Thomas Beech Senior
Born c.1734, place unknown. He was a shipwright living at
Horseferry, Rotherhithe, Surrey.
Married - Sarah Anne née ? Sarah Anne was born c.1735, place
unknown. She died at Church Street, Rotherhithe and was buried at St Mary's 6
September 1807. They had 3 sons (one of whom is Thomas jun. below) and 4 daughters.
Thomas sen. was buried 7 January 1787 at St Mary's Church,
Thomas Beech Junior
Baptised 2 September 1762 at St Mary's, Rotherhithe.
He was a shipwright, later ship breaker of Rotherhithe Street,
Married firstly Mary, née ? She was born c.1756 and
was buried 17 December 1805 at St Mary's. They had two sons, one
daughter, and one stillborn child. Married secondly Eleanor Denselow 12
October 1806 at St Ann's Church, Limehouse.
She died one month after the birth of their only
child, a daughter. Eleanor was buried 31 December 1807 at St Mary's.
Married thirdly Betsey Bennett 3 December 1809 at St
Giles, Camberwell, Surrey. She was born c.1787 and was buried 30
September 1837 at St Mary's, Rotherhithe. They had 6 sons (one of whom
is William Philip below) and 2 daughters.
Thomas jun. was buried 22 June 1844 at St Mary's.
William Philip Beech
Born 16 May 1815 at Rotherhithe and baptised at St
Mary's 15 June 1815. He was a ship breaker at Rotherhithe and owned Lower
Globe Dock, Pageants Yard, and Horseferry Dock. He was also in
partnership with Henry Castle at Surrey Canal Wharf. They broke up 26
warships including the "Queen" which was the largest ship to
ever come so far up river and made a fortune. He later became a ship owner and ship broker
and JP for Essex. He and his family lived latterly (from c.1863) at
Stifford Lodge in Essex, and at Whitethorns, Sandown, Isle-of-Wight.
He married firstly Mary Bensted. She died 24 January
1851 and is buried at Hartley, Kent, whence her people came. They had 1
son and 3 daughters.
He married secondly Eliza Catherine Prince Howard,
daughter of Peter Howard by his wife Jane Hayston Prince, 14 July 1852
at Beckenham, Kent. They had 2 sons (one of whom was Howard Beech,
Winifred's father) and one daughter.
Eliza was born 20 August 1829 at West Derby, Lancashire,
and baptised at St Mary's Church, Edge Hill, Liverpool 3
October 1829. She died 27 August 1896 at Peak Hydro, Buxton, Derby, and
was buried 1 September at Sandown, IoW, in the grave of her husband.
William died at Sandown, IoW 21 November 1885 and was
buried there 26 November.
*(As he died in 1885 Winifred would not have met him,
but her elder brother Mervyn, who was born in 1881 at his grandparents'
house in the IoW, would have. Winifred and her brothers and sister would
however have known their grandmother Eliza as she did not die until
by Douglas Dashwood-Howard
The pedigree of Henrietta
Mildred Godden's family is to found in "Visitation of England and
Wales", Vol. 3 (1895), edited by Joseph Jackson Howard and
Frederick Arthur Crisp. Joseph Jackson Howard was my gt.-grandfather and
the brother of Eliza Catherine Prince Howard who married William Philip
Beech, Lady Fortescue's paternal grandfather). After J. J. Howard's
death in 1902 the work was continued by the original co-editor, F. A.
Crisp,and ultimately consisted of 21 volumes and 14 volumes of notes. It
is available in most UK reference libraries and has also been reprinted
in the USA.
The pedigree of Emma Whitbread Juliana's
branch of the Battye family is in Vol. 2 (1894) of the same work. The
"Fighting Battye's" branch, to which her branch is indeed
connected, is in Vol. 5 (1897) of the same work and includes Major
Wigram Battye who featured as a real character in the historical
novel/love story "The Far Pavilions" by M. M. Kaye, as did
Lt.Walter Richard Pollock Hamilton, who was awarded the V.C., and
attended, as I did many years later, Felsted School in Essex. The School
Historian wrote that Hamilton was "a name Felsted must never be
allowed to forget". "The Far Pavilions" story was not
only a book but featured on t.v. many years back and is available as a
double VHS video, if not new, then certainly used in eBay.