Friends of Hastings Cemetery

Rev William Harte appalled the colonialists in Barbados by preaching equality.  He was prosecuted by the vestry of his parish for, among other things, teaching slaves ‘doctrines of equality inconsistent with their obedience to their masters’ and for comparing the white inhabitants of his parish to those of Sodom and Gomorrah, somewhat to the advantage of the latter. See Exploring History in Hastings Cemetery, OHPS (or search the Internet) for more on this.   Gravestone -

His daughter, Mary Emlin, married Peter Chapman, a solicitor and landowner in Barbados.

The graves of Harriet and Edward, also children of the Rev. Harte are found near some the Chapman graves.

Little is known of Harriet Williama, born 8th of February 1819. She died aged 57 on 14th September 1876 and her death is registered in St. Georges, Hanover Square and is buried in AO A04

Edward John Harte was born in St Lucy, Barbados, where his father was rector.  St Aidan's Theological College (1854)  Ordained.September 1857 Curate St John's, Cleckheaton. (1858) Curate at Jarrow in 1863 and by 1865 he was Chaplain on HMS Orlando.  Died in London in 1883 and is buried in Hastings, AO 06

AO A06

 memory of
the Rev. Edward John Harte MA
retired chaplain in the Royal Navy,
youngest son of the late Rev. W. M.
Harte of Barbados, West Indies

Harriet Williama & Edward John Harte

 AO A04

Memory of
Harriet William Harte
Daughter of the late Rev. W.M. Harte


The grave in the middle is that of their cousin, Laura Chapman - AO 05