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Inscriptions inside the Goudhurst Church, Kent

483. (480). Here lyes the body of Benjamin OLLIVE late of London died 26 February 1777 aged 28. Elizabeth Ollive mother of the above Benjamin, died January 8 1789 aged 71. Also her son John Ollive died November 17 1789 aged 50. Elizabeth Ollive, wife of the above John, died September 20 1780 aged 40. John, son of above John and Elizabeth Ollive died 3 December 1816 aged 42. Thomas Ollive late of Taywell in this parish and brother to above Benjamin Ollive died 14 January 1817 aged 75. Ann, youngest daughter of the above John and Elizabeth Ollive died 18 July 1822 aged 42.

484. (479) Flat west end of nave east of last In the family vault beneath this stone are deposited the remains of Elizabeth OLLIVE, widow of the late Benjamin Ollive. She died 2 May 1831 aged 78 years. Also Mary, second daughter of the late John Ollive, died 20 August 1832 aged 54 years. Also Elizabeth the eldest daughter of the late John Ollive and Elizabeth his wife. She died 25 August 1852 aged 76 years.

485. (488) Flat at west end south aisle In memory of Sarah the wife of the Reverend William DOWTHWAITE, who died December 29 1800 aged 43. Also 4 of their children who died in their infancy. Likewise the Reverend William DOWTHWAITE who departed this life 4 October 1828 aged 77.

486. (489) Flat, west end south aisle Mrs Miliscent POLHILL, wife of the Reverend Robert Polehill vicar of this parish, died 30 July 1771 aged 36. Mr D STANFORD obiit 9 June 1781 aetatis 72. Rebecca Polhill died 11 April 1799 aged 38.

487. (490) Flat, west end south aisle Here lyeth the body of John PARIS, who departed this life 22 day of August 1717 aged 41 and left issue Peter, John, Thomas and Elizabeth. Here also lyeth ye body of John son of John Paris who dyed ye 21 of April 1721 in ye 15 year of his age. Here also lieth Peter son of Peter Paris and Elizabeth his wife died 27 September 1748 aged 6 years.

488. (491) Flat, west end south aisle Here lieth the body of Mr Peter PARIS of this parish who died May ? aged ? years. Also Mrs Elizabeth Paris who died December 24 1772 aged 59 years. Also Mr Thomas Paris who died May 17 1782 aged 75.

489. (493) Flat, west end south aisle Here lieth ye body of John SPRINGETT who departed this life ye 4th day of August 1680 aged 74. He left issue one son and 2 daughters John, Elizabeth and Martha. His son John by Jane his first wife and his 2 daughters by Ann his last wife: his wives lye both buried near this place.

490. (494) Flat in aisle by south wall, south aisle, western end Near this place are deposited the remains of Matthew POPE of this parish, Gentleman, and Elizabeth his wife and their children as follows. William Thomas Pope, Catherine Pope, Ann Pope, Elizabeth Pope and John Pope. Matthew Pope son of the above named Matthew and Elizabeth died and was buried in the colony of Victoria. (no dates).

491. (542) Here lyeth ye body of Robert PHILP, carpenter of this parish, who departed this life November ye 6 1722 aged 61. Also Ann Philp his wife who departed this life February ye 23rd 1723 aged 67.

492. (543) Armorial drawing Here lyeth the body of Judith GOZWITT widow late of Combwell in ye parish of Goudhurst in ye county of Kent who departed this life March ye 16th 1720 in ye 82nd year of her age.

493. (483) Here lyeth buried John BATHURST of Trillinghurst in this parish, Gentleman, who departed this life the 16th day of April 1697 in the 57th yeare of his age. [Tomb NW end of aisle] Bread dole is placed on this.

494. (513) West end, north chapel Armorial drawing Here under lyeth buried the body of Elizabeth BATHURST late of Finchcocks, spinster, who departed this life the 12th day of February 1710/11 aged 74. She was one of the daughters of Edward Bathurst of Finchcocks, Esquire, and Martha his wife who we also buried nigh here unto.

495. (514) ? under organ Here lieth interred ye body of Edward BATHURST of Finchcocks in ye parish of Goudhurst, Esquire and Gentilman Harbinger to the late King Charles who had to wife Martha HOOPER one of the daughters of John Hooper of Stockbury in Kent, Gentleman. He had issue by here eight sonnes and six daughters and departed this life on ye 20 of August in the 51st year of his age Anno Dom 1651.

496. (515) Flat, west end north chancel. No arms Here lieth the body of John BATHURST, Gentleman, son of Edward and Math Barthhurst of Finchcocks who died a bachelor the 24 day of September 1726 in the 85th year of his age.

497. (516) East of last No arms. Here lieth interred the body of John SAWYER late of this parish and of Ann his wife. Also of Elizabeth their daughter. John died 1 June 1775 aged 67 years. Ann died 19 August 1775 aged 65 years. Elizabeth died 13 December 1764 aged 19 years.

498. (517) West end, north chancel north of 14. Armorial {HORDEN of Great Horden] In hope of joyfull resurrection here lieth interred the body of Edward BATHURST of Finchcocks, Esquire (eldest son of Edward Bathurst, Esquire and Martha his wife) who departed this life on the 9th day of June in the year of our Lord 1690 and in the 52nd year of his age. He marryed Judith the daughter of Robert OLIVER, Gentleman, of Layborne in Kent and died without issue.

499. (518) Flat, north chapel, north of 15 No arms Underneath are deposited the remains of the Reverend Joseph DUNN, late vicar of Benenden in this county who departed this life November the 16 1798 aged 63 years. Also underneath are deposited the remains of the said Rose Dunn, widow of the abovenamed Joseph Dunn, who died 27 September 1806 aged 83. Likewise near this place are interred the bodies of Stephen OSBORNE of this parish and Mary his wife who had issue 3 children one son and 2 daughters John, Rose and Mary. John is buried near this place and Mary in St Magnus Church, London Bridge. Rose their surviving daughter and widow of the abovenamed Joseph Dunn caused this stone to be placed here.

500. (519) Flat, east end, north chancel. No arms The Reverend Mr Isaac FINCH Vicar of this parish died ye 16 of August 1756 aged 59. Also John son of Isaac and Mary Finch was born August the 26 1737 died June ye 14 1739.

501. (520) South of it is another to Here lies interred Mary FINCH ho died December ye 14 1762 aged 23 years.

502. (506) In chancel floor, south side Armorial drawing Here lyeth Arthur LAKE, Gentleman, one of the Ancients of St Clements Inn, London, who died the 13 October 1716 aged 63 years who was second son of Thomas Lake of Taywell in this parish who died the ? day of March in the year of our Lord 1666/7 aged 60 years and was buried near this place.

503. (498) On west wall, south aisle Armorial drawing (Bathurst/Haffenden) Robert BATHURST died 15 June 1731 aged 66 Elizabeth Bathurst died 26 November 1752 aged 76 Elizabeth LONGSTAFF died 28 October 1743 aged 40 John VICKERS died 16 March 1744 aged 20 Mary Bathurst only daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Bathurst abovenamed died 7 August 1770 aged 62.

504. (499) Buried [outside vestry, south side of western tower] Tablet on west wall, south aisle Armorial drawing (Bathurst) Inclosed by rails on the outside of this wall is interred the body of Dorothy BATHURST (daughter of Lancelot LEE of Coton in Shropshire, Esquire, and widow of Edward Bathhurst, Esquire, eldest son of Edward Bathurst late of Finchcocks in this parish, Esquire) who departed this life on 3rd of March 1794 aged 78 years. Dorothy Bathurst, daughter of the above died December 10th 1837 aged 94 years.

505. (481) On south pier, tower wall Armorial drawing (Polhill/De Buckland) Near this spot lie the remains of the Reverend Robert POLHILL a.m. vicar of this church above 40 years who died 2 June 1801 aged 67. (an exordium) His sons William and J B Polhill from a sentiment of filial duty consecrate this tablet to his memory.

506. (484) Mural, north aisle over north door. Armorial drawing Near this spot lie the mortal part of William STRINGER late of Ashford in this county, Esquire, who departed this life 10 July 1817 aged 47. He married Catharine, second daughter of Henry SMITHE of Eastling, Gentleman, by her he left 2 sons and 6 daughters viz Charlotte William Henry Stringer Catherine Emily Ann Sarah Frances Helen and Elizabeth. His widow in affectionate regard erected this tablet.

507. (485) Mural centre of north wall Armorial drawing Within this church are deposited the remains of the very ancient and truly respectable family of LAKE of Taywell in this parish (exordium) Richard Lake, Robert Lake and Joan HICKMOT, Robert Lake and Catharine LUCAS. Thomas Lake and Ann ERNIOT, Thomas Lake and Philadelphia PIERS, Thomas Lake and Alice KIRILL
The names are on ribbons connected by a longitudinal ribbon. These 6 are on one ribbon as children of Thomas and Alice. Lancelot, Arthur, Alice, Philadelphia, Frances, Elizabeth.

508. (486) North wall, east of 24 Armorial drawing In a vault near this place are deposited the remains of Robert SPRINGETT, Esquire, of Finchcocks in this parish who departed this life 20 April 1826 aged 73. Also of Avis his wife who died February 6 1809 in the 55th year of her age and of John second son of the above named Robert and Avis Springett who died 9 April 1819 aged 31. Richard, eldest son of the above, died 6 November 1869 aged 84 and Ann Elizabeth his wife 9 November 1862 aged 70 and are buried in the churchyard.

509. (523) Mural, east wall, north chancel, north of window Armorial drawing Grateful affection records on this ablet the memory of Richard PACK, Esquire, of Flore House in the country of Northampton who was born 23 December 1768 died 17 December 1838 at the residence of his son in law Giles MILLER, Esquire, of this parish in whose vault on the north side of the churchyard his remains are deposited with those of his eldest daughter, Anne Augusta the wife of Giles Miller Esquire who died deeply lamented after a short illness 14 May 1837 aged 31. Dulcis est memoria and also of Mary, widow of the above Richard Pack who died 29 October 1859 aged 78.

510. (524) Below 26, no arms In memory of Edward Lewis MILLER the only and beloved child of Giles Miller of this parish and the late Anne Augusta his wife. This youth who exhibited at an early age many proofs of great mental endowment was born 4 March 1831 and killed by a fall from the cliff at Freshwater in the Isle of Wight on Friday 28 August 1846. His mortal remains are deposited in the family vault on the north side of the churchyard. (sermon on early death). (2003-06-11 Lesley Abraham, Isle of Wight, reports that she was very interested to see Nos. 309 and 510 about the MILLER family as there is a small obelisk monument to Edward Lewis Miller on the cliffs above Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. Some months ago she had tried to find out who "E.L.M." as stated on the monument was, but there was no information on him. Now you have very kindly solved the mystery and I will pass on this information to our local PRO. Thank you again)

511. (509) Mural, north wall, sanctuary Near this lieth Charlotte HARRISON late wife of William Bagshaw Harrison, a.m. Vicar for nearly 50 years of Goudhurst who deceased 23 November AD 1853 aged 76. In the churchyard of Warmington are deposited the remains of Amelia Harrison fifth daughter of the Reverend B & Charlotte Harrison who died 7 May 1870 (no age).

512. (510) Brass below 28, on north wall, sanctuary In loving remembrance of the Reverend William Bagshaw HARRISON, eldest brother of the above who died 6 November 1875 aged 73 and was bured at Gayton-le-Marsh of which parish he was rector 43 years. Also of their sister Elizabeth Harrison who departed this life 21 June 1876 aged 72 and was buried at Kilndown.

513. (511) North wall sanctuary, east of last 2 Armorial drawing Grateful affection not to be suppressed has caused this tablet to be erected to the memory of the Reverend William HARRISON, Master of Arts at Merton College, Oxford, 49 years vicar of this parish. He died the 4 Sunday after the Epiphany AD 1849 in the 80th year of his age.

514. (526) A fine marble mont east wall south chapel with bust Armorial drawing above? Sacred to the memory of William CAMPION Esquire of Combwell the true inheritor of the virtues of his father Sir William Campion Knight famous for his steadfast loyalty to King Charles the First in whose glorious cause he was at last killed at the fatal siege of Colchester and was buried there. The above named William Campion Esquire married Frances ye third daughter of Sir John GLYN Knight by whom he had issue Elizabeth, Grace, William, Anne-Barbara, Philadelphia, Frances, Catharine and Henry. He dyed September ye 20 AD 1702 in the 63rd year of his age after having served his country with an unbyased integrity through the course of several Parliaments as in his private station he was deservedly esteemed a loving husband a prudent and kind father a true friend a sincere and charitable Christian.

515. (507) Mural on south chancel pier Armorial drawing In a vault near this spot are deposited the remains of Charlotte Affleck HARRISON, eldest daughter of the Reverend William Bagshaw Harrison vicar of this parish and Charlotte his wife. she died 7 April 1812 in the 12th year of her age. In the same vault lieth Samuel Wyment Bagshaw Harrison, Queens Scholar of St Peters College Westminster, eldest son of the Reverend William Harrison MA Rector of Warmington who died at the vicarage 28 of May 1848 aged 15 years.

516. (500) On west wall, south aisle. No arms Sacred to the memory of Stephen GROOMBRIDGE Esquire FRS SRA of Blackheath Kent who died on the 30 March 1832 aged 77. (Exordium) Also sacred to the memory of Lavinia Martha relict of the above named Stephen Groombridge Esquire who died 30 August 1832 aged 65.

517. (522) Mural tablet, west wall, north chapel, behind organ Near this place lyeth the body of Thomas BATHURST of Finchcocks, Gentleman. He was a younger son of Edward and Martha Bathurst, educated at London in the practice of the Common Law to which he applied himself with a great industry, vigilance and fidelity thus he gained the favour and esteem of the wise and good men and crowned his early labours with deserved success. In him the poor found a friend. His friends a father. At the death of his elder brother he gradually withdrew from the hurry and fatigue of business to pass the remainder of his days in the calm repose of a retired country life. As his dress was plain, his manners sincere so in obedience to his last command this plain but sincere acknowledgement is gratefully offered to his memory. He died a bachelor the 29 September 1718 in the 77th year of his age. Bene qui latunt bene vixit.
He gave five pounds per an for an English School to be taught about Riseden Quarter and one pound per an to be laid out in good books which two legacies to be charged upon certain lands in Horsmonden. as by his last will proved in the Pregroahu? Court at London may more at large appear if there be occasion to have recourse there unto.

518. (501) South aisle, west wall. No arms Sacred to the memory of Mary Susanna wife of the Reverend Newton SMART a.m. of Trewhitt House in Northumberland who died in giving birth to a son at the house of her father Stephen GROOMBRIDGE Esquire of Blackheath on 4 August 1824 in 29th year of her age and is interred in a vault to the north-east of this church. In the same vault are deposited the remains of Stephen Paris, only son of Stephen and Lavinia Martha Groombridge who died 7 January 1803 aged 2 months.

519. (527) South wall, south chapel Armorial drawing (Hawte/Shelving/Bedbury) Here lieth interred Thomas COLEPEPYR of Bedbury Esquire, eldest sone of ould Sir Alexander Colepepyr Knight of ye same which Thomas had two wyves his first was Elizabeth daughter and one of ye heires of Sir William HAWT of Bishopsbourn in Kent Knight. His second was Ellin daughter and one of ye heires of sir Walter HENLEY of Corsehorne in Kent Knight. By the first the said Thomas had 5 sonnes and 2 daughters. By the last 3 sonnes and 1 daughter and dyed the 13 May 1558. Beati mundo corde quoniam ipsi Devm videbunt. Matt V 8
Armorial drawing (Culpeprer/Hardeshall/Shelving/Bedgbury/Hawte) Here lyeth the body of Sir Alexander COLEPEPYR sonne of ye said Thomas who had to wyfe Mary one of ye daughters of ye Lord William DACRE of ye north who had issue by her Anthonye Colepepyr onelye and dyed ye 16 day of January 1599 (no age).
Memorare novissima et in eternu non peccabis Eccles VII 36
Sir Anthonye COLEPEPYR Knight sonne and heire of ye said Sir Alexander had to wife Anne one of ye daughters of Sir Roger MARTIN Knight Armorial drawing (Hendley/Bedgbury) and had by her 12 sonnes and 4 daughters which Sr Anthonie made this tombe Ao Do 1608 Aetatis suae 48 being liveinge. Pulvis es et in pulverem redibis. Gen III 19 Let us heare ye end of all Feare God and kepe his commandmets for ys is ye whole dutie of man Eccle XII 13
This worthy lady noblie borne on bothe sides wise and mylde grandchilde to the Earlle of Shrewsburye and noble Dacre?s childe Here lyeth: to dust and ashes chang?d Her earthly body is Here soule devine transported eke to heaven and heavenly blisse.
4 armorial drawings Her father London great eune? ?ruilde as maior a worthye man Her mother borne of ancyent stock a noble Grecian Her children manye, virtues more God sent and cheerful will Ye naked poore and needy soules To helpe and succoure still My children if summers entise you consetne not (Prov I 10) For blessed is ye soule of him yt feareth ye Lorde Eccls 34.15

520. (512) South wall of sanctuary a fine mont? with kneeling figure of him and wife in ruffs 2 armorial drawings
behind the figures are 2 shields
Here lyeth interred ye body of William CAMPION late of Coombwell in ye county of Kent Esquire and of Rachell his wife who had issue between them five sonnes and 4 daughters the which said William departed this life ye 10 December Ano Domini 1615 and ye said Rachell ye 11 of November 1606. Henry mort William married to Elizabeth daughter of Sir William STONE of Layton in ye county of Essex Knight Henry married to Anna one other of the daughters of ye Sir William Stone. Edward Robert mort Cordell married to Sir Richard MICHELBORNE of Broadhurst in ye county of Sussex Knight Margarett mort Rachell married to Thomas CHOWNE of Oxenhothe in ye county of Kent Esquire Ellen late ye wife of John TURNER of Ham in the county of Surrey Esquire Mors ita commissum morsute sustulif alto: atro Commissiq tenax morte benenda tenet. Virtutis zeliq tui invenescit imago vivida: Nec sinium morte senenteferet Hic premissa iacet nonus quos segregat annus Funere conjunctos comparat una dies Conveniunt (es tanta piae Concordia vitae) Vivendo similes sunt moriendo pares
Thomas Chowne armiger privignus in perpetum amoris testimonium. Memoriae sacrum Hic jacet in tumulo verae virtutis imago In tumulo virtus pertiuis imbre genas Fallor: ab humana corpus compage solutum Rapta abit angelica mens rediviva manu
Duplex conubium: ducit paers terrea mortem Jungifur oeterno purior aura deo Illuxisti orbi: coelestibus advena fulges Phosphorus in vita: vesper ab inferitu
Rodolphus Clayton theologus in aeternam verae observantae tesseram.

521. (325) North chapel, south of east window Armorial drawing and 2 crests (Roberts) Baeti mortui. Apocal +1473 In propinquo hic sepultus est Edmondus ROBERTS Armiger frater secundus Thomae Roberts militis et baronetti qui in primam uxorem duxit Juditham tertiam Gulielmi BIRD Arm. Civitatis Londinensis telonarii filiam Thomae BLUNT Arm viduam ex qua 5 liberos tres nempe filios duasque filias suscefuit quorum unum solum modo Thomean scilicet filium et heredem supersitem reliquit erga paupers benignus et liberates fuit; quod etiam suprema voluntate satis pro faculta- tibus ampliter sapressit Et postquam annos 65 in terrio egissit + 12 die Septembris + 1627 + mortem obiit + Dilectae que uxori (quae eum anteivit et bene moriendi viam monstravit)
Post aliquat annos denua redittus + hoc in tumulo una com illa quiescit.
Chari mihi quos rapuit mors saeva parentes ? Quesque simul junctos his lapis unus habet. Queis ego vos plangam lacrimis? Queis laudibus obnem? Funere quo vobis solvere iusa queam? O utinam quam vos vitae mortisque praeistis. Ispe bonae possim gnatris inire viam ?
Parentibus charissimis. Monumentum hoc Thomas Roberst filius nati maximus pietatis ergo moestissimus posuit.

522. (487) Mural, north wall, east end over rood door Armorial drawing (Stringer see 23) MS
A parte hujus parietis exteriori nixta sex pedes sub lapide impolito jacet Elizabetha uxor Edwds BATHURST ex alde de Finchcocks filia Steph STRINGER de Triggs, Arm. (Latin eulogium) Effulsore suis Quatuor beate fuit puerulis Edwardo, Johanne, Elizabetha, et Thoma; matris suae mammas (rarum in inopia cogis) premente. Hae curia hae deliciae o si hujisce matris memores. Si hi sci virtutibus heredes. Fururi! Haud septem anni a nuptiis elaspi, cum ille opt: max: Quinill ad hue utrinsque votes renni s set lethali Variolarum morbo percussit et a merito suo moestissimo ad eandem (si detur) redituro eripuit. Obt 3 die Junii Ano Domini 1715 aetatis suae 30. Vitiis iniquam ohor aura.
Tollit Supradictus Edwardus Bathurst Ob 1 August 1772 Aet 92 & in eodem tumulo sepultus est. Edward the eldest son of Mr Bathurst who erected the monument and the father of the writer of this died in Jamaica 1751.

523. (251) In north chancel, north east end matrix of brass. Drawing

524. (541) In north west window of north chancel Armorial drawing

523. (540) North west window, north chapel Armorial drawing

524. (539) In east window, north chapel See No. 150 Armorial drawing (OAKDEN of Ladham House)

525. (538) Glass shield in third window from west of north aisle ? it is modern Armorial drawing (Newington)

526. (531) On floor south chancel Armorial drawing

527. (533) 2 armorial drawings

528. (532) on tomb arch shield

529. (508) Tablet on north pier of chancel arch. To the glory of God and in memory of James Sanderson CLARKE MA Vicar of this parish for 47 years 1864-1911 This tablet is erected by his parish ioners to perpetuate the memory of the faithful work he did and as a token of their appreciation of his constant desire for their good. The church was largely restored through his initiative and the parish provided with adequate schools. He entered into rest on May 19 1911 in the 91st year of his age. Psalm 91.16

530. (528) Tablet on north west wall of south chancel Armorial drawing Sacred to the memory of Catharine the beloved wife of Francis LAW Esquire of Woodstock House near Sittingbourne (late proprietor of Bedgebury Park) second daughter of the Reverend W B Harrison MA Vicar of this parish. She died April 2 1838 in 37th year leaving issue Stephana Cartier an infant and her remains are deposited in a vault in the churchyard of Tunstall in this county. Francis Law Esquire died 16 August 1842 and was buried in the same vault.

531. (529) Brass below last To the glory of God This chapel was restored and filled for divine worship by a father and mother in gratitude for special belssigns granted during the Great War 1914-1918 by sons and daughters in loving memory of their parents George and Sarah Ann HINDS late of Beechhurst in this parish. (Jetwell???)

532. (505) Culpeper tomb with effigies in south aisle to Sir Alexander Culpeper and Dame Constance his wife.

533. (502) In west wall of south aisle Armorial drawing (FOWLE of River Hall Sussex( Juxta hunc lapidem situs est Anthonius FOULE Armiger ex hospitio Grayensis publicae pacio et justicae in Cantio et Sussexia curator Anthonii Foule de Rothenicki in comitatu Suffsexiae filius secondo senitite et Elizabethae filiae et cohoeridis Gulielmi Austin Generori de Goudhurst que supulta est in septemeron insula huis Ecclesie Duxit Margaretam filiam et cohoeridem Thomae JEFFERY de Chitingley in agro Sussexiensi Armigeri Ex qua unicam filiam reliquit moriens 27 Augusti Anno Domini 1672 Aetatis 60.
Non fuit humani consultior ------ Nec coleret leges qui probitate po----- Divinas idem tabulas evolvere doctus justitaie latices hauserat inde sacros ultima naturae lex observanda manebat cui non invitus paruit et moritur.

534. (503) On west wall, south aisle ? brass To the glory of God and in affectionate memory of his father the Reverend W B HARRISON MA 50 years vicar of this parish this western wall with the vestry adjoining have been rebuilt and restored at the expense of the Reverend H Harrison MA Vicar of Kilndown, Easter, MDCCCLXXXV

535. (504) On west wall, south aisle, tablet. In loving memory of Herbert HINDS fourth son of George Hinds of Beechurst Goudhurst born 10 December 1864 Lost in the wreck of the "Drummond Castle" off Ushaut, France 16 June 1896 and buried on the Island of Mol?ne.

536. (482) Bronze tablet on north wall of west tower arch. To the glory of God and in memory of John Gordon STIRLING DSO 9 Lancers Born in London May 28th 1874 Died at Sialkote India May 22 1902 This memorial is erected as a tribute of affection by his brother officers.

537. (497) Flat, west end, south aisle c. 1680 Here lieth the body of Richard BEALE son of Richard Beale of Biddenden He died???. ???????..

538. (492) Flat in aisle by south wall, south aisle Here lieth the body of Elizabeth wife of John PARIS who departed this life the 2- day of December 1749 aged 6- years.

539. (535) windows- North of sanctuary Ad Gloria dei et in piai memoriam Caroltae natu TONKIN uxoris Gulielmi Bagshaw HARRISON matris dilechssimae haue fenestram filii et filiae posierunt quod habuit heac fecit.

540. (534) East window In memoriam Gulielmi Bagshaw HARRISON hujus ecclesiae per XLIX annos vicarii patris dilechssini have festram filii et filiae posuerant consummatis est.

541. (530) NB in floor of south chapel a small stone. Reverend W B H MA Obiit 28 January 1849 aet 79
CAH SW BH SB 1812 1848 Ob Jan 1 Ae 57

542. (536) Window of south door of nave In memoriam Joseph RIDGWAY Obiit Jan 19 1879

543. (537) next (and last) window south aisle In memoriam Georgiana C RIDGWAY obiit March 18th 1871

This list was made by Leland Duncan in 1923 for the Kent Archaeology Society.

Honorah Collins -Marriage certificate

Honora COLLINS The daughter of Michael COLLINS 1722-1815 and Ann RYAN b:1730 was born in 1763 in Kerry, Ireland d:5 September 1837 at Castlereagh. married by the Rev. Samuel Marsden, using the name Norah Collins on the 3 July 1801 at St.John's Parramatta to Thomas FRANCIS b:4 April 1764 in Warwickshire d:3 September 1820 at Castlereagh. Honora arrived 11 February 1796 on the 'Marquis Cornwallis'which had left Cork on 9 August 1795. She had been tried at Kerry and sentenced to 7 years. Cannot find her crime recorded. Her husband Thomas arrived with the third fleet on the 'Admiral Barrington' 16 October 1791.

See below for a copy of the entry in the marriage register at St.John's Parramatta.

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JAMES BOOTH 1836-1931

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Dorothy Eather nee Kinsela 1839-1915 tells her story

After the death of George Eather 1834-1912, his widow Dorothy (Dora),nee KINSELA 1839-1915 recalled her experience during the Hawkesbury flood of June 1867 in which 12 members of the EATHER family lost their lives:

" The waters crept up until only three rows of shingles were out. Then, the roof collapsed and twelve were drowned. It was a new slab house, just built at the time and when the waters began to rise they regarded it as the safest shelter. The water overflowed the flats and they were cut off. George CUPITT was taking some men away in a boat when one said to Mrs. EATHER, " You had better go up in the boat to your sister's and take the four children with you." At first she refused, saying she would have to bake some bread and get everything in the loft before morning. However, they prevailed upon her to go, her husband staying. When they were getting into the boat, Tom and Bill Eather came over with their families to take refuge in the new house. Mrs. Bill EATHER said. "You won't forget us if the water's come over the ridge?" she was asked to get into the boat too, but she refused. They pulled away at 4 in the afternoon.

That night the river rose fast. In the morning Mrs. SMITH and Mrs ? EATHER came from Clarendon into Richmond and tried in vain to get a boat sent over. At night they went back to Clarendon. About 1 o'clock they saw a signal light away over the water, in the direction of the house. It was the family still on the roof. They put rags and papers on the end of a fishing rod. Lit them and returned the signal.

They rushed down to a man with a boat and told him. A dozen men were standing around and none offered to go. It was dark and raining. Mr. DIGHT's coachman, named RILEY, came along and when he was told of the trouble, he went to Mr.DIGHT, who sent him galloping away to try and secure the public boat when it came to shore and offer the crew 50 pounds to go out at once , and save the Eathers. The boat was got about 10 o'clock. and three men offered to go out. To help them to steer across a fire was lit at DIGHT's. They reached the house about half an hour too late."

The Mr. DIGHT mentioned by Dora is Arthur DIGHT 1819-1895 to whom the Eather's will be forever grateful. Although it was too late by this time. He rallied when others turned their backs. When Thomas Eather 1828-1916 remarried Caroline MCKELLAR 1847-1915 he named his second son Arthur after the brave Mr. Dight.

A letter from Margaret Catchpole

MARGARET CATCHPOLE was born in Suffolk on the 14 March 1762 the daughter of Elizabeth Catchpole. She was transported for life and arrived in Sydney onboard the 'Nile' on the 14 December 1801. She worked at one time for a very good friend of the Eather's (my ancestors), Arthur DIGHT 1819-1895 at 'Mountain View' Richmond. She was a prolific letter writer and chronicler. paper, back in those days was not cheap and Margaret used every space on the paper first writing across the page and then down. There are several stories online about Margaret. For the interest of the members of Family Tree Circles I wanted to show you part of one of her letters, unfortunately I was not able to attach the whole page. All her letters have been transcribed. What a painstaking job that would have been.
For those interested, there are several stories about her online.

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Gold Fever and women

Some people believed that finding gold would be easy!

Indeed! The reality was hard work. Intense heat and dust in the summer, bringing clouds of flies and mosquitoes then very cold winters and of course there was the mud.

Wives and children had little choice but to accompany their men to the diggings and they were among the thousands of people who became ill with dysentery and typhoid.

Drinking water was polluted by panning and by sewage that escaped from the thousands of holes the miners dug to use as toilets. The diet was inadequate, the basic food was mutton, damper, tea and sugar and nobody escaped the inflated food prices. You truly had to find more than a few specks to afford fruit and vegetables. Most diggers didn't bother to wash and shared their beds with fleas. 'Cures" for just about every imaginable ailment were available from the 'quacks, Sunday was observed everywhere as a day of rest. On this day men repaired their equipment mended their clothes and wrote letters home. Some sought out the sly-grog shops and drank away their aches and pains and blot out the fact they had failed to find gold and relieve their homesickness. Overall, the diggings were not a very pleasant place to be for most people.
Even getting to the goldfields was a life and death struggle.

As news of Australian gold rushes swept the world all available ships were crammed with people hoping to make their fortunes. Up to half of the children on those ships died of contaminated food and water and diseases like Scarlet fever, measles and typhoid. On the diggings children continued to be at risk. In the first half of the 1850s 200 European and chinese children under two died at the Mt.Alexander diggings alone. Goldfields cemeteries are today resting places for thousands of children.

Official estimates have reckoned the total population on the Victorian goldfields in 1853 as 46,550 men, 10,747 women, and 11,590 children. Gold digging was an almost exclusively male activity.

Women on the goldfields have often been stereotyped as entertainers and prostitutes but most women were wives of miners or single women accompanying their families. Many women died in childbirth and had to cope with poor diet, the threat and fact of disease, the loneliness and the worries of trying to bring up a family on the goldfields. As towns developed , women played an active role in changing them into places where children could go to school and where the sick could be properly looked after.

A woman by the name of Ellen Clacy recorded her observations of life on the goldfields in Victoria in 1852:-

"But night at the diggings is the characteristic time: murder here-murder there- revolvers cracking-blunderbusses bombing-rifles going off-balls whistling-one man groaning with a broken leg.....Here is one man grumbling because he brought his wife with him, another ditto because he left his behind, or sold her for an ounce of gold or a bottle of rum. Donnybrook Fair is not to be compared to an evening at Bendigo. Success at the diggings is like drawing lottery tickets-the blanks far outnumber the prizes; still, with good health and strength, and above all perseverance, it is strange if a digger does not in the end reap a reward for his labour. Meanwhile he must endure almost incredible hardships. In the rainy season, he must not murmur if compelled to work up to his knees in water, and sleep on the wet ground, without a fire, in the pouring rain, and perhaps no shelter above him more waterproof than a blanket or a gum tree.....In the summer, he must work hard under a burning sun, tortured by the mosquito and the little stinging March flies....."

Some women were successful miners in their own right. Alice CORNWELL 1852-1932 known on the goldfields as "Princess Midas" or "Madam Midas" began mining on her father George CORNWELL's lease at Ballarat. She supervised miners who worked for her and instructed them where to dig for gold. She was so good at finding gold that she once paid 20,000 for a mine. The mine yielded her 100,000 in one year.
In 1887 she went to London and listed her Midas mine on the stock exchange. She also owned the London newspaper, The Sunday Times for five years.
She was enormously wealthy, with many financial and industrial enterprises.
Her financial operations were not less notable than her diamonds which were the talk of London. There is a book and a stage play based on her life.Also the National Gallery does own some biographical cuttings which may be viewed.

*The Photograph of Alice Ann Cornwell, below, was taken in 1900.

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