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    Who was K N Beesley

    William Henry Beesley, b 1841 in Bath was appointed as Master of the Wells Workhouse in 1881. In 1886 he took a number of inmates on a days outing to Burnham where they went to the New Puzzle Gardens. According to a newspaper report, the proprietor of the gardens was also a Mr Beesley, which made me wonder if the two were related.

    I found out that the new Mr Beesley was Mr K. N Beesley, who eventually was found to be Kennerick North Beesley. I have only found him in the 1901 census (as Busley) where he is listed as Issac S K N Busley, born in Chippenham in 1863. It seems he and his family subsequently emigrated to Canada. However it is his birth and early years I am trying to find. There is no corresponding birth for anyone of this name in Chippenham.

    Kennerick (or Kenrick) was married in 1886 to Lilian Frances Penhey and on the marriage certificate he states his father is William Henry Beesley, Public Officer. Could this be my William Henry - the name and occupation match and he is old enough to be Kenrick's father - but William Henry was a bachelor when he married in 1875. W H had entered the Navy in 1856, and the next sighting I have for him is 1881 when he is working at a Workhouse in Croydon. The possibility is there that he could have fathered a child illegitimately in 1863.

    Checking the births for Chippenham, there is an Isaac Samuel Smith born in Mar 1863, no mmn, who would match. Then I found Isaac Samuel Smith in 1871, the adopted son of Kennerick North. Surely this cannot be a coincidence, and that Isaac added his adoptive fathers names on to his own. But how and where did William Henry come into the story to add Beesley to his name.

    Any ideas gratefully received.

    https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...=successSource

    https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...=successSource

    https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...=try&h=3618896

    https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...&rhSource=7814

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    Linda


    My avatar is my Grandmother Carolina Meulenhoff 1896 - 1955

    #2
    He may well have had to add to his nane in order to inherit. Sometimes the last of the bloodline insists on the family name being taken in their will.

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      #3
      My apologies if I double up but using library edition and not sure how I can access the links!

      There is a baptism reference online I wondered if you had come across

      Wiltshire baptism index

      Samuel Isaac Smith born 3 Feb 1863 to Amelia Smith, residence Union House, Chippenham, bap 29 Mar 1863
      Elaine

      Looking for Ward, Moore, Hunt, Warren...and who was Gertrude Wills

      http://leicestermoores.tribalpages.com
      http://wardnottsleics.tribalpages.com

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        #4
        Not sure if you have seen this but at a death for a Kennerick Isaac Beesley his birth date was recorded as 3 February 1863.
        https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...=successSource

        Samuel Isaac's baptism gives the same birth date
        https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...cf72905ecc3a6c
        Phil
        historyhouse.co.uk
        Essex - family and local history.

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          #5
          Found him 1891 as Kenewick Beesley born 1866

          https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:3YLV-F3Z



          Elaine

          Looking for Ward, Moore, Hunt, Warren...and who was Gertrude Wills

          http://leicestermoores.tribalpages.com
          http://wardnottsleics.tribalpages.com

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            #6
            Thanks all of you - some interesting stuff. I hadn't seen that death cert, the matching of birth dates certainly seems to point to it being the same person. Completely different names for the parents though, but maybe the son didn't know and was guessing.

            I think I have found Amelia in the 1861 census, and interestingly she is a servant in Bath, where William Henry lived. From a couple of newspaper reports it seems that WH had left the navy and come back to Bath - his father committed suicide in 1857 which might have been the reason why. I just wish I could find him in 1861.

            Thanks for the link to the 1891 census Elaine - I don't think his name is spelled the same in any 2 forms!
            Linda


            My avatar is my Grandmother Carolina Meulenhoff 1896 - 1955

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              #7
              Just worked it out, William Henry Beesley married Mary Ann North widow in 1875, father John Purl

              Kennerrick North married Mary Ann Purl 1854 St. Pancras
              Elaine

              Looking for Ward, Moore, Hunt, Warren...and who was Gertrude Wills

              http://leicestermoores.tribalpages.com
              http://wardnottsleics.tribalpages.com

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                #8
                did you see the freemason record?

                such a great name, could it be him?

                https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bi...=successSource

                Says he is a wool warehouseman
                Name: Kenerick North Beesley
                Gender: Male
                Initiation Age: 37
                Birth Year: abt 1864
                Initiation Date: 6 Feb 1901
                Carolyn
                Family Tree site

                Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
                Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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                  #9
                  Elaine that's brilliant, thank you so much, now why didn't I see that when I looked at all the records!! A case of not seeing the wood for the trees I think. I'm pretty sure that is him Carolyn as on other censuses he is a tailor so it is in the right area. This bloke definitely collected names.

                  Thank you all again, another puzzle solved.
                  Linda


                  My avatar is my Grandmother Carolina Meulenhoff 1896 - 1955

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                    #10
                    When I found out that WH Beesley was the Master of the Workhouse, of course thoughts go to Mr Bumble in Oliver Twist, and only serving thin gruel. however, according to a newspaper account, for their Christmas meal one year, each adult was given a pound of meat, 2 pounds of vegetables and a pint of beer! Sounds like a large meal to me. However within a few years of being appointed Master it seems WH was given the choice to resign or have a report sent to the Local Government Board and he chose to resign. (Strained relations between him and the Guardians) I wonder what happened!
                    Linda


                    My avatar is my Grandmother Carolina Meulenhoff 1896 - 1955

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by ozgirl View Post
                      When I found out that WH Beesley was the Master of the Workhouse, of course thoughts go to Mr Bumble in Oliver Twist, and only serving thin gruel. however, according to a newspaper account, for their Christmas meal one year, each adult was given a pound of meat, 2 pounds of vegetables and a pint of beer! Sounds like a large meal to me. However within a few years of being appointed Master it seems WH was given the choice to resign or have a report sent to the Local Government Board and he chose to resign. (Strained relations between him and the Guardians) I wonder what happened!
                      ooh - maybe gave too much food away. That is so nice when you read things like that (not him resigning, the big meal)
                      Carolyn
                      Family Tree site

                      Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
                      Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

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