Reverend Henry Eve Family Connection to Lynsted
Thanks go to Harry Eve, a visitor to our website who is tracking his ancestors through our Parish and beyond. He also raises some question marks - if anyone knows the relevant answers, please let us know and we will pass them on. He wrote:
“Some items that may interest you:
From Parish registers:
- Henry Eve (Minister) signs the first page on film in 1653 (I think he took over in 1649)
- March 11 1685(=1686) "the Reverend Henry Eve DD of this parish almost forty years" [new line] "Vicar - buried"
- July 31 1686 "Capt Henry Eve" (He was the son of Dr Henry)
(There is a probate record which I have not yet seen that states that he died at sea in 1685 aboard HMS (name illegible at a place illegible))
- 10/9/1718 "NB The Revd William Wickens vicar of Lynsted and rector of Eastling was buried at Eastling"
Hasted has many references to the Eve family particularly in the lists for churches (Lynsted, Buckland, Midley, Tenham)
- Dr Henry was born in Wye in 1618 to Robert and Dorothie.
- Capt Henry married Dorothy Ady in Barham (1675)
- A Charles Eve (almost certainly Capt Henry's son) marries Lucy Brockman in Cheriton (1713). I believe the Ady and Brockman names have Lynsted connections. Perhaps the Eve family were royalists - although I am not sure how that squares up with being a "profiteer of the commonwealth period".
- Hasted states that the Eve family owned the manor of Worneland (alias Borden) for a while but so far I can find nothing in the local history to support that.”
Note: Memorials exist in the parish church naming Henry Eve, his relations Dorothy (died of apoplexy, 1755) and Elizabeth Eve (daughter of Henry Eve, and first wife of Thomas Barling, her date of death not noted on the memorial).
Harry Eve added:
In the "Calendar of Assize Records" (Kent Indictments Charles I and Charles II) in the Kent Archives at Maidstone are included : "27/7/1675 Indictment of Henry Eve of Lynsted, professor of theology, for permitting a hedge adjoining Pickett Lane Wood to overgrow the highway near Danaway in Borden. Confessed and fined 3s.4d.".
In 1664 Dr Eve was assessed for 6 hearths for hearth tax purposes in the Lower Half Hundred of Tenham, Borough of Bonepett. At the same time, his mother (by then a widow) was assessed for 5 hearths in Wye.
Latterly, Pat Blackford has kindly pointed to family connections with Norton Church:
In the chancel of Norton Church is a memorial slab to Willm Robinson of London, Gent, d.29.04.1667, whose 3rd daughter, Martha, married Henry Eve DD of Linste(d). She and her sister, married to Baptist Pigott of Norton Court, payed for the memorial slab.