Copy of Birth Certificate issued 3/19/1962,
for Grace Hilda Beckett, d.o.b. 12/5/1913, in Port Arthur, Thunder Bay
Dist., registered 12/17/1913, number 1913-05-057607:
Note that the family said Grace was born 11/5/1913, as per next reference below. c.October 1938, Grace wrote to the Registrar about the error, but apparently never had it corrected.
66. Baptismal Certificate for Grace Hilda Beckett, daughter of Bert and Agnes Beckett, b. 11/5/1913 in Port Arthur, Ont., signed by Rev. George K.B.Adams, 7/28/1914, affiliated with a Methodist church in Port Arthur, Ont.: (96KB)
Grace Beckett's secretarial diploma from
Windsor-Walkerville Technical School, dated 6/30/1928:
Note Grace was only 14 years old, of which she was proud (graduating from school so young).
68. Certificate of marriage, for Laverne Wallace Beals and Grace Hilda Beckett, 12/26/1938, registration number 2393, signed by Harry R. Nobles, Temple Baptist Church, Windsor Ont.: (142KB). Picture of church April 2002.
Application for Admission to Housing Project
for the City of Windsor Ont, for Bert Beckett, 7/2/1964 (handwritten by
Grace Beals, daughter): (268KB)
On this application, it is stated that Bert lived in Windsor 1914-1954 and that he worked for the Sandwich, Windsor & Amherstburg Railway.
99. City Directories for Windsor, Essex Co., Ontario (precursors of modern phone books, but also with a section listing residences and businesses on a street by street basis); available on the second floor of the Windsor Central Library as original documents and on microfilm:
[BWB: Bert Beckett and family also lived at 1011 Howard Ave. but I have lost the directory information indicating same, and the year.]
[BWB: the pictures of buildings linked below were taken in April 2002, and so they may have been radically remodeled from the original. Since the City of Windsor renumbered buildings in the mid 1930's, I attempted to locate specific addresses by counting houses/buildings from cross streets -- but I did run into inconsistencies, perhaps due to buildings being razed, duplexes recombined into a single family dwelling, etc. (The pictures are about 600KB apiece.)]
99a. 1917 and 1920, Bert Beckett, boilermaker, 109 Erie East [BWB: In picture 1 and picture 2, number 109 was probably in the center of this set of store fronts.]
99b. 1920-21, Bert Beckett, 721 Erie East
[BWB: Bert Beckett not listed]
[BWB: Bert Beckett not listed.]
99m. 1927-28, Bert Beckett, works for Canadian Salt Co, 132 Sandwich West (cross Brock, church, then 2nd house)
99o. 1938, Bert W and Agnes Beckett, welder Sandwich Techumseh Railway;
Grace Beckett, stenographer for H. Walker & Sons; Ivie A Beckett, secretary
at Toronto General Trusts, 2214 Dougall Ave.
99r. 1939, Bert W and Agnes Beckett, welder Sandwich Techumseh Railway;
Grace Beckett, stenographer for H. Walker & Sons;
[BWB: My cousin Kay (Murtagh) Ronson recalls her mother talking of living at 2291 Dougal as well.]
Victoria Memorial Gardens (Rte 3/Huron
Church Dr., Oldcastle, Ont. N0R 1L0; ph.519-969-6340): Bertie William
Beckett, b.2/10/1886, d.11/13/1966, interred 11/15 in Grave 3, Section
372, Block E; undertaker Sutton Funeral Service.
Minister Rev. Canon
Informant: Mrs. Ivie Murtagh, daughter, 36 Hanna W.,
Windsor, Ontario: [217KB].
Markers placed by grandsons c.June 2002 [25KB]; photos c.10/2004: [223KB], [184KB].
Scene at grave site, with Bert's marker in foreground, c.10/2004: [299KB].
Victoria Memorial Gardens (ibid.):
Martha A. Beckett, b.8/5/1891, d.4/18/1979, interred 4/20 in Grave 4, Section
372, Block E; undertaker J.H.Sutton Funeral Home.
Minister Rev. Canon
Informant: Mrs. Grace Beals, daughter, 780 Ouellette
Ave., Apt. 72, Windsor Ontario N9A 1C5.
[Marker placed by grandsons c.6/2002.]
[BWB: the two Beckett graves are head-to-foot rather than side-by-side; I don't know if this has any particular significance beyond availability -- or if it reflects that they were separated, though not divorced.]
107. Death notice for Laverne Wallace Beals in Detroit News newspaper. [Information probably supplied by his widow, Grace Hilda.]
144. 1901 Census for Northfield, Worcestershire,
England lists Thomas and Maria Brookes and their family, including Martha
(aka Agnes) Brookes, future wife of Bertie William Beckett and mother of
Grace Hilda (nee Beckett) Beals.
(Text version) (Original - 424K)
[BWB: the list of siblings of Martha, and Martha's age and birth place agree with personal Beckett family records.]
146. 1901 Census for Belton, Suffolk, England lists
Edward and Sarah Beckett and other family members; these were the grandparents
of Grace Hilda (nee Beckett) Beals.
(Text version) (Original: 177KB or 356KB)
147. 1901 Census for Boulton Abbey, Yorkshire, England
lists Bertie Beckett, 15, a page (servant) at the home of Arthur Plumbtre
Howes. Bertie was the husband of Agnes (nee Martha Brookes) Beckett
and father of Grace Hilda (nee Beckett) Beals.
(Text version) (First page of original: 152KB or 471KB) (Second page of original: 165KB or 464KB)
IGI entry for the marriage of Edward Beckett to Martha Partridge on 19 July 1819 at the town of Burgh Castle, Suffolk, England.
[BWB: based on next item, believe these are the great-grandparents of Bertie William Beckett.]
152. IGI entry for the christening of Edward Becket
on 7 MAY 1820 in Burgh Castle, Suffolk, England; parents Edward and Martha
[BWB: believe this is the grandfather of Bertie William Beckett.]
153. 1881 Census for Belton, Suffolk Co., England
listing the family of Edward and Eliza Beckett, grandparents of Bertie William
Vital Record Index for the British Isles, Second Edition (a
Resource File available at FHC) was searched c.11/2002. The following results were obtained:
154a. No Beckett/Claxton marriage record was listed, nor any for a David Claxton.
154b. Found the following christenings for children of Edward and Eliza Beckett:
-- Eliza, 10/2/1842, Gorleston with Southtown, Suffolk
-- Mary Ann, 10/20/1844, Belton, Suffolk
-- Edward, 4/4/1847, Belton (surnames spelled Beekett in this case)
-- Charlotte, 3/18/1849, Belton
-- Maryann, 6/3/1860, Belton
-- James, 2/15/1863, Belton
See also  below for other children of this couple.
[BWB: The child Edward above was Bertie William Beckett's father. The child James was still at home at the time of the 1881 Census, per the previous reference. Also, the child Maryann was married to John Hales and both living with her parents in 1881.]
154c. Found a christening for Harriet Claxton,
9/3/1848 in Belton, parents David and Sarah Claxton.
(Not referenced) IGI entry for christening of Elizabeth
Harriett Beckett, 7/14/1872, Suffolk County, England; parents Edward and
[BWB: This is the sister of Bertie William Beckett that was 'staying' at her grandparents David and Sarah Claxton at the time of the 1881 census. Notice that her middle name is the same as her aunt's given name, per 154c above.]
156. (Not referenced) IGI entries found online for children of Edward and Eliza Beckett:
-- Harriet, christened 6/21/1857, Belton, Suffolk, England
-- William, chr. 10/5/1851, Belton
157. 1881 Census for Belton, Suffolk, England lists two families of interest:
157a. Edward and Sarahann Beckett and family.
[BWB: This is Bertie William Beckett's birth family, though he wasn't born until 1886, by which time there may have been other children born as well. Also, the 1901 Census  lists 3 other children born after Bertie; there may have been others that had left the home by 1901.]
162. 1891 Census for Belton, Suffolk Co., England (FHL microfiche 6096607) lists the following ancestors:
162a. Family 33, Lockless Lane:
Edward Beckett, head, 44, Gardener's Labourer, b.Belton
Sarah Ann, wife, 40, b.Belton
Elizabeth H., daughter, single, 18, dressmaker, b.Bradwell, Suffolk
Albert E., son, 15, gardener, b.Belton
Ethel L., daughter, 12, b.Belton
Elsie, L., daughter, 10, b.Belton
Harry, son, 9, b.Belton
Bertie W., son, 5, b.Belton
Hilda M, daughter, 1, b.Belton
162b. Family 42, Goffins Road:
Edward Beckett, head, Widow, 71, blacksmith, b.Burgh Castle, Suffolk
John Hales, son in law, married, 42, market gardener, b.Belton
Mary A., daughter, married, 31, b.Belton
John E., grandson, 7, b.Belton
Sydney J., grandson, 2, b.Belton
Eveline Layton, domestic servant, 15, b.Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
[BWB: this Edward is Bertie William Beckett's grandfather, see sources [152, 153] above.]
The census also lists various Claxton individuals/families, as well as
other Becketts, Hales, etc., but their relationship to the family has not
(Not referenced) 1891 Census for the towns of Bradwell, Burgh Castle and Fritton, Suffolk Co., England (FHL microfiche 6096607) lists
various Becketts, Burrages and Claxtons but their relationship to the family
has not been established. [BWB: the proximity to Belton and the birthplaces
of these individuals suggest they are related.]
English Birth Certificate for birth #196 in 1851, sub-district Gorleston, district Mutford, county Suffolk:
Sarah Ann Claxton, b.9/10/1851 in Belton
to David Claxton, occupation Carter, and
Sarah Claxton formerly Calver,
signed with an 'X' by David, and registered 9/19/1851.
English Marriage Certificate for marriage #99 in 1870 solemnized 10/6/1870
at the parish church in the parish of Belton in the County of Belton, for
Edward Beckett, 'full age', gardener, residence Belton, father Edward Beckett, blacksmith, and
Sarah Ann Claxton, 19, residence Belton, father David Claxton, market gardener,
witnessed by Harriet Claxton and George Claxton.
English Birth Certificate for birth #133 in 1891, sub-district Saint Martin, district Birmingham, county Birmingham:
Martha Brookes, b.8/5/1891 at 6 Court 1 Benacre Street USD
to Thomas Brookes, blacksmith, and
Maria Brookes formerly Lee,
signed with an 'X' by Maria, and registered 9/14/1891.