Beeken Family Page
William married Elizabeth, there are several baptisms recorded in the records for Crowland Church of children of William and Elizabeth, several of these children died as babies or in early infancy. John BEEKEN was born to William and Elizabeth in 1744 and baptised at Crowland on 1/1/1745.
John married Mary JENKINSON at Crowland on 21/3/1767 by marriage bond. John and Mary are known to have had thirteen children born to them, not all survived infancy. Their fourth son, Thomas was baptised at Crowland on 2.11.1770. Thomas married Ann BOYER at Crowland on 13.10.1794 by banns. Thomas and Ann had 10 known children. Margaret was their eighth child and fourth daughter, she was baptised at Crowland on 24.2.1806.
Margaret never married but she had 3 base born children all recorded as JACKSON. William Jackson BEEKEN was baptised at Crowland on 25/8/1835. His brother, Thomas Jackson BEEKEN was baptised at Crowland on 26/5/1838 and their sister, Ann Jackson BEEKEN was bapised at Crowland on 22/2/1840. Margaret never married, she appears on the 1841 census and the 1851 census, living in Church street, Crowland, with the three children. She died and was buried at Crowland on 7.5.1875.
William and Thomas both joined the Army. William's service documents show that he perhaps had a chequered career! In the 1911 Census he is back in Crowland living at Church Lane as an Army Pensioner. Thomas married Ellen Ann DREW at Portsea on 29/6/1863. The marriage certificate states that he was a Private in the 20th Regiment stationed at Anglesea Barracks. Thomas and Ellen had eight children, they returned to Crowland about 1866 after the birth of their third child, Annie. Thomas was employed as a blacksmith and the family can be found on the 1871 census, 1881 census, 1891 census and 1901 census.
John BEEKEN was the fifth son of Thomas and Ellen, he was born about 1873 in Crowland. There is no record of his baptism at Crowland even though the other children all show up on the church records. John is, however, recorded on the 1881 and 1891 census with the rest of the family. John married Isabella STEELS at Crowland on 7/7/1897. They had seven children and the family are recorded on the 1901 census (page 1 and page 2) and the 1911 census living in East street, Crowland.
Margaret, eldest child of John and Isabella BEEKEN was born in Crowland on 4/11/1898 and baptised there on 4/12/1898. Margaret can be found on the living with the family on the 1901 census for Crowland but on the 1911 census she is living with her aunt and uncle, Fanny and Wisdom Stetchfield at Horseshoe Lane, Kirton, Boston. Margaret married James William JARMAN in 1920 and they had six children: George, Stanley, Freda, Harold, Joan and Irene.