John Chaloner

LS Davey

The burial register entry for John Challoner dated 5 July 1705 reads as follows:

OTP (which means outside the parish) he was buried in the church in the space close to ye seat of Thomas Tourl, aged neare 29 years, his father Mr Francis Challoner was buried in the same grave August 5 1680. By Mr Shore, Sunday night.

The entry for Mary Challoner, dated May 14th 1704, reads as follows:

daughter of John and Hannah OTP, shee lyeth in her Grandfather Mr Francis Challoner’s grave in the church in the ille near Mr Thomas Tourls seat aged one year and about four months. By Mr Shore senior, Sunday

and the entry for Ann Challoner dated October 29 1710 reads:

Daughter of Mrs Elphick, paid 10-0. Satarday night

The audio file gives L S Davey’s account in his booklet about the history of St John sub Castro Church.

Transcript:

When the old church was demolished in 1839 several tombs were laid bare and exposed to the weather.
Among them is the family tomb of John Chaloner, father of Bishop Chaloner, a distinguished Roman Catholic Divine who died in 1781.
He was considered the champion of Roman Catholicism in England and was the author of many religious works, including “The Church history of England from 1500 to 1687”.
John Chaloner and his two daughters are buried at St John’s.
He was a wine cooper in the parish, and a dissenter.
The inscription on the tombstone – which will soon become illegible –  reads as follows:

“Here lieth the body of John Chaloner of this parish who died 6th of July 1705 aged 29 years.
Also the body of Mary Chaloner, daughter of the said John Chaloner who died May 11th 1704, aged one year and ten months.
Likewise Ann Chaloner, his daughter, who died October 27th 1710, aged five years and five months”

The following epitaph appeared on the wall of the old church:
“Here lie two infants. Heaven was made for such:
Do thou as infants, and thou shalt have as much.”

This page was added on 11/07/2017.

Comments about this page

  • “Among them is the family tomb of John Chaloner, father of Bishop Chaloner, a distinguished Roman Catholic Divine who died in 1781.”

    According to parish records it is possible that the Bishop’s parents were Richard Chaloner and Grace Willard

    By Arthur Johnson (18/07/2021)

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