Notes on Beckwith Family
Generation 9 onwards : Offspring of
Joseph Beckwith (1829-1902)
& Elizabeth Maria Morris (1830-1908)
original info for this tree was derived from an unclear photocopy of
an incomplete tree of unknown origin
which has proved to be inaccurate too (!) so the full picture is only now
becoming clear, aided and abetted particularly by Jane Trotman, Janina Trotman
& Anna Edwards.
However, there's still a long way to go so ....
Any comments & corrections
gratefully received !
Offspring of Elizabeth Maria Morris & Joseph Beckwith
Joseph Thomas Beckwith - Birth in 1854 is shown on tree
as "UK" and a matching birth record for him has now been
found in Holborn (central London) in Dec qtr of 1854 plus a baptism at St
Giles in Camberwell on 17th Dec 1854. Shown on
tree as having died 25th Dec 1930 and a matching death record has been
found in Perth, Western Australia .... so when his parents moved from
Adelaide c1883, he (and most other siblings too) migrated to the far west
Marriage to Francis Emma BENNETT (1874-1953) is
recorded as being in 1896 and the birth of a daughter Birdie/Bertha in
1898 - see 10-9.1 below.
In the 1910 Electoral Roll for South Fremantle, Joseph
Thomas is shown as a butcher and the couple are living at 187 Alexander
Road which presumably is not too far away from his brother James Henry
Beckwith (9.3 below) who appears in the list for the same district at North Lake.
Ann Elizabeth Beckwith - b 24/10/1857 & bap 26/11/1857 at St
Paul Newington, S London at a time when her parents were living close to the Elephant
& Castle. Thanks to Jane Trotman, she is a recent 'find' in England as
it had been thought that her parents had emigrated in 1856 ... and this
discovery clears up just who was the daughter marked as 'Annie' on the
She married Charles Edwin RALPH on 8 June
1876 in Adelaide. This marriage opened up a huge can of family
history worms as most people claim that Charles
Edwin Ralph married a Harriet Mary Williams in Helston Cornwall in 1884.
Research revealed that there were actually three Charles Ralphs born in Helston between
1852 and 1857 - Charles Edwin, plain Charles and Charles Edward in date
order but the situation isn't helped by them appearing in censuses
plain Charles, Charles E or even just Edward. Anyway, it was actually Charles
Edward who in 1884 took the hand of young Harriet Williams in
Charles Edwin Ralph was born in Helston in
March/April 1852, one of the very many children of James Ralph (1822-1874,
a butcher in Meneague Street in the centre of Helston) and Eliza Toy
(1822-1865, also of Helston). Both these parents are further confirmed by
Charles's death record in Blackburn, Victoria, Australia in 1938 at the
age of 86. He didn't follow his father's trade for in the 1871 census he
is shown (in Helston) as a 'Whitesmith' - a Blacksmith who tends to work
with whiter metals like tin rather than iron - and he is consistently shown as a
'Blacksmith' after arrival in Adelaide, South Australia. However, trade
was not good there or indeed in Mallala (40 miles north) and he was
declared bankrupt just 5 yeas after marrying Annie -
re Charles Edwin Ralph, of Adelaide, Blacksmith — Final
hearing. The accountant reported :—" Liabilities, £130 5s.5d.;
assets, book debts, £4 10s. 51; deficiency. £125 15s. The insolvent kept
a blacksmith's shop from May 2, 1881 till October 24 1882. The
gross takings for the whole period appear to have been £694 11s. 71, and
the expenses for material, wages, &c amount to £760 2s. He owed at
starting £30 Is. 56., and the cash account does not balance by £30 3s.
21 = £820 6s. 71; deficiency, £125 15s. Since October the
insolvent has earned about £36, and has not added to his indebtedness.
Cause of insolvency—Not having done enough business to make a living out
of. The books kept were sufficient for insolvent's purposes." A
second class certificate was awarded.'
Australian Advertiser – 4th April 1883
Even so, the birth in Adelaide of their son Henry Toy
Ralph in 1885 proves that the family remained in the Adelaide area for a bit
longer but certainly by 1903 they had moved south eastwards over the State
Line from South Australia to the eastern
suburbs of Melbourne in Victoria where they stayed for the rest of their
lives, and most of their children too. In 1903 they were at 455 Church St
,Richmond South, in1909 at 4 Church St, Abbotsford while in 1931 they were
at 37 Leslie St in Richmond North, he shown throughout as a blacksmith and
she on 'home duties'. Both Annie and Ralph died in 1938, she recorded in
Richmond and he in Blackburn.
The original tree showed 'Annie' as having had
'3 daughters' - which was correct - but she and Ralph also had three sons
too - see 10-9.2 for details .
James Henry Beckwith -
b 8th April 1860 in Adelaide, d 1950 in Perth, WA
Presumably he moved west from Adelaide to the Perth
area of WA at about the same time as most of his family for in 1903 he married Sabina Josephine
Mar(ia) MORAN (1882-1966) in Fremantle. According to her death record in Perth, her
parents were Bernard J Moran and Anne.
In the 1910 Electoral Roll for South Fremantle, he is
shown as a farmer, they are living at North Lake and she is shown as
'Robert Sabina Beckwith - female'. Hmm. In later electoral rolls when they
were in North Perth, James is shown as a 'pipe fitter' right up to 1947,
the last available edition before he died.
For their children, please see 10-9.3
Harriet Mary -
b 2nd Mar 1862 in Adelaide.
Omitted from the original tree,
like Emily below, she is reported in
the South Australian Register as having married in Adelaide by licence (as 2nd
daughter of Joseph Beckwith of Adelaide) on 25th March 1883 one
W R OWEN of Liverpool. The marriage record gives his full name as
William Rennison Owen, son of John Owen.
is known. Did she stay in SA rather than move with the family later
that year to WA? Presumably we can rule out the Harriet Owen nee Beckwith,
widow of William Owen, who is claiming a widow's pension in July 1883 in
Michigan, USA ?
- b 2nd April 1864 in Adelaide. The 'Haines' comes from her grandmother
Ann nee Haines who died in central London in 1833.
12th Feb 1881 at the tender age of 16 and 'at the residence of Mr Tibly
Laura' in Queensland she married Henry Davy EDWARDS (1855
- 1922) and between Nov 1881 and 1899 they had eight children .... some of
whose descendents are still in Brisbane.
Emily died in
hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1910 at the age of 46.
more info on their offspring & descendents, please see the Edwards-Meagher
family tree on Ancestry.com.au
Herbert Frederick Beckwith - b 19th Oct 1865 in Adelaide
Married 11 Aug 1890 in Adeaide one Mary Ada Lovell, dau
of Charles Thomas LOVELL.
He died in S Aus between 1916 and 1925.
Arthur William Beckwith - b 11th Feb 1868 in Adelaide.
Died aged 10 in Norwood, Adelaide on 28th March 1878
Beckwith - b 13th May 1869 in the Portland Estate district of
In Yalgoo, W Aus in 1898 he married Emily Ann USHER
(1865-1959 or 1875-1960 from another source) and had 3
children. The problem now is who they were because there are at least 2
different full stories :
- The original tree showed Alice, Winsome and Decima with the 1st two as
having married a CLAYTON-SMITH and a COLE respectively. Sadly little can be
verified with WA BMD records as there are no traces of Alice or Winsome at
all while a Decima A O Beckwith was born in Esperence in 1914 and married a
John H HILTON in 1936 but neither record shows parental details.
- A member's tree on Ancestry lists Arthur Edwin Beckwith (1898-1898),
Lionel Morris Beckwith (1903- ) and Evelyn Myrtle Winifred (1905 - ) with no
more detail. WA records confirm that Evelyn married a Frederick C COLES in
1924 which is close to the COLE shown in the tree for "Winsome"
but there are no mentions of the other two.
- Another tree lists just one daughter - Emily Alice Fortescu (sic) Beckwith
b1898. Hmm !
.... so the truth is probably that Winsome is Evelyn Myrtle Winifred but
hopefully more light will shine upon this story one day !
Given that Edwin Charles
and his 1st cousin Edward Charles were always being confused with one
another, the following possibly relates to Edwin....
South Australian Police
Gazette of 1st Jun 1881 reads - "Edward Charles Beckwith, Nathaniel Blackeby
and Daniel William Osbourne (arrested) by foot constable Dunlevie for pigeon stealing
from John Nile at Adelaide. Ordered to be Whipped"
South Australian Police Gazette 23 May 1883 (same
entry also appears 8 June) - "Edward Charles Beckworth, Peter
McCardell, Charles Square and Frederick Zeuner (arrested) by foot constables Lawton and
Edwards for Pidgeon stealing from Arthur Green at Adelaide. Beckworth and
McCardell sent to reformatory, Square and Zeuner ordered to be
Is it a pure coincidence that Edwin's sister Emily Haines Beckwith
married an Edwards?
Jane Beckwith - b 9th Jul 1871 in Adelaide.
in Christ Church, Geraldton, W Australia.on 6th March 1899 to Thomas Hall MOORE
(6th Aug 1875 to 11th Jan 1915) They had 5 daughters (one named Maude
Australian Moore in 1910 in Blackwood WA and another surviving until 1996)
and one son - Thomas Joseph Moore (who died age 2).
John died of Typhoid and the extra handwritten note
(above) against occupation = clerk reads 'Tally clerk at Geraldton Jetty'. Jane died on 18 Aug 1954 in Geraldton, WA .
Alice Springs Beckwith
- b 23rd Aug 1873 in Adelaide, died 1950 in Freemantle WA.
One family source says that James and Joseph Beckwith
fell out over money matters and contact between the two 'sides' does seem to
have been lost rather quickly after they arrived in Australia. However, it is an appealing thought that Alice was
possibly named in memory of James who died the previous year as a direct
result of having worked on the building the south-north telegraph line
during which Alice Springs was discovered.
In 1903 and again in 1906 Alice appears in the Electoral
roll for Geraldton, WA, on "domestic duties" in Marine Terrace
together with her mother Elizabeth Maria Beckwith..
On 15th July 1906 in Geraldton, Alice married Albert
Howard TROTMAN - b 5th Dec 1877 in Berlin, Victoria, died in Freemantle
either in 1942 (death record) or 3rd May 1944 (Ancestry tree). He was one of
the 13 children of John Trotman (1833-1916) & Susanna HOWARD
(1842-1918), both born in London, UK and who emigrated c1865.
They had at least two children -
Offspring of Joseph Thomas Beckwith and Frances Emma Bennett (9.1)
Birdie / Bertha Beckwith - born c1898 in Western Australia but no actual
birth or christening record found.
She married William James HIGGS in Perth in 1931 when she is shown as
'Bertha' but in the Electoral Rolls both before and after marriage she is
shown as 'Birdie' - in 1925 as Birdie Beckwith, a 'typiste' living with
her parents at 97 Wray Avenue, Fremantle and in 1931 as Birdie Higgs with
her husband, a carpenter, at 234 Sterling St, Fremantle plus again in 1937
as Birdie Higgs with carpenter William at 183 Thomas St, Subiaco, West
No deaths or other info found.
Offspring of Ann Elizabeth Beckwith & Charles Edwin Ralph (9.2)
Ellen Ralph born 5/3/1877 in N Adelaide.
No marriage or death records found so nothing more known.
Emily Eliza Ralph b 8/5/1878 in Norwood, Adelaide. Shown in the 1903
Electoral Roll as living with her parents at 455 Church St, S Richmond,
Victoria and working as a dressmaker. She is shown in one record as Eliza
Emily but this is probably just a transcription error.
Later in 1903 she married Dirk KREYTS although the marriage
transcriptions give his Christian name as either Dvik or Dire. No
comment. Dirk was born in 1874 in Collingwood, Victoria, the son of
Dirk Kreyts (1842-1911) and Alieda Reitman (1843-1878 who also appears as
Aleda and Elida in some Victoria records). Both are believed to have been
from the Shiedam area of Holland and had emigrated in 1869 after their
marriage. Alieda died in childbirth when son Dirk was just 4 years old and
Dirk snr re-married some years later so the misinterpretation of this in
some Ancestry trees just has to be seen to be believed. For example, one
tree has just one Dirk, aged 115 when he died while another has him
marrying his daughter-in-law !
In 1909 the couple are living at 187 Smith St in Fitzroy, he a
hairdresser and she on 'home duties' and in 1949 the situation was just
the same except that they were then at 149 Buckingham St in Richmond. Dirk
died in Richmond in 1953 but no death record has yet been traced for an
Charles Edwin Ralph b 15/5/1881 at Mallala, Gilbert, SA (40m north of
Adelaide). After the family move to the Melbourne area, he followed his
father in becoming a blacksmith in the nearby suburb of Flinders so Heaven
knows what some Ancestry wallahs would have made of there being two
concurrent Charles Edwin Ralphs, both blacksmiths & both living in the
same area !
He married Mary Violet Victoria ARMSTRONG in Victoria in 1905 (b1882,
daughter of Peter Armstrong & Annie RANSOM). By 1914 the couple were
living at Frankston, Flinders, he a blacksmith and she on home duties and
the situation was unchanged in 1931 except that they were then at Haig St,
Charles Edwin Ralph died in 1948 in Parkville, Victoria aged 67 while
Mary Violet Victoria Ralph died in 'Park' (same as Parkville ?), Victoria
in 1956. Offspring not traced.
Ernest Henry Ralph - born 18/6/1882 in Mallala, S Aus and died exactly one
month later (18/7/1882) at Gilbert, SA
Annie Louisa Ralph - born 4th June 1883 back in Adelaide.
In 1905 in Victoria she married Walter ALLAN (b1874 in Victoria
and shown as 'Walt Allan' on the marriage record). He was the son of
Walter Innes Allan (1840-1903) and Elizabeth Gillingham (1840-1908) (parents
from swannman5's public member tree).
Annie died aged 23 in 1906 in Richmond, Victoria after just a year of
marriage with no known offspring while Walter probably died in 1933 in
Mount Park, Melbourne aged 59. It is possible that Walter re-married (poss
twice) as there are marriage records for 'Walt Allan' in Victoria to Flor
Whittaker in 1911 and Olive Stanford in 1920.
Henry Toy Ralph - born 23rd June 1885 in Adelaide (the 'Toy' coming from
his paternal grandmother).
No marriage or death records can be found.
Offspring of James Henry Beckwith & Sabina Josephine
Maria Moran (9.3)
James Reginald Leopold Beckwith - b 1903 in Fremantle, died 1956 aged 52
in Perth, WA
He married Esther Amy LOWRIE in Perth in 1929 and in 1936 the couple
are listed at Election Road, Bussleton, Sussex, Forrest WA, he shown as a
clerk and she 'home duties'. In the following years they move about quite
regularly and by 1954 they are at 59 Ellesmere St, Mt Hawthorne, Stirling,
WA, he still as a clerk (although reverse listed as Reginald James), and
now with them is their eldest son, James, listed as a printer. In 1958,
after James Reg snr's death in 1956, Esther Amy is still at the same
address in 1958 as is her son James.
No birth record has been positively traced for Esther but, given the
penchant for swapping 1st and middle names, a possible is an Amy E Lowrie
in 1910 in Mt Margaret, WA. No death has been found for her & the
other offspring listed on the old tree are untraced.
Roy John Beckwith - b1906 in Perth (record just gives Roy J but death
record in 1973 confirms it is Roy John).
In 1929 he married Doris RITTER (1908-1966) in Perth, daughter of
Ernest & Louisa RITTER.
In 1954 the family is living at what looks like Lot 600, Hope Ave,
Manning Park in Swan, South Perth with Roy listed as a Brewery Worker and
son Kevin Roy Beckwith as an Airman. By 1958 the house is number 10, Hope
Ave, both men are now in the brewery and they are joined by Kevin's bride,
Florence Adeline Beckwith. No trace has so far been found of a daughter
'Lynette' shown on the original tree but this could very possibly have
been her second Christian name so, with so many W Aus Beckwiths similarly
middle-named, it's needle in haystack time.
Ivy Victoria Mary Beckwith - b1913 Fremantle
In 1937 she was on 'home duties' living at 19 Commonwealth Ave in the
Balkatta district of Fremantle but in 1943 she was on 'home duties' with
her brother Arthur William (below - no occupation) and their parents
(James & Sabina) at 58 View Street, North Perth. There was no change
in 1947 except that Arthur was no longer with them.
She married at age 37 in 1950 (presumably just after her father had
died) one Baynard Vivian HITCHENS but 4 years later she was on the
Electoral Roll back on 'home duties' at 58 View Street as Ivy Victoria
Hitchons (v poor transcript) and again in 1963, more clearly this time, as
Hitchens. In both years, Baynard Vivian Hitchens was living at 48 Bulwer
Street with no occupation listed. .
She died in Perth in 1967 age 54, he in 1964 age 60. No offspring
Arthur William Beckwith - b Perth 1917, died there in 1970, age 52
No marriage found and no wife or offspring shown on original tree. See
Ivy above for his location up to 1943. From 1949 he is listed as a clerk
initially at Chandler, Toodyay in Moore, WA; in 1954 he's at Carnarvon,
Gascoyne, Kalgoorlie while in 1958 he is back in Perth at Parliament
Offspring of Alice Springs Beckwith & Albert Howard Trotman
'Howard' TROTMAN b 1907 in Geraldton, WA
As is mentioned elsewhere, Howard and his wife visited
London in the late 1970s and they spent some time researching at
Goldsmiths, the results of which were the first really comprehensive
picture of the family. However, all that was really known this end was that Howard married a Joy and both
died in 1985 not long after making initial contact with English Beckwiths when visiting London
and that they had two sons, Colin & Keith (Roger
Transpires that Howard was officially Albert Howard
Trotman (after his father), his
wife was Joy Edeline Irene SCOTT and that they had in fact had three sons, Colin Howard
& Keith Eugene as above plus Murray Scott, the youngest, who died aged
on 30th Jan 1958. Joy was born in 1912 in Bunbury in the Wellington
registration district of Western Australia, one of at least seven children
of Eugene Henry William Scott (1882-1937) and Grace Campbell Hill Forest
(1888-1950). Both Howard & Joy Trotman died in
1985 in Applecross, WA, he on August 13th aet 78, she on June 27th aet 73.
As noted elsewhere, Colin
inherited the Goldsmith's Freedom doc of 1854 of "Joseph, son of
Robert William", which confirms which Joseph it was who emigrated to
Australia. Colin still lives in Perth while Keith has lived in California
for some years.
Edith Muriel Lenore TROTMAN b 26th
March 1910 at Day Dawn, WA
On 21st March 1940 she married a
Mr Cooper and she died on 27th April 1994 in Perth, WA
No known offspring.
These cells are being left blank in the hope that more data will be forthcoming in the future
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