These date from 1559 and provide a continuous chronicle of families and village life, but the early volumes are now retained by the county archives. They contain a whole host of local characters and events, such as John Furn a molecatcher of 1602. Joseph a black boy baptised in 1742, George Edwards a shoemaker from Aberdeen aged 79 buried on 10th March 1809, and several outbreaks of the plaque, such as when fourteen unfortunate victims were buried on the 25th of October 1666.
The registers show that some families were resident here for several generations, and is known that many had not moved far and often stayed within the confines of the Weald.
Of the 37 families in the Yalding manor of 1336, 28 were still in the parish of 1559, and some are still here today.
Over forty people buried in our churchyard were unknown travellers or strangers.
What follows now, showing various spellings, is a list of the main family contingents identified in the registers, showing the approximate period they were here. The centuries are numbered and `Thro' means throughout, with the chief stalwarts indicated thus #.
Reference to the 1334 Lay Subsidy list is as (LS Broke).
ASHDOWN(E) Thro C19 Carrier and higgler
AUSTIN(E) # From late C15
BAKER # LS & thro C19 Postmaster, hairdresser, tailor and butcher
BARFO(O)T(T) Until early C19
BARN(N)(E)S From early C17 Bootmaker, C19 greengrocer
BEECHER From early C17 Baker, tailor, C19 blacksmith
BOULTON(E) Till early C19
BRATTLE Till early C18
BROMFEILDE Till mid C18
BROMLEY From early C18
BROOKE Till end C17 LS Broke
BROWN(E) # Till early C19
BULL From mid C17 C17 surgeon, C18 yeoman, C19 carpenter
CHEES(E)MAN # Thro C19 farmer, shopkeeper, C20 beer retailer
CHITTENDEN Thro C19 blacksmith
CHOWNING(E) Until early C19 C18 yeoman
CLARK(E) LS and thro C19 farmer, beer retailer
CODD(E) LS till mid C17
COOK(E) Until start C19
COOP(P)ER Thro C19 hawker
COV(U)ENY(E) Till late C17
COX Until early C19 Next