John Bessey1

#35470, b. 29 April 1798, d. September 1872

Individual's Timeline

Christening29 April 1798John Bessey1
Death of MotherMay 1804Mary Ann Bessey
Marriage19 November 1820John Bessey2
Marriage of Daughter20 August 1841Charlotte Bessey3
Death of Father5 November 1846William Bessey4
ProbateDecember 1846William Bessey
Marriage of Son14 February 1847Benjamin John Bessey5
Death1 December 1847Ann Bessey
Marriage of SonSeptember 1851Robert Bessey6
Marr RegMarch 1860John Bessey7
Death1862Eliza Bessey
Death5 July 1872John Bessey8
Probate2 August 1872John Bessey8
Death RegSeptember 1872John Bessey9

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: John was An Inn Keeper.

Census details

Background information on Lord Collingwood Inn, 6 Laughing Image Corner, North Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, - John KIRK was the licensee in 1819, and John got what every Australian boy dreams of - he married a widow with a pub, He actually got the trifecta, as he outlived her and married a woman 20 years younger. Around 1824, he became the publican after marrying Ann KIRK nee PORTER 18th Nov 1820. He remained the licensee until he died in 1872. His son Robert took over in 1875, but only kept it for a couple of years. It was demolished around 1905 - Above info paraphrased from
* To get an idea where exactly this was - North Quay runs from the North-West Tower to Hall Quay. The White Swan is a very old public house, kept recently (until 1994) by Bernie (Bertram) Fisher, who says that it is certainly haunted. At no. 6 in 1886, was J. Liffen the shrimper. His boat was kept on the river here. At no. 7 in the thirties, was Isaac Chaplin, and next door at no. 8 was Mr. and Mrs.Carter's fish shop (Ethel and Harry). At no. 9 was Miss Nockles, 9a was the Clarke's house. A very tiny shop was at 10a, and situated through the opening, one of the residents being "Pammy" Johnson. Past Rainbow corner at no. 11 could be found Joseph Harrod the barber.
At no. 9 in 1886, was the Lord Collingwood Pub. At no. 18, as early as 1874, Fred Delf had a grocery store. The business was eventually sold off in 1939. (see under 54 King Street) It was beside the "North Tower" public house, at no. 16a. This had been the "Norwich Arms", kept 1863, 1874, by John Plane.

Children of John Bessey and Ann Porter

Child of John Bessey and Eliza Larner


  1. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Burgh St Margaret
    Church     St Margaret At
    BaptismDate     29 Apr 1798
    Forename     John
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     William
    MotherForename     Mary Ann
    FatherSurname     BESSEY
    MotherSurname     CRANE
    FileNumber     1733.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), extracted m163154.
  3. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Barton Turf
    Church     St Michael
    RegisterNumber     4
    MarriageDate     20 Aug 1841
    GroomForename     Joseph
    GroomSurname     AMISS
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     waterman
    BrideForename     Charlotte
    BrideSurname     BESSEY
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    GroomFatherForename     Joseph
    GroomFatherSurname     AMISS
    GroomFatherOccupation     waterman
    BrideFatherForename     John
    BrideFatherSurname     BESSEY
    BrideFatherOccupation     publican
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     AMISS
    WitnessTwoForename     Hannah
    WitnessTwoSurname     LUBBOCK
    FileNumber     1678.
  4. Raymond Goddard, Ancestor report, He died in Repps on 5/11/1845.
  5. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Groom's Name:      Benjamin Bessey
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    Bride's Name:      Eliza Bentham
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    Marriage Date:      14/2/1847
    Marriage Place:      St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Groom's Father's Name:      John Bessey
    Groom's Mother's Name:      
    Bride's Father's Name:      John Bentham
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    Indexing Project (Batch) Number:      M16315-8
    System Origin:      England-VR
    Source Film Number:      1526456
    Reference Number:      2:1F6QWFW.
  6. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, CURTIS      Eliza            Yarmouth      13     548.
  7. Free parish registers, online, Bessey      John           and Sussins      Eliza            Yarmouth      4b     3.
  8. Website Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941 ( "Name:      John Bessey
    Probate Date:      2 Aug 1872
    Death Date:      5 Jul 1872
    Death Place:      Norfolk, England
    Registry:      Norwich."
  9. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, BESSEY      John      75      Flegg      4b     29.
  10. Website Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941 ( "Name:     John Bessey
    Death Age:     75
    Birth Date:     abt 1797
    Death Date:     abt 1872
    Death Place:     Runham Norfolk
    Burial Date:     8 Jul 1872
    Burial Place:     Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Cemetery:     Yarmouth Old Cemetery
    Cemetery Section:     R
    Grave Number:     254
    Interment Number:     5492
    Cemetery Notes:     Consecrated."