(Archer) Christopher Beales

#13865, b. 25 December 1847, d. 22 December 1894

Individual's Timeline

Birth25 December 1847(Archer) Christopher Beales1,2
Christening20 February 1848(Archer) Christopher Beales1
Death of Mother11 September 1855Elizabeth Beales2
Marriagebetween 1865 and 1881(Archer) Christopher Beales3
Marriage17 April 1884(Archer) Christopher Beales2,4
Marriage6 October 1889William Phinn Dublack5,6
Death of Father3 February 1893Archer Christopher Beales7,8
Death22 December 1894(Archer) Christopher Beales

Primary events

  • Birth: (Archer) Christopher Beales was born on 25 December 1847 in Oulton Broad, Suffolk, England, certificate reads on 25th December 1847 at Oulton Christopher a boy. Father Archer BEALES mother ELIZABETH BEALES formerly AYERS. Father's occupation was a labourer. Mother made her mark on the register.1,2
  • Christening: He was christened on 20 February 1848 in Oulton Broad, England.1
  • Death of Mother: His mother Elizabeth Beales died on 11 September 1855 in Oulton, Suffolk, England.2
  • Marriage: (Archer) Christopher Beales married unknown (?) between 1865 and 1881 in Unknown.3
  • Marriage: (Archer) Christopher Beales married Margaret Elizabeth Brackenbury, daughter of William Francis Brackenbury and Mary Ann Wade, on Thursday, 17 April 1884 in St Nicholas' Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, when they were 36 years, 3 months and 23 days ~&~ 34 years, 4 months and 8 days old. Certificate reads April 17th 1884 Archer Christopher BEALES aged 36 a bachelor fisherman of George Street and Margaret Elizabeth BRACKENBURY 35 a spinster of Row 45 were married after banns according to the rites of the established church by A R CORY. The groom's father was Archer Christopher BEALES Publican and the bride's father was William Francis BRACKENBURY labourer. The ceremony was witnessed by Edward John SIMPSON who signed the register and by Jane BROWN who made her mark. Archer the groom made his mark and Margaret the bride signed her name.2,4
  • (Witness) Marriage: He witnessed the marriage of William Phinn Dublack and Mary Ann Elizabeth Brackenbury on 6 October 1889 in Great Yarmouth, England; The marriage certificate shows a father (James BRACKENBURY) for the bride. I doubt this is correct, as Margaret Elizabeth BRACKENBURY had been listed in each of the census to date as single and she was with her mother and her mother’s parents who were named BRACKENBURY at 9 and 19 years old. The witnesses were Christopher BEALES and Margaret E BEALES who were her mother and stepfather. Margaret BRACKENBERY had married Christopher in 1884.5,6
  • Death of Father: His father Archer Christopher Beales died on 3 February 1893 in 65 Todds Terrace, Roman Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.7,8
  • Death: (Archer) died on 22 December 1894 in North Sea on board the Teazer, aged 46. (Aged 46 years, 11 months and 27 days, worked back from recorded birth date).

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: (Archer) was a smacksman.1

Census details

Some aspects of (Archer) Christopher Beales's life. Chris BEALES, as he was named in the registration of his death, was lost at sea on or about 22nd December 1894. There was, in the words of Reynolds’s Newspaper dated Sunday 23rd December a Terrific Gale. This must have been wide spread storm, as the list of damage is extensive. The storm was of hurricane force, and remember it was only the day after when these stories were compiled. There is a note to say that no news had been received from Scotland as ALL the telegraph wires are down north of Yorkshire
* Brick walls, mills and chimneys were blown over in the west of England. One in Preston buried 20 Mill workmen
* Ships collided off Liverpool
* 3 trams were blown over in Bradford
* Holyhead harbour had wrecks, and one large barque was blown onto the breakwater and another onto the rocks near the lighthouse. At least 10 fatalities
* At Blackburn Infirmary, a chimney blew over, and crashed into the roof of the children's ward. The ward was on the 3rd floor and the collapse took the cook and the children down to the basement.
* London sustained much damage

AND ON A DIFFERENT NOTE - The same page of the paper has the following story -
Sentence was pronounced yesterday on Captain Dreyfus for selling secrets to a foreign Power. The trial has lasted three days, the inquiry being held in private, and yesterday the Court found the Captain guilty and passed sentence upon him of deportation and internment for life in a fortified place. Somewhere there are butterflies and Dustin Hoffman, no doubt.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Archer's first marriage (between 1871 and 1881) may not exist. The only reason to believe he was married before Margaret was that he was listed as a widower in the 1881 census. This was when he was on board a ship and the captain may have made a mistake on the register. He was noted as a bachelor on his marriage certificate in 1884, and this is more likely to be 'correct' than is the census. The census form is in one of the exhibits accessed by clicking on the camera icon
    * Just in case I looked for KEMP children in Yarmouth born between 1864 to 1884 who did not have 'confirmed' parents. I found only James Bishop KEMP born 1869, Chr 1871. In the PR his parents are Robert and Ellen KEMP, father a sergeant. In 1881 he is listed as a grandson of this couple. On the same day there were 2 other chidlren Chr with the same parents Robert Frederick (b1865) and Elizabeth Ellen (b1871). In 1875 an Ellen KEMP died at the army camp. she was aged 35. Obviously she is NOT the Ellen listed in 1881 as Robert's wife and James' grandmother, so I think she was the daughter of Robert and Ellen who was the mother of James (and possibly the 2 other children as well). Of course this in no way mentions the father of Ellen's children, so we are no closer. This all fizzles out anyway, as I found Robert and Ellen with 2 sons, Robert and James in 1871 census in Yarmouth..
  • Research note 02: Could look for a marriage to a KEMP as there are 2 BEALES children living with their grandparents in 1881 census. The name KEMP comes up as a witness to a PATERSON marriage as well. Alfred BEALES born 1875, and Arthur BEALES born 1877, both in yarmouth, were with grandmother Eliza KEMP IN 1881 census.
    * I found these 2 who were Chr on the same day -11the Dec 1882 - children of John and Ellen BEALES. There were 3 other siblings Chr on the same day, so this fizzles out as well. KEMP is no longer a possibility for Archer's first wife. I think we are back to the marriage certificate having an error..

Family of (Archer) Christopher Beales and unknown (?)

Children of (Archer) Christopher Beales and Margaret Elizabeth Brackenbury


  1. Letter, Shelly to Shirley Elrick, 2001.
  2. Copies of original certificates and docs.
  3. Conclusion of, Shirley, Dwelling:     1 Row 76
         Census Place:     Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
         Source:     FHL Film 1341461 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1909 Folio 10 Page 14
         Marr     Age     Sex     Birthplace
    Eliza KEMP     W     56      F     Hettingham, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Head
         Occ:     Charwoman
    William KEMP     U     19      M     Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Son
         Occ:     Baker
    George KEMP     U     17      M     Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Son
         Occ:     Baker
    Alfred BEALES           6      M     Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Grandson
         Occ:     Scholar
    Arthur BEALES           4      M     Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
         Rel:     Grandson
         Occ:     Scholar.
  4. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     449
    MarriageDate     17 Apr 1884
    GroomForename     Archer Christopher
    GroomSurname     BEALES
    GroomAge     36
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Fisherman
    GroomAbode     George St
    BrideForename     Margaret Elizabeth
    BrideSurname     BRACKENBURY
    BrideAge     35
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     Row
    GroomFatherForename     Archer Christopher
    GroomFatherSurname     BEALES
    GroomFatherOccupation     Publican
    BrideFatherForename     William Francis
    BrideFatherSurname     BRACKENBURY
    BrideFatherOccupation     Labourer
    WitnessOneForename     Edward John
    WitnessOneSurname     LUPSON
    WitnessTwoForename     Jane
    WitnessTwoSurname     BROWN
    FileNumber     3227.
  5. International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  6. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, DUBLACK, William Fenn     Age:     28 years     Marriage
         Wife:     Mary Ann Elizabeth BRACKENBURY     Age:     18 years
         Marriage Date:     6 Oct 1889     Recorded in:     St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
         Husband's Father:     William DUBLACK
         Wife's Father:     James BRACKENBURY
    Source:     FHL Number 1526459     Dates:     1886-1899.
  7. Waveney District Cemetery Index - Lowestoft, online http://www.waveney.gov.uk/cemetery/lowestoft/…, Beales      Archer      10/02/1893      72      65 Todds Terrace, Roman Road, Lowestoft      Retired Licensed Victualler      L/6/55.
  8. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "
    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about Archer Bales
    Name:      Archer Bales
    Probate Date:      15 Apr 1893
    Death Date:      3 Feb 1893
    Death Place:      Suffolk, England
    Registry:      Ipswich."