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Beckett Family of Newton, a township near Middlewich, Cheshire
Newton was one of the original 14 townships in ancient Middlewich Parish.It no longer exists.It’s location was on the south part of the present location of Middlewich town and apparently encompassed the St. Mary’s and All Angels Church.It included the hamlets of Newton Bank and Newton Heath and most of the town of Middlewich.It ceased to exist in 1894, being divided between Middlewich Civil Parish and Kinderton.A number of the members of the Beckett family were identified as living in Newton over the centuries, including the family of Peter Beckett, Surgeon, a Quaker, who later moved to Stanthorne Township and William Beckett, Barber,(1711-1789) and his son Samuel Beckett, Surgeon, who were educated and wealthy.
1. Samuel Beckett of Newton, Laborer
Baptized February 19, 1625 to Raphe and Katherine Beckett of Middlewich.
Samuel Beckett of Newton, Laborer was buried January 9, 1698/99.
1660 Poll Tax of Newton near Middlewich:Samuell Beckett, yeoman, 10 lbs. 4-0
1664 Hearth Tax of Newton near Middlewich:Samuell Beckett, 2
March 6, 1666 – Release of a messuage and tenement in Newton occupied by Elizabeth Wood widow, by Sir Thomas Smith the elder of Hought Kt., Sir Thomas Smith the younger bt. And Dame Abigail his wife, to Samuel Beckett of Newton.Land described on dorse as “Wrenche’s grownd”.
April 27, 1685(?)Lease by Peter Venables Esq. to Samuel Beckett of Newton for a cottage for 3 lives.
m. March 16, 1651 Elizabeth Holland (Middlewich
i. Elizabeth Beckett bpt. March 20, 1658 Middlewich
m. August 24, 1676 Hugh Beckett(Jr.) in Goostrey Parish, Cheshire.
Hugh Beckett of Sutton married 1676 to Elizabeth Becket of Middlewich Parish in Goostrey Parish, Cheshire.Elizabeth had a brother named Peter Beckett.This Peter Beckett is mentioned in the will of Hugh Beckett, 1699 as his loved “brother-in-law” and executor.
ii. Catherine (?) Beckett bpt. August 28, 1662 Middlewich
iii. Humphrey Beckett bpt. March 4, 1667/68 Middlewich
1.iv. Peter Beckett bpt. May 24, 1671 Middlewich
1. Peter Beckett of Newton
Baptized May 24, 1671 Middlewich to Samuel and Elizabeth Beckett.
Died 1750-57, Newton
m. 1st December 5, 1696 Elizabeth Hocknell (Middlewich), bondsman is Hugh Beckett, Middlewich, Yeoman.
Elizabeth, wife of Peter Beckett of Sutton, buried February 26, 1711/12.
m. 2nd October 29, 1712 Mary Ravenscroft of Newton (Middlewich) marries Peter Beckett of Sutton.
1699 – Peter Beckett serves as exeutor for Hugh Beckett Jr.’s will.Hugh had married Elizabeth Beckett, sister of Peter.
1723 – Peter Beckett gives Oath of Allegience to King George.
March 13, 1731 – Peter Beckett, Overseer of the Poor, signs a document giving help to poor in Middlewich Parish.
July 27, 1740 – Payd Peter Beckett for 5 quarts of wine for sacraments, 8 shillings, 4 pence. (Middlewich Parish Book)
1741 – Payd Peter Beckitt for 6 bottles of wine, 10 shillings.(ibid)
May 20, 1745 – Paid P. Beckett for Vine Trees in Mr. Ellison’s Warden keep, 7 shillings, 6 pence. (ibid)
1744 Tax Assessment – Newton
Peter Becket for Hope, paid 2 shillings in old rents on lot.He also paid rent on this lot in 1748 and 1750.He was not renting land in Newton in 1757, apparently having died. His son William Beckett rented land after that in Newton.
i. Samuel Beckett bpt. July 7, 1702 Middlewich Buried July 18, 1702
Son of Peter Beckett of Middlewich.
2. ii. William Beckett bpt. July 27, 1711 Middlewich
iii. George Beckett bpt. December 18, 1713 Middlewich
m. February 5, 1734/35 Elizabeth Goburn (Middlewich)
It is probable that George married Elizabeth Goburn.Son of Peter Beckett of Middlewich.
iv. Sarah Beckett bpt. Buried May 24, 1716
Daughter of Peter Beckett of Middlewich.
1. v. James Beckett bpt.August 13, 1719 Middlewich
1. James Beckett of Kinderton, Gentleman
Baptized August 13, 1719 Middlewich to Peter Beckett of Middlewich.
Died about 1788 Middlewich
m. Elizabeth (Heywood?)
1741 – James Beckett paid 1 pound by Middlewich Parish for “wine for the Sacraments”.
About 1755 – Mr. James Beckett owns a lot at the head of Wheelock Street, Middlewich towne, appraised at 3 pounds, 10 shillings.
1759 -Mr. James Beckett rents a plot of ground in Kinderton for 1 pound.He is listed here on the annual tax assessements in 1762, 1764, 1767, 1769.He was not listed in 1772 or afterward.
In April 1775 when his daughter Elizabeth was buried, James was described as “Mr. James Beckett, Collector of the Salt Works at Bristol.James Beckett had a servant named Elizabeth, wife of William Merrick, carpenter of the city of Bristol.James Beckett owned the lot at the head of Wheelock Street until 1787.This lot was owned by Mr. Samuel Beckett, nephew of James, in 1789-91, then is owned by Miss Ann Beckett, daughter of James Beckett until her own death in 1804.James rented a Malt kiln to his brother William Beckett and this was owned by Ann, daughter of William Beckett in 1804.
i. Peter Beckett bpt. October 23, 1743
Born on the body of Jane Needam, illegitimate:
ii. James Needam bpt. January 16, 1750 Buried September 28, 1751
Son of James Beckett of Kinderton.
iii. Ann Beckett bpt. November 27, 1754 Buried September 15, 1804
James Beckett of Kinderton and Elisabeth baptized daughter Ann, November 27, 1754.
Anne Beckett of Newton, Spinster
Wealthy woman who wrote her will which was probated September 25, 1804.She mentioned“All those my Messuages, or Dwelling houses with the gardens, land and appurtenances & other hereditaments thereunto belonging in the several possessions of JOHN, JAMES, SAMUEL SPROSTON and ? STANWAY situate in Wheelock Street in Middlewich”.A “Miss Beckett” did own a lot on Wheelock Street in Middlewich as early as 1792, which she rented to a Thomas Booth and later to the Sproston family.
iv. Elisabeth Beckett bpt. November 23, 1757 Buried April 23, 1775
James Beckett of Kinderton and Elisabeth his wife baptized Elisabeth, November 23, 1757.
Buried at Middlewich church.Tombstone reads “Here lies the ___ Elizabeth, daughter of James Beckett of ____ Gentleman____ who departed this life 21 April ___ Aged 17 years.
2. William Beckett, Kinderton, Yeoman
Baptized June 27, 1711 to William Beckett of Middlewich.
Mr. William Beckett buried April 24, 1789 Middlewich
Mary Beckett, wife of William, buried November 18, 1768.
1737-1739 – Practicing Barber in Middlewich Parish.This meant he was authorized to perform blood lettings, dentistry and some minor surgical procedures.He seems to have been employed as a Yeoman, or farmer after that.He was literate, able to write his name with a flourish.
1748-1749 – Resided Kinderton, south of Middlewich towne.
March 27, 1749 – William Beckett chosen as Church Warden of Middlewich Parish for first time.He was chosen again for this honorable job on April 16, 1750 by George Venables-Vernon Esq. (1709-1780), a prominent local landowner in the township of Newton near Middlewich.He was given the title 1st Baron Vernon of Kinderton in 1762 by King George.Lord Vernon actually resided in Sudbury, Suffolk, England.William Beckett was chosen numerous times, according to ancient custom, by Lord Vernon for this post in the coming years.
1760 – Tax Assessment by Middlewich Parish of Newton.William Beckett occupied land owned by George Venables-Vernon.In 1763 William Beckett was charged 5 shillings for the land he resided on in Newton.
April 12, 1762 – William Beckett chosen warden by George Venables-Vernon Esq.He served again in 1763, 1765, 1766 and 1767.He was not elected on April 4, 1769.
1769 – Tax Assessment by Middlewich Parish of Kinderton.William Beckett rents a place in this hamlet for the first time according to the tax records.
April 16, 1770- William Beckett chosen again as warden by Lord Vernon.He served again from 1771 through 1773.He gave up this job on April 12, 1773, never to serve again.
October 1, 1772 – William Beckett, Kinderton, Yeoman, Churchwarden at Middlewich Parish.
Leases for 7 years, 2 acres in Newton, being furthest from Middlewich to John Lowe of Newton, Merchant.
William Beckett Farmer of Middlewich - (Broster’s Chester Guide, 1782)
February 3, 1784 – George, Baron Vernon of Kinderton, sells to John Lowe of Newton near Middlewich, Salt proprietor, 2 closes near Booth Lane in Newton, in occupation of William Beckett
William Becket of Kinderton, Yeoman, wrote his will on February 19, 1789.He named John Braband of Kinderton, Gentleman and children Samuel Beckett and Ann Beckett as his co-executors.He left a Malt Kiln which he rented from a brother (name not listed) to his daughter Ann.A dwelling house in Newton was left to son Samuel and after Samuel’s death it was to go to his own son Samuel Beckett.He also left Samuel “my pew or seat in the Old Gallery in Middlewich Church for and during his life and from and after his Decease I give and Devise the said pew or seat unto my Grandson William son of my said son Samuel, his heirs and assigns.”In those days, a church pew was something you had to buy and was used by only you and your family.To daughter Anne he left a clock, a chest marked “M.T.” and a small desk.Two other grandchildren by his son Samuel, Thomas and William, were named.The will was recorded May 2, 1793.The value of his estate was between 300-600 lbs., a considerable sum.Today, 600 British pounds would be worth 55,491 pounds.
i. Ralph Beckett bpt. October 22, 1732 Middlewich Buried Oct 24, 1768
Ralph, son of William and Mary Beckett of Middlewich, baptized October 22, 1732.
Ralph, son of William and Mary Beckett, buried October 24, 1768 Middlewich.
ii. Anne Beckett bpt. February 21, 1733/34 MiddlewichBuried Sept 13 , 1823
Daughter of William Beckett of Middlewich, Barber.”In his 1789 will, William Beckett then living in Kinderton, left his daughter Ann his farm, cattle, chattle and implements of “Husbandry and Dairy”.A spinster, she resided Kinderton, being taxed in 1789 for two lots there.The 1804 tax assessment of Kinderton shows Miss Ann Beckett owning a house and garden and also owning another plot of ground called a pool head.She also owned the Malt Kiln mentioned in her father’s will.She was buried September 13, 1823 at the age of 92 years.Anne Beckett (1754-1804) of Newton, a cousin, remembered her in her will as a dear friend.
3.iii. James Beckett bpt. January 4, 1735 Middlewich
4.iv. W. Samuel Beckett bpt. February 17, 1737/38 Died 1812
v. Mary Beckett bpt. January 8, 1747/48 Kinderton Buried April 28, 1749
Daughter of William Beckett of Kinderton and wife Mary.
3. James Beckett
Baptized January 4, 1735 Middlewich to William Beckett.
m. October 17, 1763 Jane Edgerton (Middlewich)
James was left an allowance for support in the 1789 will of his father William Beckett.Apparently he was not as successful as the rest of his family.
i. William Beckett bpt. June 3, 1764 Middlewich Died 1810?
m. Mary Anne
William Beckett and wife Mary Anne Beckett were listed as heirs in the will of Anne Beckett, Spinster, 1804. He probably is the William Beckett, Currier whose estate was administered in Middlewich, 1810.
ii. James Beckett bpt. February 12, 1766 Middlewich
iii. Charles Beckett bpt. February 21, 1768 Middlewich Buried May 11, 1769
iv. George Beckett bpt. March 18, 1770 Middlewich Buried Feb 26, 1778
v. Charles Beckett bpt. March 29, 1772 MiddlewichBuried June 13, 1773
vi. Thomas Beckett bpt. April 17, 1774 Middlewich
vii. Stephen Beckett bpt. April 13, 1777 Middlewich
4. W. Samuel Beckett of Middlewich, Master Surgeon
Baptized February 17, 1737/38 Middlewich to William Beckett, Barber.
Samuel Beckett, Surgeon of Tetton, left will in 1812.Tetton is a township in Warmingham Parish, Northwich Hundred.
m. March 30, 1766 Ann Wrench (St. Peter Cathedral, Sheffield, York, England) – Source: Middlewich Marriage Banns.
Mr. W. Samuel Beckett served as the surgeon of Middlewich town from before 1766 to his death. A pew owned by Samuel Beckett and his family was drawn in the parish book of Middlewich parish, 1807.He held the title of Master Surgeon, which was shortened to “Mister”.He subscribed to poetry books.He owned a lot in High Town Street of Middlewich, 1782, eventually owning several town lots.His death notice in The European Magazine said he died in London, aged 74, of a mortification of his left foot.It said his father and grandfather died of the same ailment.He was a surgeon for 50 years and never had a day’s sickness.
i. Thomas Beckett bpt. May 21, 1766 Middlewich
Listed in will of his grandfather William Beckett, 1789.
ii. Mary Beckett bpt. March 23, 1768 MiddlewichBuried 26 April 1793 Middlewich
iii. Ann Beckett bpt. December 8, 1769 MiddlewichDied September 30, 1833, aged 63,Kinderton.
iv. Elizabeth Beckett bpt. March 13, 1772 Middlewich
v. Samuel Beckett bpt. May 11, 1774 Middlewich Buried January 8, 1806 Middlewich.Gentleman.Administration filed May 20, 1806.
vi. Fanny Beckett bpt. July 3, 1776 Middlewich Died August 9, 1847 age 71, Middlewich, Spinster.
vii. William Beckett bpt. July 21, 1779 Middlewich Buried August 1, 1806
m. October 24, 1804 Harriett Middleton (Lichfield, Shropshire)
Godson of Anne Beckett, Spinster of Newton, who left will, 1804.William was a surgeon like his father.His father served as bondsman when William married.
i. Henry Samuel Beckett b. Buried August 17, 1806
Son of the Late William Beckett, surgeon and Harriet his wife.
Peter Beckett, son of James Beckett
Baptized October 23, 1743 Middlewich Buried April 13, 1811 Middlewich.
m. December 30, 1765 Elizabeth Sandbach (Middlewich)
i. James Beckett bpt. September 14, 1766 Middlewich Buried April 10, 1811
m. May 10, 1788 Ellen Skerratt (Middlewich)
Ellen Beckett of Kinderton was buried September 2, 1853, aged 85 years.
Death date for James Beckett is unproven as of yet.
Employed as a boatman in 1796.He lived in Kinderton, 1803.In 1851, Ellen Beckett,aged 82, born 82, was living in Kinderton with her daughter Hannah Taylor, aged 61.
a. Peter Beckett bpt. June 21, 1789 Middlewich
The late Peter Beckett was taxed for a lot in Newton, 1844.
b. Hannah Beckett bpt. October 11, 1791 Middlewich
m. January 7, 1816 John Taylor (Middlewich)
John and Hannah Taylor lived in Kinderton, 1841.In 1851 Hannah was a widow and a washerwoman.Her 82 year old mother was living in her Kinderton home..
c. Elizabeth Beckett bpt. December 29, 1793 Middlewich
d. Mary Beckett bpt. July 23, 1796 Middlewich Buried October 8, 1814
Mary Beckett of Kinderton, buried October 8, 1814, aged 18.
e. Frances Beckett bpt. November 25, 1798 Middlewich
m. December 23, 1823 John Woolsey (Middlewich)
f.Rebecca Beckett bpt. March 2, 1800 Middlewich
g. Thomas Beckett bpt. January 2, 1803 Middlewich
Captain of a river boat, 1841-1871.
h.Ann Beckett bpt. May 19, 1803 Middlewich
i. James Beckett bpt. July 5, 1807 Middlewich d. May 10, 1812
ii. Hannah Beckett bpt. August 7, 1768 Sandbach
iii. Ann Beckett bpt. April 29, 1770 Middlewich
iv. Mary Beckett bpt. November 3,1772 Middlewich
v. Jane Beckett bpt. July 2, 1775 Middlewich Buried May 7, 1776
vi. Peter Beckett bpt. March 29, 1777 Middlewich Buried June 6, 1781