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)
148. IGI entry for the christening of David Bickers
Claxton, father-in-law to Bertie William Beckett, and child of Henry Nuthall
and Caroline Claxton.
[BWB: the name 'Nuthall' appears in other records as 'Nuthill' and 'Nuttall'.]
149. IGI entry for the marriage of Henry Nuthill Claxton and Caroline Kelly, 8/18/1814 in Fritton, Suffolk, England.
Family genealogy of the Carver family of Norfolk and Suffolk, England by Glenn W. Carver, published July 2001 at:
(local copy of this page).
This is of interest because James Carver's daughter Sarah married David Bickers Claxton, whose daughter Sarah Ann was Bertie William Beckett's mother. The following local web pages detail the family line:
James b.1795 - John b.1754 - Thomas b.1711 - Thomas b. 1680
A brother of John's is James b.1759.
Mr. Glenn Carver also supplied the following items:
-- Picture of the Carver Farm House: (83KB)
-- Map showing location of Carver Farm: (110KB)
-- Map of Norfolk county area of England: (189KB)
A curiosity shows up in James' page and in the 1881 Census, wherein Elizabeth
Hilda Beckett, 8 years old and sister to Bertie William Beckett, is listed
as staying with her maternal grandparents -- though this may only mean that
she was visiting at the time of the census and so got recorded there.
[BWB: attempts to find/e-mail Mr. Glenn Carver have failed.]
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.
154c. Found a christening for Harriet Claxton,
9/3/1848 in Belton, parents David and Sarah Claxton.
IGI entry for christening of Elizabeth Harriett Beckett, 7/14/1872, Suffolk County, England; parents Edward and Sarah Beckett.
[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.]
157. 1881 Census for Belton, Suffolk, England lists two families of interest:
157a. Edward and Sarahann [sic, but Sarah Ann is used other places] 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.]
157b. David B. and Sarah Claxton and family.
[BWB: This establishes/confirms the connection with Edward and Sarahann Beckett (through the granddaughter listed herein), as well as with James Carver  who married the Mary Burrage listed herein, and fathered this Sarah.]
IGI entries for the christenings of children of Henry Nuthall and Caroline Claxton.
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
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The census also lists various Claxton individuals/families, as well as
other Becketts, Hales, etc., but their relationship to the family has not
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.
238. History of Belton, Suffolk Co., England published on the Internet, mentions that David Claxton gave land in 1857 for a chapel, and about 30 years later helped raise funds for a larger chapel. Also mentioned is Rev. Francis Howes, who was the father of Arthur Plumtre Howes, with whom Bertie William Beckett was living in 1901 in Boulton Abbey, about 225 miles from Belton.
[BWB: David Claxton was Bert's grandfather -- this is the 'connection' by which we find Bert so far from home.]
[Local Copy] [Web Page]
239. Suffolk County (England) Directory for 1875 describes towns in which various Becketts and Claxtons lived.
239a. Belton (page 732) mentions David Claxton, maternal grandfather to Bertie William Beckett. [85KB]
239b. Burgh Castle (pages 751-2) [86KB] and [87KB]
239c. Fritton (page 801) [84KB]
266. 1861 Census for Belton, Bradwell and Burgh Castle, Suffolk ENG, FHL Microfilm #542771 lists the following families of interest:
266a. Family 1: Francis Howes, 56, Rector of Belton, wife, 11 children 6 mos to 20yo, 6 servants.
[BWB: Full name was Thomas George Francis Howes; used variations from time to time.]
266b. Family 52: David Claxton, 39, Farmer w/65 acres, ..(unreadable) 4 .. boy, b.Belton; Sarah, 37, b.Burgh Castle; Harriett, 12; Sarah Ann, 9; George, 7; James D., 2; Elizabeth, 6 mos; 1 servant
[BWB: David B, and our Sarah Ann who married Edward III, parents of our Bertie.]
266c. Family 59: Henry Claxton, 35, blacksmith, b.Belton; Mary, 30, b.Reedham Norfolk; Caroline, 6; Maria, 4; Eliz (F), 1; Mary G., 4 mos
[BWB: brother to David. Note Caroline and Maria not listed at home 10 years later, in 1871. And, Mary G. is missing.]
268. 1871 Census for Belton, Bradwell and Burgh Castle, FHL Microfilm #830830, contains the following families of interest:
268a. Family 54: David Claxton, 50, gardener, b.Belton; Sarah, 45, b.Burgh Castle; James D., 12, Elizabeth, 10; and a general servant
[BWB: parents of Sarah Ann, wife of Edward III, currently in Bradwell (see below), and mother of our Bertie.]
268b. Family 55: Henry Claxton, 45, blacksmith, b.Belton; Mary?, 39, b.Reedham; Maria, 14; Alice, 11; Mary A., 10; Charles, 8; Walter, 5; Agness, 3; Margaret E., 1
[BWB: brother to David.]
268i. Family 13: Edward Beckett, 24, Licensed Pictualor [Peddler?], b.Belton; Sarah A., 19, Dressmaker, b.Belton; and a domestic servant
[BWB: our Edward III, father of Bertie Wm.]
269. 1841 Census for Belton, Burgh Castle, Browston Green, and Fritton, Suffolk ENG, FHL Microfilm #474640, lists the following families of interest:
269a. William Claxton, 35, Carter, b.Suffolk, Mariah, 7
[BWB: don't know the relationship to David and Henry.]
269b. Henry Claxton, 15, Blacksmith Apprentice, b.Suffolk
[BWB: my notes say "resides with Bedinghelp?" but I believe the name is Beddingfield.]
269c. David Claxton, 20, M.S.[metal smith?], b.Suffolk; resides with Hammond family.