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William BEACHAM married 1780
Posted by: charles beacham (ID *****2657) Date: April 18, 2008 at 08:44:10
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I'm looking for the baptism and parents of William Beacham, my greatx3grandfather. He marries Mary Hawkins in Yatton Apr 26 1780. They have 9 children from 1781 to 1796, most of which are baptised in Kingston Seymour, with maybe a baptism at Yatton, with the children dying when young buried at Kingston Seymour and the later burials in Yatton.

Is he from Yatton and meets Mary Hawkins there, or are they married in Yatton only because that is her parish? The wedding says they are both of the Yatton parish, but that is not definitive.

If William marries in 1780, his birth is likely to be 1745 to 1759. He could be older but I think then he might have had an earlier first marriage, and I don't find any earlier marriages of a William.

There are 2 possible burials for William. The most likely is -1839 Dec 26 William Beacham of Yatton 93 yo. I can pay $15 for this death certificate from BMD, but I don't think I will get his parents' names from that. I think the best lead would be for someone to find the tombstone in the Yatton St Mary's cemetery and see who is buried around him or look for the burial records. This indicates that he is born in 1746, and if this is the burial of my William then I have narrowed down which year to look for a baptism in.

The second burial is at Worle - 1801 Apr 23 William Beacham buried. Worle is about 4 miles SW of Yatton. I can't find an accompanying baptism for this William Beacham and I have no indication of age at burial. I think the Yatton burial is more likely.

I've attempted to find a William Beacham baptism in the 1735 to 1762 range to no avail. I've check parish registries of Banwell, Christon, Churchill, Clevedon, Congresbury, Kingston Seymour, Long Ashton, Wick St Lawrence, Worle, Wrington, Wraxall and Yatton to no avail. I will be also checking Backwell, Kewstoke, WSM, Kenn, Bedminster, Locking, Old Cleeve, Nailsea, Chelvey, Loxton, Tickenham, Brockley, Redcliffe, and Puxton (email me at for a list of all the Beachams on these parish registries). However initial indications from records of Mary Mason are that I won't find a baptism of William Beacham there. Also, these parishes have spotty records.

I'll be getting ancillary pauper records and tax records from Yatton, Kenn and Kingston Seymour to try to find additional information, but I think these are unlikely to tell me who the parents of William Beacham are. It was worthwhile to look at all these parish registries because individual Beacham families can be found in more than one neighboring parish. For instance, my great-great grandfather George Beacham's parents were married in Kingston Seymour, George was baptised at Yatton, his wife Ann Alvis was baptised in Tickenham, they married in Bristol, had their first child Sarah baptised in Tickenham, and later children baptised in Clevedon, then Kenn, then Yatton.

Another example: 1748 Wick St. Lawrence Mar 30 Richard Beacham and Merium White. They marry in Wick St Lawrence.
1750 Mar 25 Richard son of Richard and Merium Beacham. They have a son in Banwell.
1755 Miriam of Richard & Miriam Beacham baptised. They have a daughter in Congresbury.
So who are the Beacham families that could have had a son William from 1745 to 1759?

(There is: 1765 Nov 17 William baseborn of Ann Beacham (?Ann might be sister of Richard & Charles) baptised in Yatton. But he dies:
1766 Dec 10 William baseborn son of Ann Beacham buried at Yatton.)


1. My leading candidate is John Beacham and Susannah Avery. They are both born around 1700. John's first wife Ann Kingcott dies in 1727, and he marries Susannah Avery 7 May 1728 in Yatton, and they baptise 4 children in Yatton from 1732 to 1745.

Their son Richard marries Sarah Brown in 1762. I'm sure Richard can't be William's father. Richard & Sarah have a child Susannah in 1762, so William would have had to have been born in 1763, making him only 17 when he married Mary Hawkins.

2. 1751 Jan 8 Charles Beacham and Sarah Nethway marry in Yatton. I have no children for them, but they could be parents of William.

Wrington is the next closest possibility.

3. 1758 Nov 17 Joseph Beacham of the parish of Backwell & Jane Young of Wrington marry. They have at least one child baptised at Wrington:
1761 Jul 23 Joseph son of Joseph and Jane Beacham

4. Next Wrington parents possibility: Charles & Sarah

1705 May 16 Charles Betcham of James & Sarah Betcham baptised at Wrington.
Charles's first wife is Mary - I can't find the wedding
They have 4 children from 1730 to 1742. Mary dies: 1743 Mar 31 Mary wife of Charles Beacham buried.
I assume the same Charles then remarries a Sarah in 1743-1745. I can't find the wedding.
They have 5 children between 1745 & 1751.

Worle is about 4 miles SW.

5. 1744 Dec 12 Richard Beacham & Sarah Morse married by banns at Worle.
They have 4 children from 1745 to 1752 baptised at Worle.

6. 1753 Nov 12 Edward Beacham & Ann Watts married by banns at Worle.
They have 8 children from 1754 to 1769 baptised at Worle.

And there is a William Beacham buried at Worle: 1801 Apr 23 William Beacham buried.
So we have to assume there is at least one William Beacham born in Worle. We don't know the age of the one buried there though. A visit to the Worle tombstone might answer that by giving dates.

Banwell is next.

7. William Beacham marries Ruth sometime before 1734. I can't find the wedding. They have 6 children between 1734 and 1748 baptised in Banwell. The last child baptised in 1748 is while Ruth is a widow.
There is a burial: 1745 Aug 4 William Beacham. If this burial is of the husband then Ruth found solace in someone else's arms. At any rate, William and Ruth might have named a son after William.

8. The above 1748 Wick St. Lawrence Mar 30 Richard Beacham and Merium White. They marry in Wick St Lawrence.
1750 Mar 25 Richard son of Richard and Merium Beacham. They have a son in Banwell.
1755 Miriam of Richard & Miriam Beacham baptised. They have a daughter in Congresbury. This seems a strong possiblilty for William's parents as well.

9. 1749 Mar 25 James Beacham and Elizabeth Bartlett marry in Banwell. They have 4 children baptised in Banwell from 1753 to 1760.
So far I have identified 9 possible local Beacham families having children from 1745-1759 who could have been parents of my greatx3grandfather William. There may be others. As you can appreciate it is very difficult to keep all these families straight and separated, and the lineages are difficult to trace because they may move around. There are also other Beacham families living in the area at this time, just not of childbearing age from 1745-1759.

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