Research: Henry Handson Beacock

My 3x great uncle Henry Handson Beacock was one of the older brothers of my 2x great-grandfather, Frederick Beacock. He was born 5th June 1873 in Hull, East Yorkshire and he was one 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). Their parents were Thomas “Lovitt” Beacock and Margaret Gibson. Henry and his siblings were part of the first generation of my direct Beacock line, to be born in Hull. This was due to his father, Thomas, moving over from Lincolnshire in the 1860s.

Henry’s middle name, Handson, was the surname of his father’s stepfather. I believe that Henry’s father, Thomas got along well with his stepfather and saw him as his actual father. I believe that this is why the Handson surname was given to Henry as a middle name.

In 1881, Henry was 8 years old and he was living at 198 Bean Street in Hull with his parents and 5 of his siblings. He was also living with his grandmother Jane Gibson, 2 of his uncles (Daniel Gray and Thomas Gibson) and an auntie Jane Gibson. Henry was recorded as being a scholar, meaning that he attended school.

Henry seems to disappear on the 1891 census – I cannot find him anywhere, which is very strange. This could be due to a false spelling of his name by either the original transcriber of the census or a modern transcriber who helped prepare the information to be published online. Henry would have been about 18 years old.

On 8th November 1891, Henry’s mother, Margaret passed away in her home of 3 King’s Court in Hull at the age of 38 years old and as a result of Cancer. Just 5 years later,  on the 23rd July 1896, Henry’s father, Thomas passed away in his home of 5 Featherstone’s Entry, High Street in Hull at the age of 55. He died as a result of Diabetes. Henry was 18 years old at the time of his mother’s death and 23 when his father passed away. I’m sure would have been devastated on both of those sad times.

On 19th March 1897, Henry’s paternal stepgrandfather, Gilbert Burton Handson, passed away at the age of 78 years old. I am not sure if there was ever a relationship between Gilbert and Henry, with him living in Lincolnshire, and Henry living in Hull and Durham. Either way, I’m sure it would have been upsetting news. Henry would have been 24 years old.

The photograph below shows Henry on the right. He is sat with one of his sisters, and most probably, her husband.


In 1901, 28-year-old Henry was living with his oldest brother Thomas William Beacock and his family at 65 Hermit Street in Throston, Durham. He was recorded as being a General Labourer. This was the same occupation as his brother, so Henry was probably working with Thomas at the point in time. His younger brother George was also living there with an occupation of Office Boy.

In 1907 Henry Handson Beacock married Florence Moody in Hartlepool, Durham. The couple went on to have a total of 7 known children; Ivy (1908-1992), Myrtle (1911-1999), Allan (1913-1913), Norman (1913-1993), Leonard (1915-1915), Stanley (1917-1990) and Gordon (1922-1924).

In 1911, Henry was 38 years old and was living at 6 Corporation Drive in Hartlepool, Durham with his wife, Florence and their first child Ivy. Florence’s parents, John and Mary Jane Moody were both living there too. Henry worked as a Hopper man in the Dredging Department of a Railway Company.

On 4th September 1913 Henry’s wife, Florence, gave birth to twin boys; Allan and Norman, but sadly Allan passed away. The couple also lost two more of their children; Leonard who was born in 1915 but sadly passed away that same year, and Gordon who was born in about the December time of 1922, and passed away in about the March time of 1924. Gordon was 1 year old.

The photograph below was provided by one of Henry’s granddaughters. The back three family members are Myrtle, Henry and Ivy. The front three are Stanley, Florence and Norman. This photo was most probably taken in the late 1930s, outside their Hull home of 55 Egton Street.

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On the 1939 Register, 65-year-old Henry was living at 55 Egton Street in Hull with his wife Florence and children, Myrtle, Norman and Stanley. Henry was working as a Dredgerman for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).

The photograph below shows Henry and Florence as an older couple.


In 1943, Henry’s wife, Florence passed away at the age of 63 years old. 8 years later, Henry sadly passed away in 1951 at the age of 77 years old. I am unsure what his cause of death was, but I will hopefully be able to find this information out in the near future.

There are so many questions that I would ask Henry if I were given the chance. I obviously never met Henry, but to me, he seems like a very interesting and knowledgeable person. It also seems that he would be able to tell a good story, so it is a shame that many of us missed out on meeting him. I would love to find out more about him and see more photographs (if they exist). I am also trying to find more photographs of his siblings and parents. The further we go back in time, the harder it is to find photographs and information about our ancestors. Every single photograph is valuable, as they can unlock many secrets or lost truths about our ancestors and their daily lives. If anyone has any more information about Henry, and the Beacock family, please get in touch. It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much for reading,

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