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        ANTOINE, Christophe
Born in France
Buried : St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    In Testimony of
    The long and faithful services of
    Christophe Antoine,
    A native of France,
    An honest, zealous, grateful, and pious man,
    who died at Holland House, Kensington,
    on the 29th of November, 1812,
    in the 55th year of his age.
    This stone is erected
    over his mortal remains,
    which in compliance with his wishes
    are deposited near those of the Countess of Gand
    His former mistress
    whose memory he cherished for many years
    after her decease,
    having followed her fortunes in exile
    and sacrificed
    to his sense of gratitude and duty
    the savings of his industry,
    the prospect of competence and ease,
    and the hopes of worldly advancement.

    Source : Cansick 1869


CHAPMAN, William; BOWN Elizabeth and Peter
Hampstead churchyard, Middlesex, England

    To the Memory of
    William Chapman,
    late of the Parish of St. George,
    Bloomsbury; Painter:
    who died January 9th 1789,
    Aged 69 Years.
    He was a Downright, Upright,
    Honest Man.

    Also Elizabeth Bown,
    of Brownlow Street, Holborn;
    who died of a Broken Heart,
    the 14th of February 1789,
    Aged 37 Years.
    She was a tender Parent,
    and a Virtuous Wife.

    Also her Son Peter Bown,
    who fell a Victim to the allurements
    of the Ice, whilst Skating on the
    serpentine River, December 5th 1796;
    Aged 19 years.

    Source : Roffe 1859


CLARKE, Daniell and Catherine
He died 30 June, 1626, aged 79 years
She died 24 June 1613, aged 50.
Buried : St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    A Memorial both of DANIELL CLARKE Esq who left this life most comfortablie the last of June 1626. Ao Aetat svae 79, having bene Master Cooke to Qveene Elizabeth & to King James 29 yeares called to that place betimes for his worthines beloved there & elsewhere for his honest heart and open hand, and also of Catherine his good & loving wife who left this life the 24th of Jvne 1613. Ao Aetat. svae 50.

    Reader before this monvmentall stone,
    Two bodyes lye inter'd that once were one
    Whom death did for a tyme divorce
    And now hath married coarse to coarse
    Their ashes meete in death and have
    For their new marriage-Bed the grave
    A third they yet expect, that fate
    Nor time nor force shall violate
    Wher both shall married and vnmarried bee
    Not to themselves, bvt to eternitie
    Then sleepe yee happy ashes here
    Nor let a groane a sigh or teare
    Distvrbe yovr rest tell the glad noyse
    Of the worlde-wakeninge trvmpitts voyce
    Raise yov from this dead sleepe & call
    Yovr dvst from this sad fvnerall
    To wed their sovles and sovle and body bring
    Vnto the marriage of the Lambe theire Kinge.

    Source : Cansick 1869


EVANS, John
Buried : St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    John Evans
    Died Jany 16th 1811. Aged 60 years.
    Farewell, vain world, I know enough of thee,
    And now am careless what thou say'st of me;
    Thy smile I court not, nor thy frowns I fear;
    My cares are pass'd; my head lies quiet here.
    What faults you saw in me take care to shun,
    And look at home, enough there's to be done.

    Source : Cansick 1869


FARREN, Elizabeth
Hendon churchyard, Middlesex, England

    Here lieth
    the body of
    Elizabeth Farren
    many years an inhabitant
    of this parish,
    who died in the
    one hundred & second year
    of her age

    She was a woman
    of very shrewd understanding,
    and a remarkable instance
    of healthy longevity.
    In her hundred and first year,
    she threaded her needle without spectacles;
    and regularly walked a mile and a half to church,
    until a very short time before her death:
    which happened
    on the 29th day of February, 1832.

    Thou shalt go to thy Fathers in peace;
    Thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
    15th chapter of Genesis, 15th verse.

    Source : Roffe 1859


GOODWYN, William
Hackney churchyard, Middlesex, England

    Here lies the body of
    William Goodwyn, Esqr.
    who was purser of
    his Majesty's ship
    Athenienne,
    when that vessel
    was shipwrecked on the
    esquerques
    in the Mediterranean,
    on the 20th October, 1806:
    and was several years
    afterwards, purser of
    his Majesty's yacht,
    Prince Regent.
    He died on the 20th April, 1826:
    aged 57 years.

    Source : Roffe 1859


GOODYER, Sir Henry
Died in 1604
Buried in Hadley, Middlesex

    An ill yeare of a Goodyer us bereft
    Who gon to God, much lacke of him here left:
    Full of good gifts, of bodye and of mynde,
    Wyse, comlie, lernede, eloquent, and kinde.

    Source : Ravenshaw 1878


HESSEL, Phoebe
Born in Stepney, Middlesex, England; Buried in Brighton Churchyard, Sussex, England

    In Memory of
    Phoebe Hessel
    who was born at Stepney in the year 1713.
    She served for many years
    as a private Soldier in the 5th Regt of Foot
    in different parts of Europe
    and in the Year 1745 fought under the Command
    of the Duke of Cumberland
    at the Battle of Fontenoy,
    when she received a bayonet wound in her arm.
    Her long life which commenced in the time of
    Queen Anne,
    extended to the reign of
    George IV;
    by whose munificence she received comfort
    and support in her latter years.
    She died at Brighton where she had long resided
    Decr 12th 1821 : Aged 108 Years.

    Source : Maiben 1870


HISELAND, William
Chelsea Hospital, Middlesex, England

    Here lies William Hiseland,
    A Veteran, if ever Soldier was,
    Who merited well a Pension,
    If long service be a merit,
    Having served upwards of the days of Man.
    Ancient, but not superannuated;
    Engaged in a Series of Wars,
    Civil as well as Foreign,
    Yet maimed or worn out by neither.
    His complexion was Fresh and Florid;
    His Health Hale and Hearty;
    His memory Exact and Ready.
    In Stature
    He exceeded the Military Size;
    In Strength
    He surpassed the Prime of Youth;
    And
    What rendered his age still more Patriarchal,
    When above a Hundred Years old
    He took unto him a Wife!
    Read! fellow Soldiers, and reflect
    That there is a Spiritual Warfare,
    As well as a Warfare Temporal.
    Born the 1st August, 1620,
    Died the 17th of February, 1732,
    Aged One Hundred and Twelve.

    Source : Andrews 1899


HODGSON, Andrew
Stepney churchyard, Middlesex, England

    Sacred
    To the memory of
    Andrew Hodgson
    of Blyth, in the County
    of Northumberland; Master Mariner:
    who departed this life May 14th, 1810.
    Aged 21 Years.

    At anchor laid remote from home,
    Toiling I cry, Sweet Spirit come;
    Celestial breeze no longer stay,
    But swell my sails and speed my way.

    Fain would I mount, fain would I glow,
    And loose my cable from below;
    But I can only spread my sail,
    Thou, thou, must breathe th'auspicious gale.

    Source : Roffe 1859


JOHN, Gabriel
Buried : Islington churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    Pray for the soul of Gabriel John,
    Who died in the year sixteen hundred and one.
    Or if you don't, it is all one.

    Source : Howe 1901


LEVIEN, Henry (Esq.)
Buried : St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    Sacred
    to the Memory of
    Mrs. Anne Watkins,
    an invaluable servant,
    and a faithful Friend.
    Who was Born 15th February, 1760,
    Departed this Life 22nd September, 1829
    Here also,
    in accordance with his wish,
    repose the mortal remains of
    Henry Levien, Esqre.,
    Who Died March 9th, 1843,
    aged 47 years.
    Few have departed this Life
    more deservedly Beloved.

    Source : Cansick 1869


MacMAHON, Terenc
Buried in St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    Under this tomb is interred
    ye Body of Terenc MacMahon,
    Gent. who departed this life in
    the 45 year of his age 1710: this
    tomb was erected at ye sole
    charge of his loving wife Sarah
    MacMahon, it being the
    desire of ye deceased to be
    interred here in hopes of a joy
    full resurrection. Requieset in pace.

    Source : Cansick 1869


MACNEMARA, Daniel; and MOLONY, Denis
Buried in St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    In Deo solo et non in arcu meo sperabo.
    Here lyes the Body of Denis Molony, Esqr
    who departed this life unmarried
    the 11 of December in the year
    of our Lord 1726 being the 77th
    year of his age having allways
    Lived faithfull to God King and
    country
    Requiescat in Pace
    Amen.
    Hibernus,
    Here lyes also the Body of Daniel Macnemara, Esq
    Who Erected this Tomb
    and was nephew and executor to the above mentioned
    Molony who departed this life the 8th of June
    in the year of our Lord God 1730,
    Aged 42 years. Requiescat in Pace. Amen.

    Source : Cansick 1869


MOLONY, Denis; and MACNEMARA, Daniel
Buried in St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    In Deo solo et non in arcu meo sperabo.
    Here lyes the Body of Denis Molony, Esqr
    who departed this life unmarried
    the 11 of December in the year
    of our Lord 1726 being the 77th
    year of his age having allways
    Lived faithfull to God King and
    country
    Requiescat in Pace
    Amen.
    Hibernus,
    Here lyes also the Body of Daniel Macnemara, Esq
    Who Erected this Tomb
    and was nephew and executor to the above mentioned
    Molony who departed this life the 8th of June
    in the year of our Lord God 1730,
    Aged 42 years. Requiescat in Pace. Amen.

    Source : Cansick 1869


MONSON, Mrs Frances (TIRWHITT)
From Lincolnshire
Died 16 April, 1658
St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    Here lieth buried the body of Mrs. Frances
    Monson wife of Anthony Monson
    of Northorp in the county of Lincolne
    Esq and second daughter of Sir Philip
    Tirwhitt of Stainefeild
    in the said covnty Baronet.
    She departed this
    Life the sixteenth day of April
    Anno Dm 1658.
    Her Faith and sickness both together strave
    That Christ may have her soule, her corps ye grave,
    Death ends the strife. Both conqurors appeare,
    Christ hath her soule. Her body resteth here.

    Source : Cansick 1869


NICOLLS, Richard and Isabell (Clarke)
He died 20 April, 1612, aged 59 years.
She died 4 July, 1652, aged 77 years.
St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    Here Lyeth
    Ye Body of Richard
    Nicolls of Kentish Town
    Esqvier. Who Dyed in ye Faith
    of Christ ye 20th Day of Aprill
    Ao DNI 1612, Beinge of ye age of
    59 Yeares, having Bene 19 Yea-
    res married To Isabell Davher
    of Iohn Clarke of Eloesto in
    ye covnty of Bedf: Gentlema
    Who caused this stone
    to Be here laid For ye
    memoriall of him

    Here also lyeth Buried ye Body
    of the said Isabell Nicolls who
    lived 40ty Yeares and upwards
    the widowe of the said
    Richard Nicolls and died in
    the Faith of Jesus Christ
    the fourth day of July in
    the Year of our Lord God
    1652 Aged 77 and upwards.

    Source : Cansick 1869


NOWLAND, Martin
Buried : St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    Martin Nowland
    Executed for high treason
    at Tyburn, on the 24th of Feby 1742
    Note : He performed his devotions in his own way, and, being executed, his body was carried to St. Giles's, and soon afterwards buried in this churchyard by some of his Roman Catholic friends.

    Source : Cansick 1869


RICHARDS, Joseph and Jane
Buried : St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    Here lyeth Interr'd the Body of
    Sir Joseph Richards, Bart.,
    Who departed this life
    June the 2nd, 1738,
    aged 53.
    Requiescat in pace.
    Also Dame Jane Richards
    Wife of Sr Joseph Richard,
    Who departed

    Source : Cansick 1869


WATKINS, Anne (Mrs.)
Buried : St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    Sacred
    to the Memory of
    Mrs. Anne Watkins,
    an invaluable servant,
    and a faithful Friend.
    Who was Born 15th February, 1760,
    Departed this Life 22nd September, 1829
    Here also,
    in accordance with his wish,
    repose the mortal remains of
    Henry Levien, Esqre.,
    Who Died March 9th, 1843,
    aged 47 years.
    Few have departed this Life
    more deservedly Beloved.

    Source : Cansick 1869


WEBB, Barbara (Hon. Lady) (nee Belasyse)
Buried : St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    Here lyeth deposited in this vault the remains of the late Honble Lady Barbara Webb,
    Wife of Sr John Webb, of Great Canford, in the county of Dorset, Baronet
    Who departed this life on the 28th day of March, in the year of our Lord 1740.
    This pious lady was the surviving daughter and sole Heiress of the late Honble
    John, Lord Belasyse, by his third wife the Lady Ann Powlett,
    Daughter of the Right Noble John, Marquiss of Winchester, who to avoid the
    expense and vanity of a pompous funeral in her family vault
    made it her death bed request in compassion to the poor to be privately interr'd
    in this churchyard & that the repose of her soul may be remembered
    by all good Christians. This tomb was erected by her disconsolate husband.
    Requiescat in pace. Amen.

    Source : Cansick 1869




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