Richard's Tree Mary's Tree

Timeline Context

1760 King George III; 1820 King George IV; 1830 King William IV; 1837 Queen Victoria
1775-1783 American Revolutionary War; 1789-1799 French Revolution; 1803-1815 Napoleonic Wars; 1805 Battle of Trafagar; 1815 Battle of Waterloo; 1850 Taiping Rebellion; 1853-1856 Crimean War
1817-1826 Aldington Gang; 1830 Swing Riots

Family Sheet Links & Information

Name Birth Birthplace 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901
Richard Offen 1768 Smarden
Mary Offen (Hooker) 1767 ??
Sarah Offen c. 1791 Smarden
John Offen 1792 Smarden Boughton

Farmer, wid
Retired farmer,wid
William Offen 1799 Smarden Smarden
Ret Farmer
Ret Farmer

Address Key

[c] Thorndon House, Boughton Malheibe
[d] Park House, Boughton Malheibe

Parish Records



1768 3rd December Richard Offen John & Margaret Offen
1799 19th May William Offen Richard & Mary Offen


1790 11th oct Richard Offen = Mary Hooker wit: Essex Offen, John Crittenden


1791 20th April Sarah Offen inf, d of Richard & Mary

Gravestones - Smarden

(Pair of Coffin shaped stones.)
Sacred to the memory of RICHARD OFFEN, yeoman, of this Parish, who departed this life June 28th 1843, aged 74 years. Also MARY, Wife of the above who departed
this life June 21st 1846, aged 79 years. Left issue 2 sons, viz., John and William

Note: it was this gravestone above which convinced me that John Offen (b.1792, Smarden) who lived in Boughton Malheibe, was the son of Richard Offen.
Richard was a child of the family of John & Margaret Offen of Smarden. They were the only Offens of Smarden, and Richard was the only son who had a surviving son named John.

In memory of Mr. JOHN OFFEN, who departed this Life March 24th 1804 Aged Sixty three Years. Here rests the mortal part of One, who knew The Christian's Hope and kept his End in View, Religion's path devoutly firm he trod, Fervent his Praises and his Prayers to God.
His Life was formed on no Fanatic Plan Love to his God breath'd Charity to Man: He Strove by Works a Christian's Faith to Suit, Aware, who cursed the Fig-Tree wanting Fruit.
Also In Memory of MARGARET his Wife, died January 25 1810 Aged 69 years, of their two sons and a daughter deceased, George aged three years; Thomas nine months;
and Elizabeth twenty eight years. Their issue living are Henry, John William, Richard, Essex, Benjamin, Winifrid, Wilkins, Margaret, Mary, Grace, Susan and Phillis.

[14] In Memory of SARAH WIFE of JOHN HOOKER From Little Biddenden in this Parish, who died the 24th of December 1790, Aged 53 Years. Left Issue two Daughters, MARY and SARAH.
Be patient under Affliction. Also the above JOHN HOOKER died November the 11th 1808, Aged 74 Years. And what I say unto you I say unto all watch.

[52] In loving memory of WILLIAM OFFEN of this parish, died January 10th 1882, aged 82 years. Left surviving a widow, 2 sons and 4 daughters viz William, Grace, John, Emeline,
Selina, and Sarah. Also of Winifred, daughter of the above died January 6th 1877, aged 27 years. Also of Richard, Mary and Charles, died in their infancy.

Gravestones - Boughton Malheibe

Headstone @ Boughton Malheibe : Harriett wife of John OFFEN of this Parish who died September 7th 1849 aged 56 years. Also the above John Offen who died May 29 1871 aged 79.
Left issue 9 sons and 4 daughters viz Charles, Thomas, Frederick, Henry, John, Alfred, Mary Ann, Sarah Anne, Elizabeth Ann, Jemima, Richard, George and James.

The National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941

Tithes 1838 - Boughton Malherbe

William Offen

John Offen

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