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

Section B   Larger Monuments around the Church


St Margaret's Church from the South East

PART 6
LARGER MONUMENTS - NORTH SIDE OF CHURCH

51.   [1]


MOFFAT AND DOUGLAS TOMB
SINCE THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN, THE RIGHT HAND CURBSTONE HAS FALLEN, 
THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS ABOUT TO FOLLOW IT, IF NO EFFORT IS MADE TO REPAIR IT, 
IT MAY SHARE THE FATE OF THE NIGHTINGALE MONUMENT,

Classical Chest Tomb
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF ROBERT DOUGLAS ESQUIRE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th OF MARCH 1783
AGED 73 YEARS
AND OF MARY DOUGLAS HIS WIDOW
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 2nd OF NOVR. 1801
AGED 86 YEARS
South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIDOW OF JAMES MOFFAT ESQUIRE,
DECEASED AT CALCUTTA IN THE EAST INDIES,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11th OF MAY 1803
IN THE 63rd YEAR OF HER AGE
AND OF MARY ELIZABETH MOFFAT
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO WAS BORN
SEPTEMBER 13th ? 1770 AND DIED DECEMBER 9th 1867
AGED 97 YEARS

Robert Douglas, Captain in Chatham Division of Royal Marines, P. C. C. Will dated 15th June 1780
   He is embarked on H.M.S. "Inflexible". To friend and Agent Charles Cox of Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, his pay arrears, prize money, short allowance money and all monies, upon trust, to pay Christopher Yeats of [    ], all arrears of annuity.
   Charles Cox to give his wife, Mary Douglas, of Rochester, an account of all funds.
   Witnesses: Griffith Williams and James Wingrove
   Proved 12th August 1783

Mary Elizabeth Moffat, of Star Lane, Fund Holder (1861 Census) (See Interior)

52.   [2]


Classical Chest Tomb, east of No. 1
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM
SON OF
ROBERT AND ANN GEORGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE 11th 1832 AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD BURCHAM GEORGE
YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
ROBERT AND ANN GEORGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 12th 1842 AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO EMMA GOTTO YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
ROBERT AND ANN GEORGE
AND WIFE OF MR. EDWARD GOTTO OF ROCHESTER
WHO DIED ON THE 3rd OF FEBRUARY 1844 AGED 21 YEARS
15 MONTHS AFTER HER MARRIAGE AND A FEW HOURS
AFTER HAVING GIVEN BIRTH TO HER DAUGHTER
South Side
IN MEMORY OF
MR. ROBERT GEORGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 19th SEPTEMBER 1841
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO ANN THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 11th SEPTEMBER 1848
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF GEORGE E. ELY M.D.
BORN OCTOBER 30th 1813 DIED
OCTOBER 16th 1855 AGED 42

Robert George the Elder, of Chatham, Porter Merchant, P. C. C. Will dated 19th February 1840
   To daughter Sarah Sandwell George, brother in law Richard Hopper Shrewsbury and son in law Robert Thomas Parnell, his freeholds and leaseholds, shares in property, household goods and furniture, money, stocks, etc., upon trust, to permit wife Ann use of household goods, etc., for life, as long as she is his widow. Trustees can sell estate other than real and securities. They can from time to time sell part of trust estate. Proceeds invested in Government Funds, etc. Wife to have annual income from rents and dividends. To each of his unmarried daughters, annuities of £25, if only three, £30 each, if only one £40, for life. After death or remarriage of wife, and deaths or marriage of daughters, the residue of trust estate divided equally among his children and to children of those who are dead, at 21 or marriage, if girls.
   Witnesses: George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester and Alfred Morgan his Clerk.

Codicil dated 14th September 1841
   Revokes son Robert's share in residuary personal estate, because he has already given him larger amount. Gives him 19 gns., as sign of affection, to be deducted from sums owed. To grandson, Robert George Parnell, his silver watch and 19 gns., The portion of his daughter Elizabeth Slatterie to be retained by trustees, they to pay her the interest; after her death, the principle to her children equally. If she has no children or they die pre 21, that share divided among his children. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: S. J. Ely, Chatham and George Acworth, Rochester
   Proved 21st October 1841

Richard Burchem George,
of Chatham, Architect and Surveyor, P. C. C. Will dated 7th April 1842
   To mother Ann, his real and personal estate. If she dies in his lifetime, then to his sisters Sarah, Eliza, Matilda and Emma George. Sister Sarah, and brothers Edward George of Sandgate, M. D. and Robert George of Rochester, Wine Merchant are executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Weston, Clerk to Mr Richard George and G. Ketchley Essell, Solicitor, Rochester
   Proved 9th June 1842

Ann George,
of Chatham, Widow of Robert, P. C. C. Will dated 8th September 1848
   To daughter Elizabeth Smith Hollen, widow, if she is a widow at testator's death, the items listed below. If she is married, the following to be divided equally among her children related to her "by blood". Son Robert is executor.
   Witnesses: Charlotte Baker and Alice Fassridge
   One fender, fire irons, two brass ---- ?, chiffonier and eight chairs , ------ ? table, couch, carpet, all in drawing room.
   Carpet in back chamber, chest of drawers, looking glass, mahogany wash stand and china, painted ------ ?, bolster, four pillows, feather bed, hall lamp, parlour lamp, dining table, large easy chair, stair carpet, iron kettle, meat screen, ----- ? in the kitchen, cheese dish, soup tureen, (tulip pattern), seven dish rovers, copper -------- ?, scuttle, -------- ?, two brass candle sticks, tulip pattern plate, rods to stair carpet.

Affidavit dated 28th November 1851
   Alice Fassridge of 2 Highbury Villas, Islington, sworn that she and Charlotte Baker were present when testator signed will. The list of goods was written by the testator in their presence.
   Proved 18th April 1853

53.   [3]


THE PATTEN TOMB, A FITTING MONUMENT
FOR A STONEMASON

Large classical pedestal surmounted by a large urn
West Side
IN MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD PATTEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [OCTOBER] [ ]
176[1] AGED 63? YEARS
[    ]
RICHARD PATTEN WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE [   ] OCT. 1810 AGED 66 YEARS
North Side
IN MEMORY OF MR. FRANCIS SMITH PATTEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 14th
1783 AGED 44 YEARS
SUSANNA WIFE OF THE ABOVE, (LATE WIFE OF
MR. JOHN IRWIN OF CHATHAM)
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 11th 1798 AGED 55 YEARS
SUSANNA THEIR DAUGHTER DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY 9th 1775 AGED 8 YEARS
OF SURVIVING ISSUE ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER
FRANCIS AND ANN
SUSANNA PATTEN GRANDDAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 31st 1797
AGED 11 MONTHS AND 10 DAYS
ALSO JOHN SON OF EDWARD AND ANN IRWIN
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANY. 6th 1797 AGED 1 YEAR AND 3 MONTHS
ALSO MRS. ANN IRWIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 3rd 1833 AGED 67 YEARS
East Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCES WIFE OF MR. FRANCIS PATTEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 16th 1819 AGED 46 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD HUGGET GRANDSON OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED DECEMBER 20th 1830
AGED 2 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS
SUSANNA MARY EMMA SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN HER INFANCY
RICHARD HUGGET BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 21st OCTOBER 1855 AGED 50 YEARS

Richard Patten, died 1761, unfortunately there is only an Administration and no Will.

Francis Smith Patten
was a Stone Mason, Freeman of Rochester in 1761. Partner of Thomas Brisley. (Holden's Directory 1809 and Pigot's Directory 1823)

Richard Patten,
died 1810, a Pawnbroker ?, (Holden's Directory 1809)

John Irwin,
ran a Blockmakers, Coal Merchants and Wharfinger Company (Rochester Directories, 1784, 1805 and 1809)

54.   [4]


THE NIGHTIGALE TOMB, FROM THE NORTH, IN 1991, INTACT, EXCEPT FOR THE PANEL
 ON THE SOUTH SIDE, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH LITTLE EFFORT.


THE SAME TOMB, FROM THE SOUTH, IN 2012

Classical Chest Tomb, near western wall, in ruins
Detached end panel
MR.
THOMAS NIGHTINGALE
DIED THE [   ] OF JUNE 179[5]
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO
MARY NIGHTINGALE
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED
THE 28th OF OCTOBER 1809
AGED 80? YEARS
SOPHIA M[ATTHEWS?]
[     ]

(Fragment of side panel)
ALSO OF
ALICIA DAUGHTER [OF]
JOHN & CATHERINE
NIGHTINGALE
WHO DIED
THE 27th OF JANUARY 17[95]
AGED 10 YEARS
ALSO OF THOMAS [NIGHTINGALE]
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED
THE 24th OF DECEMBER [1799]
AGED 11 YEARS
(Fragment of side panel)
IN MEMORY OF
[JO]HN NIGHTINGALE
[DIED ON] 18th OF DECEMBER 1814 AGED 62 YEARS
[CATH]ERINE NIGHTINGALE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED ON 10th [OCTOBER] [1832] AGED [7]5 YEARS

(Side panel, originally North side)
IN THIS VAULT
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
MR. AARON WADDUP
WHO DIED THE 13th OF APRIL 1813 AGED 88 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 8th OF OCTOBER 1791 AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM THEIR SON
WHO DIED THE 21st? DAY OF OCTOBER 1803 AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM BOYS
WHO DIED THE 31st OF MARCH 1831 AGED 32 YEARS
[   ] BOYS [SON?] OF THE ABOVE
[   ] YEARS AND 5 MONTHS

John Nightingale, Collector of Customs, (Bailey's Directory 1784; Universal British Directory 1795; Patent Office, Deputy Comptroller; Receiver of Greenwich Hospital and Russian Duties; Agent to Dover, Rye and Ramsgate Harbours, (Universal British Directory 1795). P.C.C. Will dated 21st October 1796
   Real estate and money in Public Funds and other securities, household goods and personal estate to wife Catherine, Aaron Waddup of Rochester, Gentleman, William Waddup of Rochester, Gentleman and John Stunt of Devereaux Court, Strand, Shoe Maker, upon trust. They to permit wife to reside in house he occupies in Rochester High Street, with such household goods as she chooses, for life, if she continues his widow. Residue of freehold and leasehold to be sold; debts called in and to sell residue of household goods and furniture. Interest and dividends to wife for life, as above. After her death or marriage, then to his children, for ever at 21, in equal shares. If all children are not 21 at wife's death, then interest to their maintenance and education. Trustees are also executors.
   Witnesses: John Snatt, Richard Tanner and George Chiffey

Codicil dated 4th December 1798
   Revokes appointment of William Waddup as executor. Rest of will stands. Aaron Waddup now of Strood.
Witnesses: John Snatt, Kitty Lester and Elizabeth Eppy

Codicil dated 27th November 1804
   If daughter Elizabeth Nightingale and son John die pre 21, all his freehold real and personal estate to wife Catherine, for ever.
   Witnesses: Edward Tanner, S. Bridge and Kitty Lester
   Proved 23rd February 1815 (Aaron Waddup has since died)

Thomas Nightingale, Receiver of the Lights and Trinity Duties, (Universal British Directory 1795)

Aaron Waddup,
of Chatham, Gentleman, Draper and Salesman in 1784 (Bailey's Directory), Freeman of Rochester 1775 P.C.C. Will dated 28th October 1803.
   All estate shared equally between daughters Catherine Nightingale, wife of John Nightingale, of Rochester, Gentleman and Frances Stunt wife of John Stunt of Devereaux Court, Strand, Cordwainer, for ever.
   Daughters are executors.
   Witnesses; John Prall and Thomas Church
   Proved 28th April

William Boys,
of Rochester, Chemist and Druggist, P.C.C. Will dated 30th September 1830
   Ready money, securities, stock in Public Funds, household goods and furniture, stock in trade, personal estate to wife Elizabeth. John Nightingale of Rochester, Gentleman and wife Elizabeth executors.
   Witnesses: George Liddon and Catherine Nightingale
   Proved 23rd May 1831

55.   [5]


IMMEDIATELY NORTH OF THE NAVE
TOMB OF BRISLEY FAMILY AND DR. RYE

Large, low, dark ledger close to north wall of church
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ABIGAIL RELICT OF THOMAS BRISLEY
OF CHALLOCK
WHO DIED 23rd APRIL 1813 AGED 84 YEARS
AND OF THOMAS BRISLEY
OF ROCHESTER SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [1823 AGED 70 YEARS]
ALSO OF SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 10th OF NOV. 1832 AGED 77 YEARS
THOMAS BRISLEY SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th JUNE 1829 AGED 30 YEARS
JOHN PIERCE RYE DIED [ ] SEPTEMBER
1821 AGED 9 MONTHS
ARTHUR RYE, SURGEON
DIED 13th MARCH 1832 AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO HENRY PIERCE BRISLEY SON OF
WILLIAM AND ANN BRISLEY WHO DIED
[    ] MARCH 1836 AGED [3] YEARS & 3 MONTHS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM BRISLEY
WHO DIED 4th JULY 1853 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO ANN THE BELOVED WIFE OF
MR. SAMUEL ANDREWS
OF HERTFORD AND RELICT OF THE ABOVE
DIED 3rd MAY 1861 AGED 61 YEARS
AMELIA RELICT OF THE ABOVE ARTHUR RYE
DIED 12th OCTOBER 1864 AGED 79 YEARS

Thomas Brisley, of Chatham, Stone Mason, Freeman of Rochester, 1795 P. C. C. Will dated 19th May 1820
   To son William of Gravesend, Stone Mason, his interest in Stone Mason business in partnership with Francis Patten, in Rochester and Chatham. Use and occupation of wharf and storehouse behind his house. Son William to pay brothers, John Pierce Brisley, of Stroud, Glos., Bookseller and Thomas Brisley of London, Chemist, full valuation of father's share of business. If he can not pay full cost, then he must pay interest on outstanding sum.
   To wife Sarah, £100; to children, Amelia, wife of Arthur Rye, Surgeon of Rochester, John Pierce, William and Thomas Brisley, £50 each for mourning. Rest of money and securities, (not real or government securities) executors to call in together with money from personal estate, invest in real or government securities. To wife Sarah, rents of all freeholds and leaseholds, and a reasonable rent from son William , if she requires it. Dividends of money in Public Funds or other securities, for life; household goods and furniture, etc. She to keep properties in good repair. To his three sons, freehold property on St. Margaret's Banks, occupied by Mr Elisha Naylor, Solicitor, and leasehold field, behind this property, and fronting New Road, in his own occupation, upon trust. Sons can sell (with consent of sister, Amelia), proceeds to be invested as above. Rents of property and field or interest from proceeds of sale, to be paid to Amelia, for life. If she dies in lifetime of her husband, then he gets the income, for life. After his death, to their children at 21, if under 21, then rents and interest for maintenance and education.
   After death of wife, Sarah, leaseholds fronting Chatham Street, and Freshwater Alley, in St. Margaret's, in occupation of William Wilson, William Stanger, Henry Overhead, Edmund Watson, Leonard Miller and Thomas Seager, to son John Pierce, for remainder of term. House in Chatham, where he lives, and six houses, storehouse and wharf behind the house, occupied by himself and William Smith, James Knight, George Nicholson, Thomas Watkins, James Colley and William Gooding, to son William, for remainder of term.
   Freehold house and two pieces of land at Tunstall, occupied by William Swinyard, purchased from Rev. Bland, to son Thomas, after brother William's death, for ever. Also to Thomas, six leasehold houses and stable fronting Chatham Street, and "up an alley" opposite his house, occupied by himself and partner, Elizabeth Edwards, Elizabeth Parr, Garrett Syburn, James Reid, James Davies and Joseph Turtle for remainder of term.
   Stocks and securities he has, or may be purchased by trustees, household goods, furniture and residue, to his children shared equally.
   Wife and sons executors.
   Witnesses: J. Stephens, John Olive and M.S. Stephens

Codicil dated 20th June 1821
   He had bequeathed to wife, £100 and £50 each to his children, this is now revoked. Rest stands.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, George W. Lewis and Henry Lewis.
   Proved 4th October 1823

William Brisley, of Rochester, Stone Mason, Freeman of Rochester 1816 P. C. C. Will dated 28th September 1844
   To wife Ann all furniture and household goods, including pictures, prints and wines, and personal effects in house.
   To wife and friend William Wildash of Rochester, Stationer, his own leasehold house in that part of Chatham which is in the Liberties of the City of Rochester, (Chatham Intra). The lease is dated 26th April 1827, granted to the executors of Thomas Brisley, his late father, by the Patron, Governors and Brethren of St. Bartholomew's Hospital .Nine houses occupied by Dunn and others near St. Margaret's Banks, adjoining stone mason's yard in his occupation, with stables, and workshop in his occupation, also on the above lease; one sixth part of four houses and stone mason's yard on west side , formerly occupied by Francis Patten and Thomas Brisley, John Hider, Richard Colegate, James Dell and James Wilkinson, held by lease dated 1st April 1835, from above hospital, to William Tapley, [    ] Burford and himself, to wife Ann and William Wildash for remainder of term, upon trust. They to obtain new lease and insure property. Wife to have rents for life and for maintenance and education of children. After her death, property equally shared between children.
   All stock in trade, horses, carts, trucks and implements of stone mason, to trustees; if they think it beneficial, to carry on trade until eldest son is 21, or they can sell instead. If they carry on business, then as each son is 21, he shall have option to purchase business and stock in trade; if value is disputed son and trustees can appoint one neutral person each to value business.
   If business is sold, money to be invested in Public Funds, and income used for benefit of children, until youngest is 21.
   After his wife's death, the principle to be transferred to children, equally.
   To trustees his investments in the Bank of England, ready money, securities, money in other banks, all his property and residue, to invest in Public Funds. Wife to have the income, for herself and children. Wife and Wildash are executors and guardians of children.
   Witnesses: William Stephenson, Surgeon, Boley Hill, Rochester and John Bartlett, Oil Man of Chatham Intra.

Codicil dated 25th September 1851
   He had left certain leaseholds and personal estate and given powers to his wife and William Wildash, as trustees, executors and guardians. Now revokes this, so wife is sole executor, trustee and guardian. Rest of will stands.
   Witnesses: Thomas Patten Attorney and Notary of Rochester and Thomas Henry Patten Clerk to Mr Patten.
Proved 28th April 1854

William Brisley was a freeman of Rochester, 1816; he was a Magistrate and, in 1839, Mayor of Rochester. Two of his monuments are in Rochester Cathedral, William Burke, 1836 and James Forbes, 1837, the latter includes a very well carved profile portrait medallion.

56.   [6]

Large dark ledger on high base, close to north gate
ELIZABETH PORTLOCK
[THE BELOVED WIFE OF]
NATHANIEL PORTLOCK
CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY
[1843 AGED 83 YEARS]
[    ]
JOHN [ ? ]
[    ]
HENRY POWNEY PORTLOCK
[    ]
NATHANIEL FERGUSON [SON OF?]
NATHANIEL JAMES PORTLOCK
[    ]

Elizabeth Portlock, of Guildford Street, London, widow of late Nathaniel Portlock, Captain, R.N., P.C.C. Will dated 6th August 1831. (Nathaniel Portlock was buried at Greenwich.)
   To be buried without expense or ostentation. To son in law Brown Collison of Fleet Street, and son Joseph Ellison Portlock, Captain in H.M. Royal Regiment of Engineers, £2,550, 3% annuities in Bank of England and a deed poll or insurance policy of the Rock Assurance Soc., for £500, upon trust.
   Interest on one third of the £2,550, to daughter Eliza wife of Brown Collison, for life; after her death, Brown Collison to have interest for life. After his death, principle and interest shared among her other children at 21, or marriage, if girls.
   One third, as in agreement in settlement made on marriage of son Joseph and Julia, dated 19th February 1831, concerning £975 and £850 Consolidated 3% Bank Annuities. The remaining third and sum of £500 in the policy, payable after her death, upon trust, to be invested in Public Funds.
   Brown Collison and Joseph shall pay interest of remaining third to daughter Mary Campbell Dadson wife of William Dadson, for life. After her death, trustees to transfer the third, equally among all her children at 21 or marriage if girls. If none survive, upon trust, to those entitled under intestacy laws, if Mary Dadson dies intestate.
   Trustees can use interest towards maintenance and education of grandchildren.
   Residue to Joseph; he and Brown Collison trustees and executors.
   Witnesses: Richard White, 14 Essex Street and Edward Thornson, his Clerk.

Codicil dated 9th May 1839
   To daughter of late Captain David Gilmour, Rosa Jessy and Jessy Augusta, £100 equally divided, left in trust to executors to be paid as they think fit most advantageous at 21 or marriage, or death of their mother. On no account to be paid for benefit of their maternal relations, the Deans.
   Witnesses: Edward Seaton, Surgeon, Rochester and Mary Campbell Dadson, Rochester, on 29th May 1839

Affidavit (after the Act)? 24th November 1843
   Edward Seaton, Surgeon of Rochester, formerly of Great Ormond Street, sworn that testator signed codicil in his presence and that of Mary Dadson, and that both witnessed will together. The phrase "observe I mean this bequest to be free of legacy duty, Elizabeth Portlock" part of the codicil, was not there when they witnessed the codicil.
   Proved 30th November 1843 Power reserved to Joseph Portlock

William Dadson, of St. Nicholas, Gentleman, (Artist and Drawing Master), P. C. C. Will dated 5th March 1852. (Probably buried in the Portlock tomb)
   After expenses and mourning for family, from personal estate, to wife Mary Campbell Dadson, all household furniture, household goods, including spirits and viands, and £20. To wife and eldest son, William Frederic Portlock Dadson, his freehold and leasehold properties, money, stocks, policies, etc., and personal estate, upon trust, to sell, they can keep securities in bank. From proceeds, to pay from interest and dividends, his sister, Kitty Maria Dadson an annuity of £50 for life. After her death, an annuity of £25 to his brother Charles Dadson, for life. An annuity of £30 to his son William, during his wife's lifetime or for William's, which ever is shorter. To younger son, Joseph Nathaniel Portlock Dadson, an annuity of £30 for life or to mother's death, as above. To daughter Elizabeth Marian Collison Dadson, an annuity of £30, as above. Wife to have income from estate for life for support and education of daughter Elizabeth. After wife's death, trust estate to his children in equal shares. Trustees can spend some capital to complete the education of son Joseph, who is at the Royal Artillery Academy, Woolwich; this not to exceed £600. At death of his wife, the £600 to be brought into "hotchpot"on division of estate. His wife has a life insurance policy of £600, payable to daughter Elizabeth. Trustees to bring equal sum into "hotchpot" to equalise childrens' share. All mortgages and trust estate vested in him to wife and son William, upon trust, detailed conditions follow. Trustees are also executors.
   Witnesses: George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester and Alfred Morgan, his Clerk
   Proved 30th June 1853 Power reserved to William Dadson

PART 7
MONUMENTS EAST OF THE CHURCH

57.   [1]


EAST OF CHANCEL
LEFT TO RIGHT: ON WALL, BEST AND SOUTHERDEN; SQUARE CHEST BELOW BEST,
 BURN AND TORKINGTON; CORNWELL AND EASON; MANLEY; BELSON.

Classical Chest Tomb on a high base
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE BELSON ESQ.
OF ROCHESTER WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 19th OF APRIL 1853
IN THE 92nd YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO
JULIANA ELEANOR WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE [   ] [OF FEBRUARY 1855]
AGED [88] YEARS

George Belson, Captain, (Pigot's Directory 1838) of Nile Terrace, P.C.C. Will dated 30th April 1850
   To wife Julianna Eleanor, £200 and household goods and furniture, clothes, pictures, books, wine and spirits, also £1,000 Bank 3% Consolidated Annuities. To eldest son John George, £8,000 same annuities, £8,000 of the same to youngest son Frederick. To grandchildren, William Eveleigh , Frederic Charles, Henry George and Ann Maria Belson, £2,000 of same annuities, at 21 years. To god son Beckeley George Albert Belson, eldest child of Frederick, £100.
   Residue of personal estate to wife and son George, upon trust, the annual interest to wife for life; after her death, equally shared between sons, they and wife executors.
   Witnesses: George Essell, Solicitor, Rochester and George ---?---- Shirley
   Proved 20th June 1853

58.   [2]


EAST AND NORTH OF CHANCEL
LEFT TO RIGHT: MANLEY, PATTEN AND BELSON,
PORTLOCK ON EXTREME RIGHT

Large classical Chest Tomb surmounted by casket
North Side of casket
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS MANLEY ESQ.
MANY YEARS A PRINCIPAL (CLERK)
OF THE CHEQUE (AT)
CHATHAM DOCKYARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
(UNIVERSALLY ESTEEMED) AND DEEPLY (REGRETED)
ON THE 14th DAY OF JUNE 1802
AGED 56? YEARS

North Side of Chest Tomb, East End
ELIZABETH
AUNT? TO THE ABOVE
THOMAS MANLEY ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st? OF APRIL 1804
AGED [ ? ]3 YEARS

West End
MARY
ANN MANLEY
GRANDDAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND ELIZABETH
MANLEY
DIED SEPT. 12th 1817
AGED 37 YEARS

South Side of Chest Tomb
IN MEMORY OF
SARAH SECOND WIFE OF
MR. [WILLIAM] MANLEY
[DIED FEBRUARY 1770]
[ELIZABETH MANLEY, DIED MARCH 1754]
[WILLIAM MANLEY DIED AUGUST 1779]

East End of Chest Tomb
IN
THIS VAULT ARE
DEPOSITED THE REMAINS
OF TWO SONS AND FOUR
DAUGHTERS OF JOHN AND
ELIZABETH MANLEY
DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO THOMAS THEIR SON
AGED 2 MONTHS

Thomas Manley, of Chatham, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 26th June 1784.
   To brother William Manley and sister Elizabeth Shuter, £200 Bank Stock in 3% Consolidated, each. To brothers Edward and John, £300 in above stock, each. To children of brother John, and sister Elizabeth, living at his death, £600 in same stock, equally shared. To Josiah Evans, his wife Jane and their children, £100 in same stock, equally shared. To wife Susannah, 1s. After payment of debts, etc., residue of money and personal estate, to Mary Ann Hine daughter of James Taylor Hine, Silversmith of St. Luke's, Middlesex, for ever. Josiah Evans of St. Margaret's, Sail Maker, executor
   Witnesses: William Grant and John Sommerton
   Proved 16th June 1802

59.   [3]


EAST OF CHANCEL  CREST ON CORNWELL TOMB

Classical Chest Tomb, surmounted by a dark ledger, with an armorial crest
HERE LIES THE BODY OF
MR. THOMAS CORNWELL
OF WOOLWICH IN THE COUNTY OF KENT
WHO DIED THE 11th DAY OF MARCH
1752 AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO MR. ROBERT EASON
DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY 23rd 1766
AGED 84 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH EASON DAUGHTER
OF ROBERT AND ELIZABETH EASON
DIED 12th JANUARY 1800
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO JOHN EASON BROTHER OF THE
ABOVE ELIZABETH DIED THE 24th JULY
1801 AGED 82 YEARS

Thomas Cornwell, of Woolwich, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 29th February 1752
   "Sick and weak". His body to be buried in St. Margaret's Churchyard, "in a vault to be erected in the churchyard of the said parish of St. Margaret and an handsome tomb to be erected over the vault, with a black marble stone on the top".
   Mr John Bryant of Woolwich to make his coffin, and that £80 is spent on the tomb and funeral, from his personal estate.
   To cousin, Thomas Gravett of Bickenden?, Kent, House Carpenter, and "loving friend", William Peek of Woolwich, Shipwright, are executors. They have £100 each, in addition to their expenses. His freeholds in Kent and other counties and copyhold in Bow, Middlesex and leaseholds in Old Change, City of London and Fulham, to executors upon trust.
   They to receive rents ; they may sell his properties and divided proceeds among Thomas Gravett, Thomas Cornhill and John Eason, and all his first cousins by his father and mother, in equal shares. To his executors, money in bank annuities, Imperial Loan Lottery, mortgages and personal estate, upon trust, to sell, proceeds upon trust, divided as above.
   Witnesses: Thomas Coxwith, J. Bailey and J. Barnard, Attorney of Woolwich
   Proved 12th March 1752

John Eason, of Chatham, Shipwright, P. C. C. Will dated 18th April 1801
   To good friend James Coveney of Brompton, Shipwright, £10; residue of estate, including house and household goods, money and investments to his "relation" John Day, son of John Johnson Day and Maria Ann Day, deceased, for ever.
   James Coveney executor.
   Witnesses: John Cole, William Penrose ?and John Summerton.
   Proved 29th July 1801

Elizabeth Eason,
of Chatham, Spinster, P.C. C. Will dated 6th April 1798
   Brother John of Chatham, Shipwright is executor. If Mary Charlton, her sister, of New -------- ?, East Mausluity?, is living at her death, she may claim £10, if executor is agreeable, this to no other person but to Elizabeth Eason?
   To nephew John Day Baker, £5; to niece, Maria Charlton Day, Spinster £5; to Mrs Ann Eason, 1 guinea.
   Witnesses: Sarah Godfrey and William Clarle
   Proved 20th March 1800

60.   [4]

Large square classical pedestal
East Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MAJOR JOHN BURN R.M. [SON OF]
GENERAL BURN [    ]
[   ] SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY DIED 13th OCTOBER 1820
AETAT 45
SARAH JEMIMA HIS DAUGHTER WHO DIED 6th JAN.
1815 AETAT 3 YEARS
ANN? WIDOW OF THE ABOVE MAJOR JOHN BURN
BORN 18th JULY 1772
DIED 11th JUNE 1839
South Side
CAPT. ROBERT TORKINGTON
rest of this side eroded

Robert Torkington, Captain, R.M., is not buried here. His wife Christiana, General Burn's daughter was buried here in 1794, and their daughter, also Christiana, in 1795. The Torkingtons were married at St. Margaret's in 1789.

61.   [5]


Oval tablet close to above, on east wall of church
SARAH SECOND WIFE OF
MAJOR GENERAL [ANDREW] BURN
DIED AT BLACKHEATH ON THE [   ] JULY 18[28]
AGED 64 YEARS
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HER CHILDREN IN
MEMORY OF THE AFFECTION AND[   ]
WITH WHICH THEY CHERISH THE MEMORY
OF THEIR BELOVED PARENT.
GEORGE BURN B.A. YOUNGEST SON OF THE
LATE MAJOR GENERAL BURN
DIED 17th OCTOBER 1826 AGED 25 YEARS
HIS NAME IS INSCRIBED HERE BY HIS BROTHERS
AND SISTERS TO RECORD THE VIRTUES OF ONE WHO
BY THE GRACE OF GOD PROMISED MUCH USE
FULNESS IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WHEN
PREPARING FOR HOLY ORDERS IT PLEAS
ED GOD TO REMOVE HIM BY DEATH
TO A BETTER WORLD

Andrew Burn, of Gillingham, Major General, Royal Marines. Burn's inscription was found on the Internet, contained in a biography, based on his Memoirs, (1814), which are mostly of a religious nature. On the chancel wall close to the monument of Burn's second wife, is the "ghost" of an oval monument. This monument which was in place in 1985 but which is now missing, is probably Burn's monument.
   P. C. C. Will dated 10th September 1814
   To wife Sarah, all real and personal estate, £300 Consolidated 3% Annuities in his and wife's name and £100 of same stock in names of him, wife and son Andrew. Sarah is executor.
   There are sums in Public Funds in names Rev. Rowland Hill, Mr William Shrubsole and his own, executors of the will of the late John Simmons, to which he renounces all claims, and makes his interest over to the other executors.
   Witnesses: John Handfield and Andrew Burn
   Proved 27th October 1814

PART 8
LARGER MONUMENTS SOUTH OF THE CHURCH

62.   [1]


BY PATH TO MAIN ENTRANCE
THE DERELICT REMAINS OF THE MONUMENT TO CAPTAIN BAKER, R. N.,
AND HIS BROTHER, MIDSHIPMAN CHARLES BAKER.

Broken Panel from destroyed Chest Tomb on red brick vault, rising from path
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
TWO BROTHERS
CAPTAIN [H. E.] R. BAKER, R.N.
[WHO DIED AUGUST [      ] ] 1820 AGED [56] YEARS
AND
C. A. F. BAKER
[LATE] MIDSHIPMAN ON H. M.S. ARROGANT
[THE LATE] ADM. [JOHN ] HARVEY, CAPTAIN
[WHO DIED] MARCH 17th 17[91] AGED 24 YEARS

Henry Edward Reginald Baker, of 28 Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, Westminster,Captain, Royal Navy, P. C. C. Will dated 11th July 1820
   Revokes former wills except part of will dated 1st May 1817 bequeathing to St. Marylebone Institution for educating some boys and girls, £100. Executors to pay this to the Society (founded 1750) for clothing, maintaining and educating poor children of Marylebone; this out of his personal estate. His two friends Rev. John Wolvey Astley, Rector of Queenington, near Fairford, Glos., and George Acklom, of Hull, Captain, R.N. Are executors.
   Stock in Long Annuities in Bank of England to be sold to pay the above £100. Any deficiency made up by selling part of his 3% Consols. To each of his executors £50 each, plus extra £50 each for their trouble. If either of both decline to act, the £50 extra to, (via friends and patrons, the Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury and Stephen Andesoif of 34 Cirencester Place, Portland Place) Ann Andesoif wife of Stephen and Isabella Strode of Kensington Palace; also £50 to Charlotte Pierrepoint of Gloucester; £25 each to, Rear Admiral Contters ?, , Rev. Thomas Contters and William Wood Page, all of Woodbridge. To Susannah Handyman of Penny Street, Portsmouth and her daughter Caroline, Captain John Broughton, R.N., and Mary his wife, of Eversley Cottage, Hants., Captain Anselm John Griffith and his wife Ann, Captain Thomas Stiles and his wife, Captain John Francis Staples and his wife, Captain John Fyffe, Captain William Standray ? Torkinson and Captain James Noble, all of R. N. and Captain John Wilson Rathbone, K.C.B., 10guines a each, as a mark of respect and esteem.
   To professional friends Rear Admiral Sir Jonas Rowley, K.C.B., B, Hothman , K.C.B., Captain Charles Grant, C.B., John Chambers White, James Veitch, James Mc Farlane, William Henry Dickson and Christopher West, all Captains or Commanders in the R.N.; TP George Daysh?, Lt. Francis Stipine?, of ------ ?, Loddon, Nasbeth -------?, Richard Williams, "my shipmate in the "Jupiter""; Francis Dance Lonyes ?, "my shipmate in the "Ulysses" and "Dannomarke", Lt. William Selby and George B. Harrison, Purser of HMS "Minden", 5 guineas each. To old friend Catherine Plaggenborg, for her sole use and not of her husband John, £20, to her sister Rose Woodward, £20, to her husband Richard Woodward, £15, the £100 debt outstanding from the latter is cancelled, the bond to be destroyed.
   To Lt. Plaggenborg, R.N., £15, to his sisters Catherine and Martha, £10 each; to his cousin Richard Woodward, £10. Annuities from his £1,000 East India Stock in East India House, in Leadenhall Street and from the 1750, 4% Consols in Bank of England. (The East India Stock in trust); to Caroline Astley, living with Charlotte Pierrepoint, £125 for life; to Cordelia Astley of 57 Baker Street, Portman Square, £25 for life; to Miss M. Jackson of the Convent, Hammersmith, well known to Caroline Astley, "and a pensioner of mine through my said friend, Caroline Astley", £25 for life; to good friend, Rev. Astley's children, to "my favourite Edward Astley, five sixteenths of the balance; to godson, Henry Astley, three sixteenths of the balance; to companion, John Astley, eldest son, two sixteenths, making up ten sixteenths; the remainder to be equally shared among, Christian, Mary, Ann, Eliza, William, Margaret, Frederick, Richard and the infant Astley at 21 years. Until then the interest to the Rev. Astley. £85 due on his shares in the Portsmouth and Arun Navigation Concern to be deducted from the general balance. Rent due for his apartment if he dies before Lady Day 1821 paid to Mrs Plaggenborg up to that day. The above shares to Rev. Astley, also his silver tureen in possession of Marquis of Salisbury at Hatfield House, silver waiter in possession of Stephen Adesoif and all plate, pictures, table, bed linen, books and household goods.
   Interest from East India Stock to Rev. Astley for life; after latter's death and of his daughters the £1,000 stock divided among Astley's children at 21 from the interest, £50 to George Acklom. If testator dies in London, to be buried by John Smith, Undertaker of John Street, Great Portland Street, in same grave as brother Charles Augustus Frederick in St. Margaret's Churchyard, near east end of church at the entrance, by the gate near the road. Desires a double brick casement and a plain tombstone and "guard of iron railings" with the following inscription:

   Sacred to the Memory of Two Brothers
Captain Henry Edward Reginald Baker of the Royal Navy
(date and age)
Charles Augustus Frederick Baker
late Midshipman of His Majesty's Ship "Arrogant"
the late Admiral Harvey, Captain
who died March ye 17th 1791 aged 24 years

   (N.B. The inscription does not adhere strictly to the above)
   To his esteemed friend, late Captain and Admiral Sir Charles Tyler K.C.B, 10guines as a mark of respect. He recommends his "young friend Lt. Edward Plaggenborg, R.N., for his great attention to me during my illness, to the notice and protection of my friend Rear Admiral Sir Henry Hotham, K.C.B., as well as my many friends named in my will"
   Witnesses: E. Richardson, Senior, ----------- ?, Golden Square and E. Richardson, Junior, same place

Codicil dated 11th July 1820, not signed or witnessed.
   To Captain George Acklom, his chronometer, no. 290, in possession of the successor to Hatton, St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill; to Captain Henry Dickson, telescope, charts, swords and epaulettes; to Lt. Richard Williams, his sextant, small chest of drawers and bookcase in bedroom; to Lt. Francis Daniel Lanzur, wash hand stand with drawers and small chest of drawers and bookcase in drawing room; to Lt. Edward Plaggenborg, six pairs of fine cot sheets, three large East India table cloths, feather bed and mosquito Malta net for the cot; to friend Stephen Adesoif, a diamond pin presented to him in 1807, six dozen port wine; to Ann Adesoif, his wife, silver cream jug and silver salt spoons, as a mark of respect to her mother, Mrs Burkoll, plus gold seal with an -------- ?, and motto "may it watch over you".
   To Catherine Plaggenborg, furniture as she may choose; to her sister Rose Woodward, feather bed and table she al;ready has. To the Marquis of Salisbury, ¼ cask of Madeira wine, in charge of Mr Harrison , Purser of the "Minden", he requests the Marquis to give to Mrs Penrose, widow of Dr. James Penrose of Hatfield, 13 bottles, to make up to 4 dozen sent him a short time before his death. The other ¼ cask to Rev. Astley on board the "Minden", and wine in his house. To friend Captain Anselm Griffith, his Edinburgh Quarterly Reviews; to friend Ann Bennet, widow, two gold seals, a representation of Lord Nelson telegraphing the Fleet on October 21st , small seal engraved "Reginald"; to Lt. Charles Ross his uncle, Captain William Bennett's seal, which was presented to testator by Bennett's widow. To executors, a set of --------------- ? Charts belonging to Lt. Charles Ross, the skeleton barometer and telescope belonging to Captain John Simpson.

Affidavit, concerning Codicil, dated 14th August 1820
   Septimus Miles of Ludgate Street, Watch Maker and Charles Frederick Londonsack, of James Street, Adelphi, Navy Agent, are sworn that they knew testator well and were familiar with his handwriting and signature, and confirm codicil to be authentic.
   Proved 16th August 1820

63.   [2]

Large ledger on brick base, south of No. 1
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN HICKS
WIDOW OF THE LATE
GEORGE HICKS ESQ.
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH
SHE DIED 27th SEPTEMBER 1850
AGED 81
ALSO OF HER SISTER
MISS CHARLOTTE FENNELL
WHO DIED 29th DEC. 1867
AGED 84

64.   [3]

Limestone Ledger on Limestone base, west of above
Mostly illegible
JAMES YEO ESQUIRE
[JANUARY 1829]
[AGED 70 YEARS]
[   ]
[   ] YEO [   ]

James Yeo, P.C.C. Will dated 29th October 1823.
   To Mrs Rebecca Harwood of St. Margaret's, Mrs Elizabeth Conyers of College Green, Miss Elizabeth Conyers, her daughter, Major General James Moore and to Mr John Dyke of Arundel Street, Strand, Gentleman, 5 guineas each for a ring, broach or other token, which they may wear in memory of his regard for them. To John Dyke, as a further token of regard, his watch by Arnold and numbered 1934. To dear Mary Harwood Yeo, General Moore and John Dyke, rest and residue, upon trust, to share among his children, Mary Harwood Yeo and Jane Yeo. Daughter Mary, General Moore and J. Dyke, executors.
   Witnesses; C. Hibbard, Clerk to Mr Dyke and James Fricker servant of Mr Yeo.
   Proved 23rd April 1851 Administration to Miss Elizabeth Conyers, sole executor of Mary Harwood Yeo, deceased; John Dyke only surviving executor having renounced; Jane Yeo the other daughter has also died.

65.   [4]


CLOSE TO MAIN ENTRANCE ON THE SOUTH   RYBOT TOMB

Low Limestone Ledger, from destroyed Chest Tomb on brick vault, west of above
Almost illegible
The name RYBOT occurs several times
[FRANCIS RYBOT, AUGUST 1776]
[ELIZABETH RYBOT, JANUARY 1809 AGED 81 YEARS]

Francis Rybot, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 7th May 1773
   All real and personal estate to wife Elizabeth for ever; she is executor.
   Witnesses: E. Dyne, Jos. Hawkins and W. S. Ruffin
   Proved 27th August 1776

Elizabeth Rybot, of St. Margaret's Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 12th July 1783.
   Appoints Henry Lark of Essex Street, Strand, Navy Agent and Elizabeth Barton wife of John Barton, Carpenter, R. N., executors. To Henry Lark and Elizabeth Portal of Shacklenwell (sic), Clerkenwell ?, Spinster, £20 annuity, part of , Consolidated Long Annuity (80 years), in her name in Bank of England, in trust, to pay to Mary Portal wife of Joseph Portal of Great St. Helen's, Bishopsgate Street, Linen Draper, for life; after her death, to her son William Anderson Portal; £10 annuity to Henry Lark and Elizabeth Portal, upon trust, to pay Mary Elizabeth Borthand, widow, for life; after her death, to William Portal. To Joseph Portal £5 annuity, another part of above annuity; to Elizabeth Portal, £2 10s annuity, as above. To Sarah Burton of Brompton, Chatham, widow, 20 guineas as a token of friendship. To Henry Lark, 10 guineas for his trouble. Residue of personal estate and monies to Elizabeth Barton
   Witnesses: Richard Heacock, Lt. , R.N. and William Cluff*, Gentleman, both of Rochester
   Proved 4th March 1809 Power reserved to Elizabeth Barton
   (*See Interior)
(Francis Rybot, of St. Martin in the Fields, widower, married Elizabeth Dupre, widow, at St. Margaret's in 1769)

66.   [5]


ANGLE OF TOWER, SOUTH SIDE   HILLIER AND WINTOUR TOMB

Large ledger on brick vault, south west angle of tower
HERE LIES THE BODY
OF
MR. WILLIAM HILLIER
FORMERLY A PURSER
IN THE ROYAL NAVY
AND LATTERLY
CLERK OF THE CHEQUE
IN THE VICTUALLING
DEPARTMENT
AT CHATHAM
DIED OCTOBER 30th 1846
AGED 84 YEARS
ALSO OF
LOUISA WINTOUR
WIDOW OF THE LATE
GEORGE STEPHENSON WINTOUR
(COMMANDER IN THE ROYAL NAVY)
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED SEPTEMBER 8th 1858
AGED 70 YEARS

67.   [6]


NICHOLSON FAMILY TOMB

Classical Chest Tomb, short distance south of Nos. 1 - 4
Top ledger
IN MEMORY OF
ISABELLA
WIFE OF
WILLIAM NICHOLSON ESQUIRE
HAVING GLORIFIED HER GOD
AND SHEWN HER FAITH IN HER REDEEMER
BY A LIFE OF HOLINESS
A SINCERE CHRISTIAN
A DEVOTED WIFE
AND AN
AFFECTIONATE AND WATCHFUL MOTHER
SHE DIED ON ALL SAINTS DAY
THE 1st OF NOVEMBER 1838
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM NICHOLSON ESQUIRE
WHO DIED ON THE 17th OF FEBRUARY 1852
AGED 88 YEARS
"The hoary head is a Crown of Glory if it be
found in the way of Righteousness"
Proverbs

North Side
FRANCES NICHOLSON
DIED 18th NOVEMBER 1853
AGED 50 YEARS
GEORGE STEWART NICHOLSON
DIED 28th OCTOBER 1857
AGED 57 YEARS

South Side
JANE NICHOLSON
DIED [25th DECE]MBER 1825
AGED[36] YEARS
[CAROLINE] NICHLSON
DIED [   ] JUNE 1837
AGED [32] YEARS
[SARAH] NICHOLSON
[1806]
[AGED 32 YEARS]

East Side
ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT JOHN AND
ISABELLA SAUNDERS
DIED [   ]
AGED 16 YEARS
PHILLIPS HENRY
SON OF
ROBERT JOHN AND
ISABELLA SAUNDERS
DIED 18th AUGUST 1852
AGED 21 YEARS

William Nicholson, of Rochester, Esquire, (Builder), P.C.C. Will dated 15th December 1838
   To son William, two farms called Court Lodge and Gore Farms, in Hoo, purchased from William White, now occupied by son William, for ever. To son George, a farm called Cockham Farm, partly occupied by son William and partly by testator, and Cockham Wood, all in Hoo, for ever; also to George, £2,800.
   To daughter Catherine, furniture and household goods to value of £600, as she chooses for furnishing leasehold house in Nile Terrace, formerly occupied by Rev. Alex. Browne, now by Miss Fleet, to be held by Catherine upon trust.
   Residue of furniture, household goods, including wines, spirits, pictures, books etc., (except money and securities in his house); carriages and horses, to be valued by executors and equally shared among his two sons; they can select any engravings, scientific, engineering and architectural books and fine art books as part of their share. An equal part to daughters Catherine and Sarah, Isabella, wife of Robert Saunders, Mary wife of Rev. George Davies and Elizabeth wife of Captain Charles Phillips, R.N. One equal part divided between Jane Isabella, Marianne, Henry, Elizabeth and Ann Ellicombe, children of his late daughter Anne.
   To daughter Catherine, house in Nile Terrace, occupied by Miss Fleet, and garden grounds on west side, separated from rest of garden, 30 feet wide abutting to the south, and to New Road to the north, for remainder of term, upon trust. As long as any of his daughters remain unmarried, they can use property and contents, rent free.
   Residue of real and leaseholds and personal estate, to sons William and George and daughter Catherine, upon trust, to sell and invest proceeds in Public Funds. They to stand possessed of £8,000 in the new 3½% Bank Annuities, part of a trust fund, upon trust; interest to Catherine; if she marries and leaves a widower, then interest to him while he is a widower. After they have both died, in trust, for their children until they are 21. Complicated trust conditions follow.
   £4,000, of like investment, in trust, for daughter Frances. Annuity of £100 to Rev. Henry Ellicombe until all his children are 21 or when last one dies, if they all die, pre 21. Dividends of the £8,000 to be paid to each of the Ellicombe children equally at 21; if all do died pre 21, then into residue. From residue, a ninth in trust for sons William and George, daughters Catherine, Isabella and Mary. Long and involved trust details follow.
    To sons and daughter Catherine, rights in his freehold estates, vested in trustees or mortgagees, to their use, for ever. Sons are executors.
   Witnesses: Edward Twopenny, Solicitor, Rochester and Thomas Butt, Butler to Mr Nicholson

Codicil dated 25th April 1844
   He had left residuary real and leasehold and personal estates to sons and daughter Catherine in trust, to sell. He has ordained trusts in 3½% annuities; in case there is not enough money as bequeathed, his trustees and executors should purchase from the residuary personal estate, as much as is needed to make up shortfall.
   Part of estate to be sold is his now dwelling, son William to have right of pre-emption, freehold as well as leasehold (leased from Governors of Christ's Hospital), for £3,000, the £,3000 upon trust.
   To son William picture painted by Canson in drawing room, two pictures , a Greek Lady and Greek Peasant in dining room. To son George, a picture by Bassano in drawing room; to daughter Catherine, a picture by Salvator Rosa in drawing room; picture painted by Captain Baron of late dear daughter, Caroline. To daughter Isabella; a painting by Conderlyn?, in drawing room. To daughter Mary, two paintings over side board in dining room. To daughter Elizabeth, widow of Captain Phillips, all oil or watercolour paintings in library. To daughter Sarah, a landscape either by Ruysdael or Rambouts in drawing room. To daughter Frances, picture by Woverman in drawing room and a Morland in dining room. In event of son William buying his house,he is to have large Fuseli in the hall. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: Richard Harrisom Voakes, Schoolmaster and Joseph Hutchinson Servant to Mr Nicholson

Codicil dated 19th May 1845
   He had bequeathed share of residuary estate to sons William, and George and daughter Catherine, and grand daughter Jane Ellicombe; now revokes this. Jane is to receive principle; trustees to hold all monies, and share Jane would have had, interest and dividends to Jane for life. After her death, trustees to pay her husband and children, if any, or her siblings, or as Jane directs by her will. In default, then as laid out by the laws of intestacy. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: David Foster, Hair Dresser, Strood and Joseph Hutchinson

Codicil dated 8th September 1845
   He had given to late daughter Sarah money in 3¼% bank annuities and public funds, and part of residue; she died on 30th August 1845, so bequest now void. To son William an extra £2,000, in 3¼% bank annuities. To daughter Isabella, an extra £2,000 in same stock. To children of late daughter Ann Ellicombe, an extra £2,000 in same stock. Residue of bequest to Sarah added to general residue and distributed as laid out in will. Rest of will conformed
   Witnesses: Thomas Dove, Carpenter and Joseph Hutchinson.

Codicil dated 1st October 1845
   Had bequeathed to daughter Catherine share of estate, and sons to pay her interest and annuities as for daughters Isabella and Frances. He now desires these shares paid to them entirely for their own use and not subject to any limitation.
   Witnesses: Thomas Dove and Joseph Hutchinson

Affidavit dated 18th March 1852
   Joseph Hutchinson sworn concerning 3rd codicil; he confirms it was signed by testator in his presence and that he and Thomas Dove immediately signed as witnesses together.
   Proved 24th March 1852

Caroline Nicholson
, Spinster, P.C.C. Will dated 10th April 1837
   All her money in the Funds equally divided between unmarried brothers and sisters. Brothers William and George are executors.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Maudslay and Susan Tomlin

Codicil, same day, not witnessed.
   Those most dear to her to have one or more of her books as mementos; Wordsworth's Poems and Coleridge's Friend to Catherine; Mrs Homan's Poems to to Isabella; Walton's Lives to Mary; Chevallier's Translations and Perry's Reliques to Elizabeth; Abercrombie's Works and Burnet's On Painting to William; Bifron's Poems and Leighton's On St. Peter to Sarah; Holy Bible, Newman's and Rose's works to Fanny; the Theological Library to William Stewart Nicholson ; Cicero, The Christian Years and Hele's Offices to Henry Robert Saunders; Hooker's Works to George; Her watch to any of unmarried sisters who may prefer it, or at their discretion to any married sister; her topaz sevigue?, to Catherine; her Waterloo Cross to George; remaining ornaments, one of most valuable to each married sister, they having no share in her small bequest of money; to Mrs Williams, the pearl ring, "she gave me on her marriage". Residue to unmarried sisters, requests slight remembrance of her to each of the Ellicombes and dear friends, Emma and Fanny Foss .

Affidavit dated 3rd July 1837
   William Nicholson of St. Margaret's, Esquire, (father of testator) and Elizabeth Maudslay of Broom Hill, Speldhurst, Spinster, sworn that they knew deceased well and confirm that codicil was in her hand and that the signature was authentic.
   Proved 15th July 1837

Phillips Henry Saunders was in the Royal Navy, (Times, Death Notices) , Robert John Saunders of Lewisham, Esquire, married Isabella Nicholson at St. Margaret's in 1817

68.   [7]


SMITH TOMB (KING'S SCHOOLBOY)

Classical Chest Tomb, south west of above
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE SMITH
LATE OF THE KING’S SCHOOL IN THIS CITY AND ELDEST
SON OF GEORGE SMITH ESQ. OF FAVERSHAM
WHO AFTER AN ILLNESS OF ONLY TWO HOURS
DEPARTED THIS LIFE (THE SECOND DAY OF JUNE 1813)
IN THE [15th ] [YEAR OF HIS AGE]

South Side
TO MARK
THE [   ] AND RESPECT FOR
[THEIR] BELOVED COMPANION
[THIS MONUMENT?] WAS ERECTED BY
[   ] SCHOOL FELLOWS

West Side
IHS
SALTEM?
DONIS?

East Side
E[   ] I
[   ] A X [   ]
[   ] NTRE?

69.   [8]


MILTON AND HIGGINS TOMB

Classical Chest Tomb, south east of above
North Side
IN
MEMORY OF THOMAS MILTON OF CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 22nd JANUARY 1816
AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO MRS. ELEANOR MILTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11th OF MARCH 1840
AGED 83 YEARS

West Side
IN
MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN HIGGINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 29th OF
DECEMBER 1797
AGED 71 YEARS

Thomas Milton, of Chatham, Builder, P.C.C. Will dated 15th January 1816.
   Clothes, liquor, provisions to wife Eleanor. Real and personal estate, money, investments, stock in trade, goods, etc., to William Nicholson of St. Margaret's, Builder, George Osborne of Chatham, Linen Draper and Archibald Charles Windeyer of Chatham, Baker, upon trust. They to permit wife to have use of furniture and goods for life, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, they to sell. Trustees to carry on building and brick making business for seven years after his death and to use his property and lands , including quay in Upchurch and Rainham, and to dig brickearth to make bricks and tiles. Any property they don't use to be sold and go into personal estate, upon trust. After seven years trustees can discontinue business and sell stock and effects, proceeds to personal estate. Trustees to have £50 each and £15 for mourning, as a token of appreciation for their kindness in acting for him. After seven years they can convey 37 acres called Wood's Farm in Upchurch and Rainham to his son Jesse, for ever. All his other property, land and quay, except Wood's Farm, to son John William, for ever. Trustees to pay his wife an annuity of £300 for life, while she is his widow, if she remarries, this reduces to £100.They are to pay his children, Jesse, John, Hannah wife of Richard Wilson, Ann wife of William Roberts, Rebecca, Louisa and Emma, annuities of £30 each for seven years after his death. An annuity of £20 for seven years after his death, to son in law Thomas Sumpter for maintenance of of his children by late daughter Eleanor. Annuities for his unmarried daughters to be paid to his wife. To children of his late daughter Eleanor, £100 each. Seven years after his death, trustees to pay residue of personal estate as follows: one eleventh to son Jesse, two elevenths to daughters, Hannah, Ann, Rebecca and Louisa, remaining proportion to Emma.
   Trustees are also executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester, George Cresy, Chatham and Ann Weeks

Codicil dated 21st January 1816
   Has made no provision for son Thomas, now gives him £1,000 from personal estate, seven years after his death. Rest of will stands.
   Witnesses; D. B. Lewis, Charles Thompson and Ann Weeks
   Proved 3rd April 1816

70.   [9]

Side panel from a chest tomb, face down on base of a ruined monument
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF RICHARD WINCH ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 1st 1856
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO
OF THE ABOVE NAMED RICHARD WINCH ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 6th 1868
IN THE 78th YEAR OF HIS AGE

Richard Winch, was a Distiller, of St. Margaret's Banks,; Mayor of Rochester in 1840 and 1847

71.   [10]

Side panel from a chest tomb lying face down, next to above
THOMAS WILLIAM HORN
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH HORN
[WHO DIED] [   ] NOVEMBER 1856
AGED 58 YEARS

Thomas William Horn, of 16 Burton Crescent, St. Pancras, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 5th December 1855
   To wife Harriott, household furniture and goods, including musical instruments, money and securities. She is executor and guardian of children, Thomas William, Harriott, Elizabeth, Mary, William Charles, Caroline, Emma and Ellen. Witnesses: James Edward Horn and Ann Horn

Affidavit dated 2nd December 1856
   James Edward Horn of West India Dock Road, Limehouse, Sail Maker, sworn. He is one of witnesses of above will, the testator was formerly of Greenwich), he confirms he was present when will was signed.
   Proved 29th December 1856

72.   [11]

Low ledger, close to No. 7
IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
A BELOVED HUSBAND
ISAAC VERRIER
WHO DIED 14th MARCH 1876
AGED 61 YEARS
"Jesus said unto her I am the
resurrection and the life he that
believeth in me though he were dead
yet shall he live"
ALSO
SIMON PRITCHARD VERRIER
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO PERISHED BY SHIPWRECK
DECEMBER 1833 AGED 25 YEARS
"Thy way is in the sea and thy
path in the great waters and thy
footsteps are not known"
ALSO
ANN VERRIER
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
ISAAC VERRIER
WHO DIED 29th MAY 1896
AGED 85 YEARS
"The Lord is my strength and my redeemer"

Isaac Verrier was a Butcher of Rochester High Street, (Post Office Directory 1851, etc.)

73.   [12]

Low lying dark ledger, close to tree in south east corner, very eroded
IN MEMORY OF
SAMUEL SIDDEN
OF STAR HILL, ROCHESTER
[AUGUST 1841, AGED 78 YEARS]
ALSO MARY HIS WIFE
[AUGUST 1838, AGED 81 YEARS]
JOHN LAMPHORN SON OF
SAMUEL AND MARY SIDDEN
WHO DIED 12th? JANUARY [1818]
AGED 21 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF
MR. JAMES ABBOTT LLOYD
[2 in registers]
[FEBRUARY 1843]            [AUGUST 1864]
[AGED 90]                        [AGED 71]
[                                           ]
[                                           ]
SAMUEL? [SIDDEN]
SAMUEL AND MARY SIDDEN
[   ]
[   ]
HENRY AND JOHN?
[JANUARY 1832] [NOVEMBER 1831]
[ AGED 2 YEARS] [AGED 5 YEARS]
ALSO
THOMAS SIDDEN
[DECEMBER 1873]
[AGED 78 YEARS]
[   ]

The Sidden brothers were builders and played a major part in the re-building of St. Margaret's. Samuel Sidden, Senior and Junior, were Councillors of Rochester (Wright's Directory 1838); in the same year, Thomas Sidden was Treasurer to the Corporation. Samuel Sidden was Mayor in 1826, 1838 and 1849. Samuel Sidden Senior was a Freeman of Rochester in 1784, Samuel Junior in 1812 and Thomas in 1816

James Abbott Lloyd was a Rope Merchant, Freeman of Rochester in 1817

PART 9
STONES LAID TO FORM PATH FROM NORTH GATE TO THE SOUTH GATE 
     (ANTI-CLOCKWISE )

74.   [1]


PATH FROM NORTH GATE  THOMAS COLCHESTER

Large ledger
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. THOMAS COLCHESTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 11th OF
NOVEMBER 1806 AGED 47 YEARS

Thomas Colchester, of Chatham, Leather Cutter and Currier, P. C. C. Will dated 10th November 1806
   To sister Sarah Colchester and Mary Roots (his wife's niece) who both live with him, £50 each. He ratifies deed of 28th July 1797, between himself, his wife, Ann , Francis Dollman of St. James Street, Westminster, Gentleman and Leighton Powell Sabery of Savage Gardens, Great Tower Hill, City of London, Gentleman, which is a settlement of personal property, to which he became entitled in right of his wife, made after their marriage.
   Gives to friends Francis Dollman and Thomas Morson of Chatham, Gentleman, all his freehold and leasehold property, and stock in trade, money, investments, upon trust. Within twelve months of his death, trustees to sell and invest proceeds in Public Funds. Income from this to wife for life; she to bring up and educate their children, Ann, Jane, Thomas and Eliza. After wife's death, principle shared equally among children at 21, in meantime interest for their maintenance and education. Trustees can, with consent of wife, or if she is dead, at their own authority, use money for the advancement or marriage of children, etc. Wife, Francis Dollman and Thomas Morson are executors.
   Witnesses: John White, M. D., George Conquest, M. D. and G. Roots.
   Proved 6th December 1806


75.   [2]

Large ledger
JAMES SON OF
SUSANNAH AND JACOB BOWMER
[OCTOBER 1830 AGED 27 YEARS]
ALSO OF JACOB BOWMER WHO DIED
28th JULY 18[52] AGED 72 YEARS
WILLIAM BOWMER DIED MARCH 29th
1832 AGED 7 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
ALSO MARY ANN WIFE OF
MR. JOHN WICKHAM AND SISTER OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED MARCH 29th? 1835
[IN THE 22nd YEAR] OF HER AGE
ELIZABETH [HARL]ING BOWMER
SISTER OF [THE ABOVE?] DIED MARCH 24th
1839 [AGED 9 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS]

James Bowmer, of St. Margaret's, P.C.C Will dated 15th February 1811
   To Elizabeth Webb, daughter of Thomas and Sophia Webb of Rochester, wages due to him from his service on board the said (sic) ship, or any other vessel and furniture, watch, clothes. Elizabeth Webb is executor; she also gets residue of real and personal estate.
   Witnesses: Robert Sibbold and Henry Webb
   Proved 7th April 1832

76.   [3]

Large ledger
BENEATH THIS STONE
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
ANN WIFE OF JAMES SMITH
WHO DIED THE 8th OF OCTOBER 1827
IN THE 26th YEAR OF HER AGE
MARY ANN
ONLY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 8th APRIL 1845 AGED 21 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES SMITH
[34] YEARS CLERK OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 17th FEBRUARY 1848
AGED 65 YEARS

77.   [3b]

Above this stone on west face of tower, stone tablet
on which the following is only just discernible
JAMES SMITH
THIRTY FOUR YEARS

James Smith, Parish Clerk, was an Ornamental Painter (Wright's Directory 1838)

78.   [4]

Small stone
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ISAAC
SON OF
ISAAC & FANNY PHILLIPS
WHO DIED AUGUST 6th? 1854
AGED [24] YEARS

Isaac Phillips, Senior, Green Grocer in the High Street, (Post Office Directory 1851)

79.   [5]

Large ledger
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
M[AR]GARET
[DAUGH]TE[R] [OF]
WILLIAM SAWYERS ESQ.
COLLECTOR OF HER MAJESTY’S CUSTOMS
AT ROCHESTER
WHO DIED ON THE 27th JANUARY 184[3]
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO SARAH ANN [HIS? DAUG]HTER
WHO DIED ON THE [ ] 1845
AGED 15 [YEARS]

FOOTSTONES ON THE PATH

80.   [

North of SMITH
W.S.
18[   ]
E.S.
1826

South of SMITH
T.A.S.
1835
T.-S.
1838

West of Tower
M. L.                  [MARY LEITH]
1789                                              
J. L. 1816             [JOHN LEITH]

West of HILLIER
S.D 1835 [SUSAN DALTON, OCTOBER 1835, AGED 6 MONTHS]
A.D. 1837 [ANN DALTON, APRIL 1837, AGED 7 MONTHS]
E.D. 1840 [ELIZABETH DALTON, JANUARY 1840, AGED 10 MONTHS]

MISCELLANEOUS

81.   [1]

Tablet on east wall of chancel
HERE
LIETH THE BODY OF
MERCY BEST OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED DECEMBER THE [ ] 1728?
IN THE 80th? YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO THE BODY OF MARY HER DAUGHTER
LATE WIFE OF THOMAS SOUTHERDEN OF
THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
20th DAY OF APRIL 1743 AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN AND
TWO GRANDCHILDREN
HERE [ALSO LIES THE BODY OF?]
THOMAS [SOUTHERDEN?]
DIED THE [ ] [OF] [APRIL/MARCH 1756]
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS SOUTHERDEN DIED [ ]
SEPTEMBER 1765? AGED 29? YEARS
ALSO FOUR OF [    ]
[    ]

82.   [2]

Detached tablet lying on ground at east end of chancel
THIS BURIAL GROUND
WAS ENCLOSED AND
CONSECRATED A.D. 1834
WM. HY. DRAGE, VICAR
LARKIN ALLAN
CHURCHWARDENS
JOHN HOMAN
This must refer to the southern half of the south part of the churchyard

83.   [3]

Fragment of stone buried in front of No. 102, west wall of churchyard
OF
[V]ASLER
[MAR]Y? VASLER

84.   [4]

Small stone found in Vicarage forecourt in 1923, whereabouts not known
HERE LIETH BURIED
THE BODY OF MR. [JO]HN WAVLER* THE YOUNGER
CITIZEN AND GOLDSMITH OF LONDON
WHO DECEASED THIS LIFE
THE 8th OF JUNE 1632
AETATE SUA 33
*(Actually JOHN WALLER, see Historical Notes, p.48)

John Waller, Citizen and Goldsmith of London. (I am assuming that if the stone found at the vicarage came from the church, it would have been inside. The registers start several years after Waller's death so it can not be verified that he was buried here.) P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1632
   To be buried where his father thinks fit. His plate, rings and other goods in his shop to be sold; from proceeds, to his mother £10, to sister Elizabeth Waller, £130, to aunt Mary Grovenor?, £6, to uncle Michael Grovenor, £7; to godson Michael Grovenor, £5, which is owed to testator by his father; to Widow Anne Saurkey?, wife of William, a ring with a death's head in it, value 20s; to Ann and Rebecca Saurkey daughters of William and Anne, 5s each. Residue to father, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Michael Grovenor and John Wauler
   Proved 16th June 1632

PART 10
INSCRIPTIONS RECORDED PREVIOUSLY AND NOT FOUND BY THE PRESENT TRANSCRIBER

85.   [1]

GEORGE BAUCKHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AT SUNDERLAND (sic)*
ON THE 25th OF DECEMBER [1868]
IN THE 28th YEAR OF HIS LIFE
* Buried on the 31st of December

86.   [2]

BLAKE BUCKMASTER
LATE GUNNER OF H.M.S. UNION
DIED THE 5th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1793
AGED 41
HE WAS A LOYAL AND HARDY VETERAN
IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
AN HONEST AND GRATEFUL MAN
RESPECTED IN LIFE AND IN DEATH
MUCH REGRETTED BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIS MERIT
ALSO DEBORAH O’BRIEN BRANDER
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 1st OF APRIL 1837

Blake Buckmaster, Gunner of H.M.S. Arrogant, at Spithead, P. C. C. Will dated 28th June 1790
   To wife Deborah, residing at Rochester, all wages, money, real and personal estate; she is executor.
   Witnesses: John Harvey, Captain, John Wilson, Master and ------ ? Stevens, ------ ?
   Proved 28th December 1793
(See Midshipman Baker's inscription in Churchyard and Deborah O' Brien's will)

Deborah O' Brien, former wife of Blake Buckmaster, formerly of Deptford, now of Union Street, Rochester, and presently "on visit in London". P.C.C. Will dated 7th August 1833
   Funeral not to take place until 8 days after death. To executors all her annuity of £16 dating from 5th January 1830, and money and stock in Bank of England and all her real and personal estate, upon trust, to sell; proceeds to pay legacies.
   To sister Jane Brander of Aberdeen, widow of Alexander, £100; to Andrew Blake Bout of Frindsbury, Painter, £10; to executors £10 each; to friend Mrs Elizabeth Williams of Lower Chapman Street, St. George, Middlesex, widow, £10; to each of her sisters, Mary Fullaw and Maria Porois, £5 each; to friend Archibald Gray, Senior of Loving Ebroads Lane, Deptford, £5. If she continues to live in Rochester until her death, to friend John Dorrett of Rochester, ----------- ?, £5. Any residue upon trust, in equal shares between themselves (executors ?) and Andrew Bout, Elizabeth Williams, Mary Fullaw and Maria Porois, in case latter three women die in testator's lifetime, their legacies to Thomas Williams. Appoints friend Mr William Stevens late of 2 Adelphi Terrace, Strand and Mr Thomas Williams , 4 Lower Chapman Street, St. George's, Gentleman, executors
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Aborn Baker, Jane Street, St. George's East, and James Palmer, 2 Lower Chapman Street, St. George's East.
   Proved 4th May 1837 Power reserved to William Stevens

87.   [3]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW BURN
BORN SEPTEMBER 8th 1742 AT DUNDEE IN FIFESHIRE
DIED SEPTEMBER 18th 1814 AT GILLINGHAM IN THIS COUNTY
FIFTY-THREE YEARS HE SERVED HIS KING AND COUNTRY
AS A BRAVE AND HONOURABLE OFFICER
IN THE CORPS OF THE ROYAL MARINES
FORTY-THREE YEARS HE SERVED HIS GOD
AS A FAITHFUL SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST
CONSISTENT AND CONSCIENTIOUS
IN THE DISCHARGE OF EVERY PERSONAL AND RELATIVE DUTY

88.   [4]

JOANNA DEBOIS
AGED 10 YEARS
DAUGHTER OF M. DEBOIS OF LONDON
ONE OF THE FOURTEEN YOUNG PERSONS WHO
WITH THE BOATMAN, WERE BY A
MYSTERIOUS PROVIDENCE DROWNED AT
ROCHESTER BRIDGE
13th SEPTEMBER 1816

Joanna Debois was a pupil at the school in Clover Street, Chatham, run by Mrs Maria Mills. The boat was returning from a trip to Wouldham, where a tea party was held to celebrate the 21st birthday of Mrs Mills brother, Thomas Gilbert.
   All the party were drowned, Mr and Mrs Mills, Mr Gilbert and his sister Eliza, the Mills young daughter, the boatman, Thomas Lear, and five more of Mrs Mills pupils, all girls, aged between 6 and 11. The boat capsized after striking a piece of timber which had been negligently left across one of the arches, following repairs.

89.   [5]

PHILLIP
SON OF THOMAS [EVANS]
BORN 20th DECEMBER 1812
DIED 2nd SEPTEMBER 1823

90.   [6]

BENEATH THIS STONE
LIE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
EDWARD FINCH
AGED 38 YEARS
AND HIS THREE SONS
WILLIAM AGED 14
JOHN AGED 10
RICHARD AGED 7
WHO WERE DROWNED JUNE 21st 1812
NEARLY OPPOSITE THIS PLACE
A SQUALL OF WIND HAVING UPSET THE BOAT
LEFT BEHIND HIM TO DEPLORE HIS LOSS
A DISCONSOLATE WIDOW AND FOUR CHILDREN
THIS STONE IS ERECTED BY HIS FRIENDS
AS A TRIBUTE OF RESPECT TO
THE MEMORY OF A MAN OF STRICT INTEGRITY
WHOSE WILLINGNESS TO SERVE MANKIND
WILL EVER BE REMEMBERED
"True genuine virtues, Ned possess’d
A ready hand, a glowing breast
A foe to hypocritic feud
His only creed was doing good"
ALSO THE REMAINS OF ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
EDWARD FINCH
WHO DIED AUGUST 6th 1812
BROKEN HEARTED, ONLY SURVIVING 6 WEEKS
AFTER THE DREADFUL CATASTROPHE
"The poor widow knew his honest heart
Bow’d and followed his celestial part
To meet their Saviour in the realms above
The seat of happiness, of peace, and love"

From the Maidstone Journal 23rd June 1812
   "ACCIDENTS – Sunday morning the following unfortunate accident happened on the Medway; as Mr Edward Finch, landlord of the "Postboys" public house, Rochester, with his three sons, were proceeding up the river for Whorn's Place, in a Peterboat --- a sudden squall of wind came on and overset the same, when melancholy to relate they were all drowned --- one of his sons swam within ten rods of the shore before his strength failed him and he sunk; another's body, which being the only one taken out, was found under the deck of the boat; Mr Finch's large knife was also found in the boat, which it is supposed he had taken out to cut away the main sheet, but alas! too late to effectuate the purpose."
(The same page has a report of a violent thunderstorm in the Maidstone area on the same morning).

91.   [7]

[WILLIAM SON OF]?
MR. WILLIAM HOMAN
OF THIS PARISH
DIED [JUNE 1815]?
[AGED 3 YEARS]?

92.   [8]

ALSO
[SARAH ANN] HUTCHISON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 16th APRIL 1827
[AGED 51 YEARS]

93.   [9]

RICHARD LANGLEY
WHO DIED 15th MARCH [   ]
[   ]
AND CHARLES LANGLEY
[MAY 1849]?
[AGED 1 MONTH]

94.   [10]

MR. ROBERT SMALLMAN
LATE OF THE PARISH OF FARNINGHAM
WHO DIED 4th NOVEMBER 1822
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO
MARY SMALLMAN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 8th FEBRUARY 1828
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN CONEY
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [ ] AUGUST 1832
AGED 20 YEARS

Robert Smallman, of Farningham, P.C.C. Will dated 12th February 1813.
   His freeholds in Farningham and Eynsford and elsewhere, to wife Mary, for life, provided she does not sell, or mortgage, or dispose of. After her death, to his 7 children, Robert, Elizabeth Killick, Richard, Mary Tookey, William, Susannah Coney and James, equally, for ever. To wife Mary, use of household goods and furniture, for life; after her death, to his children, in portions to be decided; if not decided, then in equal shares. Interest of money, use of goods and personal estate to wife for life, after her death, to children, equally.
   John Lee of Barking, Baker and son Richard, executors, £5 to each of them.
   Witnesses: Thomas Walker, John Walcote and James Kingsland
   Proved 24th July 1823

95.   [11]

ELIZABETH
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
EDWARD AND ELIZABETH TWOPENNY
DIED 28th APRIL 1838

A prominent family of Lawyers in the 18th and early 19th century

96.   [12]

MR. THOMAS WATHERSTONE
[LATE] SURGEON OF THE CHATHAM DIVISION
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
9th DAY OF DECEMBER 181[4]
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN GEORGE BRYANT WATHERSTONE
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS DROWNED WHILST
BATHING NEAR MAIDSTONE
15th JULY 1830
AGED 16 YEARS

Maidstone Gazette, 20th July 1830
"........ On Thursday another inquest was held before the same Coroner, on the body of John Weatherstone (sic), an apprentice to Mr Saunders, a surgeon, in Maidstone, who was drowned while bathing in the river. On Wednesday morning the deceased had gone into a deep part of the river, above the locks; and soon afterwards a cry of help was heard by two or three young gentlemen who were swimming a few yards distant from the place whence the cry proceeded. One of these gentlemen (an apprentice to Mr Prance the surgeon) immediately swam to the spot, and arrived just as the deceased, who had made some ineffectual struggles to keep himself above the surface, sunk to rise no more. The gentleman, however, made several attempts, by plunging into the water, to rescue the deceased; but his generous ardour unfortunately proved unavailing. Drags were immediately procured; and the body was discovered. The Jury brought in a verdict of "Accidentally drowned""

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