The Beck family of Littlewick Green (Beck 2)

 

 

John Beck = Dennis Manhood Russell

     |         other children

William Beck = Ruth Tuck

      |         children of 2nd marriage

Emma Dennis Beck = ____ ____

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Reuben Beck = Louisa Jarvis

      |         other children

Reuben Alexander Beck = Ruth Elizabeth Baggs

 

 

B1. EMMA BECK

Emma Beck was born in White Waltham, Berkshire, and baptised as "Emma Dennis Beck" on the 27th September 1835, in Hurley, Berkshire.1

In 1841 she was living with her grandparents Beck and her father's siblings, in Littlewick Green, Hurley.2

In 1851 she was living with her father and stepmother in Littlewick; she is described as unmarried, working in the fields.3

In the week ending on the 18th October 1854, Emma entered the Cookham Union workhouse, in an advanced state of pregnancy. She remained there for 67 days. On the 8th November 1854, according to the minute book of the guardians of Cookham Union, it was "Ordered that the Overseers of the Poor of the parish of HURLEY do forthwith proceed against EMMA BECK for wilfully refusing or neglecting to work by which refusal or neglect she has become chargeable to the said Parish." She gave birth to her only known child, [A3] Reuben, in the workhouse, on the 25th November; marking her name with a cross on the birth registration.4

About the beginning of February 1860 Emma admitted Reuben into the workhouse on his own, and left him there for the next seven years. Throughout this time he is described as a "labourer's child," which probably refers to Emma's occupation rather than that of his unknown father. The 1861 census records her as a female "E.B.", farm servant, an inmate of the Clifton Union workhouse, Stapleton, Gloucestershire (i.e. Bristol).4A In October 1866 Emma returned to Cookham workhouse; she is described as an able-bodied, unmarried woman, "Church", a servant.5

It appears that her return to Cookham workhouse was caused by her increasing ill-health—she was suffering from tuberculosis. Described as a domestic servant, Emma died in the workhouse, of phthisis, on the 1st April 1868; phthisis has been defined as chronic bronchogenic tuberculosis. She was buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard at Knowl Hill, on the 5th April 1868.6

Emma Beck was the eldest child of [B2] William Beck and his first wife [B13] Ruth.7

*** For an exhaustive treatment of the life of Emma Beck, you are welcome to download this .pdf file. Note that it is a large file - over 5 Mb. (NB This was written prior to locating Emma in the 1861 census.) ***


1 TNA: PRO HO 107/1694 f249 p40; parish register. Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 9/4 & RO 3/2 give her year of birth as 1830; RO 3/6 gives a year of birth of 1831; Letter to me from Peter Newton, Vicar of Knowl Hill, would give a year of birth of 1831/2; census returns of 1841 and 1851 give a year of birth of 1834/5; TNA: PRO RG 9/1741 shows "E.B."'s birthplace as "Whitewalton", Berkshire. Given that her parents only married in October 1834, it is possible that the census entries disguise Emma's birth out of wedlock.

2 PRO HO 107/11/5 f6 p6

3 HO 107/1694 f249 p40

4 Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 9/4 & RO 3/2; Cookham Union records, Berkshire RO, minute book; son's birth certificate; parish register

4A PRO RG 9/1741 f133 p6. Ancestry.com’s online index to the 1861 census includes no other possible Emma Beck; given this entry’s close match with birth year and occupation, and especially the reference to her place of birth as "Whitewalton", Berkshire—surely ‘White Waltham’, spelt as heard—the identification seems reasonable. Regrettably, virtually all records of this workhouse, and of the Clifton Union, were destroyed by bombing in the Second World War.

5 Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 3/6

6 Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 3/6-7; death certificate; John Francis (1958) Tuberculosis in Animals and Man. (London): 296; Berkshire Burials CD, 11th edn; Letter to me from Peter Newton, Vicar of Knowl Hill

7 parish register


B2. WILLIAM BECK

William Beck was probably born in Littlewick, Berkshire. He was baptised in Hurley on the 14th June 1812.1

He married, first, [B13] Ruth Tuck, on the 19th October 1834, in Hurley. They had one child, [B1] Emma (1835–1868), in 1835, at which time William was described as a labourer of Hurley.2

In 1841 he was living in Littlewick Green, White Waltham, and working as an agricultural labourer. Living with him was a Jane Beck.3

On 3 January 1849, at the Berkshire Epiphany Sessions at Abingdon, William Beck, 37, was charged with stealing a piece of elm wood, at White Waltham, the property of J. Clark, Esq. He was found guilty, and sentenced to three months' hard labour.3A

On the 24th June 1849 he married, secondly, Jane Green (cal 1814 – ?), in Hurley; he was described as a labourer, of Littlewick.4

In 1851 he was a farm labourer in Littlewick; his household consisted of himself and Jane, Emma, Jane's two children from an earlier liaison, and a lodger.5

William and Jane had four children: William (1852–1910), Emily (1853–1891), Mary Ann (1856–1936), and Samuel (1860–1930). William was born in Littlewick, his father a labourer. The other children were born in Burnham, Buckinghamshire.6

On the 18th October 1854 the Cookham guardians' minute book records that it was "Ordered that the Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of HURLEY do forthwith proceed against WILLIAM BECK of LENT, nr. BURNHAM, for wilfully refusing or neglecting to maintain his daughter by reason of which refusal or neglect she has become chargeable to the said Parish." The guardians were evidently obliged to give ground before long, however, as in the first three months of the following year they gave out-relief to William Beck's family—three times they were issued with 40 oz of bread, once with 3½ oz of meat; William remained chargeable to Cookham parish.7

In 1861 he was an agricultural labourer, living at the Barracks, Burnham; all his and Jane's children were still living with him, with the exception of Emma.8

On the 12th July 1863 William Beck, now a hay-binder, died of phthisis at Burnham. He was buried in Burnham parish churchyard on the 16th.9

William Beck was the eldest child traced of [B3] John and [B8] Dennis Beck.10


1 TNA: PRO RG 9/854 f21 p10; parish register. PRO HO 107/1694 f249 p40 gives place of birth as Henley, Oxon, which I take to be a misreading by the enumerator.

2 parish register. But see note 1 to Emma's entry above, which suggests she may have been born earlier.

3 HO 107/11/14 f9 p12. There are problems with the identification of this Jane Beck, which there isn't space to go into here; she may have been the Jane he later married, using his name in advance of the event, but there are arguments against this. These problems may cast doubt on the identity of William Beck himself.

3A Reading Mercury, 1849-01-06

4 marriage certificate; parish register

5 HO 107/1694 f249 p40

6 RG 9/854 f21 p10; William's birth certificate; GRO index

7 Cookham Union records, Berkshire RO minute book; Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 9/4

8 RG 9/854 f21 p10

9 death certificate; parish register; death certificate erroneously gives his age as 41; parish register has it correctly as 51.

10 parish register


B3. JOHN BECK

John Beck was born in 1783–4, and baptised on the 18th January 1784 in Hurley, Berkshire.1

On the 26th March 1804 he married [B8] Dennis Manhood Russell at Hurley parish church, at which time he was a volunteer, resident in Hurley. Their known children, all baptised in Hurley, were: [B2] William (1812–1863), Samuel (1814–1870), Emma (1817–1872), Reuben (1820–1849), Maryann (1822–1852), Leonard (1824–1825), Caroline Rachel (1826–1902), and David (1830 – after 1881).2

In 1841 he was an agricultural labourer in Littlewick Green, Hurley; his household consisted of his wife, five children, and two grandchildren.3

The tithe map of 1843 shows John Beck as the owner and occupier of a cottage and garden in Littlewick Green, of a total area of 20 perches.4

In 1849 he was still described as a labourer. But in 1851, now a widower, he was described as a cow doctor, living in Littlewick Green with one daughter and a grandson. By November that year, however he was receiving poor relief. He appears as a cow doctor in the Post Office Directory for the Home Counties, in 1854. But on three occasions in late 1854 he was again given relief, in the form of one shilling and four ounces of bread. About October 1854, no longer able-bodied, he spent a week in the workhouse at Cookham. In March 1855 he was again given 1/- and 4 oz of bread, chargeable to Hurley parish.5

Over the winter of 1858/9 John spent two and half months in Cookham workhouse, where he was described as a labourer, his religion "Church". On the 27th February 1859 he died at Knowl Hill, Hurley, of old age; he was described as an agricultural labourer. He was buried in Knowl Hill churchyard on the 6th March; he was said to have been resident in Knowl Hill.6

John Beck was the youngest child traced of [B4] William and [B5] Anne Beck.7

 

1 death certificate; parish register. Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 3/2, give year of birth as 1782; RO 3/3 gives it as 1779.

2 parish register; TNA: PRO HO 107/11/5 f6 p6; GRO index; Berkshire Burials CD, 11th edn

3 PRO HO 107/11/5 f6 p6

4 BRO DP72/27A,B

5 son's 2nd marriage certificate; Cookham Union records, Berkshire RO; Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 9/4 & RO 3/2; Post Office Directory Home Counties; HO 107/1694 f249 p39

6 Maidenhead Guardians records, Berkshire RO 3/3; death certificate; letter to me from Peter Newton, vicar of Knowl Hill

7 parish register


B4. WILLIAM BECK

William Beck was born in 1748–9. He married [B5] Anne Meads on the 30th December 1769, after banns, at White Waltham, Berkshire. Their known children were: Anne (1770–1774), Elizabeth (1771 – ?), Dennis (1773 – ?), William (1775 – ?), Anne Jerver (1781 – ?), [B3] John (1784–1859), Dinah (1784–1854), Thomas (1785–1859), and Susannah (1792 – after 1851). The first three were baptised in White Waltham, the rest in Hurley. Of Littlewick Green, White Waltham, he was registered to vote in 1832, but didn't do so. William Beck was buried in Hurley on the 2nd April 1834.1


1 Letter to me from Diane Woods; parish register; letter to me from Peter Newton, vicar of Knowl Hill; Berkshire Burials CD, 11th edn; poll book


B5. ANN BECK born MEADS

Anne Meads was born in 1750, and baptised in Hurley on the 29th May 1750.1

She married [B4] William Beck on the 30th December 1769, after banns, in White Waltham. Their known children were: Anne (1770–1774), Elizabeth (1771 – ?), Dennis (1773 – ?), Dinah (1774–1854), William (1775 – ?), Anne Jerver (1781 – ?), [B3] John (1784–1859), Thomas (1785 – after 1821), and Susannah (1792 – after 1851). The first three were baptised in White Waltham, the rest in Hurley.2

Of Littlewick, she was buried in Hurley on the 15th January 1837.3

Anne Meads was the daughter of [B6] John and [B9] Elizabeth Meads.4


1-2 Letter to me from Diane Woods; parish register

3 Letter to me from Diane Woods

4 parish register


B6. JOHN MEADS

John Meads was baptised at Hurley, Berkshire, on 28 April 1700. A husbandman, of Hurley, he married [B9] Elizabeth Ivers on 24 November 1723, in a clandestine marriage at the Fleet Prison in London. Their known children were: John (1725 – ?, bapt. Hurley), Thomas (1729 – ?), Joseph (1732–1753), Susanna (1734 – ?), George (1737 – ?), James (1739 – ?), Elizabeth (1742 – ?), William (1745 – ?), and [B5] Ann (1750–1837). Of Littlewick, John Meads died in 1753, and his body was buried at White Waltham on 13 March that year.1

John Meads was the fifth child and second son of [B6A] Thomas and [B6B] Jane Meads.2

 

1 parish register; "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch: accessed 24 October 2015, John Meads, 28 Apr 1700; citing HURLEY, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND, reference FHL microfilm 88,293; Fleet Prison marriage register, TNA: PRO RG 7/68; Berkshire RO, D/P 72/1/2; FamilySearch; another child is listed in the Meads Family Tree, but no sources are given. FamilySearch shows the baptism of a John Meads, son of John and Elizabeth Meads, in Hurley, on 17 September 1725.

2 "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch: accessed 24 October 2015, John Meads, 28 Apr 1700; citing HURLEY, BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND, reference FHL microfilm 88,293


B7. THOMAS MEADS

Thomas Meads married [B8] Jane ______. Their children were: Thomas (1690 – ?), Catharine (1691 – ?), Anne (1693 – ?), Jane (1697 – ?), [B6] John (1700–1753), Edward (1702 – ?), Mary (1704 – ?), William (1706 – ?), and Francis (1709 – ?).1

He died in 1735, and his body was buried at White Waltham, Berkshire, on 27 October 1735.2

 

1 FamilySearch

2 "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch: accessed 24 October 2015, Thomas Meads, 27 Oct 1735; citing reference items 12-13; FHL microfilm 1,040,710

 


B8. JANE MEADS born ______

Jane ______ married [B7] Thomas Meads. Their children were: Thomas (1690 – ?), Catharine (1691 – ?), Anne (1693 – ?), Jane (1697 – ?), [B6] John (1700–1753), Edward (1702 – ?), Mary (1704 – ?), William (1706 – ?), and Francis (1709 – ?).1

 

1 FamilySearch

 


B9. ELIZABETH MEADS born IVERS

Elizabeth Ivers, of Hurley, Berkshire, married [B8] John Meads on 24 November 1723, in a clandestine marriage at the Fleet Prison in London. Their known children were: John (1725 – ?), Thomas (1729 – ?), Joseph (1732–1753), Susanna (1734 – ?), George (1737 – ?), James (1739 – ?), Elizabeth (1742 – ?), William (1745 – ?), and [B5] Ann (1750–1837).1

Elizabeth Meads died in 1774, her body being buried at White Waltham on 19 August that year.2

 

 

1 parish register; Fleet Prison marriage register, TNA: PRO RG 7/68; Berkshire RO, D/P 72/1/2; FamilySearch; another child is listed in the Meads Family Tree, but no sources are given

2 "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," database, FamilySearch: accessed 24 October 2015, Elizabeth Meads, 19 Aug 1774; citing , reference items 12-13; FHL microfilm 1,040,710


B10. DENNIS BECK born RUSSELL

Dennis Russell was baptised in Hurley on the 11th July 1784, as "Dennis Manhood Russell".1

She married [B3] John Beck on the 26th March 1804, in Hurley, where she lived at that date. Their known children, all baptised in Hurley, were: [B2] William (1812–1863), Samuel (1814–1870), Emma (1817–1872), Reuben (1820–1849), Maryann (1822–1852), Leonard (1824–1825), Caroline Rachel (1826–1902), and David (1830 – after 1881).2

In 1841 she was living in Littlewick Green, Hurley. She died some time between then and 1851.3

Dennis Manhood Russell was a daughter of [B11] Samuel and [B12] Dennis Russell.4


1 parish register

2 parish register; TNA: PRO HO 107/11/5 f6 p6; GRO index; Berkshire Burials CD, 11th edn

3 PRO HO 107/11/5 f6 p6. Not found in indexes of the General Register Office, 1841–1851.

4 parish register


B11. SAMUEL RUSSELL

Samuel Russell married [B12] Dennis Manhood on the 30th March 1784, at Hurley, Berkshire. Their only known child was [B10] Dennis (1784 – after 1841).1


1 parish register


B12. DENICE RUSSELL born MAYNARD

Denice Maynard was baptised on the 20th August 1758, in Hurley, Berkshire.1

As Dennis Manhood, she married [B11] Samuel Russell on the 30th March 1784, in Hurley. Their only known child was [B10] Dennis (1784 – after 1841).2

She was buried on the 7th September 1796, at Hurley.3

Denice Maynard was a daughter of [B13] Edward and [B18] Denice Maynard.4


1 parish register

2 parish register. The entry is cross-referenced to her baptism.

3-4 parish register


B13. EDWARD MENARD

Edward Menard was baptised at Hurley, Berkshire, on 5 August 1727.1

Edward Manhood of Hurley married [B18] Denis Steptoe on the 17th October 1754, in Hurley. Their children were [B12] Denice Maynard (1784 – between 1841 and 1851) and Elisabeth (1760 – ?), both bapt. Hurley.2

He was buried in Hurley on the 21st October 1785.3

Edward Menard was the son of [B14] Edward and [B17] Sarah Menard.4

 

1 "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 6 December 2014, Edward Menard, 05 Aug 1727; citing HURLEY, BERKSHIRE, reference FHL microfilm 88,293

2 parish register; name so spelt at this entry, but as Maynard for entry of daughter's baptism

3 parish register

4 FamilySearch


B14. EDWARD MENARD

Edward Manhood was baptised at Hurley on 27 August 1683.1

He married [B17] Sarah Bartlet on 20 December 1706, at St George's Chapel, New Windsor, Berkshire. Their children were: John (1708 – ?), Henry (1710 – ?), Henry (1717 – ?), Thomas (1725 – ?), and [B13] Edward (1727–1785).2

His body was buried at Hurley on 15 October 1727.3

Edward Menard was the son of [B15] Edward and [B16] Letitia Manhood.4

 

1 "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch, Edward Manhood, 27 Aug 1683; citing HURLEY, BERKSHIRE, reference FHL microfilm 88,293

2 "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch,10 December 2014, Edw. Manhood and Sara Barlet, 20 Dec 1706; citing St Georges Chap ,New Windsor, Berkshire, reference FHL microfilm 924,802; FamilySearch

3 Berkshire Burials CD, 11th edn

4 FamilySearch

 


B15. EDWARD MANHOOD

Edward Manhood married [B16] Letitia ____.1

 

1 "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch, Edward Manhood, 27 Aug 1683; citing HURLEY, BERKSHIRE, reference FHL microfilm 88,293

 


B16. LETITIA MANHOOD born ____

Letitia ____ married [B15] Edward Manhood.1

 

1 "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch, Edward Manhood, 27 Aug 1683; citing HURLEY, BERKSHIRE, reference FHL microfilm 88,293


B17. SARAH MENARD born BARTLET

Sarah Bartlett married [B14] Edward Manhood on 20 December 1706, at St George's Chapel, New Windsor, Berkshire. Their children were: John (1708 – ?), Henry (1710 – ?), Henry (1717 – ?), Thomas (1725 – ?), and [B13] Edward (1727–1785).1

 

1 "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch,10 December 2014, Edw. Manhood and Sara Barlet, 20 Dec 1706; citing St Georges Chap ,New Windsor, Berkshire, reference FHL microfilm 924,802; FamilySearch


B18. DENIS MANHOOD born STEPTOE

Denis Steptoe married [B13] Edward Manhood on the 17th October 1754, in Hurley. Their children were [B12] Denice Maynard (1784 – between 1841 and 1851) and Elisabeth (1760 – ?), both bapt. Hurley. She was buried in Hurley on the 23rd June 1799.1


1 parish register


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