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Family of John STILL and Ann WINCH

Husband: John STILL (1786-1837)
Wife: Ann WINCH (1790- )
Children: Ann Winch STILL (bef1818-1886)
Francis John STILL (bef1821-1822)
Ellen Jane STILL (bef1824-1839)
Jane Wood STILL (bef1831-1870)
Marriage 10 Dec 1816 Hawkhurst, Kent1,2

Husband: John STILL

Name: John STILL3
Sex: Male
Father: Thomas STILL (1761-1837)
Mother: Mary OSBOURNE (bef1760-1839)
Birth 1786 Staplehurst, Kent3
Christening 27 Dec 1786 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent3
Occupation Farmer3
Death 21 Sep 1837 (age 50) Staplehurst, Kent4
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, Kent4
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.

Wife: Ann WINCH

Name: Ann WINCH3
Sex: Female
Father: Benjamin WINCH (1763-1848)
Mother: Ann WOOD ( -1792)
Birth 17 Nov 1790
Christening 17 Dec 1790 (age 0) Independent Chapel On The Hill, Cranbrook, Kent5,6
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 45) Staplehurst, Kent7
Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 6 Jun 1841 (age 50) Ind.; Staplehurst, Kent7
Census 30 Mar 1851 (age 60) Staplehurst, Kent8
Loddendon Cottages, Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 30 Mar 1851 (age 60) Fund Holder; Staplehurst, Kent8
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 70) Dalston, London9
4 Lavender Grove, Dalston, Hackney, London
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 70) Fundholder H.P.; Dalston, London9

Child 1: Ann Winch STILL

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Ann Winch STILL

Name: Ann Winch STILL
Sex: Female
Spouse: Alfred FISHER (c. 1813-1887)
Birth bef 20 Apr 1818 Staplehurst, Kent
Christening 20 Apr 1818 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 30 Mar 1851 (age 33) Staplehurst, Kent10
Couchman Green, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 53) Brighton, Sussex11
4 Castle Square, Brighton, Sussex
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 63) Brighton, Sussex12
59 Round Hill Court, Brighton, Sussex
RG11/1085/126/46
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 63) Brighton, Sussex13
59, Round Hill Ct, Brighton, Sussex
Death Q2 1886 (age 68) Westhampnett, Sussex14

Child 2: Francis John STILL

Name: Francis John STILL3
Sex: Male
Birth bef 11 Nov 1821 Staplehurst, Kent3
Christening 11 Nov 1821 (age 11 mns) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent3
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.
Death 13 Dec 1822 (age 1)4

Child 3: Ellen Jane STILL

Name: Ellen Jane STILL3
Sex: Female
Birth bef 31 Mar 1824 Staplehurst, Kent3
Christening 31 Mar 1824 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent3
Death 28 Feb 1839 (age 15) Strood, Kent4
Rose Cottage, Strood, Kent
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.

Ellen Jane was buried at Stroud, Glos.,6 March 1839 . (Maidstone Journal, 12 March 1839): Space left for wife' s inscription was never used.
Burial 6 Mar 1839 (age 15) Stroud, Gloucestershire.4
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.

Child 4: Jane Wood STILL

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Jane Wood STILL

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Jane Wood STILL

Name: Jane Wood STILL3
Sex: Female
Spouse: John William DUNCAN (1826-1880)
Birth bef 8 Jun 1831 Staplehurst, Kent3
Christening 8 Jun 1831 (age 0) Staplehurst, Kent15
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 10) Staplehurst, Kent7
Staplehurst, Kent
Census 30 Mar 1851 (age 19) Staplehurst, Kent8
Loddendon Cottages, Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 30 Mar 1851 (age 19) Fund Holder; Staplehurst, Kent8
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 29) Dalston, London9
4 Lavender Grove, Dalston, Hackney, London
Death Q4 1870 (age 39) Wandsworth, London16

Note on Husband: John STILL (1)

From the Maidstone Journal 3 October 1837:

 

(Noted by Anita Thompson Local Historian of Staplehurst)

 

"Inquest Friday September 22nd.

As Mr John Still of Staplehurst, farmer, was returning from Lewes sheep fair accompanied by his daughter, he stopped at an inn in Burwash apparently in good health and whilst sitting in a chair waiting for the refreshment he had ordered, he complained of giddiness - put his hand to his head and died immediately in his daughter's arms. An inquest was held on the following day before a most respectable jury who returned a verdict of Died by the Visitation of God. Mr Still has had several severe attacks during the last few years and was considered to be labouring under the affection of the heart."

Note on Husband: John STILL (2)

From the Maidstone Journal 26 September1837:

 

(Noted by Anita Thompson Local Historian of Staplehurst)

 

"Thursday last died Mr John Still"

Note on Husband: John STILL (3)

The picture is complicated because John died in 1837 too, before his father. He had rented Exhurst till 182417

Note on Wife: Ann WINCH

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.

Did she die elswhere, then? Maybe Stroud?4

Sources

1"Canterbury Marriage Licences" (Internet).
Indexed on www.Ancestry.co.uk - Kent, England: Parish and Probate Records.
1810-1837: Vol 35: Fol 77: 1816. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: 1816 18 Dec John STILL Ba.of Staplehurst Ann WINCH of Hawkhurst at Hawkhurst by Lic. Ben. Winch Eliz. Winch Register
Internet.
2Cathy Goodwin, "http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staplehurst/index.htm". Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: 1816 18 Dec John STILL Ba.of Staplehurst Ann WINCH of Hawkhurst at Hawkhurst by Lic. Ben. Winch Eliz. Winch Register
3Staplehurst 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.
4"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.
5Sibyl Judith Laing, "Email from Sibyl Judith Laing to Graham Hoadly".
Text From Source: Information supplied by Sibyl Judith Laing of Aukland New Zealand
Graham Hoadly.
6Church of the Latter Day Saints, "http://www.familysearch.org/".
Text From Source: Family Search website
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0
British Isles
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ANN WINCH Pedigree
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Event(s):
Birth: 17 NOV 1790

Christening: 17 DEC 1790 Chapel On The Hill-Independent, Cranbrook, Kent, England

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Parents:
Father: BENJAMIN WINCH Family
Mother: ANN


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Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the birth or christening date.


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Source Information:
Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:

C068111 1786 - 1836 0596906 (RG4 31) Film 6906473 Film


Sheet: 00
Internet. Call Number: http://www.familysearch.org/ (electronic).
7"Census 1841 (Ann Still) Staplehurst, Kent HO 107/475/22/6/25b".
Text From Source: 6 25b 39 Ann Still 45 Ind. y
6 25b 39 Jane Still 10 y
Assessment: Primary evidence.
8"Census 1851 (Ann Winch) Staplehurst, Kent HO107/1616/272/16".
Text From Source: Ann Still W 60 Kent Hawkhurst
Jane Ward Still U 19 Kent Staplehurst
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1851 (Ann Winch) Staplehurst, Kent HO107/1616/272/16, Ann Still 51

9"Census 1861 (Jane Wood Duncan) Dalston, London RG9/161/86/57".
Text From Source: John W. Duncan Head Mar 33 Middlesex
Jane W Duncan Wife Mar 29 Kent
Ann Still Mother in Law Wid 70 Kent
Emma Monk Serv Un 22 Essex
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1861 (Jane Wood Duncan) Dalston, London RG9/161/86/57, Jane Wood Duncan 61

10"Census 1851 (Alfred Fisher) Staplehurst, Kent HO 107/309/15 & 16".
Text From Source: Eli Ballard Head U 42 Farmer Kent Staplehurst
Priscilla Ballard Mother Wid 73 Landed Proprietor Kent BoughtonMalchart
Esther Ballard Sister U 40 House Keeper Kent Staplehurst
Alfred Fisher Visitor Mar 38 Drawing Master Kent Chatham
Ann Winch Fisher Visitor Mar 33 Kent Staplehurst
Arthur M Fisher Visitor 1 Yorks Wansford
Robert Rugsworth Serv U 40 Farm Lab. Kent Staplehurst
Eliza Waterman Serv U 17 Farm Servt. Kent Linton
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Source: Census 1851 (Alfred Fisher) Staplehurst, Kent HO 107/309/15 & 16, Alfred Fisher (a) 51

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Source: Census 1851 (Alfred Fisher) Staplehurst, Kent HO 107/309/15 & 16, Alfred Fisher (b) 51

11"Census 1871 (Anne Winch Fisher) Brighton, Sussex RG10/1085/5/4".
Text From Source: Alfred Fisher Head Mar 58 Artist In oil
and watercolour Kent, Chatham
Annie W. Fisher Wife Mar 53 Kent, Staplehurst
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: CENSUS DATE: 2 April 1871
CENSUS ADDRESS: 4 Castle Square, Brighton, Sussex
CENSUS REF NO: RG10/1085/5/4

Name Rel: to head Condition Age Profession Where Born

Alfred Fisher Head Mar 58 Artist In oil and watercolour Kent, Chatham

Annie W. Fisher Wife Mar 53 Kent, Staplehurst
Internet.
12The 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. RG11/1085/126/46. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Household Record 1881 British Census

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Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Alfred FISHER Head M Male 68 Chatham, Kent, England Coal Merchant
Anne W. FISHER Wife M Female 63 Staplehurst, Kent, England


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Source Information:
Dwelling 59 Round Hill Ct
Census Place Brighton, Sussex, England
Family History Library Film 1341256
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 1085 / 126
Page Number 46
13"(Alfred Fisher) Census 1881 Brighton, Sussex RG11/1085/126/46" (RG11/1085/126/46).
Text From Source: Name,Relation,Condition,Sex,Age,Occupation,Born,Infirmity
Alfred FISHER,Head,Mar,M,68,Coal Merchant,Chatham, Kent,
Ann W FISHER,Wife,Mar,F,63,,Staplehurst, Kent,
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Source: (Alfred Fisher) Census 1881 Brighton, Sussex RG11/1085/126/46, Alfred Fisher 81

14"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Surname Given Name Age District Volume Page Transcribers

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FISHER Anne Winch 68 Westhampnett 2b 235
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
15Staplehurst Baptismal Registers (Microfilm).
Text From Source: Staplehurst Baptismal Registers - Kent Archive Centre, Maidstone
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Transcribed from the registers by Cathy Goodwin

Website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staplehurst/index.htm
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
16"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page

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Duncan Jane Wood 3[09] Wandsworth 1d 358
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
17Anita 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.