Kent Archaeological Society

A press release from the FFHS…………….

Kent Archaeo Society

Another 1,000 Kent churchyard memorial inscriptions have been added to the Kent Archaeological Society’s website. Most of them have been transcribed from original notes made by antiquarians more than 100 years ago, and therefore provide genealogical information from gravestones which since then have become illegible or have been removed.

More than 900 of the inscriptions are from St Botolph’s, Northfleet and St George’s, Gravesend, and were originally recorded by Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson of Ightham Mote, a life member and officer of the KAS, whose notebooks were donated to the Centre for Kentish Studies.

The MIs feature photographs taken in St George’s Churchyard at 6am one morning in 1923 during an unsuccessful attempt to find the remains of the legendary ‘Princess Pocahontas,’ who died on board a ship off Gravesend in 1617 and was buried at St George’s.

Pocahontas, a native American, saved the life of Captain John Smith, the ‘Father’ of the state (then colony) of Virginia, in 1607.


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