Wife of Thomas Sheafe, 1532-1604.
Her son Edmund placed a brass tablet to his mother's memory in St. Dunstan's Church, inscribed: "Mary Sheafe, wife of Thomas Sheafe, who lived together nere xiv yeares and Matron, dyed lxxiii years of Age, November 1609, impasivit, E. S."
Mary and Thomas had 15 children, 9 sons and 6 daughters.Photo of metal tablet in floor shows:
MARY SHEAFFE (THE WIFE OF THOMAS SHEAFFE WHO LIVED
TOGEATHER NEERE XLV YEARES, & HAD ISSVE BETWEENE THEM
IX SONS.VI.DAVGHTERS). SHE A GRAVE & CHARITABLE MATRONE
LIVED LXXIII YEARES OF AGE NOVEBER 1609
They lived together nearly 45 years [not 14].