Trip to Scotland and England 2010

Oct 27, Wednesday

Based on the work from Thorby a Hyder cousin in Australia, I visited St, Margaret's a beautiful 13th century Church in Hothfield, Kent (which is about 3 miles from Charing to the east) looking for evidence of the Hyders. Later I took some Hyder cousins there.

Photos from St. Margaret's Church

Hyder Graves at St. Margaret's Church, Hothfield

There are four Hyders buried at Hothfield. There were in the 1800s two headstones recording Hyder burials. The memorial inscriptions on those stones were recorded in those times and were:

THOMAS HYDER died Mar 19 177- age 70, also MARY his wife died May 17 1775 in her 80th year

RICHARD HYDER, late of Charing, died Apr 12 180(9?) aged 71

The listings are one after another which very likely indicates the graves would have been next to each other. Unfortunately there is no map of the grave yard so one cannot go directly to the grave site.

Fortunately the Church has a copy of the inscriptions located at the back of the church. The Church also provides copies of indexes to the Marriages, Baptisms and Burials in the Bishops transcripts for the church. These are conveniently provided in surname order. This allowed us to easily obtain the relevant Hyder information (most if not all of which has been independently by other researchers, in particular Gillian Hyder, Thorby Walker and others) as we looked for the graves in the churchyard. Various images associated with this search are shown below.

Hyder Burials
Hyder Baptisms

This grave is very close to the Hyder graves
This could be a Hyder headstone

We can be fairly sure the graves are in this area
Perhaps these

St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Charing, Kent

We visited the Hyder graves at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Charing, Kent. Several Hyder generations were present in the community from the early 1700s until the late 1800s. They worked mainly as skilled tradesmen as carpenter/joiners. Some of the information on their lives is available here.

Gravestones in the churchyard have the following inscriptions:

In memory of
 who departed this life July 1795
 aged 61 years,
 leaving issue 2 sons and 4 daughters,
also the above
died Nov 1 1813, aged 81

In memory of
who died Feb 6 1833
age 45 years
also of Sarah his second wife
who died June 1 1865
aged 72 years
also of the above named
who died April ? 1871
aged 88 years

First of the above
Second of the above

Hyder descendants in Charing at the graves of their ancestors

l to r

Kenneth Scott, Vivienne Furford, Maureen Batchelor, Jean Reed, Patrick Reed


Today's outings could not have been possible but for the contributions of:

Gillian Hyder
Thornby Walker
Jean Reed
Karen Brock