Census Returns: Beatley and Soper

The Beatley Family in Census Returns

Gunmakers of Basingstoke

Census returns, maintained by The National Archives, can be viewed at the Ancestry family history website.
Note: In the 1841 census, the age was rounded down to the nearest five for those aged 15 or over.

Name Age   Occupation Born in County?
1841 census – London Street, Basingstoke     Reference: HO107/385/3 (folio 8, p. 11)
John Beatley 35 Gun Maker N
Laura Beatley 30   N
John Beatley 14   Y
William Beatley 12   Y
Henry Beatley 8   Y
Charles Beatley 2   Y
Mary Ann Beatley 1   Y
John George 20 Gun Makers Apprentice N
Thomas Mears 15 Gun Makers Apprentice N
Eliza Stamp 20 F.S. [female servant] Y
 
Name and relation to
Head of household
Marital
Status
Age Occupation Birth Place
1851 census – London Street, Basingstoke     Reference: HO107/1681 (folio 162, p. 17)
John Howlett Beatley   Head Married 49 Gunmaker, Smith
Employing 4 Men
Norwich, Norfolk
[Laura] Beatley Wife Married 44   Aldermaston, Berkshire
William Beatley Son Unm 21 Gunmaker Basingstoke
Henry Beatley Son Unm 17 Gunmakers Apprentice   Basingstoke
Charles Beatley Son   12 Scholar Basingstoke
Charlotte Baker Servant   Unm 17 House Servant Cliddesden, Hampshire
Notes: The 1851 census for Basingstoke also shows two daughters of John and Laura Beatley living at a boarding school on Wote Street: Mary Ann Beatley (aged 10) and Fanny Beatley (aged 8) were two of six students living at the boarding school of Ann Baker.

1861 census – Backsideans, Wargrave, Berkshire     Reference: RG9/752 (folio 29, p. 4)
Robert H Wake Head Married 69 Farmer of 40 acres
Employing 2 Men
Poulton, Wiltshire
Laura Wake Wife Married 54   Aldermaston, Berkshire
Note: Poulton, about 5 miles S.E. of Cirencester, was transferred from the county of Wiltshire to Gloucestershire in 1844.
Laura’s sons, the Beatley brothers, are shown in the next set of transcribed census returns.
 

    John Charles Beatley and Family
1861 census – Dollar St, Cirencester, Gloucestershire     Reference: RG9/1782 (folio 68, p. 14)
John C Beatley Head Married 34 Ironmonger Basingstoke
Jane Beatley Wife Married 39   Benenden, Kent
Howlett Beatley Son   5 Scholar Cirencester
Alfred Beatley Son   1   Cirencester
Elizabeth Miller Servant   14 General Servant Stratton, Gloucestershire
 
1871 census – 1 Brindley Street, Paddington, London     Reference: RG10/2 (folio 6, p. 2)
John C Beatley Head Married 44 Gas Fitter Basingstoke
Jane Beatley Wife Married 48   Benenden, Kent
Alfred Beatley Son   11   Cirencester
Note: Brindley Street is described in ‘Paddington: Westbourne Green’ in The Victoria History of the Counties of England, Middlesex, Vol. 9, p. 201 (viewed at the website: British History ).

1911 census – 109 Grays Inn Buildings, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London     Reference: RG14/1207
Alfred Beatley Head Married 51 Lamp Shade Manufacture
    Warehouse Assistant
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Ellen Beatley Wife Married 54   Marylebone, London
Ellen Jane Beatley Daughter   13 School Clerkenwell, London
 

    George Beatley and Family
1871 census – Clarendon St, Camberwell, [South London]     Reference: RG10/727 (folio 77, p. 35)
George Beatley Head Married 43 Printer & Compositor Basingstoke, Hampshire
Amelia Beatley Wife Married 42   Finsbury, [London]
Henry Hodson Nephew Unm 21 Solicitors Clerk Lambeth, [South London]
Fanny C Groves Boarder Unm 7 Scholar Australia
Notes: In the printing business, a compositor was a type-setter.
On the census form the household was next to the Prince Albert Arms Public House. Clarendon Street was renamed to Councillor Street [London, SE5] in 1912 (webpage: Old to New Street Names ).

1881 census – 17 Rattray Road, Brixton, Lambeth, London     Reference: RG11/623 (folio 110, p. 48)
George Beatley Head Married 53 Printer, Compositor Basingstoke, Hampshire
Amelia Beatley Wife Married 55   Finsbury, [London]
Note: An old postcard of Rattray Road can be viewed at the Lambeth Landmark website.
 

    William Beatley and Family
1861 census – London Street, Faringdon, Berkshire     Reference: RG9/728 (folio 20, p. 27)
William Beatley Head Married 31 Ironmonger Basingstoke, Hampshire
Mary Beatley Wife Married 31   Witney, Oxfordshire
Catherine S Beatley Daughter   5 Scholar Witney, Oxfordshire
William Crump Beatley Son   4 Scholar Faringdon, Berkshire
Edward John Beatley Son   2   Faringdon, Berkshire
Martha Beatley Daughter   1   Faringdon, Berkshire
Ann Barne Servant Unm 16 House servant Great Coxwell, Berkshire
Note: William Beatley and Mary Crump were married at Witney in Oct/Nov/Dec 1854 (website: FreeBMD).

1871 census – Market Place, Witney, Oxfordshire     Reference: RG10/1453 (folio 54, p. 3)
William Beatley Head Married 41 Gun Maker Basingstoke, Hampshire
Mary Beatley Wife Married 41   Witney, Oxfordshire
Catherine Beatley Daughter   15   Witney, Oxfordshire
William Crump Beatley Son   14 assisting dispenser Faringdon, Berkshire
Edward John Beatley Son   12 Scholar Faringdon, Berkshire
Martha Beatley Daughter   11 Scholar Faringdon, Berkshire
Notes: It appears that William Beatley took over the business of his wife’s family. In an 1844 directory William King Crump was a gun and locksmith at Market Place, High St, Witney (Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Berks, Bucks . . . , 1844, accessed at Historical Directories online); an 1854 directory named ‘Misses Ann & Martha Crump’ as ‘Ironmongers & Gas Fitters’ at Market Place, Witney (Post Office Directory of Berkshire, . . . and Oxfordshire, etc, 1854, accessed at Google books online).

1891 census – Willow Cottage, Colwall, Ledbury, Herefordshire     Reference: RG12/2051 (folio 45, p. 9)
Edward J Beatley Head Married 32 Farmer & parish clerk Faringdon, Oxfordshire
Elizabeth Beatley Wife Married 30   Colwall, Herefordshire
Frank E Beatley Son   8 Scholar Colwall, Herefordshire
Naomi Beatley Daughter   7 Scholar Colwall, Herefordshire
Gertrude Beatley Daughter   5 Scholar Colwall, Herefordshire
Gladys Beatley Daughter   3   Colwall, Herefordshire
Dorothy Beatley Daughter   1   Colwall, Herefordshire
 
1901 census – Woefields Farm, Coddington, Herefordshire     Reference: RG13/2470 (folio 30, p. 6)
Edward J Beatley Head Married 43 Farmer Faringdon, Berkshire
Elizabeth Beatley Wife Married 41   Colwall, Herefordshire
Mary Naomi Beatley Daughter Single 17 Dressmaker Colwall, Herefordshire
Gertrude Kathleen Beatley Daughter   15   Colwall, Herefordshire
Gladys Beatley Daughter   13   Colwall, Herefordshire
Dorothy Beatley Daughter   11   Colwall, Herefordshire
Margery Beatley Daughter   8   Colwall, Herefordshire
Edward Reginald Beatley Son   6   Colwall, Herefordshire
Henry William Beatley Son   4   Coddington, Herefordshire
John Beatley Son   2   Coddington, Herefordshire
Richard Beatley Son   1   Coddington, Herefordshire
 
1911 census – Castle Inn, Stonebow Rd, Hereford     Reference: RG14/15712 (schedule 193)
Edward John Beatley Head Widower 52 Inn Keeper Farringdon, Berkshire
Mary Naomi Beatley Daughter Single 27 House Keeper Colwall, Herefordshire
Henry William Beatley Son   14 School Coddington, Herefordshire
John Beatley Son   12 School Coddington, Herefordshire
Notes: In 1911 the sister of Edward John Beatley, Martha Beatley, aged 51, never married, was working as a nurse at the London Hospital, Whitechapel in the east end of London (census reference: RG14/1497).
On census day 1911 the son of Edward John Beatley, Edward Reginald Beatley, aged 16, was employed as a farm worker for the farmer Samuel Nottingham Weaver at Brockhill Farm, Colwall, Herefordshire (census reference: RG14/15605).
At the start of the Great War, Edward Reginald Beatley was a farmer in Canada. He enlisted at Winnipeg on 14 December 1914 for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. On the application form his next-of-kin was named as his father Edward John Beatley of Castle Inn, Herefordshire; his birth date was stated as 19 April 1890 which would make him 24 years old. His real birth year was 1894. On the medical examination form his age on enlistment was stated more accurately as 20 years (Attestation Paper , Medical Exam , Soldiers of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada). Edward Reginald Beatley, a private in the 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry Alberta Regiment, was killed in action in a front line trench at Givenchy, France on 21 June 1915 (online memorial , Death Registers First World War, Library and Archives Canada). He is commemorated at the Vimy Memorial.
 

    Charles Beatley and Family
1861 census – Basingstoke, Hampshire     Reference: RG9/708 (folio 30, p. 15)
Charles Beatley Head Married 24 Gun Maker and Ironmonger Basingstoke
Elizabeth Beatley Wife Married 25   Fulham, Middlesex
Fanny Beatley Sister Unm 18   Basingstoke
Mary Ann Hobbs Servant Unm 16 Housemaid Oakley, Hampshire
 
1871 census – 25 Edenham St, Kensington, London     Reference: RG10/47 (folio 27, p. 45)
Charles Beatley Head Married 33 Gas Fitter Basingstoke
Elizabeth Beatley Wife Married 33   Fulham, Middlesex
Henry Charles Beatley Son   9 Scholar Basingstoke
Herbert John Beatley Son   7 Scholar Basingstoke
Walter P Beatley Son   5 Scholar Basingstoke
Charles [Alfred] Beatley Son   2   Chelsea, Middlesex
 
1891 census – 173 Kilburn Park Road, Paddington, London     Reference: RG12/6 (folio 55, p. 52)
Elizabeth Beatley Head Widow 52   Marylebone, London
Charles A Beatley Son Single 22 Painter Marylebone, London
 
1911 census – Cambridge House, 57 Cambridge Rd, West Kilburn, London     Reference: RG14/6984
Herbert Beatley Head Married 47 Decorator Basingstoke, Hampshire
Matilda Beatley Wife Married 41   Kennington, London
Rose Spratt Sister-in-law Single 34   Kennington, London
Lilly Beatley Daughter Single 20   Kilburn, Middlesex
Violet Beatley Daughter Single 17   Kilburn, Middlesex
1911 census – 29 Percy Road, West Kilburn, London     Reference: RG14/6986
Walter Percy Beatley Head Married 44 Carpenter Basingstoke
Esther Beatley Wife Married 41   Marylebone
Walter Percy Beatley Son Single 22 Warehouseman Lace Paddington
Bessie Yetta Beatley Daughter Single 19 Corsetiere Enfield
Florence May Beatley Daughter Single 16 Corsetiere Paddington
Esther Beatley Daughter Single 15 Typeist   [sic] Willesden
Nellie Rozalie Beatley Daughter   13 School Willesden
1911 census – 165 Kilburn Park Road, Paddington, London     Reference: RG14/28
Charles Alfred Beatley Head Married 42 Paperhanger
    Building trade
Middlesex
Fanny Beatley Wife Married 43   Worcestershire
Charles Alfred Beatley Son Single 17 Paperhanger Middlesex
Walter John Beatley Son   13 Scholar Middlesex


The Soper Family in Census Returns

Gunmakers of Basingstoke

Census returns, maintained by The National Archives, can be viewed at the Ancestry family history website.
Note: In the 1841 census, the age was rounded down to the nearest five for those aged 15 or over.

Name Age   Occupation Born in County?
1841 census – London Street, Basingstoke     Reference: HO107/385/2 (folio 12, p. 19)
Richard Soper 45 Gun Maker N
Sarah Soper 45   N
Richard Soper 15   Y
Mary Soper 15   Y
Sophia Soper 9   Y
Lucy Soper 7   Y
William Soper 4   Y
Note: Another son, John Burgess Soper, is recorded in the next census transcript.
1841 census – Portland Place, Balham Hill, Streatham [South London]
                        Reference: HO107/1068/1 (folio 25, p. 14)
John Burgess Soper 22 Whitesmith N
Mary Burgess Millard 47 Independent N
Ann Selmon 60 Independent N
Maria Bawcombe 30 Independent Y
Note: The relationship between John Burgess Soper and Mary Burgess Millard is not known.

Name and relation to
Head of household
Marital
Status
Age Occupation Birth Place
1851 census – 138 Friar Street, Reading St Lawrence, Berkshire     Reference: HO107/1692 (folio 325, p. 16)
Richard Soper Head Widower 56 Gun Maker Aldermaston, Berkshire
Lucy Soper Daughter Unm 17   Basingstoke, Hampshire
William Soper Son   14 Gun Maker Apprentice Basingstoke
Note: Richard’s son John Burgess Soper is recorded in the next census transcript.
1851 census – Market Place, Basingstoke     Reference: HO107/1681 (folio 161, p. 15)
John Burgess Soper Head Married 30 Engineer and Gun Maker,
Employing 2 men and
1 apprentice
Padworth, Berkshire
Ann Soper Wife Married 41   St Helen Auckland, Durham
Sarah Ann Soper Daughter   8 Scholar Chelsea, Middlesex
Betsey Mary Murray
    Soper
Daughter   6 Scholar Balham Streatham, Surrey
Charlotte Dent Servant Unm 15 House Servant Ramsdell, Hampshire
 
1861 census – Market Place, Basingstoke     Reference: RG9/708 (folio 29, p. 13)
John Burgess Soper Head Married 40 Engineer, Gun Maker &
Ironmonger, Employing
10 men & 4 apprentices
Padworth, Berkshire
Ann Laybourn Soper Wife Married 51   St Helen Auckland, Durham
Sarah Ann Soper Daughter Unm 18   St Lukes Chelsea, Middlesex
Betsey Mary Soper Daughter Unm 16   Streatham, Surrey
Rosa Ellen Soper Daughter   9 Scholar Basingstoke, Hampshire
Alice Maria Soper Daughter   8 Scholar Basingstoke, Hampshire
Richard Berry Shopman Unm 27 Ironmonger's assistant Holybourne, Hampshire
George Gordon Minns Apprentice Unm 18 Apprentice Westminster
Thomas Robert Walker Nephew Unm 14   Durham
 
1871 census – Market Place, Basingstoke     Reference: RG10/1234 (folio 34, p. 14)
John Burgess Soper Head Married 50 Ironmonger Padworth, Berkshire
Ann Soper Wife Married 61   St Helen Auckland, Durham
Alice M Soper Daughter Unm 18   Basingstoke, Hampshire
Charles F J Cooksey Grandson   1   Basingstoke, Hampshire
Jane Ayliffe Servant Unm 16 General Servant Worting, Hampshire
 
1881 census – Hillside, Vyne Road, Basingstoke     Reference: RG11/1255 (folio 6, p. 9)
John B Soper Head Married 60 Ironfounder
Employing 7 men and
2 boys
Padworth, Berkshire
Ann L Soper Wife Married 71   Auckland, Durham
Sarah A Soper Daughter Unm 38 Governess Chelsea, Middlesex
Alice M Soper Daughter Unm 28   Basingstoke, Hampshire
Mary L Lees Sister-in-law Mar 69 Invalid St Helens, Durham
Frank L J Howe Grandson   13 Scholar Dalston, London
Stirling C W Howe Grandson   8 Scholar Upper Tooting, London
Sarah Ann Malden Servant Unm 20 Domestic Servant Basingstoke, Hampshire
Note: Hillside was the grand residence built by John Burgess Soper in the late 1870s on the site that is now Sylvaner Court (South View Conservation Area Appraisal, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, May 2006).

1891 census – Vyne Road, Basingstoke     Reference: RG12/958 (folio 19, p. 7)
John B Soper Head Married 70 Retired
mechanical engineer
gunsmith
Padworth, Berkshire
Ann Soper Wife Married 81   St Helen Auckland, Durham
Alice M Soper Daughter Single 38   Basingstoke, Hampshire
Mary E Tuttell Servant Single 20 General servant Basingstoke, Hampshire

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