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Thomas Bearman

(born abt 1745)

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Wife: Susannah Godfrey (born abt 1750 ) married 29.1.1771 Boreham, Essex  

Son: Thomas Bearman (born 15.3.1772 Boreham, Essex died 13.9.1827 Chelmsford, Essex) 7 children   View NotesHide 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.

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

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)   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.

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

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

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

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


Thomas Bearman Notes:

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



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Sarah Bearman listed as beneficiaries of Rebecca (ne...
Thomas Bearman
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Thomas Bearman
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1845 marriage
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Directory of 1856 showing entries for Essex Place, ...
Thomas Bearman
in 1768 Boreham, apprentices indentures from Anc...
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apprentices indentures 1771
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Thomas Bearman,
coach and harness maker Chelmsford, duties paid...
Thomas Bearman
of Springfield on the electoral registers in 181...
Bearman -
tenant in Hackney, 1827. Was this Thomas?
Thomas Bearman,
baker, listed in 1839 Pigots directory
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Thomas Bearman
in the 1845 Post Office directory
Thomas Bearman
in the 1903 Kellys Directory for 149 Beach Stree...
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records showing Thos Bearman of Springfield circa 1798
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Richard Balls
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Bearman was splashed in this font in Springfield...
Map showing
Springfield in 1805 where Thomas Bearman (1772-1827...
Record of
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Record of Anne
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Thomas Bearman
1868 Estimate of Property for Probate
Thomas
Bearman’s probate record 1868
Thomas BEARMAN
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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

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