John Percival Beet 1815-1882

John Percival BEET was the father of my 3rd great grandmother Jane BEET. When Jane was baptised in Thurgoland on 13 July 18451, John and Mary BEET were living in Ramsden Row, Thurgoland. His occupation is given as “wire drawer”. A wire drawer was a term for a worker who would make wire by drawing metal through holes. There were 3 Wire Mills in Thurgoland in the 19th Century.

The later censuses will show that John BEET lived at Ramsden Row for most of his life, making the research easy to follow. However, there was another John & Mary BEET living in Thurgoland during the same time period and the other John also worked as a wire drawer so care needs to be taken in evaluating records to make sure that the correct person is being researched. (They even had some children with the same names!).

DateChild’s NameParent’s Christian NamesSurnameAbodeQuality, Trade or Profession
13 July 1845Jane daughter ofJohn & MaryBEETThurgoland Ramsden RowWire Drawer


John Percival BEET was baptised at the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul on 03 March 18152. This is the only record where his middle name is given. I have confirmed that this is the correct baptism record for John BEET by finding his mother Elizabeth BEET living at Bowden Street in 18513, which the address that John gives at the time of his marriage.

DateNameParent’s Christian NamesSurnameResidenceOccupation
03 March 1815John son ofJohn & Eliz[abe]thBEETSheffieldCutter. Born 25 January 1815
Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Sheffield. 17 December 2021. Photo: Clare Hopkins

1841 Census

In 1841, John BEET was living in Deepcar in the house of Thomas HAIGH, a publican4. John was already working as a wire drawer at the age of 25. He was living in the same household as his future wife, Mary EARNSHAW who was working as a female servant.

NamesAgeProfession, Trade or EmploymentBorn in County?
Thomas HAIGH55PublicanYes
Ellen HAIGH50Yes
Mary EARNSHAW15F[emale] s[ervant]Yes
John BEET25Wire drawerYes
Edmund KENTON26TravellerNo
Maria KENTON25No
Tho[ma]s SUTLIFFE71SaddlerYes


John BEET and Mary EARNSHAW were married the following year at the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul in Sheffield, 19 September 18425. John’s address was given as Bowden Street, Sheffield, and his father John was a labourer.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameFather’s Rank or Profession
19 September 1842John BEET27BachelorWire drawerBowden St[reet]Jo[h]n BEETLabourer
Mary EARNSHAW19SpinsterW[illia]m EARNSHAWJoiner
Witnesses: J HUDSON & J KIRK
Max at The Old Wire Mill, Thurgoland. 01 January 2020. Photo: Clare Hopkins

1851 Census

In 1851, John and Mary had moved to Ramsden Row in Thurgoland6, presumably between the birth of their children William, who was born in Deepcar (abt. 1843) and Jane, who was born in Thurgoland (abt. 1846). The other children they have listed on the census are Hannah (born abt. 1848), and Sarah (born abt. 1850).

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John BEETHeadMarried36Wire DrawerSheffield, Yorkshire
Mary BEETWifeMarried26Sheffield, Yorkshire
William BEETSon8ScholarDeepcar, Yorkshire
Jane BEETDaur.5ScholarThurgoland, Yorkshire
Hannah BEETDaur.3Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Sarah BEETDaur.1Thurgoland, Yorkshire

1861 Census

In 1861, John & Mary BEET were living at Ramsden Row, Thurgoland7. John and Mary had 3 more children by the time the 1861 census was taken: Mary Ann (born abt. 1855), Joseph (born abt. 1858), and John (born abt. 1860).

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John BEETHeadMarried46Wire DrawerSheffield, Yorkshire
Mary BEETWifeMarried36[??], Yorkshire
William BEETSonUnmarried18Wire DrawerDeepcar, Yorkshire
Jane BEETDaur.Unmarried15Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Hannah BEETDaur.Unmarried13Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Sarah BEETDaur.11Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Maryann BEETDaur.6Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Joseph BEETSon3Thurgoland, Yorkshire
John BEETSon1Thurgoland, Yorkshire

1871 Census

In 1871, John and Mary BEET were still living at Ramsden Row, Thurgoland8. Their eldest son William BEET, his wife Emma, and their 3 boys John (aged 6), William (aged 4) and Horatio (aged 3 months), lived in the household next to theirs on the census.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John BEETHeadMarried56Wire DrawerSheffield, Yorkshire
Mary BEETWifeMarried46Penistone, Yorkshire
Mary A BEETDaur.Unmarried16Servant (domestic)Thurgoland, Yorkshire
Joseph BEETSonUnmarried13Labourer at Wire MillThurgoland, Yorkshire
John BEETSonUnmarried11ScholarThurgoland, Yorkshire
Elizabeth BEETDaur.8ScholarThurgoland, Yorkshire
Christopher BEETSon5ScholarThurgoland, Yorkshire

1881 Census

In 1881, John and Mary BEET were still living at Ramsden Row, Thurgoland9, with 3 of their children: Joseph, John, and Christopher, who were now employed in various labouring positions.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John BEETHeadMarried66Steel Wire DrawerSheffield, Yorkshire
Mary BEETWifeMarried56Penistone, Yorkshire
Joseph BEETSonUnmarried24Steel Wire DrawerThurgoland, Yorkshire
John BEETSonUnmarried21Labourer in Coal MineThurgoland, Yorkshire
Christopher BEETSonUnmarried15Labourer at Iron WorksThurgoland, Yorkshire


John BEET died on 25 October 1882 at the age of 67, and he was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Thurgoland.

NameAbodeWhen BuriedAge
John BEETRamsden Row28 October [1882]67

In Memoriam John BEET of Ramsden Row who died October 25th 1882 aged 67 years.

Also of Mary, wife of the above, who died October 20th 1907, aged 82 years. “At rest”.

Headstone Transcription. Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland.
Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland. 03 May 2020. Photo: Ben Hopkins

Family Members:

Wife:Mary EARNSHAW 1824-1907
Daughter (my direct ancestor):Jane BEET 1845-1908
Father:John BEET
Mother:Elizabeth PASS 1791-

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