Thomas BECON

Male 1626 - 1686  (~ 60 years)    Has 92 ancestors and 18 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Thomas BECON 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Baptised 19 Nov 1626  St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 10 Feb 2013):
      under "1626" - "Thom: Becon filius Tho: Novembr: i9"
    Gender Male 
    Chancery Court dispute 1661  Mersham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Orator in a case 
    • Accused his late brother William's fiancee(?) of preventing him from inheriting land he should have on William's death.
    A dispute between the Becon family and Margaret Steed
    A dispute between the Becon family and Margaret Steed
    Occupation 1661  Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Yeoman 
    • When he brought a bill of complaint in the Court of Chancery he described himself as "of the Citty of Canterbury yeoman".
    Tax records 1664  Borough of Granaker, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Hearth tax 
    • A Thomas Beacon was chargeable for a house with 4 hearths. Of the 15 households listed in the borough 13 were chargeable, one with 6 hearths, all others besides Thomas had 3 (3), 2 (5) or 1 (3), so judging by the number of hearths Thomas was one of the most prosperous of this (small) group of households.

      The Borough of Granaker was in the "Lower Halfe Hundred of Bridge & Petham", in the The Hundred of Bridge and Petham and in the Lath of St. Augustine.
    Civic duty 15 Jan 1666/67 
    Quarter Session Jury? 
    • A "Thomas Beacon de Waltham gen." was listed on a document with Quarter Session information. The list seems to be to do with jury service.
      Of the 8 in Bridge (hundred?) 4 have 'Jur' written next to them, 2 others are shown as dead ('mort'), and Thomas Beacon, along with Thomas Denn of Bishopsbourne are not shown as either.

      I will try to understand this better and add more information ...
    Grant of Administration 2 Dec 1686 
    • "The Goods &c of Thomas Beacon late of Fordwich Co. Kent admon granted to Dorothy Beacon relict of deceased
      Nathaniel White of Woodchurch, Yeoman
      William Beacon of Tenterden, yeoman
      bondsmen in £100"
      Tyler's index of wills, A.Acl:40, 29 (image on Ancestry, viewed 17 Feb 2013)
      (Burke's Landed Gentry also shows that admon. was granted on 2 Dec 1686)
    Buried 2 Dec 1686  St. Vincent’s Church, Littlebourne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The register very clearly shows  him buried the 22 Dec. However, an inventory of his goods is dated the 3 Dec, and (according to Tyler) admon. was granted 2 Dec.
      It looks like an error was made in the burial register. I guess the most likely is that it was written up from notes and the 'd' or 'nd' of 2(n)d was mistaken for a 2, but it's possible the month was wrong and the burial was 22 Nov.
    Probate Inventory 3 Dec 1686  Fordwich, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • I am transcribing this and will be adding the details - but it's not easy to read!
    Notes 
    • Churchwarden in Waltham, 1662 (or earlier) to 1664 (names given in PRs in many years)
    • (Research):Two inventories exist for a Thomas Beacon, dated 1687. One is for Fordwich, Kent, which is clearly this Thomas's (not only was Thomas buried at Littlebourne was 'of Fordwich', and a Dorothy who fits as his wife was also buried there, but admn. was granted the day before the inventory to Dorothy, shown as his widow, a Nathaniel White, I guess a relation of Dorothy's, and a William Beacon of Tenterden, presumably his son).
      The other was a Yeoman of Burmarsh, Kent. I did wonder if he had property in 2 parishes, listed separately, but I now believe the latter is for a different Thomas. I'm not sure who this is - could be the son of this Thomas, or the Thomas that the Burke's Landed Gentry item shows as the son of Basil.
    Person ID I4081  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2016 

    Father Thomas BECON,   c. 14 Nov 1596, St. Matthew’s Church, Warehorne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 22 Dec 1659, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Jane HALKE,   c. 27 Nov 1608, St. Mary’s Church, Brabourne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 24 May 1639, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1624/25  St. Mary’s Church, Brabourne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From image of PR on microfilm viewed at CCA on 17 Sep 2014:
      "Januarii 23: Thomas Beaken: gent & Jane Hawke" - under heading 'Anno dni 1624'
    Children 9 children 
    Family ID F3120    |  Family Chart

    Family Dorothy,   b. Abt 1626, (possibly), Woodchurch, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 8 Mar 1691/92, St. Vincent’s Church, Littlebourne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1651  St. Mary Bredin Church, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • I haven't seen the PR entry for myself, and am not aware that it shows Dorothy as a widow but that was normal at the time; often the only clear evidence is the marriage licence.
      However, I do think she was probably only a White by marriage, and previously the wife of Thomas WHITE. See notes on that marriage for more thought.
    Children 7 children 
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F3122    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 19 Nov 1626 - St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jun 1651 - St. Mary Bredin Church, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas BECON - 7 Mar 1651/52 - St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Basil BECON - 16 Oct 1655 - St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Dorothy BECON - 22 May 1659 - St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChancery Court dispute - Orator in a case - 1661 - Mersham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Yeoman - 1661 - Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ann BECON - 22 Jul 1662 - St. Bartholomew’s Church, Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - William BEACON - 1665 - Waltham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Dec 1686 - St. Vincent’s Church, Littlebourne, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsProbate Inventory - 3 Dec 1686 - Fordwich, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Wills (transcripts)
    The will of Thomas Becon (1596 - 1659)
    The will of Thomas's father, Thomas Becon
    Thomas was left £5 - a lot less than his sister (£50) and half-siblings (£40 each), but much more than his 2 brothers, who each only received 5 shillings.

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    1. [S324] Littlebourne - St. Vincent Parish Registers (images on FMP), St. Vincent (Littlebourne, Kent), (findmypast.com.), "Register for years 1684-1812," Burial of Thomas BEACON; accessed 4 Oct 2014 (Reliability: 3).

      "Tho: Beacon from Fordwich was buried Decemb. 22. 1686." - under heading 'Burials' and after 1686 in the left margin.
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