Understanding that there was a monument
erected to his memory, I took the liberty of applying to the present
cure of that church, M. Meritan, who obligingly informs me that the
church having been entirely rebuilt since 1695, the monument, if ever
there was one, no longer exists.
Before finally taking leave of Sir Edward, I may mention
that King James II created him Earl of Tenterden and Viscount of
Tunstall—titles which were not recognized by
William and Mary. The patent thereof is in the possession of my
relative, Miss M. B. F. Hales, lately of Hales Place, Canterbury, who
obligingly shewed it to me there, in 1879.
The third baronet was succeeded by his second surviving
son, Sir John Hales. Of him I have very little to say, except that he
was offered a peerage by George I, but declined it, because he was not
allowed to claim the Earldom of
Tenterden. He died, after a somewhat strange life, in
1744, and was buried at Tunstall.
His grandson, the fifth baronet, Sir Edward Hales, of
Woodchurch, succeeded him and died in 1802; and he was succeeded by his
son, Sir Edward Hales, sixth and last baronet, who married in 1789 Lucy,
daughter of Henry Darell of Calehill. When he died issueless, in 1829,
the baronetcy became extinct, and his extensive estates devolved
eventually upon his great-niece, Mary Barbara Felicite, granddaughter of
his sister, Madame de Morlaincourt, whose son assumed the name of Hales.
It may not be out of place to record, that although the
immediate male descendants of the first baronet are all deceased, the
old family, which was settled for centuries in the neighbourhood of
Tenterden, is not