Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nye family headstones at Borough Green Baptist Church


Janice Nye Lutz with graves (L to R) of sisters Sophia and
Ann Nye, their brother Thomas Cotton Nye,
and their parents John and Ann Nye.
Borough Green Baptist Church, Kent - August 2010
Through a happy chain of circumstances, we were advised by Pastor Tim Fields at the Zion Baptist Church in Tonbridge that the founders of the church, Ann and Sophia Nye, were buried at a place called Borough Green.

On our last day in Kent, we travelled to Borough Green and found the Baptist Church. What a thrill when we came across the gravestones of not only Ann and Sophia, but their brother Thomas Cotton Nye and their parents John and Ann Nye.

Their headstones are for the most part still readable and we were delighted to photograph them and transcribe them in August 2010.

The headstone of John Nye who was christened 26 January 1784 at Leigh, Kent, England and his wife Ann Randall who was christened 1 August 1784 at Penshurst, Kent, England is inscribed as follows:

PEACE
JOHN NYE
WHO DIED MAY 1______

ALSO ANN NYE
WHO DIED MAY 31 1858
AGE 75

The head stone of Thomas Cotton Nye who was christened 4 August 1811 at Penshurst reads as follows:

IN MEMORY OF 
THOMAS COTTON NYE 
OF MAIDSTONE KENT 
YOUNGEST SON OF JOHN AND ANN NYE 
WHO DIED _________(unreadable date)

Ann Nye was Christened 3 October 1813 at Hadlow, Kent and her sister Sophia Nye who was Christened 6 April 1817 have the following inscription on their headstone:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SOPHIA NYE
OF WINCHESTER FARM HADLOW KENT
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF 
JOHN AND ANN NYE
WHO DIED MARCH 20 1876
AGED 59 YEARS

ALSO OF ANN
SISTER OF THE ABOVE SOPHIA NYE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 3 1882
AGED 69 YEARS

SWEETLY SLEEP DEAR SAINT IN JESUS
THOU WITH US SHALT WAKE IN DEATH
HOLD HE CANNOT THOUGH HE SIEZE US
WE HIS POWER DENY BY FAITH





Michael Bouy with the gravestones of his 5th great grandparents and 3 of their children 

Borough Green Baptist Church cemetery

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