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Monumental Inscriptions of St Nicholas Church, Strood - recorded by D. E. Williams 2014

Section A   interior of church.
Part one: Monuments in the present church. These are all mural monuments, some from the old church which was demolished in 1812.

Part two
: Monuments in the old church which were recorded by John Thorpe in the first half of the 18th century. These are probably under the present floor in what was said to be a "crypt", buried under rubble from the old church. I am inclined to think that the "crypt" is simply the space between the medieval floor and the raised floor of the 1814 church. It is significant the Thorpe does not mention a "crypt". Part two includes incomplete inscriptions recorded by Henry Smetham in his History of Strood, (1899), under the present floor. Rubble had been cleared at the entrance so Smetham could get partly into the space.
My thanks to the Vicar, Reverend David Green, Churchwarden, Elaine Ford and Len Feist for their co-operation and friendly welcome.

Appendix - Inscriptions found by Henry Smetham under the floor and published in his "History of Strood",


PART ONE

1.   Marble Tablet, with crest on North wall, west of partition wall across church

IN MEMORY OF
FRANCIS BARROW
OF THIS PARISH, ESQ.
WHO DIED ON THE 18th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1810
AGED 61 YEARS
AND OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED ON THE 19th DAY OF JULY 1815
AGED 52 YEARS
FOUR CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE DIED IN INFANCY
ANN DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED OCTOBER 11th 1820 AGED 22 YEARS
GEORGE THEIR YOUNGEST CHILD
DIED APRIL 23rd 1829 AGED 20 YEARS
THE REVD. FRANCIS BARROW THEIR ELDEST SON
FOR XVI YEARS VICAR OF CRANBROOK AND FOR XXVIII YEARS A
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FOR THIS COUNTY DIED AT CRANBROOK
0N THE 7th FEBRUARY A.D. 1858 AGED 66 YEARS
HIS ONLY SON FRANCIS BARROW, ESQ., M.A.
SOMETIME RECORDER OF ROCHESTER AND JUDGE OF THE
LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COURTS DIED 13th MAY A.D. 1880
AGED 67 YEARS

Francis Barrow was a Surgeon, see wills of Esther Hood and Thomas Hulkes.
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 20th December 1808
Francis Barrow, Esquire of Strood.
   On his marriage to Elizabeth, he executed a bond to Messrs. Morrison, Gunning and Hosier, the trustees named in his marriage settlement, for the payment of 1,000 within 6 months of his death.
He directs his executors to raise the sum of 1,000 by the sale of some of his Bank of England stock, to discharge the bond.
   To his wife, for life, the house in which he lives, and meadows and marshland, of acre, in Strood. After her death, the property goes to eldest son, Francis, for ever. If Francis should die in his mother's lifetime, then to all testator's children, then living, for ever, equally shared. Houses in Strood, recently bought from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, occupied by William Baker, Charles Bathurst and John Puckle, to his wife, for life. After her death, then to son George, for ever. If George dies in his mother's lifetime, then as before. To his wife, for life, premises and land in Cliffe, occupied by Hannah and Frances Tadman, which he bought from [ . . . . . ] Daniels, and land and woodland and premises, also occupied by the Tadmans, which he bought from the trustees of Byne ( ? ). After his wife's death, then to his children, as above.
   Also to his wife, goods and chattels, horses, furniture and household goods in his house at Strood.
   Mercy Britcher of Yalding, Spinster, has resided, rent free, in a small house in Yalding, belonging to him and his wife, and supported at their expense. His wife wishes to continue to support Miss Britcher and prevent distress to her if she survives testator and wife. If she does survive she is to have an annuity of 50. His children and executors to allow Miss Britcher to continue living in the cottage, rent free for life.
   Money and personal estate to his wife and friends, Edward and John Peale of Maidstone, upon trust, to invest in Public Funds, dividends to his wife for life. After her death, funds to be transferred to his children at 21. Before they are 21, income to be used towards their education and maintenance.
   To son, Francis, his gold watch ( ? ) jewels by Mudge, with chain and seals. To son George, his gold watch by Jeffereys, with chain and seals.
    His wife and the Peales are guardians of his children, during their minority, and are his executors.
    They are to receive rents and profits of his real estate and personal estate, and use towards the education and maintenance of his children.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Peale, Maidstone, Thomas Wood and Henry Bundock, Strood.
Codicil dated 21st December 1808
To brother John Butler Barrow and his son Henry, 400 of 4% Bank of England consolidated annuities, each.
To niece Elizabeth Barrow, daughter of John, 400 of the same stock.
To nephew Richard Bromley, 300.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Peale, Maidstone, Thomas Wood and Henry Bundock, Strood
Proved 10th September 1811

2.   Marble Tablet on North Wall

M.S.
ROBERTI BERESFORD A. M.
VICARII DE GOUDHURST QUI OBIIT
3rd OCT. A.D. 1736 AETATIS 82nd
PLENUS SANC DIERUM
ET TEMEN SEMPER BEARUS ET FELIX
TAM SIRQULARI MORUM INTEGRITE
CUNCLISQ VIRTITIBUS VITAM SUAM
IN OMNE ILLIUS GRADU ORNOVIT
UR MARTEM VIRI TAN QUAM IMMATURAM
UXOR CHARA AMICIQ OMNES
EX ANIMO DESLEANT

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 30th April 1736
Rev. Robert Beresford of Rochester Cathedral (Precinct ?)
    To John and Robert Beresford, sons of his late brother, John, and to Beresford and Elizabeth Felton, children of his late sister, Elizabeth Felton, 5 each.
   Rest and residue of money, securities, household goods, bedding and personal estate, to wife Hester, for ever. She is sole executor. Freeholds in Strood, occupied by Richard Wood and [     ] Bartholomew, also to wife, for ever.
Witnesses: J. ( ? ), M. Thurston and Thomas Johnson
Proved 7th December 1736

3.   Marble Tablet on South Wall, west of partition wall across church

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN BOGHURST, ESQ.
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON THE 4th DAY OF JULY 1818
AGED 94 YEARS
ALSO OF ELIZABETH HIS DAUGHTER
WHO DIED AT ROCHFORD, ESSEX
ON THE 4th DAY OF MAY 1820
AGED 68 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated12th December 1809
John Boghurst, Esquire, of Strood
   This is a very dense will of 17 pages, half of which consists of five codicils.
   The main money component is 25,000 in Bank of England Annuities. Little property and land is listed. The beneficiaries of the will are his daughter, Elizabeth Boghurst, nephews Richard and John Boghurst, and their children , if any. Thomas and Elizabeth Fry of Sheerness, he is a Shipwright, (was he a Master Shipwright ? Not specified), their children, William, Thomas, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Frances. (See Fry monument)
   Thomas and Mary Hider, who live next door to Boghurst and their son, Thomas; William Stott of Portsmouth, Mariner and wife Jane, their son and daughter, William and Jane, wife of Francis Jones
   The trustees and executors are daughter Elizabeth, Francis Barrow and Richard Boghurst of Frindsbury. After Barrow's death in 1810 (see monument), he is replace by Phillip Boghurst of Higham.
   Thomas and Mary Hider are to be allowed to continue to live at the house in Strood, rent free.
   They are not allowed to keep a public house, if they do, their legacy is void.
   Some property goes, after Elizabeth's death to John Tilden of Ifield Court for term of 99 years, from this he is to pay an annuity of 200 to nephew John Boghurst, for life.
   He desires Thomas Fry, Junior and his brother William to go to either Oxford or Cambridge Universities and take Holy Orders. Trustees are to assist in this desire. If they refuse, their legacies are affected. Land in this will consists of 3 acres, occupied by Edmund Aldersly, 2 acres occupied by, Henry Waklin (both in Strood) and 8 acres near Gun Lane, Strood, occupied by Richard Freeman.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, James Bridge and Charles Mumford
Witnesses of Codicils
   1: D. B. Lewis, Charles Mumford and George Essell
   2: David Edwards, Curate of St. Nicholas, Rochester, James Bridge and William Hussey 
   3: D.B. Lewis, Thomas Weeks, Bricklayer, Strood and Elizabeth Yowell, Servant to Mr Boghurst
   4: Thomas Nevill, Gardener, Strood and John Scoones, Butcher, Strood 5: D. B. Lewis, Charles Mumford and Thomas Nevill

4.   Marble Tablet on North Wall

TO
THE MEMORY OF
CAPT. WILLIAM CURLING
WHO DIED YE 19th AUGUST 1746
AGED 76 YEARS
AND SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED YE 17th AUGUST 1746
AGED 67 YEARS
CAPT. JOHN GUNSTON
DIED JAN. 8th 1752 AGED 45
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM CURLING GUNSTON
SON OF THE ABOVE
SECOND MATE OF THE CALCUTTA
DIED IN INDIA SEPT. 30th 1767
AGED 21
SARAH GUNSTON WIFE OF
CAPT. JOHN GUNSTON
DIED DEC. 10th 1774 AGED 63

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 27th December 1751
John Gunston, Mariner
   To his mother, Sarah Gunston of Ramsgate, widow, 5. Residue to his wife, Sarah, for ever, she is also executor.
Witnesses: John Martin, Ann Curling and George Gother
Proved 27th February 1752
Consistory Court of Rochester Will, dated 5th August 1767
Sarah Gunston, Coal Merchant of Strood
   To sisters, Jane Thames, Elizabeth Austen and Ann Hulkes, all of her clothes, equally divided, except her yellow brocade gown, which goes to her God daughter, Sarah Mc Cowan, ("now an infant"). To sister Jane, a diamond ring, "which was my mother's"; to sister Elizabeth, her mourning diamond ring, which she bought as a mourning ring for her father and mother, William and Sarah Curling; to sister, Ann, her 2 rings, one a garnet and the other a small black enamelled mourning ring, for her father. To brother in law, James Hulkes,a five guinea piece; to son John Gunston, her diamond loop ring, to be kept by James Hulkes, until her son is married and then be given to his wife on the wedding day, only if his wife is of "good repute" and is approved of by James Hulkes. If her son does not marry a woman of good repute, or not to the liking of James Hulkes, he will sell the ring and give the money to her son. Also to son John, a silver punch bowl, this to be kept by James Hulkes on the same conditions as above.
   Son John and James Hulkes are executors.
   Rest and residue to son John.
   Witnesses: John Mc Cowan, David Stubley and Mary Stubley
   Proved 17th January 1775
Can we assume that Captain John Gunston was engaged in the coal trade from north east England?

5.   Gothick Tablet, North Side of Chancel Arch

DAVIDUS HERMITAGE DAY
ROFFENSIS ARMIGER
NATUS A.D. MDCCLXXII MORTUS A.D MDCCCXLIII
IN MEMORIAM
VIRI DESIDERATISSMI HOC MONUMENTUM
AMORIS ET PIETATIS SUAE VIDU AC FILLIS
MOERENTES PONI CURAVERUNT
PROPE JACIT VIDUA EJUS
MARIA ANNA
MORTUA ANNO MDCCC11 AETAT LXXXIII
OWNES SUOS MAXIMO SUI DESIDERIO
AFFECTOS RELIQUIT

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 29th June 1842
David Hermitage of Rochester, Banker
   Confirms marriage settlement at marriage to Mary Ann.
   All furniture, plate, except large silver bowl presented to his father by Society of Arts and Sciences) pictures, linen, china and 500 to wife Mary. The silver bowl to eldest son alive at his death.
   Freehold property and leaseholds, residue of personal estate, to his wife and sons Thomas Henry, James and Rev. John Day, upon trust, to pay income to his wife, for life. After her death,to sell freeholds and leaseholds and collect together value of personal estate, for benefit of Thomas, Edward, James and John Day, sons of his son David, when they attain 21 years.
   Life annuities to son Charles and daughter, Penelope, after her death, to her children.
   His wife and sons, Thomas, James and John are executors.
   Witnesses: Meaburn Tatham, C. Procter, 24 Lincolns Inn Fields, Solicitor
Affidavit dated 20th June 1843
   Christopher Procter, sworn and confirms alterations and crossing outs were made before will was signed by testator and witnesses.
Proved 29th June 1843
Power reserved to Mary Ann Day, Widow, James and John Day

6.   Marble Tablet, with Crest, South Wall (See Churchyard)

HOC TABULA POSITA EST
IN MEMORIAM
GULIELMI WILDE DAY, EQUITAS
QUI VIRUS IN DOMO WEST HILL
NOMINATUM LABITOVIT
EX ESSIL SEXTO PRID
KAL. MAI ANN DOM 1844
AET 75

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 28th October 1840
William Wylde Day, Esquire of Little Hermitage, Frindsbury
   To house keeper, Ann Bond, if with him at time of his death, 40 and mourning; to each servant, 10 and mourning, and wages due. To friend, Robert Henry Bartholomew of New Inn, Middlesex, Gentleman (lawyer), 100; to sister Penelope Hulkes, widow, annuity of 500, for life; also to Ann Bond, an annuity of 10 for life.
   He holds a bond, dated 2nd April 1829, in which William Webb of Cliffe, Miller and Mary Parker of Cliffe, widow, are bound in the sum of 150 and interest. He forgives them and gives them the principal money and interest, his executors will cancel the bond and give it to them.
   He has a promissory note dated 11th June 1832, in which David Day of Meopham, Farmer, is indebted to the sum of 100 and interest, the executors are to cancel this and give the note to Day, who also gets 50.
He has Warrants of Attorney, all dated 2nd October 1840, in which his nephew Edward Day, son of David Hermitage Day, is indebted for the payment of 1,000 and 500 and interest. He now gives the 1,000 to the children of Edward Day, who are living at time of testator's death, shared equally.
   To each of the children of Abraham Guy of Strood, Labourer, who married testator's cousin Lucy Day,as above, 100 shared equally. To [ ] Welch of Sidcup, Blacksmith, who married a daughter of of his cousin, David Day, 50, if Welch dies in testator's lifetime, then to his present wife. To [      ] Reed and [      ] Reed sons of Phoebe Day, sister of David Day, 50 each, to David Reed of Shorne, godson of testator's father, David Day, 30.
   He has an assurance policy with Norwich Union, on the life of Mary Parker, for 100. In case Mary Parker pays the premiums after his death, then money payable to be equally shared amongst her children, then living. If she does not pay premiums, his executors to pay them and the policy goes into his residuary personal estate.
   Trustees are to make investments to provide annuities bequeathed and set aside two sums of 2,000, upon trust, for purposes hereafter explained. They are to invest ultimate residue of money in the Public Funds and collect the interest until James Hulkes, son of his late nephew, James Hulkes, attains 21 years, when the investment will be transferred to him. Trustees are to collect interest from sum of 2,000, invested in same way, until Penelope Hulkes, daughter of the late James Hulkes, until she is 21, when the investment will be transferred to her. The other sum of 2,000 is to be likewise invested until Amelia Hulkes, sister of Penelope, is 21.
   Penelope Hulkes, Robert Henry Bartholomew will stand possessed of his real estate devised to them, upon trust, to invest rents until James Hulkes is 21, when it will be transferred to him.
   Witnesses: Charles May Simmons, Solicitor, Rochester and Stephen Steele, Surgeon of Strood
   Proved 18th May 1843

7.   Double Gothic Arches and Columns on North Wall

IN
MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FALSHAW
WHO DIED APRIL 22nd 1801
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF
ANN FALSHAW 
WHO DIED MARCH 12th 1832
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH ANN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 17th 1790
AGED 2 YEARS
ALSO OF
THOMAS EDWARD HULKES*
WHO DIED JANUARY 24th 1824
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO OF
THOMAS WILLIAM HULKES
WHO DIED JULY 28th 1831
AGED 22 YEARS
* See Churchyard
ALSO OF
 ANN HULKES
 DAUGHTER OF
 WILLIAM AND ANN FALSHAW
 WHO DIED DECEMBER 25th 1870
  AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO OF
 ANN MARIA HULKES
 DAUGHTER OF
 THOMAS EDWARD AND ANN HULKES
 WHO DIED FEBRUARY 29th 1872
  AGED 61 YEARS

Universal British Directory 1795
   William Falshaw, Esq., Collector, H.M. Excise, Rochester
Prerogative Court of Canterbury, dated 28th June 1822
Ann Falshaw, widow of Rochester
   To two friends, John S. Capes, of Cheapside and James Bromley, Senior of Strood, (executors and trustees), all of her stock in the 5% Consols and other public funds and her real and personal estate and effects, upon trust, during the life of her daughter, Ann wife of Thomas Edward Hulkes.
   Trustees to pay daughter annual dividends. After her daughter's death, trustees are to transfer the principal for her daughter's children, as her daughter bequeaths. If her daughter makes no such bequest, trustees will maintain investment, for the benefit of her grand daughter, Ann Maria Hulkes but if she dies without lawful issue surviving, then for benefit of her grandsons, Thomas William Hulkes and Henry Stephen Hulkes in equal shares. But if they died without lawful issue, then trustees to pay her sister, Mary, widow of Stephen Males late of Ellinton, Huntingdonshire, Esquire, 30 annuity for life. After the latter's death, then to the children of her sisters, Elizabeth Wig[ ? ]ton, deceased, and Frances Falshaw, late of Ketterwell, Yorkshire, her god daughter, Ann Capes daughter of John Capes and children of James Bromley, to whom her late husband and herself, stood as god father and god mother. Also to each of her grandsons Thomas William Hulkes and Henry Stephen Hulkes, 1,000 at the death of their mother, Ann Hulkes or at 21 years if sooner, as a token of her regard and affection. They have been well provided for by their "good" grandfather, Thomas Hulkes, deceased.
   To daughter Ann Hulkes, 100 in 3% Consols, her furniture, plate and linen, for life; after her death,
to grandchildren, Thomas William and Henry Stephen Hulkes and Ann Maria Hulkes in equal shares. To each executor, 10. They to make inventory of her plate.
   Witnesses: Esther Baker, J.C. Weekes of Rochester
   Proved 29th September 1832
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 30th October 1823
Edward Thomas Day Hulkes, Esquire of Chatham
   Mother, Penelope, widow, Richard Foreman and Rev. Alexander Browne, are joint executors.
   Wife Jane to be guardian of children, if she dies or re-marries, the executors will be guardians.
All household goods and furniture, carriage, horses, to Harriett Rawlins. 50 to servant Jane [     ], if she is in his service at his death. All real and personal estate to his executors, upon trust, to pay out of rents, annuity of 300 to wife Jane. A further annuity of 100 for education and maintenance of daughter, Penelope, when she is 21, she is to have annuity of 200.
   Executors can sell some of freeholds at their discretion.
   Witnesses: Charles Thompson, Surgeon, Rochester and Jacob George Bryant, Surgeon
Codicil dated 31st October 1823
   Confirms Rev. Browne as one of executors and trustees.
   Witnesses: George Melin, Assistant Surgeon to the Forces.
Affidavit
   John Simson Bullard is sworn, he was well acquainted with deceased and confirms codicil is in his hand and signature id authentic.
   Proved 15th January 1824
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 2nd December 1823
Thomas Edward Hulkes, Gentleman, Rochester
   His affairs have been in a "deranged state" consequence to his bankruptcy. His estate and interests in various property, real and personal, have been for some time uncertain and undefined. All his estate, chattels, real, personal, money and investments, plate, books, stock in trade, insurance policies, either his own life or others and money due from the Thames and Medway Canal Company, on account of certain lands and premisses (part of his life estate), in a mill and land adjoining in Strood and Frindsbury; his money and credits in the mill, and all other estate, to Samuel Young, Esquire, Solicitor of the City of Westminster, in trust, to permit wife Ann to have rents for life. After her death, upon trust, to share equally amongst his three children, at 21 years of age.
   Wife's legacy not in lieu of Dower Rights or in lieu of settlement made before their marriage. Samuel Young is executor and guardian of his children during their minorities.
   Witnesses: Thomas Thompson, Surgeon, Rochester, Thomas Freeland, Victualler, Frindsbury and G. J. Freeland, Clerk to Mr Gibbs, Strood
   Proved 28th February 1824
Granted to widow Ann, Samuel Young has renounced the probate and execution.
Ann Maria Hulkes Charity
By her will, An Maria Hulkes bequeathed, after the death of her brother Henry Stephen, 3,000 to the Vicar of Strood, Town Councillors and Relief Committee of Strood, upon trust, to be invested and produce used to buy bread, coals, clothing or blankets for the "well conducted" poor of Strood, of all denominations. To be distributed on 19th March and 23rd December, unless Sundays, when the following Monday is substituted.

8.   Ledger on the grass, east of the Chancel, Formerly in the Old Church.  I have no idea how this stone
 came to be outside, it is not weathered at all, suggesting it has not been in the open for any prolonged period.

HERE LIE THE REMAINS OF
THOMAS FAUNCE, GENT.
AND ANNE HIS WIFE
HE DIED MARCH 1st 1735 AGED 74 YEARS
SHE DIED DEC. 24th 1750 AGED 82 YEARS
HERE ALSO REST THE BODIES OF
MR. JAMES TAPLEY
AND ELEANOR HIS WIFE
HE DIED NOV. 25th 1725 AGED 42 YEARS
SHE DIED NOV. 15th 1751 AGED 67 YEARS
LIKEWISE THE BODY OF
JAMES TAPLEY, ESQ.
SON OF THE ABOVE JAMES AND
ELEANOR TAPLEY
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 15th OF JULY 1792
AGED 84 YEARS

Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will, dated 5th May 1733
Thomas Faunce, Esquire, of Rochester
   His wife Anne is "amply provided for", from his real estate, already settled on her. His eldest son Thomas, is also "in some measure" provided for by estate, his father and mother have settled on him. Ample provision has also been made for eldest daughter, Anne on her marriage with Robert Milford; some provision has been made for daughter, Judith on her marriage with James Young. The youngest daughter, Margaret is not yet provided for. He makes additional provision for his wife, son Thomas and daughter Judith. In case Margaret survives her husband, in order to make provision for her, he gives to son Thomas, his farm and land called Avery Farm at Allhallows, lately occupied by Richard Phelps, then by [     ] Ketherman, now by [     ] Mitchell, and his other farm at Allhallows, Dagnam Farm, lately occupied by John Mitchell, after by [      ] Gill, now by [      ] Waters; also his third share of land in Halstow, lately occupied by [      ] Whear. Son is to hold farms, upon trust, and to allow his mother to receive rents, etc. After her death, son Thomas to raise out of the farms, by rent, sale or mortgage, and pay off debts; he is also to raise 800 to be paid to his sister Margaret. In case daughter Judith, survives her husband, brother Thomas will raise 500 for her. Thomas is to hold unsold farmland.
   To daughter Judith, a further 500 from his personal estate.
   Residue of goods, chattels and personal estate, after funeral costs, etc., to wife Anne. Any personal estate left after wife's death, to be equally shared between his three children.
   Wife Anne is executor.
   Witnesses: Ann Binskin, Samuel Smith and Henry Barrell
   Proved 27th May 1735
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 9th December 1784
James Tapley, Esquire, of Loose
   Desires to be buried in the church at Strood, in the same grave as his father and mother.
   To good friend, Thomas Baker, who lives with him, his clothes, and big bedstead and furniture in his room, two pairs of sheets and pillow cases he may choose. He also has other furniture, china and linen in the house, he may choose, and 5 guineas. He also gets an annuity of 20 for life, this comes from the rent of his farm at Harrietsham, occupied by John Eversfield.
   To his two nieces, Eleanor Bentley and Mary King, 100 equally shared, plus another 100 from residue of his real estate. His gold watch to James Stevens of Yalding, whose great aunt gave it to testator. To his servant boy, John Mainwaring, who lives with him, 10 guineas and his silver pint pot, marked "J.T." To good friend, George Gates of Rochester, Gentleman, all his books and 1 guinea to buy a ring in remembrance of him. To the maid servant with him at his death, 5.
   To nephew, Thomas Cable of Strood, Butcher, two pieces of land at Frindsbury, occupied by Thomas Ayres, for ever. To nephew, Laurie Simmons of Gillingham, Yeoman, two pieces of land, occupied by Thomas Cable, for ever. All other property and land, residue of money and personal estate, charged with payment of legacies and annuity, to Thomas Cable, and Laurie Simmons, forever, upon trust. They to sell all that is not money securities, and share equally amongst his late sister's children, Alice Cable, Ann Simmons and Eleanor Stott.
   Witnesses: (? ) Charles, Mary Charles and John Saunders
Codicil dated 27th February 1786
   His late brother in law, John Simmons of Gillingham made testator his executor to sell his real estate and pay his ( ? ) legacies ? Testator has been unable to do this. Now his executors, Thomas Cable and Laurie Simmons, are to sell this real estate and 600 of Tapley's stock and follow John Simmons will. This will left 400 to his son James Simmons and the same sum to Eleanor Bentley and Mary King, (daughters). He also left 450 to son Tapley Simmons. Because John Simmon's real estate has not been sold, Tapley has been unable to pay legacies, but he has paid interest to Eleanor Bentley and Mary King, and considerable sums to Tapley Simmons, as will be found in his accounts.
   Witnesses: John Godden, ( ? ) Baker and Robert Godden
   Proved 26th July 1792

9.   Marble Tablet, North of Chancel Arch

IN A VAULT
NEAR THIS MONUMENT IS INTERRED THE BODY
OF MR. THOMAS FRY
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED AT RAINHAM ON THE 25th OF AUGUST 1832
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO THE BODY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE 10th OF APRIL 1842
AGED 69 YEARS

10.   Marble Tablet, South of Chancel Arch

MELISCENT THE WIFE OF JOHN GIBBS
SOLICITOR
DIED 15th DAY OF JANUARY 1818 AGED59 YEARS
THE DECEASED WAS THE SURVIVING DAUGHTER
OF ROBERT POLHILL A.M. VICAR OF
GOUDHURST AND RECTOR OF SHADOXHURST

11.   Black Marble Tablet, North Wall  Once Included White Marble with Arms

I.S.E.
SAMUEL GIBSON A.M.
ECCLESIAE DE FRINDSBURY QUONDAM VICARIUS
QUAM PROVINCIAM PIA SEDULITATE
ET INTEGRITATE VITAE PER 34 ANNOS ORNAVIT
RELIGIONEM SINE SUCO ET SUPERSTITIONE
DOCTRNAM SINE FAMAE AUCUPIO COLUIT
ORTU SATIS FELIX BENEFICENTIA MAJOR
UTRUMQUE TACERI MALUIT
GRAVTATEM MORUM CUM SUAVITATE COMPOSUIT
PACIS QUOD VIXIT FEMINA LATE SPARFIT
MORIENS AMPLAM MESSEM RECEPIT
AMORUM SATUR (SEPTUAGENARIO PAULO MINOR)
ANIMAM DEO PLACIDE REDDENS FEB. 10th 1724
PRISCILLA FILIA UNICA SUPERSTES ATQUE HAERES
PATRI PARITER AC MATRI CHARISSIMAE PRISCILLAE
IN VITA SIMUL ET IN MORTE CONJUNCTISSIMA
POSUIT
JUXTA CINERES PARETUM ETIAM COLLOCARI
PRISCILLA FILIA VOLIUTE
NUPSIT EA GERGIO GREEN S.T.B.
ECCLESIA DE CLIFFE IN HAC VICUNIE RECTOR
EIQUA DESUNCTO PER ANNOS CONTINNOS 27
VIDUA SUPERFUIT
NATA ES A.D. 1698
DENATA 10th AUG. 1769

GREEN see GIBSON

GUNSTON see CURLING

12.   Marble Tablet, with Crest, South Wall

JACOBUS HULKES
DE CHATHAM ARM.
OC ETAT SUAE 50 JAN. 29th
1821
"Cunctis Ille Bonis Flebilis Occidit"

13.   Marble Tablet, with Crest, South Wall

EDWARDUS THOMAS DAY HULKES ARM.
DECISSET
DIE NOVEMBRIS SECUNDO
MDCCCXXIII
ANNO AETATIS VIGESIMO SEPTIMO

(See Falshaw for Will)

14.   Marble Tablet, with Crest, South Wall

JACOBUS HULKES ARM.
DECISSET DIE APRILIS DECIMO SEPTIMO
MDCCCXXXVI
ANNO AETATIS TRIESIMO PRIMO

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 23rd March 1836
James Hulkes, Esquire, of Little Hermitage, Frindsbury
   This is a long will, mostly concerned with detailed trust rules.
   Desires to be buried in family vault at Strood Church.
   Top wife, Jane, all household furniture and goods, except fixtures, horses, carriages and harness, wines and liquors. She also gets 100. 100 to each of his executors.
   Rest and residue of real and personal estate, to mother, Penelope and Robert Henry Bartholomew of New Inn, London, Gentleman, upon trust. They are to sell this, except Government Securities, to pay debts and legacies, etc.
   They are to pay his widow an annuity of 300, for life, this is in lieu of Dower Rights.
   To such of his daughters who are living, 4,000 each at 21 years. In the meantime, the money to be invested and interest used towards their maintenance and education.
   Rest and residue, including his lathe and fittings, tools, etc., plate, plated goods, pictures, prints, books, bookcase, to trustees, in trust, for son James and any other sons alive at his death or to be born, at 21 years, shared equally.
   He has a brewery business in Chatham, which trustees will discontinue, either wholly or partly, as they think fit.
   Witnesses: Charles May Simmons, Solicitor, Rochester, W.W. Day, Little Hermitage and Edward Egglesden, Coachman to Mrs Penelope Hulkes.
Codicil dated 31st March 1836
   Very technical, trustees can appoint additional trustees.
   Witnesses: W. W. Day and Edward Egglesden
Codicil dated 31st March 1836
   If his mother wishes to take possession of Little Hermitage estate, which he holds under a lease granted by her, she may do so, giving notice in writing, within six months of his death. He now gives mother Penelope all fixtures. All wines and spirits, watches, clocks, chimney ornaments, shells and curiosities, turnery performances by his father and himself also to his mother; she also has all clothes and linen.
   Witnesses: Charles May Simmons, W.W. Day and Edward Egglesden
   Proved 3rd July 1836

15.   Marble Tablet, with Crest, South Wall

PENELOPE HULKES
JACOBI HULKES RELICTA
OB AETAS SUAE 78 MAR 21st
1848

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated, 30th November 1841
Penelope Hulkes of Little Hermitage, Frindsbury
   Desires to be buried in family vault at Strood Church.
   Appoints Robert Henry Bartholomew of New Inn, Middlesex is sole executor, he has 100. To Mrs Mary Packer the Elder of Cliffe an annuity of 4 shillings per week and servant John Coleman gets 10.
   Rest and residue of personal estate and trust estate she may hold to her executor, upon trust. Grand daughters, Penelope Jane Hulkes and Amelia Hulkes, 4,000 each at 21 years.
   Witnesses: Henry Coulter, Chatham and Thomas Dewsberry, Rochester
Codicil dated 19th January 1848
   Her executor has died since she made her will, she now appoints grandson James Hulkes in his place.
   Witnesses: Edward Griffiths, Lincoln's Inn Fields and Ann Reveley ? of Little Hermitage.
   Proved 20th April 1848
Henry Smetham described the Hulkes' tomb in the churchyard as, ".. a substantial tomb, surrounded by iron railings, and shielded from the weather by a zinc covered canopy". . The chest tomb, (sans railings and cover), just south of the tower is the Hulkes family tomb, with the family crest. It is a short distance south of the tower, I assume this is the tomb Smetham is referring to (See Churchyard)

HULKES see FALSHAW (and Churchyard)

16.   Brass Plaque on North Wall

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF
JOHN GEORGE JEFFERY
WHO FOR UPWARDS OF 50 YEARS FAITHFULLY SERVED THE PARISH OF
STROOD AS HEADMASTER OF THE BOYS' SCHOOLAND AS
CHORISTER, ORGANIST AND CHOIR MASTER OF THIS CHURCH
DIED 2nd OCTOBER 1915 AGED 71 YEARS
R.I.P.
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY PARISHIONERS AND FRIENDS

17.   SMALL MARBLE TABLET, NORTH WALL

IN MEMORY OF
EDWARD POCOCK
4th SON OF HENRY JOSEPH & ANN POCOCK OF UPNOR
FORMERLY A MEMBER OF THE CHOIR
OF THIS CHURCH
WHO DIED 17th JANUARY 1875 AGED 23 YEARS
AT CHIWYA IN CENTRAL AFRICA
UPON THE ANGLO AMERICAN EXPEDITION
TO DISCOVER THE SOURCE OF THE NILE
"Doing His Duty Well"

According to Smetham, this monument was erected by the Daily Telegraph.

POLHILL see GIBBS

ROBERTS see SLAUGHTER

18.   Marble Tablet on North Wall

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR SON
VICTOR CHARLES STURLA ROBINSON
1st BATT. ROYAL FUSILERS (LONDON REGIMENT)
WHO DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION
IN FRANCE ON THE 16th OF OCTOBER 1918
AFTER FOUR YEARS SERVICE
FOR HIS KING AND COUNTRY
AGED 30
"He fought the fight and kept the faith,
And the Master says," Well Done",
While he gives him the faithful warrior's crown,
And the prize of a race well run"

19.   Marble Tablet with Arms, South Wall

HENRY SHEAFE ATTORNEY AT LAW
DIED 16th FEBRUARY 1752 AGED 59 YEARS
ELIZABETH SHEAFE HIS WIFE DIED
3rd NOVEMBER 1757 AGED 56 YEARS
ROBERT TAYLOR ATTORNEY AT LAW
DIED 17th JANUARY 1762 AGED 44 YEARS
ANN TAYLOR WIFE OF THE ABOVE AND
DAUGHTER OF HENRY AND ELIZ. SHEAFE
DIED 2nd FEBRUARY 1782 AGED 61 YEARS
SARAH SHEAFE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE HENRY & ELIZ.
SHEAFE DIED 17th AUG. 1785 IN THE 51st YEAR OF HER AGE
SARAH SHEAFE ERECTED THIS STONE
TO THE MEMORY OF THE ABOVE

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 11th February 1752
Henry Sheafe
   Daughter, Ann is sole executor. His body to be buried under his family pew, in a double deal coffin.
   Thomas Taylor to be undertaker. His freehold properties in Kent or elsewhere, not held in trust, to wife, Elizabeth, for ever.
   All leasehold and personal estate for term of leases, household goods, investments, his own money or in partnership with Robert Taylor, and all other monies, to his wife and daughters, Ann and Sarah, equally shared.
   Witnesses: Ann Woodgate, Mary Norman, Mark of Mary Hulkes, Mary Hulkes
   Proved 20th February 1752
Note in Margin, dated 7th December 1827
Will was not administered by Ann Sheafe, now deceased. Her sole executor, sister Sarah did not proved Ann's will,and is also dead, so administration granted to William Nokes of Woolwich, Gentleman, on behalf of John Rugden of Plumsead, Esquire, concerning the Henry Dalyson Charity, (except property in Chatham on 500 year lease, granted to Henry Sheafe on 8th October 1751.) This must refer to property which Henry Sheafe held in trust?
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 23rd May 1757
Robert Taylor
   All real and personal estate to wife, Ann for ever. She is also sole executor.
   Witnesses: William Buck, Matthew Hood and Henry Mitton
   Proved 23th January 1762

20.   Marble Tablet with Crest, North Wall

UNDERNEATH
ARE THE BODYS (sic) OF MARY WIFE OF
WILLIAM SLAUGHTER ESQ., OB. 19th DEC.
1704 AET 33 AND MARY THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED AN INFANT THIS MARBLE IS PUT
UP IN MEMORY OF THEM BY DAME ELIZ.
ROBERTS THEIR ONLY SURVIVING CHILD
AND WIFE OF SR. WALTER ROBERTS
OF GLASTONBURY IN THIS COUNTY, BART. 1740

William Slaughter, of St. Nicholas, Rochester, was an attorney, and married Mary Venman, of Strood, at St. Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street Hill, London, on 29th April 1697 (Smetham).
   Glassenbury is in the parish of Cranbrook, home of the Roberts family since the reign of Richard II. Cranbrook church contains a Roberts family monument in the form of a genealogical tree, showing many generations.

21.   Metal Plaque on North Wall

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
JOSEPH STACE
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED 27th JAN. 1908
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY PARISHIONERS
AND FRIENDS TO COMMEMORATE HIS BEQUEST
OF 950 TO DISCHARGE THE OUTSTANDING
PAROCHIAL DEBT INCURRED UNDER THE STROOD
LOCAL ACT OF 1812 HE ALSO BEQUEATHED
TO THE CITY OF ROCHESTER THE ULTIMATE
RESIDUE OF HIS ESTATE TO BE DEVOTED
TO THE REDUCTION OF THE MUNICIPAL DEBT
"Owe no Man Anything"

22.   Marble Tablet, North Side of Chancel Arch

NEAR THIS TABLET
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
THOMAS STEVENS
LATE OF LAMBERHURST, SUSSEX (sic)
WHO DIED THE 4th OF NOVEMBER 1824
AGED 95 YEARS
ALSO FRANCES WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 29th OF AUGUST 1800
AGED 65 YEARS
LIKEWISE THREE OF THEIR CHILDREN
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 7th September 1824
Thomas Stevens of Lamberhurst, Sussex, (sic), Late Senior Alderman of Rochester
   To friends, Thomas Thompson of Frant?, near Sevenoaks, Gentleman, Robert Gunning, St. Mary's Hall, Gentleman and David John Day of Rochester, Gentleman, his freeholds, including farm house and lands in Frindsbury and Higham, occupied by Edward Butcher and his freehold in Rochester High Street, occupied by [      ] and [      ] Gould; his freehold 20 acres in Higham occupied by Thomas Bentley, his freehold called Quarrinton House used as two dwellings, adjoining the "Malthouse Shovel" public house in the east end of Chatham High Street (actually in Parish of Gillingham), occupied by Edward Shrewsbury; three freehold cottages adjoining the "Cossack" public house in Delce Lane, Rochester, occupied by [      ] Wildish and [      ] Broughton and [      ] Goodridge; four freeholds in Maidstone Road and Pleasant Row, adjoining the "Royal George" public house, in Rochester, occupied by Widow Stiles, Frederick West, John Bassham and Edward Landen; freehold adjoining the "Angel" public house, in Strood, occupied by James West; freehold adjoining the "Victory" public house in Strood, occupied by John Wilson and a cottage near the "Falstaff" public house in Highham, occupied by [      ] Arthes, upon trust, during the life of his daughter, Mary, wife of Charles Thompson of Rochester, Surgeon, to pay annual rents to her. After her death, if her husband survives her, then to him for life. After both deaths, then to her daughters, equally shared.
   Brewhouse and house, storehouse, malt house, waterworks, stable, coach house and buildings adjoining brewery, several public houses, freehold and leasehold, in and near Rochester and other parishes in Kent. Of these, one third has been settled on daughter Mary at her marriage. The brew house and dwellings have been mortgaged by him to raise sufficient money, now in the Bank of England Annuities, to provide an annual sum of 800, in the names of his trustees, for benefit of Jon Prentis Henslow, of Rochester, Gentleman, and Frances his wife, (Steven's other daughter). This is in lieu of profits from brewing business, where Henslow was his partner.
   To his trustees, house adjoining brewery, in which he once lived and other house lately occupied by Tadman, now by the brewer or the clerk of the brewery. The furniture of his former house and all contents and freehold and leasehold public houses in and near Rochester, Chatham, Frindsbury, Cobham, Meopham, Luddesdown, Wouldham, Strood and Higham, and other properties not already mentioned, and 2,000 given by him to the funds of the brewery, this to be placed by his trustees in bank annuities, upon trust. They to allow his daughter Mary and husband to live in his old house, for life, and contents of house. Her husband is to carry on brewery business, until two of his younger sons, Charles and Richard Thompson, or other sons are 21. At the age of 14, they are to attend the accounting house of the business and assist there, for which they will be paid 50 per annum, each. Trustees to allow nephew Thomas Chambers, late apprentice to Henry Dixon Edmeades of Strood, Joiner, to have free use and occupation of public house, called the "King's Head" at Upnor, for life, for annual rent of 2.
   Trustees to apply his 3% bank annuities he has at death, towards discharge of mortgage of 26,666 13s 4d and dispose of 2,000 advanced by him to brewery.
   Surplus of two thirds of profits of brewery to Richard and Charles Thompson at 21.
   To servant Charity Baldwin, 200, to servants Mary and Thomas Baldwin, 10 each for mourning; to Thomas Chambers all his clothes.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Thomas Pawley of Lamberhurst, Clothier and Thomas Francis of Lamberhurst, Carpenter
   Proved 15th March 1826
   Robert Gunning and David Day have renounced execution of will
Thomas Stevens built Gadshill Place, at Higham, which was later the home of Charles Dickens. Mayor of Rochester, in 1787 and 1801, his signature included his title, "Mare of Rochester" !

TAYLOR see SHEAFE

 

PART TWO Monuments in the old church, recorded by John Thorpe in the early 18th century and published by his son in Registrum Roffensis, 1769.

BOOTH see JELFE

23.   Ledger Stone in the Chancel

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
JOSEPH CAESAR AND MARY HIS WIFE
HE HAD ISSUE BY HER NINE CHILDREN
VIZ. AUGUSTINE, ELIZABETH, JULIUS,
MARY, TITUS, TIBERIUS, CAROLINUS,
CATHERINE, FRANCES
HE DIED NOVEMBER 20th 1668
AETAT SUAE 41
SHE DIED APRIL 10th 1701
AETAT SUAE 68
LIKEWISE HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
JULIUS CAESAR
SON OF JOSEPH AND MARY CAESAR
WHO DIED APRIL 29th 1712
AETAT 55

CAESAR see SIMMONDS

24.   Ledger Stone in the Nave, near Belfry

HERE LYETH
INTERRED THE BODY OF
JANE CLIVE
THE WIFE OF MR. RICHARD CLIVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 30th 1700
AGED 52 YEARS
"In Briefe, to speak thy praise let this suffice,
Thou wast a wife most loving, modest, wife,
A pious woman, to thy neighbours kind,
A worthy mistress, and of a liberal mind."
HERE ALSO
LYETH THE BODY OF
SARAH CLIVE
THE WIFE OF
RICHARD CLIVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 15th OF JUNE 1721

25.   14th Century Ledger, incised effigy of a woman praying , North Aisle

KI: PVR: LALME: MARIOBE: E: JOHAN: CREYE: PRIERACIS: VINS: IVRUS: DE: PARDVN: AVERA:

26.   Ledger Stone in Chancel

HERE LYETH ROBERT AND MARGARET
CHILDREN OF ROBERT AND MARY CURTIS
ROBERT                   MARCH THE 8th 1712
                                    DIED
MARGARET                 OCTOBER THE 31st 1720

27.   Ledger Stone, North Aisle

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
ELIANOR EVANS LATE WIFE OF
WILLIAM EVANS OF WINDSOR, GENTLEMAN
SEPT. 16th 1705
AGED 77

28.   Ledger Stone in the Nave

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
WILLIAM
THE SON OF
WILLIAM FURNER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 2nd OF AUGUST 1712
IN THE 19th YEAR OF HIS AGE
HERE ALSO LYETH THE BODY OF
SUSANNA
THE WIFE OF THE SAID
WILLIAM FURNER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st OF SEPTEMBER 1712
IN THE 48th YEAR OF HER AGE
HERE LIETH ALSO THE BODY OF
MR. WILLIAM FURNER SEN.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 28th OF MAYMANO DOM 1722
AGED 65

P.C.C. Will , dated 13th May 1721
William Furner, House Carpenter
   He wishes to be buried in the church as near to his son, William, as possible.
   5 to the poor people of Strood, not receiving parish alms, to be distributed on the day of his funeral or following Sunday.
   To his wife, Mary, an annuity of 20, or life, this is payable from Richard Tassell, her son ,pursuant on a bond made by Richard Tassell, her former husband, before their marriage. Richard Tassell Junior as his father's executor is responsible for this annuity.
   Also to his wife, for life, his half share in a water mill in Strood, now occupied by Reginald Head. To his two grandsons, William and John Fidge, his leasehold farm called Sheppard's in Sheldwich, occupied by Moses Easter. Furner holds this farm on a lease from Corpus Christi College, Oxford. If both grandsons die before they are 21, then to his kinsman, William Stott, for the remainder of the term. His little property near Faversham, occupied by Thomas Merritt, to the above grandsons, for ever. If both grandsons have no lawful issue, then to William Stott, for ever. Also to the above grandsons, his leasehold in Strood, known as "Noah's Ark" and another small leasehold adjoining, occupied by Widow Gardin ?. If the above grandsons die before they are 21, then to their brothers, George and Michael Fidge.
   His kinsman William Stott will receive rents from the properties until grandsons are 21.Stott is to use the money for the education and clothing of William and John Fidge. Any surplus to testator's daughter, Ann Fidge, mother of the above grandsons. If Ann dies before William and John, then Stott is to retain money until William and John are 21 and then pay it to them.
   To William Stott, who now lives with the testator, testator's own dwelling house in Strood and five small properties adjoining, occupied by himself, Henry Netherwood, Sarah Hills, Stephen Trygellins ?, George Trumbull and Jasper Riddle, for ever. He desires Stott not to sell or mortgage any part of these properties. His wife can live in his dwelling house, with Stott, rent free, for six months after his death, or as long as his wife and Stott agree.
    Also to William Stott, his little property opposite the "Angel" in Strood, occupied by James Swift, for ever. Stott must keep properties in good repair. The last property is charged with the payment of an annuity of 40 shillings to the Minister of Strood, for ever, towards the Charity School in Strood, for as long as it continues. If it closes, then the Minister will use the money on bread for 20 of the most needy of the poor widows, or other people of Strood, not receiving parish alms. If the money is not paid, the Minister has power to recover the money.
   Also to William Stott, two leasehold properties in Strood, occupied by Thomas Mitchell and Robert Hunt. To kinswomen, Jane and Elizabeth Furner, eleven small properties in Rivers Ally, in Rochester High Street, occupied by Anthony Swansbury, Thomas Jackson, Thomas Cooper, Edward Wetherly, Evan Jones, William Atkins, Amy Verrill, John Price, John Hitch ?, Thomas Blewitt and John Clarke. Also to his kinswomen, three properties in Cage Lane, Strood, occupied by Joseph King, Robert Henderson and Susannah Dye, for ever.
   To William Paget of Cobham, his horse and furniture, to Mrs Elizabeth Paget, his wife, a gold ring of 20 shillings value, to their four children, Elizabeth, Mary, Thomas and Tassell, 5 each. To his son and daughter in law, Richard and Elizabeth Tassell, eac a gold ring of 20 shillings value. To his very good friend and kinsman, Thomas Dobson and Mary, his wife, each a gold ring of 20 shillings value. To Edward and John Dobson, 10 each. To his good friend, Thomas Winter, a gold ring, value 20 shillings.
   His executor is to receive rents from his freeholds for one year to pay debts, funeral costs, legacies, etc., his stock in trade, household goods and personal estate to be valued and sold. Executors to pay residue to William and John Fidge, Ann their mother, Elizabeth and Jane Furner and William Stott in equal shares. William is sole executor. Nominates Rev. C. Parfect and Henry Pooley as overseers of the will, desiring them everything is done properly, according to his will. They have 5 guineas for their trouble, from his personal estate.
   Witnesses: Susanna Wharam or Whaham? And William Clarke, Junior
Codicil dated 26th May 1722
   Regarding the legacy of 40 shillings from a property occupied by James Swift, he has disposed of this property sine making the will. Now the money will come from the three house in Cage Lane for the same purpose. The school will particularly teach the poor children knowledge and practise of the Christian Religion of the Church of England.
   Witnesses: Robert Stunt, Henry Sheafe and Henry Jackson
   Proved 20th May 1722

29.   Brass with effigies of a Man and three Women, in the Nave

HIC JACENT THOMAS GLOVER, AGNES, ALICIA & JHNA, UXES EJS. QI.OBIIT XIII DIE MES FEBRUARII ANO DNI MCCCXLIIII QRO AIAB PPICIETEUR DEUS AMEN

30.   Black Marble on North Wall

NEAR THIS PLACE
LIETH THE BODY OF
ELIZABETH
THE DAUGHTER OF
CAPT. JAMES GOTHER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 6th OF OCTOBER 1695
AGED 25 YEARS

31.   Two Small Stone in the Nave

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
THOMAS HAYES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 12th DAY OF MAY
ANNO DOM 1693
AGED 65 YEARS

NEAR THIS PLACE
LYETH THE BODY OF
BETHIAH
THE WIFE OF
THOMAS HAYES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 16th DAY OF APRIL 1690
AGED 52 YEARS

Consistory Court of Rochester Will, dated 9th May 1693
Thomas Hayes, House Carpenter of Strood.
   He gives to his children, John and Elizabeth Hayes, all his property in Strood, known by the name or sign of "The Sadlers Arms", occupied by [      ] Clench, and his other property, on condition that, one year after his death, they sell the properties; the money to be added to his personal estate.
   To son, Thomas, 5 shillings, To grandson, Thomas, son of Thomas, 15, to his two sisters, testator's grand daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth, 5 each. The latter legacies to be paid when they are 20 years old. To daughter, Elizabeth, all of her late mother's clothes. After debts and funeral costs, etc., are paid, a sum, not exceeding 100, from his his personal estate to be divided between his children, John, James and Elizabeth, half to John and James, and half to Elizabeth. If his estate can not raise the 100 to be divided amongst his children, the the sum will be 50, the legacies of 5 and 15 before given shall be less or half ?
   His children, John, James and Elizabeth are his executors. He desires George Lattenden of Frindsbury, Yeoman, to be Overseer of the will and to assist his executors.
   Witnesses: James Hayes ?, Samuel ? and John ? Walsall

32.   Ledger Stone in the South Aisle

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
ROSE
THE WIFE OF
THOMAS HIND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 28th OF OCTOBER 1722
AGED 70 YEARS

33.   Ledger Stone in the North Aisle

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
SAMEUL HOLWILL
AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
AND TWO CHILDREN
EDWARD AND ELIZABETH
HE DIED JUNE 21st 1699
AETAT SUAE 75

34.   Ledger Stone in the Nave

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
MARY JELFE
DAUGHTER OF
MRS. MARY JELFE
OF THIS PARISH WIDDOW
WHO DYED THE 2nd OF MARCH 1673
AGED 23 YEARS
AND ALSO THE BODY OF
MR. FERD. BOOTH
LATE MINISTER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DYED THE 4th OF FEBRUARY 1679
AGED 35 YEARS
AND ALSO THE BODY OF
THE ABOVE MENTIONED
MRS. MARY JELFE WIDDOW
WHO DYED THE 2nd OF MARCH 1679
AGED 63 YEARS
AND ALSO THE BODY OF
ELIZABETH
THE DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE MENTIONED
MR. BOOTH
AND PRISCILLA HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 18th OF APRIL 1680
AGED 4 YEARS

35.   Ledger Stone in the Chancel

UNDER THIS STONE
LYETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
WILLIAM LEWIS
SONE OF
WILLIAM LEWIS
DEPUTY VICTUALLER OF
HIS MAJESTY'S NAVY AT CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th OF MAY 1639
AETATIS SUAE ...3... ANNORUM

36.   Ledger Stone in the South Aisle

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
MARY PLAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 17th DAY OF JANUARY 1711
AGED 54
AND ALSO HER HUSBAND
JOHN PLAY
WHO DEPARTED THE
12th DAY OF MAY 1699
AGED 73

37.   Ledger Stone in the Chancel

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
DOROTHY PUNNETT
THE WIFE OF
CAPT. THO. PUNNETT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 29th OF JANUARY 1713
AGED 67 YEARS

38.   Ledger Stone in the North Aisle

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
STEPHEN SIMMONDS
LATE GUNNER OF
HER MAJESTY'S SHIP
BRITANNIA
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOV. THE 23rd 1703
AETAT SUAE 72
AND THE BODY OF
ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
THE DAUGHTER OF
JOSEPH AND MARY CAESAR
HE HAD BY HER SEVEN CHILDREN

39.   Ledger Stone with Arms, in the North Aisle

HERE LYETH INTERRED
THE BODY OF
CHRISTOPHER VENMAN, GENT.
WHO DIED JUNE THE 17th 1710
AGED 41

40.   Tablet with Arms on North Wall

NEAR THIS PLACE
LYETH INTER'D THE BODY OF
CAPT. ROBERT WOOD
OBIIT 12th MARCH ANNO 1686
ALSO THE BODY OF
ANN WOOD
HIS WIFE
OBIIT 29th JAN.ANNO 1702 AETAT 76

41.   Inscription over door in North Wall of Chapel South of the South Aisle

THIS CHAPEL WAS BOUGHT AND REPAIRED BY CAPT. ROBERT WOOD ANNO DOMINI 1705

Appendix - Inscriptions found by Henry Smetham under the floor and published in his "History of Strood",

42.   Altar Tomb?

ROBERT BIGGAR
WHO DIED AUGUST 7th 1806
(No age recorded by Smetham)
MARY
WIFE OF
JOHN BOGHURST
WHO DIED MARCH 30th 1794
AGED 84 YEARS

43.   Ledger Stone, Partly cover by "brick furnace"

WILLIAM BARROW
LIEUTENANT OF HIS MAJESTY'S NAVY
SON OF THE ABOVE
JOHN BARROW
WHO DIED 6th JUNE 1772
AGED 27 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 31st march 1772
William Barrow, Gentleman, late lieutenant of H.M.S. Sloop "Hound"
   His house to his wife, Elizabeth and "honoured mother, Elizabeth, widow, for life. After death of survivor, then to his brothers and sister, Francis, John and Elizabeth wife of Richard Bromley, equally shared. His mother is executor.
   Witnesses: Thomas Craddock, William Twopenny and William Twopenny, Junior
   Proved 22nd June 1772

44.   Ledger Stone

JOHN VENMAN, SENR.
OBIIT 25th NOVEMBER 1703
AETAT 32

Smetham states "Christopher" but it is John in the Register, (buried at the end of November) and the will (below) confirms this identification. The Senior is problematic, no son appears in the will, perhaps he was dead, although one is more likely to have this suffix if both father and son were alive; if there was a son he would have been a child, if so, would the suffix apply? One might not expect a shipwright to be buried inside the church, but House Carpenter, Thomas Hayes, was buried in the nave. Also, what is the relationship between John and Christopher Venman, Gent.?
Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 11th October 1703
John Venman, Shipwright of Strood.
   His wages, ready money and all household goods and personal estate, to his wife, Jane, for ever. Jane is sole executor and guardian of his daughter, Mary.
   Witnesses: John Exabee and Richard Sheafe
   Proved 9th December 1703

45.   Ledger Stone, with Arms

WILLIAM PHILLIPS, GENT.
SARAH HIS WIFE
SHE WAS FORMERLY WIFE OF
CHRISTOPHER VENMAN

Sarah Phillips Charity
I am assuming this is one and the same Sarah Phillips ?
   By her will dated 24th June 1740 she bequeathed 188 18s 3d Old South Sea Stock, to the Minister, Churchwardens and Overseers of Strood, upon trust. They were to spend dividends on bread to be distributed, on the donor's birthday (8th November) to most industrious poor of Strood, not receiving parish alms, as trustees think fit. The South Sea Annuities were paid off on 22nd March 1855 and the money converted into 198 3s 7d Consols at per annum income of 5 18s 10d. The sum bequeathed by Phillips was originally 50, which was due to parish after the death of her nephew, William Pearson, who died about 1747 but the money was not paid over to the parish until 1778.


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