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« on: March 06, 2017, 16:57:26 PM »

 George Peacock, the gravedigger at Gillingham, near Chatham, died on Saturday at the age of 75. He had held the position 37 years, and during that period had buried over 12,000 persons. This is said to be the highest number on record for an individual gravedigger. His predecessors in the office were his grandfather and his father, and his successor is his son. The grandfather was called upon to bury a number of French prisoners of war who died on ships in the Medway.

South Wales Echo 30/8/1897

Baptised Gillingham 9/3/1823 Parents William & Maria.

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 20:48:12 PM »

George Peacock
Born 1823 Gillingham
Married Eliza Ann Martin July 1851—she died July 1867
Married Lydia Elizabeth Taylor Jan 1868 Gillingham

In 1891 at 9 Church St, Gillingham. With wife Lydia, and 6 children(inc John-1859-Gen Labourer, and Isaac-1866-Gen Labourer)
George shown as Church Sexton
In 1881 at 18 Church St with Lydia—Grave digger
In 1871 a Gravedigger and Gardener
In 1901, son Isaac, living with mother still at Church St, Gillingham. He was a Grave Digger. Isaac died 1907

In 1911 Lydia with youngest son Charles at Peacocks Alley(!!!), Church St Gillingham. Charles was an Excavator at Gov’t Dockyard. Lydia died 1920

BMD(death register)  shows him as George John Mitchell Peacock. 1st time his middle names shown
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