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Family of Thomas STILL and Mary OSBOURNE

Husband: Thomas STILL (1761-1837)
Wife: Mary OSBOURNE (bef1760-1839)
Children: Elizabeth Osborne STILL (1783-bef1784)
Thomas STILL (1784- )
John STILL (1786-1837)
William STILL (bef1789-1830)
Stephen STILL (1791-bef1791)
George STILL (1794-1869)
Sophia Maria STILL (1798-1877)
Marriage 7 Sep 1782 Ashford, Kent1,2,3
Thomas also married young, to Mary Osborne of Ashford by licence dated 7/9/1782, the marriage to be at Ashford.

Husband: Thomas STILL

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Thomas STILL

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Thomas STILL

Name: Thomas STILL4
Sex: Male
Father: John STILL (c. 1734-bef1804)
Mother: Catherine CHESMER (bef1731-bef1804)
Birth 1761 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 17 Apr 1761 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Religion Nonconformist; Staplehurst, Kent5
Occupation 1827 (age 65-66) Farmer6
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.
Will 4 Jul 1835 (age 73-74)7
Proved 30 December 1837.
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.
Death 1837 (age 76) Staplehurst, Kent8,9
30F. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: clear but worn lettering: leaning, overgrown, in situ. Book, festoons, Eye of God as imagery. Double stone.
Sacred / to / the memory of / THOMAS STILL / late of / Bletchingly Fm / in this parish / who died / .....th 18.7 / aged 76. / Also of / MARY STILL / wife of / THOMAS STILL / who died / July 9th 1839 / aged 78.
Burial 20 Nov 1837 (age 76) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent8
30F. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: clear but worn lettering: leaning, overgrown, in situ. Book, festoons, Eye of God as imagery. Double stone.
Sacred / to / the memory of / THOMAS STILL / late of / Bletchingly Fm / in this parish / who died / .....th 18.7 / aged 76. / Also of / MARY STILL / wife of / THOMAS STILL / who died / July 9th 1839 / aged 78.

N.B. Regarding the Eye of God symbol on the gravestone;

Eye of God/All-Seeing Eye - The Eye of God or the All-Seeing Eye symbolizes the all-knowing and ever-present God. During the Renaissance period in Europe, it was common to illustrate the Eye of God surrounded by a triangle (the Holy Trinity). The eye within the triangle, surrounded by a circle and radiating rays of light is used to symbolize the holiness of the true God.

Some Monumental Inscriptions of Staplehurst Church, Noted by Leland L. Duncan August 1922

373. Thomas STILL, late of Bletchingly, in this parish died 13 November 1837 aged 76 years. Mary his wife died 9 July 1839 aged 74 years.

Wife: Mary OSBOURNE

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Mary OSBOURNE

Name: Mary OSBOURNE4
Sex: Female
Father: David OSBOURNE ( - )
Mother: Mary LAMBERT ( - )
Birth bef 25 Jan 1760 Marden, Kent10
Christening 25 Jan 1760 (age 0) Marden, Kent10
Death 9 Jul 1839 (age 79) Staplehurst, Kent8,11,12
His widow Mary died on 9/7/1839,
30F. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: clear but worn lettering: leaning, overgrown, in situ. Book, festoons, Eye of God as imagery. Double stone.
Sacred / to / the memory of / THOMAS STILL / late of / Bletchingly Fm / in this parish / who died / .....th 18.7 / aged 76. / Also of / MARY STILL / wife of / THOMAS STILL / who died / July 9th 1839 / aged 78.
Burial 13 Jul 1839 (age 79) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent8
30F. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: clear but worn lettering: leaning, overgrown, in situ. Book, festoons, Eye of God as imagery. Double stone.
Sacred / to / the memory of / THOMAS STILL / late of / Bletchingly Fm / in this parish / who died / .....th 18.7 / aged 76. / Also of / MARY STILL / wife of / THOMAS STILL / who died / July 9th 1839 / aged 78.

Child 1: Elizabeth Osborne STILL

Name: Elizabeth Osborne STILL4
Sex: Female
Birth 1783 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 23 May 1783 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Death bef 30 Dec 1784 (as an infant) Staplehurst, Kent13
Burial 30 Dec 1784 (as an infant) Staplehurst, Kent13
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent

Child 2: Thomas STILL

Name: Thomas STILL4
Sex: Male
Birth 1784 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 18 Nov 1784 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Occupation 1823 (age 38-39) Farmer Miller4
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.

Child 3: John STILL

Name: John STILL4
Sex: Male
Spouse: Ann WINCH (1790- )
Birth 1786 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 27 Dec 1786 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Occupation Farmer4
Death 21 Sep 1837 (age 50) Staplehurst, Kent14
Cause: "by the Visitation of God" - a heart attack? (Inquest verdict)
29I. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: mainly decipherable: leaning, in situ. Book, festoons and the Eye of God as imagery.
In memory / of / JOHN STILL / who died Sept. / 22 1837 / aged 50 years / leaving a widow / and Three daughters. / Near this spot / also is interred / FRANCIS JOHN / son of the above / who died Decr. / 13th 1822 aged 11 months. / ELLEN JANE / their daughter / who died Feby. / 28th 1839 / aged 15 years / after a lingering / illness / borne / with exemplary / Patience / and Resignation. / In the midst of Life, we are in death.

PR: John Still buried 26 Sept. 1837 aged 50: Ellen Jane was buried at Stroud, Glos.,6 March 1839 . (Maidstone Journal, 12 March 1839): Space left for wife' s inscription was never used.

Noted by Leland L. Duncan August 1922

378. John STILL died 22 September 1837 aged 50 years, leaving a widow and 3 daughters. Near is Francis John, son of the above who died 15 December 1822 aged 11 months. (Top part of other half blank) lower down is. Also Ellen Jane their daughter died 28 February 1839 aged 15 years after a lingering illness.
Burial 26 Sep 1837 (age 50) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent14
29I. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: mainly decipherable: leaning, in situ. Book, festoons and the Eye of God as imagery.
In memory / of / JOHN STILL / who died Sept. / 22 1837 / aged 50 years / leaving a widow / and Three daughters. / Near this spot / also is interred / FRANCIS JOHN / son of the above / who died Decr. / 13th 1822 aged 11 months. / ELLEN JANE / their daughter / who died Feby. / 28th 1839 / aged 15 years / after a lingering / illness / borne / with exemplary / Patience / and Resignation. / In the midst of Life, we are in death.

PR: John Still buried 26 Sept. 1837 aged 50: Ellen Jane was buried at Stroud, Glos.,6 March 1839 . (Maidstone Journal, 12 March 1839): Space left for wife' s inscription was never used.

This stone was completely overgrown with ivy when I visited on 21 March 2005 - none of the stone was visible - certainly not the inscription. Only the two body stones are visible.

Child 4: William STILL

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William STILL

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William STILL

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William STILL

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William STILL

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William STILL

Name: William STILL4
Sex: Male
Spouse: Martha ? (c. 1780-1837)
Birth bef 5 May 1789 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 5 May 1789 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Occupation 1830 (age 40) Inkeeper, King's Head; Staplehurst, Kent14
Death 15 Mar 1830 (age 40) Staplehurst, Kent14
Some Monumental Inscriptions of Staplehurst Church, Noted by Leland L. Duncan August 1922

345. William STILL of this parish died 9 March 1830 aged 40 years. Martha his wife died 17 January 1837 aged 57 years. Also of their sons and daughters John died 28 November 1816 aged 5 months. Alfred John died 8 February 1818 aged 9 weeks. Charles Thomas died 23 November 1822 aged 3 years. Mary Osborne died 9 October 1832 aged 11 years. Left surviving 1 son and 1 daughter, Frederic William and Eliza Ann.

Burial 19 Mar 1830 (age 40) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent14
Inkeeper, King's Head, Staplehurst.

Child 5: Stephen STILL

Name: Stephen STILL4
Sex: Male
Death bef 2 Oct 1791 (as an infant) Staplehurst, Kent13
Birth 1791 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 27 Sep 1791 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Burial 2 Oct 1791 Staplehurst, Kent13
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent

Child 6: George STILL

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George STILL

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George STILL

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George STILL

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George STILL, 1869, age 75

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George STILL

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George STILL

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Spouse: Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Spouse: Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Spouse: Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Spouse: Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Spouse: Mary Ann OSBORNE

Name: George STILL4
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary Ann OSBORNE (1809?-1864)
Birth 26 Dec 1794 Staplehurst, Kent4
Christening 25 Jan 1795 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Occupation Farmer4
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 42) Staplehurst, Kent15
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 6 Jun 1841 (age 46) Farmer; Staplehurst, Kent15
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 65) Staplehurst, Kent16
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 66) Farmer and proprietor of 150 Acres employing 4 men and 3 boys; Staplehurst, Kent16
Will 1869 (age 74-75)17
22 June 1869
George Still
Late of Staplehurst, in the County of Kent
Farmer, deceased
Died: 27 April 1869 at
Maidstone, in the County of Kent
Proved at the Principal Registry by oaths of
George Still of
Eastchurch, Sheerness,
Farmer and
Thomas Still of
Staplehurst
Farmer
Sons and
William Jenkins of
Woodland House

Under £400
Death 27 Apr 1869 (age 74) Maidstone, Kent14
Burial 5 May 1869 (age 73) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent14
Probate 22 Jun 1869 The Principal Registry17

Child 7: Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL, 2014, age 215

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Spouse: William HOADLY, 2005, age 206

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Spouse: William HOADLY

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Spouse: William HOADLY

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Name: Sophia Maria STILL
Sex: Female
Spouse: William HOADLY (1799-1854)
Birth 6 Nov 1798 Staplehurst, Kent18
Christening 15 Nov 1798 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Baptism 15 Nov 1798 (age 0) Staplehurst, Kent, England19
Residence 5 Aug 1832 (age 33) Northampton, Northamptonshire20
Augustin Street
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 40) Leamington, Warwickshire21
Bedford Street, Leamington, Warwickshire
Census 30 Mar 1851 (age 50) St Giles in the Fields, London22
24 Endell Street, St Giles, London
Occupation 30 Mar 1851 (age 52) Coach Maker's Wife; St Giles in the Fields, London22
Residence 26 Apr 1854 (age 55) Folkestone, Kent23
Residence 15 Nov 1858 (age 60) Camden Town, Middlesex24
52 Hartland Road, Camden Town, Middlesex
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 62) Kensington, Middlesex25
3a Orchard Terrace, St Philip, Kensington, Middlesex
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 62) Proprietor of Houses; Kensington, Middlesex25
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 72) Kensington, Middlesex26
3a Orchard Terrace, St Philip, Kensington, Middlesex
Occupation 2 Apr 1871 (age 72) None; Kensington, Middlesex26
Will 1877 (age 78-79)17
25 April 1877
Sophia Maria Hoadley [sic]
administration of the Effects of Sophia Maria Hoadley [sic]
Late of 78 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, in the County of Middlesex
Died: 4th April 1877 at
78 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, in the County of Middlesex
Granted by the Principal Registry to
Sophia Still Hazard of 78 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, in the County of Middlesex,
Widow, daughter and one of the next of kin

Effects under £100
Occupation Proprietor Of Houses18
Death 4 Apr 1877 (age 78) Kensington, St Philip's, Middlesex27,28
78 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, St Philip's, Middlesex
Jun 1877 Kensington 1a 57
Burial 9 Apr 1877 Brompton, Middlesex29,30,31
Brompton Cemetery, Brompton, Middlesex
Burial by Rev. A. Veysey from Streatham Church
Burial No: 88236
Grave No: L148.0x4"3
26999 opened to 8ft
Private Grave 2nd Interment
Probate 25 Apr 1877 Principal Registry
Admin.
Effects: Under £100

Note on Husband: Thomas STILL (1)

The following is from a website concerning Staplehurst - address as follows:

 

http://www.staplehurstvillage.org.uk/staplehurstsociety/people2.html

 

This is an account written by an old Staplehurst inhabitant - and contains references to the Still family, as follows:

 

"STAPLEHURST 1819 to 1825

 

Introduction

At the suggestion and in compliance with the request of many friends, I narrate some particulars as to the state of my native Parish in my early years. I was born on third of June 1811. I confine myself pretty much to the years 1819 in which the Queen was born, to 1825, by so doing I avoid touching on political or other controversial matters.

 

 

Another winter we were bringing timber from Mr. Stills woods. There was a wash pinnock named “Robin Hole", my father obtained of Mr Still four of his horses to help us through the hole. With Mr Still I walked on the other side of the hedge and crossed the stream with a plank. Two of the horses fell down in the mud, Mr. Still was a gentleman who would not make use of an oath on any account, but he could not help exclaiming "Bam it, bam it, they, wull all be down”, and sure enough in getting through the slough seven out of the eight horses fell and were floundering in the mud.

Note on Husband: Thomas STILL (2)

From a letter to David Usborne Still from Robert Barling of Staplehurst dated August 31 1898:

 

" ... Your Grandfather was a fine old gentleman Farmer, a Yeoman. I knew nothing of his father, he had a brother who I knew Mr John Still who occupied Lovehurst Mill. I think from his appearance he must have been older than your grandfather. ... "

 

This above refers to Thomas Still (1761 - 1837)32

Note on Husband: Thomas STILL (3)

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 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?33

Note on Husband: Thomas STILL (4)

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. ...

 

... Auction of Thomas Still's possessions, Maidstone Journal 1/10/1839. On film at Maidstone Reference Library, Faith Street.33

Note on Wife: Mary OSBOURNE

Soon after 1839 the trustees [of Thomas Still Snr] sold off Lindridge Farm, which I think is where old Mrs Still was living.33

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1Anita Thompson, "Staplehurst Local History Society" (email to Graham Hoadly). Custom Id: 19/10/2004. Thomas also married young, to Mary Osborne of Ashford by licence dated 7/9/1782, the marriage to be at Ashford. 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.
2Church of the Latter Day Saints, "http://www.familysearch.org/".
Text From Source: Family Search website
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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3Cathy Goodwin, "http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staplehurst/index.htm". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: 1782 7 Sep Thomas STILL of Staplehurst, Ba., yeoman Mary OSBORNE of Ashford, Sp. at Ashford
4Staplehurst Baptismal Registers (Microfilm).
Text From Source: Staplehurst Baptismal Registers - Kent Archive Centre, Maidstone
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
5Anita Thompson, "Staplehurst Local History Society" (email to Graham Hoadly). Custom Id: 19/10/2004. 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). 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.
6Ibid. 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. 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
7Ibid. 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
8Staplehurst Burial registers.
Text From Source: Staplehurst Burial registers, Kent Archive Office, Maidstone
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
9"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Text From Source: Deaths Dec 1837
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Still Thomas Maidstone 5 244
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
10Church of the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index (http://www.familysearch.org/).
Text From Source: International Genealogical Index
Assessment: Questionable.
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11"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Text From Source: Deaths Sep 1839
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Still Mary Maidstone 5 225
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
12Anita Thompson, "Staplehurst Local History Society" (email to Graham Hoadly). Custom Id: 19/10/2004.
Graham Hoadly.
13Staplehurst Burial registers.
Text From Source: Staplehurst Burial registers, Kent Archive Office, Maidstone
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: 1768 26 May George STILL Son of John STILL.
1770 29 Nov Richard STILL Son of John STILL infant.
1784 30 Dec Elizabeth STILL Daughter of Thomas STILL infant.
1791 2 Oct Stephen STILL Son of Thomas & Mary STILL infant.
1779 24 Oct Mary STILLS Daughter of John STILLS.
1782 14 Sep Anne STILLS Daughter of John STILLS.
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
14"Staplehurst Memorial Inscriptions".
Info supplied to Graham Hoadly by Allan Rimmer, secretary of the Staplehurst Society.
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: 29I. Headstone, with 2 body stones: inscribed on East: mainly decipherable: leaning, in situ. Book, festoons and the Eye of God as imagery.
In memory / of / JOHN STILL / who died Sept. / 22 1837 / aged 50 years / leaving a widow / and Three daughters. / Near this spot / also is interred / FRANCIS JOHN / son of the above / who died Decr. / 13th 1822 aged 11 months. / ELLEN JANE / their daughter / who died Feby. / 28th 1839 / aged 15 years / after a lingering / illness / borne / with exemplary / Patience / and Resignation. / In the midst of Life, we are in death.

PR: John Still buried 26 Sept. 1837 aged 50: Ellen Jane was buried at Stroud, Glos.,6 March 1839 . (Maidstone Journal, 12 March 1839): Space left for wife' s inscription was never used.

27C. Headstone, inscribed on East: mainly decipherable: sound, in situ.
In memory of / WILLIAM STILL / of this parish / (died) March 19th 1830 aged (4)0. / Also MARTHA / who died Jan. 17th 1837 / aged 57 years. / Also / of their sons and daughters / JOHN / died Nov. 25th 1816 aged 6 months / ALFRED JOHN / died Feb. 8th 1818 aged 9 weeks / CHARLES THOMAS / died Nov. 23rd 1822 aged 3 years / MARY OSBORNE / died Oct. 9th 1832 aged 11 years. / Left surviving one son and daughter FREDERICK WILLIAM and ELIZA ANN.

PR: William Still buried 15 March 1830 aged 40. (Innkeeper, King's Head): Martha Still buried 20 Jan. 1837 aged 57: Charles Thomas Still buried 28 Nov. 1822 aged 3: Mary Osborne Still buried 15 Oct. 1832 aged 11.

30E. Headstone, with body stone on slab: inscribed on East: clear but worn lettering: leaning: in situ. Book, festoons, Eye of God as imagery. Double stone.
GEORGE STILL / of Bletchingly / in this parish / who died / April 17th 1869 / in the 74th year / of his age. / Sacred / to the memory of / MARY ANN / wife of / GEORGE STILL / of this parish / who died / Octr. 20th 1864 / aged 55 years. / We must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God.

PR: George Still of Maidstone buried 5 May 1869 aged 73: Mary Ann Still of Staplehurst buried 26 Oct. 1864 aged 55.
Also included are references to Staplehurst Parish Records
Graham Hoadly.
15"Census 1841 (George Still) Staplehurst, Kent HO 107/475/22/7/34b".
Text From Source: 7 34b 36 Bletching Farm George Still 42 Farmer y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm Mary Ann Still 30 y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm Ann Still 8 y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm Sophia Still 5 y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm John Still 3 y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm George Still 1 y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm William Burr 14 M. S. y
7 34b 36 Bletching Farm Caroline Woollett 15 F. S. y
Assessment: Primary evidence.
16"Census 1861 (George Still) Staplehurst, Kent RG9/498/90/15".
Text From Source: George Still Head 65 Kent Staplehurst
Mary A. Still Wife 52 Kent East Farliegh
Mary A. Still Dau 26 Kent Staplehurst
Sophia M. Still Dau 24 Kent Staplehurst
George Still Son 21 Kent Staplehurst
David U. Still Son 15 Kent Staplehurst
William F. Still Son 12 Kent Staplehurst
Sarah Davis Serv 22 Kent Staplehurst [House Serv]
Thomas Winch Serv 20 Sussex Ticehurst [Carter's mate]
John Winch Serv 18 Sussex Ticehurst [Bailiff]
Assessment: Primary evidence.
17"Probate Indexes".
Principal Registry of the Family Division
Principal Probate Registry
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
LONDON
WC1V 6NP

Visited by Graham Hoadly 20 June 2005.
Principal Registry Family Division, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, LONDON, WC1V 6NP. Tel: 020 7947 6946.
18Census (Microfilm).
Text From Source: Census (Microfilm - PRO chancery lane)
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
19Church of the Latter Day Saints, "http://www.familysearch.org/".
Text From Source: Family Search website
Internet. Call Number: http://www.familysearch.org/ (electronic).
20"Baptism Northampton, Northamptonshire 5 Aug 1832 Edward HOADLY" (115).
Text From Source: Baptisms at All Saints, Northampton, Northamptonshire
No. 115
When baptized: 5 Aug 1832
Child's Christian Name: Edward
Parents' Christian Names: William and Sophia Maria
Parents' Surname: HOADLEY [sic]
Abode: Augustin Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire
Quality, Trade or Profession: Coach Maker
By whom the ceremony was performed: C. Sandys (Offs. Min.)
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Source: Baptism Northampton, Northamptonshire 5 Aug 1832 Edward HOADLY, Baptism Northampton, Northamptonshire 5 Aug 1832 Edward HOADLY

21"Census 1841 (William Hoadly) Leamington, Warwickshire HO107/1135/17/7/45".
Text From Source: William Hoadly 40 no
Sophia Hoadly 40 no
William Hoadley 15 no
Henry Hoadley 13 no
Alfred Hoadley 10 no
Edward Hoadely 8 no
Samuel Hoadley 6 yes
Sophia Hoadley 5 yes
Frederick Hoadley 3 yes
Sarah Wilkins 15 F.S. no
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1841 (William Hoadly) Leamington, Warwickshire HO107/1135/17/7/45, William Hoadly 41

22"Census 1851 (William Hoadly) St Giles in the Fields, London HO107/1508/146/38".
Text From Source: William Hoadly Head 50 Coach Maker Kent Maidstone
Sophia Hoadly Wife 50 Coach Maker's Wife Kent Staplehurst
William Hoadly Son 26 Coach Maker Kent Maidstone
Sophia Hoadly Daur 14 Scholar Warwick Leamington
Frederick Hoadly Son 12 Scholar Warwick Leamington
Here is a description of a property next door but one to 23 Endell Street, where William Hoadly and his family were living in 1851. The family shared a premises with three other families. It is unclear what their circumstances were at this time. As they had experienced bankruptcy in Leamington in the 1840s, it is reasonable to suppose that their circumstances may not have been good.

In the same census, number 13 is described as a "lodging" - so maybe number 23 was a lodging house.

It seems the St Giles Workhouse must also have been very close.



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Publication

Survey of London: volume 5: St Giles-in-the-Fields, pt II

Author

W. Edward Riley and Sir Laurence Gomme (editors)

Year published

1914

Page

105

Citation Show another format:

'No. 25, Endell Street', Survey of London: volume 5: St Giles-in-the-Fields, pt II (1914), pp. 105. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=74288 Date accessed: 28 September 2014.


XLIX.—No. 25, ENDELL STREET.
Ground Landlords.

The Trustees of the late John King, Esq.
General description and date of structure.

Plots of land on both sides of Belton Street were leased for building by Sir John Brownlow, apparently in 1682, (fn. 1) and a stone tablet (fn. 2) gave the date of the street's formation as 1683. The name obviously refers to the seat of the Brownlow family at Belton in Lincolnshire.

About 1846 the street was widened on the eastern side and renamed Endell Street, after the Rev. James Endell Tyler, then Rector of St. Giles.

At the expiration of the original leases in 1728, Peter Walter purchased portions of the Brownlow property, including a house in Belton Street "in the occupation of Daniel Holme, (fn. 3) surgeon, and used by him as a bagnio." (fn. 4) Holme's Bagnio was, it appears, the fourth house (inclusive) from the corner of Castle Street, and is therefore to be identified with the present No. 25, Endell Street.

At the rear of these premises is an apartment, about 16 feet by 9 feet, which is known as "Queen Anne's Bath." It has a coved ceiling surmounted by a small lantern, and on each side bull's eye windows are constructed in the coved part of the ceiling. The roof is covered with tiles. The form of the chamber can be seen by Plate 37, which is taken from a water-colour drawing made by J. W. Archer in 1844. There are some blue and white tiles still affixed to the walls, but there is insufficient evidence to enable a definite date to be given to these. The level of the top of the steps is about 10 feet below the present street pavement. The floor of the bath is said to be about 18 feet below that level, but it cannot be seen as the bath is filled with soil and rubbish to an estimated depth of about 8 feet. The structure is dilapidated and floored over at about 18 inches below pavement level, and is now used as an iron merchant's store.

Tradition asserts that the bath was frequented by Queen Anne, (fn. 5) a statement that it is not possible to confirm. The apartment is, however, very possibly a relic of the old "bagnio."
The Council's collection contains:—

(fn. 6) No. 25, Endell Street—Queen Anne's Bath (photograph).
No. 41, Endell Street—Exterior (photograph).
Footnotes
1 See p. 103.
2 Parton's Hospital and Parish of St. Giles, p. 125.
3 The ratebooks from 1730 (earliest extant) to 1746 show "Daniel Hahn," possibly a more correct form of the name, at this house.
4 Indenture dated 27th May, 1728, between Peter Walter and Nicholas Lovell (Middlesex Registry Memorials, 1728, VI., 15).
5 Grey's St. Giles's of the Lepers, p. 116.
6 Reproduced here.
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1851 (William Hoadly) St Giles in the Fields, London HO107/1508/146/38, William Hoadly 51

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Source: Census 1851 (William Hoadly) St Giles in the Fields, London HO107/1508/146/38, 25 Endell Street in 1851

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Source: Census 1851 (William Hoadly) St Giles in the Fields, London HO107/1508/146/38, St Giles & St George Workhouse site 1871 - Endell Street

23"Baptism Folkestone, Kent 26 Apr 1854 Frederick Augustus HOADLY" (430).
Text From Source: Baptisms at St Mary & St Eanswythe Parish Church, Folkestone, Kent
When baptized: 26 Apr 1854
Child's Christian Name: Frederick Augustus
Parents' Christian Names: William and Sophia Still
Parents' Surname: HOADLY
Abode: Folklestone
Quality, Trade or Profession: Cook
By whom the ceremony was performed: M. Woodman [?]
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Source: Baptism Folkestone, Kent 26 Apr 1854 Frederick Augustus HOADLY, Baptism Folkestone, Kent 26 Apr 1854 Frederick Augustus HOADLY

24"Death 13 NOV 1858 Frederick Dibsdall HAZARD" (86).
Text From Source: Certified Copy of an Entry of Death
1858 Death in Sub-district of Kentish Town in the County of Middlesex
No: 86
When and where died: 13 NOV 1858 52 Hartland Road, Camden Town, Middlesex, Sub-district of Kentish Town in the County of Middlesex
Name and Surname: Frederick Dibsdall HAZARD
Sex: male
Age: 26
Occupation: Railway Clerk
Cause of Death: Pthisis 3 months Certified Yes
Signature, description and residence of informant: Sophia Headley [sic] Present at Death 52 Hartland Road, Camden Town,
When Registered: 15 Nov 1858
Signature of registrar: Edward Hacker
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Source: Death 13 NOV 1858 Frederick Dibsdall HAZARD, Death 13 NOV 1858 Frederick Dibsdall HAZARD

25"Census 1861 (Sophia Maria Hoadly) Kensington, Middlesex RG9/19/74/28".
Text From Source: Hoadly Sophia A Head Wid 62 Kent Staplehurst
Hazard Sophia S. H. Dau Wid 24 Warwickshire, Leamington
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1861 (Sophia Maria Hoadly) Kensington, Middlesex RG9/19/74/28, Sophia Maria Hoadly 61

26"Census 1871 (Sophia Maria Hoadly) Kensington, Middlesex RG10/31/100/60".
Text From Source: Sophia Hoadly Head W 72 None Kent, Staplehurst
Sophia Hazard Dau W 32 " Warwickshire, Leamington
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1871 (Sophia Maria Hoadly) Kensington, Middlesex RG10/31/100/60, Sophia Still Hoadly 71

27Will.
Text From Source: Wills (Somerset House, Strand, London)
Copy in possession of Graham Hoadly.
Principal Registry Family Division, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, LONDON, WC1V 6NP. Tel: 020 7947 6946.
28"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Name: Hoadly, Sophia Maria
Record Type: Deaths
Age at death: 78
Quarter: June
Year: 1877
District: Kensington
County: Greater London London Middlesex
Volume: 1a
Page: 57
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
29"Brompton Cemetery Records" (Brompton Cemetery Burial Register).
Deceasedonline.com. Web: Deceasedonline.co.uk.
30"Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Record".
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Source: Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Record, Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Reg 1877

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Source: Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Record, Grave of Sophia Maria Hoadly and Frances Elizabeth Hoadly - Brompton Cemetery 6 Mar 2014

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Source: Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Record, Grave of Sophia Maria Hoadly and Frances Elizabeth Hoadly - Brompton Cemetery 6 Mar 2014

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Source: Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Record, Grave of Sophia Maria Hoadly and Frances Elizabeth Hoadly - Brompton Cemetery 6 Mar 2014

31"Frances Elizabeth & Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial map".
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Source: Frances Elizabeth & Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial map, Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial Map Brompton Cemetery

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Source: Frances Elizabeth & Sophia Maria Hoadly Burial map, Frances Elizabeth Hoadly BurialMap 2 1861

32Robert Barling, "Robert Barling Letter Aug 1898".
Text From Source: Staplehurst Aug 31 1898


Dear Mr Still

My Father's surmise was correct. Sandhurst Hill is in the direct way through Bodiam Cripps corner and Sedlescomb I was in the two latter places last June.
Your Grandfather was a fine old gentleman Farmer, a Yeoman. I knew nothing of his father, he had a brother who I knew Mr John Still who occupied Lovehurst Mill. I think from his appearance he must have been older than your grandfather.
Just about two months ago a friend of mine was driving me over the plain and along Cockle Wood in his four wheel chaise at about eight miles an hour, the road was nearly as smooth as Holborn Viaduct.
A man was at work cutting the turf on the sides of the road now a days we must have beauty as well as utility, so these old [lannes] as we called them must be kept exactly an even width from the turf on each side. I could but admire the neatness especially at the curves all as neat as a gentlemans coach road, then I thought of the Dock Plank, and the mud road of my early days. A gentleman wrote me that he would like to se a ladys turban, have you seen one? Do you know what a dock plank is? Do you know what a pillion is? I had to correct the composition he put it pillow. Evidently he did not know what a pillion was. I expect to go to Beckenham for a fortnight toward the middle of September. I have a daughter and also a Grandson living there. When this way please call as I shall be glad to see you if at home. A well known gentleman at Woolwich of the name of Richardson I knew very well [and] he knows me. I am not aware if you know him. I sympathise with you in your bereavement you say nothing of Mrs Still so I assume that she is living. Your brother Mr George wrote me that he expected your Brother to lunch at Southampton on Saturday last, should he have come to lunch send me a post card as I shall like to know. I enclose a couple more sheets. I had 200 printed and have given away over 150 so must now be a little careful. I believe you are the youngest son of the late Mr George Still.
With my kind regards to yourself and other, or others I hope.

Yours truly

Robert Barling
Letter from Robert Barling oif Staplehurst to David Usborne Still.
Original letter in possession of Roger Tringham.
Roger Tringham, Hallow, Worcestershire.
33Anita 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.