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Family of John STILL and Catherine CHESMER

Husband: John STILL (c. 1734-bef1804)
Wife: Catherine CHESMER (bef1731-bef1804)
Children: Ann STILL (bef1756- )
John STILL (1757-bef1845)
Catherine STILL (1759- )
Thomas STILL (1761-1837)
Elizabeth STILL (1763- )
Alexander Chesmer STILL (1765-1785)
George STILL (1767-bef1768)
Richard STILL (1769-bef1770)
Mary STILL (bef1772- )
Marriage 10 Jan 1756 West Malling, Kent1

Husband: John STILL

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John STILL, 2005, age 271

Name: John STILL2
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth c. 1734
Occupation Farmer; Miller; Bletchingley Farm, Staplehurst, Kent3
He left ... John Still the lease of the farm he now lives in ...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.
Death bef 7 Nov 1804 (age 70) Staplehurst, Kent4
Burial 7 Nov 1804 (age 70) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent5
M.I.

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

327. John STILL of this parish, miller died 4 November 1804 aged 70 years. Catharine his wife died 6 September 1804 aged 75 years. Left issue surviving 2 sons and 1 daughter, John, Thomas and Elizabeth.

Wife: Catherine CHESMER

Name: Catherine CHESMER2
Sex: Female
Father: Sander CHESMER (bef1704-1774)
Mother: Catherine NORRIS ( -bef1764)
Birth bef 28 May 1731 Rolvenden, Kent6
Christening 12 Aug 1733 (age 2) Rolvenden, Kent6
Death bef 10 Sep 1804 (age 73) Staplehurst, Kent4
Burial 10 Sep 1804 (age 73) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent7

Child 1: Ann STILL

Name: Ann STILL8
Sex: Female
Birth bef 26 May 17568,9
Christening 26 May 1756 (age 0)9,10

Child 2: John STILL

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John STILL

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John STILL

Name: John STILL8,11
Sex: Male
Spouse: Ann ? ( - )
Birth 17578
Occupation btw 1791 and 1827 (age 33-70) Miller; Mill Farm, Lovehurst Manor, Staplehurst, Kent12
John took the mills (which must have returned to the Stills from Alexander Chesmer) ... 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.
Census 6 Jun 1841 (age 80) Staplehurst, Kent13
Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 6 Jun 1841 (age 83-84) Miller; Staplehurst, Kent13
Death bef 18 Jan 1845 (age 87) Staplehurst, Kent14
Maidstone Journal 21 Jan 1845 - an obituary. [to be looked up]
Burial 18 Jan 1845 (age 87) Staplehurst, Kent15
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent

Child 3: Catherine STILL

Name: Catherine STILL
Sex: Female
Spouse: James BOOTS ( - )
Birth 1759 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 5 Jul 1759 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2

Child 4: Thomas STILL

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Thomas STILL

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Thomas STILL

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Spouse: Mary OSBOURNE

Name: Thomas STILL2
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary OSBOURNE (bef1760-1839)
Birth 1761 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 17 Apr 1761 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2
Religion Nonconformist; Staplehurst, Kent16
Occupation 1827 (age 65-66) Farmer17
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)8
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, Kent4,18
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, Kent4
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.

Child 5: Elizabeth STILL

Name: Elizabeth STILL2
Sex: Female
Spouse: Thomas HUNT ( - )
Birth 1763 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 2 Feb 1763 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2

Child 6: Alexander Chesmer STILL

Name: Alexander Chesmer STILL2
Sex: Male
Birth 1765 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 14 Jun 1765 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2
Occupation Miller; Lovehurst Mill, Staplehurst, Kent8
He left his son Alexander Chesmer the leases of the mills, plus £100 in cash ... 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"
Death 1785 (age 20)8
Sons were:- John (1757) Thomas (1761) Alexander (1765: died at 20) and George (1767).

Child 7: George STILL

Name: George STILL2
Sex: Male
Birth 1767 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 24 Apr 1767 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2
Death bef 26 May 1768 (age 0-1) Maidstone, Kent19
Maidstone, Kent
Burial 26 May 1768 Staplehurst, Kent19
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent

Child 8: Richard STILL

Name: Richard STILL2
Sex: Male
Birth 1769 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 26 Mar 1769 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2
Death bef 29 Nov 1770 (as an infant) Staplehurst, Kent19
Burial 29 Nov 1770 (as an infant) Staplehurst, Kent19
Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent

Child 9: Mary STILL

Name: Mary STILL2
Sex: Female
Birth bef 15 Jan 1772 Staplehurst, Kent2
Christening 15 Jan 1772 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent2

Note on Husband: John STILL (1)

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. ... John took the mills (which must have returned to the Stills from Alexander Chesmer)20

Note on Husband: John STILL (2)

I think John Still, son-in-law of Sander Chesmer, miller, came to Staplehurst first .20

Note on Husband: John STILL (3)

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.20

Note on Wife: Catherine CHESMER

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. ... Daughter Ann, born 1756, died either at 26 or 83. Daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Hunt of Benenden, a widowed farmer, in 1781.20

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1Church of the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index (http://www.familysearch.org/).
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2Staplehurst 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.
3Anita Thompson, "Staplehurst Local History Society" (email to Graham Hoadly). Custom Id: 19/10/2004. Cit. Date: 19 October 2004. Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: From: Anita Thompson via Allan Rimmer <awcebd@mistral.co.uk>
To: Graham Hoadly<graham@hoadlyg.freeserve.co.uk>
On 14 October 2004
Re: The Still family in Staplehurst.

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

The family were Nonconformist, in parts, (they must have been for Thomas Still sen. to have appointed William Jull as an executor in 1837: he was a Deacon in the Nonconformist Chapel as well as a grocer).

I think John Still, son-in-law of Sander Chesmer, miller, came to Staplehurst first .

Sander Chesmer used both the watermill at Lovehurst when there was water enough, and the windmill which once stood at the top of Bell Lane opposite the Church.

Sander Chesmer's will, undated, was made pre-1765, and can be found at CKS PRC 17/99.158.

He left his daughters Catherine Still and Mary Chesmer £50 each, to make them equal to their sisters Ann and Elizabeth.
He left his son Alexander Chesmer the leases of the mills, plus £100 in cash, and John Still the lease of the farm he now lives in, and he made both his son Alexander Chesmer and John Still executors of his will.

He was buried on 27 April 1774, and probate was given on 30 June 1774.
I think the Chesmers came from Benenden.

Catharine was 3 years older than John: I would think he had been apprenticed to her father. When their first child Ann was born in 1756, he was 22 and she 25.

Both died in 1804 in their seventies.

Sons were:- John (1757) Thomas (1761) Alexander (1765: died at 20) and George (1767).

John took the mills (which must have returned to the Stills from Alexander Chesmer) and Thomas took Bletchingley Farm.

Nothing heard of George after his birth.

Daughter Ann, born 1756, died either at 26 or 83.

Daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Hunt of Benenden, a widowed farmer, in 1781.

Bletchingley Farm, plus Eastlands (now Chapman's Farm) and Priestlands (now swallowed up into Bletchingley) was bought from the Love family by Sir Horatio Mann of Linton Park.

In 1776 in the deed CKS U78 T220 the Tenants of Eastlands were given as William Marchant > James Love > Alex. Chasmer.

By 1778 the Staplehurst Parish Rate Book has "Alex. Chesmer & Co now Still", so I think that Bletchingley must be where John Still sen. had lived.

From 1791-1827 a John Still held the Mill Farm, Lovehurst Manor.

Was he the son of JS?

He gave up the lease because of "heavy arrears of rent." The mill was so dilapidated that the incoming tenant had to rent another mill for a year while it was repaired.

Thomas Still sen.(he was senior from 1810) held Bletchingley in 1827 at a rateable value of £72, which may not include the figure for Snapgate aka Putlands Corner.

These were both notionally 80-acre farms: in the 1820 Tithe Book Thos Still sen held 90 acres.

Thomas also married young, to Mary Osborne of Ashford by licence dated 7/9/1782, the marriage to be at Ashford.

Sons were Thomas (1784 ) John (1786) Stephen (1791, died as infant) George (1795)
and his only daughter Sophia Maria (1798).

She, as you know, is your ancestress.

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

TS sen's probate was passed on 30/12/1837.

According to the Staplehurst Parish Register he was buried on 20 November 1837.

His widow Mary died on 9/7/1839, so Thomas Still's possessions were auctioned on 8/10/1839.
These included mahogany four-post and tent bedsteads, capital feather beds and bedding, mattresses, mahogany and painted drawers, mahogany and other chairs, mahogany dining, Pembroke and other tables, mahogany bureau, pier and dressing glasses, carpets, hand stands (?), barometer, thirty-hour clock, kitchen utensils etc.

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

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

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

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

Best wishes.
Anita Thompson
Graham Hoadly.
4Staplehurst 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.
5Ibid. Staplehurst Burials: 1793-1812. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: John Still age 70, of this Parish, bur. Nov 7 1804 H. Grove
6"Rolvenden Parish Registers (Bishop's Transcripts)".
Text From Source: The following entries were found in the Bishop's Transcripts (BTs) for the parishes of Rolvenden and Staplehurst, Kent, ENG.

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

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

ROLVENDEN BTs between 1663/4 & 1812
No CHASMAR names found here before 1730.
1730 Apr 9 Marr Sander CHASMER & Catherine NORRIS
1731 May 28 Bapt Catherine, dau of Sander & Catherine CHASMER
1733 Aug 12 Bapt Ann, dau of Sander & Catherine CHASMER
1736 Jly 26 Marr George CHASMER & Anne RUSSEL
1737/8 Jan 28 Bur Keziah, dau of George CHESMER
1739/40 Feb 24 Bapt Anne, dau of George & Anne CHASMER
1740 Nov 6 Marr Elizabeth CHEESMER, spr & John ?JURY?, bac, banns
1742 Jly 11 Bapt George, son of George & Ann CHEESMERE
1742 Sep 27 Marr Jane CHEESMERE & John CARMAN
1748 Apr 14 Bur Hannah, dau of George & Ann CHEESMERE
1770 Mar 8 Marr Alexander CHEESMER of Staplehurst & Mary JEWRY, otp, banns
Note: JEWRY and JURY spelling variants both found in these records.
1809 Aug 12 Marr Henry CHASMAR, bac, otp & Peggy BRIGNALL, spr of Benenden, banns
1810 Aug 17 Bapt Henry, son of Henry & Margaret CHASMER
7Staplehurst Burial registers.
Text From Source: Staplehurst Burial registers, Kent Archive Office, Maidstone
Staplehurst Burials: 1793-1812. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: 1804 Sep 10th - Catherine Still age 73 of this parish by H. Grove, Rector
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
8Anita 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.
9Staplehurst Baptismal Registers (Microfilm).
Text From Source: Staplehurst Baptismal Registers - Kent Archive Centre, Maidstone
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: STILL Ann D John Catharine 26 May 1756
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
10Church of the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index (http://www.familysearch.org/).
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Assessment: Questionable.
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11"Index to the Arrivals from British Ports in Victoria".
Text From Source: Index to the Arrivals from British Ports in Victoria. (Consulted by Ainslie Sharpe)
12Anita Thompson, "Staplehurst Local History Society" (email to Graham Hoadly). Custom Id: 19/10/2004. 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. 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.
13"Census 1841 (John Still) Staplehurst, Kent HO 107/475/22/6/25a".
Text From Source: 6 25a 36 John Still 80 Miller y
6 25a 36 Ann Still 80 y
Assessment: Primary evidence.
14Staplehurst Burial registers.
Text From Source: Staplehurst Burial registers, Kent Archive Office, Maidstone
Staplehurst Burials: 1813 - 1873. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: bur Jan 18 1845 John Still age 87, Williams Curate
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
15Ibid. Staplehurst Burials: 1813-1873. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: bur Jan 18 1845 John Still age 87, Williams Curate
16Anita 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.
17Ibid. 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
18"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Text From Source: Deaths Dec 1837
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Still Thomas Maidstone 5 244
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
19Staplehurst 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.
20Anita 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.