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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                        - recorded by D. E. Williams 2008

Section A   interior of church.

PART 1
FLOOR OF NORTH NAVE AISLE, FROM WEST TO EAST

1.   [1]

IN MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN WEBB
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY THE 25th 1756 AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO ANN WIFE OF
THE ABOVE JOHN WEBB
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY THE 4th 1787
AGED 71 or 74 YEARS
ALSO MR. WI[LLIAM] C[LU]FF
SON IN LAW [OF THE ABOVE]
DEPARTED THIS[LIFE] [ ] APRIL 1814
[AGED 69 YEARS]
ISABEL [WIDOW OF] [WILL]IAM
CLUFF [DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [ ] OF
OCTOBER [1814]
[AGED 68 YEARS]

John Webb, of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will
   To wife Ann, all houses, lands, goods, chattels, debts, wages, etc., for life; after her death, to their children and their heirs, for ever. To father (not named), brothers, William and Pheness (sic), sister Elizabeth Webb and cousin Sarah Smith, 1s each . Wife is executor
   Witnesses: Thomas Puckle, Junior and E. Puckle
   Proved 15th September 1756

William Cluff,
of St. Margaret's, Gentleman (Licensed Victualler, Freeman in 1775 ?) P. C.C. Will dated 22nd June 1813
   Appoints nephew, Daniel Hulme of Henry Street, Fitzroy Square, Middlesex, Grocer and friend Richard Phillips of Brompton (Gillingham) , Carpenter, executors.
   His house in King Street, in which he lives, to wife Isabella, for life; after her death to nephew Daniel Hulme, for ever.
   Isabella gets household goods and £500, dividends and interest of residue value, for life. From the principle of residue, £20 to Richard Phillips for his troubles. £20 to Grace, wife of Robert Lee of Chatham, Sawyer; £20 to William George Thorp of Milton next Sittingbourne, Dredgerman; £20 between Charlotte and Ann Prior, daughters of Ann wife of Thomas Carter of Boxley, Gentleman; £10 to Elizabeth wife of John Barton of At. Margaret's, Gentleman; £20 to his niece, Mary Edwards of Pagglesham, Essex, Spinster; £100 to brother in law, John Hulme of Christchurch, Surrey Hatter.
   Residue of personal estate to Daniel Hulme.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester, George Essell and George Fidler, Clerks to Messrs. Hussey and Lewis, Rochester.

Codicil dated 7th July 1813
   He had left to wife household goods and £500; she to have full power to sell goods, and can bequeath proceeds as she likes. Anything not sold at her death to Daniel Hulme. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester, J. Cope and William Lewis his Clerks.
   Proved 15th April 1814

Isabella Cluff,
of St. Margaret's, Widow of William, P. C. C. Will dated 13th April 1814
   To Daniel Hulme of Henry Street, Fitzroy Square, Grocer, her freehold house in King Street, lately in her occupation, and all other real estate, for ever. Money and investments, goods, personal estate, subject to payment of funeral debts, etc., to Daniel Hulme, he is also executor.
   Witnesses: John Burton, Rochester, Jesse Knowland, Back Maker, Rochester and Edward Twopenny, Rochester.
   Proved 29th October1814

2.   [2]

Illegible, except
MASON

3.   [3]

HERE
LIETH THE BODY OF JOHN BULLARD
(20 YEARS A PILOT AND LATE MASTER
OF HIS MAJESTY’S YACHT THE CHATHAM )
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANY. THE 6th
1795 AGED 63 YEARS
"Dear wife and children be content
For unto you I was but lent
The debt is paid, [the] Grave you see,
Prepare [therefore?] to follow me"
ALSO ELIZABETH THE WIFE OF THE
ABOVE JOHN BULLARD WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE JUNE THE 13th? 1816
AGED 80 YEARS
JOHN BULLARD
LATE PRINCIPAL CLERK
IN H.M. VICTUALLING OFFICE
CHATHAM
DIED 2nd OCTOBER 1833
AGED 67 YEARS
AND ELIZABETH
HIS WIFE
DIED [   ] [JUNE] 1851
AGED 8[2] YEARS

John Bullard, of St. Margaret's, Mariner, P. C. C. Will dated 9th January 1795
   His bed and bedstead and furniture in the bedroom to wife, Elizabeth for life. After her death to daughter Elizabeth. Residue of money, household goods and personal estate, after expenses, to wife for life; after her death, as above, and to Mary wife of William Lee of Sheerness, Shipwright, John Bullard of St. Margaret's, Dredgerman, Thomas Bullard, of same place and Sarah, wife of James Gay of St. Margaret's, Yeoman, sons and daughters of his wife, equally divided. Wife is executor.
   Witnesses: William Pegam and Mary Dadd
   Proved 12th March 1795

John Bullard the Elder, of Rochester, Gentleman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 27th August 1833
   To son John Simson Bullard, his books, manuscripts, papers, drawings and pictures, silver cup marked with his initials. To wife Elizabeth, rest and residue of personal estate. His six freehold houses in Chatham and all real estate to son John, upon trust, after expenses for repair and fire insurance, to pay mother rents for life. After her death, upon trust, to pay same to his sisters, Mary and Ann Bullard, for life, if they remain unmarried. After they die or marry, then to son John, for ever, subject to paying sister Charlotte, wife of Henry Blackman, £50, and to brother Thomas Brown Bullard, £50, payable six months after deaths or marriage of Mary and Ann. Wife and son John executors.
   Witnesses: William ? Gould, Rochester, Shop Keeper, Edward Cotton, Rochester, Tailor and Draper and J. H. Webb, Rochester, Baker
   Proved 19th October 1833 Power reserved to Elizabeth. Value of goods and chattels under £200

4.   [4]

[      ]
[      ]
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
16th ? JULY [      ]
HERE LYETH
THE BODY OF
WILL. ELLIOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[      ] OF NOVEMBER 176[3]
AGED 32 YEARS

William Elliott, of Rochester, Gentleman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 19th May 1772
   "Not well in bodily health ". All his real and personal estate to his "honoured" mother, Rebecca Elliott, who is his executor.
   Witnesses: Sarah Cresswell, Elizabeth How and William Twopenny
   Proved 10th July 1772

The following three are in the stairwell of the north gallery

5.   [5]

IN MEMORY
OF ANN WIFE OF THOMAS BAKER WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 30th AUGUST 17[   ]
AGED 48 YEARS
FANNY WILLAN? BAKER DIED [NOV? 1775]
AGED [   ] MONTHS
ALSO ELIZABETH BAKER WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS B[AKER]
[OF?]THE [CITY?]
[JULY 1782]

Thomas Baker, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, Alderman, P.C.C. Will dated 20th March 1789
   Friends William Horsnaill of Strood, Tailor and Draper, nephew of Elizabeth, his late wife and Thomas Houlton Bond of Virginia Street, Ratcliff Highway, Middlesex, Gentleman (husband of grand daughter, Elizabeth) are executors.
   To William Horsnaill, a gold ring, value one guinea, "to wear in remembrance of me"; house on St. Margaret's Bank, opposite H.M. Victualling Office, occupied by Isaac Abrams; house, now three dwellings, near corner of Five Bells Lane, in his occupation and of Daniel Blake and Matthew Butler, for benefit of grandson Thomas Baker, son of late son Thomas, during his minority. Executors to take rents, for grandson's maintenance, and manage and repair property. Also to grandson, £475 New 4% Annuities at 21 years. To grand daughter Elizabeth Bond, £1,000 of same annuities. To grand daughter Sophia Baker, daughter of son Thomas, £1,000 of same annuities at 21 years or day of marriage, if marriage has consent of executors. If Thomas or Sophia die pre 21, their legacy to survivor, if both die, then to Elizabeth. In meantime, executors to use interest for benefit of Thomas and Sophia. His gold watch to Elizabeth Bond. To grandson Thomas Baker, a quart silver tankard, now in hands of his mother Fanny Belfour, (on loan to her); his quart two handled silver cup, pint silver can, silver sugar basin, silver cream pot, largest silver punch ladle, and all silver spoons. His shagreen cast metal watch, silver pint cup, pair of silver salts and spoons, silver porringer, small silver punch ladle, silver tea tongs to grand daughter, Sophia Baker, all these to be kept by executors during her minority.
   To housekeeper Ruth Bevans, 20 guineas. Residue of personal estate to grand daughter Elizabeth Bond.
   Witnesses: John Forwood, F. S. Bond and Elizabeth Ennis
   Proved 15th December 1789

6.   [6]

[CATHERINE]
DAUGHTER OF HENRY
AND FERBY? WARD
DIED APRIL 4th 1748 AGED SIX
WEEKS
ALSO THOMAS THEIR SON
BORN AUG. 28th 1753 AND DIED
SEPT. 7th AGED 11 DAYS

7.   [7]

HERE LYETH THE BODY
OF MRS. FRANCIS (sic) AMOS WIFE
OF MR. PETER AMOS OF THIS
PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE SEPT. THE 1st? ANNO DO 1709
AGED 35 YEARS HEARE
LYETH ALSO FIVE OF THEIRE
CHILDREN
HERE ALSO LYETH INTERRED YE BODY
OF MR. PETER AMOS OF THIS
PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE YE 4th DAY OF MARCH 1722* AGED
55 YEARES & HIS SON PETER
WHO DIED YE 6th OF JULY 1723 AGED 17?
YEARES
* 1723, new style

Peter Amos, of Rainham (Kent), Shipwright, Freeman of Rochester, 1699, P.C.C. Will dated 15th June 1722
   He is "weak in body". Property in Ulcombe and Frinsted, to his son Thomas, by his first wife, for ever. Will confirms this settlement. Thomas also gets £5. To daughter Elizabeth Amos, also by his first wife, his farm in Thurnham, occupied by Edward Hadler; also nine leaseholds in St. Margaret's, Rochester, occupied by John Harrison, William Whitehead, John Mason, Henry Tyte, Henry Thompson, Widow Lowdell, Joseph Sowerby, Widow Wood and [ ] a Gunner, for ever. Also to Elizabeth, £300 and all silver plate. To son Peter, by his "now wife", three freehold houses in Brompton, occupied by Thomas Radford, William B------ ? and John Hasten, for ever. To daughter Catherine Amos, by his "now wife", two leasehold houses in St. Margaret's occupied by William Cook and Samuel Butler. To friend, Richard Wood of Rainham, £5. To wife Elizabeth, leasehold house in Chatham, occupied by Thomas Blackman, Cordwainer.
   He had entered into a Bond, before his marriage, with his "now wife", in the sum of £100, to be paid to her if she survives him. Also to her, household goods and implements. If his wife claims any dower rights on his freeholds, then her legacies will be void. Residue to his wife and three children equally shared. Wife and daughter Elizabeth executors.
   Witnesses: Thomas Wilkins, Thomas Cooper and John Sheafe
   Proved 21st March 1723

END OF NORTH NAVE AISLE

PART 2
FLOOR OF THE CROSS AISLE, NORTH TO SOUTH

8.   [1]

STEPHEN JENNINGS SWAYNE
ESQUIRE M.D.
1853

S.J.S.

Stephen Jennings Swayne, M. D., of Rochester, Deputy Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets, J.P. For Kent, P.C.C. Will dated 23rd October 1849
   To Mrs Mary Curtois, widow of Rev,. Rowland Grove Curtois, D.D., 19 guineas; to dear wife Bessy, household goods, furniture, etc., carriages, horses, ready money , money in bank; also leasehold house in Nile Terrace, Rochester and three freehold cottages in Chatham, purchased from Henry Robins, for life; after her death, house and cottages to trustees, upon trust, to sell. Residue to wife, Thomas Sedden Scholes, Joseph Sedden Scholes and Francis Scholes of Manchester, upon trust, to sell, proceeds to go into Public Funds, from interest an annuity of £40 for life to Maria Swayne of Gerrans, near Tregory, Cornwall, widow of late brother Edward Swayne. His wife to receive rest of income of trust money, for life; after her death, upon trust, to pay George Charles Widdington Curtois and Rowland Latimer Sidney Curtois, two sons of Rowland Curtois, £100 each; to Robert Swayne of Wareham, now of Bridport, £100, if he dies in testator's wife's lifetime, then to his next of kin, as in intestacy rules. To Charles Bartlettof Wareham , Solicitor, £100, same conditions as Robert Swayne. To god daughter, Louisa Pennell daughter of William Pennell, late Storekeeper of Portsmouth Dockyard, £100. Mary Ann wife of Matthew Kennedy, Esq. also gets equal share of trust fund; she, and the Schole brothers are niece and nephews of Bessy Swayne. Wife and Schole nephews are executors.
   Witnesses: B. Holme, New Inn, London and George Hart, Clerk to Messrs. Holme and Co., New Inn
   Proved 11th November 1853 Power reserved to Bessy Swayne, widow

9.   [2]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
NICHOLAS BOGHURST
WHO DIED SEPT. THE 6th 1750
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE WHO DIED
OCT. THE 17th 1785 AGED 88 YEARS
MRS. ANN BOGHURST DIED
NOVEMBER 11th 1800 AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO MRS. MARY BOGHURST DIED
FEBRUARY 16th 1801 AGED 70 YEARS
RICHARD BOGHURST ESQ.
OF THIS PARISH
DIED 9th SEPTEMBER 1830
AGED 60 YEARS

Richard Boghurst, of Rochester, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 12th June 1830
   To brother John and friend, George Prentis of Maidstone, Wine Merchant and John Tonge, of Stamford Street, Surrey, Wine Merchant, all his freeholds, upon trust. They are to sell part, proceeds to his personal estate; rents from unsold property to be part of income of personal estate. To be invested in Public Funds; interest from fund to pay annuity of £300 to brother John for life. Also an annuity of £200 for life, to his "esteemed friend", Mary Williams, now living with him, as long as she remains single. If she marries, annuity reduces to £100. An annuity of £50 to friend John Tong of Hastings, Wine Merchant and Catherine, his wife, to pay towards maintenance and education of Mary Ann Williams, his reputed daughter by Mary Williams, until 21 or marriage, (with trustees consent).If she marries trustees are to pay her £500 and half of interest from public funds, for life. After her death, trustees to pay interest as directed by her will, to her husband, for life, and allow her lawful children, if any, equal shares. Until they are 21, the interest for their maintenance and education. Long trust details follows.
   If Mary Ann dies pre 21 without lawful heirs, then trustees to pay towards maintenance and education of Jane Williams, another of his reputed daughters by Mary Williams, until she is 21 or married; then as for her sister. If both daughters die pre 21 with no heirs, then their legacies to brother John's children.
   Trustees are also his executors. This long will is mostly concerned with trust conditions.
   Witnesses: George Drew, Bermondsey Street, John Seely, same place and John N. Day, same place

Codicil dated 2nd September 1830
This is dictated to brother John. Testator wishes him to pay William Barnick of Chatham, £20 annuity for life.
   Also to pay William Boghurst's housekeeper Mary ------ ?, of St. Nicholas, annuity of £20 for life and to pay annuities of £10, for life to Elizabeth Thornton and Sarah Crane.
   Mark of Richard Boghurst
   William Boghurst (mark) and Samuel Newsom (Surgeon) sign each bequest.
   Witnesses: Samuel Newsom and Sarah Hunt.

Affidavit dated 4th May 1831
John Boghurst, Samuel Newsom, Surgeon of Rochester and Sarah Hunt, of Rochester, Spinster, sworn.
   They have examined will and codicil; brother John wrote the codicil; Richard Boghurst was too ill to sign his name. All three confirm documents are original and authentic.
   Proved 14th May 1831 Power reserved to George Prentis and John Tonge.

Ann Boghurst,
of St. Margaret's, Spinster, P. C.C. Will dated 1st April 1800
   Appoints brother, John Boghurst of Strood, Gentleman, nephew John Boghurst of St. Nicholas, Gentleman, and Richard Boghurst, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, executors.
   Leasehold house she lives in, in Rochester High Street, with remainder of lease, to sisters, Rebecca and Mary Boghurst; after they have both died, to nephew John Boghurst. Her half share in woodland called Shawl Hook (14 acres), in Aylesford near the Turnpike Road from Chatham to Maidstone, in her occupation and of nephew Phillip Boghurst, to nephew John Boghurst. Her annuity from the farm at Luton, in Chatham, occupied by Thomas Filmer, to nephew Richard Boghurst, for ever. To niece, Elizabeth Boghurst, £50; to each of executors, £50 for mourning. Residue to sisters Rebecca and Mary, equally.
   Witnesses: J. Nightingale, William Oliver and John Prall
   Proved 10th January 1801

10.   [3]

IN THE VAULT BENEATH
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
JOHN BOGHURST ESQUIRE
WHO DIED OCT. 23rd 1840
AGED 76 YEARS
AND
MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED AUG. 23rd 1842
AGED 70 YEARS
This stone has been cut in half and re-laid the wrong way round,
with the bottom half of the inscription at the top!

John Boghurst, of St. Nicholas, Esquire, (58 High Street, Pigot's Directory, 1832; Farmer, Holden's Directory 1809 – 11) P. C.C. Will dated 20th February 1840
   To wife, Mary, good friend John Nightingale of Rochester, Esq., and Samuel Caddel of Rochester, Stationer, household goods, and furniture, (except bedstead and other furniture in room of servant Sarah Crane, which he has log since given to her), upon trust. Wife to have benefit of use; after her death, above goes into residuary estate.
   To John Nightingale and Samuel Caddel, £100 each, real and leasehold estate and personal estate, except that he was entitled to under his brother, Richard's will, upon trust, to sell personal estate, except that left to wife and not in Public Funds, trust details follow.
   Interest and dividends to wife; after her death or remarriage, executors to pay Sarah Crane, £500, if latter dies in his lifetime, then the £500 to her brother, William Crane of Theobalds Street, Kent Road, Surrey, Labourer and her sister Martha wife of Charles Saunders of Mile End Road, Middlesex, City Ticket Porter, in equal shares. To old and faithful servant, John Jarrett, £200; to godson, John Boghurst Spencer, son of friend John Spencer, of the Kent Road, Cornfactor, £300; to Josiah Spencer, £200, to his wife Mary Ann Spencer, £100; to friend, George Acworth of Rochester, Gentleman, £200; to Mary Ann, Jane and Sarah Jarrett, all Spinsters of St. Margaret's, £150; to John Fam of Burham, Labourer £100 and to Sarah his wife, £50; to Samuel Caddel the extra sum of £200, to Hannah, his wife, £200, to their daughter, Mary Ann Caddel, £100; to god daughter, Mary Boghurst Barnick, (daughter of Harriet Longford Barnick of Chatham, widow), £200; to Fanny Rhodes of Rochester, his servant, £100; to Thomas Jarrett the Younger of Strood, Labourer, £50; to Thomas Jarrett the Elder of St. Margaret's, £100; to William Crane, £50; to Martha Saunders £50.
   If any surplus, executors to invest and pay interest to Mary Ann and Jane Williams, reputed daughters of the late Mary Williams by his brother Richard, in equal shares for life. After the death of either, then their share to their child / children, if any. If they die with no children, then another £300 to Samuel Caddel, another £400 to John Jarrett, another £200 each to Mary Ann, Jane and Sarah Jarrett, another £50 to Thomas Jarrett the Elder, another £500 to George Acworth.
   Residue to John Fam, Hannah Caddel, Sarah Crane and Mary Ann Caddel.
   By the will of his late brother Richard, he is entitled to residuary estate subject to legacies. He gives this to his trustees, upon trust, to pay interest to his wife, Mary for life, while she is his widow. After her death or remarriage, upon trust, to pay Harriet Langford Barnick £250, Hannah Caddel, £150, Josiah Spencer £100, Samuel Caddel, £150, Sarah Crane, £300,John Jarrett, £300, Edward Perrin, of Rochester, Mariner, £250, Jane and Sarah Jarrett, £100, shared, Mary Ann Jarrett, £50, Thomas Jarrett the Elder and Younger, £50 each, Fanny Rhodes, £50, John Boghurst Spencer, £150 and Mary Ann Spencer, £100.
   Residue to be shared equally among Hannah and Samuel Caddel, Josiah, John Boghurst and Mary Ann Spencer, John, Mary Ann and Jane Jarrett, Sarah Crane and Edward Perrin.
   Wife Mary and Trustees, executors. Technical trust details follows.
   If any legatee disputes will their legacy will be void.
   Witnesses: Henry Morgan and Charles Etherington, Clerks to Mr G. Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester.
   Proved 28th December 1840

 

END OF THE CROSS AISLE

PART 3
SOUTH NAVE AISLE, FROM EAST TO WEST

11.   [1]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
THE REVD.
ROB. LAMBE WARD B.A.
BORN MARCH 17th 1788
DIED JANUARY 10th 1831
AGED
42 YEARS

Robert Lambe Ward, Clergyman, P.C.C. Will dated 9th January 1831
All to wife Jane
Witnesses: Daniel Fear and Ketturah Town

Affidavit dated 23rd January 1840
   Daniel Fear of Rochester, Gentleman and Jane Ward of 41 Gower Place, Euston Square, widow, sworn, confirm will made in their presence. Widow had not applied earlier because there was no need,. He left no property; she is to file a bill in Chancery to find money due to estate, so needs letters of Administration to proceed.
   Proved 29th January 1840

12.   [2]

TO
THE MEMORY OF
MR. ALEXANDER [SINCLAIR]
LATE BOATS[WAIN] [OF HIS MAJESTY’S]
SHIP [   ]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 29th
1803 AGED [49] YEARS
LIKEWISE JAMES SON OF
ALEXANDER AND MARY SINCLAIR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON OCTOBER
8th 1787 AGED 3 YEARS AND 4? MONTHS

Alexander Sinclair died in Chatham

13.   [3]

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM DIXON GENT.
(LATE A PURSER IN HIS MAJESTY’S NAVY)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 10th DAY OF OCT.1764
AGED 44 YEARS
NEAR THIS PLACE ALSO LIETH
THE REMAINS OF
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM MOULDEN
OF THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO DIED 22nd OF DECEMBER 1778
AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO WINIFRED MOULDEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
JULY 10th 1810 AGED [84] YEARS
LIKEWISE MR. RICHARD HUGHES
FORMERLY OF THE ROYAL NAVY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEB. 9th 1792
AGED 55 YEARS

William Dixon, of St. Margaret's , Former Sailor, P. C. C. Will dated 16th August 1764
   To brother John Dixon of Selby, £200; to sister Martha Wood, £50; to cousin Phillip Moore, £20; to cousin William Moore, £50; to friend and neighbour, Joseph Hawkins, Schoolmaster, £50; to friend Thomas Shaw of London, Grocer, £20. To wife Winifred, leasehold property on St. Margaret's Banks, his dwelling house, and all goods and furniture; all other freeholds and leaseholds, £800 and residue of personal estate to Winifred for life; after her death, ¼ to sister Martha, if she is dead, then to her children at 21, equally shared; the other ¾ to brother John, if he is dead, then as above. Wife and Joseph Hawkins executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Russell, Nicholas Hinton and John May
   Proved 22nd October 1764

In the Parish Magazine for November 1919, Reverend Wheatley, Vicar of St. Margaret's, discusses a "mysterious" inscription on a coffin shaped stone in the nave, which is as follows:

W. D. 1764 W. M. 1778 R. H. 1792
"The boisterous winds and Neptune's waves,
Have toss'd us to and fro,
Yet by God's sacred degree,
We harbour here below,
At anchor here we safely lie,
With many of our Fleet,
But once again we must set sail,
Our Admiral Christ to meet"

  Wheatley wondered who the seamen thus commemorated were, and why they were on one stone? He goes on to state that the registers "affords no guide". This is rather odd, because it is not difficult to relate the initials to entries in the burial register, (W. M., William Moulden appears at the start of 1779), did Wheatley actually look? He obviously had not seen the ledger stone covering their burial place, perhaps the ledger stone was covered with matting? Did he find it in the subsequent 28 years he spent as Vicar of the church ? W. M., (William Moulden) married William Dixon's widow. I do not know how R.H. (Richard Hughes) relates to Dixon or Moulden. See the entry for the Mouldens

William Moulden, of St. Margaret's, Lieutenant R. N., P.C.C. Will dated 31st January 1767
   All wages due and whole estate to wife Winifred, who is also executor.
   Witnesses: J. Batten, Robert Comport and Elianor Brioine ?
   Proved 3rd February 1779

Winefred Moulden,
of St. Margaret's, Widow of William, P.C.C. Will dated 13th May 1809
   Wishes to be buried by friend Mr John Batten in the church upon the remains of former husband, William Dixon.
   Funeral not to exceed £70, any surplus to be distributed among poor widows, including her two servants, Frances Everett and Nanny Hider.
   All her stock in 6% Long Annuities to be sold to pay debts and legacies. To Jarvis Dixon, nephew of former husband William Dixon, £20; to Elizabeth Dixon, niece of William Dixon, £5; to friend Joseph Hawkins, of Rochester, £25; to friend, Elizabeth Hawkins, £10 and a ring set with diamonds marked "William Dixon, obit 10th Oct. 1764"; to friend Benjamin Hawkins, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, £20 and a silver mug, marked W.W. ; to Mary, Catherine , Charlotte and Sarah, daughters of Joseph and Elizabeth Hawkins, £5 each; to Catherine Hawkins a ring set with rubies marked "Le don d'un amis"; to Sarah Hawkins, a watch with a gold chased case and metal case marked, "Jno. Smith, London 7913"; to Louisa Jacks, daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Gibson of London, a mourning ring marked "George Logge"; to friend, James Jacks, £10, if his wife Louisa survives him, the £10 to her; to friend Sarah wife of John Simmons, of Rochester, £5 and a watch with tortoise shell case marked " Tho. Thompson, London 10413"; to friend John Simmons, Esq., £20; to Mary, daughter of late brother in law, John Moulden, 5gns.; to cousin Thomas Moulden 2gns.; to cousin Thomas Moulden ,son of Thomas Moulden of London, 2gns.; to cousin Sarah Burton, 2gns. for a ring; to Mary daughter of late Thomas Eddington, 5gns.; to Mrs Herring, wife of a gardener in Chatham, 2gns., if she is dead, then to her husband; to late maid servant Frances Everett, 2gns.; to late maid servant Hannah Obee, 2gns., with a lock of her hair; to maid servant, with her at death, 5 gns., for mourning; to cousin Rebecca Friend 2 gns. All plate and china to Elizabeth Hawkins and Sarah Simmons, equally shared; household linen to Joseph and Elizabeth Hawkins. All other household goods to be sold by Mr Batten. Residue to be sold, proceeds to be divided into three parts, two parts equally between children of late brother in law, John Dixon, not excluding Jarvis and Elizabeth Dixon, remainder to poor of St. Catherine's Almshouse, Rochester, including Susannah Attewell of St. Margaret's.
   Witnesses: John Stokes and Sarah Harvey
   Proved 23rd July 1810

END OF THE SOUTH NAVE AISLE

PART 4
CENTRAL NAVE AISLE

It is very likely that there are more monuments on the floor of the central nave aisle, which has recently been covered, from end to end, by a carpet. I do not know if any inscriptions were recorded before the carpet was laid. It is also likely that the carpet in the Vestry covers further inscriptions. The following inscription has been previously published in Wheatley’s Historical Notes and Smetham’s Rambles Round Churches. Like all previously printed inscriptions, which I have not seen, or which no longer exist, I have re-arranged the layout to what I judge to have been the original design.

Canon Wheatley wrote a long series of historical and topographical notes, of a high standard, in the Parish Magazine, 1916 – 1947. These were brought together by the City of Rochester Society and published under the title, "Historical Notes" in 1992.

14.   [   ]

HERE LIETH INTERRED YE BODY OF
MATTHIAS WOOD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 27th OF JULY 1694
AGED 67 YEARS
AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
24th OF OCTOBER 1705
AGED 74 YEARS

Matthias Wood, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 20th May 1694
   "Sick and weak in body". His house in St. Margaret's occupied by John Webb, to wife Elizabeth, for life, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, then to servant Alice Hoasman, for life, provided she stays wife's servant; after Alice's death, to Katherine Rogers, alias Wood, who lives with him, (he was brought up by her from infancy), and to her lawful heirs. In default of heirs, then to nephew Richard Wood, son of brother John Wood, for ever. To wife Elizabeth, all leases and leasehold estates, goods, wages, pensions, money and personal estate; she is executor.
   Witnesses: William Pope, Fra. Brooke and Philip Brooke
   Proved 7th August 1694

PART 5
TOWER INTERIOR
NORTH WALL

15.   [1]

IN THE VAULT
BENEATH THIS TABLET
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS
OF LIEUT. COL. WILLIAM HINDE
LATE OF H.M. 65th REGIMENT
WHO AFTER HAVING SPENT A LONG LIFE
ACTIVELY AND FAITHFULLY IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
DIED IN PEACE WITH ALL
14th FEBRUARY 1838 IN HIS 70th YEAR

William Hinde, of Brompton, Major in the Army, P. C. C. Will dated 10th July 1833
   To wife Sarah, all household goods and furniture; to son William Henry FitzSimon Hinde, his gold watch, chain and seals; to Jonathan Horsfield of Sheffield and his wife Susannah (Hinde's sister) £10 between them; to sister Ann Gallimore of Sheffield, widow and her daughter Ann, living with her, £10; to sister Mary Parkinson, of Sheffield, Widow and youngest daughter Eliza, £10; to Edward and John Parkinson, and Ann wife of Theophilus West, (three other of Mary Parkinson's children) £10 each; to William Hinde Gallimore and Harriet wife of Rawson Allan, (two children of Ann Gallimore), £10 each; to Margaret wife of John Ellison, Bootmaker of Austwick, near Settle and daughter of Joseph Wainwright, a "soldier of my regiment, who received his death wounds by my side in action", £10; to each of his sisters, Hannah Horsfield, Mary Parkinson and Ann Gallimore, an annuity of £26 for life; to Margaret Ellison, an annuity of £5 for life.
   To wife freehold at Warrall near Sheffield, until son William is 21 years old, then to him for ever. If he dies under 21, then to trustees. Residue of real and personal estate to wife and Thomas Hilton Borthamley, of Coleman Street, City of London, Gentleman, upon trust, to receive money and securities, to sell his real estate and as much of personal estate to pay debts and for funeral, etc. Residue to be invested in Government Stocks; wife to receive interest; after her death, upon trust for son. If son dies in lifetime of his wife, without lawful heirs, then to the children of his sisters, and children of Joseph Borthamley, deceased, John Bothamley and Ann Harris, the brothers and sister of his wife, equally divided. Long trust details follow.
   Wife and Thomas Hilton Bothamley are executors.
   Witnesses: W. Payne, Master Attendant, Chatham Dock Yard, John Whitmarsh, Surgeon, Brompton and Valentine Beadon, 1st Lieutenant , Royal Marines, Brompton

Codicil dated 19th August 1833
   He has given sister, Hannah an annuity of £26, to go after her death to her husband for life. He revokes part of will which directs payment of last quarter before her death to her executors. Rest of will confirmed.
   Proved 20th March 1838

16.   [2]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENRY HODDER AUG. 21st 1808 2 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS
DIED{ AGED{
AND MARY ANN HODDER MARCH 23rd 1800 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS
THEIR AFFLICTED PARENTS CAPT. EDWARD HODDER ROYAL NAVY
AND MARY (LATE TROY) HIS WIFE HAVE CAUSED THIS MONUMENT
TO BE ERECTED AS A SMALL TOKEN OF THEIR AFFECTION
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE ABOVE
CAPT.EDWARD HODDER R.N.
WHO DIED AT JERSEY ON THE 24th JANUARY 1829
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY RELICT OF THE ABOVE CAPT. EDWARD HODDER
AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE JACOB CAZENEUVE TROY
OF CHATHAM
WHO DIED ON THE 24th OF MAY 1843 IN THE 62nd YEAR OF HER AGE
AND WAS BURIED AT ST. SERVAN NEAR ST. MALO, FRANCE

Mary Hodder, of St. Sevran, France, Widow of Edward, Captain, R.N., P. C. C. Will dated 6th May 1843
   To George Acworth of Rochester, Solicitor and William Smart of Lower Reinham, (sic) Chatham, Esquire, £500 stock in 3% Consols, in trust for grandson, Eugene Pierre Edourd Godfroy. This to be invested in Public Funds until he is 12, then to pay guardian ½ of the interest for benefit of Eugene; if he dies pre 21, the £500 and interest, equally among her children, Edward Mulberry , Mary Anna Maria,William Henry George, Charlotte Amelia and Louisa Harvey Hodder. Residue of stock in 3% funds, divided as above. Residue of property, except jewels and trinkets, to daughters. Mary, William and Charlotte Hodder, executors.
   Witnesses: Henry H. Handcock, Grange Park, Co. Tyrone, Ireland and S. Symonds M.A., Rector of Thilleigh, Cornwall, Minister of English Episcopalian Chapel, St. Sevran.
   Proved 21st August 1843

17.   [3]

NEAR THIS SPOT
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
JEMIMA
RELICT OF THE LATE
LIEUTENANT COLONEL SYMES
SHE MARRIED AFTERWARDS
SIR JOSEPH DE COURCY LAFFON, BART.
AND DIED ON THE 18th DAY OF AUGUST 1835
AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO OF JEMIMA ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
THE SAID LT. COLONEL SYMES AND JEMIMA HIS WIFE
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE DECEMBER 27th 1835
AGED 23 YEARS

SOUTH WALL

18.   [4]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT MORPHETT ESQ.
LATE OF
ST. MARGARET’S BANKS, ROCHESTER
WHO DIED THE 10th DAY OF JANUARY 1828
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO OF
MRS. SARAH MORPHETT
RELICT OF THE ABOVE ROBERT MORPHETT ESQ.
WHO DIED THE 22nd DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1834
AGED 82 YEARS
ROBERT SON OF ROBERT MORPHETT ESQ.
WHO DIED THE 19th OF OCTOBER 1822 AGED 33 YEARS
THE LAST SURVIVOR OF THIRTEEN CHILDREN
BY ELIZABETH HIS FIRST WIFE
WHO LIES INTERRED IN THE CHURCH OF ST. EDMUND’S
LOMBARD STREET, LONDON

Robert Morphett, of Rochester, Esq. P. C. C. Will dated 22nd March 1824
   Wife, Sarah, Thomas Tribe of Rochester, Coal Merchant, James Henry Henderson of Furnival's Inn, London, Gentleman and Nathaniel Morphett of Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane, Gentleman, are executors.
To Miss Christian Hufflett, now residing with him, 19gns., to servant Frances Fenn, 10gns., over and above wages due.
   Money and stocks in Public Funds to his male executors, upon trust, dividends paid to wife, for life. After her death, upon trust, to sell residue and pay god daughter, Jane Morphett Mould, daughter of friend Captain Thomas Mould, of Chatham Division of Royal Marines, £100 at 21 or day of marriage; Ann Parkes, daughter of Mr Parkes of Chatham Dock Yard, £100, as above; annuity of £20 for life to "faithful servant. Priscilla Summers, if she is living in his wife's service at time of wife's death. Dividends from £2,000, part of trust fund, to be paid to grandchildren., Harriet, John and Frederick Gordon. After death of Harriet, trustees to pay the £2,000 to her children at 21 or marriage of girls, equally shared.
   Witnesses: Edward Seaton, Surgeon of Rochester and John Homan, Linen Draper of Rochester.

Codicil dated 15th October 1826
   Revokes legacy of £100 in trust for god child Jane Mould. Wife to have household furniture not only in Rochester house, but elsewhere. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: J. Morphett, 3 Great College Street, Camden and William Evenden

Codicil dated 8th January 1828
   Servant Fanny Fenn gets annuity of £10 for life Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis and John Homan
   Proved 26th April 1828. Power reserved to James Henderson

Note in margin dated 22nd May 1868
   The will was not administered by widow. Testator was formerly of Lombard Street and East Grinstead, late of Rochester, and died at St. Margaret's Banks. Administration granted to Harriet Larkin Samson Ramsden, formerly Gardener, wife of John Ramsden, in the will she is Harriet Gordon, grand daughter of testator.

Sarah Morphett,
of Rochester, widow of Robert, P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1832
   Portrait of 1st husband, Mr Read, hanging in her bedroom, to be rolled up and placed in her coffin.
   Appoints John Gordon, of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, grandson of late husband, Robert Morphett, and Nathaniel Morphett of Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane, Gentleman, executors.
   To Nathaniel Morphett, £50; to esteemed friend, Mrs Maysty of Highbury Place, 10 gns., for a ring, and to her daughter, Mrs King, 10 gns., for a ring; to Mary Ann King, daughter of Mrs King, the ring "which I wore to the memory of her late great uncle, Richard Holt, Esq".; to Mrs Morphett, wife of Nathaniel, 10 gns., for a ring; to god daughter Sarah Morphett Tribe, daughter of Thomas Tribe, £100; to god daughter Harriet Morphett Parkes, daughter of John Parkes, £100 and £20 to her father; to Miss Christian Hufflett, now living with her, £100, if she is with her at her death, a handsome suit of mourning, bed bolster, two pillows, which were her daughter's, three blankets, two pairs of sheets,two pairs of pillow cases, the tent bedstead with hanging in lower back room, a round table in her bedroom, ½ dozen breakfast cups and saucers, marked R. E. M., silver filigree sugar basket, milk bowl with ladle and purple glass to each, two pictures of "her own drawing" in the parlour, two card racks in the drawing room, of her own making, card table in the parlour. If she wishes to furnish one or two rooms, she should be "comfortably accommodated with other articles". These legacies from her real estate in case personal estate not sufficient.
   Residue to John Gordon and Nathaniel Morphett upon trust, to sell and invest money, which is to be divided into three parts; one part for John Gordon, one for Frederick Gordon, another grandson of Robert Morphett, at 21 years; remainder, in trust, for Harriet Gordon, at 21 or day of marriage.
   Her late husband gave, in trust, an annuity for Priscilla Summers, if she was still in her service, she has since left her service, her conduct has apparently made it impossible to retain her in service, and she "is wholly unworthy" of the legacy, testator wants to prevent annuity being paid!
   Witnesses: John Homan, Draper of Rochester, Larkin Allan, Gentleman of Rochester and William Wildash Mannering, Builder of Chatham

Codicil dated 30th September 1833
   To Rev. George Harker, Vicar of St. Nicholas, 10guineas, as a testimony of her regard. Will confirmed.
   Witnesses: John Homan and William Wildash Mannering
   Proved 26th November 1834

19.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SIR JOSEPH DE COURCY LAFFON, BART. K.H.
OF OTHAM, KENT
WHO DIED 7th JULY 1848
AGED 68 YEARS

Joseph de Courcy Laffon died in France

PART 6
TOWER ARCH
SOUTH SIDE

20.   [   ]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH
THE AFFECTIONATE AND BELOVED WIFE OF
MR. ROBERT CLEMENTS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 7th JULY 1846 AGED 54 YEARS
"Lo, at your feet ye serious reader, sleeps
a wife whose fall her lonely husband weeps
yet still his grief admits of some release.
In hope she dwells above in endless peace"
ALSO CAROLINE WOOLLEY
SISTER OF THE ABOVE AND SECOND DAUGHTER OF
CAPTAIN ROBERT WOOLLEY AND BETSY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 30th OF JANUARY 1835 AGED 36 YEARS

Elizabeth Clements, husband Robert was a Tailor of Rochester High Street, he was Mayor of Rochester five times. Other members of the family were builders. They have a large tomb in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

Caroline Woolley, of Highgate, Spinster, P. C. C. Will dated 2nd December 1829
   Her half of house in St. Margaret's, lately occupied by William Lomas, (subject to life interest of her father Robert Woolley) and other real estate, ready money and securities, goods and personal estate, to sister Elizabeth wife of Robert Clements, for ever. Robert and Elizabeth Clements, executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Solicitor, Rochester, D. R. Lewis and James Lewis.

Codicil , no date or witnesses.
   To Mary Ann Tattam 4 half guineas given to testator by Mary Ann's grandmother Jane Tattam, and a ring in remembrance of Ann Grover; to Emma Tattam; a watch chain and seals, presented by her uncle; to Marianne lloyd a ring testator received on death of her mother.

Affidavit dated 24th October 1835
   John Grover of Edmonton and John James Tattam, Junior, of the Custom House, sworn that they knew the testator, formerly of Highgate but now of Rochester, for many years, and were well acquainted with her handwriting and signature. They have examined the codicil and have no doubt it is in her hand.
    Proved 11th November 1835

NORTH SIDE

21.   [1]

THE BELLS
OF THIS CHURCH WERE
RESTORED IN 1960 IN MEMORY OF
SYDNEY WILLIAMS WHEATLEY
HON. CANON, M.A., F.S.A., F.K.C.
BORN 30th MAY 1869, DIED 11th MAR. 1951
VICAR OF THIS PARISH
1915 –1947

22.   [2]

ARTHUR RYE FOR MANY YEARS A MEDICAL PRACTIONER
OF THIS PARISH DIED MARCH 13th 1832 AGED 50 YEARS
AMELIA HIS WIFE DIED OCTOBER 12th 1864 AGED 79 YEARS
AMELIA FRIDAY THEIR DAUGHTER DIED APRIL 21st 1865 AGED 51 YEARS
GEORGE RYE, H.E.I.C. WAS LOST OFF THE COAST OF MAURITIUS
1835 AGED 20 YEARS
SARAH ANNE RYE DIED JANUARY 22nd 1852 AGED 35 YEARS
TO THEIR MEMORY THIS IS AFFECTIONATELY PLACED BY THE SURVIVORS
ARTUR BRISLEY RYE AND WILLIAM BRENCHLEY RYE 1865
(See also BRISLEY tomb, north churchyard)

Arthur Rye is buried in the Brisley tomb in the churchyard

PART 7
NORTH NAVE WALL, WEST TO EAST

23.   [1]

IN REMEMBRANCE OF
W. T. KING
TROOPER 1st. LIFE GUARDS
WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN ITALY 5th NOV. 1918
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN
OF THE BRITISH MILITARY MISSION ATTACHED TO THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ITALIAN ARMY IN THE FIELD

24.   [2]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM MOFFAT ESQ.
OF HARPERTON, ROXBURGHSHIRE
A NATIVE OF THIS PLACE AND FORMERLY
A COMMANDER IN THE H.E.I.C. MARITIME SERVICE
WHO DIED AT KENSINGTON ON THE 14th SEPTEMBER 1850
AGED 76 YEARS
"Behold God is my Salvation I will trust, and not be afraid,
for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he
also is become my Salvation"
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten
son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish
but have everlasting life"
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED AS A TRIBUTE OF AFFECTION
BY HIS SON AND DAUGHTER TO THE MEMORY OF A BELOVED PARENT

William Moffat, (Born in St. Margaret's), Proprietor of Lands of Harperton and Highridge, Roxburgh, Former Commander in Naval Service of H.E.I.C., now of Leam Cottage, Kensington. Trust Deed (P.C.C.) dated 5th August 1834.
   Has lately purchased land in Roxburgh, desires to settle this land. To his trustees, Alexander Allan of Roxburgh, his brother in law, Rev. Henry Duke Harrington, his nephew, and Alexander Moffat Allan son of Alexander Allan, also a nephew, the lands and farm of Harperton occupied by George Roberton, and land and farm at Heirigg or Highridge occupied by Andrew Thomson, formerly part of Barony of Edam in Roxburgh. To daughter Elizabeth Margaret Moffat, an annuity of £100 for life, from above lands. These lands to be settled on his son James Douglas Moffat and his male heirs, in default to female heirs., in default then to daughter's male heirs, etc., in default to nephew James Moffat Allan, in default, to nephew William Henry Allan, in default to nephew John Allan, in default to nephew Douglas Allan, in default to testator's nearest heirs. Involved details, with reference to Scottish law follows.
   The above was written by James Hewat, Clerk to John Tod?, Writer to the Signet, at Leam Cottage.
   Witnesses: David Munro, Major 94th Regiment and of Whitehill, Ayrshire and Richard Stonham, Builder, 3 Edwards Terrace, Kensington

Codicil dated 28th August 1841
   Testator now in Edinburgh. Ratifies trust deed. Trustee Rev. Harrington's name had been crossed out on trust deed, now reinstated. Christian name of John Allan should be Henry John.
   Witnesses: David Munro, David Forbes Grant and John Lumsden Smith.

P.C.C. Will dated 22nd September 1841
   Ratifies trust deed made in 1834. His freehold house in St. Margaret's and other freeholds in Strood and Upper Marine Terrace, Margate, his shares in Rock Life Assurance Co., of Bridge Street, Blackfriars, shares in Metropolitan Loan and Investment Co., of Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, shares in City of New York 5% Water Stock, redeemable in 1865, shares in Revisionary Interest Society, of King's Arms Yard, Coleman Street, London, stock in Bank of England, stock in East India Co., (£1,000) and his 3% stock in Great Book of France, to trustees, in trust.
   Trustees to pay Mary Elizabeth Moffat, Spinster and Margaret Harrington, Widow, his sisters, £100 each; to Margaret Harrington, his niece, £500; to Sophia Fisher, niece, £100; to William , Allan, John and Douglas Allan, nephews, £500 each. £500 for his trustees to buy a Government Life Annuity for Rev. James Harrington; £500 to Rev. Henry Harrington. To poor of St. Margaret's over 60 years of age, £50; to poor of Lauder and Edam, over 60, £50; to repair and paint tombs of his mother and relations in St. Margaret's churchyard and brother's at St. Anne Limehouse; son and sister in old churchyard , Camberwell, £50, at discretion of trustees.
   To Alexander Allan Senior, Rev. James Harrington and Rev. Henry Harrington, £500 each for their trouble. He sets aside £1,000 for new buildings at Harperton and Highridge Hall, if trustees think fit. From shares in City of New York Water, interest to sisters Mary Moffat and Margaret Harrington, equally, for life; after their deaths, to the Revs. Harrington, equally; after their deaths to their children.
   Trustees to convey to Captain William Douglas Harrington of Madras Light Cavalry, his nephew, all his shares in Rock Assurance; if he dies before testator, then to his children, in default to testator's heirs. Trustees also to convey to the Allan brothers, his nephews, shares in Metropolitan Loan Co.. His Trustees to hold shares in Revisionary Interest Society; they to pay dividends to Elizabeth Margaret Douglas Moffat, his daughter, now wife of William Money of Bengal Civil Service, for life; after her death, to her children. Stock in Bank of England interest to daughter Elizabeth Money, for life, after her death, as before. East India Stock, (£1,000), to be conveyed to son James, if he dies before testator, then to his heirs. He has good opinion of French State Funds, so trustees to hold all French Stock, until 5th July 1852 and to pay dividends to son James, for life, after his death, to his children.
   Trustees to convey to daughter Elizabeth and her eldest child, freehold house in Rochester, to convey to son James house in Strood and house in Margate, and all furniture, household goods, etc.
   Trustees to hold residue and invest in Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland or real estate in England or Scotland.
   Ratifies settlement made on his marriage with Sarah; annuity given to her on their separation will be void, she being well provided for ; she had "most unjustifiably absconded from my home".
   Will, written by Alexander Crawford, Writer, Lauder
   Witnesses: David Munro, John Lumsden Smith, Book Seller and Stationer, Edinburgh and Alexander Crawford

Codicil dated 18th August 1847
   Nephew Alexander Allan has died, appoints nephews William and Douglas Allan as trustees and executors, along with those already appointed. Trustees to convey to children of late nephew Captain William Harrington and children of Rev. Henry Harrington, his shares in Rock Assurance. Shares in British Colonial Bank and Loan Co. of Moorgate Street, conveyed to nephews William and Douglas Allan.
   Interest on his stock in Great Book of France, conveyed to children of son James and his wife Jeanette.
Witnesses: Alexander Crawford, David Broomfield, Lauder and A. Valence, Chief Magistrate, Lauder
   Proved 5th October 1850 Power reserved to William and Douglas Allan.

25.   [3]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
STEPHEN JENNINGS SWAYNE ESQ., M.D.
DEPUTY INSPECTOR
OF HOSPITALS AND FLEETS
DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1853
AGED 71 YEARS

26.   [4]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE VENERABLE JOHN LAW D.D. ARCHDEACON OF ROCHESTER
WHO UNITING A VIGOROUS UNDERSTANDING
AND A CULTIVATED MIND
TO A KIND, COURTEOUS, AND CHEERFUL DEMEANOUR
AFFORDED
DURING A RESIDENCE OF ALMOST 60 YEARS IN THIS PARISH
THE EDYFYING EXAMPLE
OF A CHRISTIAN MINISTER
STEADILY EMPLOYED IN THE SACRED DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE
EAGER TO EXTEND THE BLESSINGS OF RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
TO A LARGE AND INCREASING POPULATION
PROMPT AND LIBERAL IN DEEDS OF PRIVATE CHARITY
ACTIVE, ZEALOUS AND DISCREET IN THE SUPPORT
OF ALL PIOUS AND USEFUL INSTITUTIONS
AND NEVER WEARY IN WELL DOING
HE DIED FEBRUARY THE 5th 1827 AGED 87 YEARS
THE INHABITANTS PLACED THIS TABLET
THANKFUL TO GOD FOR SO BRIGHT A PATTERN
OF CHRISTIAN EXCELLENCE
AND DESIROUS THAT IT SHOULD BE HAD
IN LASTING REMEMBRANCE

John Law, D. D., Archdeacon of Rochester, is buried in the Cathedral. P.C.C. Will dated 4th January 1827
   To grand daughter Anna Maria Hussey, formerly Laws and Mary Laws, daughters of his eldest late son Charles, £1,500 Bank 3% Annuities, if grand daughter dies pre 21 and unmarried, then to her mother for life. Much of this will is taken up with Marriage settlements of his daughters, Martha, widow of Henry Dampier (a relation of Dean Dampier), and Stephana wife of Joseph Seymour Briscoe, late of Pond Hill, Bletchingly, many thousands of pounds are involved.
   To son Francis, £1,000; testator's sister has bequeathed to Francis reversion of estate at at Bedgbury, Kent. To daughter Jane, Bank Stock of £3,330 2s 3d and £1,000, and his chariot. To daughter Mary, £1,000 India Stock and £1,000.
   Pictures and books at Bedgbury lately bequeathed "to me by my dear sister, to my son Francis". In case daughter Jane is unmarried at his death, she shall have part of his wine and furniture at Rochester, plate, linen, books, except books at Bedgbury, as she chooses. Remainder divided between sons ---------------- ?, and wine and spirits in cellar. To Miss Marianne Carr late of Rochford, £100; his gold watch and chain to son George. To each of his servants with him at death, for at least three years, except John Aylett, a year's wages and mourning; John Aylett gets £200 and mourning.
   To son Henry, vase presented to him by Clergy of Diocese, if son George is living at Henry's death, then vase to him, if George is dead, vase to be sold.
   Residue of personal estate to sons Henry and George, and grandson John Lucius Dampier, in trust, to sell, proceeds divided between daughters Martha, Jane, Mary and Stephana, and sons, equally.
   Sons Henry and George and grandson John Dampier executors, John in place of his father Henry, who was executor in former will. To each of them, £100 "as a trifling acknowledgement for their trouble".
   Witnesses: Edward Twopenny, Rochester, Gentleman, George Essell, Rochester, Gentleman and J. S. Bullard, Rochester, Gentleman
   Proved 19th February 1827

PART 8
SOUTH NAVE WALL, EAST TO WEST

27.   [1]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS SAUNDERS ESQUIRE
COLLECTOR OF HER MAJESTY’S CUSTOMS
AT THE PORT OF ROCHESTER
AND AFTERWARDS AT GREENOCK
IN SCOTLAND
AT WHICH PLACE HE DIED
AND IS INTERRED IN THE
BURIAL GROUND OF THIS CHURCH
IN THE SAME VAULT ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF HIS WIFE
CATHERINE SAUNDERS
WHO DIED ALSO AT GREENOCK

Thomas Saunders, Mayor of Rochester in 1825, 27 and 31

28.   [2]

IN FILIAL LOVE AND HONOURED MEMORY OF
CHARLES AND ANN MARIA SAUNDERS
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH A.D. 1863
"We bless O Lord thy holy name for them thy servants departed this
life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow
their good examples that with them we may be partakers of thy Heavenly Kingdom"

29.   [3]

I.S.E.
THOMAS MANLY, ARMIGER TERTIUS HAERES
GEORGII MANLY DE LACH PROPE CESTRIA,
ARMIGER CUJUS INTERITUS EGREGIAM PROPTER HUMANITATEM
PIETATE (QUAM IN PUBLICA PACE CONSERVANDA
ADMINISTRAVIT) JUSTITIAM OMNICUM PROBORUM
VERIS PLORATUR LACRIMIS
IN UXORE DUXIT IANA (QUEODE TUMULO CONDITUR)
FILIAM SECUNDAM RICHARDI LEE
DE DELCE SUB CIVITATE ROFFENSI ARMIGERUM
IN FELICI HOC CONJUGIO NATI SUNT QUATUOR LIBERI
QUORAM TRES UNICUM FILIUM ET
BINAS FILIAS PATRIAS VIRTUTES EXCOLENTES
SUPERSITES RELIQUIT
OBIJT 22 DIE MARTII, AETATIS QUAE 63
ANNO DNI:
1690

Thomas Manley, of St. Margaret's, Esquire, P.C.C. Will dated 10th November 1687
   To daughter Jane, £100, to daughter Frances, £400, they to follow example of their "excellent mother and now a St. in Heaven" To Jane an annuity of £60 and an annuity of £27 for Frances. If Jane dies unmarried, £50, part of the £100, to Frances and remaining £50 to son Thomas. If Frances dies before she is married, then £200, part of the £400, to Jane, remaining £200 to son Thomas. If Thomas dies before marriage or without lawful heirs, all his estate in London, as well as Kent, to daughters, for ever. If son settles on his wife, £100 annuity for life, daughters to pay £400 each, to John Manley of the Lach ?, Cheshire.
   £5 to nephew George Willamson; 40s to niece Margaret Daniel; 40s to niece Watson; 40/- to nephew Richard Lee; £5 to niece Frances Conny and £5 to nephew Charles Manley, all to be paid six months after death of son Thomas. If his children all die pre marriage without heirs, then all real estate to nephew John Manley and his male heirs, for ever, paying to niece Jane Prestman £50, nephew George Manley of London, £100 and to his wife, £20, nephew Charles Manley, £40, niece Conny, £40, nephew Lee, £20; niece Watson, £20, nephew George Williamson, £20 within six months of deaths of his children.
   To sister Margaret Manley, £5 for mourning and a ring; to two daughters, £25 for mourning and piece of plate in memory of him. A ring of 15s value to: cousin Mary Brewer, nephew Lee, niece Watson, nephew John Manley and his wife. To godson Thomas 50s, to godson Thomas Morley son of brother George £5. A ring of 16/- value to nephew Charles Manley, nephew and niece Conny; nephew and niece Davies, nephew and niece George Manley, nephew and niece Daniell, niece Prestman.
   To worthy friend Sir Richard Head a ring of 12s (dead); rings of same value to nephew George Williamson, niece Frances Hulse (dead), friend Dr Belcher and brother Conny.
   To two daughters , two silver salvers, two silver noggings, six silver spoons, four silver salt sellars, two feather beds of the best, eight pairs of best flaxen sheets, six dozen best flaxen napkins, three dozen pewter plates, six pewter dishes, equally divided, plus six cane chairs, four tables, two of best callico quilts, two ------- ?, four cushions and two best brass pots, and £60 and £200?
   To poor of Chatham and St. Margaret's, 20s per annum for ever, in wheaten bread, for poor widows, on Christmas and Easter Day, money from rents of Manor of Walderslade, Chatham. Son Thomas executor, he gets residue, provided he is kind and affectionate to his sisters and pays their annuities. Any dispute of will to be settled by the Wardens and Assistants of Rochester Bridge Trust.
   Witnesses: Nannes Combe of London "and well known to Mr Dandell, William Dandell and John Guy
   Proved 21st April 1691

PART 9
NORTH GALLERY, NORTH WALL, EAST TO WEST

30.   [1]

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH SECOND WIFE OF
JOHN WHITE, DISTILLER OF THIS PARISH
AND DAUGHTER OF GEORGE SAYER ESQ.
OF SANDWICH SHE DIED THE 18th OF FEB. 1784
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE MR. JOHN WHITE WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11th OF JANUARY 1795
AGED 41 YEARS

John White, of St. Margaret's, Distiller and Wine Merchant, P.C.C. Will dated 18th December 1790
   Wife Mary and good friend, William Holmes of Upper Thames Street, London, Distiller, are executors.
   Leasehold house in St. Margaret's which he lives in, with storehouse, and leasehold storehouses, stables, vaults, yard etc., adjoining house, to wife Mary. To William Holmes, £1,000 from his personal estate upon trust, to invest with consent and approval of wife; to pay her interest for life. After her death, the £1,000 to be transferred to their children. If none living, executor to pay £400 of the £1,000 to Peter Fennell Mann, one of the children of Ann Mann, his wife's sister, at 21 years. Another £400, part of the £1,000, equally between Frances and Peter Wade, children of Captain Wade, late brother of his wife, at 21 years. Remaining £200 of the £1,000, equally between Anna Maria Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds, two of children of late Thomas Reynolds by Elizabeth, also deceased. If the Wades die pre 21 without lawful heirs, then their money goes to Peter Fennell Mann, if he dies pre 21, or in wife's lifetime, without lawful heirs, and both Wades die in wife's lifetime without lawful heirs, then theses legacies to his wife.
   To William Holmes £20 for his trouble. Household goods, furniture, stock in trade, horses, carriages and residue of personal estate, after payment of the £1,000 and debts, to wife Mary.
   Witnesses: Aaron Waddup and John Sparkes, Attorney of Rochester
   Proved 8th January 1795 Power reserved to Mary White.

31.   [2]

NEAR THIS PLACE
LIES THE BODY OF PAUL STIGANT. HE
SERV’D YE CROWN IN QUALITY OF MA. CARPENTER
OF SEVERAL SHIPS AND BUILDERS’ ASSISTANT OF HIS MAJY.
YARD AT CHATHAM AND MA. BUILDER AT PORT MAHON,
HARWICH, AND SHEERNESS. IN WHICH LAST HE
DIED 15th OF OCTOBER 1717 AET 58 UNIVERSALLY LAMENTED
BY HIS SUPERIORS AS AN USEFUL OFFICER, BY HIS
EQUALS AS A WORTHY NEIGHBOUR, BY YE POOR AS A
BOUNTIFUL HOUSEKEEPER, BY HIS OWN FAMILY AS
TENDER HUSBAND AND INDULGENT FATHER. HE MARRIED
MARY DAUGHTER OF ELEXAR. HAMMOND IN
THE COUNTY OF KENT, GENTLEMAN, BY WHOM HE
HAD ISSUE ONE SON AND TWO DAUGHTERS, JOHN
ELIZAth. AND ANN .HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW
RAISED THIS MONUMENT TO HIS MEMORY
ALSO
THE BODY OF CAPTAIN
JOHN STIGANT
HIS SON WHO DIED THE 5th OF MARCH
1719*
AGED 31 YEARS
* 1720, new style

Mary Stigant, of St. Margaret's, Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 8th December 1735
   Her freehold fresh marsh or arable in East Malling and Snodland, called Abbey Meads, late in occupation of Mr George Peckham, now by Mr John May and Nicholas Wray, to "dear loving " grand daughter, Clarina Allen (late Clarina Carrier, spinster), now wife of John Allen of London, Gentleman, for their lives; after their deaths, to the lawful heirs of their bodies. If no children, then to children of her 2nd husband, etc. In default, to Clarina's own right heirs for ever. Her freehold farmland in Birling, called Sharnold's Farm, occupied by Joan Wetlands, to Clarina and James Allen, chargeable with an annuity of £10 to her sister Elizabeth Crayford, for life. After Clarina and James die,to the heirs of their bodies or any later husband. In default, to niece, Anne Garrett, daughter of sister, Elizabeth, for ever. Freehold farm and house in Birling, called Plott's Fram, occupied by John May, to Clarina and James Allen, for life, if no heirs, as above, then to Clarina's own right heirs, for ever. Freehold farm in Borden, occupied by John Standley, also to the Allens, as above.
   Leasehold on St. Margaret's Banks, Rochester, in her own occupation, also to the Allens, for term of lease,after their deaths, to executors for rest of term. She does not want James Allen or his executors, except children by Clarina, to hold any freehold or leasehold. To niece Anne Garrett, £50; to Mrs Elizabeth Bird, wife of [    ] Bird of Lambeth, daughter of John Bryant, a gold ring of 20s value; a gold ring of 20s value to, James Bryant son of John and Joan Bryant; William Stigant son of John Stigant of Portsmouth, three daughters of Robert and Mary Peppitt (both deceased); Thomas Knight of Bird's Green, Kent, Yeoman and Elizabeth, his wife. To nephew Mr John Nash of East Ham and Rebecca, his wife, , and James Sommers of Chatham, Shipwright, £10 each for mourning; John and Rebecca Nash, John Sommers and John Cannon of Deptford also get a gold ring of 20s value.
   Residue , including South Sea Stock, to Clarina Allen, chargeable with debts and usual expenses; she and husband James, executors.
   Witnesses: Richard Striver, John Burgis and Hannah Dummer ("lives next door to Madam Stigant")
   Proved 14th November 1736 (Clarina also known as Clarania)

32.   [3]

TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPT. CHARLES JOHN MOORE MANSFIELD
ROYAL NAVY
WHO DURING A PERIOD OF 40 YEARS ARDUOUS
SERVICE ESTABLISHED THE CHARACTER OF AN HONOURABLE AND GALLANT OFFICER.
IN THE YEAR 1792 HE WAS MADE COMMANDER,
AND SOON AFTERWARDS RAISED TO THE RANK OF
POST CAPTAIN.
WHILST COMMANDING THE ANDROMACHE HE WAS
ATTACKED BY AN ALGERINE FRIGATE UNDER
SPANISH COLORS, WHICH HE CAPTURED AFTER
A LONG AND DESPERATE ENGAGEMENT.
FOR MANY YEARS HE COMMANDED THE MINOTAUR
AND HAD THE HONOUR OF CAPTURING THE
EL NEPTUNO A SPANISH 80-GUN SHIP
IN THE EVER-MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT OF
TRAFALGAR
SOON AFTER THIS PERIOD, WORN DOWN BY FATIGUE
HE RETIRED INTO THE BOSOM OF HIS FAMILY
AND AFTER A LONG AND AFFLICTING ILLNESS
CALMLY RESIGNED HIS SOUL
INTO THE HANDS OF HIS MAKER
ON THE 23rd DAY OF APRIL, 1813, AGED 52 YEARS

Charles John Moore Mansfield, of West Malling, Captain of H.M.S. Minotaur, (one of the Trafalgar Captains) P.C.C. Will dated 27th February 1807
   Mourning for wife, Anna (nee Spong) and children to be paid as soon as convenient. To brother in law, George Jope of St. Aubyn Street, Plymouth Dock, Clerk and James Sykes the Younger of Arundel Street, Strand, 10 guineas each, also to them and sister, [    ] Jope wife of George, 2 gns for a mourning ring.
   To wife, Anna, household goods and furniture, for life, as long as she remains his widow. Money, investments and residue to George Jope and James Sykes, upon trust, to pay wife annuity of £300 for life, while she is his widow, and sums to pay for maintenance of son John Hawkins Hughes Mansfield and daughter Mary, until they are 21 (or marriage of Mary). Trustees to transfer to son sufficient to provide £500 per annum at 21, and sufficient to advance him in business or a profession. When daughter is 21 or married, sufficient funds to provide her with £200 per annum for life; also for a marriage settlement. Rules for succession follow.
   Household goods and furniture after death of wife or her remarriage, and all funds to fall into residuary personal estate, upon trust. Trustees will divide into two equal parts, ½ to son and ½ to daughter as above. If both die pre 21, then be administered according to intestacy rules. Wife to have no more than already provided.
   Wife is guardian of children during minority, or marriage of daughter; if wife dies, trustees will be guardians, if she remarries, trustees will be executors. Trust conditions follow.
   Witnesses: Thomas Whittaker and James Selby

Codicil dated 26th April 1808
   Wife to have further sum of £40 per annum. Daughter to have further sum of £60 per annum.

Second Codicil dated 23rd August 1809
   £1,000 stock in 3% Bank of England Annuities to wife and daughter, equally divided. Wife to have extra £60 per annum, daughter another £40 per annum.
   Witnesses; James Selby and Thomas Selby, Junior
   Proved 18th June 1813

33.   [4]

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS MORSE, GENTLEMAN
LIEUTENANT OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP, CULLODEN,
A THIRD RATE MAN OF WAR,
ONLY SON OF JOHN MORSE, GENTLEMAN
AND SUSANNA HIS WIFE,
OF NORTH REPPS IN THE COUNTY OF NORFOLK,
WHO WAS DROWNED AT SHEERNESS 31st AUG. 1751
BY THE BOAT’S BEING OVER SET
AS HE WAS SETTING OUT UPON HIS DUTY
FROM ON BOARD THE CULLODEN FOR CHATHAM,
AGED 29 YEARS.
HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER SETS UP THIS MONUMENT
FOR THE BEST OF SONS,
AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS EARLY MERIT.

34.   [5]

NEAR THIS MONUMENT ARE INTERRED
THOS. WILKINS, LATE OF THIS PARISH, ESQ.
AND MARY HIS WIFE AND THOS., THEIR ELDEST SON
ALSO ROBERT WILKINS ESQ.
(YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED THOS. & MARY)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 7th OF APRIL 1771
AGED 56 YEARS
AT HIS REQUEST THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED

Thomas Wilkins, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd April 1729
   Desires to be buried in St. Margaret's church as near as possible to son Thomas.
   To only son Robert, all property and freehold estates, for ever, subject to Dower Rights, which wife Mary may claim for life. She gets £100 and annuity of £50 for life, charged on real and personal estate, as long as she is his widow.
   If she remarries the £50 annuity is void; if son Robert dies pre 21, then his legacy to wife, for life.
   To "worthy and esteemed friends" Thomas Fowle of Hampstead, Middlesex, Esq., and Rev. William Dormer of Rochester, £100; to Mrs Mary, kinswoman to Thomas Fowle, now living with him, £50, to be paid to his father.
   To Mary Westall, Thomas Fowle's servant, £5. To his maid servant, with him at his death, £5 for mourning, if widow and son thinks she deserves it. Residue to son; if he is dies pre 21, he should leave all or most of his personal estate to his mother, she being an "indulgent wife and mother". His wife and son to live in his house in "love and amity", as long as they want. They to have use of furniture and household goods as long as they are together.
   Thomas Fowle, Rev. William Dormer and son executors.
   Witnesses: John Morrall, K. Morrall and Robert Weeden

Codicil dated 29th November 1731
   He has given Rev. Dormer £50, now revokes this because he now believes he has good prospects and does not need assistance.
   Witnesses: Thomas Peek and Mary Cooke
   Proved 11th November 1734 Power reserved to Thomas Fowle, Rev. Dormer has since died !

Robert Wilkins, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 18th February 1763
   Desires to be buried in St. Margaret's church as near as possible to his "honoured" father and mother. A "decent" marble monument to be erected near his grave, the name of his late brother Thomas and his parents to be inscribed on it.
   To his cousin Ann Calloway of Fareham, widow, an annuity of £100 for life and to Ann Wilkins of London, widow of late cousin Robert Wilkins of the Post Office, London, Gentleman, an annuity of £100 for life, chargeable upon his real and personal estate. His real estate to use of Mary Wilkins of London, spinster and Isabella the "now" wife of [    ] Terry of St. Paul's Churchyard, London, daughter of late cousin Robert Wikins, equally shared, for ever, chargeable with above annuities and legacies.
   Annuity of £30 to friend Michael Littlewood of St. Margaret's, Shipwright and Eleanor, his wife, for life; annuity of £20 to Sarah Allen of St. Margaret's, widow, for life; annuity of £20 to his maid servant Bridget Bradbury, for life, if still in his service. To Body Spearman of Rotherhithe, Sail Maker, £1,000 part of his stock in 3½% bank annuities of £1,756, upon trust, during minority of godson Robert Spearman, one of Body's sons; the interest to his education and placing him out; if he lives to 21, the £1,000 to be transferred to him; if he dies pre 21 then to Mary Wilkins and Isabella Terry.
   To Body Spearman and his wife Ann, Robert Matson of Nonnington, Yeoman and Susanna, his wife and Mary Seager of Borden, spinster, £10 each for mourning. Residue of money and securities, personal estate and household goods, etc., to Mary Wilkins and Isabella Terry, daughters of late Robert Wilkins, equally shared; they are executors.
   Witnesses: John Ashdown, Foreman of Rochester Bridge, Thomas Harrison, Mason of Rochester Bridge and Thomas Tomlyn.

Codicil dated 17th May 1770
   He has given annuity of £20 to Sarah Allen, (she is actually of St. Nicholas) and Bridget Bradbury annuity of £20
   He now increases this to £30. If Bridget is still with him she gets two sets of mourning, one for Sundays and holidays, one for working days. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: Henry Jarvis, John Southcott and Thomas Tomlyn
   Proved 16th April 1771

END OF THE NORTH GALLERY

PART 10
SOUTH GALLERY, EAST WALL, NORTH TO SOUTH

35.   [1]

NEAR THIS PLACE
LYES INTERRED THE BODY OF
MARY ALLIN DAUGHTER OF
JOSEPH ALLIN AND HESTER
HIS WIFE WHO WAS BORN IN THIS PARISH
THE 24th OF JUNE 1681 & DYED AT SHEERNESS
THE 6th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1703/4 IN HOPES
OF A JOYFUL RESURRECTION
(See also two brothers in churchyard)

Joseph Allin. The headstone to Allin's two sons is the oldest monument in the churchyard. His daughter is commemorated by the tablet on the wall of the South Gallery.
   Allin was a Shipwright of Deptford when he made his Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will on 20th November 1717
   His wife, Hester was to have rents and profits of properties in Deptford, for term of leases, for life.
   After her death, to his son Joseph and his children for remainder of term. Wife, Hester to receive interest from £300 South Sea Stock, for life. After her death, £100 of the stock to son Joseph, £100 to son Benjamin and the remaining £100 to daughter, Sarah Edge. To the three children of son Joseph, £50 each. To grandchildren, Lewis and Anthony Allin, £20 each and to son Benjamin, £50. Residue of real and personal estate to wife Hester. Sons Joseph and Benjamin, executors.
   Witnesses; John Hothley, Susanna Ward and J. Wheatley
   Proved 26th November 1717

36.  [2]

NEAR THIS LYETH
MRS. L.R. RUSH
DIED JUNE 15th 1782
AGED 41 YEARS

37.   [3]

UNDER THIS PEW LIES THE BODY OF
COREY HENDRES, GENT. WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE YE 18th OF NOVR. 1712 AGED
44 YEARS
ALSO HIS DAUGHTER MARGARET WHO
DIED YE 24th FEBY. 1702* AGED 23 DAYS
AND HIS SON COREY WHO DIED
YE 24th OF DECR. 1705 AGED 5 YEARS
AND 5 MONTHS
LIKEWISE HIS WIFE SUSANNA
WHO DIED YE 8th OF DECEMBR.
1736 AGED 66 YEARS
*1703, new style

Corey Hendras, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 28th March 1712
   "Weak in body". Freehold properties in Borden, St. Margaret's and St. Nicholas, to wife Susan for life, she to keep in repair and to pay from rents to his "honoured mother" Mrs Jane Hendras, an annuity of £15. After his mother's death, this annuity to his sister Mrs Ann Vint for life, as long as she remains a widow. After his wife dies, the properties go to his daughter, Susan for ever, subject to the above annuities. If daughter dies without lawful heirs, all properties to his sister, Ann for ever.
   Personal estate to wife and gold watch, she usually wears, and all her other ornaments and jewellery, household goods, ½ of plate and income from residue, money and investments.
  
When daughter marries, residue of personal estate to her, if she dies to his sister. His gold watch, and jewellery his daughter usually wears, to her. To friend John Shales of Chatham, Agent Victualler, his agate handled Cutoe?, and to friend Richard Sheafe of Rochester, his silver hilted sword. Wife is executor. "Worthy friend", Mary Crompe of St. Margaret's, wife of Mr Justice Crompe, and sister Mrs Ann Vint, are overseers of will and guardians of daughter, with his wife.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Hogg Thomas Whaltott and Richard Sheafe
   Proved 1st December 1712

SOUTH WALL, EAST TO WEST

38.   [4]

NEAR THIS MARBLE
ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS
OF
THOMAS TOMLYN OF THIS PARISH ESQ.
AND
ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
SHE DIED JUNE 19th 1781 AGED 64
HE DIED MARCH 10th 1797 AGED 83

Thomas Tomlyn, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, (Attorney), P.C.C. Will dated 23rd June 1790
   Directs that he is to be buried in a "shell" in a leaden coffin (the same as his late wife), inside the church, as close as possible to his "dear and virtuous" wife Elizabeth, who died 19th June 1781 aged 64. His funeral to be as hers, in daylight, without pomp, their coffins enclosed by a brick wall. A stone to be placed over them, or a neat marble mural stone, inscribed with their names, day of death and ages; his body to be kept 8 days before burial.
   His mansion house, he lives in, with the meadow, purchased from Thomas Baker, adjoining his garden wall, with the "temple" or building, erected on it, in St. Margaret's, and all his real estate, to Julius Shepherd the Elder of Faversham, Brewer and William Twopenny the Younger of Rochester, Gentleman, upon trust, to sell mansion and all real estate and to hold proceeds. He has bank stock consolidated in 1764, which pays him £200 per annum; trustees to pay £150 from the £200 to nephew Charles William Este (a Major in the Army) for life. The remaining £50 to his now maid servant, Mary Franks, who lives with him, for life. After the deaths of the latter two legatees, trustees to pay the £200 per annum to Ann wife of Julius Shepherd for life, after her death, to her children. He discharges nephew Charles Este from debts owed to him. To William James West, son of late nephew, Thomas Tomlyn West, £200; to Thomas Tomlyn West, grandson of said late nephew, £600 stock at 21 years; interest, in meantime, for his maintenance and education. Executors can raise no more than £50 from the £600 stock to place the latter apprentice. If latter dies pre 21, the £600 goes into personal estate.
   To servant Mary Franks, £20 for mourning, his field bedsteddle, bed, bedding and furniture, two pairs of best sheets, two pillow coats, metal watch and all body linen, this for her "care and tenderness towards my late dear wife, her vigilance and strict attendance on me in my infirmities and frequent illness; fidelity and management of my family and household for many years".
   To gardener William Brown and coachman James Titmas (a weekly servant), £50 each in addition to wages, if still in his service; to each of his male and female servants, at time of his death, £5, in addition to wages;.
   To the Mayor, Aldermen and Recorder of Rochester, £1,100, part of Capital Stock, upon trust, to take annual interest to pay 12 poor alms women in the "Spytell of St. Catherine in the suburbs of Eastgate, ordained by Symon Potyn, (long since deceased)". If this stock is redeemed by Parliament, the trustees are to lay out the £1,100 and continue to use the interest, as above. He appoints Wardens of Rochester Bridge, overseers of the trust.
   To Julius Shepherd and William West, £50 to give to the most deserving poor of St. Margaret's who do not live in the workhouse or receive alms, in amounts of £10 in coals and provisions, etc.
   To Mrs Mary Holt daughter of late friend, William Rivet, Esq., now wife of William Holt, Esq., £1,000 bank annuities; to Richard Thomas Wood, "a friendless boy, who now lives with me", £500 bank annuities at 21 years, meantime the interest for his maintenance and education ; he is to be placed in an apprenticeship. Executors to raise from the £500 annuities, sum not exceeding £30 for placing him out apprentice. If he dies pre 21, then the £500 or remaining sum, to the personal residue. Executors to deliver the picture of his "late esteemed friend" Sir Charles Smyth, Bart., to Sir William Smyth of Hill Hall, Essex, or other of the family residing there.
   Residue of personal estate, after usual expenses, to children of Julius and Ann Shepherd, equally.
   Witnesses: Samuel Durham of St. Margaret's, B. Irish of St. Margaret's and Alexander Pearce of Rochester, Victualler.

Codicil dated 29th July 1793
   Has lately bought leasehold property in two dwellings, near his mansion on St. Margaret's Banks, from executors of William Fuin, late Alderman; these go to Mary Franks, for life. After her death, to executors, upon trust, to sell under same conditions in will.
   £1,200 to Mayor, Aldermen and Recorder of Rochester, to within twelve months after his death, build twelve rooms or cottages for twelve poor women of St. Catherine's Hospital, on part of Little Meadow, belonging to Hospital, now occupied by him, below and on north side of of Ground Mill and cottage occupied by Nathaniel Stedman, Miller, (which he wishes to be continued to him ); Alderman Samuel Nicholson has drawn up plans for his approval.
   To Richard Thomas Wood, an extra £40 to place him apprentice at 14 or 15 years; to Elizabeth Middleton of Maidstone, widow, £50; to gardener William Brown and coachman James Titmas, if still with him, £50 extra each; to maid servants, Mary Asps ? and Sarah Norwood and man servant, Abraham Vinton, if still with him, £25 extra each.
   Witnesses: Mary Mugridge, J. H. Allen, Minor Canon, Rochester and John Forwood

Codicil dated 8th November 1794
   He had given Mary Holt £1,000 bank annuities; since he made will, her husband, William, is "greatly embarrassed and encumbered in the affairs of his late brother, Henry Holt, and thereby also in his own affairs". He now revokes this legacy, and gives to £1,000 to executors in trust, to pay Mary Holt the annual interest for life, not to be liable to any of her husband's debts. After her death, the £1,000 to her children equally.
   To Richard Thomas Wood £20 extra to be added to the £40 for his board, washing and mending during the first four years of his apprenticeship, which testator has engaged to find for him at £15 per annum; if one or more years expired at testator's death, then the £15 for remaining years; any residue to personal estate.
   To Mary Franks, all household linen; to each of maid servants £8 for mourning, to men servants £5 for mourning.
   Witnesses: J. Smerden, Clerk to Mr Simmons and John Forwod
   Proved 31st March 1797

39.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN BAYNARD ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 9th OF JULY 1792
AGED 88 YEARS

HE LEFT TO HIS RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
ALSO SEVERAL CONSIDERABLE ESTATES
TO BETHLEM HOSPITAL
THE MARINE SOCIETY
THE SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF SMALL DEBTORS 
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OF ST. MARGARET’S PARISH 
AND THE POOR OF IT WHO DO NOT RECEIVE ALMS

£20,000

  1,000
  1,000
1,000
300
  100

ALSO MISS ELIZABETH BAYNARD
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 4th OF NOVR. 1797 AGED 87 YEARS

John Baynard, of Rochester, Esquire, Formerly of the Navy Office, P. C.C. Will dated 10th April 1788
   All his property in Upper Heyford and Glasthorpe, Northamptonshire, and in Hendon, Middlesex, to sister Elizabeth Baynard, for life; she must not pull down and rebuild properties or plough ancient pastures. After her death, "as the employment in which I acquired the principle part of my fortune was obtained by means of the Haddock family, without any the least pecuniary consideration", the property in Northants to William Duffin, Esq., grandson of Richard Haddock, Esq., formerly Comptroller of the Navy, for ever.
   To George Marsh, Esq., Clerk of the Acts of H.M. Navy, after death of Baynard's sister, properties in Hendon, for life, after his death, to William Duffin and Rev. Mr Bathurst, Minor Canon of Rochester Cathedral, in trust, for life of George Marsh, Marsh is to receive rents, for life. After his death, to William Marsh, George Marsh's younger son, for life. Again to be held by trustees, Marsh to receive rents, for life. After his death, to his first son, in default to male children in succession. In default of male heirs then to children of James Morrison, Deputy Master of the Mint, by Margaret, his late wife, niece of George Marsh. Lands and houses in St. Margaret's to his sister Elizabeth Baynard, for life; after her death, to the only daughter of late Admiral Nicholas Haddock; detailed conditions follow.
   To William Pemble of Cobham, £500; to Rachel, his wife, daughter of Jarvis Maplesden, £1,250; to two sisters of Rachel, £1,000 each; to children of Rachel's late sister Mary, £1,000 equally divided, the latter paid to Francis Hartridge, their father. To Matilda Hodsoll daughter of Edward Hodsoll, Banker in the Strand, £1,500; to Charles Hodsoll of South Ash, £500; to Hester Hodsoll, widow of William Hodsoll, late of South Ash, £200; to Solomon Hughes, Attorney of Devizes, £300; ; to William Hughes, his eldest son, £200; to Thomas Hughes, his grandson, £100; to Mrs Elliott, widow of William Elliott, Engraver, £500; to children of John Elliott, late brother of William, £300, equally shared; the latter paid to Mrs Elliott, their aunt. To Eunice Anderson, £200; to Robert Childs, brother of Eunice Anderson, a Shipwright, now or late of Deptford Yard, £100; to Mrs Keatimg, wife of William Cooper Keating and daughter of the late Dr Ayerst, Prebendary of Canterbury, £200; to Catherine Baynard, formerly Catherine Mathews, £100. To John Townsend, late of Five Fields Row, Chelsea, son of General Townsend, who commanded at Minorca for a short time, £100; to Charles Haddock, son of Admiral Haddock, £1,000, and to his sister £500; to Rev. Bathurst, £1,000; to Martha Smith and Mary Mead, daughters of Mary Mead, and grand daughters of Mrs Elizabeth Howard, who was sister to Commissioner Passenger, of the Victualling Office, £100; to Thomas Faunce formerly "my school fellow at Mr Thornton's", £100; to Mrs Mary Couthard, widow of James Couthard of Lincoln's Inn, £100; to Sarah Sheafe, daughter of Richard Sheafe, Attorney, £100. To each of the three women servants in his house at Rochester, in his and his sister's service at his death, £20, in addition to wages owed; to Jane Smith, late head servant to Edward Hodsoll, £10. £1,000 to the poor of St. Margaret's, (in which parish he was born), who do not receive alms, as executors think fit, with help of minister and churchwardens. To trustee William Duffin, £500; to executor George Marsh, £500.
   His sister is to have custody of title deeds of estate for life. Residue of real and personal estate to his sister, she and George Marsh, executors.
   If his sister dies in his lifetime or soon after, residue to Rachel Pemble and George Marsh, equally, and Rachel is executor in sister's place. Executors are to pay additional £25 to all £1,000 legacies, and increase other legacies in same proportion.
   Witnesses: Thomas Graham, James Graham and John Johnson, Lincoln's Inn

Codicil dated 21st April 1790
Richard Pemble gets additional £200; George Marsh, £500 extra, as does daughter of Admiral Haddock and William Duffin (if latter accepts the trusts in the will ) Rev. Bathurst's legacy is also conditional on him accepting trust. Martha Smith and Mary Mead get £100 extra. The 3rd and 4th sons of Solomon Hughes of Devizes, if there are such sons, get £100 each; John Hodsoll and James Sheldon, Clerks to Edward Hodsoll, Banker, £200 each; to the President and Treasurer of the Bethlem Hospital, Moorfields, £1,000 for the support of insane incurable patients, on condition that they will admit one patient (if needed) from St. Margaret's parish and parish of Shorne, upon recommendation of his executors, or churchwardens of Shorne; St. Margaret's to have preference.
   Witnesses: Thomas Graham, Lincoln's Inn, Henry Todd, Clerk to Messrs. Hodsoll and Michael, Bankers, Strand and Elizabeth Cooper, Servant to Mr Hodsoll

Codicil dated 5th March 1792
Confirms will and 1st codicil except:
   Revokes legacy of £1,500 to Matilda Hodsoll daughter of Edward, and all other of her legacies. £200 extra to William Hughes, son of Solomon, Thomas Marsh Hughes, son of Solomon. To Sarah Hughes daughter of Solomon, £200.
   William Pemble gets £500 extra; Thomas Hodsoll of Riverhead and his brother James of Sundrish (sic) Sundridge?, get £500 each. Thomas Elliott, his next door neighbour and tenant gets £100; Charles and Robert Hughes 3rd and 4th sons of Solomon Hughes, £100 each, extra.
   To the Treasurer of the Corporation called The Marine Society, London, £1,000; to the Treasurer of the society for the discharge and relief of persons imprisoned for small debts, The Chartered House Society, in Craven Street, Strand, £1,000, for the sole use and purposes of the society. To the Minister and Churchwardens of St. Margaret's, £300 for, with consent of executors, the Sunday School; all these legacies from his personal estate.
  Witnesses: Thomas Graham, Robert Hill and John Tinniswood, Lincoln's Inn
   Proved 20th July 1792
Baynard lived at Restoration House; he assisted John Thorpe with Registrum Roffenses.

40.   [6]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN FRANCIS PERCY
(A DESCENDANT OF THE NOBLE AND
ANCIENT FAMILY OF ALNWICK CASTLE
IN NORTHUMBERLAND) WHO SERVED 47 YEARS
IN THE ROYAL NAVY
IN THE YEAR 1700 HE WAS BLOWN UP IN THE CARLISLE
AND WAS PROVIDENTIALLY ONE OF THE SEVEN THAT WERE SAVED
OUT OF 200 MEN
IN 1704 HE WAS DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED IN THE
ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH FLEETS IN
THE MEDITERRANEAN
IN 1707 HE WAS CAST AWAY ON THE ROCKS OF SCILLY
WITH SIR CLOUDSLEY SHOVEL AND MIRACULOUSLY PRESERVED
HE WAS AT YE BURNING OF THE YE FRENCH AND SPANISH FLEETS AT
VIGO HE WAS AT THE TAKING OF GIBRALTER WHERE HE
BOARDED AND BURNT A 28 GUN SHIP HE WAS LIKEWISE AT
THE SIEGE OF COPENHAGEN, MALTA, GUARDA FORT, BARCELONA
OSTEND, TOULON: IN ALL WHICH ACTIONS HE AQUITTED
HIMSELF WITH BRAVERY AND HONOUR
WORN OUT IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY AND LONG AFFLICTED
WITH THE GOUT AND STONE HE NOW RESTETH IN PEACE
THE BEST REWARD OF ALL HIS LABOURS
HE DIED FEBRUARY 16th 1741/2 AGED 67

Francis Percy, of St. Margaret's, Esq., P.C.C. Will dated 18th September 1741
   To son Robert, £1,000, (part of his old South Sea Annuities), upon trust, for life of wife Sarah, to invest as she approves; she to receive interest for life. After her death, to son Robert, for ever.
   Sarah to live in his house in St. Margaret's, and have use of household goods, she paying son Robert £2 per annum, for rent and goods, as long as she lives there. To sister Ann Crispe, £10; to sister, Elizabeth Perkins, £10; to his wife's niece,
   Margaret Dunning, £5. To his maid servant, Anna Maria Hosier, £5 to buy mourning; to his "boy", Thomas Clerk, his old clothes, if they are with him at his death;to ten poor widows of St. Margaret's , who don't receive alms, £5.
   Residue of real and personal estate to son Robert for ever, he and mother executors.
   Witnesses: John Sparks, J. Hill and Anna Maria Hosier
   Proved 26th February 1741 (1742)

41.   [7]

FRANCISCUS HEAD
ARMIGER
RICHARDI HEAD, BARONETTI
FILIUS NATU MAXIMUS
VIR, CANDORE MORUM ENGEII ACUMINE
JURIS PRUDENTIAE PERITIA, AC PIETATAS
STUDIO CELEBRIS
QUOD MORTALE HABEBAT HIC RECONDIDIT
NATUS IN URBE HAC ROFFENSI ANNO 1641
RENATUS DECIMO SEXTO OCTOBRIS ANNO 1678
TEMPORIS JAM EXORS AETERNITATE
FRUITUR
TOT VIRTUTIBUS ORBATA CONJUX
GEORGII EUTII EQUITIS AURATI
FILIA UNICA
MONUMENTUM HOC
IN MEMORIS (DUM VIVERET) MUTUI MEMORIAM
MOESTA POSUIT

Francis Head, of the Middle Temple, P. C. C. Will dated 12th June 1674
   His house in St. Margaret's to wife Sarah, for life, provided she lives there for at least three months each year, unless she is ill; after her death, if the Church of England continues as now constituted, his house to the Bishops of Rochester, for their use. Upon condition that Bishop preaches, once a year at St. Margaret's and St. Nicholas, "not so much in remembrance of me, as poor and unworthy benefactor of the See of Rochester, as for judgement to others, who are more able to be more ready to do good to the Protestant Church of England, and to those belonging thereto" (The house continues as the home of the Bishops).
   To children, Sarah and Elizabeth, £2,000 each at 21 or marriage; to executors lease of Rectory of St. Margaret's, leased from the Dean and Chapter; executors to give daughters security for the £2,000 legacies, wishes payment of legacies made by the Bishop of Rochester. To wife all arrears of rent due at his death; to son Francis all books in his house and at Middle Temple, other than those his wife owned before marriage, and books given her since, which she can keep, all ------- ? and hangings in dining room. Also to wife, plate, rings, gold watch, cabinet and linen, household stuff, during widowhood. If she remarries, above divided into three, one part to wife, one part to son Francis, one part to daughters.
   To children of late brother, Henry, and Elizabeth Faunce, daughter of late sister, £20 each at 21 or marriage; to godson Francis Vallence [£5 ] for putting him out apprentice, at 15; to poor of St. Margaret's and St. Nicholas, £5, to be distributed on day of funeral. Wife and brother M------ ? Head executors, implores them to educate children and see that they have good marriages.
   Witnesses: John Wyvell and John Rhodes
   Proved 1st April 1675

42.   [8]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF MRS. CHARLOTTE COX
DAUGHTER OF THE REVD. HADLEY COX
LATE ARCHDEACON OF BEDFORD
WHO HAVING FULFILLED THE DUTIES OF A DAUGHTER
SISTER AND FRIEND
WITH THE UTMOST STRICTNESS AND PROPRIETY
AND UNDERGONE A SERVERE AND PAINFUL ILLNESS
WITH TRUE CHRISTIAN PATIENCE AND RESIGNATION
WAS RELEASED FROM HER EXTREME SUFFERINGS
13th AUGUST 1798
AGED 42
TO WHOSE PIOUS MEMORY IS ERECTED THIS MONUMENT
OF SISTERLY AFFECTION
AND ESTEEM
HERE ALSO ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
HER BELOVED SISTER MRS. JEMIMA COX
WHO DIED 24th AUGUST 1817 AGED 51 YEARS
"Alike on Earth, the Christian Path they trod
Together now their spirits dwell with God"

Jemima Cox, of St. Margaret's, Spinster, P.C. C. Will dated 9th October 1810
   Appoints cousin Rev. William Parslow of Yardly near Buntingford, Herts., executor; he gets all her household goods except grand father Cox's miniature picture, set in gold, which goes to John Halden, Esq., of Colchester. If Halden is dead, then to Charlotte Jane Skinner widow of William North Skinner, Esq., she also gets all her books, any she does not want, to Charlotte Elizabeth Unwin wife of William Unwin, Esq.
   If her "old and faithful servant" Ann Williams?, is living at testator's death, she gets £100, "thinking her truly deserving of such reward for her long and invariably affectionate and honest service to my dear parents and their descendants".
   Her clothes divided between Ann Williams? and Betty Adams her house maid, who also gets 5 guineas; any cook with her at her death, is to have 2 gns. in addition to wages due. Betty Adams is recommended to Mr and Mrs Parslow, "as meriting their notice and kind assistance in any way they may be best able to serve her, having a just opinion of her honest integrity in every respect". To Mrs Watchurst, late Mrs Sayer?, a ring value two gns., and the same to Mrs Rebecca Harwood of St. Margaret's, set with hair. Also any trinket, her "dear relations may not want", as a keepsake to each of them. To poor of the parish, £10, Mr Parslow to pay this to Rev. Grifffiths or vicar at the time.
   Income of residue of personal estate, ¼ to William Parslow, ½ to second cousin Charlotte Jane Skinner, ¼ to second cousin Charlotte Elizabeth Unwin.
   Her burial to be managed by Mr Sidden; she is to be buried in same vault as her beloved sister, if she dies at Rochester.
   Any favourite animals she may leave, she trusts her friends will place them where they will be humanely treated.
   She prays for blessings on all her relations and friends, servants and acquaintances.
   Witnesses: H. B. Harrison, Rector of Bugbrook, Northants., and John Bishop, Rector of Cold Higham

Codicil dated 21st August 1817
    She has left ¼ of income from residue of personal estate, to Charlotte Unwin, this is to be paid for life, free from any control or debts of her husband; she must not assign this legacy to any one else; after her death the principle to her children. Her servant Ann Williams?, has died, so she gives the £100 to Betty Adams, and the small tent bed she sleeps in, with furniture of bed and the bureau in front upper room of house, separate from the bookcase, and small looking glass. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester and John Thornly?, Rochester.
   Proved 5th September 1817

43.   [9]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. COLONEL NATHANIEL COLE
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
WHO FAITHFULLY SERVED HIS COUNTRY UPWARDS OF FORTY YEARS
DURING WHICH TIME
HE HAD THE HONOUR OF SHARING IN THE GLORIOUS NAVAL VICTORIES
OFF GROIX, 23rd JUNE, 1795
TRAFALGAR, 21st OCTOBER, 1805
L’ORIENT, 22nd MAY, 1812
AND IN VARIOUS MINOR IMPORTANT ACTIONS AT SEA
ALSO AT THE BATTLES OF BLADENSBURGH, BALTIMORE
AND THE TAKING OF WASHINGTON IN AMERICA
AFTER ENDURING A LONG ILLNESS WITH CHRISTIAN PATIENCE
HE DIED AT ROCHESTER, BELOVED AND LAMENTED
ON THE 12th DAY JUNE 1837 AGED 59 YEARS

Nathaniel Cole, Major Chatham Division, Royal Marines, P. C. C. Will dated 21st October 1836
   Appoints John Lintoll Senior of Horsham, brother Major Richard Cole, late 81st Regiment of Foot, Thomas Sidden Sholt, Banker of Manchester and wife Betsy, as trustees. Wife to be sole trustee for life, as long as she remains his widow. To trustee, all money and properties, these can be sold and invested in Public Funds after wife's death. She to have interest payments and his cellar of wines; she can give his brother any of his clothes and she can sell furniture.
   After her death, interest to brother for life; after his death, to education of children of nephew, Ensign Richard Cole, 6th Regiment of Foot; if he has no children, then to education of late sister, Mrs Lintoll's grandchildren from 7 years of age, until then the interest is compounded. If he dies on full pay he wishes to be buried with military honours, six pall bearers, with scarfs and hatbands and gloves, which, after funeral are to be delivered to Quarter Master of Royal Marines to be worn at Corps funerals. Trustee/s to erect tablet to his and his wife's memory where he is interred; tomb to be kept in good order; and father's tomb in Wareham churchyard to be kept in good repair. If he is not buried in sister's (Miss Cole) vault in St. Margaret's churchyard, , it shall be kept in good repair.
   Witnesses: Charles Thomas, John Girley and John Siddle

Codicil dated 25th April 1837, at Nile Terrace, Rochester
   He is now a Lt. Colonel in the Portsmouth Division, R.M. Revokes the giving of scarfs and hatbands to funeral party; he leaves this to wife's discretion.
   Witnesses: Thomas Bottle and Maria Cole
   Proved 14th September 1837 Betsy Cole is described as Bessy Cole. Testator was formerly of Wareham

44.   [10]

Brass plaque, loose on floor
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GENERAL G. W. BINGHAM, C.B., D.L.
FOR THE COUNTY OF KENT, OF THE VINES, ROCHESTER
BORN JUNE 21st 1817, DIED AT NICE, MARCH 25th 1899
ALSO OF SOPHIA, WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN MAY 2nd 1818, DIED DECEMBER 3rd 1881
"Their children shall rise up and call them blessed"

(Both buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery)

END OF THE SOUTH GALLERY

MISCELLANEOUS

45.   [  ]

Ledger from Thorpe's Registrum Roffenses 1769 (Not Seen)

HERE LYETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
CAPT. THOMAS CLARKE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th OF JULY 1673
BEING AGED 61 YEARS
WHO HAD ISSUE ONE SON
AND THREE DAUGHTERS

46.   [  ]

Brass (Palimpsest) formerly fixed on same Ledger as Ewer, now in Frame

COD THOMS DICT FAC JACET HIC NECE VICTUS
VICARIUS GRATUS HUIC ECCLIEQUE BEATA ECCLESI
XPI MULTUQUE PROSUIT ISTI ET CAPANILI SUCCURIT
TEMPORE VILI ANNO MILLEUS QUAL C I DENQUE QUINO
NOVEMBRIS MENSA SATUM NECE VERE OBIIT HIS T. C. FIBI
SEQUE IHU MISERERE O SAC ANDREA FIBI PETR AB HOSTE TPHENA
PRO CUNCTIS MERITIS ILLI SIT VITA PERENNIS

47.   [  ]

Ledger from Thorpe

HERE LYETH INTERRED
THE BODY OF
JAMES EWER
SECOND SON OF MR. THOMAS EWER ESQ.
OF BUSHEY HALL IN THE COUNTY OF HERTFORD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST THE 3rd 1708
AGED [   ] YEARS

48.   [  ]

Ledger also from Thorpe

HIC JACET
MELIOREM EXPECTANS VITAM
DESIDERATISSIMUS DOMINUS
DAVID JONES
QUI IN SUPERIORES VENERATIONE
SUMMA
IN AMICOS FIDE PERSPECTA
IN EGENOS CHARITATE PIA IN
UNIVERSO DEMUM PERITIA MEDICA
CLARABAT VIVENS
IDEM
DECIMO SEPTIMO MAII ANO DNI
1683 AETATIS SUAE QUINQUAGESIMO
NONO RELIQUIT TERROS

David Jones, of St. Margaret, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 15th May 1683
   To wife Elizabeth, all gold and jewels she has, and furniture of his chamber, bed and hangings, etc. His eldest daughter Dorothy Jones is executor. If she dies before youngest daughter Elizabeth is 20, then good friend Christian Hugesson of Faversham, widow is executor; if she dies before Elizabeth is 20, then Martha Woodward of St. Margaret, spinster is executor, if she stays unmarried until Elizabeth is 20. His worthy friend, Thomas Manley of St. Margaret's, is overseer and advisor to executor; he gets £4 and 40/- per annum, as long as he advises executor, until Elizabeth is 20.
   To daughter Dorothy, ½ of the lease of Rose Court, Isle of Grain, leased from Wardens of Rochester Bridge, for ever.
   If she dies before 20 without lawful heirs, then to daughter Elizabeth at 20 or has a child, for ever, if she dies without heir, then to Sarah Dyer of Faversham, spinster, daughter of John and Elizabeth Dyer, for ever. To daughter Dorothy, £2,000 and reversion of house in Milkehouse Street, in Cranbrook, and attached lands, for ever. To daughter Elizabeth, £1,000 and 50 broad pieces of gold and ½ his plate. If Dorothy marries before Elizabeth is 20, her husband is to give security for payment of her legacies to Elizabeth. If either daughter die unmarried, survivor to pay Sarah Dyer £300. If either die pre 20, without heirs, survivor is heir and gets all real and personal estate. If both daughters die unmarried and pre 20, then all to Sarah Dyer, for ever. Dorothy to allow Martha Woodward "her diet" and pay her £10 a year for 2 years after his death, if Martha is still unmarried. To Martha, £6, for mourning; to Sarah Dyer, £20; to Christian Hugesson, a double guinea to buy a ring to wear in remembrance of him.
   Mr Robert Cunney?, of Rochester "pretends affection" for Dorothy, if she marries him, she is to have no benefit of his will, and sister Elizabeth gets her share; if Elizabeth is dead, then to Sarah Dyer, for ever. Any dispute arising from will to be settled by Thomas Manley.
   Witnesses: G. D. Lanne, Elizabeth Franklyn and W. Allen
   Proved 18th June 1683

49.   [  ]

Brass plaque set in floor by stone pulpit in the nave

OF YOURE CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOULE OF SYR
JAMES ROBERTS PRIEST WHICH DECEASED THE XXIII
DAY OF SEPTEMBER ANO DO MDXL ON WHOSE
SOULE & ALL XTN SOULES JHU HAVE MERCY AMEN

50.   [  ]

Well known brass of THOMAS CODD set on the north wall of the chancel arch

Translated from the Latin
HERE LIES A VICTIM OF DEATH, HE WHO WAS ONCE
CALLED THE REVEREND THOMAS CODD, THE BELOVED
AND PIOUS VICAR OF THIS CHURCH; FOR HE RENDERED
GREAT SERVICE TO THIS CHURCH OF CHRIST, AND HE
REPAIRED THE BELFRY WHEN IN A BAD STATE (OR IN
THE WORST TIMES). THIS T.C. DIED IN THE YEAR
1465, IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, ON THE
ANNIVERSARY OF SATURNIUS (NOV. 29th). BUT DO
THOU, OH JESUS, HAVE MERCY ON HIM! O HOLY
ANDREW! BRING HIS TROPHIES FROM HIS (SPIRITUAL)
ENEMY. MAY ETERNAL LIFE BE THE REWARD OF HIS
HOLY WORKS

Will of Rev. Thomas Codd.  Dated 31st august 1465
   He desires to be buried in the church before the crucifix in the nave. He bequeaths 20s to paint the rood with figures of St Mary and St John the evangelist, and a wax taper to burn before the rood. He bequeaths 5s to the lights of the Holy Trinity and All Saints. Also 5s to the lights of St Michael the arch angel. A cow with a "white face" for the lights of St Christopher, St John the Baptist and St Katherine.
   20s for a marble stone over his grave to be engraved with the date of his death. 20s to his sister, Margaret Codd.
   Executors: Master Stangs, vicar of St Nicholas and Sir* John Pertrech, warden of Bredgar chantry.
   * "Sir" was a title used for a priest

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