I had hoped to find evidence of Beswick and Hopperton families being in the same village, Alverstoke, Hants., at the same time, to give a lead to the family of origin of Thomas Beswick, a London publican, who married Margaret Hopperton at St. George Hanover Square 30 November 1803. We don't quite have that conjuction; but I do have information from another part of your family who are descendants in Australia of the same Samuel Beswick's second marriage as your are.
Re. Hopperton: It appears that my Margaret was baptised first in Gosport at the High St Independent Church 6 July 1772 and later at the established church, Holy Trinity, Gosport, 20 December 1772, father Samuel, mother Ann (Williams) who were married at St Mary's, Portsea 6 Feburary 1776. (Yes later.) Margaret had a brother Samuel baptised at Portsea 19 February 1775. Her father Samuel was baptised at Holy Tinity, Gosport, 26 December 1744, his father Samuel, and mother Margaret (Lock) who had been married there 23 September 1743. There are three Samuel Hopperton marriages in the IGI at Alverstoke, 23 April 1756, 13 July 1760, and 16 March 1763. We don't know whether any of them was a later marriage of our Margaret's grandfather, or what they are, but it seemed a possible indicator of location of her family at about that time. At Alverstoke last year I found in the C of E churchyard, the grave of the long term minister of the Independent Church at Gosport who had baptised Margaret. However, your link with Alverstoke is later than my Hopperton's were definitely there, ie. in 1814, and that does not give us what I was hoping for.
Re your family: My brother John in Tasmania received information in 2001 from someone who must be a cousin of yours, from an Australian email address.
Pam Watson wrote in 2001:-
My Martha Beswick was born on 05May1821 (family bible). I have not been able to find her birth but on various census she states she was born in
Kennington, Lambeth, Surrey. On 11Aug.1844 she married William George Taylor (Marr.Cert.) at the Parish Church, Holy Trinity, Clapham, Surrey. They
are my great, great grandparents. On her marriage cert. Martha states that her father is Samuel Beswick, Accountant. The two witnesses are Geo.
Beswick and Laura Beswick.
I read the parish film for the following two births: Eliza 12Jun.1814, Emily 13Feb.1818. The place of birth for Emily was Bird St., Lambeth, no place entered
for Eliza. Their parents were Samuel and Elizabeth Beswick. Samuel gives his occupation as 'gentleman'. The IGI gives both daughters' baptism dates as
05Apr.1818 St. Mary, Newington and until I read the film I presumed that they were twins. On an 1861 census for Kennington, Surrey, film no. 0542622, at
6 Chancery Pl. Kennington is George Beswick, head mar. 36, solicitor's clerk, born Newington, Surrey. Jane Day Beswick, wife, 41, born St. Anne's
Mid. George Bright Beswick, son, 6, scholar, born St. Marys, Surrey. Ruth Slater, servant unm. 16, born Hampshire plus two female lodgers, surname
Kobbe. I believe that Martha, Eliza, Emily and George are siblings. For my reasons, read on.
On the same film for the 1861 census at 44 Henry St., Kennington there is: Samuel Beswick, head, mar. age 64 or 66, solicitor's clerk, born Southampton,
Caroline, wife, age 37, born Clapham, Surrey, Samuel, son, 14, Brixton, Sur., Caroline, dau. 12, Hammersmith, Mid., Kate, dau. 10, Southwark, Sur.,
Alice, dau. 8, Ilford, Essex, Alfred, son, 6, Wandsworth, Sur., Patrick, son 3, Pimlico, Mid., Joseph, son, 8M, Lambeth, Sur., Alfred Beswick, visitor, 2,
Stepney, Mid. They sure moved around! I believe that the head of this family, Samuel Beswick, is my Martha's father with his second wife and family.
There is a death of an Elizabeth Beswick in the GRO Index, June quarter, 1845, Lambeth Vol. 4, page 159 which MAY be Samuel's first wife.
I then headed for Southampton and found: Samuel Beswick married Elizabeth Bright, 24Mar.1814 Alverstoke (HAMPSHIRE IGI). Note that Alverstoke is a
suburb of GOSPORT also that their first child, daughter Eliza was born on 12Jun.1814. That is a birth date on the film, not a baptism date on the IGI. So, a
shotgun marriage! On the Hamp.IGI Elizabeth Bright is bap. 10Oct.1790, Longparish, parents Joseph and Elizabeth Bright. No sign of parents marriage
on Hamp. IGI. This is the reason I connected the George Beswick on the 1861 census to Eliza, Emily and Martha - his son is named George Bright
Beswick. His occupation of solicitor's clerk adds further weight to the theory and as does the witness on Martha's marr. cert. - George Beswick.
According to the 1861 census, Samuel Beswick was born around 1797 in Southampton but he is not on the IGI and there are few Beswick entries in
In the 1881 census St. Pancras, London I found: 35 Guildford St., George B. Beswick, head, mar. 26, solicitor's clerk, born Lambeth, Sur., Ann, wife, 44,
Lodging House+ plus two servants and two lodgers. I believe this is George Bright Beswick. There is a marriage for George Bright Beswick in the GRO
Sep.q.1877, Thanet 2a 1242. Also in 1881 cenus, 3 Cornwall Cot.+, Lambeth, Surrey, Caroline Beswick, moth. widow, 53, Clapham, Sur. Alfred F., son,
Mar. 25, Manager Peram.+, Wandsworth, Sur., Annie, wife, mar., 25, Alton, Hrt., Ethel C.F. g.dau., 2M, Kennington, Sur. Plus at 17 Portland Pl.,
Lambeth, Kate Beswick, lodg. Unm., 30, Mantle Maker, Southwark, Sur. Kate is the daughter of Samuel and Caroline, on the 1861 census.
End of quote.
I hope this is of some interest to you, although it contains some of the same information you posted last. If you wish to contact Pam Watson I might be able to arrange that off list if you write direct to me at email@example.com.
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