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Family of Alexander CHESMER and Mary JURY

Husband: Alexander CHESMER (bef1744-bef1782)
Wife: Mary JURY (1748- )
Marriage 8 Mar 1770 Rolvenden, Kent1,2
1770 8 Mar Alexander CHESMAR of Staplehurst Mary JEWRY of Rolvenden at Rolvenden by banns Register (Info from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staplehurst/Not_staplehurst_mar_g.htm)

Husband: Alexander CHESMER

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Alexander CHESMER, 2005, age 261

Name: Alexander CHESMER3
Sex: Male
Father: Sander CHESMER (bef1704-1774)
Mother: Catherine NORRIS ( -bef1764)
Birth bef 12 Mar 1743/44 Staplehurst, Kent4
Baptism 12 Mar 1743/44 (age 0) Staplehurst, Kent4
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent
Death bef 16 Feb 1782 (age 37)
Burial 16 Feb 1782

Wife: Mary JURY

Name: Mary JURY
Sex: Female
Father: John JURY (1718- )
Mother: Elizabeth CHESMAR (1718-1795)
Birth 1748 Rolvenden, Kent5

Note on Husband: Alexander CHESMER (1)

Sander Chesmer's will, undated, was made pre-1765, and can be found at CKS PRC 17/99.158. ... He left his son Alexander Chesmer the leases of the mills, plus £100 in cash, ... and he made both his son Alexander Chesmer and John Still executors of his will. ...

Sons were:- John (1757) Thomas (1761) Alexander (1765: died at 20) and George (1767). John took the mills (which must have returned to the Stills from Alexander Chesmer)6

Note on Husband: Alexander CHESMER (2)

Bletchingley Farm, plus Eastlands (now Chapman's Farm) and Priestlands (now swallowed up into Bletchingley) was bought from the Love family by Sir Horatio Mann of Linton Park.1n 1776 in the deed CKS U78 T220 the Tenants of Eastlands were given as William Marchant > James Love > Alex. Chasmer. By 1778 the Staplehurst Parish Rate Book has "Alex. Chesmer & Co now Still", so I think that Bletchingley must be where John Still sen. had lived.6

Sources

1Cathy Goodwin, "http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staplehurst/index.htm". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: 1770 8 Mar Alexander CHESMAR of Staplehurst Mary JEWRY of Rolvenden at Rolvenden by banns Register
Needs checking in original register
2"Rolvenden Parish Registers (Bishop's Transcripts)".
Text From Source: The following entries were found in the Bishop's Transcripts (BTs) for the parishes of Rolvenden and Staplehurst, Kent, ENG.

I have no connection to any of the persons in these entries and I have no further information about them. But I hope they are of interest to someone out there. Andrea (admin of CHASMAR Surname Board)

Abbreviations used below: Bapt = baptised, Bur = burial, Marr = married, otp = of this parish, bac = bachelour, spr = spinster, botp = both of this parish, lic. = (marriage by) licence

ROLVENDEN BTs between 1663/4 & 1812
No CHASMAR names found here before 1730.
1730 Apr 9 Marr Sander CHASMER & Catherine NORRIS
1731 May 28 Bapt Catherine, dau of Sander & Catherine CHASMER
1733 Aug 12 Bapt Ann, dau of Sander & Catherine CHASMER
1736 Jly 26 Marr George CHASMER & Anne RUSSEL
1737/8 Jan 28 Bur Keziah, dau of George CHESMER
1739/40 Feb 24 Bapt Anne, dau of George & Anne CHASMER
1740 Nov 6 Marr Elizabeth CHEESMER, spr & John ?JURY?, bac, banns
1742 Jly 11 Bapt George, son of George & Ann CHEESMERE
1742 Sep 27 Marr Jane CHEESMERE & John CARMAN
1748 Apr 14 Bur Hannah, dau of George & Ann CHEESMERE
1770 Mar 8 Marr Alexander CHEESMER of Staplehurst & Mary JEWRY, otp, banns
Note: JEWRY and JURY spelling variants both found in these records.
1809 Aug 12 Marr Henry CHASMAR, bac, otp & Peggy BRIGNALL, spr of Benenden, banns
1810 Aug 17 Bapt Henry, son of Henry & Margaret CHASMER
3Anita Thompson, "Staplehurst Local History Society" (email to Graham Hoadly). Custom Id: 19/10/2004. Cit. Date: 19 October 2004. Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: From: Anita Thompson via Allan Rimmer <awcebd@mistral.co.uk>
To: Graham Hoadly<graham@hoadlyg.freeserve.co.uk>
On 14 October 2004
Re: The Still family in Staplehurst.

Thank you for Thomas Still's will dated 4/7/1835 and proved 30/12/1837. I haven't seen it before, and it makes many things plain, mostly what a good farmer and businessman he must have been to pull through the 1830s still having any assets at all.

The family were Nonconformist, in parts, (they must have been for Thomas Still sen. to have appointed William Jull as an executor in 1837: he was a Deacon in the Nonconformist Chapel as well as a grocer). I think John Still, son-in-law of Sander Chesmer, miller, came to Staplehurst first . Sander Chesmer used both the watermill at Lovehurst when there was water enough, and the windmill which once stood at the top of Bell Lane opposite the Church. Sander Chesmer's will, undated, was made pre-1765, and can be found at CKS PRC 17/99.158. He left his daughters Catherine Still and Mary Chesmer £50 each, to make them equal to their sisters Ann and Elizabeth. He left his son Alexander Chesmer the leases of the mills, plus £100 in cash, and John Still the lease of the farm he now lives in, and he made both his son Alexander Chesmer and John Still executors of his will. He was buried on 27 April 1774, and probate was given on 30 June 1774. I think the Chesmers came from Benenden. Catharine was 3 years older than John: I would think he had been apprenticed to her father. When their first child Ann was born in 1756, he was 22 and she 25.

Both died in 1804 in their seventies. Sons were:- John (1757) Thomas (1761) Alexander (1765: died at 20) and George (1767). John took the mills (which must have returned to the Stills from Alexander Chesmer) and Thomas took Bletchingley Farm. Nothing heard of George after his birth. Daughter Ann, born 1756, died either at 26 or 83. Daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Hunt of Benenden, a widowed farmer, in 1781.

Bletchingley Farm, plus Eastlands (now Chapman's Farm) and Priestlands (now swallowed up into Bletchingley) was bought from the Love family by Sir Horatio Mann of Linton Park.1n 1776 in the deed CKS U78 T220 the Tenants of Eastlands were given as William Marchant > James Love > Alex. Chasmer. By 1778 the Staplehurst Parish Rate Book has "Alex. Chesmer & Co now Still", so I think that Bletchingley must be where John Still sen. had lived. From 1791-1827 a John Still held the Mill Farm, Lovehurst Manor. Was he the son of JS? He gave up the lease because of "heavy arrears of rent." The mill was so dilapidated that the incoming tenant had to rent another mill for a year while it was repaired.

Thomas Still sen.(he was senior from 1810) held Bletchingley in 1827 at a rateable value of £72, which may not include the figure for Snapgate aka Putlands Corner. These were both notionally 80-acre farms: in the 1820 Tithe Book Thos Still sen held 90 acres.

Thomas also married young, to Mary Osborne of Ashford by licence dated 7/9/1782, the marriage to be at Ashford. Sons were Thomas (1784 ) John (1786) Stephen (1791, died as infant) George (1795)
and his only daughter Sophia Maria (1798). She, as you know, is your ancestress.

In 1788 "Master Still greatly hurt by a fall from his colt" - note in the Nonconformist Chapel Register, again making their Nonconformity likely. I have no idea which Master Still that was. CKS N/C 347 A2.


TS sen's probate was passed on 30/12/1837. According to the Staplehurst Parish Register he was buried on 20 November 1837. His widow Mary died on 9/7/1839, so Thomas Still's possessions were auctioned on 8/10/1839. These included mahogany four-post and tent bedsteads, capital feather beds and bedding, mattresses, mahogany and painted drawers, mahogany and other chairs, mahogany dining, Pembroke and other tables, mahogany bureau, pier and dressing glasses, carpets, hand stands (?), barometer, thirty-hour clock, kitchen utensils etc.

Soon after 1839 the trustees sold off Lindridge Farm, which I think is where old Mrs Still was living. The picture is complicated because John died in 1837 too, before his father. He had rented Exhurst till 1824, also Sweetings, Fleet Farm and Clapper 2. Taylors land is now part of Sweetings Farm. I'm not sure which of the others is meant by Gullens Farm, mentioned in Thomas' will. It may be the other part of Sweetings Farm. Clapper 2 and Robinson's land was also sold by George in 1838.

Poor Thomas Still jun., the eldest son, was the proprietor of the (new) windmill in Staplehurst in 1823, when country millers were being savagely and fatally undercut by mills on the coast which could grind cheap imported grain and sell it for less than the unprocessed inland wheat. No wonder father was bailing him out! He had 8 children, too. I've traced his son Henry, born in 1814. In 1851 he was a policeman at the Royal Docks in Sheppey.

In the 1861 census there was still a Still in Staplehurst, George & his wife Mary Ann at Bletchingley Farm and Snapgate (Putlands Corner), because he was farming 150 acres. The house at Snapgate had been divided into 2 labourers' cottages. Mary Ann "of Staplehurst" died in 1864 aged 55: George "of Maidstone" died in1869 aged 73, so he had moved on by then. He was buried next to his father, with twin gravestones embellished with the Eye of God looking out over the main road. The farms were bought by the local magnate, Henry Hoare of Iden Manor.

I think that Thomas senior was the Still mentioned by Robert Barling.
1. He was a farmer not a miller.
2. He lived down atrocious roads, in the right direction.
3. He was Nonconformist: he shouldn't have sworn.
Q.E.D?

Best wishes.
Anita Thompson
Graham Hoadly.
4Staplehurst Baptismal Registers (Microfilm).
Text From Source: Staplehurst Baptismal Registers - Kent Archive Centre, Maidstone
CHESMAR Alexander S Saunder Catharine 12 Mar 1743/44.
Text From Source: CHESMAR Alexander S Saunder Catharine 12 Mar 1743/44
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
5"Ambrosio Family Tree".
Sources need to be checked.
Assessment: Questionable.
Ancestry Family Tree, www.ancestry.com.
6Anita Thompson, "Researches of Anita Thompson".
Text From Source: Thank you for Thomas Still's will dated 4/7/1835 and proved 30/12/1837. I haven't seen it before, and it makes many things plain, mostly what a good farmer and businessman he must have been to pull through the 1830s still having any assets at all.

The family were Nonconformist, in parts, (they must have been for Thomas Still sen. to have appointed William Jull as an executor in 1837: he was a Deacon in the Nonconformist Chapel as well as a grocer). I think John Still, son-in-law of Sander Chesmer, miller, came to Staplehurst first . Sander Chesmer used both the watermill at Lovehurst when there was water enough, and the windmill which once stood at the top of Bell Lane opposite the Church. Sander Chesmer's will, undated, was made pre-1765, and can be found at CKS PRC 17/99.158. He left his daughters Catherine Still and Mary Chesmer £50 each, to make them equal to their sisters Ann and Elizabeth. He left his son Alexander Chesmer the leases of the mills, plus £100 in cash, and John Still the lease of the farm he now lives in, and he made both his son Alexander Chesmer and John Still executors of his will. He was buried on 27 April 1774, and probate was given on 30 June 1774. I think the Chesmers came from Benenden. Catharine was 3 years older than John: I would think he had been apprenticed to her father. When their first child Ann was born in 1756, he was 22 and she 25.

Both died in 1804 in their seventies. Sons were:- John (1757) Thomas (1761) Alexander (1765: died at 20) and George (1767). John took the mills (which must have returned to the Stills from Alexander Chesmer) and Thomas took Bletchingley Farm. Nothing heard of George after his birth. Daughter Ann, born 1756, died either at 26 or 83. Daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Hunt of Benenden, a widowed farmer, in 1781.

Bletchingley Farm, plus Eastlands (now Chapman's Farm) and Priestlands (now swallowed up into Bletchingley) was bought from the Love family by Sir Horatio Mann of Linton Park.1n 1776 in the deed CKS U78 T220 the Tenants of Eastlands were given as William Marchant > James Love > Alex. Chasmer. By 1778 the Staplehurst Parish Rate Book has "Alex. Chesmer & Co now Still", so I think that Bletchingley must be where John Still sen. had lived. From 1791-1827 a John Still held the Mill Farm, Lovehurst Manor. Was he the son of JS? He gave up the lease because of "heavy arrears of rent." The mill was so dilapidated that the incoming tenant had to rent another mill for a year while it was repaired.

Thomas Still sen.(he was senior from 1810) held Bletchingley in 1827 at a rateable value of £72, which may not include the figure for Snapgate aka Putlands Corner. These were both notionally 80-acre farms: in the 1820 Tithe Book Thos Still sen held 90 acres.

Thomas also married young, to Mary Osborne of Ashford by licence dated 7/9/1782, the marriage to be at Ashford. Sons were Thomas (1784 ) John (1786) Stephen (1791, died as infant) George (1795)
and his only daughter Sophia Maria (1798). She, as you know, is your ancestress.

In 1788 "Master Still greatly hurt by a fall from his colt" - note in the Nonconformist Chapel Register, again making their Nonconformity likely. I have no idea which Master Still that was. CKS N/C 347 A2.


TS sen's probate was passed on 30/12/1837. According to the Staplehurst Parish Register he was buried on 20 November 1837. His widow Mary died on 9/7/1839, so Thomas Still's possessions were auctioned on 8/10/1839. These included mahogany four-post and tent bedsteads, capital feather beds and bedding, mattresses, mahogany and painted drawers, mahogany and other chairs, mahogany dining, Pembroke and other tables, mahogany bureau, pier and dressing glasses, carpets, hand stands (?), barometer, thirty-hour clock, kitchen utensils etc.

Soon after 1839 the trustees sold off Lindridge Farm, which I think is where old Mrs Still was living. The picture is complicated because John died in 1837 too, before his father. He had rented Exhurst till 1824, also Sweetings, Fleet Farm and Clapper 2. Taylors land is now part of Sweetings Farm. I'm not sure which of the others is meant by Gullens Farm, mentioned in Thomas' will. It may be the other part of Sweetings Farm. Clapper 2 and Robinson's land was also sold by George in 1838.

Poor Thomas Still jun., the eldest son, was the proprietor of the (new) windmill in Staplehurst in 1823, when country millers were being savagely and fatally undercut by mills on the coast which could grind cheap imported grain and sell it for less than the unprocessed inland wheat. No wonder father was bailing him out! He had 8 children, too. I've traced his son Henry, born in 1814. In 1851 he was a policeman at the Royal Docks in Sheppey.

In the 1861 census there was still a Still in Staplehurst, George & his wife Mary Ann at Bletchingley Farm and Snapgate (Putlands Corner), because he was farming 150 acres. The house at Snapgate had been divided into 2 labourers' cottages. Mary Ann "of Staplehurst" died in 1864 aged 55: George "of Maidstone" died in1869 aged 73, so he had moved on by then. He was buried next to his father, with twin gravestones embellished with the Eye of God looking out over the main road. The farms were bought by the local magnate, Henry Hoare of Iden Manor.

I think that Thomas senior was the Still mentioned by Robert Barling.
1. He was a farmer not a miller.
2. He lived down atrocious roads, in the right direction.
3. He was Nonconformist: he shouldn't have sworn.
Q.E.D?
The notes attached were kindly supplied to Graham Hoadly in 2004 by intrepid, meticulous and wonderful Staplehurst Local Historian Anita Thompson - for which he is exceedingly grateful.