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  THE STORY OF SHOREHAM       POOLE FAMILY    
                       
year. Possibly he was killed in action. The Bill refers to a contract, made 15th April, 1678, with Richard Poole, master and part-owner of " ye Richard and Thomas" (a small ship which seems to have been so named after himself and his elder brother). "According to Mr. Thomas Lewsley's certificate," so runs the document, "we pray you to pay unto Mr. Thomas Poole, brother and administrator to ye above said Richard Poole, deceased, for ye use of himself and ye rest of ye owners, for hire and freight of the vessel for ye space of five calendar months and four days, from 15th April, '78, which day she entered into his Majesty's service to ye 18th September following, ye day of her discharge, being employed for the use of a war, and to attend upon his Majesty's ship the   ... (word illegible) at £5 per tunn for each tunn of her burthen. Ditto the sum of £80 15s. 7d." There were two small abatements for stores and victualling, but the nett amount paid to Thomas Poole for the services of this ship appears to have amounted to £392 9s. 10d.   Army purposes. By his will, dated 1672, he makes his son Thomas residuary legatee; to his son Richard, he leaves "the mault house and Duke's," to his daughter, Ellen, £300, and to his son William, some fields and orchards in the occupation of William Power.
  The three sons-Thomas, died in 1699, in which year his burial as " Captain Thomas Poole," is recorded in Now Shoreham Registers ; Richard, of Old Shoreham, buried there as " Richard. Poole, gentleman," 8th April, 1685, and William, described as " of Cowfold," in a Poll for Knights of the Shire, taken at Lewes, 24th May, 1705. His burial is recorded in the Registers of Old. Shoreham-" Mr. William Poole, February 6th, 17145." He left no issue, his only sister, Ellen or Helen, widow of Richard Geere, being sole heiress. This lady had married, June 26th, 1675, at Southwick, Richard Geere, of Ovingdean.   The marriage licence is entered in the books of the Archdeaconry of Lewes, and therein she is described as "Eleanor Poole. of New Shoreham." She was buried in the chancel at. Old Shoreham, November 22nd, 1737, the registers describing her as " Eleanor Geere, widow gentlewoman from Portsmouth," and left an only daughter, Elizabeth, the wife of John Poole.  
Thomas, elder son of Thomas and grandson of Captain Richard Poole (commemorated on the tablet at Old Shoreham), Administrator to his brother Richard's estate, in the Admiralty Bill just quoted, was baptised at New Shoreham, in June, 1617. He married in 1648, Faith, second daughter of William Merlott of Itchingfield, Susses, by his wife Faith Newman, widow, daughter of John Killingworth, of London.   She was baptised " Faith " at Itchingfield in October, 1626. This lady assumed the Puritan name of " Faint-not." In the Baptismal Registers of New Shoreham in 1649 we read " Helen or Ellen daughter," and in 1652, "Thomas, son of Thomas and Faint-not Poole." Two other sons of the marriage were Richard, born 1655, and William, 1659. Strange though it may seem, we find the memorial to the above-named lady, which is in the choir pavement of New Shoreham Church, worded thus : " Here underneath lieth buried Fanny Poole, the wife of Thomas Poole, of Shoreham, gent., and the second daughter of William Merlott, of Hitchingfield, who ended this life Feb., 1665."    
  This John Poole, whose immediate ancestors were of Plymouth and Portsmouth, was probably related to his wife's family, though in what degree is not clear. His descent is recorded in an old. Bible now in possession of the Hooper family.   It is known as the " Poole Bible," and records that " John was the grandson of Lodovick Poole and his wife Elizabeth, who, with other issue, had John, born September 15th, 1635."   He was Mastmaker of Portsmouth, and married Rachel Mason, their eldest son being the John Poole before-mentioned as the husband of Elizabeth Geere. John Poole, sen., surrendered to his son and his heirs for ever, the ground on which the houses on Portsmouth (i.e., Southsea) Common, were subsequently erected.  
             
            It is a matter of regret that the interesting series of memorial inscriptions to John and Elizabeth Poole and their family, formerly in the chancel at Old Shoreham, are no longer to be found there. They must have been removed by the hand of the "restorer," working "not wisely, but too well." They are, however, recorded in the pages of Cartwright and Dallaway's Rape of Bramber  
Thomas Poole was one of the Overseers to the will of his fatherin-law, William Merlott, of Itchingfield, proved 17th May, 1653, in which the testator refers to " my lining (linen) at Shoreham, in ye cheste in ye possession of my sonne Poole."    
He was one of the assessors and collectors in the Borough of Shoreham for the tax raised by Act of Parliament, April, 1649, for   " John Poole, Esq., died July 5th, 1751, aged 68. Master Shipwright of H.M. Dockyard at Sheerness."  
                       
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