Gravesend St George, Kent Genealogy
Guide to Gravesend, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Gravesend St George, Kent|
Gravesend St George Kent
|County||Kent, England Genealogy|
|Poor Law Union||Gravesend and Milton|
|Parish registers: 1547|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1718|
|Probate Court||Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester|
|Location of Archive|
|Kent History and Library Centre|
Parish History[edit | edit source]
GRAVESEND (St. George), a market-town and parish, having separate jurisdiction, in the union of Gravesend and Milton, locally in the hundred of Toltingtrough, lathe of Aylesford, W division of Kent, 15½ miles NW by W from Maidstone, and 22½ E by S from London. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans. 
Gravesend St George is an Ancient Parish in the market town of Gravesend on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Tilbury in Essex.
The original parish church of the Ancient parish was St Mary and was further south. St George church was built in 1510 and became Parish Church in 1544. This burned down in the great fire of Gravesend in 1727 and was replaced 1731-1733. The church was later extended and restored and has been designated a grade B listed building by English Heritage.
The Red Indian Princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan of Virginia, who was baptised Rebecca, married Thomas Rolfe and with him visited the English court in 1616, where she was received by Queen Anne, wife of James I, she was buried in the churchyard of the Gravesend Parish church in March 1617 although which church site and her place of burial are not recorded.
An American sculptor, William Ordway Partridge, had created a life-size statue of Pocahontas, which was unveiled in Jamestown, Virginia in 1922. Queen Elizabeth II viewed this statue in 1957 and again on 4 May 2007, while visiting Jamestown on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first successful English colonial settlement in America. On 5 October 1958 an exact replica of the Pocahontas statue by Partridge was dedicated as a memorial to the princess at St George's Church here. The Governor of Virginia presented the statue as a gift to the British people; this gesture was prompted by The Queen's visit to America the previous year. The actual resting place of Pocahontas in the town is unknown.
Within the church her family pedigree is on display including the wife of the 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Gravesend St George parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Gravesend St George Online Parish Records|
|FS PRs||1547-1876||1547-1875; 1754-1872 (banns)||1547-1876|
Gravesend St Aidan parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Gravesend St Aidan Online Parish Records|
Gravesend Holy Family (Christchurch) parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Gravesend Holy Family (Christchurch) Online Parish Records|
Gravesend St James
The Ecclesiastical parish of Gravesend St James was formed from Gravesend_St_George,_Kent Ancient Parish. The church was built in New Road in 1851 and the parish formed in 1852. The church was demolished in 1968.
Parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Gravesend St James Online Parish Records|
Gravesend St Luke's Mission Church, Wrotham Road parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Gravesend St Luke's Mission Church, Wrotham Road Online Parish Records|
Gravesend St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Gravesend St Mary Online Parish Records|
- Ebenezer Street Wesleyan Chapel Christenings 1810-1837 Batch (C068331)
- Princes Street Independent Christenings 1762-1855 Batch (C068321)
Census Records[edit | edit source]
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
Websites[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 325-332. Date accessed: 12 August 2013.
- 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
- 'Coverage of Kent parish marriage records', Find My Past, accessed 6 November 2013.
- 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
- 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013. Described as both 'Gravesend' and 'Gravesend, St George.'
- 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 13 November 2013.
- 'England, Essex Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records),' FamilySearch, accessed 2 September 2014.
- Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
- 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.