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

Section C    Western boundary wall (Backfields wall)


St Margaret's Church from South West with gravestone along westeren boundary wall

PART I
WESTERN BOUNDARY WALL (BACKFIELDS WALL)

NOS. 1 – 127 (FROM THE NORTH)

97.   [1]

IN MEMORY
OF MR. JAMES TROWTEN
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP
(AGAMEMNON) WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 18th OF MARCH 1790
AGED 66 YEARS

98.   [2]

IN MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN SPONG
OF THIS PARISH, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 17th? OF
FEBRUARY 1794 AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO OF
CATHERINE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
STEPHEN SPONG WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER 1794
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO STEPHEN THE IR SON WHO
DIED IN HIS INFANCY
HERE LIES ALSO CAROLINE ANN
[DIED SEPTEMBER 1814, INFANT]

Stephen Spong, of St. Margaret's, Yeoman Farmer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 3rd February 1794
   Appoints brother John Spong of Mill Hall, Aylesford, Gentleman, executor, he is also guardian of children, together with testator's wife, Catherine.
   ¼ of his share of farm called Cookham Hill Farm, late occupied by his father William, now occupied by his brother Daniel, and all other properties to John Spong, for ever, upon trust. He can when he thinks fit, sell Cookham Hill, either entire or in parts. Money upon trust, to invest at interest in Public Funds, bond or mortgage, to pay interest to wife Catherine, for life, as long as she is his widow. After her death or remarriage, upon trust, money shared equally among his children at 21 or day of marriage, if girls; in meantime trustee to use interest for maintenance and education of children. If all children die pre 21, then fund shared equally between William, Ambrose and Daniel Spong, provided until sale is made, trustee to receive rents, etc., and pay those persons entitled by his will.
   Also to John Spong, all his goods, chattels, corn, cattle, husbandry tackle, money securities, leases and personal estate, upon trust, to carry on farming and grazing business, or such part as trustee thinks fit, until youngest child is 21. Profits to wife and family, as long as she is his widow; she can live in house under same conditions; they to assist in business as far as they can. When youngest child is 21, business to be sold and money invested in Government or other good securities for benefit of widow and children. If widow dies or remarries, and children die under 21, unmarried, then estate in proportions already stated, provided trustee thinks fit, to part with some of the business and pay debts. All his trust personal estate and money from it to John Spong, upon trust, for benefit of widow and children, if they all die then as above. If wife marries again during time the trust business carries on, she to have no further benefit in the business income and no longer dwell in the house; in such case he gives her £500,from his personal estate. Within two years she shall deliver to John Spong all his trust personal estate which is in her hands.
   Witnesses:Mary Spong, Senior, Ambrose Spong and E. J. Twopenny
   Proved 19th December 1794. Goods and chattels and credits value under £1,000.

99.   [3]


SPONG AND STARKE HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM SON OF
WILLIAM & MARY SPONG
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED THE 19th OF
MARCH 1756 AGED 9? MONTHS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF THEIR DAUGHTER WHO
DIED THE 2nd OF MAY 1770 AGED 1? MONTH
NEAR THIS STONE LIES THE BODY OF
JOHN STARKE DIED THE [    ] OF DECEMBER
1766 AGED 58? YEARS

William Spong, of St. Margaret's, Yeoman Farmer, P. C. C. Will dated 10th March 1783.
   To wife Mary, annuity of £50, chargeable on his farm, called Cookham Hill Farm, where he resides, for life, as long as she remains his widow. This annuity is paid in lieu of Dower Rights, she to sign release of such rights and have no further claim on estate. If she refuses, then annuity and other bequests are void.
   To wife, bed bed-stead and furniture in his chamber, two pairs sheets, two pillow cases, two table cloths, mahogany table, silver tankard, six tea spoons, pair silver tea tongs, four table spoons marked J. S., new silver milk pot and set of tea china, which she may choose.
   To son William, lease on farm called Maplehurst in Staplehurst and household goods, farming utensils, husbandry tackle, live and dead stock, chattels and effects on the farm; he to pay executors valuation of bequest, appraised by two independent persons.
   To son Ambrose, lease of Borstal Court Lodge in St. Margaret's, and household goods, farming utensils, husbandry tackle, live and dead stock, he to pay executors, as above.
   To sons, Stephen and Daniel, use of Cookham Hill Farm, for as long as they choose; they to pay £60 rent per annum and annuity of £50 to their mother. They to have contents (except silver plate), of farm, valued as above. They to permit their mother to live in farm house and to provide board and lodging and use of household goods, rent free.
   If she chooses to leave the house, he gives an extra annuity of £10 from Cookham Hill Farm, during her life, as his widow. To daughter Elizabeth wife of Robert Haven, £100, and to her children, £300, to be paid to them after the death of their parents, equally divided.
   If all children die, then the £300 to daughter Elizabeth. To daughters, Mary, Anna and Martha Spong, £400 each. To friend Richard Boghurst, of St. Margaret's, and son John Spong, all his houses, farms, etc., in Chart next Sutton Valence and Sutton  Valence,occupied by William Ellis, Stephen Bills and [    ] Thorpe, upon trust. Within three years after his death, or sooner, if convenient, to sell, and from proceeds to pay daughters, Elizabeth Haven, Mary, Anna and Martha Spong, and children of Elizabeth Haven, their legacies. Until then the interest on the amounts to be paid to them at 5%, the interest of the children to be paid to the parents, this from his real and personal estate. If insufficient, four sons to make up difference. Any surplus in trustees hands to be paid equally divided among his four sons.
   To fours sons, his farm at Cookham Hill in his occupation, for ever, as tenants in common, subject to annuity of £50 and £10 to their mother. To all his children, the silver plate (not already disposed of) shared equally.
   Residue (after expenses) to four sons, equally shared. Richard Boghurst and John Spong executors, they to oversee management of Cookham Hill Farm until Stephen and Daniel are of age.
   Witnesses: E. Starke, Robert Newbury and William Roffe

Codicil dated 27th March 1787
   He had appointed Richard Boghurst and son John executors, now revokes this as far as Richard Boghurst is concerned. Sons John, William and Ambrose are now executors. Rest if will confirmed.
   Witnesses; Nicholas Topley and William Roffe
   Proved 15th June 1787

100.   [4]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF SEVEN CHILDREN OF
AMBROSE AND CATHERINE SPONG
CHARLES SPONG WHO DIED ON THE [ ] OF
MAY 1807 AGED 15? MONTHS
CHARLES LARKIN SPONG WHO DIED THE 9th OF
DECEMBER 1814 AGED 2 YEARS AND 1? MONTH
[   ] MARY SPONG WHO DIED
ON THE [   ] 1814 AGED 10 WEEKS
AND EDWARD SPONG WHO DIED THE [   ] OF
JANUARY 1815 AGED 4 YEARS AND 5? MONTHS
ALSO CHARLES EDMUND SPONG WHO
DIED THE 11th? OF JANUARY 1818 AGED 7 WEEKS
ANNE SPONG
WHO DIED NOVEMBER [   ] 1831 AGED 23 YEARS
THE REV. JOHN FULLER SPONG B.A.
DIED OCTOBER 13th 1844 AGED TWENTY FIVE

101.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ALICE COPPER WIFE OF
MR. JOHN COPPER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [   ] [JANUARY] 1811
AGED [56] YEARS
ALSO [   ] OF THEIR CHILDREN
[   ]
[ALSO OF THE ABOVE?] JOHN COPPER
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [MARCH 1817]
[AGED 72 YEARS]

John Copper, probably the Maltster in Holden's Directory for 1809-11?

102.   [6]

MR. JOHN BATTEN
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th DEC. 1775
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO THREE SONS DIED INFANTS
MRS. LAETITIA WADDUP
DIED THE 6th OF MARCH 1794
ALSO MRS. LAETITIA BATTEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE JOHN BATTEN
DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 21st 1802
AGED 71 YEARS

John Batten, of St. Margaret's, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 16th June 1770
   Wife Letitia and brother Edward Batten of Rotherhithe, Carver, executors and guardians of his children. All his property, money, securities, goods, stock in trade and personal estate to wife for life, as long as she remains his widow. After her death, estate shared equally between his children. Widow to bring up and educate children. If she remarries she will only be entitled to an equal share, and will be entitled to sums of money needed for children.
   Witnesses: Mary Cooke, Richard Cooke and George Taylor.
   Proved 27th December 1775

Monition (or summons) from P. C.C. Court, dated 28th February 1792
   Batten's will should not have been proved in the Rochester Court but in the P. C.C. Court because his property was in more than one diocese. The will remains in the Rochester Court.

Letitia Batten, Widow of John, P.C.C. Will dated 1st January 1800
   Appoints sons John and Edward executors. To son in law, William Waddup, £50. Residue of personal estate, as follows, third to son John, third to son Edward, remaining third to John and Edward, upon trust, to pay to grandson, Sisley Waddup, only son of late daughter Letitia Waddup at 21 years. If he dies under 21, with no lawful heirs, then William Waddup is to receive interest from the third for life. After his death, to sons John and Edward in equal shares. During minority of Sisley, trustees to use interest for his maintenance and education; if he dies leaving lawful heirs, then the third to that child/children at 21 years, the interest used as above during their minority.
   Witnesses: Robert Slaney and John Nicholson
   Proved 24th May 1802

103.   [7]

IN MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF
MR. JOHN BATTEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 6th DAY
OF JANUARY 1795 AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN
ALSO TWO CHILDREN OF
JOHN AND SARAH BATTEN
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO IN MEMORY OF THE ABOVE
MR. JOHN BATTEN
WHO DIED VERY SUDDENLY ON THE 20th DAY OF
NOVEMBER 1815 AGED 54 YEARS
ALSO OF SARAH HIS SECOND WIFE
AGED 42 YEARS WHO IN SORROW AND TRAVAIL
TOGETHER WITH THE INFANT DIED IN A FEW
HOURS AFTERWARDS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JOHN AND SARAH BATTEN

John Batten, of St. Margaret's, Cabinet Maker, Undertaker, Upholsterer, Auctioneer, Mayor of Rochester, 1811. P.C.C. Will dated 5th April 1812
   House occupied by Captain Brown to wife Sarah for life, she keeping it in good repair. Other freeholds and leaseholds in St. Margaret's or St. Nicholas or elsewhere, stock in trade, household goods and personal estate, to brother Edward Batten and brother in law William Nicholson upon trust, they to retain stock in trade and part of personal estate to carry on the business for benefit of wife, for her life, as long as she remains his widow; this is to enable her to support herself and children.
   His freeholds and leaseholds to be sold by trustees, also stock in trade and personal estate not retained.
   Proceeds, upon trust, to be invested in public or private funds; the interest for his wife as long as she is his widow. After her death to children, viz. Ann wife of William Curry Hillier, Purser, R.N.; Catherine wife of Richard Maddock of Rosemary Lane, London, Timber Merchant; Sarah, John, William, Letetia and Samuel Batten, in equal shares, at 21.
   Daughters at 21 or day of marriage, if they marry with consent and approval of trustees. Interest to their maintenance and education until 21.
   After death of wife trustees to sell house occupied by Captain Brown in St. Nicholas. If son John who is now apprentice to his father, wishes to continue business when apprenticeship expires, trustees to allow him one half of profits, the other half to his mother or executors, until his younger siblings become entitled to their shares. Trustees to have access to accounts. They can put other sons out apprentice to any profession or trade, as they think proper.
   When son John is 21, and has completed apprenticeship, and wants to be admitted to business, he should pay trustees interest for half of , as valued by an independent person, stock in trade and effects.
   Witnesses: Ann Webb, Servant to Mr Batten, John Dudlow of West Malling, Solicitor.
   Proved 22nd January 1816
(N.B. Sarah Batten died same day as her husband)

104.   [8]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
MEYRICK B. SPARROW ESQ. R.N.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 21st 1848
AGED 56 YEARS

Meyrick Bodyclen Sparrow, of Maidstone Road, Esquire, P. C. C. Will dated 19th October 1846.
   His remains to be buried in churchyard of parish he dies in, funeral not to be ostentatious. To John Cooper of Chatham, Schoolmaster, his two freehold houses called Menai Place, formerly Custom House, in Beaumaris, Anglesey, and two pews in gallery of Beaumaris church, for ever. To Sarah Ann Poletti, daughter of Sarah Poletti, deceased, now residing with him, all other real and personal estate; executor to pay interest from this estate to Sarah until she is 21. If she dies pre 21, then to John Cooper, who is executor.
   Witnesses: M. S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and J. Taffs, his Clerk
   Proved 25th February 1848

105.   [9]

IN
MEMORY OF
MR. JAMES SHERWOOD
OF CHATHAM, HOUSE CARPENTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ] DAY
OF JULY 1803 AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT HALLEY
OF CHATHAM, TAYLOR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 26th DAY
OF JULY 1807 AGED 47 YEARS

James Sherwood, of Chatham, House Carpenter, P.C.C. Will dated 18th September 1801
   To friend John Stephens of Chatham, Gentleman and niece Ann Emery wife of Robert Emery of Chatham, Tailor, are his trustees and executors. All his leasehold houses in or near Best Street, Dick (sic), Richard Street?, and Fullalove Alley in Chatham, upon trust, to sell. Also to sell stock in trade, personal estate (except bequests); from money raised, to pay annuity of £10 to Mrs Elizabeth Cabbell, now living with him, for life. Residue of interest and dividends to niece Ann Emery, after her death (in lifetime of husband), then to him, after his death, executors to sell or transfer funds as niece Ann Emery bequeaths in her will. To Ann Emery, his ½ share of six houses in or near Cage Lane, Gillingham, for ever; also to her, all household goods and furniture, etc., and gold watch. To Robert Emery all his clothes. To nephew Thomas Leadbetter of Chatham , Carpenter, £50 and a suit of mourning. To Miss Cabbell daughter of John Cabbell of Maidstone, Victualler, £20. To John Stephens, £21 and suit of mourning, for his trouble.
   Witnesses: John Lowen, Thomas Howden and John Howden
   Proved 18th April 1804

106.   [10]

[    ]
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
ROBERT WARD
WHO DIED THE [   ] DAY OF FEBRUARY [1802]
AGED 50 YEARS
[   ]
ALSO THE ABOVE ROBERT WARD
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
THE 27th [DAY OF SEPTEMBER] 1829
[AGED 88 YEARS]



St Margaret's Church, gravestones placed along boundary wall West of Tower

107.   [11]

SACRED
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
CATHERINE ELIZABETH SEYMOUR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th ? DAY OF OCTOBER 1840
AGED 4 YEARS AND 6 WEEKS

108.   [12]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. HENRY FREDERICK
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 3rd OF NOVEMBER 1830
AGED 35 YEARS

109.   [13]


ROSINGROVE AND WELLS HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT ROSINGROVE
SHIPWRIGHT WHO DIED 11th JULY 1776
AGED 47 YEARS
"When God cut off the thread of life
I am glad Death [    ]"
ALSO MR. ROBERT WELLS
OF CHATHAM WHO DIED 7th OF
NOVEMBER 1804 AGED 52? YEARS
ALSO SARAH WELLS DIED NOVEMBER [   ] 1801 AGED [    ] MONTHS

Robert Rosingrove, of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 7th July 1775
   To wife Sarah, ready money, securities, debts, credits, rings, plate, linen, woollen, beds, bedding,etc., and residue.
   Wife is executor
   Witnesses: John Stimson and William [obscure]
   Proved 22nd July 1776

Robert Wells of Chatham, Carpenter, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 29th October 1804
   His houses and lands, and all real estate, goods, chattels and personal estate, to wife Sarah, for life. After her death, equally shared between sons Robert Handell Wells and Thomas. Wife and sons executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Richard Whitehead and Edward Langley

Codicil dated 29th October 1804
   To wife, from personal estate £50; to Robert Wells Webb, son of Susanna Webb of Rochester, £50 at 21, to carry no interest in meantime. Authorizes sons, if they think fit, to use any part of the £50 to put Robert Webb apprentice, during his minority. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses; as above
   Proved 7th May 1805
   Power reserved to Robert Wells and Sarah Wells. Value of goods under £200. £2 fee paid

110.   [14]

Illegible
Inscription on rear

111.   [15]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN STEDMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 2nd DAY OF FEBRUARY 18[46]
IN THE 39th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO ELIZ[ABETH]
[   ]

The Stedman family were prominent in this area in the 19th century, and into the 20th century. They were Millers, running several windmills. Later generations were Lawyers, and also held the office of Coroner

112.   [16]


ADAMS HEADSTONE

[IN MEMORY OF]
MARY WIFE OF JAMES ADAMS
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 14th? OF NOVEMBER
1778 AGED 48? YEARS
ALSO REYNOLD THEIR SON
WHO DIED IN HIS INFANCY
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES ADAMS
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 9th OF JANUARY 1794?
AGED 69 YEARS

James Adams, of Brompton, Gentleman, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 21st September 1792
   Household goods, china, linen, etc. to wife, Martha, for ever. Also use of plate, for life; after her death, to daughter Ann Colchester, for ever; also to Ann, his gold rings, pair of silver salts and silver watch.
   To Ivett Pankhurst of Sheerness, Shipwright, £5. All his clothes shared between Richard Fryland of Chatham, Fisherman, Francis Woodger, also a Fisherman of Chatham and George Roots of St. Margaret's.
Francis Dollman of St. Jame's St., London, Hatter and Hosier, Thomas Colchester of Chatham, Currier and Ivett Pankhurst, are executors. To them, in trust, £3,300 of Bank Stock, part of his 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities. They to pay dividends to his wife for life. After her death they are to transfer the stock and interest due to daughter Ann Colchester, wife of Thomas Colchester. She also gets residue of estate. Trust details follow.
   Witnesses: William Tapley, John Pix and John Lock
   Proved 27th January 1794

113.   [17]

IHS
"In Solo Deo Salus"
EMBRACED
IN THE COLD ARMS OF HER MOTHER EARTH
ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM HUGH SCRIMES
[OF THIS PA]RISH
[DIED JULY 1849]
[AGED 55 YEARS]

W. H. Scrimes was one of the City's Coal Meters in the mid 19th century

114.   [18]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN DADD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [   ] [ JANUARY] 1816
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO
MR. STEPHEN DADD
[SON] OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
[    ] [APRIL 1823]
[AGED 23 YEARS]

115.   [19]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
NATHANIEL LINCOLN ESQ.
OF FORT PITT
WHO DIED 5th OF MARCH 1842
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO
SARAH LINCOLN
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 5th NOVEMBER 1843
AGED 60 YEARS

Nathaniel Lincoln, was a Clerk at Fort Pitt

116.   [20]

Rear of stone, front facing wall, carving at top
MR. WILLIAM HUGHES
WHO DIED APRIL THE 28th 1792
IN THE 70th? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAMS HUGHES
WHO DIED MAY 14th 1786
AGED 60? YEARS
Front, facing wall
IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS ROBSON
(LATE GUNNER IN THE NAVY)
WHO DIED ON THE 2[   ] FEB. 1755
AGED [    ] YEARS

William and Elizabeth Hughes died at Chatham

The Burial Register records Thomas Robinson, buried on 2nd March 1755

117.   [21]

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM THE SON OF
JOHN & ANN BAMFORD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 5th 1799
AGED 5 MONTHS
ALSO WILLIAM THE
2nd SON [   ]
[   ]
AGED 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS

James Bamford, of Rochester, Supervisor of Excise, P.C.C. Will dated 26th September 1814
   To wife, Ann, dividends of 31,100 Navy 5% Annuities for life. After her death, £600 (part of the above stock) to daughter Hannah Bamford. £500 (rest of stock) shared equally between children of his daughter Elizabeth Henderson widow of John Henderson. Also to her the interest of the £1,100 for life. After her death the principle shared equally among her children; if no children surviving, then the £1,100 to daughter Hannah; if she is dead, then to her next of kin.
   Also to daughter Hannah, £900 Navy 5% Annuities. Household furniture and goods to wife Ann for life. After her death, shared equally between the two daughters, Elizabeth to have best bed. Residue to wife, she and Hannah are executors. Executor, after wife's death, can from the £500 Navy 5% Annuities, raise and advance £200 for the advancement of grandson John Henderson, and £100 for grand daughter Ann Maria Henderson. Dividends of their shares of legacies to their maintenance and education.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis and J. Bramley
   Proved 23rd January 1815

118.   [22]

Illegible

119.   [23]


HOLLIDAY HEADSTONE

Front
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. MARY HOLLIDAY
[ DIED JANUARY 1783]
MR. WILLIAM HOLLIDAY
[DIED JULY 1803]
[AGED 83 YEARS]
Rear
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. MARY BENNESS DAUGHTER
OF WILLIAM AND MARY HOLLIDAY
WHO DIED 6th APRIL 1827
AGED 65 YEARS
Too close to wall to read further

William Howard Benness, Gentleman of Chatham, former Stay Maker of Rochester High Street, P.C.C. Will dated 18th February 1820
   To wife Mary ready money, household goods, furniture etc. which she owned before their marriage; his freehold house in Priest Dale, Ordnance Place, Chatham, his leasehold in Rochester High Street, where he once carried on business, now occupied by Widow Jones, and £1,200 5% Bank Annuities, part of his stock in Bank of England. She also gets rest of household contents for life or widowhood, she to keep house in repair.
   To brother in law and sister, Thomas Childs of Gosport, Mariner and Mary, the interest of £1,000 Bank Annuities for life. To Elizabeth Benness of Chatham, widow of late brother, John, the interest of £600 5% Bank Annuities, after her death, this goes to her children, equally divided. For mourning to each of children of Thomas Childs, late brother John and Alexander Lowrey of Rochester, Caulker and Em his wife and of late brother Joseph, 19guineas each. To James Dilmitt of Rochester, Tailor, 19 gns. To Alexander Lowrey and William Barnaby of Chatham, Shipwright, (his executors) freehold and leaseholds, money, investments household goods and furniture upon trust, to sell, proceeds to children of late brother Joseph, Mary, William Howard and Eleanor, and children of Alexander Lowrey, and Em, Francis, William and George, in equal shares.
   Wife, Alexander Lowrey and William Barnaby, executors.
   Witnesses: J. Stephens, J.C. Stephens and M.S. Stephens Proved 17th September 1823

120.   [24]

MR.
JOHN SNATT
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 31st MARCH
1776 AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO THREE OF HIS CHILDREN
SAMUEL SNATT SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 15th OF OCT. 1783 AGED 12 YEARS
FRANCES WIFE OF
MR. JOHN SNATT
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE NAMED
DIED THE 16th OF JANUARY 1806
AGED 46 YEARS

John Snatt, of Rochester, Butcher, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 17th June 1767
   To wife Mary his marshland of 5 acres in or near Rochester, until birth of child or children, "of which she is now encient". After delivery, Mary has ½ of marshland, for life; child or children the other ½, equally shared. If only one child, then to their lawful heirs. After wife's death, her ½ share to any living children, equally shared. If their child/children, die with no lawful heirs, then to his own right heirs, for ever. If there is no child born or they die in Mary's lifetime, then to Mary for ever. Residue, ½ to wife, ½ to child/children then living, if none born alive, or they die as above, then all to wife; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Samuel Gouge ?, ------- ? Williams and W. Patten
   Proved 24th April 1776

121.   [25]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. HENRY PARRETT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ] 1832
AGED 5[5] YEARS
ALSO OF
MRS. BATEMAN ROBSON PARRETT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [   ] JANUARY 182[6]
AGED 62 YEARS
AND OF THEIR DAUGHTER
MARILLION FRENCH? PARRETT
WHO LIES INTERRED IN THE ADJOINING GRAVE
MR. H. PARRETT LEFT ISSUE

Henry and Bateman Parrett died in Chatham.

122.   [26]

Illegible

123.   [27]

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JOHN BULLARD
BORN 26th NOVEMBER 1799
DIED 8th AUGUST 1859
JOHN
SECOND SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 2nd DEC. 1847
AGED 11 YEARS
SARAH
WIFE OF JOHN BULLARD
BORN 19th FEBRUARY 1804
DIED 16th MARCH 1879

124.   [28]

IN MEMORY
OF MRS. ELIZABETH
WIFE OF MR. ANTHY. BLACKMORE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 15th OCTOBER 1795
IN THE 50th YEAR OF HER AGE
[ALSO] OF FIVE OF HER INFANT CHILDREN
ALSO OF HER FIRST BORN [ANTHONY] WHO WAS
20 YEARS MASTER SHIPBUILDER AT CALCUTTA
RETURNED HOME AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] APRIL 1817 IN THE [47th ] YEAR OF HIS AGE
[ALSO] MRS. SUSANNAH SECOND WIFE
OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] APRIL 1825 IN THE 70th YEAR OF HER AGE
[   ]

Anthony Blackmore, of Troy Town, Shipwright and Shop Keeper, Freeman of Rochester. P.C.C. Will dated May 1830.
   To his 4 daughters, Grace Gibbs, Elizabeth Canham, Sarah Dowett ? And Mary Ann Rossiter, £150 in Bank of England, all ready money, pay owed and money from Club, of which he has been a member for many years. To nephew William Lester, £5 to see his grave opened and restored, (where his wife and son are buried). Lester, who is one of executors to have £3 for his trouble.
   To Grace Gibbs, the pictures over the mantle, the ------ ? and sailor in fore room. To Elizabeth Canham, gilt framed looking glass and gilt framed picture. To Sarah Dowett, the large dining table and tea tray. Roger Blackmore, William Lester and William Canham are executors. Reside to Mary Ann Rossiter, for her children, except books and bookcase, which is to be shared equally between his daughters Grace and Elizabeth.

Affidavit dated 31st May 1830
   Robert Dowett of Troy Town, Shipwright, George Fidler of Troy Town, Grocer and Richard Rowe of Chatham, Shipwright are sworn. Dowsett says Blackmore died on 5th May 1830; the same day he searched for his will, which he found in a cupboard, he did not find any other related papers. Fidler and Rowe said they knew Blackmore well, and were familiar with his hand and signature. They agree the will is in Blackmore's hand.
   Proved 5th June 1830 Power reserved to William Canham

125.   [29]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM MIDDLETON
[   ] [   ] [JULY] [1801]
[   ]
MRS. ANN MIDDLETON
[ HANNAH? DECEMBER 1823 AGED 80 YEARS]

126.   [30]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN READ
WHO DIED [FEBRUARY [ ] 1814]
[AGED 67 YEARS]
MRS. JANE READ
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [   ]
IN THE [   ] YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO REBECCA WIFE OF
WILLIAM [    ]

John Read, Tailor and Draper

127.   [31]

Illegible

128.   [32]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY CHURCH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 23rd OF JANUARY 1853
AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO
MARIA CHURCH
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 10th 1857
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO
[   ] CHURCH
[   

129.   [33]

Front
IN
MEMORY OF REBECCA WIFE OF
ANTHONY BROMFIELD WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 4th OCT. 1785 AGED [ ]6 YEARS
[ALSO] FOUR OF THEIR CHILDREN
RICHARD THE 20th JUNE 1783 AGED 7 WEEKS
WILLIAM THE 20th MAY 1784 AGED 15? YEARS
ANN DIED 8th JUNE 1784 AGED 6 YEARS
AND 9 MONTHS
FRANCES DIED [   ] 1800 AGED 31 YEARS
AND 2 MONTHS
Rear
IN
MEMORY OF
JAMES [   ]
SON OF
RICHARD AND MARY ANN ELLIS
WHO DIED [   ] AGED 11 YEARS
MARTHA BROOMFIELD
Too close to wall to read further

130.   [34]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY AMELIA
WIFE OF RICHARD BROOMFIELD
DIED NOV. 7th 1852 AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO ARTHUR THEIR SON DIED JUNE [ ] 1852
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH [ WIFE OF? ]
WILLIAM BROOMFIELD
DIED JAN. 17th 187[7] [    ]
THOMAS BROOMFIELD
[   ]
HENRY BROOMFIELD

Richard Broomfield, Shipwright at Northfleet in 1851 Census.

131.   [35]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN HOUNSELL ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th OF FEBRUARY 1831
AGED 83 YEARS
MR. ALFRED HOUNSELL MARSH
DIED OCTOBER 6th 1824
AGED 23 YEARS
MR. FREDERICK WILLIAM MARSH
DIED FEBRUARY 15th 1834
AGED [24] YEARS
MRS. PHOEBE FENNER RELICT OF THE LATE
J.? L. FENNER, SURGEON, PENTONVILLE
[DAUGHTER OF THE?] ABOVE
[DIED SEPTEMBER 1842]
[AGED 65 YEARS]

John Hounsell, late of Abbotsbury, now of Chatham, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd September 1825
   Residue of estate, after setting aside £111, divided into four equal parts. £37, part of the £111, to daughter Phoebe Fenner, wife of John Ludd Fenner, late of Abbotsbury, Surgeon, if she has died then to her husband. £37, another part of £111, to daughter Elizabeth Marsh, wife of William Marsh of Chatham, Gentleman, if she has died, then to her husband.£37 rest of the £111 to William Marsh.
   ¼ of personal estate to William Marsh, in trust, for grandchildren, Emma Julia and Frederick William Marsh at 21. ¼ to William Marsh and John Fenner, upon trust, for children of late daughter Hannah Edwards, one of whom, Henry Edwards will have £37 at 21. Interest for maintenance and education of children. Executors can use whole or part of principle for advancement of children during minority. ¼ of estate to Phoebe Fenner, if she is dead, to her husband, ¼ to Elizabeth Marsh, if she is dead then as above, ¼ to William Marsh, upon trust, to be shared equally between Emma and Frederick Marsh, children of late daughter Emily at 21. Interest in meantime for their benefit, as above. If they died pre 21 without heirs, then the ¼ to Elizabeth Marsh, if she dies in testator's lifetime, then to her husband. William Marsh and John Fenner executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Attorney of Rochester and D. R. Lewis his Clerk
   Proved 13th April 1831

132.   [36]

Illegible

133.   [37]

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR. JAMES POLLARD
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OF DECEMBER 1817 AGED 22 YEARS
[    ]
SARAH ANN POLLARD
[ WHO DIED DECEMBER 1821, AN INFANT]
MRS. JANE POLLARD
WHO DIED 6th OF JULY 1833 AGED 44 YEARS

James Pollard, Blacksmith of St. Margaret's Bank (Pigot's Directory 1838)

134.   [38]


HODGSON HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF ANN THE WIFE OF
JOHN HODGSON WHO DIED 21st
[DAY OF?] JULY 177[3] AGED 38? YEARS
"She was
A Virtuous and Loving Wife
An Indulgent and tender Mother
A Sincere Friend
And a Good Christian"

135.   [39]

[   ]
JOHN WILLIAM HUNT
[ ] SON OF THE LATE
JOHN HUNT [ OF THIS PARISH?]
[   ]

136.   [40]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. EDWARD BURRELL
WHO DIED 17th JUNE 1832
AGED [54] YEARS
[   ]
MARY ANN [WIFE OF?]
MR. JOHN SEAGER OF LONDON
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
JANUARY 18th 1850 AGED 36 YEARS

Edward Burrell, of Troy Town, Dredgerman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 12th January 1832
   His freehold houses in Troy Town, household furniture and goods, vessels, boats, oars, tackle etc., ready money, investments and residue to wife Elizabeth, for ever; she is executor.
   He signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Henry Church, Thomas Bassuck and Thomas Gray

137.   [41]

IN MEMORY OF
[MARY?] BAXTER LEWIS
[   ]
[DIED?] [   ] DECEMBER 1799
[   ]
REV. WILLIAM LEWIS
WHO DIED THE [   ] DAY OF NOVEMBER 18[ ]
[    ]
ELIZABETH BAKER LEWIS
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED THE
26th OF MARCH 1885 IN HER 77th YEAR

 

138.   [42]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE BOWEN HERBERT
SECOND DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE FLOWER HERBERT ESQ.
COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO DIED IN THIS PARISH
ON THE 16th DAY OF JANUARY 1838
AGED 12YEARS

In 1838, Captain Herbert was living at Restoration House (Pigot's Directory)

139.   [43]

Rear of stone, front facing wall, carving at top
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM DEAN
WHO DIED 14th MARCH 1832
AGED 32 YEARS
[   ]
ELLEN SUSANNAH DEAN
DIED 8th? APRIL 1836 AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM DEAN
DIED 15th APRIL 1869 AGED 68 YEARS
Front
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THOMAS TOMLIN OF THIS PARISH
[JUNE 1781]

140.   [44]

[IN MEMORY OF]
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED 30th? APRIL 1775
AGED 67? YEARS
WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED 28th? AUGUST 1784
AGED 68? YEARS

William Thompson, he may be the Joiner, master of John Batten in 1740?

141.   [45]

IN MEMORY OF SARAH
WIFE OF JOHN WELLER
DIED THE 26th OF JAN. 1777
AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO JOHN WELLER DEPARTED
THIS LIFE JAN. 4th 1779
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO MR. JOHN WELLER
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
[   ]

John Weller, of St. Margaret's, Gardener, P.C.C. Will dated 20th September 1788.
   Wife Ann is executor. After her death, friend Thomas Johnson of St. Nicholas, Gardener is executor. To servant Edward Carter, £50, if he is still in service of his wife, one year after testator's death, or if wife dies, he continues gardening business, also to Carter, a suit of mourning. Residue of money, personal and leasehold, to wife for life; after her death, £200 to Lettice Vaughan widow and Jane Walkins, widow, his two sisters in law, equally shared; to brother Henry Weller, £20; to sister Ann wife of [     ] Gutteridge, £20. After death of wife, the residue to children of brother Henry, Ann Ladd and Esther Ladd, two children of late sister Elizabeth Ladd, wife of John Samuel Ladd; Ann and Maria Gutteridge , children of sister Ann. At 21 or marriage for girls. Wife can sell any of his personal estate.
   Witnesses: William Twopenny Junior and D. B. Lewis
   Proved 11th November 1811 not administered by Ann Weller, deceased; granted to John Weller, son of Henry Weller; Thomas Johnson the other executor, died in lifetime of Ann.

142.   [46]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD SON OF
GEORGE HENRY & MARY ANN ALLEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 12th DAY OF DECEMBER 1844
IN THE 10th YEAR OF HIS AGE
GEORGE HENRY ALLEN
[DIED MAY 1854]

G.H. Allen, Timber Dealer, John Street, (Pigot's Directory 1838)

143.   [47]

Front
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE WARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 14th? OF NOVEMBER 1829
AGED 54 YEARS
[   ]
ALSO MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th APRIL 1878
AGED 89 YEARS
Rear
IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM CONINGSBY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [   ] OF [SEPTEMBER] 1838
AGED 21 YEARS

144.   [48]

Illegible

145.   [49]

Illegible

 

 


THE WEST WALL, LOOKING NORTH
THE RIVER MEDWAY AND ROCHESTER BRIDGE IN THE DISTANCE

146.   [50]

IN
MEMORY OF
MR. HENRY WILLIAMS
WHO DIED 20th OF NOVEMBER
1813 AGED 38 YEARS
MRS. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED JUNE
[   ] [1828] AGED 52 YEARS

Abigail Williams, of Chatham, Widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 30th March 1827.
   Ready money, securities, goods, effects and personal estate to son Henry at 21. In meantime executors to invest part of personal estate in Public Funds and pay interest for support and education of Henry, and for "putting him out in life". In case Henry dies pre 21, then personal estate not invested to her sisters Sarah Bean, Mercy Ware and Elizabeth Clemmons, in equal shares. If any die in lifetime of son and before entitlement by this will, then to her children. Richard Whitehead of Chatham, Gentleman and son Henry are executors.
   Signs with mark
   Witnesses; George Acworth, Solicitor, Chatham and John J. Spiller, his Clerk
   Proved 10th July 1828 Power reserved to Henry Williams. Value of goods under £800

147.   [51]

Illegible

148.   [52]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THOMAS SCOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JUNE] [   ] 1834
[AGED 59 YEARS]
THOMAS SCOTT
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[AUGUST 1846]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

Thomas Scott, Surveyor of 6 Upper Clarence Terrace, (Pigot's Directory 1838)

149.   [53]

IN
MEMORY OF
JANE MERCER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 9th DAY OF JUNE 1844
AGED 29 YEARS

Jane Mercer, Sausage Maker?, at home of William Baker, a Butcher in King Street, 1841 (Census)

150.   [54]

TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN SPENCE WIFE OF
JOHN SPENCE WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE DECEMBER THE 14th 1817
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO MR. JOHN SPENCE
WHO DIED MAY 27th 1829
AGED 69 YEARS

John Spence, of St. Margaret's, Rigger, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 2nd May 1829
   Rachel Handyman to receive money due to him from the Penny Death Club Mourners Society; she to manage his funeral, which should be as plain as possible.
   She to have any surplus from the above money.
   All his invested funds to James Mowat, Senior and Mary Mowat, his wife, and all household goods and furniture. James Mowat (Junior?), is executor. Clothes and watch to nephew John Matches.
   Witnesses: George Jackson and Charles Casse
   Proved 11th June 1829; James Mowat the Younger, Shipwright, of Prospect Row, Chatham. Value of goods under £300

151.   [55]

IN MEMORY
OF
HANNAH WIFE OF
THOMAS LIGHT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th DAY OF APRIL 1849
IN THE 78th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO THE ABOVE
THOMAS LIGHT
[DIED AUGUST 1851]
[AGED 79 YEARS]

152.   [56]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ANN GAMON
[WHO DIED [    ] MAY 1835]
[AGED 38 YEARS]
MR. WILLIAM [JU]PP GAMON
[DIED AUGUST 1852]
[AGED 19 YEARS]

153.   [57]

IN
MEMORY OF
MRS. MARTHA KYBETT
WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS KYBETT
WHO DIED 24th AUGUST 1846
AGED 32 YEARS
[ALSO] NINE CHILDREN WHO DIED
IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
MR. THOMAS KYBETT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 30th AUGUST 1847
AGED 35 YEARS

Thomas Kybett, of 16 High Street, Chatham, Tailor P.C.C. Will dated 17th August 1847
   His furniture and household goods, money, securities and stock in trade, to brother John Kybett of Chatham, Painter and James Vine of Rochester, Yeoman, upon trust, to sell personal estate to the advantage of his four children.
   Witnesses: Alexander Foster, Chemist, 17 High Street, Chatham and John Comport, Solicitor, Rochester
   Proved 21st June 1848

154.   [58]

Mostly below ground level
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH SOPHIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN HORTON
[DIED JULY/AUGUST 1869 AGED 59 YEARS]
ALSO CLARA
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOV. 21st? 1857
AGED 7 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN HORTON
[    ] JUNE [    ]

John Horton was a Master Mariner living in Union Street, (Post Office Directory, 1859 and Census 1851-1871). His name is probably on the stone but deeply buried.

155.   [59]

Front
IN MEMORY
OF
LUKE PEARSON
WHO DIED 7th MARCH 1844
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO FANNY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
LUKE PEARSON
WHO DIED MARCH 20th 1875
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO CAROLINE SOPHIA
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCT. 17th 1894
AGED 59 YEARS
Rear
IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS PEARSON
AGED 22 YEARS
AND
JOSEPH PEARSON
AGED 15 YEARS
WHO WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED
UNDER ROCHESTER BRIDGE
23rd SEPTEMBER 1828
Verse and further inscriptions too far down
and close to wall to read

Luke Pearson, Fisherman of City Row, Common (1841 Census), Fanny, Fruiterer in the High Street (1851 Census)
An account of the deaths of the Pearson brothers appears in the Maidstone Journal, Tuesday 7th October 1828. "MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. ------------On Tuesday the 23rd ult a barge belonging to Mr Pearson, Rochester, was sailing up the river to pass through the bridge, heavily laden with ballast, managed by a man named Cameron, and two sons of Mr Pearson, one aged about 22 years, and the other 14 (sic), when, by some means, veering about, it struck against one of the starlings of the middle arch, and almost instantly sunk. The two brothers were unfortunately drowned before assistance could be procured; but Cameron saved himself by hanging to an iron ring which was fixed in the pier of the arch.
   On Tuesday evening, a sermon was preached at the City Chapel, Rochester, by the Rev. J, Slaterie, to improve the death of the two young men,. A large congregation assembled on the occasion, among whom were many seamen and bargemen. The bodies of the young men have been found; one was picked up on Monday, the other on Thursday"

156.   [60]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD MILES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 8th OF MARCH 1836
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO
MRS. MARY MILES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 6th OF MARCH 1850
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO
MR. WALTER DAY
GRANDSON? OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 10th OF JANUARY 1857
[AGED 22 YEARS]

157.   [61]

Illegible

158.   [62]

Illegible

159.   [63]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLAM HALLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 25th?
OF AUGUST 1793 AGED 64? YEARS
ALSO SUSANNAH HALLEY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 27th OF JUNE 1819
AGED 88 YEARS

William Halley, the Victualler, Freeman in 1773?

160.   [64]

IN
MEMORY OF MR. JOHN BURTON ESQ.
CLERK OF THE SURVEY IN HIS MAJESTY’S
DOCKYARD, CHATHAM WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[THE [ ] OF MAY 1806 AGED 61 YEARS]
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[ THE [ ] OF APRIL 1822 AGED 72 YEARS]

John Burton, had been Clerk to the Rope Yard at Chatham (Universal British Directory 1794) He died in Chatham. Wife Sarah who died at Deal, was daughter of Thomas Moulden, Gunner of the Victory, they married at St. Margaret's in 1769

161.   [65


FORWOOD HEADSTONE

Front
[IN MEMORY OF]
MR. RICHARD FORWOOD
LATE MASTER JOINER OF HIS MAJESTY’S YARD
DEPTFORD DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ]
FEBRUARY 1780 IN THE 47th? YEAR OF HIS AGE
SARAH WIFE OF RICHARD FORWOOD
[DIED NOVEMBER 1761]
Rear
[ALSO?]
JOHN FORWOOD
WHO DIED JANY. 29th 1811 AGED 69 YEARS
CATHERINE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANY. 28th 1820 AGED 73 YEARS
HARRIOT ELIZABETH FORWOOD
DIED NOVEMBER 22nd 1822 AGED 23 YEARS
THE ONLY CHILD OF
RICHARD AND ELIZABETH FORWOOD
ELIZABETH
WIFE OF RICHARD FORWOOD
DIED MARCH [ ] 1828? AGED 55 YEARS
Rest too far down and close to wall

Richard Forwood died at Deptford; he married Sarah Moulden at St. Margaret's in 1757.Sarah was a minor, married with consent of her father, William, (see Interior); she died at Sheerness.

162.   [66]

Illegible

163.   [67]


HEADSTONE OF THOMAS MOULDEN, GUNNER OF HMS VICTORY

IN MEMORY OF MARGARET WIFE OF
THOMAS MOULDEN OF THIS PARISH
[WHO] DIED 4th OF [JULY] [1775]
ALSO OF THOMAS MOULDEN [OF THIS PARISH]
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP
VICTORY WHO HAD BEEN [A] GUNNER IN
THE ROYAL NAVY 46? YEARS HE DIED
THE 16th NOV. 1775 AGED 74 YEARS

Thomas Moulden, of St. Margaret's, Mariner on H.M.S. "Victory", P.C.C. Will dated 14th November 1775.
   Two houses at Lark Hill in St. Margaret's, occupied by Robert Baker and Richard Burnett, and yearly rent of 12s from piece of land where two houses now built, occupied by Edward Frish and Glover Mungum, adjoining first two houses, to daughter Margaret Friend wife of William Friend of Strood, Sail Maker, for ever.
   House on Lark Hill in his occupation, to daughter Sarah Burton wife of John Burton of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, for ever. One half of his two house in St. Nicholas, in occupation of his son Thomas, leased from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, to son Thomas. The other half to his grandchildren, William, Susannah and Ann Slaughter. To Margaret Friend, a silver pint mug, looking glass in best parlour of his house and all furniture of chamber he lies in. To Sarah Burton, silver salver, clock, bedstead and hangings in best chamber, oval mahogany table and all chairs in best parlour, large looking [glass] in second parlour. To son Thomas, his desk, round mahogany table (made at Providence), spice box. Ready money and investments, residue of household goods, personal estate, as follows, ¼ to daughters Margaret and Sarah, son Thomas, grandchildren, William, Susannah and Ann Slaughter.
   Son Thomas, William Friend and John Burton are executors.
   Witnesses: Winifred Moulden, Robert Bengo and John Sparks, Attorney, Rochester
   Proved 29th November 1775
(See Interior)

164.   [68]

[
MARY MAYOR



HANNAH MAYOR

]
ANN OLIVER
[BURIED OCT.18th 1815]
[AGED 73 YEARS]
]
ELIZABETH [           ]

165.   [69]

IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS TILLMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 18th DAY OF DECEMBER [1805]
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY TILLMAN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 20th DAY OF DECEMBER 1852
IN THE 91st YEAR OF HER AGE

Thomas Tillman, Fisherman and Dredgerman, Freeman of Rochester, 1781

166.   [70]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN WILLIAMS WIFE OF
RICHARD WILLIAMS
OF THE QUARTIN. DEPARTMENT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th OF AUGUST 1832
AGED 62
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD WILLIAMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 24th OF MAY 1843
AGED 72

167.   [71]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN BRICE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 21st OF MARCH 1812
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO JOHN BRICE
SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
AUGUST 11th 1826 AGED 17 YEARS

168.   [72]

Illegible

169.   [73]

SA[CRED]
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN BRADLEY SEN.
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 11th OF MAY 1799
ALSO MARY BRADLEY
HIS WIFE
WHO DIED ON THE 24th OF JULY [1819]
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH [    ]

John Bradley, died 1799, Victualler? Freeman in 1771

170.   [74]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE CURLING WHO DIED
THE [   ] DAY OF [JANUARY] 1812
AGED [46] YEARS
CHARLES CURLING
[   ]
ELIZABETH [ ]
[   ]
REBECCA CURLING
[MAY] [   ] 1849]
[AGED 79 YEARS]

George and Rebecca Curling apparently died in Canterbury

171.   [75]

IN MEMORY
OF
JOHN TUMBRIDGE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 6th 1870
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
MARY TUMBRIDGE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 20th 1849
AGED 59 YEARS

John Tumbridge was a Land and House Proprietor, (1861 Census); Mary died in Bloomsbury

172.   [76]

TO
THE MEMORY OF
JOHN SIBURN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st OF MAY 1833
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th OF SEPTEMBER 1842
AGED 78 YEARS

Letty Siburn, of Rochester, Widow, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 12th September 1836
   Desires to be buried in St. Margaret's churchyard.
   To Letty Addison wife of John Addison, Stone Mason, £100; to Elizabeth Bullard of Rochester, widow, £150; to Ann Smith of Chatham, widow, £50; to Mary Drew wife of Charles Drew of Chatham, Labourer, £50; to David Tathwels?, Private, 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade, £50; to Sarah Barnes wife of George Barnes, now or late of Calcutta, 19 guineas; to Mary Siburn widow of John Siburn of Chatham, Labourer, £5; to Letty Smith daughter of Ann Smith, £10.
   If Letty Smith dies in testator's lifetime, then the £10 shared equally between Ann Smith and Mary Drew.
   To Elizabeth Letitia Mallory, wife of Henry Mallory,£10; to Charlotte Blackman wife of Henry Blackman, £10; to Ann Bullard, of Rochester, Spinster, £10; to Thomas Brooke? Bullard of Chatham, £10; to Susan Wickenden, of Rochester, Spinster £5. Residue to John Simson Bullard of Rochester, Gentleman, he is also executor
   Signs with mark
   Witnesses: Samuel Nicholson,of Rochester, Gentleman and William Gould of Rochester, Boot Maker
   Proved 7th September 1842 Value of goods under £600

173.   [77]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
[   ]
MR. JOHN POPE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ]
[   ]

174.   [78]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM KING
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 28th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1834
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO
CHARLOTTE? [KING?]

175.   [79]

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JARRETT SIBURNE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 10th 1818
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO LETTY SIBURNE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED [SEPTEMBER] [ ] 1842
AGED 90 YEARS

176.   [80]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE SON OF
RICHARD AND JANE MAPLESDEN
OF GRAVEL WALK, TROY TOWN, ROCHESTER
WHO DIED 3rd DECEMBER 1848
AGED 5 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 14th DECEMBER 1852
AGED 13 MONTHS
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 12th SEPTEMBER 1854
AGED 8 MONTHS

Richard Maplesden was a Baker (Bagshaw's Directory, 1847, 1851 Census)

177.   [81]


HIDER HEADSTONE, IS THIS FIGURE SUPPOSED TO SYMBOLISE
 ELIZABETH HIDER, WHO DIED AGED 18?

[TO] THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH HIDER THE DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS AND MARY HIDER
[WHO DIED [   ] JUNE 1803]
[AGED 17 YEARS]

Elizabeth Hider died in Gillingham, her father is probably Thomas Hider, Mariner?,same man who had the "Nag's Head" Inn in 1823? (Pigot's Directory). of St. Margaret's whose P.C.C. Will is dated 3rd February 1827.
   To nephew James Culvett, Mariner of Chatham, his vessel or smack named "George and Mary", of the Port of Rochester, and materials belonging to it. To brother James Hider, Mariner, of St. Margaret's, all his clothes. To nephew Herbert Nicholas Crisp, son of Nicholas Crisp of St. Margaret's his gold watch with chain and seals. All his estate , freehold and leasehold, to be sold; proceeds to be added to his other funds, including in the Rochester Oyster Fishery. The whole divided as follows: ¼ each to brother James, sister Elizabeth Culvett, widow, now living with him; ¼ each to James and Thomas Crisp Mariners, both of Deal, brothers of his late wife. In case Thomas Crisp, who is now seriously ill, should die before testator, then his share to his widow, Sarah. Nicholas Crisp, Gentleman, and John Bullard, Gentleman , both of St. Margaret's, executors; £10 to John Bullard for his troubles.
   Witnesses: William Ring, Snr., Samuel Tassell and John Jacob Winterton
   Proved 26th May 1827

178.   [82]


FRESHWATER HEADSTONE
THE WINGED FIGURE HAS A CURIOUSLY OVERSIZED HEAD !

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
CHARLES FRESHWATER
[WHO DIED [   ] JUNE 1757]
AGED 45? YEARS
ELIZABETH THEIR DAUGHTER
DIED [   ] NOV. 1742

Elizabeth Freshwater died at Chatham

179.   [83]


BROMLEY HEADSTONE  "GOOD SAMARITAN"

[IN MEMORY OF]
CATHERINE WIFE OF WILL. BROMLEY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [   ] FEB. 1777
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO SIX CHILDREN
WILL. BROMLEY DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] JUNE 1781 AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM GERRARD BROMLEY DIED
THE 30th OF JANUARY 180[7] AGED [36] YEARS

William Bromley, House Carpenter? Freeman in 1763

180.   [84]


FISHER HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZ. WIFE OF WILL. FISHER
SHE DIED DECEMBER THE 8th 1770
AGED 28 YEARS

181.   [85]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM HORE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 13th? APRIL 1815
AGED 32 YEARS

William Hore, of Chatham, Victualler, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 9th March 1815
   To Thomas Hardiman of Chatham, Mariner and Benjamin Huggett of Chatham, Victualler, his piece of land, (part of a field) lately occupied by John Stephens, called Priest's Dale or Slickets, now laid out for building, in Chatham, on the N.W. side of a street intended to be called Fort Pitt Street. This was purchased from John Stephens. Also a house built on the same plot, occupied by Matthew Pantin, in trust for his son William, until he is 21. If he dies pre 21, then to his daughters, Ann and Sarah Hore , when youngest is 21. In the meantime the rents used for maintenance and education of children. Wife to have privilege of carrying on business, if she wants to. She to have use of household furniture and goods until youngest child is 21, as long as she remains his widow; when youngest child is 21, she to keep household goods, etc. After her death or remarriage, the household goods to be sold; half of proceeds to wife (if living), half to daughters. If she is dead, the whole to the daughters at 21 or marriage. Until then money invested in Public Funds, interest for support and education of daughters. Executors to make inventory of goods; if wife remarries, she may purchase them. Stock in trade and residue to wife, subject to payment of debts.
   Witnesses: William Holl Marshall, Chatham, J. Salmon, Rochester and George Acworth, Chatham
   Proved 2nd June 1815 Value of goods and chattels under £600

182.   [86]

Illegible

183.   [87]

MR. JOHN PULMAN
WHO DIED THE 7th OF SEPT. 1738
AGED 29? YEARS

John Pulman may be the Yeoman Farmer, Freeman of Rochester, 1730. The stone seems to be a ledger, from a destroyed tomb.

184.   [88]


IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN SALMON
WHO DIED 7th APRIL 1827
AGED 45 YEARS

John Salmon, of Rochester, Labourer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 14th March 1827.
   His freehold and personal estate to be sold, proceeds, after expenses, equally shared by brother Samuel and sister, Ann Vertue wife of Simon Vertue, of Woodbridge, Suffolk. Mr Henry Crossman of Chatham, Hoyman and Gardiner Cutmore, Gentleman of Chatham, executors.
   Witnesses: John Stubbins and John Kelly
   Proved 16th April 1827 Value of goods under £100

185.   [89]


LITTLEWOOD HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF MICHAEL LITTLEWOOD
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY
THE [   ] 177[7] AGED [   ] YEARS
ELEANOR [THE WIFE OF THE ABOVE}
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [   ] OF APRIL 1781 AGED [   ] YEARS

Michael Littlewood, of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 14th January 1766.
   All his ready money, securities, debt, pay and wages, bounty or pension from service in H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, household goods and personal estate to wife Eleanor, for ever. His freehold houses and land to wife for life; after her death, to friend John May of Snodland, Gentleman, for ever, upon trust, to sell for best price, from proceeds to pay, one third to daughter Sarah Littlewood, one third to daughter Elizabeth Littlewood, remaining third to be retained for use of grandson Michael Goudie, from time to time, during minority.
   Wife and John May executors.
   Witnesses: T. Cransdale, F. Southcott and George Pankhurst
   Proved 1782

186.   [90]

IN
MEMORY OF
ANN
WIFE OF
JOHN GARRISH
OBT. MAY 2nd 1832
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO
CATHERINE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 10th 1832
AET. 4 MONTHS

John Garrish was a Tailor, he is probably on this stone but it is rather deeply buried.

187.   [91]

MRS. ELIZA COLLINS
WIDOW OF
MAJOR WILLIAM COLLINS
ASSISTANT ADJUDENT GENERAL
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
[DIED JUNE 1837]
[AGED 56 YEARS]

188.   [92]

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN WRIGHT
LATE OF CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [   ] [FEBRUARY] 180[2]
AGED [51] YEARS

189.   [93]

Southern half
MRS. ELEANOR WIFE OF
MR. HENRY COWEE?
OF ROCHESTER
AND DAUGHTER OF
MR. THOMAS WOOLSEY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1818
AGED 30 YEARS
MRS. ELEANOR WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS WOOLSEY
DIED THE 18th DAY OF FEB. 1826
AGED 76 YEARS
Northern half
MRS. SARAH BODENT
WHO DIED THE 11th DAY OF
SEPTEMBER 1808
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO THE AFORESAID
MR. THOMAS WOOLSEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th DAY OF SEPTEMBER
1841
AGED 94 YEARS
ELIZABETH WOOLSEY
DIED THE 3rd DAY OF MARCH
[   ]

Henry Cowee, Linen Draper in the High Street, (Holden's Directory 1809-11) Freeman of Rochester 1807

190.   [94]

IN MEMORY
OF
ROBERT LAW
SON OF
WILLIAM AND ANN FERGUSON
[WHO DIED] THE 27th OF SEPTEMBER 1834
IN THE PARISH OF ST. GEORGES
SOUTHWARK, LONDON
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO ANN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
(WHO DIED THE 10th OF OCTOBER 1847)
(AGED 10 YEARS)

191.   [95]

THOMAS TUFF
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 8th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1841
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 28th DAY OF APRIL 1872
IN HER 80th YEAR

The Tuffs were Brick Makers and Farmers at Borstal

192.   [96]

IN
MEMORY OF
GEORGE NOAKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 18th DAY OF MARCH 1821
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE [   ] [DAY] [OF] [ OCTOBER] 1820
[AGED 40 YEARS]
(ALSO)
(ALFRED NOAKES GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE)
(DIED 1st MAY 1842)
(AGED 1 YEAR)
(ALSO)
MARY (ANN NOAKES)
(DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE)
Rear
IN
MEMORY OF ANN [   ] NOAKES
[SISTER?] OF
HENRY NOAKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th DAY OF AUGUST 1854
AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO
HENRY NOAKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th DAY OF DECEMBER 1883
AGED 74? YEARS

193.   [97]

(MRS. HARRIETT USBORNE)
(DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH DICKESON)
(OF THIS PARISH)
(WHO DIED THE 14th MARCH 1821)
(AGED 25 YEARS)

194.   [98]

(MR. RICHARD DICKESON)
(WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE)
(31st MARCH 1829)
(AGED 41 YEARS)

195.   [99]

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
GEORGE JAMES
HOBART
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANY. 10th 1855
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO
MARY ANN
BELOVED WIFE OF THE
THE (sic) ABOVE WHO DIED
OCTR. 18th 1[885]
[AGED 78 YEARS]

The Hobarts were Licensees of the "Don Cossack" Inn in the Delce, also Painters and Glaziers (1851 and 1859 Post Office Directories)


St Margaret's Church gravestones along western boundary wall at southern end

196.   [100]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM JENNINGS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 9th OF MARCH 1830
AGED 58 YEARS
LEAVING ISSUE
3 SONS AND 3 DAUGHTERS
TEN DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
"Reader, prepare
to met thy God"

197.   [101]

Front
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT
AND ELIZABETH PETMAN
SON AND DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND CHRISTIAN PETMAN
ROBERT DIED APRIL 25th 17[70]
AGED 1? YEAR AND [   ] MONTHS
ELIZABETH DIED MAY THE [ ] [1780]
AGED 5? YEARS AND 1 MONTH
ELIZABETH PETMAN
WIFE OF THE LATE PETER PETMAN
WHO DIED [   ] NOV. 1789 AGED 40? YEARS
Rear
IN MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN PETMAN, LATE CARPENTER
OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP NEPTUNE? WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY [ ] 1782
AGED 49 YEARS

Stephen Petman, of Chatham, Carpenter of H.M Sloop "Swift" P.C.C. Will dated 12th January 1756
   To wife Susanna, all his pay and 200 guineas prize money, ---- ? allowance money, household goods and personal estate and residue. Wife is executor.
   Witnesses: John Perriman, William Dixon* and Stephen Duer
   Proved 8th June 1782
(*See Interior)

198.   [102]

MR. JAMES RE[AV]ELY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 17th APRIL 1780
AGED 57?YEARS
[   ]
ELIZABETH DEAN
THE WIFE OF RICHARD
[JANUARY or FEBRUARY 1758]

James Reaveley, of Chatham, Mariner, P.C.C. Will dated 17th February 1780
   He is entitled by will of late brother George of Gray's Inn, Gentleman, dated 30th November 1779, the sum of £500. This is to be paid one year after brother's decease and also to an equal share of his brother's residuary personal estate, with his two sisters, Ann Humphreys and Elizabeth Reaveley. The £500 and other entitlement, will go together with his real and personal estate. to Elizabeth, wife of David Humphreys of Barnard's Inn, Gentleman and Mary Loftes, widow, a gold ring, of one guinea value each. All his real estate, ready money, securities, household goods, rings, jewels and residue of personal estate, to wife Elizabeth, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Aaron Anderson, John Baker and R. Bristow
   Proved 29th April 1780

199.   [103]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD BURNETT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 22nd OF FEBRUARY 1832
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY ANN COLLEY
RELICT OF THE ABOVE
AND SECOND WIFE OF
JOHN COLLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 23rd 1871
AGED 72 YEARS
"O Lord teach us to number our days
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom"

200.   [104]

IN
MEMORY OF
MARY EDMUNDS
WHO DIED 13th SEPTEMBER 1857
AGED 44YEARS

201.   [105]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRY EDWARD FENNEMORE
WHO DIED 20th AUGUST 1837
AGED 5 MONTHS
"Suffer little children to come unto me
for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven"

202.   [106]

TO THE MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM DAVIES SMITH
(CAPTAIN IN THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS)
(SON OF THE LATE CHARLES SMITH)
(CAPTAIN ROYAL ARTILLERY)

203.   [107]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
PHILLIP ARMES
LAY CLERK
OF ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 18th DAY OF APRIL 1863
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
PHILLIP ARMES
WHO DIED 31st DECEMBER 1882
AGED 67 YEARS

204.   [108]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT HOBART HETT M.D.
WHO DIED (27th AUGUST 1827)
(AGED 37 YEARS)

205.   [109]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. HENRY TOMKINSON
(21st LIGHT DRAGOONS)
(SON OF JOHN TOMPKINSON ESQ.)
(OF KNYPERSLEY? IN THE COUNTY OF STAFFORD)
(WHO DIED 29th MARCH 1827)
(AGED 39 YEARS)

206.   [110]

(MARY WIFE OF MR. WILLIAM MARTIN)
(AND DAUGHTER OF MR. WILLIAM LIPTON)
(WHO DIED 20th JUNE 1821
(ALSO)
(    )
(SON OF THE ABOVE MR. WILLIAM MARTIN)
(   )
(ALSO)
(MARY MARTIN)

207.   [111]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ALEXANDER BROADFOOT M.D.
DEPUTY? INSPECTOR OF HOSPITALS
[ ] INSPECTOR OF HOSPITALS
AT GIBRALTER
AND
[    ]
[    ]
[DIED] [ ] OCTOBER [1837]
AGED [56] YEAR

208.   [112]

MR. WILLIAM THOMAS WRIGHT
(LATE OF IPPLEPEN? DEVON)
(WHO DIED THE 24th OF MAY 1830)
(AGED 73 YEARS)
(ALSO OF)
(LYDIA WIFE OF MR. WILLIAM THOMAS WRIGHT)
(OF THE NAVY PAY OFFICE, CHATHAM)
[ DIED] [   ] [NOVEMBER] [1833]
[AGED 39 YEARS]

209.   [113]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
MR. ROBERT HOMAN
WHO DIED THE 1st OF OCTOBER 1851
AGED 30 YEARS
[   ]
ALSO OF
ROBERT JOHN HOMAN
(SON OF THE] ABOVE)
(WHO DIED THE 11th NOVEMBER) [1850]
(AGED 17 MONTHS)

Homan Drapers in Rochester

210.   [114]


HEADSTONE TO JOHN BRADLEY, BUTCHER AND HIS NIECE, MARY THACKRAY, 
WHO KILLED HERSELF IN A VERY GRUESOME MANNER.

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN BRADLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 27th OF SEPTEMBER 1823
AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO MARY THACKRAY, NIECE OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED 13th NOVEMBER (sic)* 1841
AGED 31 YEARS

John Bradley, of King Street, Troy Town, Butcher P.C.C. Will dated 8th October 1820.
   To Hannah Chaytors wife of Henry Chaytors of Leeds (Kent), Farmer, now residing with testator, his freehold house he resides in and has his business, in King Street, for ever. Also to Hannah, his fell mongers yard and buildings in Delce Lane in his own occupation, leased from Morden College, subject to terms of lease. Residue to Hannah Chaytors, all independent of her husband, she is also executor.
   He makes a mark, being too ill to sign his name.
   Witnesses: Thomas Miller, Troy Town, Victualler, J. Pope, Troy Town, Labourer, Chatham Dock Yard and M. Stephens, Clerk to Mr J. Stephens, Attorney, Chatham.
   Proved 24th October 1823

Mary Thackray took her own life on the 3rd of December; her gruesome death was reported in full in The Times, December 8th 1841. She disembowelled herself with a razor, cutting into her intestines, which meant that death was the only outcome.
   This unhappy event occurred at the house, in Upper Clarence Place, of her aunt, Mrs Hooper, wife of John Hooper, Stone Mason. Making his rounds, nearby, milkman, Mr John Gooderham, was called in to force open her locked bedroom door, and Rochester surgeon, Mr Samuel Newson attended. She died about four hours after inflicting the wound, having remained conscious all that time.
   The inquest was held at the "Royal George" by the Coroner for Kent, Mr R. Hind. Evidence from Mr Newson showed that Mary had been, two months previously, "in a state of insanity", and that he had warned the Hoopers that she may harm herself or those around her. He was sure Mary was insane when she injured herself; the jury returned a verdict that she killed herself while in a state of insanity.
   The puzzling thing about the inscription is that the date of death is utterly wrong, i.e., the 13th November? Could it have been a deliberate mistake, in order to confuse the identity of the person in the grave and the suicide? There is only one Mary Thackray in the burial register for 1841, aged 32, from Upper Clarence Terrace, buried 10th December 1841.

211.   [115]

JOHN BRAIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 23rd NOVEMBER 1822
AGED 45 YEARS

212.   [116]

(THE REV. J.J. JONES)
(WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE)
(ON THE 11th DAY OF APRIL 1809)
(IN THE 33rd YEAR OF HIS AGE)
(ALSO)
(THE REVD. JAMES JONES)
(DIED 4th JULY 1819)
[AGED 74]

Rev. John Jones, of Minor Canon Row, Rochester, Rector of Kingsdown , P.C.C. Will dated 12th June 1819
   Wishes to be buried as close to his wife, as possible, funeral not to be expensive. His house in the High Street, occupied by Richard Sayer, to be sold. £300 to be deducted, sum already lent to son John Edward Jones, Major, Royal Artillery, this to be equally divided among his three daughters; remainder to be divided equally between son and daughters. The bond he has on Chalk Turnpike Road for £1,800, subject to payment of annuity of £7 16s to Ann Davison, living with Mr Field of Sheerness, equally divided between his daughters, also to them the stock in the Navy 5% and stock in the 3%, after payment of expenses. All household furniture and goods to daughter Elizabeth Jones, the watch he wears to daughter Sophia Browne, his few books, after daughter Elizabeth has chosen some for herself, to son and sons in law Rev. John Griffiths and Rev. Samuel Browne, son and sons in law, executors.
   Residue equally shared between daughters.
   Witnesses; Edward Twopenny, Rochester, J. S. Bullard, Rochester and George Skinner
   Proved 6th September 1819

213.   [117]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS WIDOW
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT THE AGE OF 72
YEARS ON THE 8th DAY OF APRIL 1805
IN THE SAME GRAVE ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF HER GRANDSON
THOMAS ROE GRIFFITHS
WHO FINISHED HIS SHORT BUT PAINFUL
PILGRIMAGE ON THE 19th DAY OF SEPT. 1806
ALSO OF SUSANNA GRIFFITHS
IN HER 15th YEAR
DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1825

Thomas Roe Griffiths was the son of the Vicar of St. Margaret's.

214.   [118]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
(JAMES DAVIS)
(WHO DIED 11th NOVEMBER 1819)
(AGED )
ALSO (REBECCA HIS WIFE)
(WHO DIED [NOVEMBER] [1827]
(AGED) [75] (YEARS)
ALSO SARAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th ? OCTOBER [ ]
AGED 8? MONTHS

215.   [119]

Illegible

216.   [120]

IN MEMORY
OF
HENRIETTA MARIA MARTIN
DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND HENRIETTA MARTIN
WHO DIED 3rd SEPTEMBER 1842
AGED 2 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
ALSO OF HERBERT JAMES
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 14th SEPTEMBER 1842
AGED 6 YEARS

John Martin was a Clerk in the Admiralty, living in Union Street

217.   [121]


DR. YOUNGE HEADSTONE

(IN MEMORY OF
ALEXANDER YOUNGE M.D.
SURGEON IN THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO HAD COMPLETED IN A.D. 1805
FAITHFUL MARITIME SERVICE
WITHOUT EXAMPLE OF 45 YEARS
HE HAD PERFORMED HIS DUTIES IN
MANY NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS
CHIEFLY AT THE CAPTURE IN A.D. 1780
OF THE SPANISH ADMIRAL LANGORA BY ADMIRAL RODNEY
AND IN HIS BRILLIANT VICTORY IN A.D 1782
WON OVER THE COMTE DE GRASSE
AT THIS TIME HE WAS SURGEON ON H.M. SHIP LONDON
AND AFTERWARDS ON THE ROYAL SOVEREIGN
IN THE FAMOUS BATTLE OF THE 1st JUNE 1794
HE WAS A MAN ENDOWED WITH MANY AND
CONSPICUOUS VIRTUES AND WAS GREATLY HONOURED
ON THE 28th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1821 HE WAS THEN
SUDDENLY PROSTRATED FROM HAEMORRHAGE OF THE LUNGS
FROM WHICH GREATLY MOURNED HE DIED AGED 83
ALSO OF AMELIA YOUNGE)

The inscription is in Latin; the transcription was made by Rev. Warne in 1877. Canon Wheatley failed to find this stone in the 1930's (Historical Notes); this is rather puzzling because, although worn, it is readily recognisable today. Warne did not continue the inscription after Amelia Younge, which is now buried.

218.   [122]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN STROUD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY THE [ ] [1826]
IN THE [57th] YEARS OF HIS AGE
ALSO
JOHN STROUD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN HIS INFANCY
ALSO
WILLIAM STROUD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER [ ] [1820]
[IN THE 13th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO
MARY [STROUD]
[JANUARY 1847]
JOHN STROUD [   ]

John Stroud, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, described in the Books of the Bank of England, as "of Chatham, Rope Maker"; there is also John Stroud, Grocer of Rochester, Freeman in 1808 ? P.C.C. Will dated 23rd April 1821.
   His properties to his wife, Mary, for ever. Household goods, furniture, money, securities and personal estate to wife.
   She is his executor.
   Witnesses: Thomas Day, Chatham, James Pearce, Chatham and J. Moulden, Troy Town

Codicil dated 1st April 1826
   Had left all property to wife; now charges properties with annuity of £20 to his mother, Elizabeth, for life. His mother, after his death, should not live with his wife, or she will not get annuity.
   Witnesses: Jane Bushell and William Lott
   Proved 12th August 1826

Mary Stroud,
of St. Margaret's, Widow of John P.C.C. Will dated 8th October 1841.
   Her leasehold house on St. Margaret's Banks to Caroline Spikesman of Wouldham, Spinster, for life. After her death, to Elizabeth Turner wife of Thomas Turner of Wouldham, for term of lease. Ready money, household goods and furniture, clothes, funds in Bank of England, to Caroline Spikesman. £600 in new 3½% bank annuities, part of £2,200 in that stock, also to Caroline Spikesman. To executors and trustees, £1,000 of same stock, in trust, for benefit of children of Thomas Stroud of Ramsgate, Mariner, equally at 21, interest paid to father during minorities, for maintenance and education. Executors to take this on if Thomas Stroud dies during minorities.
   £100 of same stock to Henry Jeffery Longcluse son of Henry Longcluse, of Brompton, Pastry Cook; £100 same stock to Louisa Coley wife of Thomas Coley of Liquor Pond Street, Gray's Inn, Compositor (late Louisa Guess, Spinster). To servant Jane Tiltman?, or female servant with her at death, £100 same stock. To esteemed friend, Rev, Daniel Francis Warner of Minor Canon Row, £50, as acknowledgement of spiritual attention he has bestowed on her. To executors and trustees, £25 each for their trouble. Residue to Larkin Allan of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, John Griffiths, M.A., of Wadham College, Oxford and Larkin Allan, executors and trustees.
   Witnesses: Thomas Patten, Notary Public, Rochester and Thomas Patten, Clerk to Thomas Patten

Codicil dated 7th September 1844
   To nephew Thomas Stroud of Ramsgate, money in Savings Bank at Chatham; if he dies before legacy is paid, then to his present wife, (whose Christian name she does not know),. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: as for will
   Proved 17th April 1847 Power reserved to Rev. John Griffiths

219.   [123]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM BURNETT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 7th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1829
AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO OF
MRS. SOPHIA BURNETT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
(ON THE 13th DAY OF AUGUST) [1848]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

220.   [124]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THE CHILDREN OF
JOHN AND JANE BUNYAR
OF THE PARISH OF MAIDSTONE
JANE DIED MAY 13th 1819
AGED 6 YEARS & 9 MONTHS
ALSO THOMAS DIED FEB. 2nd 1821
AGED 9 WEEKS
ALSO ROBERT DIED JUNE 30th 1823
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO EDWARD DIED AUGUST 7th 1825
AGED 3 WEEKS
ALSO HARRIETT DIED AUGUST 1st 1838
AGED 14 YEARS
(ALSO ELIZABETH THEIR LAST SURVIVING DAUGHTER)
(DIED MAY 1st 1839)

John Bunyar, Coal Merchant of Stone Street, Maidstone (Pigot's Directory 1838)

221.   [125]

Front
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN SON OF
MR. JOHN AND ANN LANGLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 13th? 180[3]
AGED 9 MONTHS
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 17th OF MAY 180[4]
AGED 8 YEARS
ALSO MARY ANN WIFE OF
CAPTAIN ALFRED BURTON
OF THE CHATHAM DIVISION ROYAL MARINES
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JANUARY 1854]
[   ]
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
[   ]
THOMAS [    ]

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN LANGLEY
WHO DIED THE [   ] OF NOVEMBER 1848
AGED 80 YEARS
MRS. ANN LANGLEY WIFE OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED 28th? OF JANUARY 1853
AGED 81 YEARS

John Langley, of Troy Town. Bricklayer, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 18th March 1845
   To wife Ann use of household goods and furniture, for life. After her death, to daughter Louisa wife of Andrew Dickson. Six leasehold houses (five in front, one in back), in John Street, occupied by Samuel Sinnocks, Elizabeth Mowatt, William Austin, Edmund Bennett, James Flinn and himself, to wife life or for term of leases. After her death, the two southernmost, no. 4 and 5 occupied by Edmund Bennett and James Flinn, and use of well behind the six houses, and way and passage to the well, to daughter Louisa, subject to right of way of the other tenants over the premises. After wife's death the remaining leaseholds and right of way, as follows, third to son William, third to son Henry, third to daughter Maria, wife of Walter Clarke of Manchester, Gentleman.
    Residue of money, securities, goods, personal estate to wife. Son in law Walter Clarke and daughter Louisa executors.
   Witnesses: Charles Dorrett and W. Dorrett, Clerks to Messrs. Lewis and Son, Solicitors, Rochester

Codicil dated 18th March 1845
   Concerning bequest to daughter Louisa, after death of wife, Louisa to have full benefit, not subject to any control or interest of her present of future husband. Rest of will confirmed.
   Same witnesses. Value of goods etc., under £450

Affidavit dated 11th December 1849
   Charles Dorrett sworn as to the authenticity of will.

222.   [126]

IN
MEMORY OF
ANN BROOKE WHO DIED THE
20th OF AUGUST 1805 AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO OF
PLEASANT RELICT OF THE LATE
LIEUT. THOMAS WINTER R.M.
WHO DIED 27th FEBRUARY 1846
AGED 84
ALSO MARY ANNE WINTER
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
24th JANUARY 1852 AGED 66 YEARS
THOMAS SON OF CHARLES AND
ANN YOUNG DIED 4th SEPT. 1803

Mary Ann Winter, Annuitant and Fund Holder, of St. Margaret's Banks (1851 Census)

223.   [127]

IN MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR. T[HU]RTLE VAIL OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th MAY 1817
AGED 45 YEARS
MR. T[HU]RTLE VAIL
WHO DIED THE 14th OF AUGUST 1846
AGED76 YEARS

Thurtle Vail died at the Chatham Union poor House (Registers)

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