Memorial: M1347

Gravestone at Holy Cross Church, Binstead, Isle of Wight, commemorating Thomas Sivell d. 1786


Holy Cross Church, Binstead, Isle of Wight, England


'To the memory of THOS SIVELL / who was cruelly shot on board his / sloop by some Officers of the Customs / of the Port of Portsmouth on the / 15th June1786 at the Age of 61 Years, / leaving a disconsolate Widow & family. / All you that pass pray look and see / How soon my life was took from me / By those officers as you hear / they spilled my Blood that was so dear / But God is Good and just and true / And will reward to each his due.''


Description: Carved with a relief of a cutter under sail.
Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard


Sivell, Thomas
Age: 61
Date of Death: 15/6/1786
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: smuggler


Notes: Smuggler. Shot on board his own ship while attempting to evade pursuing excise officers.
Bibliography: Margaret Green 'Churches of the Isle of Wight' (Winchester, 1969). Cowes & Isle of Wight Customs History.