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Tracing the Beesley family in Newbury area of Berkshire

Question by Edsam

My surname is Sammons, my mother?s maiden name was Munday. Her mother?s maiden name was Pocock.
She was the daughter of Joshua (Pocock) and Mary Ann (n?e Beesley).
Mary Ann?s parents were John Beezley (1799-1881) and Hannah (1799-1868). The approximate area concerned covers the immediate north of Newbury
Can anyone supply Hannah?s maiden name?
I can find no record of the family (as s family unit) in the 1841 Census. Any help there?
Can anyone take me back further?

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on 2013-06-16 08:05:58

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by shellyb on 2013-06-16 15:50:32


I found this entry, which may fit in with your research.

Day: 10
Month: Sep
Year: 1824
Groom's Forename(s): John
Groom's Surname: Beesley
Groom's Age:
Groom Signed:
Groom's Condition:
Groom's Address: Leckhampstead
Groom's Occupation:
Bride's Forename(s): Hannah
Bride's Surname: Johnson
Bride's Age:
Bride Signed:
Bride's Condition:
Bride's Address:
Bride's occupation:
Groom's Father's Name:
Groom's Father's Occupation:
Bride's Father's Name:
Bride's Father's Occupation:
How Married?: by Banns
Church: All Saints
Parish: Brightwalton
County: Berkshire
Country: England
Record source: Berkshire Marriages
Data provider: Berkshire Family History Society

Haven't had any luck with the 1841 census, will let you know if I do. Hope this helps your research.

by Edsam on 2013-06-16 16:42:43

Thank you - another hole filled!

The family is on the 1851 Census and my guess is that the family had split up for whatever reason at the time of the 1841 census.

The villages they lived in are quite close top the Oxford area so they may have spread about a bit.

I hate loose ends but that's the joy(!?) of research.

I am most grateful for you contribution.


by KJZ on 2013-08-02 18:56:41

Hello, I can't help you that far back as I'm just beginning to search for my Beesley family roots. My grandfather came to Canada in 1911. He was born in northern Newbury, his birth certificate says "Donnington". When he arrived in Canada someone changed their name to Beasley. His father's name was John and his mother Eliza Jennings. His younger sisters name was Kate and their were possibly 13 children in all. Any information anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.

by Edsam on 2013-08-04 04:21:10

Hi - I think the line goes something like this - John Beesley married Hannah Johnson (thanks to Shellyb for that). Their traced children were: Mary Anne (1829), Maria (1835), John (1837) Thomas (1845). I say "traced" because I suspect there were more children in the early 1830s - if the customary infant producing pattern was followed.
As stated above, Mary Anne married Joshua Pocock who produced my grandmother.
John, Mary Anne's younger brother, married Eliza Jennings (born 1856)in 1876. The various Census forms show their children as: Mary E (1878), William (1881), Albert (1884)Maria (1886), Thomas (1888), Ellen (1890), Emily (1893), Edith (1895), Ernest (1897), Kate (1899)and I suspect there may have been others as infant deaths were common. Eliza died in the summer of 1900. My guess is that she was exhausted. The age difference between John (birth year varies from 1836-1844 depending on sources)and Eliza was quite wide.
The Beesley (whatever spelling) family seems to have lived around the Winterbourne area then moving to the Shaw-cum-Donnington area. This was a route followed by my ancestors too. The areas are quite close to each other.
You don't mention your grandfather's name but would I be right in guessing that it was William?
If my deductions are correct, I guess we are some sort of cousins.
My wife and I went to the UK this year and visited both Winterbourne and Donnington. They are both very pretty villages as are most in the Newbury area.
Hope this is some help

Eddie Sammons

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