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Thomas Bearman

(born 15 Mar 1772 Boreham, Essex died 13 Sep 1827 Chelmsford, Essex)

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Mother: Susannah Godfrey (born abt 1750)  

married 29 Jan 1771 Boreham, Essex

Father Thomas Bearman (born abt 1745)   View NotesHide notes  

Thomas Bearman was a wheelwright, and father of Thomas Bearman, coach maker. Identified from the will of Victualler Charles Bearman in 1779.


Brother: William Bearman (born 1773 Boreham, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

Baptised October 1st 1773, from Boreham parish records at CRO

Sister: Susannah Bearman (born 1775 Boreham, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

Baptised July 2nd 1775, from Boreham parish records at CRO


Wife: Sarah Elizabeth Balls (born 1774 Chelmsford, Essex died 9.10.1811 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex)   View NotesHide notes married 12.6.1797 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex  

Baptism record from seax, St Mary the Virgin, St Peter and St Cedd (Cathedral)

Marriage was signed in the presence of Thomas, Frances and Richard Balls

1911 description of grave at All Saints church Springfield (now unreadable):

Headstone, round top, lying flat. In memory of SARAH ELIZABETH [wife of Thomas Bearman] who died 9th October 1811 aged 37 [and infants who died young .. and above mentioned] Thomas who died 1(3) Sep (18_7) aged (59) years. From memorial transcriptions 1911.

From Springfield, Essex, Monumental Inscriptions, 1867, care of CRO:

In Memory of Sarah Elizabeth the Wife of Thomas Bearman who departed this life the 9 of Oct 1811 aged 37 years. Also of Four of their children who died Infants. Also of the above Thomas Bearman who died the 15 of Sept 1827 Aged 55 years.


Daughter: Sarah Elizabeth Bearman (born 1798 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex )  

Daughter: Susannah Bearman (born 1799 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex )  

Son: Thomas Bearman (born 1801 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex died 1803 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex)  

Son: Richard Balls Bearman (born 1802 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex died 1803 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex)  

Daughter: Judith Frances Bearman (born 17.12.1806 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex died 1807 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex)  

Son: Thos Bearman (born 1.10.1808 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex died 8.4.1809 Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex)   View NotesHide notes  

Died of the Hooping Cough, denomination Anglican and buried 8th April 1809 according to National Burial Index on FMP

Son: Thomas Bearman (born 1811 Chelmsford, Essex died 8.5.1868 Hackney, Middlesex) 1 children   View NotesHide notes  

Thomas was a baker, who ended life quite wealthy. He married Catherine Boyd in 1845 and the record of this shows his father to be Thomas, a coach builder.

The censuses show him as born 1812-13 Chelmsford but his death record shows he was born 1811-12. However, no birth or baptism record has so far been found for him. The person most likely to be his mother died in October 1811 and his father was buried with her 16 years later - so it must be presumed that she died in child-birth or soon after, and that Thomas was born on or before October 9th 1811

There is record of a coachbuilding business with substantial 'genteel' residence in Springfield, near Chelsmsford Essex run by a Thomas Bearman (see attached images and the comments attached to Thomas his father), who married Sarah Elizabeth Balls in Cheltenham and had several children in Springfield.

FMP have his death as 6th May 1868, at St Thomas’s, Hackney citing National Burial Index.

Probate record dated 9 June 1868 showed Thomas leaving Effects under £4,000 to wife Catherine Bearman of 101 Mare Street as sole Executrix.

Wife: Catherine Boyd (born 29.12.1814 Kentish Town, Middlesex died 22.5.1888 Hackney, Middlesex)   View NotesHide notes  

Christened about 29 Jan 1815, Old Church, Saint Pancras. On her death she left a Personal Estate of £562 14s. 5d. with Thomas Bearman sole executor.

Son: Thomas Bearman (born 11.8.1846 Hackney, Middlesex died 16.12.1921 )   View NotesHide notes  

Thomas “was brought up as heir to his father’s business and took it over when he was only 22. His father had taken a lot of care over his education and used to take him travelling, including a tour of Ireland during which he actually kissed the Blarney Stone. Under Thomas Bearman III the shop prospered as a high class bakery and confectionary. Hackney had many wealthy inhabitants at that time and Bearmans catered for what was called "the carriage trade". It was also his practice to serve lunch daily to a select group of customers in the back room of the shop. Some blue-rimmed Wedgwood soup plates from this room have been passed down in both my family and Kate’s family.

“He married Keturah Sandell on 3rd June 1873 and for the first five years of their married life they lived in rooms at Fremont Street, Hackney. By 1878 he was able to buy a fine big house, Melbourne House, 8, Tudor Road, Hackney. His mother continued to live over the shop until her death in 1888. By about 1894 he was able to sell the shop and retire and during the next few years came to acquire property all over London, as well as "Beach Crest" (bought in 1897) and "The Moorings" both at Deal and a house in Sandwich Market Place. A photograph of Beach Crest, as it is now, is at the top of the Contents page of this website.

“He was a noted numismatist, specialising in mediaeval English and Scottish coins. Bernard Roth's book "Ancient Gaulish Coins" was dedicated to him. When he died, his collection was sold for £600, a considerable sum in those days. His whole estate was left to a family trust, the Bearman Trust. The original trustees were his sons-in-law, Tom Stutchbury, Charlie Carrington and Edward Middlemiss, with Tom as Secretary. On Tom's death in 1941 his son Tom became Secretary. Among many other things, the Trust administered Beach Crest as a holiday home for the family until 1975, when they sold it to Frank and Florence Middlemiss. Also in 1975 Donald Bearman, the last Tenant for Life of the Trust, died and the Trust was then broken up and the assets distributed among the family.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Probate records show Thomas left £16,079 14s 1d.


Thomas Bearman Notes:

Baptism record in Boreham for Thomas, son of Thomas and Susannah, born March 15, baptised 24th at Chelmsford Record Office. The birth date matches well with his grave inscription, see below. The place matches the will of Charles Bearman, victualer of Chelmsford his godfather see more below and attached images.

Thomas was identified initially from his son Thomas Bearman’s marriage certificate in 1845, where his occupation was given as a coach builder.

There is record of such coach building business in Springfield, near Chelmsford. Records held in Chelmsford, Essex Records Office:

Property of William Collings Wells of Chelmsford and Joseph Wells of Little Waltham.

D/DDw T178/14 1805-1833: Deeds of dwelling-house, workshops and smith's shop adjacent Chelmsford-Colchester road, Springfield. Including Abstracts of Title, 1718-1805; sale particulars, 1822 [refers to coachmaking business established on above property by THOMAS BEARMAN], and 1833; and fragment of membership card of Chelmsford New Temperance Association (established 16 November 1837), see D/DDw T179/15 for complete specimen.

Photos of the auction in December 1822 are attached. Thomas bought the property in 1805 under mortgage, and it was returned to its original owner, Robert Greenwood (and others) in 1823 when Thomas must have hit hard times, or for some other reason needed to pay off his creditors.

Thomas and his father is mentioned in the Will of Charles Bearman, victualler of Chelmsford in 1779 - see attached images. He is described as Charles’ Godson and his father as a wheelwright from Boreham, Essex.

There were two other Bearmans, William and Anne who died in 1806/8 Springfield at quite an advanced age, who may be some relation.

In 1808 Thomas and his wife Sarah were listed as beneficiaries in her sister Rebecca’s will. The year afterwards and they were listed in Thomas Balls’s will (Rebecca’s husband). See Essex wills beneficiaries online at FMP.

Thomas was buried on 20th September 1827, aged 55 years and he was living in Chelmsford, according to the parish records for All Saints Springfield on microfiche at the CRO.

He was buried with Sarah Elizabeth who died on 9th Oct 1811 aged 37 according to the 1911 memorial transcripts. Their grave is now undreadable.

1911 description of grave at All Saints church Springfield (now unreadable):

Headstone, round top, lying flat. In memory of SARAH ELIZABETH [wife of Thomas Bearman] who died 9th October 1811 aged 37 [and infants who died young .. above mentioned] Thomas who died 1(3) Sep (18_7) aged (59) years. From memorial transcriptions 1911. There is probably a better record of this carried out in the 1860s, available at the Chelmsford Record Office (as yet unseen by me). He was in fact 55 according to the Parish records for his burial, on microfiche at the CRO. Square brackets mine, rounded ones on transcript indicating lettering was unclear in 1911.

Thos Bearman was witness to Elizabeth’s Brother’s marriage in 1804

From Springfield, Essex, Monumental Inscriptions, 1867, care of CRO:

In Memory of Sarah Elizabeth the Wife of Thomas Bearman who departed this life the 9 of Oct 1811 aged 37 years. Also of Four of their children who died Infants. Also of the above Thomas Bearman who died the 15 of Sept 1827 Aged 55 years.



Thomas and
Sarah Bearman listed as beneficiaries of Rebecca (ne...
Catherine Boyd
christening record 1814, from London birth and b...
Thomas Bearman
(1772-1827) coach building business for sale in ...
Details of the
residence of Thomas Bearman (1772-1827) when it ...
Conditions of
Sale of Thomas Bearman’s (1772-1827) coachbuild...
Springfield -
Genteel Residence of Mr Thomas Bearman for sale. ...
Thomas Bearman
listed in the Index to Death Duty Registers 1827...
1845 marriage
of Catherine Boyd to Thomas Bearman
1919-07-31
Letter by Donald Boyd Bearman to his father, page 1
1919-07-31
Letter by Donald Boyd Bearman to his father, page 2
1919-07-31
Letter by Donald Boyd Bearman to his father, page 3
Record of the
marriage banns of Thomas Bearman and Catherine Bo...
Thomas Bearman,
baker, in the 1846 Kelly’s Post Office Direct...
Post Office
Directory of 1856 showing entries for Essex Place, ...
Thomas Bearman
in 1768 Boreham, apprentices indentures from Anc...
Thomas Bearman
apprentices indentures 1771
Record of
duties paid for apprentices, Thos Bearman of Springfi...
Thomas Bearman,
coach and harness maker Chelmsford, duties paid...
Thomas Bearman
of Springfield on the electoral registers in 181...
Catherine
Bearman probate 1868 leaving £582
Thomas Bearman
land record 1882 property Norfolk Road, Hackney
Bearman -
tenant in Hackney, 1827. Was this Thomas?
Thomas Bearman,
baker, listed in 1839 Pigots directory
Thomas Bearman
listed in 1839 Robson's London and Birmingham - ...
Thomas Bearman
in the 1845 Post Office directory
Thomas Bearman
in the 1903 Kellys Directory for 149 Beach Stree...
Thomas Bearman
was a Member of the Council of the British Numis...
Thomas Bearman
on the 1880 electoral register
Keturah Bearman
on the electoral register for the first time in...
Thomas Bearman
on the electoral register in 1901 thanks to his ...
Land tax
records showing Thos Bearman of Springfield circa 1798
Ramsgate in
1849 - four years after Thomas Bearman married Cath...
Ramsgate Sands
(where Thomas Bearman and Catherine Boyd married...
Probate record
for Benjamin Bockett Turner who died 4 Dec 1876.
Marriage record
of Benjamin Bockett Turner and Hannah Dawson 17...
Benjamin Turner
in 1841
Richard Balls
will of 1798, page 1. Showing he was a victualler...
The will of
Richard Balls, 1798, page 2. This page confirms son...
Richard Balls
will of 1798, page 3. Mentions son Richard Warren...
The will of
Richard Balls, 1798, page 4
The will of
Richard Balls, 1798, page 5
The will of
Richard Balls, 1798, page 6
The will of
Richard Balls, 1798, last page (7)
The will of
Thomas Frederick Balls dated 1810, page 1 in which ...
The will of
Thomas Frederick Balls, proved in 1810, page 2 deta...
The will of
Thomas Frederick Balls proved in 1810, page 3 in wh...
The will of
Thomas Frederick Balls proved in 1810, page 4 in wh...
The will of
Thomas Frederick Balls, page 5 in which the will wa...
Population of
Springfield in 1810, 875, number of dissenters an...
The will of
Charles Bearman 1779, Godfather to Thomas Bearman, ...
The will of
Charles Bearman 1779, Godfather to Thomas Bearman, ...
The will of
Charles Bearman 1779, Godfather to Thomas Bearman, ...
The will of
Charles Bearman 1779. Page 4 shows reference to Tho...
The will of
Charles Bearman 1779, Godfather to Thomas Bearman, ...
Notice to
creditors of Thomas Bearman, The Times newspaper, Sep...
Thos Bearman,
confectioner, in the Hackney, Clapton, Homerton, ...
Chelmsford,
Essex. From Springfield Hill near the Gravel Pits e...
Perhaps Thomas
Bearman was splashed in this font in Springfield...
Map showing
Springfield in 1805 where Thomas Bearman (1772-1827...
Record of
donations to British prisoners in France, Springfield...
Record of
William Bearman’s death in 1805 Springfield, age 74...
Record of Anne
Bearman’s death in 1808 Springfield, aged 68. ...
Thomas Bearman
1868 Estimate of Property for Probate
Thomas
Bearman’s probate record 1868
Thomas
Bearman’s probate record 1922
Beachcrest with
battlements, photo of photo brightened and dist...
Beachcrest,
Deal, purchased by Thomas Bearman in 1897 and used ...
Beachcrest,
Deal in 2010. Bought by Thomas Bearman in 1897 foll...
Wedding of
Charles Howard SANDELL, 28th August 1915. Front row ...
Thomas BEARMAN,
1st left, Keturah 3rd from left and Elsie far r...
Thomas BEARMAN,
1846-1921, Husband of Keturah SANDELL
Thomas BEARMAN
snr, 1812-1868
Catherine
BEARMAN, née Boyd, 1814-1888
Thomas BEARMAN
jnr
Thomas BEARMAN
Thomas BEARMAN
Brother Tom
Bearman - which begs the question who thought of hi...
Thomas, Keturah
and family on beach at Deal. Don’t know who i...
Thomas BEARMAN
at gate of 8 Tudor Road, Hackney.
Thomas and
Keturah with: Kate on back row, Hilda on middle left...
Thomas
BEARMAN’s calling card
Thomas and
Ketura, with Kate, Elsie and Edith, l to r back row,...
Thomas
BEARMAN’s shop, 101 Mare Street, Hackney, where Thomas...
8 Tudor Road,
Hackney (the house is still there but much altere...
Thomas BEARMAN
on steps of 8 Tudor Road
The BEARMAN’s
cat at 8 Tudor Road. This is the cat in the wed...
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Census records:

1841 Essex Place, Hackney, South, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex
  
Bearman Thomas M 25 1816 Baker 21
Dean John M 60 1781 Middlesex
Dean Cecilia F 30 1811 Middlesex
Dean Mary F 20 1821 Middlesex
George Theressa F 40 1801 Middlesex

1841 Homerton, Lower, St John Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex
  
Boyd Thomas M 50 1791 Baker Scotland 23
Boyd Elizabeth F 50 1791 Middlesex 24
Boyd Catherine F 25 1816 Middlesex 17
Boyd Eliza F 20 1821 Middlesex 26
Boyd Joseph M 17 1824 Baker Middlesex 19
Boyd Jane F 14 1827 Middlesex 22
Boyd Sarah F 11 1830 Middlesex 28

1851 1, Essex Place, Mare Street, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex
  
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 38 1813 Baker Essex, Chelmsford 21
Bearman Catherine Wife Married F 36 1815 Middlesex, Kentish Town 17
Bearman Thomas Son M 4 1847 Middlesex, Hackney 18
Boyd Jane Sister in law F 23 1828 Shop woman Middlesex, Homerton 22
Lay William Servt S M 21 1830 Baker Berkshire, Newbury

1861 12, Mare Street Essex Place, South Hackney, London, Middlesex
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Bearman Thos Head Married M 48 1813 Bread and Biscuit Baker master employs 2 men 2 boys Essex, Chelmsford 21
Bearman Catherine Wife Married M 46 1815 Middlesex, Kentish Town 17
Bearman Thos Son M 14 1847 Middlesex, Hackney 18
Boyd Joseph Brother in law Unmarried M 37 1824 Baker Middlesex, Homerton 19
Bowe Mary Servant Unmarried F 22 1839 House Servant Middlesex, London 20

1871 101 Mare St, Hackney, London, Middlesex
  
Bearman Catherine Head Widow F 56 1815 Confectioner Middlesex, Kentish Town 17
Bearman Thomas Son Unmarried M 24 1847 Confectioner Middlesex, Hackney 18
Boyd Joseph Brother Unmarried M 46 1825 Baker Middlesex, Homerton 19
Boyd Mary Sister F 30 1841 Middlesex, Russell Square 20

1881 101, Mare Street, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Bearman Catherine Head Widow F 66 1815 Pastry Cook & Confectioner Kentish Town, Middlesex 17
Boyd Joseph Brother Single M 57 1824 Baker Homerton, Middlesex 19
Bowe Mary Servant Single F 39 1842 Shop Woman Russel Square W, Middlesex 20

1881 8, Tudor Rd, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 34 1847 Pastry Cook & Confectioner Hackney, Middlesex 18
Bearman Keturah Wife Married F 30 1851 Oxford, Oxfordshire 29
Bearman Kate Daughter Single F 4 1877 Hackney, Middlesex 129
Bearman Edith Daughter Single F 2 1879 Hackney, Middlesex 33
Bearman Hilda Daughter Single F 0 1881 Hackney, Middlesex 130
Sandell Kerzia Sister In Law Single F 19 1862 Oxford, Oxfordshire 131
Hawkins Louisa Servant Single F 15 1866 Dom Serv Hackney, Middlesex

1891 8, Tudor Road, Hackney, London
  
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 44 1847 Pastry Cook Hackney, London 18
Bearman Keturah Wife Married F 40 1851 Oxford 29
Bearman Kate Daughter Single F 14 1877 Scholar Hackney, London 129
Bearman Edith Daughter Single F 12 1879 Scholar Hackney, London 33
Bearman Hilda Daughter Single F 10 1881 Scholar Hackney, London 130
Bearman Elsie Nora Daughter Single F 8 1883 Scholar Hackney, London 30
Bearman Donald Benj Son Single M 0 1891 Hackney, London 31
Sandle Clara Visitor Single F 27 1864 Dressmaker Oxford 149

1901 8, Tudor Road, Hackney, London
  
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 54 1847 Retired Baker and Confectioner Hackney, London 18
Bearman Keturah Wife Married F 50 1851 Oxford, Oxfordshire 29
Bearman Kate Daughter Single F 24 1877 Hackney, London 129
Bearman Edith Daughter Single F 22 1879 Hackney, London 33
Bearman Hilda Daughter Single F 20 1881 Hackney, London 130
Bearman Elsie N Daughter Single F 18 1883 Hackney, London 30
Bearman Donald B Son Single M 10 1891 Hackney, London 31
Sandell Keziah Visitor Single F 38 1863 Oxford, Oxfordshire 131

1911 8 Tudor Road Mare St S Hackney N E, London
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Bearman Thomas Head Married M 64 1847 Retired Pastrycook Caterer Hackney N E 18
Bearman Keturah Wife Married F 60 1851 City of Oxford 29
Bearman Elsie Nora Daughter Single F 28 1883 Hackney N E 30
Bearman Donald Boyd Son Single M 20 1891 Clerk At Horse Guards Eastern Hackney N E 31
Carrington Charles Edward Henry Son In Law Married M 33 1878 Commercial Clerk Hackney N E 32
Carrington Edith Visitor Daughter Married F 32 1879 Hackney N E 33