Research: Margaret Beacock (nee Gibson)

My 3x great grandmother Margaret Gibson was born in 1853 in Hull, East Yorkshire. She was the oldest of 3 children; Margaret (1853-1891), Thomas (1855-?) and Jane (1857-?). Their parents were Martin and Jane Gibson. Margaret’s mother was also previously married to Daniel Gray and gave birth to Hannah (1844-?) and Daniel Gray (1849-?). These were Margaret’s half-siblings.

Margaret was baptised on 6th March 1853 at West Street Chapel in Hull.

In 1861 Margaret was living at 6 Woods Court in Hull with her parents, brother Thomas and two step-siblings, Hannah and Daniel Gray. There were also 4 lodgers living there; George P Gwynne who was a 21 year old whip maker from London, George Nicholson who was a 73 year old Mariner from Hull, Thomas Clarke who was a 38 year old Plasterer from Brigg in Lincolnshire, and Christopher Heliot who was a 51 year old Currier from London. A Currier cured or tanned hides, turning them into leather.

Margaret Gibson married Thomas Beacock on 24th December 1868 in Hull, East Yorkshire. Margaret was just 15 years old, whilst Thomas was 25 years old. The marriage certificate which can be seen below shows that Margaret couldn’t write her name. This is apparent, as it shows an “X” which was made by Margaret and it then states “the mark of Margaret Gibson”. It appears that the couple were already living at the same residence, at the time of their marriage. 6 Wood’s Court was the home of Margaret’s parents Martin and Jane. The fact that Martin and Jane allowed Lodgers to live with them, suggests that Thomas could have been a lodger in their home when he moved to Hull from Lincolnshire, sometime between 1861 and 1868.

Beacock x Gibson
Marriage Certificate of Thomas Beacock and Margaret Gibson

The couple went on to have a total of 13 known children; Thomas William (1869-1939), Sarah Francis (1871-1936), Henry Handson (1873-1958), Martin (1874-1875), Frederick (1875-1932), Julia Ann (1878-1966), Caroline (1880-1965), Gertrude (1883-?), Daniel (1885-1931), George Arthur (1887-1916), Martha Jane (1888-1888), Charles (1889-1890) and Hannah (1890-1890).

In 1871 Margaret was 16 years old and was living at 4 Primrose Court in Hull, with her husband Thomas and two of their children Thomas and Sarah.

In 1881 Margaret 26 years old and was living at 198 Bean Street in Hull with Thomas, 5 of her children, her mother, half-brother, brother and sister. There were also 4 visitors present, who were all part of the Cohlan family.

The image below shows a map of where 198 Bean Street once stood. The arrow points to the house. Similarly to the other houses where Jane and her family once lived, this house has also been demolished and is now part of a car park on Rawling Way. The development of Rawling Way, which connects Anlaby Road (near Hull Royal Infirmary) to the round about at the start of Hessle Road, meant that the majority of Bean Street was demolished.

198 Bean Street
198 Bean Street

In 1891 Margaret was living at 3 King’s Court in Hull with Thomas, 7 of her children and her half-brother Daniel Gray.

On 8th November 1891, just 7 months after the 1891 census was taken, Margaret passed away at her home on King’s Court, as a result of cancer. She was just 38 years old. She was buried in Hedon Road Cemetery, which is in Hull, on 11th November 1891.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I am related to some Gibsons from Hull. An Edward Gibson born 1812 married my relative Susannah Collinson in 1839 in Sculcoates. Really enjoying your posts. I am American but my Dad’s grandfather Vernon Linley Peace was born 1873 in Denby Dale in the West Riding, so these would be his relatives. Fun to have a Yorkshire branch and hope to visit there sometime.


    1. Tony Beacock says:

      Thank you very much for taking time to comment. I really appreciate your kind words about my posts. I am afraid that I don’t currently have an Edward Gibson anywhere in my research, but I could have missed him or not come across him yet. If you have any more information on the Gibsons in your family, please contact me via the contact form on my website. It will send an email to me, where we can discuss them further. I’m always happy to try and find a link! That’s interesting about your great grandfather being born in the West Riding – I live in the East Riding of Yorkshire and was born in Hull. I’d always be happy to direct you to the right places if you ever came over! Take care!


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