 Rainham; died 13 Aug 1823.]
JAMES HAWKINS HUGHES AND
MARY LAKE MANSFIELD
WHO DIED MARCH 13th? 1823
[Born 15 Sep 1823; died 27 Sep 1823.]
AGED 7 WEEKS
ALSO
CHARLOTTE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JAMES HAWKINS HUGHES AND
MARY LAKE MANSFIELD
WHO DIED AN INFANT SEPTEMBER 27th 1828
SIDE PANEL
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
EMMA WIFE OF JAMES MANSFIELD OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED SEPT. 9th 1878 AGED 45 YEARS
[Buried 15 September 1873.]
(Eroded Verses)
ALSO JAMES SON OF JAMES & EMMA MANSFIELD
WHO DIED JULY 8th 1857 AGED 5 MONTHS
[Died 18 July 1857.]
ALSO JESSIE ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 4th 1861AGED 7 MONTHS

END PANEL
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANNA
SECOND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JAMES HAWKINS HUGHES
AND MARY LAKE MANSFIELD
WHO DIED 7th DECEMBER 1882
AGED 64 YEARS

8.   CHEST TOMB


LAKE AND WALELEY TOMB

LEDGER
HERE LIES THE BODY OF
WILLIAM LAKE, GENT. HE DEPARTED
THIS LIFE NOVEMBER 26th 1765
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO WILL. SON OF WILLIAM LAKE
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. YE 1st
1764 AGED 7 WEEKS
ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE LIETH THE BODY
OF SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE SAID
WILLIAM LAKE, GENT. OF THIS PARISH
ALSO HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
WILLIAM LAKE, GENT. SON OF THE ABOVE HE DEPARTED
THIS LIFE AUGUST 27th ? 1768 AGED 47 ? YEARS
ALSO HERE LIETH THE BODY OF WILLIAM ?
SON OF WILLIAM AND MARY LAKE
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. [          ]
AGED 5 MONTHS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF WILLIAM
LAKE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 5th OF
FEB.1796 AGED 58 YEARS
JOHN SON OF THOMAS STANLEY AND SARAH
WAKELEY THE DAUGHTER OF THE
ABOVE WILLIAM AND MARY LAKE WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th OF SEPTEMBER
1792 AGED 2 YEARS
THOMAS STANLEY SON OF THOMAS STANLEY AND
SARAH WAKELEY WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
30th OF JANUARY 1791 AGED 7 WEEKS
[Died 30 January 1794.]

END PANEL
THOMAS STANLEY
WAKELEY DIED 6th MAY
1832 AGED 77 YEARS
SARAH WIFE OF MR THOMAS
STANLEY WAKELEY
DIED 19th NOVEMBER 1827
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO SARAH DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE DIED 31st JANUARY
1829 AGED 33 YEARS

END PANEL
WILLIAM LAKE WAKELEY
SECOND SON OF
THOMAS STANLEY &
SARAH WAKELEY
DIED
FEBRUARY 20th 1842
AGED 38 YEARS
[February 26th 1842.]

SIDE PANEL
THOMAS WAKELEY
ELDEST SON OF
THOMAS STANLEY
& SARAH WAKELEY
DIED MARCH 20th 1849
AGED 50 YEARS
LEAVING A WIDOW AND SEVEN
CHILDREN TO DEPLORE THEIR LOSS

SIDE PANEL
MARY WIDOW OF
THOMAS WAKELEY
DIED FEBRUARY 18th 1880
AGED 77 YEARS

9.   LEDGER, GROUND LEVEL, IRON RAILINGS

IN MEMORY OF
LOUISA WIFE OF JOHN WAKELEY
WHO DIED 31st JANUARY 1878
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN WAKELEY
WHO DIED 5th OF MARCH 1884
AGED 49 YEARS
LEAVING A DAUGHTER AND 3 SONS TO MOURN THEIR LOSS
ALSO FREDERICK
SON OF THE ABOVE
LOUISA AND JOHN WAKELEY
WHO DIED 2nd FEBRUARY 1895
AGED 20 YEARS
ALSO SYDNEY WAKELEY
OF CHURCH HOUSE, RAINHAM
WHO DIED JULY 28th 1931

1881 Census: John Wakeley, High Street, Rainham, Corn Merchant
Principal Probate Registry: Of Church House, value of effects, £7,998 10s 6d, re-sworn, £9,286 10s 6d
P.P.R., Sydney Wakeley, £6,016 15s 3d

10.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRY GREY
THE DEARLY BELOVED & YOUNGEST CHILD OF
THOMAS STANLEY & MARY ANN WAKELEY
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 25th 1879
AGED 7 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS

1871 Census, Thomas Stanley Wakeley, Corn Merchant, Rainham High Street

11.   HEADSTONE

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
RICHARD MANSFIELD WAKELEY
BORN MARCH 9th 1837
DIED AUGUST 31st 1907
"Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord,
Henceforth, Yea, sayeth the Spirit, that they Rest,
From their Labour and their Works do Follow them."
ALSO
MARY HAYLEY WAKELEY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN DECEMBER 21st 1834
DIED APRIL 9th 1921
"I have waited for thy Salvation, O' Lord"

1881 Census, Richard Mansfield Wakeley, Farmer, Moor St. Farm, 638 acres, employs 60 men and 13 boys
Principal Probate Registry, £5. 883

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated 12th March 1765
William Lake the Elder of Rainham, Gentleman, (Farmer).
He is not well. 20 shillings to be distributed among the poor of Rainham , as son William, thinks fit; also 20 shillings for the poor of Lower Halstow, as before.
To nephew John Smith of Strood, Peruke Maker, £20. His house and farm called Little Barksore, in Lower Halstow, in his own occupation and also of Thomas Sanders to his son William, until grandson, Lake Marr is 21 years old, then the above farm to him, for ever. If Lake Marr dies before he is 21, and his other grandson Oxley Marr, is living, then the farm goes to him, at 21 years of age, for ever. If both grandsons die before they are 21, the farm goes to his son, William for ever. The rest of his real estate to son, William, for ever. Ready money, securities, debts, plate, linen, woollen, household goods, stock, cattle, corn, hay goods, chattels and personal estate to son William, for ever. Son William is executor.
Witnesses: John Fryer, John Twopenny and William Twopenny.

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated 30th December 1767
William Lake, Yeoman of Moor Street, Rainham.
He is not well. All his real estate to wife, Mary, for her lifetime, as long as she remains his widow. Some of the profits towards the bringing up their only child, Sarah and any other children his wife has by him, at the time of his death. After his wife's death or remarriage, all his real estate to daughter, Sarah and any other of his children who may yet be born, equally shared. If his wife is not pregnant at the time of his death, or a child is not born alive, then his estate to daughter Sarah, for ever. To his wife, £400; to Richard Spice, his step brother, now living with him, £20; to friend Isaac Wildish, (one of his executors), £30, in trust, to put out apprentice testator's son Lake Fisher; as Wildish shall think fit. If Lake dies before the £30 can be used, the sum goes to daughter, Sarah; £21 to Isaac Wildish for his time and trouble as executor, over and above reasonable expenses.
Rest and residue, ready money, securities, debts, plate, linen, woollen, pewter, brass, beds, bedding, household stuff, stock, cattle, corn, hay, tackle. Goods, chattels and personal estate, (after debts, legacies, funeral and probate costs), to wife Mary, during her widowhood; after her death or remarriage, then to daughter Sarah. His wife and Isaac Wildish of Moor Street, Yeoman are executors and guardians of daughter, Sarah and any other children he and Mary may have. Executors are to cause an inventory to be made of his personal estate and effects.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Fagg, W. Davis and William Twopenny
Proved November 23rd 1768 Power reserved to Isaac Wildish

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 24th July 1787
Mary Lake of Moor Street, Rainham, Widow
In a poor and weak state of health.
Lease of her farm, granted by the Earl of Thanet, in Rainham and Upchurch, to her only child, Sarah Lake, so long as she remains unmarried. If she marries or decline the farm, then the farm to her good friend, John Elvy, who now lives with her, for the remainder of the lease. If he dies before the lease expires, then to her daughter.
In the meantime, she requests Elvy to look after and manage the farm.
Her late husband, William Lake, bequeathed her £400, she has used none of this money. From the £400 she gives John Elvy £300, for his lifetime; this money to be paid to him after the marriage or death of her daughter. In case her daughter does quit the farm, to help him to better manage the farm. After his death, the £300to her daughter or her grandchildren, if any. If her daughter is dead at the time of Elvy's death or leaves no children, then the £300 to such of her poor relations as John Elvy, by his last will, shall direct.
Residue of goods, chattels, money, securities, debts, plate, linen, china, stock, cattle, corn, hay, farm tackle and personal estate, after debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to daughter Sarah, Sarah is executor.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Coppin and William Dyne
Proved 2nd March 1796 Sarah Lake is now Sarah Wakeley, wife of Thomas Stanley Wakeley

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 3rd June 1829
Thomas Stanley Wakeley, of Rainham.
All personal estate and effects to his two sons, Thomas and William Lake Wakeley, equally shared. His freehold estate in Farleigh, Coxheath and Borden or elsewhere, to the above sons, equally shared.
He has entered into a contract for the sale of his estate at Farleigh and Coxheath, this is to be carried into effect, the proceeds to be part of his personal estate. If his personal estate is not sufficient to pay his debts and funeral costs, etc., then the estate at Borden to be sold by his two sons, surplus to his two sons, equally shared. Otherwise the Borden estate to be shared equally between them, for ever.
His two sons are executors.
Witnesses: James Coppin, James Watchurst and James Wilkins
Proved 16th June 1832 Power reserved to William Lake Wakeley

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 1st September 1839
William Lake Wakeley of Rainham, Yeoman.
To brother Thomas, his half share of freehold and leasehold property in Rainham, Upchurch and Halstow (Lower). This property chargeable with half part of any mortgage which may exist on any of the properties. The other half of his property and personal estate, subject to above condition, after payment of his debts, funeral and probate charges and legacies, to brother Thomas and friend William Smart of Rainham, Farmer and Richard Elliston Phillip Balston of Maidstone, Paper Maker, (his executors), upon trust, to sell, for best price. Money from his personal estate and from one half of all other monies, to brother Thomas. Trustees are to invest money in Government Stocks for the benefit of the children of his late sister, Mary Lake Mansfield, respectively at 21 years of age. Brother Thomas can use trust money for the benefit of the latter children.
Witnesses: Mark if Mary Kidney, John Butcher and S.J. Smart
Proved 27th October 1842

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 19th December 1847
Thomas Wakeley of Rainham, Farmer
Appoints wife, Mary, during her widowhood and her brother Thomas Butcher of Selling, Farmer and Charles Smart of Rainham, trustees and executors. He desires to be buried at Rainham, with little expense.
Furniture, plate, linen, china, glass, books, prints, pictures, wines, liquors, fuel, provisions and household effects to wife Mary and £100. Real estate and residue of personal estate, after debts, funeral, probate and legacies are paid, to trustees, upon trust, to sell and invest proceeds in Public Funds, wife to receive annual interest. After her death or remarriage, in trust, for his children. Involved trust details follow.
If his wife dies or remarries, when his children are under 21 or unmarried, if girls, the power given to his wife, as trustee and executor is void. Trustees are guardians of his infant children.
Witnesses: John Roger Rush, 18 Austen Friars, Solicitor and James Anderson, Clerk to Mr Rush

Codicil dated 10th April 1845
John Butcher of Rochester, Farmer to be a trustee and executor and guardian of his infant children.
Witnesses: As above
Proved 30th April 1849

12.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF MARY
WIFE OF ROBERT TURNER
WHO DIED JAN. 11th 1748
AGED 49 YEARS

13.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
ROBERT TURNER
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th OF JANUARY 1767
AGED 70 YEARS

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated 5th May 1764
Robert Turner of Rainham, House Carpenter.
To wife Sarah, £100. After his debts, funeral, probate costs and above legacy are paid, ready money, securities, debts, plate, linen, woollen, pewter, brass, beds, bedding, household goods, chattels, personal estate, to wife for her lifetime. After her death her legacy to be divided between his two grandchildren, Robert and Caroline Pollard in equal shares. His friend John Roberts of Chatham, House Carpenter, is executor.
Witnesses: William Staples and William Twopenny
Proved May 18th 1767

14.   HEADSTONE

TO
THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JAMES COPPIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MARCH 17th 1831
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JAMES COPPIN
WHO DIED JAN. 18th 1840
AGED 88 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 19th November 1837
James Coppin of Rainham.
To nephew William Evans of Millbank Row, Westminster, Distiller, his freehold house in Rainham and all real and personal estate. He requests Evans to see he is buried with is late wife and the grave to be dug one foot lower. Evans is executor.
Witnesses: Robert Evans, 14 Bedford Street, Westminster ?, and Edward Beaumont of Rainham.
Proved 12th September 1840

15.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JAMES THOMAS
SON OF GEORGE & ELIZABETH MARK
WHO WAS LOST ON JANY. 17th 1873 AND
FOUND ON FEBY. 1st AT GRAVESEND AND
WAS BURIED AT RAINHAM FEBY. 21st
AGED 17 YEARS
"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away,
Blessed be the name of the Lord."
"Take heed , Watch and Pray, for ye know not,
When the Hour is Coming."
ELIZABETH MARK
[WHO DIED] [         ] 30th 1887 [AGED] 38 YEARS
[ Eroded Away]

16.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR JOHN DOWNS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON THE 5th DAY OF MARCH 1820
IN THE 80th YEAR OF HIS AGE
LEFT ISSUE THREE SONS AND SEVEN DAUGHTERS
ALSO JANE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 23rd DAY OF APRIL 1829 ?
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO MRS ELIZABETH DOWNS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 7th DAY OF MAY 1836 ?
AGED 74 YEARS
ROBERT DOWNS DIED MARCH [     ]
1846 AGED 73 YEARS
JOHN MUDGE DIED APRIL 19th 1841
AGED 70 YEARS
CAROLINE MUDGE DAUGHTER OF
JOHN & ELIZABETH DOWNS
DIED SEPTEMBER 2nd 1849 AGED 72 YEARS
"I said unto you my sheep hear
My voice and I know them and
They follow me"

REAR
ALSO
ROBERT MUDGE
[WHO DIED] [                   [ 1846 AGED 73
BETSY ANN MUDGE [DIED]
SEPTEMBER [    ] 1846 AGED [      ]
(Eroded Verses)
MARY ANN
BELOVED AND LOVING WIFE OF [                   ]
DIED APRIL 19th 1875 AGED [         ]
(Eroded Verses)
ELLEN EDMONDS [DIED]
NOVEMBER 12th ? 1875 AGED [       ]
MABEL ELIZABETH EDMONDS
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 19th 1878 AGED 3 YEARS                     ]
AND SARAH MUDGE BORN
SEPTEMBER [         ] DIED DECEMBER [    ] 1880
(Eroded Verses)

17.   HEADSTONE

HERE REST
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
SOPHIA BROWNE
WIDOW OF THE REV. SAMUEL BROWNE M.A.
RECTOR OF WOULDHAM
SHE WAS BORN JUNE 16th 1774
AND DIED MAY 10th 1847

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 21st April 1845
Sophia Browne.
Her silver teapot and milk pot, all foreign china to niece Margaret Ann, wife of Charles Long Crafer of H.M. Treasury, Esq. Silver coffee pot and little stand to brother John Edward Jones, Esq., Colonel, Royal Artillery.
Her watch and appendages, household furniture, residue of plate, her ? books, clothes to step daughter, Jane Browne. By an Indenture of Settlement, dated 11th April 1820, between her late husband and herself of first part, her brother John Edward Jones, Rev. John Griffiths (deceased) and her husband, (the executors of her late father, Rev. James Jones) of the second part and John Edward Jones and John Griffiths of the third part, certain stock, including £600 from the trustees of the Road from Dartford to Strood, money from her brother in the 3% Bank Annuities and a sum in the same annuities assigned to John Edward Jones and John Griffiths, in trust for her late husband and herself, and the life of the survivor, for any children she might have by her late husband. There have been no children, so the funds, upon trust, for any person or persons, as stated in her will. (Her husband died 11th May 1831).
   All of her real estate to her brother, John. Rest and residue of personal estate and effects, to nephew, John Griffiths, Sub Warden of Wadham College, Oxford and Lewis Andrew Jones, Esq., of H.M. Treasury, upon trust, subject to payment of her debts, funeral, probate costs and legacies. They to invest proceeds in the Public Funds, ľ of the interest, to be paid to her brother John, for his lifetime, after his death, then to niece Emily Georgina Jones daughter of her above brother. Interest of Ĺ the remaining stock, to Jane Browne for her lifetime, as long as she remains unmarried, after her death or marriage then her share to Sophia Griffiths, the remaining ľ to her brother John , for life, after his death then the principal to niece Emily Jones. Involved trust details follow.
Nephew John Griffiths and Lewis Jones are executors, 19 guineas to each of them.
Witnesses: William Webb Hayward, Solicitor, Rochester and J.S. Bullard of Rochester, Gentleman.
Proved 23rd June 1847

18.   HEADSTONE

BENEATH
THIS STONE LIES THE BODY OF
JOHN THOMAS PACKMAN
YOUNGEST SON OF
WILLIAM KENNETT & MARY
PACKMAN
OF SITTINGBOURNE, KENT
WHO DIED 10th DECEMBER 1848
AGED 10 YEARS

The Times Death Notice, 1857, Father William Kennett Packman, late of the Honourable East India Company, Merchant Service

19.   PORTLAND STONE PEDESTAL AND SHORT OBELISK ON COFFIN SHAPED STONE
        ON STONE AND BRICK BASE
        The details of Thomas Chambers occupation are eroded, so I am not sure of the words.


CHAMBERS TOMB
(WILLIAM DODD TOMB, 21, LEFT BACKGROUND)

WEST SIDE
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS CHAMBERS
MASTER CARPENTER? OF? HER
MAJESTY QUEEN ANN['S]
ISLAND OF NEWFOUNDLAND
IN THE YEAR 170[  ]
MADE MASTER GUAR[         ]? OF
HIS MAJESTY'S GARRISON
OF GILLINGHAM FORT 174[  ] ?
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE [THE]
3rd OF MARCH 1757 AGED 74

NORTH SIDE
HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
JOHN CHAMBERS
BROTHER TO THE SAID
THOMAS CHAMBERS
WAS INTERR'D THE 23rd OF
FEBRUARY 1763
AND ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JOHN CHAMBERS WAS
INTERR'D JULY 10th 1776

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 28th December 1752

John Chambers of Chatham, Shipwright.
To wife Elizabeth, who is his executor, all his goods, freehold houses, land, clothes, ready money, debts, for her lifetime. After her death, then the freehold houses and land, to his brother, Thomas.
Witnesses: Edward Acworth, Caleb Crookenden and William Gibson
Proved 22nd April 1763

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated 10th November 1763
Elizabeth Chambers, Widow of Chatham.
She is not well.
To cousin Mary Crathorne, infant daughter of John Crathorne, late of Maidstone, Watch Maker, (deceased) and Mary his wife (who is her cousin), £200 at 21 years of age. To her servant Elizabeth Dunnings, if with her at her death, £100, also to latter, all her clothes. After her debts, funeral, probate and legacies are paid, the residue of ready money, securities, debts, plate, linen, woollen, pewter, brass, beds, bedding, household goods, chattels and personal estate to her nephew in law, John Roberts of Chatham, House Carpenter, he is executor.
Witnesses: William Sisson and Daniel Simons.
Proved 19th August 1776

20.   HEADSTONE

IN HOPES OF A JOYFUL RESURRECTION
HERE LIETH INTERRED
WILLIAM TUCK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. THE 27th 1778
AGED 69 YEARS
MARY WIFE OF MR WILLIAM TUCK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. THE 6th 1780
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE
WM. AND MARY TUCK DIED OCT. 5th
1789 AGED 25 YEARS

Rear
ANN DAUGHTER OF WM. AND MARY
WILKENS DIED MARCH 23rd 1790
AGED 3 YEARS
ALSO JANE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED FEB. 7th ? 1799 AGED 7 MONTHS
ALSO GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED APRIL 9th 1799 AGED 8 MONTHS
MARY WIFE OF DANIEL WILLS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED 27th JUNE
1857 AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE DANIEL WILLS
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
DECEMBER 27th 1884 AGED 77 YEARS
HE HAD BEEN CONNECTED WITH SUNDAY
SCHOOL WORK IN THIS PARISH FOR 50 YEARS
(Indistinct Verses)

Daniel Wills: 1861 and 1871 Census, a Woodman. In the 1881 Census, he is living with his son, also Daniel, in Sittingbourne. At this period son Daniel is a brick manufacturer employing 120 men and 64 boys.

21.   CHEST TOMB, RAILED ON ALL SIDES

LEDGER
Unfortunately, the ledger is covered with hard lichen. The railings have proved to be a barrier to removing this coating, so, I have been unable to read all the the rest of the inscription. The inscription after William Dodd, is the most likely.

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM DODD, ESQ.
WHO DIED APRIL/MAY ? [     ] 1841
AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO
MRS ELIZABETH DODD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH [     ] 1843
AGED 70 YEARS
[1848. Buried 25 March 1848 Rainham. Source: Medway Ancestors,]
ALSO
SARAH DODD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER [     ] 1848
AGED 57 YEARS

END PANEL
IN MEMORY OF
MR WILLIAM DODD
SON OF
WILLIAM DODD, ESQ.
AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 2nd JUNE 1834
AGED 45 YEARS
LEAVING A WIFE AND
ONE DAUGHTER NAMED
MARY LYDIA

SIDE PANEL
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR EDWARD DODD
SON OF
WILLIAM DODD, ESQ.
AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 2nd DECEMBER 1835
AGED 36 YEARS
LEAVING A WIFE BY WHOM
HE HAD ISSUE FIVE DAUGHTERS
JEMIMA, CATHERINE
[       ] LOUISA AND JANE
[Missing daughter is Helen. Source: Medway Ancestors,]
SIDE PANEL
IN MEMORY OF EMMA WIDOW OF THE LATE
MR EDWARD DODD
WHO DIED 17th MAY 1874 AGED 73 YEARS
"For Ever with the Lord"
ALSO TO CATHERINE 2nd DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th JULY 1900 AGED 74 YEARS
(Eroded Verses)

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 7th November 1835
Edward Dodd of Rainham, Farmer.
Desires debts funeral and probate costs to be paid as soon as possible.
To wife, Emma, household furniture, plate, linen, china, books, wines and spirits, ready money. To wife and good friends, William Smart of Rainham, Gentleman and Thomas Packman of Rainham, Gentleman, all his live and dead stock, debts, securities, personal and lease hold estates, upon trust, either to carry on farming business or discontinue and sell, as they think fit, for support of his wife, for life, as long as she remains his widow, also for the support and education of his children during their minorities.
Surplus money to be invested with interest for benefit of his children. In case his wife remarries, she is to get for life, ľ of the interest. Residue for benefit his children. His wife and trustees are also executors and guardians of his children.
Witnesses: Henry Roberts, Abbotston, Farmer, Elizabeth Dodd and George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester.
Proved 26th February 1836.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 1st May 1833
William Dodd, Gentleman.
Leasehold house and farm and lands at Rainham held from the Earl of Thanet, to son Edward Dodd. All household goods, furniture, plate, linen and china, to wife Elizabeth, for her lifetime, after her death, the above to become part of his residuary personal estate and effect. To James Edmed of Milton, Gravesend, Gentleman and his sons, Thomas Dodd and Edward Dodd, (his executors), upon trust, to gather in debts and his money, to sell residue, except that given to wife, and to sell after her death. Trustees to pay his debts, funeral and probate costs.
His freeholds in Newington, Rainham, Hartlip, Stockbury and Lower Halstow and in Laurence Poultnay Lane, City of London, to trustees, upon trust, to sell and invest sufficient money to produce £250 per annum, to be paid to his wife for her lifetime. The capital, after wifeís death, to be shared equally among his children.
To son William, £3,316 5s 1d; to son Thomas, £300; to daughters, Mary, wife of William Packman, and Ann wife of Thomas Harnett, the younger, £300 each. Son William to repay loan of £1,250 within 12 months of fatherís death, if he fails to pay this he must pay sister, Elizabeth and her children, 4/20 parts and to daughter Martha and her children, 6/20 parts, the remaining 10 parts to Ann Harnett and her children. The rents from his real estate, until it is sold, is to be distributed in the same manner.
He is bound by a bond for the payment of £400, his executors will, after the death of his wife, pay this equally between daughters Elizabeth and Ann. His children Edward and Mary do not appear in the Baptism Register of Rainham, so there is some doubt as to when they are 21. He states Mary was born 19th March 1795 and Edward 12th August 1799.
Witnesses: John Wetherall, a waiter at Mr Heards and Elizabeth Edmed, Gravesend.

Codicil 13th June 1836
Son Edward has lately died, his widow, Emma shall have the leasehold property given to Edward. He is appointing son in law, Thomas Hartnett in place of Edward as trustee and executor.
Residue of personal estate and effects to trustees. One half of his trust fund to Emma Dodd and half to his children in equal shares.
Witnesses: Henry Birch, Bull Inn, Rochester, James Bassage and William Beadle, waiters at Bull.

Codicil 7th June 1838 William Miles of Boxley, Farmer to be a trustee and executor in place of James Edmed. If Emma Dodd remarries, she is to have £500 and £20 per annum until her youngest child is 21.
Witnesses: John Herd, Innholder, Gravesend and Edward Clemitson, Coal Merchant, Gravesend.
Proved 23rd June 1841

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Court Will, dated 27th April 1842
Sarah Dodd, Spinster, died at Staines
Personal estate and effects to John Walter of Upchurch, Gentleman and brother in law, William Kennett Packman of Sittingbourne, Gentleman, upon trust, for her sisters, Elizabeth Dodd, Mary wife of William K. Packman , Ann wife of Thomas Harnett and Martha Dodd, if living at time of her death, equally shared.
Her freehold houses, farmland at Newington and Hartlip, which she purchased from William Ludgate, and other real estate, to trustees, upon trust, to sell when they think fit. Thomas Harnett, shall, if he minds to, have first offer to buy her property in Newington and Hartlip, for a sum of £2,250. If, however, the properties are of a lesser value, then a valuation to be made by two indifferent persons, one appointed by Thomas Harnett , the other by trustees.
From the sale of her real estate, £1,000 to the benefit of the Bible Society and £200, in trust for her god child, Sarah Rose ? Dodd, daughter of her brother, Thomas at 21 years of age; £200 in trust, for god daughter, Mary Ann, also a daughter of brother, Thomas at 21; £140 in trust, for sister Elizabeth; £140 in trust, for sister Ann Harnett; £140 in trust, for sister Martha Dodd. In case either Elizabeth or Martha died in testatorís lifetime, then their share to Ann, if Ann dies, then to her children, equally shared.
Residue of monies, in trust, for sisters, brother Thomas and the four children of her late brother Edward ,and the child of her late brother William, who are living at time of her death, in equal shares.
£100 each to her trustees.
Witnesses: James Edmed, Solicitor, Gravesend and Walter Scott, Harmer Street, Gravesend.

Codicil dated 21st August 1848
She is now residing at Stanwell Moor, Middlesex. To sister, Martha, £50 extra; to "esteemed friends", Mary Sophia Jane Bunch ?, of Stanwell, Widow, £50 and to James Baker of Staines, £5.
Witnesses: Selina B. Woods, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham and Robert Benjamin Wheatley of Staines, Solicitor.
Proved 23rd October 1848

22.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH MEDHURST
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 26th DAY OF DECEMBER 1859
AGED 56 YEARS
Chapter 15 [           ] 1 of Corinthians 57th Verse

23.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY GILBERT
WIFE OF
WILLIAM GILBERT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY [ ] 1838
AGED 58 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
WILLIAM GILBERT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCT. 28th 1844
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH GILBERT
WHO DIED JANUARY 25th 1872 ?
AGED 62 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 2nd July 1839
William Gilbert of Rainham, Farmer
His freehold house in Rainham, occupied by John Friend, Surgeon, to daughter Elizabeth, subject to her paying to her brother, Thomas, £100, plus interest, from day of testatorís death, chargeable on the above property. Also to Elizabeth his silver plate. He has advanced a share of his property to sons, James, a Surgeon and John, a Miller; they are indebted to him, James £64 and John £40. He gives these sums and leases, his farming business, household furniture, linen and china, money and personal estate, to son Thomas, Thomas must pay £250 to James Watchurst, owed on mortgage on the above house. He must also pay Edward Twopenny £1,200 which testator owes. He must also pay £100 owed to William Dodd, he is also to pay his debts and funeral and probate costs and from the personal estate pay his brother William £91 and brother Jordan, £40and £12 per annum for clothes until Jordanís apprenticeship is ended. Son Thomas is executor.
Witnesses: Edward Twopenny of Rochester and Gabriel Couves, Clerk to Messrs Twopenny and Essell, Solicitors, Rochester.
Proved 19th March 1845

24.   SHAPED LEDGER

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS GILBERT
WHO DIED JUNE [    ] 1875
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF
HARRIET HIS WIFE
WHO DIED MARCH 9th 1900
AGED 93 YEARS

1871 Census: Farmer at Meresborough, 300 acres, employs 8 men and 3 boys
Principal Probate Registry, Under £3,000

25.   HEADSTONE, LEANING

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOSEPH HOLMAN
WHO DIED APRIL 2nd 1894
AGED 78 YEARS
"A Light is from our Household Gone,
A Voice we Loved is Stilled,
A Place is Vacant in our Home,
Which Never can be Filled"
ALSO OF ESTHER
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 7th 1903
AGED 73 YEARS

1881 Census: Joseph Holman, Publican, "Lord Stanley", Upchurch
Principal Probate Registry. £42 2s

26.   HEADSTONE, FALLEN

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
KEZIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM ONGLEY
WHO DIED 10th JANUARY 1887
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
WILLIAM ONGLEY
WHO DIED 26th JULY 1901
AGED 86 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

27.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING
MEMORY
OF
FREDERICK WILLIAM GOODSELL
WHO FELL ASLEEP
NOVEMBER 8th 1895
AGED 39 YEARS
"Sleep on Beloved One, for thou needest Rest,
Thy Happy Spirit is Released from Pain,
Reposing Softly on thy Saviourís Breast,
Thou Knowest now, that Death is Endless Gain"

Principal Probate Registry, "Lion" Hotel, Rainham, £290 10s

28.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRIET WIFE OF
JAMES ATKINS
OF THIS PARISH
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 12th JULY 1851
AGED 34 YEARS
"Afflictions Sore Long Time I Bore,
Physicians were in Vain,
Till God did please to give me Ease,
And Free me from my Pain"
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES ATKINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 26th JANUARY
1856 AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO OF CLARA ATKINS
GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE13th OCTOBER
1861 AGED 6 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS

REAR
IN
MEMORY OF
MR JAMES ATKINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 21st JAN 1889
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO OF MABEL YOUNGEST
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE AND
CAROLINE HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 27th MARCH 1887
AGED 49 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO OF CARRIE THIRD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE AND
DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
PERCY J. BAIRD WHO DIED
21st FEB 1890 AGED 28 YEARS
INTERRED AT LEWISHAM

29.   HEADSTONE

IN FOND MEMORY
OF
BLANCHE
DEARLY LOVED DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS & LOUISE HURLEY
DIED 10th APRIL 1889
AGED 14 YEARS
"Until He Come"
ALSO ERNEST
BELOVED ADOPTED SON
WHO DIED AT WOOLO[ ]
OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION
14th NOVEMBER 1914
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO
ALFRED THOMAS HARRY
[                        ]

30.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
THOMAS ABBOTT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
17th MARCH 1852
AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO OF HIS WIDOW
MARY ABBOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[ ] OCT. 1863
AGED 90 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 18th November 1848
Thomas Abbott of Rainham, Gentleman
Desires to be buried in Rainham churchyard, his funeral to be a "walking one".
To nephew Edward Jones of Millman Place, Bedford Row, Middlesex, Solicitor, £200, upon the death of testatorís wife, if he acts as executor. To wife, Mary, all wines, liquors and provisions, her own clothes, watch and trinkets and ornaments. His two freehold houses, formerly one house at Rainham, and any other freehold he may have, to his wife, during her lifetime, she keeping properties insured for £1,000. After her death, the property to his niece, Alice Jones, who is now living with him, for ever. His wife to have use of furniture, plate, linen, china, glass and household goods for her lifetime. After her death, the above to Alice Jones. An inventory to be made, signed by his wife and delivered to Alice Jones. Residue of personal estate, after debts funeral and probate costs, to wife and nephew Edward Jones, upon trust, to pay interest from it to wife for her lifetime, after her death, then to Alice Jones. Wife and Edward Jones are executors.
Witnesses: Thomas Hills, Solicitor, Chatham and George Moss, his Clerk.
Proved 14th April 1852 Power reserved to Mary Abbott.

31.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
LANCE SIMMONS
DIED FEBRUARY 16th 1891
AGED 85
ALSO FRANCES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JULY 6th 1892
AGED 78
"Gone but not Forgotten"

1881 Census: Lance Simmons, Station Road, Agricultural Labourer

32.   TWO LEDGERS IN PARTLY RAILED PLOT


SMART AND DOUGLAS TOMB

NORTH LEDGER
WILLIAM [SMART] ESQ.
OF BLOORíS PLACE IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 11th 1807
[Died 9 April 1858; buried 17 April 1858. (Sources: National Probate Calendars, 1858, 
Wills, SIM-SME, 2/82, at Guildhall Library, London; Medway Ancestors,
]

AGED [    ] YEARS
[He would have been aged 80 years. Christened 13 May 1778. (Source: Medway Ancestors]
ALSO CHARLOTTE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO [DIED SEPTEMBER [    ] 1848
[ AGED 72 YEARS]
JANE THE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED MAY [    ] 18[   ]
[Buried 8 Jan 1849. Source: Medway Ancestors]
IN THE [    ] YEAR OF HER AGE
[42nd year of her age. Christened 19 May 1807. Source: England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975]
WILLIAM DOUGLAS SON OF WILLIAM [SMART]
WHO DIED IN INFANCY
(Indistinct Verses?)
ONE SON AND FOUR DAUGHTERS
LEFT TO MOURN THEIR LOSS

SOUTH LEDGER
(CREST)
CHARLES DOUGLAS ESQ.
DIED THE 17th DAY OF MARCH 1809
AGED 63 YEARS
JANE DOUGLAS
RELICT OF THE ABOVE
DIED 8th MARCH 1825
AGED 76 YEARS
ELIZABETH RAWFOOT
[Probably Crowfoot. She is probably sister of Jane (Crowfoot) Douglas, above]
DIED 8th SEPTEMBER 1821
AGED 64 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 8th December 1807
Charles Douglas of Hartlip,
On the 24th of October 1807, he took out a life insurance policy. His executors will six months after his death, be entitled to £1,000 and are to purchase in the name of William Smart, of Rainham,. Gentleman, £1.,000 of Consolidated 3% Annuities, he had borrowed this sum from Smart, last September.
Rest and remainder, to his "beloved and most excellent wife" Jane. He wishes her to pay any sum due from him to his partner, Charles Chevallier, on account of the business they have been engaged in for many years.
Wife Jane and "esteemed" friend William Smart and Charles Chevallier are executors.
Witnesses: Stephen Steele and Benjamin Giles

Codicil 6th July 1808
He has borrowed from his cousin, Isabella Tart, £400 on bond. This bond will be due about 1811. Whatever is left of the £1,500 for which his life is insured, after payment of Smartís £1,000, to go towards the payment of the £400. With respect of money due from him to Chevallier, will be "explained in a letter addressed to him, which will be found with the codicil".
No Witnesses

Affidavit 17th April 1809
Charles Novin and Charles Stunt, both of the Stock Exchange, are sworn. They knew Douglas well and were acquainted with his handwriting. They have examined the codicil and confirm it is Douglasís hand and that the signature is his.
Proved 19th April 1809

33.   THREE PLAQUES LEANING AGAINST LATTER TOMB IN LARGE GREEN PLOT
        WITH SHORT RAILINGS

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY DOUGLAS ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
WILLIAM SMART OF BLOORíS PLACE
WHO DIED 1st OF MARCH 1895 AGED 89 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIDOW OF BENJAMIN CHARLES GODWIN
FIFTH DAUGHTER OF THE LATE WILLIAM SMART
WHO DIED 1st ? OF OCTOBER 1898
AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO MARIA YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF
THE LATE WILLIAM SMART
WHO DIED 9th JULY 1901 AGED 86 YEARS

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH
THE DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES JOHN SMART
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH
DIED AT PARROCK, GRAVESEND
1880 AGED 60 YEARS

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES JOHN SMART
OF THIS PARISH AND PARROCK, GRAVESEND
WHO DIED AT THE RESIDENCE OF HIS SON IN LAW
JOHN RUSSELL OF HILLSIDE, GRAVESEND
JUNE 18th 1901 AGED 84 YEARS
ELIZABETH MANSFIELD RUSSELL
WIDOW OF JOHN RUSSELL, MILTON, GRAVESEND

1881 Census: Mary D. Smart, occupier of 421 acres, employing 21 men and 4 boys. Sister Maria lives with her.
1881 Census: Charles Smart of Parrock House, Gravesend, Farmer of 360 acres, employs 22 men.
1881 Census: John Russell, 16 Park Place, Milton, American Ship Broker

34.   DOUBLE HEADSTONE Missing parts from Bax and Rice, 1897


SCOTT HEADSTONE

HERE LYETH
YE BODY OF WILL.
SCOTT WHO
DIED JANUARY YE 28th 
1726 
AGED 66 YEARS
ELIZ. WIFE OF
[WILL. SCOTT] 
[DIED MARCH YE 27th] 
[1736] 
[AGED 77 YEARS] 
HERE LIE YE BODIES OF JOHN
 WILL. ELIZABETH AND
 FRANCES SONS
AND DAUGHTERS OF
WILL. SCOTT
 BY ELIZ. HIS WIFE
JOHN DIED JUNE 3rd
1692 AGED 8 MONTHS
WILL. AUGUST 25th 1699
AGED 5 ? YEARS
ELIZ. AUG. 25th 1701
AGED 4 MONTHS
[FRANCES WIFE OF]
[JOHN SMITH]
[OF BRIDGE ?]
[                  ]

  
Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 25th January 1726 (1727)
William Scott of Rainham, Cooper.
He is sick.
His real estate in Rainham in his own occupation, ,is already settled by Deed, upon his wife at their marriage. This settlement to stand.
To son, Henry, 2 pairs of flaxen sheets, Ĺ a dozen flaxen napkins and 1 flaxen table cloth, plus £30.
To son John, who has been brought up in his trade, , 2 pairs of flaxen sheets, Ĺ dozen flaxen napkins and a flaxen tablecloth, all his working tools and as much of his hoops and timber to the value of £15.
To daughter Elizabeth, 3 pairs of flaxen sheets, dozen flaxen napkins and flaxen table cloth, 2 pillow coats and £70. All the linen and another £20 within 6 months after his death, sooner if she marries .The remaining money to his wife.
To his wife, Elizabeth, the use of his silver tankard, marked WJ E
For her lifetime, after her death, to daughter Elizabeth, for ever. Residue of ready money, debts, credits, plate, rings, linen, household stuff, stock in trade, goods, chattels, personal estate, to his wife, for ever, subject to the payment of legacies, funeral and probate costs. Wife and son Henry are executors.
Witnesses: John Chambers, Thomas Cooper and Richard Sheafe.
Proved 25th April 1727

35.   DECORATED HEADSTONE, ( LATER THAN THE EARLIER INSCRIPTIONS.)


FRYER HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF JOHN FRYER WHO DIED
17th OF JULY 1714 AGED 42 YEARS
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND ANN
FRYER WHO DIED THE 12th OF APRIL 1721
WILLIAM AND RICHARD SONS OF JOHN AND
JANE FRYER DIED THE [    ] OF FEBRUARY 1730
WILLIAM AGED 7 AND RICHARD 5 YEARS
JANE WIFE OF JOHN FRYER OF UPCHURCH
DIED THE [ ] OF OCTOBER 1737 AGED [ ] YEARS
THOMAS FRYER OF UPCHURCH DIED
[   ] OF FEBRUARY 174[5] AGED 77 YEARS
JOHN FRYER OF THIS PARISH DIED THE
[   ] OF DECEMBER 1778 AGED 68 YEARS
FRANCES FRYER DIED THE 16th OF OCTOBER 17[84]
AGED 63 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 26th June 1734
John Fryer the Elder, Yeoman (Father of John, Thomas and Frances.)
He is sick and weak.
His house and lands at Meopham, occupied by William White and his property at Chatham, occupied by Widow Punch , to his wife Jane, for her lifetime, after her death to their daughter, Frances Fryer, for ever. These properties are charge with the annual payment of £4 to his wifeís sister Mary Punch, "who now lives with us", for her lifetime, this only paid after his wifeís death.
His half share in the house and farm lands in Chatham, in his own occupation, to son Thomas, for ever. To son John, £100. He has recently borrowed £300 from Mr David Wharum of Rochester, upon mortgage, on the Meopham property and on his half share of property at Lidgeon and several other properties. His son John is owner of the other half of the Lidgeon property. Son John, did, at testatorís request, for the better security of Mr Wharumís , charged his own with a share of the mortgage. The whole of the debt is the testatorís and no part of son John responsibility; Johnís share of the land at Lidgeon is exempt. In order to make provision for paying off the mortgage, son John, shall, immediately after his death, from his personal estate and his several houses at Walderslade, make them fit for sale and these properties go to John, for ever. John is to sell and pay off the outstanding mortgage due to Mr Wharum.
There shall remain a charge on the Lidgeon and Meopham properties. The lease of Macklands Farm, Rainham, which is leased to testator and son John, goes all to son John.
Rest and residue of personal estate to wife Jane and sons and daughter, Thomas, John and Frances, in equal shares. Son John is executor.
Witnesses: Thomas Pascall, Henry Sheafe and William H. Jolly ?
Proved 2nd April 1740

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 21st September 1782
Frances Fryer of Rainham Spinster
friends Thomas Wakeley of Rainham, Yeoman and John Ripley of Rainham, Maltster are executors and trustees, they to have 20 guineas each.
Her two cottages known as the "Bread and Cheese House" and adjoining land of about 6 acres at Walderslade in Chatham, occupied by Richard Boghurst to John, William, Thomas, Stephen, Dinah and Ann Fryer , sons and daughters of her late cousin, John Fryer, late of Detling, Labourer and late Woodreeve to Christopher Rhodes, Esq., Lord of the Manor of Chatham, equally divided, for ever.
To her trustees her house where she lives in Rainham and her house with shop and slaughter house in Rainham, occupied by William Pell. Her house in Queen Street, Chatham occupied by [ ] Wilmot , her farm called Lidsing Farm with 50 acres and 1 acre of woodland, in the parish of Chatham, occupied for many years by her late brother, John Fryer, now by William Siborne and John Paine, also her house with 2 pieces of land, formerly 1 piece, called Kennard's Warren of 4 acres in Meopham at a place called Harwell lately occupied by David Hunt but now by
[       ] Bing, also any other property she may have, to her trustees, upon trust, to sell. All her goods , chattels, corn, cattle, farm tackle, money, securities, debts, leases, money from her real estate and personal estate, to convert to money. They to pay debts, funeral and probate costs and legacies.
One fifth of this money, to cousins, Thomas Furner, Mary wife of Stephen Nox, son and daughter of her late cousin, Thomas Furner of Chatham, Labourer and cousins, Young, Thomas, Mary and Ann Elmore, sons and daughters of Young Elmore of Chatham, Bricklayer by Ann his late wife who was another daughter of Thomas Furner, equally divided.
Rest and residue to cousins, Sarah wife of John Day of Chatham, Shipwright , Catherine wife of [ ] Maddox of Chatham, Shipwright, the daughters of late cousin, William Furner, Mary Brown of Chatham, Widow, Thomas Weeks of Deptford, Joseph Weeks a Sailor in H.M. Navy, Susan Weeks, Spinster the latter four the children of her late cousin Ann Weeks, sister of Thomas Furner, Elizabeth Fox of Chatham, sister of John Baldock Master of the Hen and Chickens Alehouse, in Luton, parish of Chatham, equally shared.
Provided that if Mary daughter of the late John Furner shall not appear to her executors within one year next after testator's death, notice to be placed in newspapers for 52 weeks, after this if she does not appear, her legacy is void and her share to be divided among the latter group of legatees.
Witnesses: William Hatch, Samuel Hatch and William Twopenny

Codicil 16th October 1784
Her black silk sash and petty coat with laced bussle to Miss Elizabeth Wakeley, her garnet coloured silk sash and coat and black silk gown and coat to Frances Bourne, Widow, her green silk damask sash and petty coat to Mary Wakeley infant daughter of Frances Bourne, to Mary England, Widow, her black bussle quilted petty coat , her best scarlet cloak lined in black and such mourning as executor think fit. To Sarah Wood, Widow, a blue silk damask sash and apron, to servant Elizabeth Hutchings, her striped Manchester cotton gown and such mourning as above.
Witness: William Twopenny
Proved 11th November 1784 Effects under £300

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 19th August 1775
John Fryer of Rainham, Yeoman
All real estate, personal estate, household contents and farm utensils, stock, corn, crops, etc., after debts, funeral and probate costs, to sister or reputed sister Frances Fryer, for ever. She is executor.
Witnesses: W. Davies, Richard Wickhard?, and William Twopenny
Proved 18th December 1778

36.    HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF SUSANNA THE WIFE
OF LUKE MILES OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 13th OF DECEMBER 1760
AGED 45 ? YEARS
ALSO THREE OF THEIR CHILDREN
AND LIKEWISE JAMES SKINNER HER BROTHER
MARY DAUGHTER OF JAMES AND SARAH MILES
DIED THE 2nd JUNE 1781
AGED 8 ? YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
LUKE MILES DIED THE 2nd OF FEB. 1791
AGED 9 YEARS

37.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
JAMES MILES
OF THIS PARISH, YEOMAN WHO DIED
THE 14th ? OF JANUARY 1799 AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF HIS CHILDREN
VIZ. MARY AND LUKE
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 15th OF JUNE 1811 AGED 50 ? YEARS

ARCHDEACONRY COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL, dated 25th September 1778
Sarah Miles, Widow
To daughter Rebecca Miles, £100. Executors can take a sum not exceeding £80 from her personal estate to place her son Richard, apprentice. Her real estate in Bredhurst and Deptling, also her goods, chattels, rights, credits, personal estate and effects (after payment of her debts, legacies, funeral and probate costs), to good friends, Thomas Stanley Wakeley of Rainham, Gentleman and William Dodd, of Rainham, Gentleman, upon trust. When son Richard is 21, they are to sell her real estate and that part of her personal estate, not consisting of money. The proceeds to her 7 children, James, John, William, Rebecca, Charles, Thomas and Richard, equally shared at their respective ages of 21, or day of marriage, if girls.
Witnesses: Robert Hinde ,William Jordan and Matthew Bonner.
Proved 7th July 1811

38.   HEADSTONE

[IN MEMORY OF]
JA[MES] [ MILES]
OF SILEM [KENT] ?
WHO DIED 5th DECEMBER [1839]
AGED 63 YEARS
LUKE MILES SON OF
JAMES AND REBECCA MILES
WHO DIED 13th AUGUST [     ]
AGED 22 YEARS

39.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM RICHARD MOSS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 17th JULY 1870
AGED 72 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

40.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
CHARLOTTE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM HEDGCOCK
OF THE PARISH OF ALLHALLOWS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
0N THE 21st OF APRIL 1866
AGED 28 YEARS
(Eroded Verses)

41.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
ELIZ. BROUMFEALD
WHO DIED 10th OF OCT.* 1761
AGED 37 or 57 YEARS
*Register records burial as 29th November ?

42.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
GEORGE STYLES
WHO DIED JUNE 9th 1888
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO SARAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 10th 1889
AGED 74 YEARS
"He Saves the Uttermost them
That come unto God through Him"

Principal Probate Registry. £177

43.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. CHARLES RUMMEN
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED [ ] MAY 1831 AGED 54 YEARS
ALSO ANN RUMMEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 6th SEPTEMBER [1835]
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO MR. CHARLES RUMMEN
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [ ] OF DEC. 18[28]
AGED 25 YEARS
M[RS] AMY WIFE OF MR. ROBERT [ANSE]LL
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ] OF JUNE [1834 ]
AGED 27 YEARS

Parish Register: Charles Rummen, Senior, from the "Star Inn", Gillingham.
His wife also from Gillingham. Mary Rummen married Robert Ansell at Borden, 1830

44.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
WILLM. EDWARD WILKINS BRITTAIN
SON OF ISAIAH AND ELIZ. BRITTAIN
DIED SEP. 26th 1800 AGED 2 YEARS & 26 DAYS
"Children are only Heavenís Blessings Lent,
Snatched by Godís Call sometimes as soon as sent,
Leaving their Parents to Lament,
I am not Lost but only Gone Before,
The Realms of Bliss and Heaven to explore"
ALSO HARRIOT WILKINS BRITTAIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
ISAIAH AND ELIZABETH BRITTAIN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 14th DAY OF
JUNE 1820 AGED 10 YEARS AND 15 DAYS

45.   TWO HEADSTONES IN DOUBLE PLOT

IN MEMORY OF
ANN FRANCES
WIFE OF JOHN WARE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1875
AGED 70 YEARS
LEAVING 1 SON AND 4 DAUGHTERS
VIZ. JAMES, SARAH, MARY,
ANN, ELIZABETH AND ELIZA MARY
"Afflictions Sore Long Time I Bore,
Physicians were in Vain,
Till God did please Death did me Seize,
And Free me from my Pain"
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN WARE
WHO DIED AUGUST 13th 1885
IN HIS 82nd YEAR
"Therefore be ye also ready for in
Such an Hour as ye think not, the
Son of Man Cometh"

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
DINAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES WARE
DIED THE 12th DAY OF AUGUST 1904
AGED 71 YEARS
"Oh, Yes, it is Lord of the Last Separation,
To Part with the Mother that Loved us so,
The Home and the Hearth feel Wide Desolation,
At Bidding the Dearly Loved Parents, Adieu"
"She said our Sorrow was her Joy Unceasingly"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JAMES WARE
BORN SEPT. 26th 1830
DIED JUNE 11th 1922
"Father in thy Gracious Keeping,
Leaving we now our Loved One Sleeping"

John Ware, Principal Probate Registry, Fruiterer, £1,517 10s
James Ware, Principal Probate Registry, £5,697 16s 2d

46.   HEADSTONE

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM FINNES
WHO DIED JUNE 4th 1891
IN HIS 51st YEAR
ALSO OF
WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCT. 10th 1880
AGED 3 MONTHS
LUC Y MILDRED
DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 2nd 1918 AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO OF ERNERST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS KING AND COUNTRY
IN FRANCE MARCH 22nd 1918 AGED 34 YEARS
ALSO OF WALTER JAMES
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 23rd 1932 AGED 60 YEARS

Rear
ELLEN BESSIE
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
WHO DIED MARCH 9th 1940
AGED 54 YEARS

William Finnes, Principal Probate Registry, Butcher, £1,339 17s 3d

47.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE MARY
THE ONLY BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE THOMAS & MARY ANN MILES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 17th DEC. 1876
AGED 20 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS

48.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
YOUNG JOSIAH TAYLOR
BORN MAY 15th 1800
DIED SEPTEMBER 18th 1857
ALSO SARAH TAYLOR
BORN APRIL 17th 1808
DIED FEBRUARY 26th 1858
ISABEL JANE TAYLOR
BORN MARCH 29th 1849
DIED MARCH 6th 1895

1851 Census: Josiah Taylor, Master Brazier

49.   TWO HEADSTONES IN DOUBLE PLOT

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY CHARLES WALLIS
THE DEARLY BELOVED SON OF
GEORGE AND ELLEN WALLIS
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 9th 1900
IN HIS 21st YEAR
"One Less at Home, one Voice is Stilled,
Missed Day by Day, his Place Unfilled,
One more the Crown of Life is Given,
One less on Earth, one more in Heaven"
ALSO ALICE EMILY WALLIS
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 18th 1888
AGED 10 MONTHS

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELLEN
THE DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF
GEORGE THOMAS WALLIS
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 24th 1914
AGED 60 YEARS
"In the Midst of life we are in Death"
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
ALBERT EDWARD WALLIS
SON OF THE ABOVE
GEORGE THOMAS WALLIS
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE WHILST SERVING
HIS KING AND COUNTRY IN THE CANADIAN ARMY
MARCH 5th 1917 AGED 21
ALSO THE ABOVE
GEORGE THOMAS WALLIS
WHO DIED AUGUST 1st 1931
AGED 76 YEARS
"At Rest"
ALSO EMILY WALLIS
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 8th 1972
AGED 82
"In Godís House for Evermore"

1911 Census: George Thomas Wallis, died 1931, Dairyman.
Principal Probate Registry, £1,409 12s 5d

50.   HEADSTONE

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED JONES
WHO SWEETLY FELL ASLEEP
JANUARY 1st 1897 AGED 72 YEARS
"After Labour, how Sweet is Rest"
ALSO SARAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO ENTERED INTO REST SEPT. 18th 1900
AGED 77 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

1881 Census: At Tonge, a Railway Servant, (London, Chatham and Dover)

51.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY
OF
HENRY PENFOLD
WHO DIED JANUARY 7th 1891
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO
MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 1st 1898
AGED 66 YEARS

Principal Probate Registry, Surgeon, £1,863 17s 9d

52.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EMMA
WIFE OF JOHN GALLEHAWK
WHO DIED MARCH 21st 1904
AGED 72 YEARS
"Until the Day Break and the Clouds Flee Away"

1881 Census: Naval Pensioner, Father in Law to Packer, a Baker of Ramsgate
1901 Census: Navy Pensioner at Herne Bay, born Halstow, wife born Rainham.

53.   CHEST TOMB (BAX & RICE)

NORTH SIDE
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH ANN FOWLE
WIFE OF MR. JOHN FOWLE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPTEMBER 13th 1799 AGED 85 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE FIVE SONS AND TWO DAUGHTERS
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE DIED MARCH 1st 1800 AGED 5 YEARS
LIKEWISE GEORGE THEIR SON DIED NOVEMBER 2nd 1800 AGED 11 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH ANN THEIR DAUGHTER DIED JUNE 29th 1803 AGED 18 YEARS

54.   HEADSTONE (BAX & RICE)

TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS ASHDOWN
WHO DIED THE 3rd DAY OF OCTOBER 1807
AGED 61 YEARS
HE WAS TWENTY FIVE YEARS BAILIFF TO
JOHN FOWLE, ESQ.
"May [the] Discharge of the Duties,
Of his Station on Earth, Obtain,
For his Eternal Reward from his,
Master in Heaven"

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 12th October 1790
Thomas Ashdown, Husbandman.
Brother John is executor. Ready money, investments, plate, linen, woollen, china, pewter, brass, beds, household stuff and personal estate, after debts, legacies (not specified ?) and funeral costs are paid, to brother John.
Witnesses: Richard Whitehead and William Gifford.
Proved 10th October 1807

55.   GREY CHEST TOMB (NORTH SIDE LEGIBLE, REST FROM BAX & RICE)

WEST SIDE
ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE
LYETH YE BODY OF
ELIZABETH HARLOCK
HIS MOTHER WHO DIED
JUNE 1714
AGED ABOUT 70 YEARS

SOUTH SIDE
WILLAM HARLOCK, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPT[ ] 11th 1715
IN HIS 5[ ] YEAR

NORTH SIDE
ALSO [HERE] LYETH YE BODY OF ELIZABETH HARLOCK
[SECOND WIFE OF MR] WILLIAM HARLOCK AND
[DAUGHTER OF] STEPHEN BARFOOT OF NETTLESTEAD
[WHO] DEPARTED THIS LIFE [MAY] THE 27th 1719
IN THE 48th YEAR OF HER AGE

EAST SIDE
[HERE LYETH ]
THE BODY OF
SUSANNA
[              ]
[              ]
AGED 31 YEARS

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Court Will, dated 12th September 1712
William Harlock, Yeoman.
To "honoured" mother, Elizabeth Harlock, Widow, an annuity of £5 for her lifetime. To his brothers, David and Gabriel, Elizabeth Crittall and Susannah Buckhast, (infants), who he now keeps, £50 each.
If his wife has no child by him, not alive after one year after his death, then in that case, he gives his nephew, William Harlock, £200, but if such a child dies in the space of 14 years after his death, then nephew, William Harlock has the further sum of £200. If his wife has no children living at the time of his death, or is not pregnant at his death, then after his debts and legacies are paid, the rest and residue of his personal estate to his wife and nephew, William Harlock; they are executors.
Witnesses: Daniel Parramore, John Walsall and Fra. Walsall
Proved 13th June 1716

56.   CHEST TOMB (BAX & RICE)

IN MEMORY OF
MRS ELIZABETH HUNT
WIFE OF
MR DANIEL HUNT
OF THE PARISH OF
ST. N[ICHOLAS] BARTHESTON*
WHO DIED [    ] APRIL 1769
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO OF
MR DANIEL HUNT
DIED 19th NOVEMBER 1772
AGED [    ] YEARS
*Bafreston ?

57.   HEADSTONE


TWOPPENY HEADSTONE

NEAR THIS PLACE ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS
OF WILLIAM TWOPPENY
OF BLOWERíS PLACE IN THIS PARISH
AND ANN HIS WIFE
SHE 6th JANUARY 1738 AGED 47 YEARS
DIED
HE 2nd APRIL 1750 AGED 56 YEARS
THEY LEFT ISSUE TWO SONS
JOHN AND THOMAS

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated 20th March 1750 (1751)
William Twoppeny of Rainham, Yeoman.
He is sick. His real estate to his two sons, John and Thomas, equally shared, for ever.
Executor to draw up an inventory of his goods and personal estate and to pay his debts, including the rent of the Parsonage of Rainham, when due, and funeral expenses . The value of the inventory to son Thomas, or in case of his death, to executor, 5 years after testatorís death, with interest of 4%. Son John will give his bond to son Thomas for the payment of this legacy.
Residue to son John who is executor.
Witnesses: Isaac Wildish, John Fryer and William Twopenny
Proved 15th April 1751

58.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF MARTIN SON OF
JOHN AND ANN CAMP OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED DECEMBER THE 2nd 1786
AGED 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF WILL. RAYNER
AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND ANN
CAMP DIED AUGUST THE 12th 1787
AGED 28 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE DAUGHTER SARAH

59.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ROB. FREDERICK OF THIS
PARISH WHO DIED THE 1st OF
MARCH 1764 AGED 64 YEARS
---------------Ground Level---------------
ALSO ANN FREDERICK WIFE
OF THE ABOVE ROBERT FREDERICK
WHO DIED MAY THE 1st 1783
AGED 73 YEARS

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 25th September 1778
Ann Frederick, Widow.
She is ill. To grand daughter, Ann Ripworth, the daughter of her daughter, Ann Ripworth, of Rainham, a large silver spoon, marked with the letters, A R. To daughter Ann Ripworth, all of her clothes, if she is dead, then the clothes to her daughter, Ann at 21 years of age or day of marriage. To Ann Frederick, her grand daughter, daughter of son, Henry, I guinea to buy mourning. Rest and residue, of goods, chattels, money, lease of her house farm, stock utensils, implements of husbandry and personal estate, to son Robert.
She desires Robert and his executors to allow grand daughter, Ann Ripworth, to live in the house and assist her in board and clothing and other necessary things. Son Robert is executor.
Witnesses: John Ellen and John Williams, Clerk to Mr Dyer.
Proved 20th May 1786

60.   HEADSTONE (BAX & RICE)

HERE
LYETH YE BODY OF
WILLIAM TILDEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 29th 1718
AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO YE BODY OF ELIZA ? HIS WIFE
SHE DIED NOVEMBER YE 21st 1755 ?
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO JOHN AND ELIZABETH
THEIR SON AND DAUGHTER INTERRíD HERE
LEFT SURVIVING 2 SONS
WILLIAM AND JOHN

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will
William Tilden, Gentleman.
Very sick. Wife Mary is executor. To poor people of Rainham and of Lower Halstow, £4 to be distributed at his trustees discretion. To wife Mary, £50 worth of his household goods as she chooses, two indifferent persons to value the goods, one chosen by his wife, one by his executors. His wife is now pregnant, if born alive and a girl, then £400 to the child at 21 years of age or day of marriage, with motherís consent. If a boy he shall be on equal standing with his three other sons, William, John and James.
To brother John and cousin, Richard Sissell, £10 each, they are Overseers of the will and Guardians of his three sons.
Residue, after debts, legacies, funeral and probate costs are paid, to three sons and unborn child. Until they are all of age, interest to be used by wife for maintenance and education of children. If his wife remarries, his Overseers can take what is due to children and take the children from their mother.
Witnesses: Thomas Craddock, mark of Susanna Gover and William Black
Proved 8th October 1719

61.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR JAMES RIPPOTH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUG. 4th
1779 AGED [5]9 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE TWO DAUGHTERS AND ONE SON
ALSO MR JAMES RIPPOTH
SON OF THE ABOVE
(WHO WAS LOST FROM ON BOARD THE
FRIGATE HYAENA AT SEA) MAY 22nd 1801
AGED 30 YEARS
---------------Ground Level----------------
ALSO ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 3rd 1820
AGED 76 YEARS

62.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
MARTHA WIFE OF
JOHN CROCKER
OF CHATHAM
WHO DIED 16th MAY 1756
AGED 67

63.   HEADSTONE (BAX & RICE)

TO THE MEMORY OF
CECELIA
WIFE OF
JOHN KNIGHT
OF UPCHURCH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER THE 20th 1800
AGED 35 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 7 CHILDREN
4 SONS AND 3 DAUGHTERS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JOHN KNIGHT
WHO DIED 4th JANUARY 1831
AGED 62 YEARS

64.   CHEST TOMB 

STONE LEDGER ON RED BRICK BASE
(THIS LEDGER IS EXTREMELY WORN, SO I HAVE
RELIED ON BAX & RICE FOR MOST OF IT.)
IN MEMORY OF
MR JOSEPH KNIGHT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 20th MARCH 1829
AGED 90 YEARS
AND OF MRS ANN (sic)* KNIGHT
HIS WIFE
AGED 83 YEARS
AFTER SURVIVING HIM ONE MONTH
THEY TOGETHER SUSTAINED THE CHANGES
AND CHANCES OF THIS MORTAL LIFE
IN THE ABOVE RELATION FOR 63 YEARS
ALSO NEAR THIS SPOT LIETH
GREAT GRANDCHILDREN OF THE ABOVE
MARY ANN SIMMONS
DIED 21st OCTOBER 1831
AGED 26 YEARS
ELIZABETH SIMMONS
DIED 6th NOVEMBER 1855
AGED [ ] YEARS
JOSEPH SIMMONS
DIED 1st DECEMBER 1856
AGED [33] YEARS
ANNEMARIA HIS WIFE
DIED 31st AUGUST 1856
AGED 33 YEARS
*See Will

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 30th September 1811
Joseph Knight of Rainham, Brickmaker
To his son, James Knight, £100; he forgives James all debts he owes him.
He has for some time, carried on a business as Brickmaker at Otterham Quay, in partnership with son, John, each having an equal share; son John to have all the business (leasehold), except stock bricks fit for sale or in preparation, also crops and other produce growing on the site. The money from the latter two items to be taken as part of his personal estate. Son John will not have full possession until the bricks and crops are sold.
To Thomas Stanley Wakeley, of Rainham, Gentleman and William Dodd the Elder of Rainham, Gentleman, upon trust, his house on the south side of Rainham High Street, this is for the use of his wife, Mary (sic), for her lifetime. After her death, the trustees are to sell the house and hold the money, in trust. Plate, linen, furniture also to his trustees, upon trust.
They are to permit wife to use the latter goods, during her lifetime. After her death, upon trust, to sell and to hold the proceeds upon trust.
The residue of his freehold estate, also his personal estate and effects, to trustees, upon trust, to sell. They to pay funeral and probate costs, debts and cash legacies. Surplus to be invested in Government Funds. Trustees to set apart a sum sufficient to secure an annuity of £50, which goes to his wife, for her lifetime.
One fifth of the invested money, in trust for son John. If John is not living at testator's death, then the money to be shared equally between his children at 21 years. Another fifth part, upon trust, to pay son., William the interest for his lifetime, after his death, the money to be shared equally between his children. From another fifth part interest to be paid to his daughter Mary, wife of Thomas Corman, for her lifetime' after her death, the interest to Thomas Corman, for his lifetime' after his death, to their children, as before. If Mary has no children or none survive beyond 21 years, then the fifth part in trust for sons John, William and Thomas Abey Knight and two grandchildren, Joseph and James Simmons,
sons of late daughter, Fanny wife of Tapley Simmons, equally shared. Interest from another fifth, to Joseph and James Simmons, towards their maintenance and education.
Interest of the last fifth to son Thomas for his lifetime and after his death, to his children toward their maintenance and education, if there are no children or all died before they are 21 years, then to his sons and daughters and Joseph and James Simmons, the latter to have one fifth of the fifth part.
His trustees are also executors.
He signs will with a mark.
Witnesses: James Edmed, William Hatch and James Hatch

Codicil, 7th December 1816
He has bequeathed son James, £100 and forgiven him his debts. He is making further provision for James, an additional £200, after death of testator's wife, but if she dies in testator's lifetime, the £200 to be paid within 12 months of testator's death. Rest of will confirmed.
Again signs with a mark.
Witnesses: James Edmed , Solicitor, Gravesend, Thomas Furze and Robert Atkins of the Mitre Inn, Chatham.

Codicil 19th February 1821
He had given his trustees his house in Rainham, furniture and goods and residue of his freehold and personal estate and made them executors.
William Smart of Rainham, Gentleman, is to be a trustee and executor in the place of Wakeley. Rest of will confirmed.
Signs with a mark.
Witnesses: William Pell the Elder, William Pell the Younger and John Vinten, all of Rainham.
Proved 15th September 1829 Power reserved to William Dodd.



65.   HEADSTONE (BAX & RICE)

IN MEMORY OF
CATHERINE KNIGHT
WIFE OF
JOHN KNIGHT
OF UPCHURCH
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1862
AGED 74 YEARS

66.   HEADSTONE (BAX & RICE)

[IN MEMORY OF]
FANNY ATHERDEN
DIED OCTOBER 7th 1819
AGED 5 WEEKS

67.   HEADSTONE (BAX & RICE)

HER[E LIETH]
INTER[RED THE BODY]
OF FRA[NCES]
WIFE OF M[ICHAEL WOOD]
AND DAUGH[TER OF]
AUG[USTIN?] [     ] [OF THIS]
PARISH, GENT. [WHO DIED]
DECEMBER YE [     ]
1720 AGED 23 YEARS

68.   Headstone


THOMAS LANE

HERE LIETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
MR THOMAS LANE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 19th 1746 AGED 63 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON

69.   LEANING, ERODED HEADSTONE, RAILED PLOT

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIE
DEARLY BELOVED AND ONLY SON OF
WILLIAM HENRY AND BERTHA WAKELEY
DIED JAN [    ] 1882
[Died January 10, 1882. Source: Darrel La Mar Wakley lamar@ida.net]

AGED 13 YEARS
THE ABOVE WILLIAM HENRY
WAKELEY
BORN AUGUST [    ] 1836
[Born August 15, 1835. (Source: Darrel La Mar Wakley]
DIED OCTOBER 17th? 1908
[Yes, died October 17, 1908. (Source: Darrel La Mar Wakley]
ALSO
HELEN BERTHA WAKELEY
BORN JUNE 24th 1836
DIED JAN. 2nd 1904
ALSO
[       ] BERTHA WAKELEY
[       ] AND [       ]
[       ]

70.   HEADSTONE

THIS
TABLET WAS ERECTED
BY A FEW FRIENDS
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM HENRY GILBY
A WORKING MAN
WHO AFTER SOME YEARS OF EARNEST EFFORT
IN THIS PARISH
TO WIN SOULS TO CHRIST FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
FEBY. 4Th 1883 AGED 49 YEARS
"Be ye also Ready"
Matthew 24. 44

1881 Census: A boarder in Station Road, Foreman Platelayer

71.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF CHARLES SMITH
WHO DIED AT ROCHESTER
JAN. 24th 1901 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO ELLEN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN THIS PARISH
JUNE 27th 1880 AGED 59 YEARS
"Until the Day Break"

72.   THREE LEDGERS (ONE MODERN), IN LARGE RAILED PLOT

IN MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF ROBERT WATSON
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 4th OF DECEMBER 1824 AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED ROBERT WATSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 13th OF DECEMBER 1857 AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO
FREDERICK GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 7th OF APRIL 183[  ] AGED 16 MONTHS
ALSO MARIAN GRAND DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED 10th SEPTEMBER 183[  ]
AGED 3 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS
AND IN THE VAULT LOUISA
GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 2nd 1871 AGED 16 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS WATSON GRANDSON
OF THE ABOVE
ROBERT AND MARY WATSON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 21st 1889

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
ROBERT DURRANT WATSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
24th DECEMBER 1882
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF HELEN WATSON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 24th OCTOBER 1927 IN HER 67th YEAR
ANN WATSON DIED FEBRUARY 18th 1902
AGED 20 YEARS
MARY WATSON DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1904
AGED 81 YEARS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
HENRY CHARLES WATSON
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 29th APRIL 1906 AGED 57 YEARS
"At Rest"
ALICE MARY WATSON
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 2nd 1931
AGED 71 YEARS

Principal Probate Registry: Robert Watson, a Butcher, effects under £300
1881 Census: Robert Durrant Watson, a Farmer of 201 acres, employing 12 men and 4 boys 
Henry Charles Watson, a Farmer of 200 acres, employing 8 men and 2 boys

73.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
MR HERBERT CRANE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY [    ]
1817
AGED 62 YEARS

74.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF
ISABELLA & EMILY
THE [BELOVED] CHILDREN OF
WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH TAYLOR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 5th 1870
[ISABELLA] AGED [3 YEARS]
[EMILY AGED 11 MONTHS]

75.   COPED STONE

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM KNIGHT
WHO DIED APRIL 26th 1899
AGED 75 YEARS

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM KNIGHT
WHO DIED MAY 16th 1927
AGED 89 YEARS

1881 Census: Barge Owner
Principal Probate Registry: £4,568 3s 7d

76.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF
JAMES TAYLOR
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
2nd OCT. 1889
IN HIS 79th YEAR
ALSO
HANNAH MARIA
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP 22nd DEC. 1902
IN HER 84th YEAR
"Until the Day Break and the Shadows Flee Away"

1881 Census: House Decorator employing 3 men and 1 boy

77.   LEDGER ON BRICK BASE

IN MEMORY OF
ISABELLA ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM KNIGHT
DIED JULY 5th 1862
AGED 34 YEARS
ALSO
DANIEL JAMES KNIGHT
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED OCTOBER 22nd 1886
AGED 30 YEARS

1881 Census: Daniel James, a Coal Merchant of Strood
Principal Probate Registry: £712 6s

78.   COPED STONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN LONGLEY
HEADMASTER OF THE RAINHAM SCHOOLS 1851- 1884
ORGANIST OF THIS PARISH CHURCH 1868-1898
WHO FELL ASLEEP MAY 26th 1900
IN HIS 77th YEAR

ALSO IN [LOVING] MEMORY OF
EMMA RELICT OF THE LATE
JOHN LONGLEY
WHO FELL ASLEEP FEB. [   ] 1908
IN HER 83rd YEAR

Principal Probate Registry: £2,010 18s

79.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF MARY FLEET
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE MARCH 20th *1800
AGED 30 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE TWO SONS AND FIVE
DAUGHTERS, FANNY, MARY,
ELIZABETH, JOHN, SARAH, WILLIAM
AND ANN
WM. FLEET SON OF THE ABOVE MARY
WHO DIED MAY 20th 1800 AGED 2 MONTHS
ANN FLEET DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 20th *1800
AGED 2 MONTHS

*The Burial Register states that Mary and Ann buried on the 18th March, the son does not appear in 1820

80.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY ALFRED
SON OF
JAMES AND MARTHA WILKINS
WHO DIED THE 26th OF DECEMBER
1837
AGED 3 YEARS AND 7 MONTHS
ALSO HELEN THEIR DAUGHTETR
WHO DIED THE 13th OF JANUARY 1841
AGED 4 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS

81.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
MR WILLIAM PELL
WHO DIED THE 31st OF MARCH 1833
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF MRS FRANCES PELL
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 18th OF MAY 1828
AGED 54 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 2nd August 1831
William Pell of Rainham, Farmer
His debts, funeral and probate costs to be paid first.
Ready money, securities, debts, household goods,furniture, plate, linen, china, glass, clothes, stock in trade, implements of agriculture, dead stock, crops and personal estate, to Charles Jacobs of Farrington Market, Fruit Salesman and William Pell of the same place, Fruit Salesman, upon trust.
They to sell everything not consisting of money, and divide equally among his children, Frances, wife of Joseph Atherden, William, John, Thomas and James Pell, Ann wife of Charles Jacobs, Elizabeth and Helen Pell. He has already advanced money to sons, Thomas and John, this money to be taken into account when dividing the money left to his children. The trustees are also executors.
Witnesses: M.S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and G. Havard
Proved 30th October 1833

82.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM PAYN
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 22nd FEBY. 1857
AGED 34 YEARS
LEAVING A WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN
ANN FRANCES BORN 18th FEBRUARY 1846
WILLIAM BORN 20th FEBRUARY 1848
JOHN BORN 28th MAY 1851
ROBERT BORN 9th NOVEMBER 1852
ANN FRANCES DAUGHTER OF THE
ABOVE DIED THE 18th OF SEPTEMBER 1860
AGED 14 YEARS
AND ELIZABETH BRIDGET
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 20th NOV. 1865
AGED 45 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 24th January 1857
William Payn of Rainham, Corn Factor
All of his estate and effects to wife, Elizabeth Bridget, or ever, she is executor.
Witnesses: Joseph Simmons of Rainham, Wheelwright and John Hales, 42 Matilda Street, Islington, Gemtleman
Affidavit 7th April 1857
John Hales is sworn, he was present with Joseph Simmons when testator executed will and they both sign the will in testator's presence.
Proved 9th April 1857

83.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS BARDEN
WHO DIED MAY 18th 1902 AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO MARY ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 29th 1902
AGED 64 YEARS
AFTER 10 YEARS AFFLICTION
"[      ] Mother and Father Dear,
Called Home within one year,
[      ] Children left to Mourn their Loss,
[      ] Meekly Bow beneath the Cross"
ALSO EMILY, CLARA, ALICE AND KATE
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE
ALSO ELIZABETH ANN SMITH
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 20th 1933
AGED 72 YEARS

1881 Census: General Dealer
Principal Probate Registry: Green Grocer, High Street, £124

84.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM BENNETT
WHO DIED 10th FEBRUARY 1906
AGED 83 YEARS
"Rest in Peace"
ALSO ELIZA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 20th JULY 1917
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO MARY CHARLOTTE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 21st APRIL 1922
AGED 43 YEARS
"Till we Meet Again"

1881 Census: Retired Farmer
Principal Probate Registry: of Pampa Cottage, Station Rd. £1,004 10s

85.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SOPHIA KESLAKE CLARK
DIED SEPTEMBER 30th 1901
AGED 78 YEARS
"Her End was Peace"
ALSO HANNAH WRIGHT CLARK
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED APRIL 16th 1913
AGED 64 YEARS
FOR OVER 30 YEARS A FAITHFUL SERVANT TO THE
LATE H.J. QURRIER ESQ. OF COLVILLE, BEXLEY
"At Rest"
ALBERT HENRY DINES
DIED JULY 14th 1917 AGED 60 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO OF EMILY ANN DINES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 16th 1935
AGED 76 YEARS

1881 Census: Albert Dines Brickfield Labourer
Principal Probate Registry: Labourer of Orchard St. £282 5s 1d

86.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
DEAR
PHOEBE DRAIN
PASSED AWAY 3rd NOVEMBER 1905
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO OUR DEAR FATHER
WILLIAM DRAIN
ENTERED INTO REST 4th JANUARY 1911
AGED 71
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO JOE DRAIN
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN FRANCE
DECEMBER 25th ? 1916
AGED 23 YEARS
"[His] Memory is as Dear Today,
[As the] Hour he Went Away"

87.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF MY DEAR HUSBAND
ROBERT CORK
WHO DIED JULY 28th 1899
AGED 61 YEARS
"The Loss was Great, the Blow Severe,
To Part with him we Loved so Dear,
But God alone knew it was Best,
To take him to his Heavenly Rest"
ALSO SARAH BETHANIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 4th 1906
AGED 69 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

1881 Census: Robert Cork, Carman

88.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ALFRED CHARLES KEMP
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 20th 1909
AGED 75 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO SARAH KEMP
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 1st 1911
AGED 78 YEARS
"Asleep in Jesus Blessed Sleep"

1881 Census: Labourer in H.M. Dockyard, Chatham

89.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
LESTER JENKINS
WHO WAS FATALLY INJURED
AT ORPINGTON STATION AUGUST 20th 1912
AGED 23 YEARS
"He Shall Rise Again"
HENRY JENKINS
DIED 4th APRIL 1922 AGED 95 YEARS
THOMAS JENKINS
DIED 31st MAY 1946 AGED 68
RACHEL JENKINS WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 11th MAY 1947 AGED 96
"The Memory of the Just is Blessed"

1881 Census: Henry Jenkins, Bailiff at Tonge Farm
1911 Census Lester Jenkins, Rail Carriage Cleaner

90.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
ANN HOW
WHO DIED MARCH 16th 1909
AGED 83
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO ELIZABETH HALES
DIED MARCH 18th 1933
AGED 83 YEARS

91.   COPED STONE

IN MEMORY OF
EMMA RAYNER
WHO ENTERED INTO REST JULY 29th 1908
AGED [59] YEARS

ALSO
OUR DEAR MOTHER
CAROLINE RAYNER
WHO FELL ASLEEP DECEMBER [    ] [1925]
AGED 97 YEARS

92.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES BATES
AND LOVING MOTHER
WHO DIED THE 24th DAY OF MAY 1903
AGED 46 YEARS
"He that Endureth to the End shall be Saved"
"Afflictions Sore Long Time I Bore,
Physicians were in Vain,
Till God in Mercy, did her Call,
And Eased her of her Pain"

93.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
RICHARD GODDEN
WHO DIED ? JUNE 1900
AGED 6[  ]
ALSO ANN
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 14th APRIL 1914 ?
AGED 80
ALSO EDITH
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th MARCH 1903
AGED 29
"At Rest"
ALSO HAROLD GODDEN GRANDSON
DIED IN CETTON? IN FRANCE MARCH 23rd 191[  ]

1881 Census: Richard Godden, Rail Plate Layer

94.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZA
BELOVED WIFE OF J. H. TRUSCOTT
OF NEW BROMPTON
AND DAUGHTER OF THE LATE JESSE HOOK
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 9th APRIL 1900
AGED 43 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
JAMES HENRY TRUSCOTT
WHO DIED 22nd OCTOBER 1901
AGED 67 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

1881 Census: James Truscott, living in Rochester,Clerk in War Office ?
Principal Probate Registry: £859 11s 10d

95.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF MY DEAR HUSBAND
WILLIAM COLLINS
WHO FELL ASLEEP MARCH 11th 1904
AGED 66 YEARS
"God's finger touched him and he Slept"
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO ESTHER COLLINS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP APRIL 12th 1918
AGED 77 YEARS
"Forever with the Lord"

1881 Census: Market Gardener
Principal Probate Registry: William, £403

96.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
NAOMI SMITHERMAN
WHO FELL ASLEEP DEC. 12th 1908
AGED 77 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO MARTHA ANN POINTER
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
CALLED HOME AUG. 20th 1930
AGED 77 YEARS

97.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH ANN TAYLOR
WHO DIED DEC. 20th 1905
AGED 66 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord"
ALSO
JAMES TAYLOR
WHO DIED NOV. 10th 1910
AGED 69 YEARS
"Beloved and Loving, they have passed away,
[And] we who Mourn their Loss, can only Pray,
We shall Meet them yet again in that Light Home,
Where Sorrow, Sin and Death are all Unknown"

1881 Census: Painter and Plumber
Principal Probate Registry: of Ashby House, £787 4s 10d, re-sworn £857 4s 10d

98.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH CHAPMAN
WHO DIED THE 31st DAY OF MAY 1903
AGED 67 YEARS
"Abide with me, fast falls the Eventide,
The Darkness deepens Lord with me Abide,
When after helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O Abide with me"
ALSO
GEORGE CHAPMAN
WHO DIED JANUARY 3rd 1910
AGED 82 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
THOMAS CHAPMAN
SON OF THE ABOVE
1879 - 1961

99.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
THOMAS HARRIS
WHO DIED 2nd DEC. 1904
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO
HENRY THOMAS HARRIS
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1st JUNE 1906
AGED 42 YEARS
Verse
ALSO FRANCES WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 18th NOV. 1909
AGED [   ] 1 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO WILLIAM HENRY SMITH
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 5th AUG. 1925 ?
AGED 59 YEARS

1881 Census: Thomas Harris, Gardener

100.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
EMILY BOAKES
WHO DIED JAN. 30th 1912
AGED 38 YEARS
"Until the Day Break and the
Shadows Flee Away"
ALSO
EDWIN RICHARD BOAKES
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEB. 3rd [1918]
AGED 79 YEARS
"Forever with the Lord"
ALSO ELIZABETH BOAKES
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JAN. 12th 1922
AGED 78 YEARS

1881 Census: Edwin Boakes, Farm Labourer at Stockbury

101.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
EMMA THE BELOVED WIFE OF
EDWARD KIDD
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JULY 17th 1875
AGED 25 YEARS
"The Sun is gone Down, when it was yet Day so,
Teach us to Number our Days that we apply,
Our Hearts unto Wisdom"
ALSO FRANK SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1st SEPTEMBER 1875 AGED 7 WEEKS

102.   LEDGER, LOW RAILS


STEDMAN TOMBS

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
MR JOHN STEDMAN
OF ROCHESTER
WHO DIED DECEMBER 11th 1846
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO OF HENRY
SECOND SON OF JAMES AND
SOPHIA STEDMAN
OF GILLINGHAM
AND GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 7th 1871
AGED 17 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO OF ELLEN
GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FE[RUARY] [    ] [1876]
[AGED 33 YEARS]
[         ]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 10th September 1846
John Stedman of St. Margaret, Rochester, Millwright
All debts, funeral and probate costs first paid.
To wife, Mary, for her life, all household furniture, plate, linen, china, household goods. After her death, then to his son James Boyer Stedman and daughter Elizabeth Field, shared equally. Also to son James, the half share of the property that he and son James are co-owners, on condition that James pays into the trust estate three years after the death of the survivor of testator's wife and daughter Mary, £300 and out of this sum pay for his funeral and probate costs, debts, legacies and mourning, also funeral costs of his wife and daughter Mary. Residue of this money to son and daughter, Elizabeth, shared equally.
To daughter Elizabeth, his half share of the leasehold mill and premises, held by testator and son in law, John Field, on condition that John Field pays rent accruing to testator, for the benefit of the estate, until the next quarterly day following testator's death. To his wife, for life an annuity of £100, payable from his freehold estate in Gillingham, this for his wife and daughter Mary's support. After his wife's death an annuity of £40 to John Field, payable from the Gillingham property for the support of daughter Mary for her lifetime.£250 to be paid to daughter Elizabeth five years after the death of the survivor of his wife and daughter Mary and payment of the mortgage on the Gillingham property by son James. The freehold estate at Gillingham consists two mills and all gear tackle, occupied by son James, to James for ever. Also to James the leasehold estate at Gillingham. The annuity of £40 to be laid out by son and son in law during the life of daughter Mary for her support. In case daughter Elizabeth dies before testator, or before her legacies are paid, then her legacies to her children, equally shared at 21 years or day of marriage, if girls.
During their minorities the interest to their maintenance and education, this intere-st can be paid to their father at the discretion of his executors.
Son James and John Field are executors.
Witnesses: George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester and George Tuff, his Clerk
Proved 27th March 1847

In the 1841 Census, John Stedman was living at Mill Cottage, Fox Lane, Gillingham

103.   LEDGER, LOW RAILS

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
SOPHIA THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES STEDMAN
WHO DIED SEPT. 15th 1896
AGED [7]4 YEARS
Verse
ALSO OF ALICE BELL
THE DEARLY LOVED WIFE
OF FREDERICK STEDMAN
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPT. 17th 1900
AGED 39 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO OF
JAMES BOYER STEDMAN
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 13th ? 1908
AGED 94 YEARS
Verses
ALSO SARAH [       ]
[          ]

1881 Census: James Stedman, Farmer at York Farm, 260 acres, employing 13 men, 3 boys
Principal Probate Registry: of Mill Road, Gillingham, £4,724 19s 10d

104.   HIGH COPED STONE, BADLY DAMAGED RAILINGS

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS DODD, ESQ.
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 19th OF JULY 1872 AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO JANE DODD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1st OF MARCH 1877 AGED 82 YEARS

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS DODD, JUNR.
OF THE PARISH OF HEMPSTEAD
WHO DIED 30th OF MAY [1859] AGED [40] YEARS
ALSO SARAH ROSE DODD
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 9th OF JANUARY 1876 AGED 61 YEARS

1871 Census: Thomas Dodd, Senior, Farmer of 300 acres, employing 5 men and 1 boy.
Principal Probate Registry: Thomas Dodd, Senior, under £16,000
Jane Dodd, under £2,000
1851 Census: Thomas Dodd, Junior, Farmer at Lower Halstow.

105.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF
FANNY WILLS
WIFE OF
WILLIAM WILLS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 8th OCTOBER 1840
AGED 35 YEARS

1851 Census: William Wills, Farm Labourer, new wife?, Elizabeth a School Mistress.

106.   LEDGER ON GROUND

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
PATIENCE
WIFE OF SAMUEL JARRETT
WHO DIED 9th [       ] 188[5]
AGED 46 YEARS
(Indistinct Verses)
ALSO
SIDNEY JOHN
YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
( 1890 AGED 1 YEAR)
MATILDA AND ALBERT JARRETT
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE
ALSO THE ABOVE
SAMUEL JARRET
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
5th DAY OF MAY 1892
IN THE 58th YEAR OF HIS AGE
(Eroded Verses)

Principal Probate Registry: Cricketers' Inn. Licensed Victualler, £342 17s 6d

107.   HEADSTONE (PARTLY OBSCURED BY 109)

IN MEMORY OF
FREDERICK WATKINS
SON OF
THOMAS AND SARAH WATKINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY [    ] [1848]
AGED 12 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
THOMAS WATKINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY [    ] [1854]
AGED 50 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 7th June 1852
Thomas Watkins of Moor Street, Builder
Appoints son Thomas and good friend Peter Perrin of Aylesford, Farmer, executors and trustees.
They to pay usual costs, funeral, probate, debts from personal estate.
To son William £200, after the death or remarriage of his wife, Sarah. His freehold and leasehold lands in Rainham and Upchurch, and his residuary personal estate, to his trustees, upon trust. They are to permit his wife to have use of household furniture , goods, plate, linen, etc., for her lifetime, as long as she remains his widow. She also to have rents from his real estate, on same condition. After her death or remarriage, the real and personal estate upon trust for his children, Thomas, John, Edward and Jane, equally shared. If his residuary personal estate is insufficient to pay his debts and funeral costs, etc., he gives his trustees discretion to sell part of his real estate to make up any shortfall.
Witnesses: M.S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and Walter ? , his clerk
Proved 17th June 1854

108.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JANE WATKINS
WHO DIED JUNE 28th 1900
AGED 61 YEARS

109.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF
[ERNEST] ALBERT DUDDING
[WHO] WAS DROWNED OFF WAPPING
[DEC]R 1st 1895 AGED 21 YEARS
ALSO
[GE]ORGE WILLIAM DUDDING
[ELD]ER BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS DROWNED OFF SHEERNESS
[MA]Y 31st 1888 AGED 18 YEARS
"How sudden was their Call,
No time to say "Farewell",
[Go]d's Purposes are Wisely Hid,
[But He] does All Things Well"
ALSO
JOHN [      ] DUDDING
[         ]
[         ]

110.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FRID
WHO DIED APRIL 4th 1884
AGED 52 YEARS
AN AFFECTIONATE HUSBAND AND
DEVOTED FATHER
"Oh, Yes it is Hard, at the Last,
To Part with the Father[ ],
The Home and the Heart [      ] Desolation,
At Bidding the Dearly Loved Father, Adieu"
ALSO SARAH FRID
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 26th 1912 IN HER 82nd YEAR
INTERRED IN HAMILTON CEMETERY (CANADA)
ALSO
WILLIAM STEVENS
SON IN LAW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 3rd 1908
AGED 55 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO
SARH FRID STEVENS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 23rd 1931
IN HER 75th YEAR
INTERRED IN HAMILTON CEMETERY (CANADA)

1871 Census: William Frid at Upchurch, Brickworks Labourer
1881 Census: Brickworks Foreman

111.   HEADSTONE (ERODED)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARIAN RHODA
WIFE OF
GEORGE GILBERT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 2nd 1888
AGED 25? YEARS

112.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
WINNEY ELIZABETH ROSE
WHO DIED APRIL 10th 1887
AGED 12 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

113.   RED GRANITE COPED

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN SLADEN KNIGHT, M.D., M.R.C.P.
WHO DIED JANUARY 27th 1899
AGED 76 YEARS
"There Shall Never be one lost Good, what was shall Live as Before,
The Evil is Null, is Nought, is Silence implying Sound,
What was Good shall be Good with, foe Evil, so much Good more,
On Earth the Broken Arcs, in the Heavens, a Perfect Round"

Principal Probate Registry: Of Rochester, £29, 975 10s, re-sworn, £30,111 2s 6d

114.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
DAVID KITNEY
WHO MET WITH A FATAL ACCIDENT
[AT] BLACKFRIARS BRIDGE WITH THE BARGE "ALPHA"
ON JULY 31st 1908
AGED 22
"David's Place was Empty [       ]"
ALSO
ARTHUR KITNEY
AGED 4 MONTHS
ALSO ALFRED THEIR BROTHER
DIED DEC. 31St [      ]
AGED 51YEARS
"At Rest"
ALSO RICHARD KITNEY

115.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENRY CHAPMAN
WHO DIED JANUARY 14th 1904
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO
JAMES HOPPER
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 1st 1898
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO
ELLEN TADMAN
WHO DIED MAY 13th 1932
AGED 92 YEARS
ALSO
WILLIAM TADMAN
DIED JUNE 23rd 1935
AGED 65 YEARS

James Hopper, 1881 Census, Farm Labourer at Upchurch
William Tadman, 1911 Census, Brickfield Labourer

116.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
LEOPOLD J. H. BATES
LAY READER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED OCT. 10th 1910
AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN JAMES BATES
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBY. 25Th 1912
AGED 47 YEARS
"Thou will keep him & preserve [      ] whose mind is,
[      ] one [      ] because [      ] in Thee"
ALSO
ALICE
WIFE OF JOHN JAMES BATES
WHO DIED MAY 20th 192[8]
AGED [59] YEARS
"Her Children Arise Up and call her Blessed"

117.    Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
CHARLES ALEXANDER
WHO DIED JUNE 6th 1898
AGED [4]1 YEARS
ALSO SARAH BERTHA
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE AND WIDOW OF
ALFRED WILLIAM BODIAM
BORN OCT. 1861
CALLED HOME JULY 1st 1933

118.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN BROWN SYMS
WHO [DIED] [12th] [NOV] 1879
[AGED] [68] YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead that die in the Lord"
ALSO OF
MARY ANN JEMIMA SYMS
WHO DIED JAN. 23rd 1890
AGED 82 YEARS

Principal Probate Registry: Of Moor Street, under £1,500

119.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR FATHER
EDWIN BOORMAN
WHO DIED FEBY. 24Th 1877
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO OUR BELOVED MOTHER
ELIZABETH BETHIAH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 21st 1907
IN HER 71st YEARS
"They lived the Simple Life and died in Christ"
ERECTED BY THEIR SORROWING CHILDREN

1871 Census: Wheelwright, High Street, 1 apprentice
Principal Probate Registry: Wheelwright, under £200

120.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN OSBORNE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 25th 1863
AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JUDITH OSBORNE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 7th 1882
AGED 8[6] YEARS
(Eroded Verses)

121.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOB WILLS
WHO DIED JUNE 4th 188[5]
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JOB WILLS
WHO DIED JANUARY 24th 1889
AGED 78 YEARS

1881 Census: Market Gardener of Chapel Lane Cottages

122.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM WARD MARTIN
WHO DIED AUGUST 26th 1847
AGED 53 YEARS
(Big space here, for wife ?)

ALSO WILLIAM WILLIAM INFANT SON OF
WILLIAM WARD MARTIN
AND HANNAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED MAY 28th 1827
AGED 10 MONTHS
ALSO OF GEORGE THEIR SON
WHO DIED OCT. 28th 1830
AGED 6 YEARS
ALSO SILAS JOHN THEIR SON
WHO DIED OCT. 1st 1847
AGED 26 YEARS

1841 Census: Fruiterer

123.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
EMMA ELIZABETH MARTIN
[WHO DIED JUNE [    ] 1864]
[AGED 28 YEARS]
ALSO CHARLES MARTIN
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT WORTHING
THE 10th DAY OF FEBRUARY18[98]
AGED 67 YEARS

Principal Probate Registry: Resident of Worthing, probate to son,
also Charles, Fruit Grower (see 123), Effects, £9,643 4s

124.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR JOHN RAINS
OF THIS PARISH
LATE OF COVENT GARDEN MARKET
WHO DIED JANY. 17Th 1836
AGED 51 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE FOUR SONS & EIGHT DAUGHTERS
ALSO ELIZABETH RAINS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 26th 1851
AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WILES
GRANDCHILD OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOV. 24th 1831
AGED 1 YEAR

125.   HEADSTONE

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF MR JOHN RAINS
WHO DIED 19th SEPTEMBER 1823
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO HANNAH RAINS WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 29th ? DECEMBER 1826
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 9th [OCT. 1800 AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO SARAH RAINS DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JOHN RAINS ?
DIED JULY [    ] 1798 AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO THOMAS RAINS SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER [    ] 1809? AGED [    ] YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER
JOHN AND HANNAH
LIKE WISE JOHN RAINS OF ULCOMBE
WHO DIED 1st APRIL 1841or 44 ? AGED 72 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 26th April 1820
John Rains, Yeoman of Rainham
All his real estate in Rainham or elsewhere in Kent to wife Hannah, for her lifetime, so long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, she to have an annuity of £20, for life, payable from his real estate, as follows, his house and stables and orchard called, "The Sur?en Orchard, also a small piece of ground lately used as a nursery, called "Cherry Garden", 30 rods, at East Rainham, in his own occupation, also his cherry garden on the east side of the road leading to his house. All the this real estate to son John, for his lifetime, after his death to all son John's children, in equal shares.
His house and garden and orchard in Lower Rainham, (2 acres), occupied by himself and Robert Stevens and Edward Usher, also his property now a warehouse, with an orchard planted with cherries and plums, (1 acre). In East Rainham, in his own occupation, to daughter Hannah Martin wife of William Martin, for her lifetime, after her death, to her husband, William for his lifetime, after his death to their children, equally shared. If there are no children surviving, then to his son John, for ever.
To son John and daughter Hannah Martin, annual income from the above estate ?
His goods, chattels, rights, credits, plate, linen, china, ready money,invested money and personal estate, after payment of funeral costs and probate and his debts, to wife Hannah, for her lifetime, same condition as before. After her death, or remarriage, the latter to son John and daughter Hannah, equally shared, for ever.
Wife, son John and Charles Nash of Rainham, Gentleman, are executors. An inventory to be made.
Signs will with his mark X.
Witnesses: Robert Hinde, Robert Hinde, Junior and James Taylor
Proved 20th August 1824 Power reserved to Charles Nash

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 15th December 1826
Hannah Rains, Widow
To children of son John and daughter Hannah, £5 each. £10 to daughter Hannah.
Witnesses: Thomas Pell and William Pell
Proved 23rd March 1827

126.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JESSE HOOK
WHO DIED MAY 3rd 1882
AGED 70 YEARS
AND OF LUCY ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 28th 1897
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO SARAH ANN HENRY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 10th 1922
AGED 82 YEARS

1881 Census: Jesse Hook, Agricultural Labourer

127.   HEADSTONE (ANCHOR MOTIF)

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF OUR DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER
ELIZA HUTSON
WHO DIED JUNE 26th 1895
AGED 63 YEARS
AND CHARLES HUTSON
WHO DIED JANUARY 15th 1896
AGED 69 YEARS
"Gone from us but not Forgotten,
Never shall thy Memory Fade,
Dearest thoughts shall ever Linger,
Round the spot where they are Laid"
ALSO ELIZA EMILY PREEDAY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
[                                           ]

1881 Census: Master of the "Fairy", probably a barge.
Principal Probate Registry: of "Fairy Cottage", £274 8s 3d

128.   ONE OF THREE ADJOINING HEADSTONES

IN
MEMORY
OF MRS MARY LAMBERT
WHO WAS BORN IN
AT [                ]ORD IN SUFFOLK
[NOVE]MBER? 23rd 1763
DIED AT BLOOR'S PLACE
IN THIS PARISH
[MAY] 17th 1855
AFTER HAVING ? WITH FAITHFULL [ ]VE
SER[VING] [   ] GENERA[TIONS]
G[                                ]
D[                                ]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 27th March 1847
Mary Lambert, Servant at Mr Smart's (Bloor's Place)
£5 to be paid to her sister, Sophia Stannard of Eye, Suffolk. £5 to niece, Eleanor Palmer of Walberswick, Suffolk. The remainder after funeral costs, etc., are paid, to Mr William Smart of Rainham. Her money, (£75), is in the Chatham and Rochester Savings Bank.
Witnesses: James Foster and William Kitchingham

Codicil 14th April 1855
£2 to Mrs Botham. £2 to Elizabeth Edmonds, also to Harriet Pope, 3 (pounds ?). To James Foster, £4.
Sign with a mark but will seems to have been signed.
Witnesses: As for will.

Affidavit 19th September 1855
James Foster of Rainham, Market Gardener, is sworn. He was witness to the will and codicil. He was present with the other witness when testator executed the will and codicil and that he and the other witness signed the documents in testator's presence.
Proved 27th September 1855 Eleanor Palmer is now Eleanor Markham Fisk wife of John Fisk.

129.   

IN
MEMORY OF
LYDIA TOWN

WHO DIED 2[  ] FEBRUARY 1880
AGED [82] YEARS

1851 Census: Was a Servant in Westminster to a Civil Engineer's family

130.   


TOWN, LAMBERT AND BLUNDY, THREE SERVANTS
 TO THE SMART FAMILY AT BLOOR'S PLACE

IN MEMORY OF
MRS SARAH BLUNDY
WHO DIED [    ] DECEMBER 1850
AGED 87 YEARS
THIS STONE IS RAISED
BY THE FAMILY WHOM SHE SERVED
FAITHFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY
THE LAST
FORTY TWO YEARS
OF HER AGE

1841 Census: Servant at Bloor's Farm, to Smart Family

131.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS SON OF
THOMAS AND HARRIOT
GILBERT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 21st OF MAY 1852
AGED 2 YEARS AND
TWO MONTHS

132.   SMALL HEADSTONE

ANN
WIFE
OF JOHN
REEVES
[DIED] DEC.
1723
AGED 70 YEARS

133.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN BONNY
LATE OF BREDHURST
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 18th OF FEBRUARY 184[0]
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 8th OF AUGUST185[5]
AGED [84] YEARS

134.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR JOHN FINCH OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEB. 5th 1800
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN FINCH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER 6th ? 1807
AGED 83 YEARS

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 31st August 1807
John Finch, Maltster of Rainham.
After his debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to brother William, his household furniture, plate., linen and china, for his lifetime. After William's death, then to niece Hester wife of Thomas Tress of Faversham, Grocer and Tallow Chandler, for ever. Tress is indebted to him for £600 as well as a house occupied by him in Preston Street, Faversham.
He gives to Hester Tress the interest on the sum of £600, for her lifetime. After her death, the interest to her husband Thomas, for his lifetime. After his death the principal sum of £600 to be equally shared between the Tress children, at 21 or day or marriage (if girls). In the meantime the interest towards the education and maintenance of the Tress children.
To John Finch son of his brother James of Ashbury, Berkshire, by Elizabeth, his wife, £100; to Sarah Finch daughter of the said James, £150; to Stephen Finch, son of James, £100; to Hannah Finch, daughter of his brother Luke of Bright Walton. Berkshire, by Elizabeth, his wife, £100; to Nanny Finch, another daughter of Luke, £100; to Elly Finch, another daughter of Luke, £100. To niece Mary wife of John Hudson the Younger of Milton next Sittingbourne, Yeoman, £400.
In case Mary Hudson dies in testator's lifetime, the £400 to be shared equally among her children. The interest to be used in meantime towards their maintenance and education.
His gold watch to great nephew William Tress, eldest son of of niece Hester Tress. To John Finch son of brother James, all his clothes. To Elizabeth Brown is now servant, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Brown of Rainham, £50. Rest and residue of personal estate and effects, to brother William, for his lifetime, after his death, to niece Hester Tress, if she dies in testator's lifetime, then to her executors and administrators. Brother William, Thomas Tress and John Hudson the Younger are executors.
Witnesses: James Edmed, William Pell and Daniel? Featherstone
Proved 17th November 1807 Value of Effects less than £3,500

135.   HEADSTONE, VERY ERODED

[SACRED]
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS MARY WICKHARD
[WIFE OF MR RICHARD WICKHARD]
[WHO DIED] [    ] OCTOBER 1777
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
MR RICHARD WICKHARD
WHO DIED 29th? MARCH [1816]
AGED 81 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 9th January 1812
Richard Wickhard, Formerly of Rainham, now of Cazeneuve Street, Rochester, Collar and Harness Maker
His house in Cazeneuve Street, to his housekeeper Mary Sinclair, Widow, for her lifetime. After her death, to his daughter, Mary Stanley, wife of Mr Thomas Stanley, for ever. Also to Mary Sinclair, all his ready money,household goods and furniture, plate, linen, and china, plus the interest of £500 in the 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities he has in the Bank of England, for her lifetime. After her death, the principal sum of £500 to daughter Mary.
His funeral to be directed by his good friend, Thomas Wells of Chatham, Carpenter, Wells to have £24 as a mark of respect and for his troubles as one of his executors. To daughter Mary all his stock funds (in addition to the £500) and the rest and residue of his estate and effects. She is joint executor with Wells.
Witnesses: William Brett, George Napier and J. Stephens
Proved 17th August 1816 Power reserved tp Mary Stanley

136.   GRANITE PEDESTALS AND CROSS

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ARTHUR WALTER JARVIS
WHO DIED 19th NOVEMBER 1910
AGED 36 YEARS
"PEACE, PERFECT PEACE"
ALSO
THOMAS CORNES
WHO DIED 9th FEBRUARY 1920
AGED 43 YEARS

1901 Census: Jarvis, of Gillingham, Engine Driver

137.   HEADSTONE AND BODY STONE MARKED D.F. 1809 (TOP HALF ERODED)

[IN MEMORY OF]
DANIEL FEATHERSTONE
[WHO DIED FEBRUARY THE [    ] 1809]
[AGED [    ] YEARS]
[ALSO JANE WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
[WHO DIED SEPTEMBER [    ] 1832]
[AGED 62 YEARS]
ALSO DOROTHY JANE SAUNDERS
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY THE [    ] 1848
AGED 46 YEARS

138.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM PAYN
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 22nd FEBY. 1857
AGED 34 YEARS
LEAVING A WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN
ANN FRANCES BORN 18th FEBRUARY 1846
WILLIAM BORN 20th FEBRUARY 1848
JOHN BORN 28th MAY 1851
ROBERT BORN 9th NOVEMBER 1852
ANN FRANCES DAUGHTER OF THE
ABOVE DIED THE 18th OF SEPTEMBER 1860
AGED 14 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH BRIDGET
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 20th NOV. 1865
AGED 45 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 24th January 1857
William Payn of Rainham, Corn Factor.
All of his estate and effects, to his wife, Elizabeth Bridget, for ever. She is executor.
Witnesses: Joseph Simmons of Rainham, Wheelwright and John Hales of 42 Matilda Street, Islington, Gentleman.

Affidavit 7th April 1857
John Hales is sworn. He affirms he was present with Simmons when they witnessed Payn's signature when all three parties were present.
Proved 9th April 1857

139.   RED GRANITE COPED

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY JANE QUINNELL
DIED DECEMBER 18th 1913 AGED 68
ALSO FLORENCE BEATRICE FOURTH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WIFE OF ALBERT J. WHITEHEAD WHO DIED NOVEMBER 27th 1918 AGED 31

ALSO
ARTHUR
ERNEST
A SON
DIED NOV. 2nd 1913
AGED 28

ALSO OF GEORGE QUINNELL
DIED AUGUST 7th 1927 AGED 83

ALSO
EDITH
MARY
QUINNELL
DIED JULY 18th 1952

The Quinells lived at the "Russells", an old farmhouse in the High Street, with ornate railings and an hedge on the street frontage. They made money from a grocery and hardware business, which they invested into property.
George Quinnell, 1911 Census: Retired Merchant, Principal Probate Registry: Effects, £17, 920 17s 2d
Arthur Quinnell, 1911 Census: Draper, Portobello Road ?
The Whitehead family had a furniture business in Chatham High Street, one of the family was Civil Registrar for Births, Marriages and Deaths.

140.   PEDESTALS AND CROSS

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
SIDNEY WILLIAM GLASS
BORN MAY 9th 1873
DIED JULY 26th 1908

ALSO
CAROLINE GLASS
BORN? 1848
DIED DECEMBER [    ] 1927

ALSO
JAMES HICKMAN GLASS
BORN APRIL 9th 1879
DIED JULY 22nd 1956

ALSO
FRANK GLASS
BORN JANUARY 18th 1871
DIED JANUARY 18th 1932

William Glass, in 1901 Census, a Cement Manufacturer's Clerk, died at Tilbury,
Principal Probate Registry: Granted to Frank Glass, a Baker, Effects, £476 3s 5d

141   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR THOMAS MOYCE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [JUNE [    ] 1835]
AGED [35 YEARS]
MRS MARY ANN MOYCE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [        ]
AGED [    ]
MARY ANN TENNETT MOYCE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 25th FEBRUARY 1837
AGED 3 YEARS
ALSO MR WILLIAM MOYCE
COUSIN OF THE ABOVE
MR THOMAS MOYCE
WHO DIED [    ] MAY 1836
AGED 25 YEARS

142.   HEADSTONE, ERODED

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR WILLIAM STRUTFIELD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 30th JULY [1816]
AGED 7[2] YEARS
ALSO JUDITH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [NOVEMBER [ ] [1816]
AGED 71 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 20th June 1816
William Strutfield of Rainham.
After debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to wife Judith, all his freehold estate in Brompton, Parish of Gillingham, and leasehold estate in Chatham. Also to Judith remainder of of his estate, household furniture, plate, linen, china, ready money, investments, debts owing, also interest on £400 (4%), for her lifetime. After her death, then divided as follows: to daughter Mary Jane Gilbert, all his freehold estate in Brompton, for ever, but if she leaves no issue, then the property to be divided between his other children, Maria Tyrrell, Caroline Strutfield and Harriet Judith Baker, equally shared. Also to his three daughters the above £400 and remainder of his real and personal estate and effects and all debts owing to him., shared equally.
Wife is executor. He desires his friend John Baker, of Chatham, Gentleman, to assist his wife as executor.
Witnesses: Thomas Baker, John Baker and John Braid

Codicil 30th July 1816
The property given to daughter Maria, to be invested at interest at the discretion of his executor. Also her portion of the £400 5% to continue in same fund, for her lifetime. After her death, then divided among her children at 21 years of age, the interest towards their support and education during their minorities. If Maria dies with no surviving children, then
to be divided among her sisters.
Witnesses: John Taylor, John Baker and Thomas Baker.
Proved 26th August 1816

Note in Margin, Proved 10th January 1817, granted to John Baker, Judith Strutfield died before she could act.

Principal Probate Registry, 1859, will of William Strutfield, formerly of Chatham, late of Rainham, was not administered by John Baker, so granted to Maria Tyrrell, now a widow. Effects under £450.

143.   LEDGER

IN
REMEMBRANCE
OF
ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM BAX GARRETT
DIED 4th APRIL 1873
AGED 77 YEARS
"This is an Aged Pilgrim's Rest,
Who with her Saviour now is Blessed,
Christ's Service did her Time Employ,
Till called to her Redeemer's Joy"
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
WILLIAM BAX GARRETT
DIED 21st AUGUST 1888
IN THE 90th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO OF
EDWARD GARRETT
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 27th JULY 1893
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY GARRETT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED DEC. 15th 1905
AGED 75 YEARS

1861 Census: William Bax Garrett, Retired Saddler at Maidstone
Principal Probate Registry: Saddler and Harness Maker, £951 16s.
Son Edward is also a Saddler and Harness Maker.

144.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM WILKINS
WHO DIED DEC. 24th 1908
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPT. 30th 1858
ALSO OF SUSANNAH
THE SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANY. 20th 1897
[                               ]

145.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM THOMAS KITCHINGHAM
WHO DIED AUGUST 30th 1889
AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO
THOMAS KITCHINGHAM
FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 14th 1882
AGED 55 YEARS
"Weep not for [one ?] we Loved so Well,
Their Gentle [                ]
To where [                   ]
[                                   ]
[                                  ]
[                                  ]
[                                  ]
ALSO
ARTHUR EDWARD KITCHINGHAM
WHO DIED JUNE [   ] 1898
AGED 23 YEARS

146.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
MR JOHN ONGLEY
WHO DIED 10th APRIL 1887
IN HIS 70th YEAR
ALSO SARAH ONGLEY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 20th OCTOBER 1888
IN HER 69th YEAR
"Weep not for Me, my Friends so Dear,
For Jesus doth to Me Appear,
And Angels Beckon Me Away,
Oh, Meet Me at the Last Great Day"

1881 Census: Farm Bailiff , Abbot's Court Farm, Bredhurst

147.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCIS ONGLEY
WHO DIED 21st AUGUST 1874
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 6th SEPTEMBER 1863
AGED 36 YEARS
"When Sorrowing O'er the Stone we Bend,
[           ] it Covers [       ] Departed Friends,
Thou Saviour [Knowe]st the Tears we Shed,
For thou dids't [     ]er [        ] us Dead"

148.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE MALCOLM WIFE OF
LIEUT. COL. JAMES MALCOLM C. B.
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
WHO DIED THE 26th OF OCTOBER 1820
AGED 42 YEARS
HERE ALSO REST THE REMAINS OF THEIR SON
GEORGE MALCOLM
WHO DIED THE 9th OF OCTOBER 1820
AGED 10 YEARS

149.    HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
THOS. EDWD. WHITE
WHO DIED SEPT. 15th 1840
AGED 35 YEARS

150.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
MARIA OTWAY
WHO DIED 28th OCTOBER 1864
AGED 16 YEARS
"All you who come my grave to see,
When you read this pray, think of me,
Repent in time, make no delay,
I in my youth was snatched away"

151.   TWO PEDESTALS AND CROSSES, LARGE PLOT

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JORDAN NAYLOR
WHO DIED
OCTOBER 13th 1897
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF JANE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 28th 1901
AGED 67 YEARS

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
CORDELIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
EBENEEZER KEMP
WHO FELL ASLEEP
ON JANUARY 18th 1919
AGED 60 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO OF EBENEEZER KEMP
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP ON APRIL 8th 1936
AGED 75 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH SARAH
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
EBENEEZER & CORDELIA
KEMP
WHO DIED APRIL ? 1919
AGED 31 ? YEARS
"At Rest"

1881 Census: Ebeneezer Kemp was a Builder and Contractor
Kemp had a large yard in Station Road with Blacksmiths, Sawmills and Joinery Shop. He employed 20 men and boys.
Joinery was manufactured for Government Contacts and new housing estates. He had a wharf at Lower Rainham and lime pit which produced 100 Ė 150 tons per week.. He also made coffins. The firm closed in the 1960's.

152.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HATCH
CLERK OF THIS PARISH FOR 37 YEARS
WHO DIED MAY THE [    ] 1785 AGED 70 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE LIVING TWO SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER
WILLIAM, MARY AND SAMUEL
ALSO MARY HATCH HIS WIFE DIED
THE 7th 1793 AGED 69 YEARS

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 8th April 1785
William Hatch, Shopkeeper and Tallow Chandler
He is very sick and weak. To wife, Mary two of his freehold houses in Rainham, one occupied by Samuel Bush, the other by his son in law, Robert Sawyer, for her lifetime. After her death, then to his son, William, for ever.
To son, Samuel his dwelling house, in Rainham, for ever. Also to wife, Mary another house in Rainham, for her lifetime. After her death, to his daughter, Mary Sawyer, for ever. Also to his wife, all his clothes and household furniture. After her death to his three children, equally shared. Residue, real and personal, to his wife; she is executor.
Witnesses: John Elvy, John Topley and John Franks
Proved June [    ] 1785

153.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SAMUEL HATCH
WHO DIED 29th SEPTEMBER 1811 AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO JAMES SON OF THE ABOVE
SAMUEL AND ELIZABETH HATCH
DIED 3rd MAY1790 AGED 3 YEARS
FRANCES DIED 29th JULY 1796 AGED 5 YEARS
GEORGE DIED 21st DEC. 1796 AGED 11 MONTHS
ELIZABH. DIED 16th JAN. 1804 AGED 6 WEEKS
LEFT SURVIVING THREE SONS
VIZ. WILLIAM, SAMUEL AND JAMES
ELIZABETH HATCH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 17th MARCH 1851 AGED 89 YEARS
SAMUEL HATCH SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 6th OCTOBER 1833 AGED 17 YEARS
WILLIAM HATCH SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 18th JANUARY 1839 AGED 55 YEARS

154.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
MR HENRY ELVY
OF THIS PARISH
DIED 26th SEPTEMBER 1800
AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO MARY RELICT
OF THE ABOVE
MR HENRY ELVY
WHO DIED 13th OF JULY 1824
AGED 77 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 26th June 1800
Henry Elvy, Victualler
All his leasehold estate, ready money, securities, money in Public Funds, bonds, etc., household plate, linen, china, glass, and rest and residue, to his trustees, John Packman of Rainham, Gentleman and Edward Brocke of Chatham, Linen Draper, to sell, pay his debts, funeral and probate costs and invest the remainder at interest, upon trust. The interest to be paid to his wife, Mary, for her lifetime. After her death, upon trust, the principal money to be shared equally among his daughters, Sarah, Susannah, Elizabeth, Judith and Martha Elvy, respectively at 21 years of age.. His trustees are executors.
Witnesses: John Fowle and William Jefferys Attorney of Chatham.
Proved 29th December 1800

155.   HEADSTONE

HERE
LYETH
YE BODY
OF EDMOND
SON OF HENRY AND
ELIZABETH ELVY
WHO DYED NOVEMBER YE 5th
1708 AGED TWO WEEKS

156.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
ROBERT CHAMBERS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MAY 19th 1866
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT JAMES
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 18th 1865
AGED 3 YEARS & 11 MONTHS

1861 Census: At Meres Court, a Woodman

157.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
ROBERT CALLOWAY
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 12th 1890
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO
SARAH ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 8th 1871
AGED 68 YEARS

158.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ERNEST HENRY DEARLY BELOVED SON OF
HENRY & ELLEN JANE NORWOOD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 20th MAY 1880
AGED 4 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
ALSO
ELIZABETH
THEIR DEARLY BELOVED DAUGHTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 11th MAY 1869
AGED 5 MONTHS
"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"
ALSO
HENRY NORWOOD
WHO DIED 31st DECEMBER 1920
AND
ELLEN JANE NORWOOD
WHO DIED 7th JANUARY 1921
"Love is Eternal"

1911 Census: Henry Norwood, Butcher, his wife had a Toy and Confectionary Business

159.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF ELIZABETH
WIFE OF JOHN LADSON
OF CHATHAM SHE DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 26th OF AUGUST 1779
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO JOHN LADSON DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 9th? OF FEBRUARY 17[83]
AGED 66 YEARS

In the registers his name is spelt Latson, her name, Lattson
He is probably the apprentice in 1732 of Phillip Mead, Caulker of Chatham
(Apprenticeship Tax Records)

160.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HESTER THE WIFE OF
WILLIAM PAYNE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th OF JUNE 1865
AGED 64 YEARS
THE FORMER WIFE OF JOHN TRIGHURST
"Go home, dear Friends and heed no Fears,
I must be Here till Christ appears,
And when He Comest hope yo have,
Joyful Rising from the Grave"

161.   HEADSTONE



THIS STONE
IS ERECTED IN MEMORY BY ONE FOR A
BELOVED DISCULLET ? THAT FELL
ASLEEP [            ]OR FOR THE
CONSOLATION OF HIS BELOVED
WIFE [                    ] BLISS AND
[                ]P PO[             ]ER
MR JOHN TRIGHURST
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
5th FEBRUARY 1856
AGED 59? YEARS

1851 Census: Shepherd of Bloor's Cottages

162.   SMALL HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
ELIZABETH
THE DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF
SAMUEL JARRETT
WHO DIED JANUARY 18th 1881
AGED 38 YEARS

163.   HEADSTONE COVERED IN HARD LICHEN

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY]
OF MARY WIFE OF
TRAYTON SKINNER
[ WHO DIED JAN./FEB. 1845]
[AGED 62 YEARS]
[ALSO]
[TRAYTON SKINNER]
[WHO DIED AUGUST [ ] 1855]
[AGED 68 YEARS]

1841 Census: Blacksmith on Chatham Hill

164.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH JENKINS
WHO DIED APRIL [    ] [      ]
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO OF MARTHA GAVINE
WHO DIED MAY [ ] 1853
AGED [59] YEARS

1841 Census: Elizabeth (sic) Gavine, a Servant at Moor Street, to the Wakeley Family

165.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
CHARLES SILAS
YOUNGEST AND BELOVED SON OF
JAMES & HANNAH MARIA TAYLOR
WHO DIED 7th SEPTEMBER 1867
IN THE 18th YEAR OF HIS AGE

166.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARTHA WILKINS
DIED MAY 2nd 1861 AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO JAMES HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED JULY 30th 1877 AGED 92 YEARS
ALSO JOHN SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANUARY 25th 1846 AGED 31 YEARS
ALSO SARAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 8th 1850 AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO JOHN BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
DIED MAY 20th 1861 AGED 73 YEARS

1871 Census: James Wilkins, Farmer of 150 acres, employing 5 Labourers

167.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM THOMAS CENNIS
ADJUTANT GENERAL IN THE SALVATION ARMY
WHO WAS PROMOTED TO GLORY
ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 25th 1900
AGED 40 YEARS
"He chose on Earth the Better Part,
And spent his Life for other's Blessing,
And now where tear drops never start,
The Joys of Heaven he's Possessing"

168.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
LEVI ROBINSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 14th 1913
AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO
LILLY ROBINSON
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 9th 1913
AGED 23 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO OF SYLVIA ANN OLDLAND
QHO DIED MAY 9th 1924
AGED 84 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO OF JAMES OLDLAND
WHO DIED JULY 9th ? 1927
AGED 84 YEARS

Rear
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
KENNETT JOSEPH OLDLAND
DIED FEBRUARY 2nd 1959
AGED 76 YEARS
CLERK TO THIS PARISH FOR 37 YEARS
ALSO HIS WIFE LYDIA
DIED AUGUST 14th 1969
AGED 87 YEARS

169.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JAMES GOLDING
WHO DIED SUDDENLY
AT UPCHURCH
JANUARY 20th 1902
AGED 58 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED JULY 18th 1938
AGED 87 YEARS
"Peace at Last"

1881 Census: Agricultural Labourer at Borden?

170.   PEDESTALS AND CROSS

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM TRICKEY
WHO DIED MARCH 8th 1906
AGED 73 YEARS

ALSO
ARTHUR COPSEY
WHO PASSED AWAY ON
AUGUST 31st 1935
AGED 58 YEARS

ALSO
SABINA ELEANOR
WIFE OF ARTHUR COPSEY
DIED 29th SEPT. 1952
AGED 86 YEARS

Principal Probate Registry: William Trickey, Effects £359 15s, Arthur Copsey, £7, 342 15s 6d

171.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JANE
WIFE OF WILLIAM JENKINS
WHO DIED MAY 9th 1900
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM JENKINS
THE DEARLY BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 4th 1907
AGED 72 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"

1881 Census: Licensed Victualler, "Man of Kent"

172.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
KATE LETITIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES ADIE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 19th 1901
AGED 45 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
ALSO
KATE FRANCES ANNIE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 27th 1901
AGED 21 YEARS
"At Rest with the Lord"
ALSO
CHARLES ADIE
BORN 25th APRIL 1859
AGED 27th NOVEMBER 1936
"At Rest"

Principal Probate Registry: Charles Adie of the "White Horse" P.H. And Leigh Villa, London Road, £4,844 16s 7d

173.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
JOSEPH WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED ON THE 9th? DAY
OF AUGUST 1907
AGED 4[8] YEARS

1901 Census: Brickfield Labourer

174.   HEADSTONE

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
DAVID ANDREWS
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
AUGUST 4th 1911
AGED 72 YEARS
"Father in thy Gracious Keeping,
Leave we now our Loved one Sleeping"
ALSO
ELIZABETH ANDREWS
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 5th 1923
AGED 72 YEARS
"At Rest"
ALSO OF JOHN
THEIR DEARLY LOVED SIXTH SON
WHO WAS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED
AT NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE
DECEMBER 1st ? 1915
AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO JAMES ANDERSON
WHO DIED JULY 13th 1956
AGED 80 YEARS

175.   GRANITE PEDESTALS AND CROSS ON LARGE PLOT
             THE LARGEST MONUMENT IN THE CHURCHYARD


BRICE MONUMENT

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SOLOMON JOHN BRICE
BORN SEPTEMBER 27th 1832
DIED OCTOBER 25th 1904
GEORGINA CLARINDA BRICE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN NOVEMBER 14th 1834
DIED JANUARY 14th 1912
"Thy Loving Kindness and Mercy hath followed me all the Days
of my Life and I will Dwell in the House of the Lord for Ever"
EDWARD ST. JOHN BRICE
15th FEBRUARY 1936 - 29th JULY 2011

AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF HIS SON
SOLOMON JOHN BRICE
BORN 8th APRIL 1864
DIED 22nd MAY 1946
AND OF HIS WIFE
EDITH ANN BRICE
BORN 22nd FEBRUARY 1874
DIED 2nd JULY 1955

1911 Census: Clay Merchant. Will in "The Times", Barge Owner of Rochester, £90, 954

IN LOVING MEMORY OF THEIR YOUNGER SON
WALTER ST. JOHN BRICE
BORN 17th JULY 1875
DIED 22nd NOVEMBER 1948

1911 Census: Clay Merchant, residing in Rochester. Principal Probate Registry: Of Hoo Lodge, £89, 450 4s

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY WITHECOMBE BRICE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN 18th FEBRUARY 1876 DIED 11th MAY 1966
WALTER CHARLES WITHECOMBE BRICE
30th JANUARY 1909 - 1st MAY 1990
MARGARET JOAN BRICE
8th JANUARY 1911 - 12th DECEMBER 1992

176.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
CHARLES SAYER
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 25th 1874
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 17th 1904
AGED 69 YEARS
"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away,
Blessed be the Name of the Lord"

177.   BROKEN LEDGER ON GROUND

HERE
LYETH YE BODY OF
MR JOHN ADAMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DEC. YE [ ] 1723 AGED 87 YEARS
HERE ALSO LYETH
JOHN ADAMS HIS SON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUG. [    ] 1693 [             ]

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will dated 29th July 1693
John Adams, Junior of Rainham, Blacksmith
He is sick. To his daughter, Elizabeth, his house in Tong, (Cheek's Court), and his other house, in Rainham Street, near the pond, with an apple orchard and ? , occupied by John Scillet*, when she is 21 years old.
To son, John, at 21, £300, which he has laid out on mortgage., to buy an estate from Nathaniel Nicholson, in Charing.
His "honoured" father, John, who is executor, is to have his goods and chattels, plate, linen, household stuff and personal estate, after his debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, upon trust, for the benefit of his children, until they are 21.
If his wife, Elizabeth, releases his executor from the payment of £200 on a bond which was due to her by their marriage
settlement, then he gives his wife the rents of his real estate until their children are 21.
Witnesses: Thomas Cradock, John Godfrey and the mark of Jane Terry.
Proved 18th August 1693
A paternal ancestor of the transcriber, usually spelt, Skillet or Skillett.

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 19th February 1719 (1720)
John Adams of Rainham, Blacksmith.
His house, barn, stable and land he purchased from Madam Cod and Mr Atkins of Gravesend, occupied by William Johnson, Thomas Carpenter and Michael Hodges, situated in Rainham, containing about 11 acres, to his grandson, Gybbon Gyles, son of Richard Gyles, and to his lawful heirs. In default of lawful heirs, then after his death, to grand daughter, Mary wife of John Hollyday of Milton next Sittingbourne, and to her lawful heirs, after her death, in default of lawful heirs, then to grand daughter Susanna, wife of John Bowtell of Woolwich, Carpenter, in default of lawful heirs, after her death, then to grand daughter, Elizabeth wife of Thomas Willmott of Bethersden, Gentleman and her lawful heirs, for ever.
To the poor people of Rainham, 20 shillings per annum, out of the rent from his cherry orchard called Dore ? Lane Cherry Garden, (about 5 acres). This is part of the estate bequeathed to Gybbon Gyles. The money to be paid on St. Thomas Day, by the Churchwardens and their successors with the consent of the Minister and principal inhabitants *.
The house and garden he purchased from Thomas Wickenden in Rainham Street, occupied by Thomas Wickenden, to grand daughter Mary Hollyday and her heirs, for ever.
The house and land at West Rainham, occupied by Widow Darisel, with the mortgage on it and all money thereon owing, all his goods, chattels and personal estate, after payment of his debts, legacies and funeral costs and a "fair tombstone" is laid in his memory, to his good friends and relations, the above Thomas Willmott and John Hollyday, Yeoman; they are also executors.
Witnesses: William Hooting, Sara Hooting and Thomas Cradock
* There is a note at the bottom of the page relating to the number of inhabitants required ?, but is not fully legible.

178.   DOUBLE HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF 
THOS. GILBERT 
OF THIS PARISH 
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTOBER THE 21st 178[1] 
AGED 46? YEARS 
IN
MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF
THOS. GILBERT
 WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 4th 1827
AGED 81 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 10th October 1781
Thomas Gilbert of Rainham, Farmer
He is weak.
To wife Ann, £200, "being so much money she brought on the day of their marriage", plus rents from his freeholds at Lower Rainham and all his money in the Public Funds, to help bring up and educate his children until they are 21.
Sons William, so of "late Ann Gilbert, but now my wife" and Thomas Gilbert shall have double his daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth's share of the estate. If his unborn child is a boy he is to have same portion as his brothers, if a girl as for the daughters. If eldest son William lives to 21, he is to have the farming business, this will be valued and William to pay that part which is above his share of the estate to his brothers, this payment to be shared among his surviving siblings. In case wife, Ann remarries before his children are of age, she will only have the £200.
Rest and residue, after debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to his children at 21 years, divided as laid out above.
His friends James Miles, Farmer and John Ripley, Maltster, both of Rainham, to be executors.
Witnesses:George Conquest, Sarah Chapman, her mark and John Perriman
Proved 30th July 1782

179.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
[ANTHONY] WOODGAT[E]
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED THE 19th ? OF
AUGUST 1770 AGED 80? YEARS
ALSO JANE HIS WIFE WHO DIED THE
3rd OF MAY 1779 AGED 72 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 7th May 1760
Anthony Woodgate, Shopkeeper of Rainham
To his sister Jane Stroud?, £10; to nephew John Stroud ?, eldest son of Jane Stroud?, £10; to nephew Thomas Stroud ?, £10; to niece Susannah Stroud ?, daughter of Jane, £10. After payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs, residue of ready money, securities for money, debts, plate, linen, woollen, pewter, brass, beds, bedding, household stuff, implements, goods, chattels and personal estate, to wife Jane, she is executor.
Witnesses: Richard Cooke and William Twopenny
Proved 20th September 1770

180.   TWO HEADSTONES IN DOUBLE PLOT

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ARTHUR JOHN THOMAS
THE ELDEST SON OF
THOMAS & SARAH NAYLOR
WHO WAS DROWNED
AT LOWER RAINHAM WHILST BATHING
AUGUST 18th 1883 AGED 17 YEARS 8 MONTHS
"Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the
Day nor the Hour wherein the Son of Man
Cometh" Matt. 25. 13
ALSO OF
ALICE AMELIA TAYLOR
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 12th 1888
IN HER 18th YEAR
"Gone to Rest"
--------------------
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
JOHN THOMAS NAYLOR
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 20th 1902
AGED 55 YEARS
"His End was Peace"
ALSO
SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 1st MARCH 1933
AGED 84 YEARS

1881 Census: John Thomas Naylor, Labourer; Principal Probate Registry: Of Lower Rainham,
         Effects £230 5s

181.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF MR THOMAS WATKINS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE JANUARY 17th 1813 AGED 59 YEARS

(Gap, intended for wife ?)

ALSO OF JOHN SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DEC. 1st 1790
AGED 3 YEARS
LIKEWISE THOMAS WHO DIED
[SEPTEMBER] [    ] 1797 AGED 1 YEAR
LEFT ISSUE
ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER

182.   HEADSTONE, BADLY FLAKED

IN MEMORY
OF
S[ARA]H COUCHMAN
[WHO DIED FEBRUARY 10th 1866]
AGED 88 YEARS
ALSO
EMMA (Rest Gone)

Principal Probate Registry: Sarah Couchman, Spinster, under £2,000. One of executors, John Smart of Milton, Gravesend

183.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF MR JOHN BURTON
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JUNE 19th 1808
AGED 70 ? YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
MR JOHN BURTON
WHO DIED JANUARY 7th? 1813
AGED 74 YEARS

Consistory Court of Rochester Will, dated 21st October 1782
John Burton of Moor Street, Victualler.
He is not well. To his wife Mary, all his goods, chattels and personal estate, after payment of debts, funeral and probate costs. His wife is executor.
Signs will with a mark.
Witnesses: Thomas Edwards, Mary Bromley and John Elvy
Proved 1st July 1808. John Burton was "late of Chatham", hence the Rochester Court Will, not a Canterbury Court, which would have been the case if he died in Rainham. A probate note records his date of death as the 19th of June, confirming the not too clear date on the headstone. Value of goods, chattels and credits, under £600.

184.   HEADSTONE, BADLY ERODED

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM KENNETT PACKMAN
[WHO DIED APRIL [    ] 1857]
[AGED 63 YEARS]
ALSO MARY PACKMAN
[WIFE OF THE ABOVE]
[WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 21st 1859]
[AGED 63 YEARS]

1851 Census: William K. Packman, Land Owner of Rainham. "The Times" Death Notice, of the Honourable East India Company Merchant Service. Mary Packman, Principal Probate Registry, she was formerly Dodd, under £600

185.   DOUBLE HEADSTONE, BADLY ERODED

IN 
MEMORY OF 
MRS? H[ANNAH]? GULVIN* 
[WHO DIED OCT. [ ] 1778 ?] 
AGED [     ]  
IN
MEMORY OF
MR G[EORGE]? GULVIN
WHO [DIED                    ]
AGED [      ]

* From Luton, Chatham; there was a George Gulvin of Luton, died 1796 (P.C.C. Will) but not buried at Rainham.

186.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF MARTHA DAUGHTER OF
PETER AND MARTHA HEARD WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. [    ] 1788 AGED [    ] MONTHS
ALSO MR PETER HEARD OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE [    ] APRIL 1793 AGED 56? YEARS
ALSO [CATHERINE]? DAUGHTER OF PETER
AND MARTHA HEARD [ WHO DIED] JULY [    ] 179[4]
AGED [    ] YEARS, [    ] MONTHS, [    ] DAYS
ALSO MARTHA HEARD THE WIFE OF
THE ABOVE PETER HEARD DIED DECEMBER
THE 1st 1796 AGED 47 YEARS

187.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN PARSONS
DIED 11th JUNE 1891 AGED 58
ALSO
CATHERINE HIS WIFE
DIED 3rd MARCH 1912 AGED 70
ALSO ANNIE CATHERINE PARSONS
DIED 28th MARCH 1939 AGED 69 YEARS

Principal Probate Registry: Butcher, effects £362 10s 6d

188.   HEADSTONE

IN
MEMORY OF
MR THOMAS WEBB
WHO DIED [    ] MARCH 1840
AGED 68 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 21st May 1836
Thomas Webb of "Maresborrow", Yeoman
After debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to wife Ann and good friend William Bland of Hartlip, Gentleman and Matthew Spray Stephens of Chatham, Gentleman, his house now converted into 3 dwellings and cottage, barn, stables lodges and piece of land in Maresborrow, occupied by himself and others, and all other real estate, upon trust. His wife to have the rents for life; she must keep property in tenantable condition and insured. After her death, upon trust, the trustees to receive rents and pay net profits to Frances Sage, Spinster, now living with him and his wife, (she is the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Goodhugh, now wife of [ ] Goodhugh), for her lifetime. After her death, the property to her children in equal shares. If Frances dies with no living children, then the property goes to William Brown of Rainham, Labourer, son of testator's nephew, John Brown of Aylesford, Husbandman, for ever.
All ready money and securities, money in Public Funds or due on mortgage, etc., household goods and furniture, plate, linen and china and residue of personal estate and effects, to wife Ann, subjects to paying his debts and funeral and probate costs. His trustees are also executors.
Witnesses: J. Stephens of Chatham, Solicitor, S. R. Stephens and Edward Muddle, Coal Merchant of Gillingham.
Proved 11th June 1840. Bland and Stephens have renounced execution of the will.

189.   SMALL HEADSTONE

HERE
LIES YE BODY
OF ELIZABETH
THE DAUGHTER
OF WILL: TADMAN

ALSO OF H[              ] WIFE
OF FRANCIS [                      ]
[                                  ]
AGED 6[   ] YEARS

END OF THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE CHURCHYARD

 

SECTION B - NORTH WEST OF THE CHURCHYARD - West of the church and north of footpath

190.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GRACE GERTRUDE
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF
MR SOLOMON BRICE
WHO DIED APRIL 18th 1861
AGED 18 YEARS
"The Words on which she loved to dwell,
"My Jesus hath done all things well""

191   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
FRED
DEARLY BELOVED SON OF
ALFRED AND ELIZABETH CASTLE
WHO DIED ON SATURDAY AUGUST 9th 1876
AGED 27 YEARS
LEAVING A WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS
TO MOURN HIS LOSS
ALSO
HARRY
ELDEST AND ONLY SURVIVING SON OF
ALFRED AND ELIZABETH CASTLE
WHO DIED ON TUESDAY JANUARY 23rd 1877
AGED 33 YEARS
(Eroded Verses)

192.   HEADSTONE AND BODY STONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WM. HAWKS [WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
25th OF JULY 1816 AGED 32 YEARS
[                                       ]
[                                       ]
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF WM. MUDGE
DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND SARAH HAWKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th AUGUST 1806
AGED 26 ? YEARS
ALSO OF [THEIR] TWO SONS
THOMAS AND WILLIAM

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH WIFE OF JOHN HAWKS
WHO DIED 16th NOVEMBER 18[43]
AGED 88 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS HAWKS ON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 22nd JUNE 1832 AGED 39 YEARS
ALSO OF CHARLOTTE HAWKS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 22nd JULY 1854
AGED 71 YEARS

193.   HEADSTONE, VERY ERODED

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF THOMAS [WE]LLS
OF THIS PARISH DIED THE 14th? OF
DECEMBER 17[81] AGED 60 YEARS
(Eroded Verses)

194.   PEDESTALS AND CROSS

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JAMES KITCHINGHAM
WHO DIED 14th SEPT. 1896
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO MARY ANN KITCHINGHAM
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 10th MARCH 1936 AGED YEARS

1881 Census: Brick Field Labourer

195.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
EDWARD TUGNOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 12th DAY OF MARCH 1855
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 10th DAY OF OCTOBER 1843
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 27th DAY OF AUGUST 1877
AGED 71 YEARS

196.   COPED STONE ON HIGH BRICK BASE

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF SOLOMON BRICE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 29th DECEMBER 1866 AGED 60 YEARS
(Verses have been over cut but originally read-"I heard a Voice from Heaven saying,
Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord, From Henceforth: Yea saith the Spirit,
That they may rest from their Labours and their Works do follow them")

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF MARY ELIZABETH BRICE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 20th NOVEMBER 1883
IN THE 79th YEAR OF HER AGE
"I will lay me down in Peace and Sleep for
Thou Lord only make me dwell in Safety"

Principal Probate Registry: Barge Owner, under £300

197.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
FRANCES PYNER
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
MR SOLOMON JOHN BRICE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 2nd APRIL 1866
AGED 40 YEARS

198.   HEADSTONE, VERY ERODED

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED BRICE
BORN OCTOBER 12th ? 1847
DIED JUNE 8th ? 1908
(Eroded Verses)

1881 Census: Bartlett Villa, Milton Road, Stone Merchant

199.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN
WIFE OF JAMES FOSTER
OF THIS PARISH
DIED 11th OCTOBER 1843
AGED 31 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM JOHN
SON OF THE ABOVE
JAMES AND ANN FOSTER
DIED 4th DECEMBER 1857
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO MARY
SECOND WIFE OF JAMES FOSTER
DIED 11th DECEMBER 1879
AGED 63 YEARS
(Rest Flaked Off)

1881 census: James Foster, Gardener and Grocer

200.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS WYLES
WHO DIED APRIL 28th 1890
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 4th 1903
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 22nd 1874
AGED 18 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO HILDA WYLES
DIED 30th MARCH 1953 AGED 70 YEARS

1881 Census: Thomas Wyles, Senior, Beer Retailer, "Army and Navy" Public House

201.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES THE BELOVED SON OF
THOMAS AND ELEANOR CHISMAN
WHO WAS DROWNED OFF THE BARGE NOYLAF
ON MAY 6th 1894
AGED 28 YEARS
"Deeply Lamented"

1881 Census: At Sittingbourne, Mate of a Barge

202.   HEADSTONE, BADLY FLAKED

[SACRED]
[TO THE] MEMORY OF
ANN THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE & MARY SIDDALL
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY THE 5th [1874]
AGED 16 YEARS
"The Dead though buried out of Sight,
Are still to Memory Dear !,
For Christ his Saints shall be United,
However Parted Here"

203.   HEADSTONE, ERODED

IN
LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF
HENRY THOMAS HAWKS
OF THE [COUNTY? OF] KENT
BORN MARCH 17th [1852 ?] DIED OCT. 28th 1891
"Wave upon Wave [           ] before,
Tempestuous o'er [           ] breast,
Then Lull'd Asleep [       ] Break no more,
The Rapture of Eternal Rest"
ALSO ADA ELIZABETH
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF ARTHUR JACOBS
WHO DIED [               ] AGED 75 YEARS

1881 Census: Henry Hawks, Mariner

204.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JOHN HAWKS
(OF RAINHAM)
WHO WAS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED AT
RAINHAM STATION 2nd AUGUST 1886
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO HARRIETT
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 27th SEPTEMBER 1889
AGED 77 YEARS
"With Patience to the Last, they did Submit,
And Murmmered not at what the Lord thought fit,
But with a Christian Courage did Resign,
Their Souls to God at the Appointed Time"

Principal Probate Registry: Of Providence Cottage, Captain of Sailing Barge, £223 13s 3d

205.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
THOMAS WILSON RICHARD
SON OF
THOMAS WILSON & EMMA HAWKS
DIED 30th MARCH 1879
AGED 12 MONTHS
"The Lord gave and the Lord hath
Taken away Blessed be the name
of the Lord"

206.   HEADSTONE, ERODED

IN
MEMORY OF
ENOCH WILLIAM RAINS
WHO DIED FEB. 24th 1852
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO
SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED NOV. 22nd 1899
AGED [8]6 YEARS
ALSO
ENOCH WILLIAM
DIED MARCH 6th 187[3]
AGED 41 YEARS
ALFRED
DIED APRIL 3rd? 187[   ]
AGED 42 YEARS
AND
ELIZABETH AND SUSANNA
DIED [           ]
AGED 3 YEARS & [   ] MONTHS
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE

END OF NORTH WEST SECTION

 

SECTION C - NORTH OF THE CHURCH, BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE NORTH WALL

207.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
REBECCA KITNEY
WHO DIED JULY 13th 1894
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO JAMES KITNEY
BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AFTER TEN YEARS PATIEN
SUFFERING MARCH 20th 1896
AGED 77 YEARS
(Eroded Verses)
ALSO FANNY HARDING
THE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT CROYDEN MAY 22nd 1927
AGED 77
"Until the Day Break"

1881 census: James Kitney, Brick Field Labourer

208.   PEDESTAL AND CROSS

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PTE. J. H. DARRAN
8th ROYAL FUSILIERS
THE DEARLY BELOVED SON OF
GEORGE & EMMA DARRAN
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION APRIL 8th 1916
AGED 20 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"
BURIED AT VERMELLES CEMETERY

ALSO OF HIS GRANDPARENTS
JOSEPH DARRAN
DIED 27th APRIL 1894
AGED 79 YEARS
AND
MARY ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 13th JANUARY 1904
AGED 79 YEARS

ALSO OF HIS FATHER
ALFRED (GEORGE) A. DARRAN
WHO DIED 11th JANUARY 1952
AGED 85 YEARS
"Rest in Peace"
AND EMMA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 16th OF FEBRUARY 1963
AGED 86 YEARS

1881 Census: Joseph Darran, at Chatham, an Armourer, in H.M. Dockyard ?

209.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
HARRIETT MARY HORNE
DIED MARCH 20th 1899
AGED 81
ALSO WILLIAM HORNE
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED FEBRUARY 12th 189[ ]
AGED 83
ALSO KEZIA KITCHINGHAM
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
HARRIETT MARY HORNE
DIED MARCH 3rd 1898
AGED 47?

1881 Census: William Horne, in Gillingham, Cab Proprietor

END OF SECTION C

 

SECTION D - EAST OF THE CHANCEL

210.   SMALL HEADSTONE, ERODED

HERE
[LYETH] THE
[BODY] OF STEPHEN
[THO]RPE ? WHO
[DIED YE] 17th OF
JANUARY ANNO
DOM [                   ]
[                    ]

211.   HEADSTONE, TOP HALF VERY ERODED

[IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
[                   ] H[                   ]R[   ]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE]
[    ]OF NOVEMBER [     ]
AGED 31? YEARS
(Eroded Verses)
ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE LIETH THE BODY OF
WILLIAM GEERE WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 27th OF SEPTEMBER 178[0]
AGED 27 YEARS

END OF SECTION D

 

INTERIOR OF THE CHURCH (WITH CONCISE WILLS AND PHOTOGRAPHS)

   Part of the ceiling contains paintings of the badge of Edward IV. There is a considerable length of a 15th century richly carved screen and a fine 14th century oak parish chest. there are also large fragments of fine medieval wall paintings surviving. Between the chancel and chapel is a rather short 15th century chest tomb , claimed to be that of Sir Thomas St. Ledger, who married Edward IV's sister. He was beheaded in the reign of Richard III, his uncle! However the claim is disputed. St. Ledger was probably responsible for the painting on the ceiling of Edward IV's badge.
   The north aisle contains the Tufton chapel, originally dedicated to St. John the Baptist, dominated by two large sculptures of Nicholas, Earl of Thanet and his brother George. the crypt, below contains about 50 Tuftons coffins, those of the Earls of Thanet complete with coronets! much of the interior has recently been carpeted, hiding all the brasses. (this is contrary to best practise, dust and grit will accumulate under the cleanest carpets, and increase wear.) as well as the brasses, there may be some ledgers hidden by the carpets.

212. [1.]   MARBLE WALL TABLET, SOUTH WALL, SOUTH AISLE

IN MEMORY OF
MR THOMAS ALLDRIDGE
OF THIS PARISH
OBIIT 20th SEPTEMBER 1815
ETAT 84 YEARS
HANNAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
OBIIT 8th AUGUST 1802
ETAT 70 YEARS
MARY BUSHELL
THEIR DAUGHTER OBIIT
29th DECEMBER 1798
ETAT 30 YEARS
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY THEIR
AFFECTIONATE SON AND BROTHER TS. ALLDRIDGE
A.D. 1818

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 22nd February 1809
Thomas Alldridge, Senior, late Carpenter, Royal Navy, living in Lower Rainham.
All of his effects, real and personal, to his son Thomas, for ever. Son Thomas is sole executor.
Signs will with mark X
Witnesses: John Mauley and the mark of Phebe X Raines
Proved 14th February 1817

213.  [2.]   LEDGER, IN CHANCEL, PARTLY UNDER CHOIR STALLS AND CARPET

HERE LIES YE BODY
OF NATHANIEL
YE SON OF JOHN
BATCHELLER
& MARY HIS
WIFE WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE MAY YE
25th 1722
AGED FOURTEEN
MONTHS

There is an identical stone adjoining the above but it is covered by a choir stall and fitted carpet. May be John, father of the above, whose concise will follows, the wife in the will, is Elizabeth and not Mary, she may well be a second wife?

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated September 1738
John Batcheller the Elder, Gentleman.
   To son John I guinea; to grandchildren, John Wildish and Mary Wildish and their father John, I guinea each; to son in law James Cable?, and testator's daughter Frances Cable, I guinea each; to son in law Thomas Hickson and his wife, Elizabeth, 1guinea each; to son in law, Robert Pickering and his wife Hannah, 1 guinea each; to daughter Susanna Batcheller, 1 guinea; to son Sparks, 5 guineas. Residue of ready money, securities, debts, credits, rings, plate, linen, woollen, pewter, brass, corn, cattle, stock, husbandry tackle, goods, chattels and personal estate, after payment of debts legacies, funeral and probate costs, to wife Elizabeth and his three youngest children, Elizabeth, Martha and Thomas, equally shared at 21 years of age. Real estate in Rainham, to wife Elizabeth and the above three children, for ever. His wife is executor and guardian of the youngest children.
Witnesses: Mary Turner, M. Thurston ?, and Thomas Johnson.
Proved November 14th 1738

214.  [3.]    BRASS PLAQUE, SOUTH WALL, SOUTH AISLE, UNDER STAINED GLASS WINDOW

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY
OF SOLOMON JOHN BRICE WHO DIED OCTOBER
25th 1904 AGED 72 AND GEORGINA CLARINDA BRICE
HIS WIFE WHO DIED JULY 14th 1912 AGED 72
THE ABOVE WINDOW IS DEDICATED

1881 Census: Solomon Brice, Milton Road, Rainham, Farmer and Clay Merchant, employing 15 Hands.

215.   [4.]   LEDGER WITH ARMORIAL CREST, NAVE

HERE RESTETH
THE BODY OF THOMAS CRADDOCK, M.A.
RECTOR OF FRINSTEAD
AND VICAR OF THIS CHURCH
IN HIS LIFE AS WELL AS PREACHING
HE SHEWED HIS PERSUASIVE FORCE
OF PLAINESS AND SINCERITY
WHICH GAINED HIM THE LOVE
AND THE REVERENCE
OF ALL THAT BOTH HEARD AND KNEW HIM
HE DIED THE IX DAY OF OCTOBER MDCCXXIII
IN THE LXXXV YEAR OF HIS AGE

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 14th November 1718
Thomas Craddock, Vicar of Rainham.
Desires to be buried in Rainham Church. Funeral not to be costly.
   All his lands, property, orchards, gardens and fruit, to his son Thomas, for ever. To son, Bourne, £500 at 21 years, in the meantime the interest towards his upbringing and education. Bourne must relinquish any claim he may have in a half of the property, which applied to testator's deceased wife, Elizabeth by a marriage settlement. Bourne to allow son Thomas to have this property and take the rents. When Bourne is 21, he will convey this property to Thomas, for ever. If Bourne neglects or refuses to do so, he will receive no benefit from the will and the £500 will go to Thomas, forever.
   To daughter Frances, £570 and £30 given to her by her grandmother, Elizabeth Barrows and her aunt Judith Wade, now in testator's hands, total of £600 at 21 years. To daughter Elizabeth Besbeech, widow of James, late of Maidstone, £10 to buy mourning, "and no more", (she is otherwise provided for), remainder of personal estate, after debts and funeral and probate costs are paid, to son Thomas, for ever. Son Thomas is executor.
Witnesses: John Chambers, William Johnson and William Kerbey
Proved 22nd October 1723

216.  [5.] BLACK LEDGER, NAVE

HERE LIES THE BODY OF THO. CRADDOCK M.B.
ELDEST SON OF THO. CRADDOCK VICAR OF THIS CHURCH
HE WAS BORN YE 13th DAY OF MARCH A.D. 1698
HE DIED YE 7th DAY OF NOV. A.D. 1781
"The Days of Man are as Grass, he Flouriseth
As a Flower of the Field,
The Wind passeth over and it is Gone,
And the Place thereof shall know it no More"

217.   [6.]   LEDGER, NAVE

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
HENDRINA THE WIFE OF
THOMAS CRADDOCK VICAR
OF RAYNHAM WHO WAS
BURIED THE 21st DAY OF
NOVEMBER 1695

218.   [7.]   LEDGER, NORTH AISLE, WORN

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE REVEREND WILL. DAVIES
CURATE OF THIS PARISH 12 ? YEARS
HE DIED THE [    ] OF FEBY. 1778
AGED [    ]5 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 17th February 1778
Rev. William Davies
To his nephew Robert Morris, son of his "brother", Thomas Morris, Clergyman, all of his effects.
   The Rev. Henry Jones of Rochester, is executor. Any surplus of his effects , to be paid to Thomas Morris, for his son, Robert. Thomas Morris to pay testator's mother, Bridget Davies, the interest from any money he shall receive from testator during Bridget's lifetime.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Jones and Thomas Jones
Proved 25th of May 1778

219.   [8.]   LEDGER, CHANCEL, NEXT TO MEDIEVAL CHEST TOMB

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF MR THO.
[L]AMB MS. OF ARTS & A FAITHFULL
MIN. OF GOD'S WORD IN THIS
PARISH 6 YEARES HE MARRYED
MARY THE DAUGHTER OF MR ROB.
CLAYTON BY WHOM HE HAD ISSUE
2 DAUGHTERS MARTHA &
ELIZABETH & DIED THE 11th OF APR.
1662 AGED ABOUT 41 YEARES

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated, 17th March 1661 (1662)
Thomas Lambe, Vicar of Rainham.
   (This will has faded and has not reproduced well, much of it is not clear. The original is not available.)
   Personal estate, money plate, goods and chattels, towards the fulfilling of a bond he and his father Francis Lambe of Maidstone, Woollen Draper, stand bound in the sum of £2,000 to Thomas Henman of Lenham, Esquire, (deceased) and Richard Tilden of Milstead, Gentleman, for the bestowing of £1,000 in land and settling on Mary Clarke, "his now wife" for her lifetime; after her death, to his children, by her. The surplus, after her death to his two daughters, Martha and Elizabeth. Wife Mary is executor. His wife to have his Manor of Chillenton ?, with all rights and 50 acres of land, which he purchased from William Francis and others in East Sutton ?, and T---------- ?, occupied by Francis S--------- ? and Robert S--------- ?, (after wife's death ?) to daughters Martha and Elizabeth, for ever.
Thomas Wetherall of Newington, Yeoman is mentioned.
Witnesses: Wenmans? Lambe and William Neleton ?
Proved June 1662

220.   [9.]   WALL MONUMENT, CHANCEL, KNEELING MAN AND WOMAN. A RECUMBANT BABY UNDER THEM. (The inscription was difficult to read, being dark, (especially above the child), and high on the wall, the child is a son, John Norreys, died 1627)


KNEELING MAN AND WOMAN. A RECUMBANT BABY UNDER THEM

NEARE THIS PLACE LIES YE BODY OF THOS. NORREYS
WHO AFTER MANY PAYNEVLL AND DANGEROUS VOYAGES ?
AT SEA ATCHIEVED THE CHARGE & ?
OF TRINITYE HOUSE AND COMMISSIONER OF THE
NAVY ROYALL ETC. AND DYED 19th OF DEC. 1624 HIS?
LOVINGE & LOYALL WIFE ELIZ. DAUGHTER OF THOMAS ELMSTON
HATH DEDICATED TO HIS MEMORY THIS LITTLE MONUMENT
HEE HAD ISSUE BY HERE 4 SONS AND 3 DAUGHRS. VIZ RALPH,
ANN, MARY, ELIZ., THO., EDWARD AND HENRY

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will, dated 2nd November 1624
Thomas Norreys, Commissioner of His Majesty's Royal Navy.
   He desires his executor to bestow some "competent relief" to the poor of Rainham. To the poor of Presburie in Gloucestershire, (north east edge of Cheltenham), 40 shillings to the most "labourious ages of that parish being of commendable (character)"
   If his son Thomas changes or alters the estate settled on him and his heirs male, his mansion and orchard at Rainham, then he gives to son Edward and his heirs, for ever, an annuity of £10 to be paid out of his farm called Stone?, in Halstow in the Hundred of Hoo, (High Halstow), bequeathed to son Thomas, for ever.
   To his three sisters, Judith Casfeld, Anne Lane and Mary Hitchcoke and his two sisters in law, Margaret Norreys and Amy Hooker 10 shillings and four pence each, in remembrance of his brotherly love and affection to them. To daughter Mary Payne, £50 besides a bond of £20, which "her husband oweth unto me"; to daughter, Elizabeth Cadman, £20 besides £10 which he owes her, being a legacy from Robert Marshall of whose will he is executor; to son Henry, £50 at 24 years of age, if he dies before 24 years, then the £50 goes to Thomas Payne and Mary Cadman, his grandchildren at 21 years of age, to son Henry, ? ? ? of Rochester, horse and stable and half of the ship?, called the Will in Rainham, all his books and instruments concerning the sea. To sons Thomas and Edward all his leases, ? ? woods, church land, equally shared for the terms, also £100 each.
   To wife Elizabeth, £100, within 6 months after his death, if she is still his widow, and his suit of damask and half of all household goods, the other half to son Thomas , his wife has first choice. His wife to have the use of his plate during her widowhood, if she dies or remarries, then the latter to son Edward.
   To the Wardens and Assistants of Trinity House at Deptford Strand, a silver Shandirle?, Chandelier ?, of the price of £3 to £4. Rest of goods, chattels, money, credits to son Edward, who is sole executor.
   His good friends, John Grimme?, and Nathanyell Fenne to be Overseers of his will, 20 shillings to each of them.
   Concerning his real estate at Rainham, Upchurch, Halstow next Sittingbourne and Halstow, Hundred of Hoo, to wife Elizabeth, with the use of his Mansion House in Rainham, for her lifetime as long as she remains his widow; if she dies or remarries, then to his son Thomas, for ever. If Thomas has no heirs, then to son Edward, for ever.
   To son Thomas, his house and land at Halstow, Hundred of Hoo, purchased from John Edmeds , Gentleman; Thomas to pay an annual rent charge to his mother of £12 during her widowhood (this is in lieu of her Dower Rights), and to pay brother Edward, during their aunt Elmston's lifetime, £4 per annum.
To son Edward the house occupied by Heney Henman, lands in Upchurch and Halstow, paying yearly to his mother during her widowhood,£5. To Mary Payne a house in Rainham occupied by William Donyell, for ever; to daughter Elizabeth Cadman,a house in Rainham, occupied by [      ] Leppin and Widow Hutchins, Mary and Elizabeth are to pay their mother, during her widowhood, 40 shillings a year.
   Witnesses: William Lawrence, Nathanyell Fenne and Henry Eason
   Proved 18th January 1624 (1625)

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will dated, 16th February 1636 (1637)
Elizabeth Norris, Widow of above.
   She is sick, Desires to be buried in the chancel of Rainham church with her late husband.
   To son Thomas, £20, to be paid from her share of the ship, Pilgrim of London; to Elizabeth daughter od son Edward, who is deceased, 20 shillings; to Ann daughter of son Thomas and Mary Adams, widow and to Dorothy wife of John Meadman, her cousin, 20 shillings each; to Elizabeth Peirce or Prince, and Elizabeth Cadman, her god daughter, 0ne gold ring, "now in the keeping of my son Thomas Norris".
   To daughter Mary wife of William Payne, her best gown and garters?, and best petticoat; to granddaughter, Mary Cadman, her mohair petticoat.
   Rest of goods and her share in the Pilgrim, and household stuff, debts due, shared equally, as follows, Mary Payne and her children, Thomas, Elizabeth and Mary, to Elizabeth Cadman and her children, Mary, Elizabeth, Ralph and Margaret, after debts, legacies, funeral and probate costs are paid.
   To her poor neighbours in Rainham, 40 shillings to be distributed on the day of her funeral.
   Daughter Mary is executor.
   Signs will with a mark, in the presence of Henry Warren. (no other witnesses.)

221.  [10.]   LEDGER, SOUTH SIDE OF CHANCEL

REVD. JAMES RICHARDS
VICAR OF THIS PARISH
DIED NOVEMBER 11th 1804
AGED 64

222.  [11.]   SMALL STONE ADJOINING THE ABOVE

MARY ELIZABETH RICHARDS
DIED FEB. 29th 1796
AGED 23 YEARS

223.   [12.]    TABLET, HIGH ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ARCADE, CHANCEL

MARY ELIZABETH RICHARDS
DAUGHTER OF
THE REV. JAMES RICHARDS
AND
MARY HIS WIFE
DIED FEB. 29th 1796 AGED 23
"Vain are the Tears departed Maid that flow,
From Fond Distress and Idle all our Woe,
Though here thy Pulse hath ceased ? from Decay,
Yet Roam thy Spirit through the Realms of Day,
If Purer Souls to Purer Pleasures Rise,
As Stars with varied Glory light the Skies,
Go led by Angels near thy Maker Shine,
A Cherub Form for Cherub's Love was thine."

224.   [13.]   SCULPTURE OF SEATED, HELMETED FIGURE IN ROMAN COSTUME, ON A PEDESTAL, SITTING ON BODY ARMOUR.


SCULPTURE OF SEATED, HELMETED FIGURE

SOUTH SIDE
GEORGIUS TUFTONUS
FILIUS SEXTO GENITUS EX NOBILIS VIRO
JOHANNES INSULE THANETENSIS COMITE
ET MARGARETA LECTISSIMA EJUS CONJUGE
RICHARDI DORSETTENSISCOMITIS
FLIARUM COHAEREDUM UNA,
NATUS EST PRID. KAL. JULY AO. MDCL
HOTSETDICE IN AGRO CANTIANO
ANNUM DUM AGERET XV PROFECTUS EST
OM GALLIAM INDE GERMANIAM UBI
PRINCIPI PALANTINO RHENI MILITANS PROPE
NEUSTADIUM IN EPISCOPATUS SPIRENSIE
XII KAL. NOVEMB. AO. MDCLXVI
ACCEPIT VULNERA
QUIEBUS MEDERI QUID QUID U, SPIAM ERAT
ARTIS MEDICAENEQUID QUAM CONABATUR
HORUM AERUMNAS POST QUAM PERTULISSET
QUO DECUIT ONT MIROBORE
AO. MDCLXX PRID. ID JANUARY
LONDINI IN THANETANIS AEDICUS
VITA FUNCTUS EST
MATER MOESTISSIMA BENEMERIT FILY
M.S.
POSVIT

WEST SIDE
HERE IN THE VAULT UNDER THIS
PLACE LYETH YE BODY OF YE HONBLE. GEORGE
TUFTON SIXTH SON OF YE RT. HONBLE. JOHN
EARL OF THANET ISLAND
BY HIS LADY MARGARET ONE OF THE
DAUGHTERS & COHEIRS OF RICHARD EARLE
OF DORSET
WAS BORN YE 30th OF JUNE 1650
AT HOTH=FEILDE IN KENT
BEING ABOUT YE AGE OF FIFTEEN HE TRAVAILED
INTO FRANCE & FROM THENCE INTO GERMANY
TO YE COURT OF YE PRINCE ELECTOR PALATINE
OF YE RHINE IN WHOSE ARMY BEING IN THE
BISHOP OF SPIRES COUNTRY NEAR NEUSTADT
HE WAS WOUNDED ON YE 21st OF OCTOBER 1666
AND AFTER HAVING WH. GREAR COURAGE LANQUISH'D
UNDER YE PAINE OF HIS WOUNDS FOR WCH. NEITHER
IN GERMANY, FRANCE NOR ENGLAND
HE COULD FIND ANY CURE
HE DIED YE 12th OF DECEMBER1670
IN LONDON AT THANET HOUSE IN ALDERS=GATE
STREET TO YE GREAR GRIEF OF HIS TENDER &
PIOUS MOTHER AT WHOSE CHARGE THIS
MONUMENT WAS ERECTED IN MEMORY
OF HER DEAREST BELOVED SON

225.   [14.]    SCULPTURE OF A STANDING, BEWIGGED FIGURE IN PEER'S ROBES


SCULPTURE OF A STANDING, BEWIGGED FIGURE

NORTH TABLET
IN THE VAULT OF THIS
CHURCH NEER UNTO THIS MO
NUMENT LYETH THE BODY OF THE
RIGHT HONOURABLE NICHOLAS
TUFTON EARLE OF THANET BARON
TUFTON OF TUFTON & BARON CLIFFORD
WESTMORELAND AND VIPONT
LORD OF THE HONOUR OF SKIPTON
IN CRAVEN, HIGH SHERIFF BY
INHERITANCE OF THE COUNTY OF
WESTMORELAND ELDEST SONNE
OF JOHN EARLE OF THANET BY THE
LADY MARGARET CO-HEIRE OF
RICHARD SACKVILLE EARL OF
DORSET BY THE LADY ANN
CLIFFORD DAUGHTER & HEIRE OF
GEORGE EARLE OF CUMBERLAND
WHO BY HIS EARLY AND GENEROUS EDU
CATION IN ARTS AND ARMS (IMPR
OVED BY MUCH TRAVEL AND EXPE
RIENCE) AND GREATLY ADVANCED
HIS NATURAL ENDOWM
ENTS BEING

SOUTH TABLET
A PERSON &
SIGNALTY EMINENT FOR HIS
LOYALTY TO HIS
PRINCE KING CHARLES
THE SECOND (IN THE TIME WHOSE
BANISHMENT HEE SUFFERED THREE
YEARS AND A HALFE IMPRISONMENT
IN THE TOWER OF LONDON & NO
LESSE RENOWN'D FOR HIS LOVE TO HIS
COUNTRY AS ALSO FOR VALOUR &
MAGNANIMITY FOR JUSTICE TEMPER AND
COURTESY CONJUGALL AFFECTIONS AND CON
STANT FRIENDSHIP HIGHLY EXEMPLARY

HE MARRIED THE LADY ELIZABETH THIRD
DAUGHTER OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
RICHARD EARLE OF BURLINGTON &
CORKE LORD HIGH TREASURER OF
IRELAND BY THE LADY ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER & HEIRE OF HENRY LORD
CLIFFORD LAST EARLE OF CUMBERLAND
HEE DYED NOVEMBER THE TWENTY
FOURTH IN THE YEAR 1679 AGED 49
HIS FAITHFUL AND DISCONSOLATE
LADY HATH ERECTED THIS
MONUMENT

HIDDEN MONUMENTS

THERE ARE AT LEAST FOUR BRASSES IN RAINHAM CHURCH, ALTHOUGH BALDWIN'S
   GILLINGHAM CHRONICLES, LISTS TWO OTHERS, NOT MENTIONED IN EARLIER
   REFERENCES, (BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND, JOHN NEWMAN AND ARTHUR MEE'S KENT ).

226.   [15.]   WILLIAM AUCHER, 1514, FIGURE OF A KNIGHT IN ARMOUR, 18Ĺ"

 

227.   [16.]   WILLIAM BLOOR, 1529, CIVILIAN, 34"

BLOOR'S INSCRIPTION RECORDS HIS DEATH ON THE 29th DECEMBER 1529. THE INSCRIPTION ALSO HAS A VERY EARLY REFERENCE TO HENRY VIII AS "DEFENDER OF THE FAITH".

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 22nd December 1529
(I found some parts of this will difficult to read, so apologise for omissions and mis-spellings)
   William Bloor of Rainham is sick in body. He desires to be buried in Rainham church.
   To the High Altar of Rainham, for tithes forgotten and neglected,   ?   ; to the reparations of the church and other necessary work, 20 shillings. Executor to find a priest to sing and pray for his soul and all other Christian souls, in the church for two years after his death, the priest to have 10 marks, yearly. Executor is also to find a priest to sing in Hartlip church for the soul of William Ryder and for the soul of his father, Robert and all Christian souls, for 2 years, the priest to have 10 marks, yearly. Executor to caused to be sung and said in Rainham church, on the day of his burial, ? of Masses and one Mass on the one month anniversary of his burial and in the time between, as his executor pleases.
   To the Friars Abbott of Canterbury, to pray for his soul, £5; to the Friars of Aylesford, 20 shillings, for the same purpose, 20 shillings. Executor to distribute £5 among the poor inhabitants of Rainham.
To Margaret Cooke, his servant, 40 shillings; for digging his grave, 20 shillings; to John Taylor and his boy, 40 shillings; to Christopher Hales, his lease of the Parsonage of Rainham, held from the Prior of Leeds, (Kent), and the lease of the Manor of Cooze (Cossenton?), held from the Abbott of San Hill ?, and his lease of Sharpnesse, he holds of the Abbott of Boxley. To his wife, ? , 20 quarts of barley; to John Wasshsames ?, of Birling, 40 pence and 80 seams of barley and to his brother Thomas Wasshames, ?
   To Master Henry S............ ?, of Hadlow, "my two mare colts, which were Master Phaqud's ? great mare and which went to pasture with the said John Wasshames and two horse colts which were there"; to John Wasshames, 20 shillings.
   Wife, Jane to have all household stuff, plate and ? in his dwelling house and all his cattle ?, and horses, ? and other movables. Christopher Hales to have all his other moveables to pay his debts, legacies and probate and funeral costs, also his residue for payment of debts. Wife Jane and Christopher Hales are executors.
   Wife to have £20 annuity from his land and property, for her lifetime. Son Christopher to have his lands and property when he is 23. In meantime Christopher Hales to have the profits from his properties, for bringing up son Christopher. If son Christopher has no lawful issue, then the property goes, equally shared, to his daughters, as follows; Margaret to have his property from Motenay, extending to Master John Watts house at Agateland?, and from there southwards to Key Street and from there, to east of Breach Lane leading to Presfield?, Gate, and the east part of Presfield?, in Deltyng and all eastwards. Other land and properties west of the above, to daughter Elizabeth. If daughter Margaret has no lawful issue, her portion goes to daughter Mary. If Mary has no lawful issue, then to his daughter, Mildred. If she has no lawful issue, then to daughter, Elizabeth, in default of issue from Elizabeth, then to daughter Mary, if Mary has no lawful issue, then to Mildred, if Mildred has no lawful issue, then to remain with Margaret. If his son and all daughters die with no lawful issue, then all his land and property to Christopher Hales and his heirs, for ever. Christopher Hales and his heirs shall pay towards the repair of Rainham church, 40 marks and yearly, for 10 years pay to the poor of Rainham, 10 shillings.
   If son Christopher dies without issue within 12 years of testator's death, then Christopher Hales will receive the profits of the property left to son Christopher and pay the annuity of £20 to the testator's wife. If son Christopher dies before any of his sisters are married, then Mary and Mildred will get 100 marks each towards their marriages.£100 of the same profits to his wife, after his debts are paid. If daughters Elizabeth and Margaret are married if lifetime of their brother Christopher, or his lawful issue then each will have 100 marks for their marriages.
   Christopher Hales to have the custody of his daughters until they are married , keeping them with the profits from his lands.
   Witnesses: Master Charles Heye?, ? Note, Vicar of Halstow, William father of James Pyryake ?, and Henry Henicker and others.
  Proved February 1530

228.   [17.]   JOHN DONET, 1409, OF SILOAM, HIS DAUGHTER MARRIED JOHN ST. LEGER OF
        ULCOMBE; THEIR SON WAS SIR THOMAS ST. LEGER.

229.   [18.]   CHARLES GARLICK, 1593, VICAR.
Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated 20th August 1593
To Helen Jackson, his sister's daughter, £10. Rest of his goods, after legacy, debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to wife Elizabeth, who is his executor.

230.   [19.]    JOHN NORDEN, 1583, CIVILIAN AND ONE OF THREE WIVES, 21".
Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will, dated January 1579
John Norden, Esquire of Rainham.
To each of his servants, 40 shillings; to George Wyles, a poor boy, 40 shillings.
To his daughter, Hylder, and her husband, £100 each, within four years after his death; to Ann Norton, daughter of Hylder and her husband, £100 each, (as above).
To Thomas Herenden and Barbara ?, his wife, £100 each, (as above); to every poor old man and woman who attend his funeral, 4 pence each and for every young person in attendance, 2 pence.
To John Norden, son of Edward Norden, all his real estate and residue, after legacies, funeral and probate costs, for ever. John Norden is executor.
Witness: Robert Burke
Proved 8th March 1583

231.   [20.]   UNKNOWN WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN, 21".

END OF THE INTERIOR

 

232.   RAINHAM WWI WAR MEMORIAL - See Kent Roll of Honor 





 

ANDERSON, T.H.
ASHBY, J.A.C.

BAKER, B.J.
BAKER, F.C.
BAKER, J.R.
BAKER,P.C.
BARTLETT, E.
BARTLETT, F.A.
BLACK, R.E.
BLACKMAN, W.
BOLTON, J.
BOTTING, C.
BOWR, C.H.
BURR, S.F.

CARTER, E.C.
CHAMBERS, F.E.
CHAMPION, H.J.
CHEAL, F.J.
CHEESEMAN, A.
CHEESEMAN, C.A.
CLARKE, W.S.
COE, F.
COOMBER, E.E.
COPPIN, A
CRAMP, E.C.
CROUCHER, R.C.
CROUCHER, W.
DAVISON, E.H.
DRAIN, J.

EAMES, S.
EDWARDS, W.J.T.
ENGLAND, C.H.
EVERS, A.

FINNES, E.
FOSTER, W.H.
FRENCH, J.R.

GILBERT, W.
GILES, C.W.
GODEN, H
GOLDSMITH, F.W.
GOODING, I.
GOODWIN, A.J.
GOODWIN, J.R.
GREENHALCH, H.P.

HADLOW, A.B.
HAIGH, G.W.
HOLDSTOCK, H.F.V.
HOLDSTOCK, L.S.
HOLLOWAY, C.T.
HUBBARD, J.W.
KEUTENIUS, J.W.
KITNEY, A.C.

LOCKYER, W.C.

MARTIN, J.C.
MATTOCKS, T.
MILLEN, A

NAYLOR, M.E.
NICHOLS, R.
NUTT, H.W.

ORCHARD, J.

PACK, S.R.
PAUL, L.
PAYNE, C.H
PAYNE, J.F.
PENFOLD, J.W.
PILCHER, E.

RALPH, C.E.
RAY, W.
RAYNER, S.R.
ROOF, A.J.
RUSSELL, T.C.
SAWKINS, J.
SELLEN, B.L.
SELLEN, W
SHARMAN, J.
SHEAFF, A.R.
SIMMONDS, G.W.
SIMMONS, W.E.
SKINNER, P.A.
SMITH, F
SPRINGATE, P.
STILL, J.
STRINGER, P.C.
SWAN, F.C.
SWAN, T.R.

TAYLOR, H.
TAYLOR, H.W.
TILLS, A.
TRIGG.H.J.

UDEN, R.J.

WALL, E.J.
WALLIS, A.E.
WARNER, C.F.S.
WEBB, H

Some Commonwealth Grave Commission Headstones (C.G.C.H.) from the churchyard

233.   


63217 GUNNER / A.B. HADLOW
ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY / 16TH MARCH 1918

234.   


A. NORRIS / CHIEF PETTY OFFICER , R.N. / C/JX. 132034 /
 H.M.S. PEMBROKE IV / 8TH NOVEMBER 1940 AGE 54

235.   


CH/21649 SERGEANT / H.J. TRIGG. R.M. / H.M.S. PRESIDENT III /
 23RD AUGUST 1941  AGE 41

236.   


128317 SERGEANT / F.P. PILKINGTON , WIRELESS OPERATOR/AIR GUNNER / 
ROYAL AIR FORCE / 30TH AUGUST 1941  AGE 19

237.   


6289458 PRIVATE / G.R.W. PHILPOTT / THE BUFFS / 9th JUNE 1942  AGE 24

238.   


J.W. BARTON / LEADING COOK, R.N. P MX 48954 /
 H.M.S. EXCELLENT / 25TH AUGUST 1942  AGE 29

239.   


507989 LDG.  AIRCRAFTMAN / E.L. ANDREWS
ROYAL AIR FORCE / 16TH APRIL 1943  AGE 42

240.   


1868473 SERGEANT / G.E. BAILEY / AIR GUNNER / 
ROYAL AIR FORCE / 19TH APRIL 1944  AGE 23

241.   


1198928 AIRCRAFTMAN  1ST CL. / C. OXLEY /
ROYAL AIR FORCE / 1ST MAY 1945  AGE 28

242.   


L.A.F. PERRY / CH.ENG.ROOM ARTIFCER 1ST CL. / RN. C/M.1591 / 
H.M.S. "CRESSY" / 23RD OCTOBER 1947  AGE 60

Index of Names on Gravestones only

Names Index
ABBOTT 30
ADAMS 177
ADIE 172
ALEXANDER 117
ALLDRIDGE 212
ANDERSON 232
ANDREWS 174, 239
ANSELL 43
ASHBY 232
ASHDOWN 54
ATHERDEN 66
ATKINS 28
AUCHER 226

BAIRD 28
BAILEY 240
BAKER 232
BARDEN 83
BARFOOT 55
BARTLETT 232
BARTON 238
BATCHELLER 213
BATES 116
BATES 91
BAX 143
BELL 103
BENNETT 84
BLACK, R.E.232
BLACKMAN 232
BLOOR 227
BLUNDY 130
BOAKES 100
BODIAM 118
BOLTON 232
BONNY 133
BOORMAN 119
BOTTING 232
BOWR 232
BRICE 175, 190, 196, 197,
   198, 214
BRITTAIN 44
BROUMFEALD 41
BROWNE 17
BUCKHURST 3
BURR 232
BURTON 183
BUSHELL 212

CALLOWAY 157
CAMP 58
CARTER 232
CASTLE 191
CENNIS 167
CHAMBERS 19, 156, 232
CHAMPION 232
CHAPMAN 98, 115
CHEAL, F.J.232
CHEESEMAN
CHISMAN 201
CLARK 85
CLARKE, W.S.232
CLAYTON 219
COE 232
COLLINS 95
COOMBER 232
COPPIN 14, 232
COPSEY 170
CORK 87
CORNES 136
COUCHMAN 182
CRADDOCK 215, 216, 217
CRAMP 232
CRANE 73
CRITALL 1
CROCKER 62
CROUCHER 232


DANIELS 232
DARRAN 208
DAVIES 218
DAVISON 232
DINES 85
DODD 104
DODD 21
DONET 228
DOUGLAS 32
DOWNS 16
DRAIN 86
DRAIN 232
DUDDING 109
DURRANT 72

EAMES 232
EDMONDS 16
EDWARDS 232
ELMSTON 220
ELVY 154, 155
ENGLAND 232
EVERS 232

FEATHERSTONE 137
FINCH 134
FINNES 46, 232
FLEET 79
FOSTER 199, 232
FOWLE 53, 54
FREDERICK 59
FRENCH 232
FRID 110
FRYER 35

GALLEHAWK 52
GARLICK 229
GARRETT 143
GAVINE 164
GEERE 211
GILBERT 23, 24, 111, 131,
    178, 232
GILBY 70
GILES 6, 232
GILLMAN 6
GLASS 140
GODDEN 93
GODEN 232
GODWIN 33
GOLDING 169
GOLDSMITH 232
GOODING 232
GOODSELL 27
GOODWIN 232
GOODWIN 232
GREENHALCH 232
GREY 10
GULVIN 185

HADLOW 232, 233
HAIGH 232
HALES 90
HARDING 207
HARLOCK 55
HARRIS 99
HATCH 152, 153
HAWKINS 7
HAWKS 192
HAWKS 203, 204, 205
HEARD 186
HEDGCOCK 40
HENRY 126
HICKMAN 140
HOLDSTOCK 232
HOLLOWAY 232
HOLMAN 25
HOOK 126
HOOK 94
HORNE 209
HOW 90
HUBBARD 232
HUGHES 7
HUNT 56
HURLEY 29
HUTSON 127


JACOBS 203
JARRETT 106, 162
JARVIS 136
JENKINS 89, 164, 171
JONES 50

KEMP 88, 151
KENNETT 18
KESLAKE 85
KEUTENIUS 232
KIDD 101
KITCHINGHAM 145, 194,
    209
KITNEY 114, 207, 232
KNIGHT 63, 64, 65, 75, 77,
   113

LADSON 159
LAKE 7, 8
LAMB 219
LAMBERT 128
LANE 68
LOCKYER 232
LONGLEY 78
MALCOLM 148
MANSFIELD 7, 10, 33
MARK 15
MARTIN 122, 123, 232
MATTOCKS 232
MEDHURST 22
MILES 36, 37, 38, 47
MILLEN 232
MONTGOMERY 5
MOSS 39
MOYCE 141
MUDGE 16, 192

NAYLOR 151, 180, 232
NICHOLS 232
NORDEN 230
NORREYS 220
NORRIS 234
NORWOOD 158
NUTT 232

OLDLAND 168
ONGLEY 146, 147
ONGLEY 26
ORCHARD 232
OSBORNE 120
OTWAY 150
OXLEY 241

PACK 232
PACKMAN 18, 184
PALMER 5
PARSONS 187
PAUL 232
PAYN 82, 138
PAYNE 160
PAYNE 232
PELL 81
PENFOLD 51, 232
PERRY 242
PHILPOTT 237
PILCHER 232
PILKINGTON 236
POINTER 96
PREEDAY 127
PYNER 197

QUINNELL 139
QURRIER 85

RAINS 124, 206
RALPH 232
RAWFOOT 32, 33
RAY 232
RAYNER 59, 91, 232
REEVES 132
RICHARDS 221, 222, 223
RIPPOTH 61
ROBINSON 168
ROOF 232
ROSE 112
RUMMEN 43
RUSSELL 33, 232

SAUNDERS 137
SAWKINS 232
SAYER 176
SCOTT 34
SCUBBER 4
SELLEN 232
SHARMAN 232
SHEAFF 232
SIDDALL 202
SIMMONDS 232
SIMMONS 31, 64, 232
SKINNER 36, 163, 232
SLADEN 113
SMART 32
SMITH 34, 71, 83, 99, 232
SMITHERMAN 96
SPRINGATE 232
STANLEY 8
STEDMAN 102, 103
STEVENS 110
STILL 232
STRINGER 232
STRUTFIELD 142
STYLES 42
SWAN 232
SYMS 118

TADMAN 115
TADMAN 189, 165
TAYLOR 48, 74, 76, 97,
   232
TENNETT 141
THOMPSON 173
THORPE 210
TILDEN 60
TILLS 232
TOWN 129
TRICKEY 170
TRIGG 232, 235
TRIGHURST 160, 161
TRUSCOTT 94
TUCK 20
TUFTON 224, 225
TUFTONUS 224
TUGNOTT 195
TURNER 12, 13
TWOPPENY 57

UDEN, R.J.232

WAKELEY 8, 9, 10, 11, 69
WALL 232
WALLIS 49, 232
WARD 122
WARE 45
WARNER 232
WATKINS 107, 108, 181
WATSON 72
WEBB 188, 232
WELLS 193
WITHECOMBE 175
WHITE 149
WHITEHEAD 139
WICKHARD 135
WILES 124, 125
WILKENS 20
WILKINS 44, 80, 144, 166
WILLS 20, 105, 121
WOOD 67
WOODGATE 179
WRIGHT 85
WYLES 200

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