Beckingham One-Name Study
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The Beckingham Pedigrees:-
Wiltshire map c. 1773
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The Kent Pedigree is so called simply because that is where it starts.
There is William Beckenham and his wife Mary with two sons, John born around 1809 at Greenwich and William circa 1811 at East Wickham. Both William and Mary died in the Dartford Union Workhouse, Mary on 9th February 1847 and William on 15th November 1848.
At present all that is known about William and Mary is that on the 1841 census, they both state that they "are born out of the county". No marriage for them has been found and their approximate years of birth are 1770 for William and 1772 for Mary.
John Beckingham born in Greenwich married a Sarah Burgess at Bexley, Kent in 1834 and his brother William married Eliza Carpenter, a widow, in 1853 at Woolwich. Eliza's maiden name was Hills. The Beckingham name was corrupted to Beckenham within three generations and became the main spelling through to today, probably because of the town of Beckenham in Kent. (see my thoughts on this on the web page re the spelling of the name).
There is another Beckingham family in Kent in the 1830's, a John and Elizabeth Beckingham and family at Shorne, but they also prove to link back to the Great Hidden pedigree as John originated in Petersfield in Hampshire in 1808.There is a downloadable pdf file here showing the first five generations of this pedigree, together with a new gedcom. Please contact me for further information if you think you may be linked.
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