Survey of London: Volume 9, the Parish of St Helen, Bishopsgate, Part I. Originally published by London County Council, London, 1924.
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IX.—MONUMENTS IN THE CHURCHYARD
114. JOSEPH LEM, 1686.
Copied from an MS. History of St. Helen's; the slab is now nearly illegible.
In a Vault under this Stone lyeth buried the body
Of Joseph Lem Citizen of London who departed
this life the 21st of August 1686 in ye 56th. year of his Age
who had issue by his first wife five children. One
sonn and four daughters, and by Ann his second wife
Two sonns and nine daughters, of which sixteen
Children, Eleven died young, and were here buried
before him, the five that survived were Deborah by his
first wife, and Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary and Ann
by Ann his relict.
Here also lyeth the body of Ann Lem, relict of
Joseph Lem, who departed this life the 4th. of
November 1701, in the 56th. year of her Age.
Here also lyeth the body of Anne Lem, daughter of
the said Joseph and Ann Lem, who departed this
life the 12th. of March 1707 in the 26th. year of her Age.
Here also lyeth the body of Elizabeth Spurstowe
relict of Henry Spurstowe Esq who als lyeth
buried in this Church, and daughter of the said
Joseph and Ann Lem, who departed this life
the 27th. of November 1709 in the 40th. year
of her Age
Here also lyeth the body of Mary Clapham
daughter of William Clapham of Eltham in the
County of Kent Gent, by Mary his wife and
daughter of the said Joseph and Ann Lem
who departed this life the 21st of June 1712
in the 9th. year of her age
Here also lyeth the body of Joseph Lem
Only surviving son of Joseph and Ann Lem
who died the 3d. August 1727 in the
56th. year of his Age.
A table-tomb with a shield of arms. (Argent) on a bend (gules) three lions passant (or).
115. GEORGE LOW, 1783.
In Memory of
Mr George Low Upwards of 60 Years
an Inhabitant of this Parish
who departed this Life the 13th
of June 173 Aged 69 Years
Also the Body of Mrs Mary Low
Wife of the abovesaid Mr George Low
who departed this Life the 1st. of Feby. 1761
Aged 37 Years
Likewise Five of their Children
who died in their Infancy
And Two Children of the abovesaid
Mr George Low by a Second Marriage
Also the Body of
Mr George Archdale Low
Late of Joiner's Hall
Upper Thames Street Packer
Son of the above Mr George Low
who departed this life on the . . .
August 1816 etc. etc.
Eight lines more.
Upon the south side of the above Monument is another inscription:
in Memory of Mrs. ELIZTH HOUSTON
wife of Mr THOS HOUSTON of this parish
who died 4th July 1788 aged 59 years
also the [above named] Mr THOS HOUSTON
who died [15th. novr 1796] aged 64 years
likewise [. . . manc.] houston
wife of mr. s[am] houston
[ ] of the abovenamed
[ ] eliz houston
The rest is illegible.
Also an inscription upon the western end of the same monument.