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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Alfred Beamer and Mary Ann White

Adelaide Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Stephen Richards - geograph.org.uk/p/6083118

Alfred Beamer, son of James Beamer and Rose Anna Smith and half-brother of Loveday Jane Land and John Land, married Mary Ann White (b. 1851), daughter of Alfred Augustus Harker White and Mary Sorton, on 23 Nov 1879 at Saint George's Church, Stonehouse (bombed in the Second World War). Alfred Beamer's rank or profession was listed as Private RM. Alfred Beamer, born 29 Dec 1853, had enlisted in the Royal Marines on 29 Dec 1871.

Alfred and Mary Ann had five children:
  1. Alfred Beamer born 28 Aug 1880 in East Stonehouse [a]
  2. Ethel Annie Beamer born 23 Feb 1883 in East Stonehouse [a]
  3. William George Beamer born 4 Jan 1886 in East Stonehouse [a]
  4. Rosa May Beamer born 7 Jan 1893 in Tiverton [b] (nothing after 1911)
  5. Frederick John Beamer born 7 Jan 1893 (died 1896, aged 3) in Tiverton [b]
In 1881, Mary A Beamer (29), Marines Wife, was living at 47, Adelaide Street, East Stonehouse, with son Alfred (0) and her sister Mary J White (19). Mary Ann, who's mother was named Mary, and her mother before her was also Mary (her parents even married, on 15 December 1850, when Mary Sorton was a minor (19), at St Mary’s Church Plympton) had a younger sister, Mary Jane!

[a] Alfred, Ethel Annie and William George were all baptised, on 19 Jan 1886, at the Anglican Church of Saint Matthew, which was located in Clarence Place, opposite the former Royal Naval Hospital at East Stonehouse, Plymouth.

Again in 1891, Mary A Beamer (38) was listed as the head of the household "Supported by husband", with children: Alfred (10), Ethel A (8) and William G (5), living at Union Place, East Stonehouse.

Alfred completed 21 years service in the Royal Marines, with a final date of 6 Jan 1893, however, both William George and Ethel Annie were registered in the National School Admission Registers at Halberton in Nov 1892.

[b] Registered as Rosa May, this twin was baptised Rosa Mary, when she and Frederick John were both baptised, "privately" (does this mean a house call?) on the same day they were born, 7 Jan 1893, in Halberton. Their address at this time was Valley House, Halberton and Alfred was employed as a labourer.


In 1901, they were back in Plymouth at 19, Cecil Street, Stonehouse, with Alfred Beamer (46), Labourer at Victualling Yard, wife Mary (49) and their two daughters, Ettie (Ethel) (18) and Rosa (8). Son Alfred was away, having joined the Royal Marines, while William was away training in the Royal Navy.

And in 1911, at 40 Neswick Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth, are Alfred Beamer (57) Pensioner Royal Marine Labourer Royal William Victualling Yard, wife Mary Ann (59), Rose May (18) and Mary Jane White (51), Mary Ann's sister.

In 1939, Mary Ann, widow, was living with her married daughter, Ethel Priddle. So far, I've been unable to find a record of Alfred Beamer's death. There are no records beyond 1911 for daughter, Rosa May either.

Mary Ann Beamer of 2 Glendower Road, Peverell, Plymouth, died on 17 May 1950. She was aged 99. A notice of her death had appeared in the Western Morning News on 19 May 1950 and Mary Ann was buried, on 20 May 1950, at The Parish Church of St Gabriel, Peverell Terrace, Peverell, Plymouth. 

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