Hi Jennifer, as you can see i am a Boakes and am originally from the area you are researching. I was born in Maidstone in 1941. Most of my family still live in that area and if i can be of any assistance to you i will be glad to. I have knowledge of my family back to about1880 and some sketchy info' going back a little further.I am also interested in any info you may have picked up which may connect with my family in any way.Also the origin of the name. Feel free to E.mail me if you want the details on my part of the family. ......Rod.