SVE 57 ET XVPTVS MARI^ BLOME EELIQVIT PLES
ROB'tVM, IOh'eM, THOMAM, ET MARIAM, EXPECTANS
JBeJoio this inscription is a onale figure in hailiff''s cjown and ruff collar, and a female
figure in hat and ru-(f collar, followed hy the ensuing lines :
IF TO BE IVST, RELIQIOYS, WISE, AND FREE
BE MANS : OR HIS, WHAT BETTER COVLD THERE BEE
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TO STEAVNGEES KINDE, AND TO HIS HOME SO DEAEB
WELL KNOWNE FOE TEAFFICK, W'^^ THOSE NATIONS NEAEE
IF TO ATTAINE A COMPETENT POSSESSION
BY FAITHFVLL PAINES FREED FROM OPPRESSION
OR OF HIS WORD SO CIRCVMSPECT AND SOVNDE
AS THAT THE SAME BEYOND THE LAWES HIM BOYNDE
AND BY THAT STRAIGHT RYLE W^^^ EXPERIENCE BRINGS
TOOKE THE TRYE HEIGHT OF MOMENTARY THINGS
BOLDLY HER BENCE MAY ALDBOROYGH PREFERRE
WHOME AS SHE BREDD HERE KINDELY DOTH INTERR.
By the side of the above.
HERE LYETII BYRIED THE BODY OF ALEXANDER THE SONNE OF lOIIN
BENCE, WHO HAD TO WIFE MARY Y^ DAYGHTEE OF THOMAS SQYIEE,
THEY LIVED TOGEATHEE 38 YEAEES & 4 MONETHES . AND HAD ISSYE
9 SONNES & 2 DAYGHTEES, WHEEEOF AEE LIYINGE lOHN, EGBERT,
ALEX'' & SQYIEE . EOSSE & MAEY, HE WAS BAILIFFE OF THIS CORPORATIO'
SIX TIMES . HE DECEASED THE 27™ OF lANVARY . 1G12 . iETATIS SYiE 65.
Above this inscription is a male figure in hailijf^s gown and ruff collar. The wifes
figure is missing, as also a shield above the figures bearing a ship — the arms
Below the inscriptioii, nine sons on left ; two daughters on right, on one brass plate.
106 MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS OF THE
Formerly in Chancel.
Male figure in bailiff's goivn and ruff collar letxceen two tvives in ruffe collars
HEEE LTETH BVEIED THE BODY OF lOHN THE SOK OF
ALEXANDER BENCE WHO HAD TWO WIVES MABT AND
ELIZABETH BY HIS FIRST WIFE MAEY WHO LYETH INTER-
RED BY HIM HE HAD ISSVE 4 SON'eS & TWO DAVGHTEES, VIZ.
lOHN ALEXANDER EDMVND MARY AND ELIZABET THESE FIVE
WEARE LIVING AT HIS DEATH, HE WAS BAYLIF OF THIS COR-
PORATION FOVER TIMES, AND DYED THE SECOND OF IVLY
ANNO DOMINI 1635 ^TATIS SV^ 54.
Beloio, a smull brass with four sons, and another with tivo daughters.
Copies of tlicae brasses and inscriptions were taken some years ago, probably
between thirty and forty, but the date is uncertain. Of these the first was described
as being on a flat stone in the middle of the church ; it is now at the east end of
the south chancel aisle, and is perfect. The second, now by the side of the former,
was then in the chancel. The shield of arms and figure of the wife were then
existing. The third inscription was described at that time as being in the chaucel,
but now no trace of figure or inscription can be found. Rubbings of these brasses
as they were then are in the possession of Captain Stark ie Bence of Kentwell
M''* Mary Bence "Widow of Squier Bence died 24 October 1678.
Here lyeth the Body of Squier Bence the son of Alexander Bence. He had
two wives, Elizabetli and Mary. By his first had two children, who died young
was Bailiff three times and Burgess in Parliament twice. Died 27 November
1648 aged 51 years 6 months and twelve days.
These inscriptions are not now to be found.
Sacred to the Memory of Harriot the much lamented wife of the Eev"*^ B.
Bence Rector of this Parish and Daughter of William Elmy Esq. and of Catharine
Pullen his wife. She died June the 9"^ 1815. Aged 56 years.
Also in Memory of the above named Bence Bence a faithful teacher of Grod's
word both by his Life and Doctrine. He departed this life the 2"'^ of Sepf 1824,
aged 77 years.*
A Monumental Inscription to William Elmy, Esq., who died June 9, 1801, aged
86 years ; and to Catharine his widow, daughter of Peter Pullyn, Esq., who died
March 22, 1808, aged 80 years. And to other members of the Ehny family.
Also, on the north wall, within the altar rails, a memorial of Katharine widow
of Nicholas Starkie, Esq., of Frenchwood in Lancashire, and youngest daughter of
Robert Edgar, Esq., of Ipswich. She died April 10, 1814, in the 47"^ year of her
age, leaving two daughters.
* At the restoration of Beccles Church the flat stone covering the grave of Bence Bence and
his wife was removed from the chancel to the nave.
FAMILY OF BENOE. 107
Hie jacet Edmundus Beuce Armiger Obijtquiuto die Maij Anno ^tatis suae 83
Anno Dom. 1702. A parte sinistra viri sui Positum est quod mortale Mai'isB
Bence vitam dum Egit providam multse Consulens Proli vicinis Chara Pauperibus
Munifica Auimam reddidit Maij 10 ^tatis 69, anno 1717.
Here lieth the Body of Mary Bence daughter of Edmund and Mary Bence late
of this Parish who departed this life the IG*-'' Jan''^ 1765 aged 93. And Abigail
daughter of the said Edmund and Mary Bence who departed this life the 10^''
March 1750 aged 68.
Hie manent in Tumulo Corpuscula Thomae Bence A.M. plus quam 50 Annos
hujus Ecclesise Eecto^ humili spe Eesurrectionis Carnis et Vitse aeteruse obiit
vicesimo prime Septembris 1757.
Et Margarettae Uxoris ejus Filiae Eoberti Barker de Bredfield in hoc Comitatu
Armigeri obiit Ilia tertio Octobris 1737.
Et Edraundi Bence filii Dictorura Obiit Juuii tertio Circiter unius mensis
In Memory of Bridgett Bigsby the Beloved wife of Thomas Bigsby, M.D., and
Daughter of the Eev. M'' Tho. Bence, A.M., who died 7th May 1772, aged 63.
Panel of four.
Eobert the 3'''^ son of Edmund Bence of Benhall died Dec. 19^'^ 1745 aged
Eobert Sparrow of "Worlingham died Sept. 15"^ 1765 aged 60 years.
Anne wife of Eobert Sparrow and daughter of Eobert Bence died Nov. 8'^
1776 aged 68 years.
Laurence the only son of Eobert and Mary Bence daughter of Laurence
Eachard A.M. died March 31^* 1747 aged 41 years.
In grateful and affectionate regard this monument is erected to Mary Bence
second Daughter of Eobert Bence formerly of this Parish whose remains together
rest in the Vault at the west end of this Church. Tbro' a long life she performed
every Duty within her sphere and died deeply lamented Dec. 21, 1792, aged 83 years.
In hopes of a joyful Eesurrection here rest the Bodies of Eobert Bence and
Lawrence Bence his son both of this Parish, Gentlemen. Eobert died and buried
19th Dec. 1745, aged 72 years. Lawrence on the 31st March 1746, aged 41.
Here lyeth y* Bodv of Katlierine the wife of John Bence of Heveningham.
108 MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS OF THE FAMILY OF BENCE.
Esq., daughter of S'" Sackville Glemliam, of Glemham in this County, who
departed this life March 1^^ 1715.
Here lyeth the Body of John Bence Esq. who departed this life the 18^^ of
October 1718, aged 48 years.
Sacred to the memory of the Eev. Lancelot Eobert Brown who departed this
life Feb. 11, 1868, aged 82 years. He was Eector of this Parish and Carlton for
Also of Anna Maria Eelict of the above who departed this life March 17th,
1872, aged 85 years.
To the memory of Gabriel Trusson Esq. who died 17 June 1766, aged 54, and
of Catharine his wife Eldest Daughter of the Eev. Thomas Bence Eector of this
Parish, who died 8 June 1785, aged 77.
In hope of a joyful Eesurrection
Here lyeth the Body of M" Mary
Bence wife of M^' Eobert Bence
of Henstead in this County who deparf"
this life on the 21 (?) Day of August
1717. Aged 33 (?) years.
Erected by A. Sparrow and M. Bence, her Daughters.
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EEGISTERS OF BAPTISMS, MAERIAGES, AND BURIALS THAT
HAVE TAKEN PLACE AT THOEINGTON SINCE 1881, AFTEB,
THE EOEMEE PAGES WEEE PEINTED.
1882. April 2. Eichard Alexander [born Jau. 29] i