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Family of George STILL and Mary Ann OSBORNE

Husband: George STILL (1794-1869)
Wife: Mary Ann OSBORNE (1809?-1864)
Children: Mary Ann STILL (1833- )
Sophia Maria STILL (1835-1922)
John STILL (1837- )
George STILL (1840-1922)
Thomas STILL (1843- )
David Usborne STILL (bef1846-1932)
William Frederick STILL (1848- )
Marriage 18 Dec 1828 Rotherfield, Sussex

Husband: 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

Name: George STILL1
Sex: Male
Father: Thomas STILL (1761-1837)
Mother: Mary OSBOURNE (bef1760-1839)
Birth 26 Dec 1794 Staplehurst, Kent1
Christening 25 Jan 1795 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Occupation Farmer1
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 42) Staplehurst, Kent2
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 6 Jun 1841 (age 46) Farmer; Staplehurst, Kent2
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 65) Staplehurst, Kent3
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, Kent3
Will 1869 (age 74-75)4
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, Kent5
Burial 5 May 1869 (age 73) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent5
Probate 22 Jun 1869 The Principal Registry4

Wife: Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Mary Ann OSBORNE

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Mary Ann OSBORNE

Name: Mary Ann OSBORNE1
Sex: Female
Father: David OSBORNE [USBORNE?] ( - )
Mother: -
Birth 1809 (cal)
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 30) Staplehurst, Kent2
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 52) Staplehurst, Kent3
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Death 20 Oct 1864 (age 55) Staplehurst, Kent5
Burial 26 Oct 1864 (age 55) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent5

Child 1: Mary Ann STILL

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Mary Ann STILL

Name: Mary Ann STILL1,6
Sex: Female
Nickname: Polly
Spouse: William JENKINS (c. 1823- )
Birth 1833 Staplehurst, Kent1
Christening 15 May 1833 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 8) Staplehurst, Kent2
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 26) Staplehurst, Kent3
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 47-48) 8 Selden Road, Broadwater, Sussex
RG11/1115/50/51

Child 2: Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

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Sophia Maria STILL

Name: Sophia Maria STILL1
Sex: Female
Birth 1835 Staplehurst, Kent1
Christening 27 Sep 1835 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 5) Staplehurst, Kent2
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 24) Staplehurst, Kent3
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 34) Staplehurst, Kent7
Bletchingley Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation Living on interest on money [1871]:7
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 55) West Ham, Essex8
49 Gurney Road, West Ham, Essex
Death 16 May 1922 (age 86) Tunbridge Wells, Kent
20 Arundel Road
Kent & Sussex Courier 19 May 1922

Deaths:

STILL - on May 16th at 20 Arundel Road, Tunbridge Wells, Sophia Maria Still late of "Bletchingly" Staplehurst aged 86

Child 3: John STILL

Name: John STILL
Sex: Male
Christening 22 Jul 1837 (age -1) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Birth 27 Sep 1837 Staplehurst, Kent1
Occupation Grocer
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 3) Staplehurst, Kent2
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 23) Brighton, Sussex9
17, St Georges Place, Brighton, Sussex
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 23) Grocer; Brighton, Sussex9

Child 4: George STILL

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George STILL

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George STILL

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George STILL

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Spouse: Jane Miriam HILDER

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Spouse: Jane Miriam HILDER

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Spouse: Jane Miriam HILDER

Name: George STILL
Sex: Male
Spouse: Jane Miriam HILDER (1840?-1900)
Birth 1 Mar 1840 Staplehurst, Kent1
Christening 17 Jul 1840 (age 0) Staplehurst, Kent1
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 1) Staplehurst, Kent2
Bletchingly Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 21) Staplehurst, Kent3
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 21) Farmer's son; Staplehurst, Kent3
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 41) Eastchurch, Kent10
Rayham Farm, Eastchurch, Kent
Occupation Farmer 530 Acres 6 Men 5 Boys [1881]:10
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 51) Eastchurch, Kent11
Rayham Farm
Occupation 5 Apr 1891 (age 51) Farmer Church Warden & Guardian (Employer); Eastchurch, Kent11
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 61) Hawkhurst, Kent12
Pix Hill [?] Farm
Occupation 31 Mar 1901 (age 61) Farmer (Employer); Hawkhurst, Kent12
Death 1922 (age 81-82)

Child 5: Thomas STILL

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Spouse: Eleanor Fry HOLLAND

Name: Thomas STILL1
Sex: Male
Spouse: Eleanor Fry HOLLAND (1846?- )
Birth 1843 Staplehurst, Kent1
Christening 30 Apr 1843 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 28) Staplehurst, Kent13
Bletchingley Farm, Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation Manager to Coal Merchant [1891]:14
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 58) Woodford, Essex15
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Occupation 31 Mar 1901 (age 57-58) Coal Merchant; Woodford, Essex15

Child 6: David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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David Usborne STILL

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

Name: David Usborne STILL1
Sex: Male
Spouse: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (1849-1931)
Birth bef 20 Jan 1846 Staplehurst, Kent1,16
Christening 20 Jan 1846 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 15) Staplehurst, Kent3
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 15) Farmer's son; Staplehurst, Kent3
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 25) Nutfield, Reigate, Surrey17
Red House, Nutfield, Reigate, Surrey
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 35) Woolwich, Kent18
42 Chapel Street, Woolwich, Kent
RG11/0744/16/26
Occupation Farmer [1871]: Chemist and Druggist19
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 55) Woolwich, Kent20
36 Church Street
Occupation 31 Mar 1901 (age 55) Chemist Drug; Woolwich, Kent20
Death 19 Jan 1932 (age 85)

Child 7: William Frederick STILL

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William Frederick STILL

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William Frederick STILL

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Spouse: Ellen Florence DEVONSHIRE

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Spouse: Ellen Florence DEVONSHIRE

Name: William Frederick STILL1
Sex: Male
Spouse: Ellen Florence DEVONSHIRE (1852- )
Birth Q4 1848 Staplehurst, Kent1,21
Christening 30 Nov 1848 (age -1-0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent1
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 12) Staplehurst, Kent3
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 12) Scholar; Staplehurst, Kent3
Emigration 1 Oct 1897 (age 50) from London, Middlesex to Cape Town South Africa22
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 52) Hastings, Sussex23
2 Carlisle Place, Hastings, Sussex
Occupation Living on own means [1901]:23

Note on Husband: George STILL (1)

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.24

Note on Husband: George STILL (2)

Originally the Stills were all farming folk & my Father - your Grandfather - was born at "Bletchingley" Staplehurst Kent - a hop farm. His father owned the land he farmed & was proud of it.

 

My Father was the fourth son & sixth child of George Still and Mary Ann Usborne they were first cousins & their children all much alike - dark curling hair - blue eyes good complexions - sturdy but no height except my father who was 5 feet 9 inches - he was the handsome one among them.25

Note on Husband: George STILL (3)

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 1838.26

Note on Wife: Mary Ann OSBORNE

The following was written to Roger Tringham in 2001 by his Aunt Maisie (Marion Eleanor Tringham):

 

"Gt. Grandmother Still ahd several inheritances which she spent before they could b e swalloed ujp in farm debts.

One lot went in Tom and brother David [Usborne Still] her youngest - several year's educatgion.

Then another to buy those 2 articles to a chemist.

When they nearly finished more money became available.

Tom left and set up farming.

David completed his 7 years then went farming, but both lost all!"

 

Roger notes:

 

"Would these inheritances have been Osborne money rather than Still?"

Sources

1Staplehurst 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.
2"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.
3"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.
4"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.
5"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.
6Roger Tringham, "Information supplied by Roger Tringham".
71871 census (Microfilm).
Text From Source: 1871 census
RG10/. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Need to check census ref
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
8GRO, "1891 Census".
Microfiche.
RG12/1313/125/43. Assessment: Primary evidence.
9"Census 1861 (Edward Hoadly) Brighton, Sussex RG9/596/54/19".
Text From Source: CENSUS DATE: 7 April 1861
CENSUS ADDRESS: 17, St Georges Place, Brighton, Sussex
CENSUS REF NO: RG9/596/54

Name Rel: to head Condition Age Profession Where Born

Edward Hoadly Head Mar 28 Grocer Northampton, Northants
employing 3 men
Emily Hoadly Wife Mar 30 Sussex, Brighton
Edward Monk Hoadly Son Un 3m Sussex, Brighton
John Still Cousin Un 23 Grocer Kent, Staplehurst
Sarah Ann Etherton Servant Un 19 House Servant Sussex, Cuckfield
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
10The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "1881 Census - Family Search Website" (Online 1881 Census for England and Wales). Custom Id: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. RG11/0982/30/21. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Household Record 1881 British Census

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Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
George STILL Head M Male 41 Staplehurst, Kent, England Farmer 530 Acres 6 Men 5 Boys
Jane M. STILL Wife M Female 41 Howe, Kent, England Farmers Wife
Winifred STILL Daur Female 12 Eastchurch, Kent, England
Edith F.M. STILL Daur Female 10 Eastchurch, Kent, England
Louise G. STILL Daur Female 8 Eastchurch, Kent, England
William A. J. STILL Son Male 7 Eastchurch, Kent, England
Percy C. STILL Son Male 6 Eastchurch, Kent, England
Stanley F. STILL Son Male 3 Eastchurch, Kent, England
Stewart S. STILL Son Male 6 m Eastchurch, Kent, England
Reginald T. STILL Son Male 3 Eastchurch, Kent, England
Anne E. BASSETT Servant U Female 31 Marylebone, Middlesex, England Nursery Governess
Frances A. WILLIAMS Servant U Female 24 Sheerness, Kent, England Cook Domestic
Ellen GEORGE Servant U Female 18 Faversham, Kent, England Housemaid Domestic
Charlotte E. CULVER Servant U Female 16 Leysdown, Kent, England Nursemaid Domestic


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Source Information:
Dwelling Rayham Farm
Census Place Eastchurch, Kent, England
Family History Library Film 1341233
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 0982 / 30
Page Number 21
11"Census 1891 (George Still) Eastchurch, Kent Rg12/724/26/12".
Text From Source: Census 1891 Eastchurch, Kent Rg12/724/26/12
Rayham Farm

George Still 51 Farmer Church Warden & Guardian (Employer) Staplehurst Kent
Jane M. Still 51 Kent Herne
Edith F. M. " 20 Kent Eastchurch
Louise G " 18 Kent Eastchurch
William A. J. " 17 Kent Eastchurch
Reginald T. " 13 Kent Eastchurch
Stanley F. " 11 Kent Eastchurch
Stuart S. " 10 Kent Eastchurch
Agathy M. " 7 Kent Eastchurch
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
12"Census 1901 (George Still) Hawkhurst, Kent RG13/777/59/21".
Text From Source: Census 1901 Hawkhurst, Kent RG13/777/59/21
Pix Hill [?] Farm

George Still 61 Farmer (Employer) Staplehurst Kent
Winfred J. " 32 Kent Eastchurch
Edith F. M. " 30 Kent Eastchurch
Louise G " 28 Kent Eastchurch
Stuart S. " 24 Farmer's son Kent Eastchurch
Agatha M. M." 17 Kent Eastchurch
Jane H. Lowden 15 General Servant Domestic Kent Hawkhurst
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
131871 census (Microfilm).
Text From Source: 1871 census
RG10/938/88/1. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
14GRO, "1891 Census".
Microfiche.
RG12/1352/56/13. Assessment: Primary evidence.
15"Census 1901 (Thomas Still) Woodford, Essex RG13/1636/69/21".
Text From Source: Census 1901 Woodford, Essex RG13/1636/69/21
1 The Shrubberies

Thomas Still Head 58 Kent Staplehurst
Eleanor Still Wife 55 Kent Gravesend
Isabelle F. Still Daur 25 Kent Staplehurst
Violet Hornet Serv 13 Middlesex Potters Bar
Assessment: Primary evidence.
16"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Births Mar 1846 (>99%)
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Still David Usborne Maidstone 5 347
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
171871 census (Microfilm).
Text From Source: 1871 census
RG10/835/66/3. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
18The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "1881 Census - Family Search Website" (Online 1881 Census for England and Wales). Custom Id: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. RG11/0744/16/26. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Household Record 1881 British Census

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Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
David U. STILL Head M Male 35 Staplehurst, Kent, England Chemist & Druggist
Ellen A. STILL Wife M Female 31 Milden Hall, Suffolk, England Chemists Wife
Eleanor A. STILL Daur Female 6 Edenbridge, Kent, England Scholar
Lilian D. STILL Daur Female 4 Edenbridge, Kent, England Scholar


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Source Information:
Dwelling 42 Chapel Street
Census Place Woolwich, Kent, England
Family History Library Film 1341174
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 0744 / 16
Page Number 26
191881 census entry.
Text From Source: 1881 census entry PRO Chancery Lane [Microfilm]
20"Census 1901 (David U. Still) Woolwich, Kent RG13/567/11/14".
Text From Source: Census 1901 Woolwich, Kent RG13/567/11/14
36 Church Street

David U. Still Head M 55 Kent Staplehurst
Ellen A. Still Wife M 51 Suffolk Mildenhall
Maria M. Still Dau S 19 London Woolwich
Henry Mortimer Serv S 22 Chemist's assistant York Leeds
Assessment: Primary evidence.
21"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Births Dec 1848
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STILL William Frederick Maidstone 5 343
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
22"FindMyPast". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: passenger transcript details
Name: Mr W F STILL
Date of departure: 1 October 1897
Port of departure: London
Passenger destination port: Cape, South Africa
Passenger destination: Cape, South Africa

Date of Birth: 1847 (calculated from age)
Age: 50
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male
Occupation: Clerk
Passenger recorded on: Page 2 of 5





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The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyage: -

Miss STILL Page 2 of 5 View transcript
Mrs STILL Page 2 of 5 View transcript
Mstr STILL Page 2 of 5 View transcript
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Ship:
Official Number:
Master's name:
Steamship Line:
Where bound:
Square feet:
Registered tonnage:
Passengers on voyage:
DUNVEGAN CASTLE
105854
W Hay
Donald Currie & Company
South Africa

3428
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23Public Record Office, "www.census.pro.gov.uk - 1901 Census" (Internet). RG13/868/37/24. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Internet. Call Number: http://www.census.pro.gov.uk (electronic).
24Anita 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.
25Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Graham Hoadly.
26Anita 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.