Philip Robert Beales

#35116, b. 12 September 1832, d. March 1895

Individual's Timeline

Christening12 September 1832Philip Robert Beales1
Marriage1871Philip Robert Beales2
Marriage21 May 1883Philip Robert Beales3
Death RegMarch 1895Philip Robert Beales4
Death15 March 1895Philip Robert Beales5

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

Census details

Some aspects of Philip Robert Beales's life. The Bigamy - Bury Free Press, 10th May 1884, reported that Philip married Mahalah whilst his former wife was still alive. First marriage took place in Yarmouth 22nd January 1871. Statements in the court were to the effect that first marriage had only lasted a couple of years, and was not happy. Philip left for America in 1873 (which is why I can't find the bugger in the census no doubt), but sent his wife 10 shillings per week. When he returned to Yarmouth, he settled £30 upon her, in lieu of the weekly payments. Forst wife was living with another man, and had had a child with him.

The second marriage, also in Yarmouth, was done openly, and the prosecution was brought by the first wife, who must have been livig in Yarmouth at the time. Philip claimed to be a widower at the time of this second marriage. The prosecutor stated that Philip took Mahalah to America with him, living as man and wife all the time. After the return to Yarmouth and before the second marriage, Philip often saw his first wife, so was well aware she was alive and well. Philip was found guilty and given 1 weeks imprisonment.

Philip married Amelia Rebecca GOWING in March qtr 1871, and was with her in 1871 census. Address was 7 Row 87, and there were 2 children with them Elizabeth and Thomas aged 8 and 6. The family name of the children starts with G, but is otherwise unreadable.

In 1881 Amelia was living with James WOODROW a boarder and Elizabeth STOLWORTHY, a married daughter aged 19. An Elizabeth GOWING married William STOLWORTHY in Yarmouth 1880, so this confirms the children, born well before the marriage, were registered in the mother's maiden name. In 1891 she was wuth the same boarder.
Brushes with the LAW

On 27th October 1886, Philip was tried and found not guilty of maliciously wounding his wife Mahalah. With a table knife - in Great Yarmouth. The record also says he was imprisoned for 1 week in Ipswich 5th May 1884 for bigamy.

It appears that things just got worse, as the Ipswich Journal of 28th December 1888, reports that Philip was attacked by his step son with a iron saucepan - in the kitchen. Said saucepan was being used to boil eggs just prior to becoming a weapon. Said eggs were one of the catalysts of the arguement, as step father thought step son was better off then he, as he could afford eggs for breakfast. Another point of contention was step son staying out late.

It was noted (hilarisouly so, when you consider the 1884 bigamy and the 1886 wounding) that 'he did not live comfortably with his wife', and that his wife encouraged his step son to ill treat him.

The step son was William CRUTCHFIELD.7

Family of Philip Robert Beales and Amelia Rebecca Gowing

Family of Philip Robert Beales and Mahalah Bailey


  1. Free parish registers, online, County      Norfolk
    Place      Great Yarmouth
    Church name      St Nicholas
    Register type      TR
    Register entry number      896
    Baptism date      11 May 1830
    Person forename      Philip Robert
    Person sex      ?
    Father forename      Daniel
    Father surname      BEALES
    Father occupation      Carter
    Mother forename      Ann

    Must have died, and then -

    County      Norfolk
    Place      Great Yarmouth
    Church name      St Nicholas
    Register type      TR
    Register entry number      868
    Baptism date      12 Sep 1832
    Person forename      Phillip
    Person sex      ?
    Father forename      Daniel
    Father surname      BEALES
    Father occupation      Carter
    Mother forename      Ann.
  2. Website ( "Name:      Philip Robert Beales
    Gender:      Male
    Age:      39
    Birth Date:      1832
    Marriage Date:      1871
    Marriage Place:      St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Father:      Daniel Beales
    Spouse:      Amelia Rebecca Gowing
    FHL Film Number:      1526458
    Reference ID:      2:1J2HZVR."
  3. Find my past web sites, online or, County      Norfolk
    Place      Great Yarmouth
    Church name      St Nicholas
    Register type      
    Register entry number      190
    Marriage date      21 May 1883
    Groom forename      Philip Robert
    Groom surname      BEALES
    Groom age      50
    Groom condition      Widower
    Groom abode      Boreham Rd
    Groom occupation      Labourer
    Bride forename      Mahalah
    Bride surname      GRUDGFIELD
    Bride age      46
    Bride condition      Widow
    Bride abode      Boreham Rd
    Groom father forename      Daniel
    Groom father surname      BEALES
    Groom father occupation      Labourer
    Bride father forename      William
    Bride father surname      BAILEY
    Bride father occupation      Steward
    Witness1 forename      Edward John
    Witness1 surname      LUPSON
    Witness2 forename      L A
    Witness2 surname      BOOTMAN.
  4. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Beales      Philip Robert      62      Yarmouth      4b     7.
  5. Website ( "Name:     Philip Robert Beales
    Death Age:     62
    Birth Date:     abt 1833
    Death Date:     abt 1895
    Death Place:     Blackfriars Road Yarmouth
    Burial Date:     21 Mar 1895
    Burial Place:     Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Cemetery:     Yarmouth New Cemetery
    Cemetery Section:     K
    Grave Number:     303
    Interment Number:     9506
    Cemetery Notes:     Consecrated."
  6. Find my past web sites, online or, The Ipswich Journal 28 December 1888.
  7. Find my past web sites, online or, First name(s)      Philip Robert
    Last name      Beales
    Occupation      -
    Age      -
    Birth year      -
    Year      1886
    Date      ? ? 1886
    Court      -
    Place      Norfolk
    Victim's first name(s)      Mahalah
    Victim's last name      Beales
    Source      A Calendar Of Prisoners Tried At The General Quarter Sessions Of The Peace
    Series      HO140
    Piece number      91
    Page number      10
    Record set      England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935
    Category      Institutions & organisations
    Subcategory      Prison registers
    Collections from      Great Britain.