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Marble monument below north window of the Vestry

Sacred to the memory of
Thomas Hallett HODGES of Hempstead Place in this parish, Esq. High Sheriff of
the county of Kent in the year 1786, who died June 23, 1801; aged 47 years; and
of Dorothy HODGES his wife (youngest daughter of William CARTWRIGHT of
Marnham in the county of Nottingham, Esq) who died January 21, 1800 aged 48
They left five surviving children; Thomas Law HODGES of Hempstead Place, Esq.;
Henry HODGES, B.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge; Edmund HODGES; Ann-
Elizabeth HODGES; and Julia Frances HODGES.
Their second son, John HODGES, died, on board the Warley East Indiaman, on his
passage from Madras to China, October 9, 1793; aged 16 years. And their fourth son,
Francis-Willoughby HODGES, third Lieutenant of His Majesty's frigate Diana, died
of the yellow fever on board of that ship in the West Indies, July 15, 1800; aged 17 years.
Three of their children died in their infancy, and are buried in the same vault with their father
and mother, viz:
George HODGES, who died March 25, 1784; aged 14 days;
Charles HODGES who died April 7, 1786; aged 1 month and 21 days;
Caroline Dorothy HODGES who died October 26, 1791; aged 1 month and 6 days.
Ere sin could blight, or sorrow fade,
Death came, with friendly care;
These op'ning buds to heav'n convey'd,
And bade them blossom there.

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