PETER PELVIN was son of Henry and Ann  and was born Abt. 1751 in Boxley, Kent, and died at age 51 on 25 Feb 1802 at Boxley, Kent where he was bur: 28 Feb 1802. 


EXTRACT From the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales bv John Marius WILSON 1870;

Vol 1: BOXLEY, a village and a parish in Hollingbourn district, Kent. The village stands at the foot of a barren range of chalk hills, 2 miles NE by N of Maidstone; has post-office under Maidstone; and was once a  Market Town. The parish includes part of Penenden Heath; and comprises 5,745 acres. Real property £1,677. Pop. 1,470. Houses 289. The property is much sub-divided. The manor was given by Richard 1 to Boxley Abbey; passed at the dissolution, to Sir Thomas Wyatt; and now belongs to the Earl of Romney. The abbey was founded, in 1146, by William d'Ypres, Earl of Kent; stood 1 1/2 miles WSW of the village; was Cisterian, mitred, and well endowed; had an image of St. Rumbald and an automaton crucifix, which attracted crowds of pilgrims, and were publicly burnt at the Reformation; and is now all effaced except the foundations. Boxley Abbey mansion, adjacent, is the seat of Major M.G. Best; Boxley House is the seat of Mrs Mercer; and Boxley Park is the seat of E. Lushington, Esq. A deep thick vein of fuller's earth occurs at Grove; and was worked so early as 1630. Fulling-mills stood on the neighbouring rivulets; and have been succeeded by paper mills. A Roman urn and several other Roman relics have been found in the neighbourhood of Grove. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Canterbury. Value, #834. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. The church is decorated English; and contains the remains of the poet Sandys, and the tombs of the Wyatts and others. There is a national school.

St. Mary All Saints Church, Boxley, Kent
Boxley Church from graveyard
Photographer - David Wigham
Boxley Church Interior
Boxley Church Alter
Inside Boxley Church


Peter, a batchelor of the parish of Boxley, Kent, married LYDIA LATTER, a spinster of the Parish of Maidstone on 1 May 1774 at All Saints Church, Maidstone, Kent.

Lydia was born 1747 in Frant, Sussex, Bapt: there on 4 Feb 1747 and died 09 Oct 1843 in North Aylesford, Kent age abt 93 yrs.  She was bur: 15 Oct 1843 Boxley, Kent. She was the daughter of JAMES LATTER (1706-1749) and SUSANNA BEECHER (1708- ) Other children in her family were Mary Latter (1730 -)  Susanna Latter (1731 - ) John Latter (1740 - 1787) James Latter (1741 - 1782) and Edward Latter (1744) When her father died, Lydia was aged 2 yrs and  likely found employment as a servant.

Peter and Lydia's children:  Click  for Family Chart; click for information

(When they were baptised the name was written as "Pilven")

1. JAMES PELVIN (Chr. 14 May 1775, Boxley, Kent; d: 1801) James mar: by banns on 25 Nov 1794 to MARY PARKES both of the parish of Addington, Kent. Witness: Elizabeth Parks and William Wood. Wife Mary Parkes was Chr. 1770 at St Peter & St Paul's Church, Leybourne, Kent and was one of 8 children born to Moses Parks (1739- ) and mother Elizabeth Gooden (1740-1782)

Their son James was baptised 29 Jul 1801 at Addington Kent but died the following month and at his burial on 3 Aug 1801 he was described as "an infant of Widow Pilvens"

2. PETER PELVIN (Chr. 08 Jun 1777, Boxley, Kent; his profession - Mariner; d: 26 Feb 1852, Poplar, Middlesex) He mar. 1801 in St Giles without Cripplegate to MARTHA HARRIS (b: 1776 in Wallingford, Berkshire) 1851 Census (see below) Peter is with his wife Martha in Poplar Union Workhouse and was described as a Pauper & Mariner. Peter's wife Martha nee HARRIS died 1851 & was bur: 19.07.1851 in All Saints Church , Poplar (same church as husband Peter).

3. HENRY PELVIN, Chr. 5 Mar 1780, Boxley, Kent England; d. 12 Oct 1845, St. Mary Abbot Kensington. Mar: 13 Oct 1799 to Sarah Stone at All Saints, Boxley (she was born: 1780 and died: 23 Feb 1857 in Kensington and is buried with Henry at St Mary's Abbots, Kensington

STEPHEN PELVIN, Chr. 28 Apr 1781, Boxley, Kent; d. 1837,  Kensington, London; mar: 11 Jan 1801 to Elizabeth Goble at All Saints, Maidstone, Kent

Stephen and Elizabeth's  children: Sarah (1801-1874) Sophia (1802- ) Stephen (1805-1883) John Sheppard (1806-1874) Lydia (1808-1883) Peter (1811-1867)

5. JOHN PELVIN, Chr. 3 Oct 1784 1784, at All Saints, Boxley Kent; d. 10 Aug 1800, Boxley, Kent.

6. LYDIA PELVIN, Chr. 26 Nov 1786, Boxley, Kent. Mar: 21 Aug 1814 to Francis Porter Molloy at St Margarets, Rochester, Kent (he was born  25 Mar 1792 in Bermondsey London and died: Mar 1839 in Rye Sussex)

  Lydia and Francis's children were Ann, Francis, Elizabeth and William.

7. SARAH PELVIN, Chr. 20 Dec 1789, Boxley, Kent; d. 13 Jan 1854, Luton St, Paddington Green, St Mary,  London. She married 01 Nov 1812 in St James, Westminster, London. Her husband, Richard Ferebee who was born 1778 in Gloucester and died Abt. Dec 1856 in Marylebone

  Sarah and Richard's children were Lucy, Caroline, Louisa, Fanny, Richard and Annie  

Click Here! 8. LUCY PELVIN, Chr. 4 Nov 1792, Boxley, Kent; d. 23 Jul 1870, Woodford, Walthamstow, Essex and died: 23 Jul 1870 in Woodford, Walthamstow, Essex. Bur: 26 Jul 1870. She married 09 Feb 1818 in St Margarets, Rochester, Kent to Phillip Hilbert (b: Abt. 1794 in Ashhurst, Kent Bapt: 23 Nov 1794 St John The Baptist, Penhurst, Kent) His parents were Benjamin Hilbert and Sarah nee Selby. Phillip died 28 Nov 1867 in Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Lucy and Phillip's 8 children were Lucy, Phillip, Sarah, Lydia Elizabeth, Abel, Benjamin, Natham Peter and Frederick Britt Hilbert

In 1841 (src. Census Strood) Lydia is estimated age 90 yrs and described as mother (ages were rounded down at this time and her name looks like Vilven!) She was living at High St, Strood, Kent with her daughter Lucy and family and d: 9 Oct 1843 Frindsbury, Kent. She was bur: 15 Oct 1843 at Boxley, Kent, England.

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