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UNDERNEATH, AMIDST THE ASHES OF HER FATHER, MOTHER, BROTHERS AND SISTERS LYES THE BODY OF ELIZABETH, DAUGHTER TO YE HONBLE. JOHN GALE, AND ELIZABETH, HIS WIFE, WHO DYED, APRIL THE 30th, 1761, IN THE 34th YEAR OF HER AGE, IN MEMORY OF WHOSE MANY AMIABLE QUALITIES, HER HUSBAND, DANIEL McGILCHRIST, ESQ., HATH ERECTED THIS MONUMENT OF HIS LOVE AND REGARD TO ONE OF THE BEST OF WIVES.
BENEATH THIS MARBLE IN THIS PEW, LIETH INTERRED THE BODYS OF THE HONORABLE JOHN MORANT,* ESQ., WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE, OCTOBER THE 3 ANNO DOMINI 1721 IN THE 44th YEAR OF HIS AGE AND HIS SON, JOHN MORANT, ESQ., WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY THE 6th, ANNO DOMINI 1734, IN THE 3 8th YEAR OF HIS AGE.AND ALSO, ELIZABETH, THE WIFE OF JOHN GALE, ESQ., DAUGHTER OF JOHN MORANT THE ELDER, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY THE 10th 1740, IN THE 34 YEAR OF HER AGE.
Arms, Gules, a fess lozengy argent and sable, between three talbots rampant or.
NEAR THIS PLACE ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF JOHN MORANT WHO DIED, THE 9th AUGUST, 1741, AGED 18. WILLIAM MORANT, WHO DIED, THE 9th OF NOVEMBER, 1744, AGED 17 SAMUEL MORANT, WHO DIED THE .... OCTOBER, 1752, AGED 18. ELEANOR ANGELINA MORANT,WHO DIED, THE 5th FEBRUARY, 1756, AGED 24, MARY MORANT WHO DIED, THE 9th AUGUST, 1756, AGED 60.
Arms (same as last).
*"In England," Miller* adds, " it is generally believed that Morant Bay, and Port Morant, were named after this family, but the agreement in name is accidental, as the district from White Horses to Morant Point was named 'Hato de Morante,' by the Spaniards. "Roby.
This family, now represented by J. Morant, Esquire, of Brockenhurst, Hants, is distinguished by its noble alliances, for which the reader is referred to Burke's 'Peerage," "Dictionary of Landed Gentry," &,c. See Pedigree.
*Sheridan's Magazine, vol. ii,, p. 86.
EDWARD MORANT, son of John, baptized 10th December, 1730, represented Vere in 1752, 1754, in both the Assemblies of 1755, and in 1756. He was called up to the Council, in 1757 ; left Jamaica in 1760, and in the following year was elected M.P. for Hindon. On the 16th July, 1791, as he was driving in Kensington, his horses took fright, when he was precipitated from his carriage, carried home senseless, and died four days afterwards. He married, firstly, in Clarendon, 10th June, 1754, Eleanor Angelina, widow of William Dawkins, Member for Portland in 1749, and St. Thomas in the Vale, in 1752, whose tombstone in Clarendon old church is inscribed
IN PIAM ME MORIAM DNI DNI ANDRER, KNIGHT, ROTULORUM CUSTODIS ET SUPREMI JUDICIS COMMUNIUM PLACITORUM IN PROVINCIIS CLARENDON ET VERE IN JAMAICA, ET TURMAE PEDESTRIS CENTURIONIS, QUI OBIIT 42 AETATIS ANNO, 19 JULII, 1683 EPITAPHIUM. DIVES OPUM ANDREAS: VIRTUTIS ET ARTIS DITIOR; HOCQUE MAGIS DIVES HONORIS ERAT. PLURA DARENT SUPERI, NI FATA INVICTA NEGARENT STERNENDO HUMANI FUTILE MOLIS ONUS. NI SUPERI TAMEN HUIC ET SORS SIBI FIDA DEESSENT URNA TENET CORPUS, MEUS HABET ALTA POLUM, DICAT, VOVET, DEDICAT JA. BARCLAY.
Arms: on a fess between three bull's heads erased (each with a ring in its nose) a fret between two eagles close.
NEAR THIS PLACE ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF JOHN GALE, ESQUIRE, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 24th JUNE, 1743 AGED 24 YEARS. SARAH GALE, WHO DIED ON 9th AUGUST, 1748, AGED 14 YEARS. THE HONBLE. JOHN GALE, ESQUIRE, WHO DIED ON 27th FEBRUARY, 1749/50, AGED 52 YEARS. AND ELIZABETH, THE WIFE OF WILLIAM GALE, AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN MORANT, ESQUIRE, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 14th OF JUNE, 1759 AGED 31 YEARS.
Arms. Quarterly, 1 and 4, On a fesse, between three saltires as many lions' heads erased; 2 & 3. A chevron between three talbots passant.
WILLIAM GALE was the son of John Gale, who first (in 1747) settled his estate, which he named York,:, and died in 1749/50. The family held a high position, and were members of Council, of Assembly, &c.
BENEATH THIS STONE LIE THE REMAINS OF THE HONOURABLE JOHN MOORE, WHO DIED JULY 17th, 1733, AGED 51, AND OF PRUDENCE HIS WIFE, WHO DIED OCTOBER 8th, 1733, AGED 87.
COLONEL JOHN MOORE, from Barbados, was the founder of his family in Jamaica, He was Member of Council in the latter island, in 1718. His second son. Samuel, by his wife Prudence Weymouth, was father, by Elizabeth Smart his wife, of Henry Moore, Member of Council, Island Secretary, and in 1756 Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica, &c.; who was raised to the Baronetage in 1764, and appointed Governor of New York, where he died in 1769, leaving issue by his wife Catherine Maria, d. of Samuel Long, a dau.; and, his successor, Sir John Henry Moore, 2d Bart., who dying s. p. in 1780, the Baronetcy expired.
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF MRS. ELIZTH. PENNANT, AGED 56 YEARS WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANRY. 13th, 1735. SHE HAD BEEN MARRIED TO THE HONBLE. EDWARD PENNANT, ESQ., ABOVE 40 YEARS, BY WHOM SHE HAD A VERY NUMEROUS ISSUE.
The remainder of the inscription is a record of the excellent qualities of the deceased.
EDWARD PENNANT (son of Gifford Pennant, will pr. Sep. 19, 1676, married Elizabeth, relict of Thomas Aldwinkle will pr. Aug. 19, 1669, by whom he had two children, Edward and Elizabeth), born in 1672, was Chief-Justice of Jamaica, and married Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel John Moore, and aunt of Sir Henry Moore, Bart. John Pennant, his second son, married Bonella Hodges, and had two sons, the second of whom (Richard) was created Baron Penrhyn of the Kingdom of Ireland. Dying without issue in 1808, he was succeeded in his estates by his cousin, George Hay Dawkins, who thereupon assumed the surname and arms of Pennant.
Bonella Hodges was the daughter of Joseph Hodges, Member for the parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, in 1711.
One of the present representatives of this family is the Right Hon. Lady Penrhyn. (See " Peerage." also M. Ins. of the w. of C. J. John Lewis.)
HERE LIETH THE BODY OF WILLIAM DAWKINS, ESQ, OF THIS PARISH, WHO DIED THE 14th OF DECEMBER, 1752, AGED 26 YEARS.
His Wife's maiden name was Yeamans. Vide PENNANT.
IN MEMORY OF THE HONBLE. THOMAS BEACH FORMERLY ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND LATE CHIEF- JUSTICE OF THIS ISLAND, BEING A DESCENDANT OF THE ANCIENT FAMILY OF THE LORD DE LA BECHE OF THE KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN HE DIED 29th JUNE, 1774. ALSO OF HELEN, HIS WIFE, DAUGHTER AND COHEIRESS OF JOHN HYNES, ESQ. OF THE PARISH OF WESTMORELAND. SHE DIED IN THE YEAR 1771 AND OF ROSE, THEIR THIRD SON WHO DIED AN INFANT, 1770. THIS TOMB, IS ERECTED AT THE EXPENCE OF THOMAS BEACH JARRETT GOWLAND, ESQ., GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE THOS. AND HELEN BEACH FROM RESPECT TO THEIR MEMORY, 1804.
THOMAS BEACH was succeeded by his eldest son, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Beach, who assumed, in 1790, the name of De la Beche from a supposed connection with the ancient family of that narne. He was father of the eminent geologist Sir Henry de la Beche.
Vide "Notes and Queries:" voce BEKE.
IN MEMORY OF JOHN SULTAN, SON OF JOHN SULTAN, ESQ., OF THIS PARISH, DIED 23 AUGT., 1745.
HERE LYETH W.M. RAND, WHO DEPTD. IS SLP., 1760, AGED 50.
HERE LIETH THE BODY OF WM. DOUCE, THE SON OF JOHN AND ELIZABETH DOUCE, WHO DEPTD. THIS LIFE 27 MAY, 1720, AGED 22 MOS.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF LAURENCE WEDDERSPOON, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 25, 1788, AGED 87 YEARS.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF THE HONOURABLE HENRY DAWKINS, ESQUIRE, OF THIS PARISH, WHO DIED THE 30th JUNE, 1744, AGED 46 YEARS.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF JAMES DAWKINS, ESQUIRE., JUNIOR, OF THIS PARISH, WHO DIED THE 16th SEPTEMBER, 1757, AGED 35 YEARS.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF MRS. ELIZABETH DAWKINS, WIDOW OF THE HONOURABLE HENRY DAWKINS, ESQUIRE, WHO DIED, THE 19th OF AUGUST, 1857.
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF MAJOR THOMAS HALS, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 27th OF FEBRUARY, 1701/2 , IN THE SIXTY EIGHT YEARE OF HIS AGE.
He was a "Major of Horse," and came from Barbados, with Penn and Venables. He married (18 Dec. 1697,) Mary, daughter of John Rose, of London, but predeceasing her, she married secondly, Charles Sadler, Member of Council in 1701.
Arms . a fess between 3 griffins' heads erased : a label for diff. Crest, A griffin's segreant
*The estate of Halse Hall, agreeably to the will of the third Thomas Hals, after the death of his son, Thomas Richard Hals, became the property of his half-brother, Francis Sadler, who thereupon assumed the name of Hals in addition to Sadler, by Act of the Island Legislature, 15th May, 1746. In 1739, Captain Francis Sadler obtained five patents, for three hundred acres each, in this parish, and established the noble estate of Montpelier. He represented St. James in 17456, and again as Francis Sadler Hals, in 1749, and dying in 1750, without issue, left Halse Hall to his widow Jannet, who by her first husband, John Hynes, had two daughters, Elizabeth, who married Goodin Elletson, and Helen, who married Thomas Beach, Chief justice. Both ladies were buried at Halse Hall.
HERE LYETH BURIED THE BODIE OF THOMAS HALSE, ESQ, WHO WAS GREAT GRAND SONN OF SR. NICHOLAS HALSE, OF VENLON COLLUNN, IN CORNWALL, IN ENGLAND. HE DIED THE 24 th DAY OF AUGUST, 1702, IN THE 27 th YEARE OF HIS AGE.
The same paternal arms as the preceding.
HERE LYES THE BODY OF THE HONBLE. THOS. HALS, ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S COUNCIL FOR THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. THE 20th, 1737, AGED 38.
ELIZABETH, widow of the third Thomas Hals, married secondly, Benjamin Hume, Member for Port Royal 1735-6; called to the Council 1745; Receiver General, 1746; but dismissed from that office and his seat in the Council, 27th October, 1753.
Arms, Hals as before, but omitting the label, impaling, on a chevron between three lions' heads erased, three pheons.
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH ELLETSON, DAUGHTER OF JOHN & JANNET HAYNES, DIED AUGUST 31st, 1760 JANNET HYNES, WIFE OF THE ABOVE JOHN HYNES, AND MOTHER OF HELEN BEACH, WAS ELDEST DAUGHTER & COHEIRESS OF JAMES GUTHRIE OF WESTMORELAND, AND WAS SECONDLY MARRIED TO FRANCIS SADLER HALS, ESQRE., BY WHOM SHE HAD NO ISSUE.
HELEN, THE SECOND DAUGHTER & COHEIRESS OF THE SAID JAMES GUTHRIE, WAS MARRIED TO THOMAS STORER, ESQRE, OF WESTMORELAND, BY WHOM SHE HAD ISSUE OF ELIZABETH THE 3RD DAUGHTER & COHEIRESS OF THE SAID JAMES GUTHRIE, WHO WAS FIRST MARRIED TO HAUGHTON, ESQRE., OF WESTMORELAND, BY WHOM SHE HAD A SON NAMED WILLIAM, AND BY HER 2ND HUSBAND, MAJOR EDWARD CLARKE SHE HAD ISSUE GEORGE HYDE & OTHER ISSUES.
HONBLE. JOHN SHECKLE, ESQ., CUSTOS ROTULORUM OF THE PARISH OF CLARENDON & VERE, AND BRIGADIER GENERAL OF MILITIA, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE IN THE 70th YEAR OF HIS AGE, 17th JUNE, 1782. DURING A RESIDENCE OF 55 YEARS IN THIS ISLAND, HE ACQUIRED AND CONSTANTLY PRESERVED THE LOVE & ESTEEM OF VERY NUMEROUS ACQUAINTANCES, & DIED UNIVERSALLY LAMENTED.
HERE LIES THE BODY OF JOHN HAYES, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 5th SEPTR., 1766, AGED 30 YEARS. ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE ARE INTERRED RICHARD AND HANNAH HAYLE, FATHER & MOTHER OF THE SAID JOHN HAYLE. AS ALSO MARY AND SAMUEL HAYLE AND ELIZABETH BOWEN, BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO THE SAID JOHN HAYLE. AND HIS NIECE, ELIZABETH BOWEN, DAUGHTER OF FRANCIS & THE ABOVE MENTIONED ELIZABETH BOWEN.
ADAM SMITH, THE SON OF ADAM & ELIZABETH SMITH, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 18th OF APRIL, 1799, AGED 14 MONTHS & 13 DAYS. ALSO ROBERT SMITH, THE SON OF ADAM & ELIZABETH SMITH, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 15th OF AUGUST, 1799, TO THE INFINITE REGRET & AFFLICTION OF THEIR FOND PARENTS, WHO CAUSED THIS MARBLE TO BE PLACED OVER THEIR GRAVE AS THE LAST INSTANCE IN THEIR POWER TO SHEW THEIR PARENTAL LOVE & AFFECTION TO THE REMAINS OF THEIR EVER DEAR AND BELOVED CHILDREN.
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH AYREY, DIED 27th MARCH, 1839, AGED 16 YEARS.
IN MEMORY OF CHARLIANNA AYREY, DIED 17th FEBRY., 1839, AGED 15 YEARS.
Coat of Arms, with the following device inscribed" RECTVS INDEX SUI"
IN MEMORY OF THE HONOURABLE HENRY GALE, ESQ., CUSTOS AND COLONEL OF THE PARISH OF ST. ELIZABETH IN THIS ISLAND, BORN THE 19 OF FEBUY., 1737, DIED THE 8th OF MARCH, 1767.
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE REVD. THOMAS WARREN [THIRTY-THREE YEARS RECTOR OF THIS PARISH] BORN THE 31ST OF JANUARY, 1738 DIED THE 22d OF FEBRUARY, 1807, AGED 69 YEARS AND OF MARGARET, HIS WIFE, BORN THE 6TH OF AUGUST, 1747, DIED THE 15TH OF MAY, 1807, AGED 59 YEARS. THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THEIR SURVIVING SON AND FOUR DAUGHTERS.
The above lady was Margaret Broadbelt [m. 13th Jany., 1772]. Their son, Thomas Fullerton Warren, of Brompton, County Middlesex, died in 1816.
TOMBSTONE near the Roadside, on the way to Black River:
THOMAS JORDAN SPENCER, BORN 14 OCT., 1723, DIED 17 SEPT., 1738.
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