Grandad Beck’s mother died on May 26th 1919, Grandad Beck, Rebecca and 18 year old May would have joined Eli (Grandad Beck’s father) and the rest of the family at Garland Road, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset for the funeral. My Great, Great Grandmother, Frances Jane Beck was buried in the St Mary’s churchyard, Longfleet. Later to be joined by her husband, Eli and Grandad Beck.
Grandad Beck’s mother was known as Fanny by friends and family. She was born and lived most of her life in the village of Buckland Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset. Fanny was born in the early part of 1848 and on 4 June her parents visited the local Church of the Holy Rood, Buckland Newton for her Baptism. Father, Michael Foot was a labourer, most likely on a farm and with his wife Louisa lived at the nearby tithing or hamlet of Brockhampton. By the time of the 1851 Census Fanny’s father had died, her mother is listed as a widow working on a farm in Beaulieu wood area of Buckland Newton. Fanny (2 years) and her brother William (6 years) where being looked after by their 16 year old sister Elizabeth.
It is not known if Fanny went to school, though there was a free school in the village prior to the village school being built in 1857 (Kelly’s Directory). At 7 years old it is probable that Fanny was one of the first pupils in the new school. Her brother William became a police constable with the Metropolitan (London) police force. It is possible that Grandad Beck’s Uncle William or Bill inspired him to join the Dorset Constabulary.
In 1861 Fanny was a servant, a dairy maid, at Holbrook Green Farm in the village of Lydlinch near Sturminster Newton 7 miles from Buckland Newton. She was living with Dairyman, Robert Snook and his wife Sarah. Their 2 year old daughter Charlotte Ann Snook was born at Buckland Newton.
9 years later on the Wednesday 16 February 1870 21 year old Fanny married Eli Beck at the same village church she had been baptised in. Eli was 18 years a labour, living in Cosmore, a hamlet near Buckland Newton. Fanny is listed as living at Buckland Newton at this time. Their witnesses where Edward Beck (possibly Eli’s uncle) and Lydia Russell. Lydia is most likely a childhood friend of Fanny’s, who was also born and bought up in Buckland Newton.
The couple’s first son, Charles, was born in September 1871, followed 4 years later by the birth of a daughter, Olive. Eli was now working as a gardener and the lived in the village of Buckland Newton. In a previous post I speculated about where Eli worked. Looking at the photograph albums I identified a photograph of Buckland Newton church. The next photograph is of a big house and garden which is identifiable as Buckland Newton Place formally the vicarage. I think this is most likely where Eli worked for over 30 years (1871-1901 census) the family living near by in the village. Fanny and Eli had 3 more children, Arthur Percy (Grandad Beck born 1875), Beatrice (1882) and Ernest (1886). Charles died in May 1882, aged 11, around the same time as Beatrice was born. Olive died in 1905 aged about 31 years.
By 1911 the couple had moved to Rempstone Hall, near Corfe Castle, where Eli was caretaker of a 27 roomed manor house. In the Census they were the only occupiers on 2 April 1911. When Eli retired, possibly 1917 when he was 65, the couple moved to a terrace house in Longfleet.
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All photographs from the Beck family album