Beaumont James

Beaumont James

Male 1809 - 1880

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  • Born  1809  Hackney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 May 1880  Blessington st, Lewisham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I456  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  6 Sep 2013 

    Father  Beaumont John,   b. 5 Apr 1768, Headrow, Leeds Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1842 
    Mother  Frith Anne,   b. 1772, Almondbury Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821 
    Family ID  F178  Group Sheet

    Family  Fisher Eliza Charlotte,   b. 12 Feb 1817, Vauxhall London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1908, Blessington st, Lewisham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Jun 1841  St Michael, highgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Beaumont Macdonald,   b. 1858, Brighton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1940, Hove, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Beaumont William Coppard,   b. 1842, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Beaumont Mary anne,   b. 1844, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Beaumont Constance,   b. 1847, Highate Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Beaumont Fanny Emmeline,   b. 1849, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Beaumont Ellen Torlesse,   b. 1850, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Beaumont Emma Kate,   b. 1852, Brighton Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Beaumont Charles George,   b. 1855, Brighton Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Beaumont Edward
    Last Modified  17 Dec 2012 
    Family ID  F177  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1809 - Hackney Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jun 1841 - St Michael, highgate Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 May 1880 - Blessington st, Lewisham Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    A house in The Grove, Highgate, North London
    A house in The Grove, Highgate, North London
    This particular house was home to the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1833. Photo credited to 'Country Life'
    Blessington Rd in Lewisham is now all new-build council housing, but this rd - which joins the end of it - looks like what Blessington must have been like.
    Blessington Rd in Lewisham is now all new-build council housing, but this rd - which joins the end of it - looks like what Blessington must have been like.

  • Notes 
    • James was a Londoner born and bred in Hackney. He became a solicitor, and a successful one at that, given that he left 50,000 in his will. He joined the Company of Cutlers following in the footsteps of his grandfather. Aged 32 he married Eliza (daughter of a London 'gentleman') and they had 9 children together. Described by his son as "a most courtly gentleman, ugly but with classic features", he lived with his family in north London before moving south of the river where he died aged 71.

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      Family notes written by Macdonald for his son Kenneth in June 1934.

      "...Your grandfather James Beaumont was originally partner in the firm known as Richardson Sadler & Co. of Golden Square. Old Richardson was in advance of his day, in that in retirement he elected to live in Paris, to avoid his most amusing, scurrilous, society wife, who resided in Bruton street. She had a great, and I should think unpleasant affection for your Uncle Edward, forty years her junior; and I believe that non-reciprocity and neglect to ask her to his wedding lost him a fortune. She took up with a musg less unresponsive boy afterwards, to everyones disgust, but the family did take collectively a few thousands under her will, in which she, who was devoted to animals, bequeathed a legacy for "the promotion of cruelty to animals"!

      James Baumont was the son of John Beaumont. James married Elisa Charlotte Fisher and had nine children - William Coppard, Mary Anne (Leadman), Edward, Charles George, Macdonald, Fanny Emmeline (Souper), Constance (Jones), Ellen Torlesse, and Emma Kate.

      James Beaumont was a most courtly gentleman, ugly but with classic features. His father was better looking and, from his picture, a humourous, easygoing spark, who lost every bob of his money without complaint. The previous ancestors, from miniatures, look much the same type. The only vague hint of aristocracy in our family was given at Blenheim, when J.B.s two sisters were viewing the pictures, and stood amazed at the lifelike likeness of one to J.B. they hastened to the Curator to discover that it was "the Marquis de Beaumont", to their great content...

      ..Till I was about seven years old we lived at Highgate. I can just remember the jolly old house and garden, afterwards taken by the late Lord Justice Fry. Highgate was then a very conservative, narrow-minded place, where trade was despised, and no-one was reckoned 'in society' unles in some recognised profession. When we moved to Blackheath (before Arundel House) your grandmother was surprised at being taken into dinner by a stockbroker! However he became a great friend, James Nairn Scott. Her views expanded, she became very tolerant and broad-minded, and most sympathetic, but she disliked common people. She died at 92.

      John Beaumont, the grandfather of James, was Master of the Cutlers Company in 1768. His son, John, was fined for not accepting the Mastership in 1813. Oriana Souper married Edward Wilson, who died with Scott on the latter's last expedition which reached the South Pole.]"

      source: family history notes of Macdonald Beaumont 1934

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      1830 James Beaumont got the freedom of the city of London in the Company of Cutlers.

      By the mid 19th century most of the cutlers trade has moved north to Sheffield. This from the company website:
      'With the demise of the sword making and cutlery trade in the City during the 19th. century, the Company directed its attention towards supporting the surgical instrument trade by indenturing apprentices, and expanding its charitable activities with particular emphasis on supporting education.

      Today the Company combines these charitable endeavours with maintaining the traditions of the City of London; supporting the Mayoralty; providing fellowship and hospitality; and preserving the Company's Hall and other assets for the benefit of future generations. With a livery of only 100 members, many of whom have been admitted by patrimony, it is in every sense a family Company and one which is justly proud of its ancient heritage and ancestry.'

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      1841 Marriage record:
      10th June James Beaumont and Eliza Charlotte Fisher are married at St Michael, Highgate. Both fathers are present; John Beaumont, gentleman, and William Fisher, solicitor

      1851 Census:
      James Beaumont, solicitor, is visiting Brighton and staying at a hotel.

      1861 census:
      Beaumont family live at The Grove, Highgate, which seems to be divided between different large families.
      James Beaumont is head of the family aged 52, a solicitor, born in Hackney.
      Eliza Charlotte his wife is aged 44, born in Vauxhall.
      son William is 19, an articled clerk to a solicitor, born in Highgate
      Mary Ann, daughter aged 17, also born in Highgate
      Constance, daughter aged 14, born Highgate
      Fanny aged 12, daughter, born Highgate
      Ellen, 11, daughter, born Highgate
      Emma Kate, aged 9, born in Brighton
      Charles George, aged 6, born in Brighton
      MacDonald, aged 3, born in Brighton
      And they have 4 servants living with them.

      The Grove is a street in Highgate has big houses on it, the poet Samual Taylor Coleridge lived there 1816-34, J B Priestley lived there. It's now very high class, with Kate Moss, Sting, Annie Lennox and George Michael living there.

      1871 Census:
      the family live at No1. Blessington st. in the parish of Lee, Lewisham.
      James Baumont, head, agd 62, solicitor
      Eliza C, his wife aged 54
      Edward, son, aged 26, a Barrister
      Constance, daughter aged 24
      Fanny, daughter aged 22
      Ellen, daughter agd 21
      Emma, daughter aged 19
      and three servants.

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      1880 Probate record:
      James Beaumont, late of Arundal House Lee, in the County of Kent, who died 21 May 1880 at Arandul House was proved at the Principal Registry by Eliza Charlotte Beaumont of Arundal House, Widow the Relict, Charles Shepheard of Beaumont House Grange Rd, Ealing. and William Coppard Beaumont of 23 Lincoln's Inn Fields, and Edward Beaumont of 6 News Square Lincolns Inn, esquires, the sons the executors. Personal Estate under 50,000.

      According to an online source on Beaumont family, Arundal House is in Blessington rd, Lewisham.


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