Personal information about Henry Froom Beck

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Death Information

   Henry Froom Beck
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Death certificate for Henry Froom Beck
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Death certificate for
Henry Froom Beck
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Date of Death:
   09 January 1872
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Cause of death:
  Enlarged Prostate, Retention of Urine, Typhoid symptoms.
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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Henry Beck
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Date of burial:
   13 January 1872
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Burial register information:
Book number: 1868
Page number: 061
Record number: 2887
Official at burial:
   The Rev'd. C Grinstead, Curate of Newbury.
   Cannot read second forename
Source of information:
  Burial Register.
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Memorial Details

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Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Henry Beck
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    11 January 1872
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News





“It is not every official whose death is more genuinely regretted than that of Henry Beck, the town crier of Newbury.   He retained the character throughout a long career of being a straightforward, honest man, and a faithful servant to the public;  in his family relations he leaves behind him the testimony of being an affectionate husband and a loving father.

“He was a native of Reading and came to Newbury nearly half a century ago, working as a journeyman baker to Mr. Witherington.   For 40 years Beck had been a constable of the borough and for 33 years bill poster and town crier.   It is in his latter capacity that he will be remembered, his stentorian2 voice being as clear and distinct as the bell that he rung.   So much did he excel in this particular that he has often been described as ‘the best town crier in England’.

“He was gifted with an excellent memory for past events, and was always punctual at his post, even if the appointment had been made weeks previously, and the person making it had forgotten the same.

“It was evident to those who knew him that for the past twelve months his constitution was breaking up, and the unexpected death of a son about two months’ since caused him much grief.   The last lot of bills he distributed was for the Christy Minstrels, and he died on Tuesday last, the day of the entertainment, at the age of 70.   An announcement for the coal club was, we believe, his last public act as town crier.

“He will be buried on Saturday at the Cemetery, and the police force will follow his remains.”
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Henry Froom Beck
Article source:    Sasha Wilson
Date of source:    21 January 2016
Copyright:    © 


Henry Froom BECK married Elizabeth WINTER in 1825. They had several children and Elizabeth Calfina BECK was number 5.

Elizabeth Calfina BECK married Issac POFFLEY in London in 1864 and they had four children of which Elizabeth Caroline POFFLEY was the eldest.

Elizabeth Caroline POFFLEY's second marriage in 1900 was to Alfred GRAVES and they had two girls and the eldest, Olive GRAVES, was my adoptive mother.

Sasha Wilson 21 Jan 2016
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Henry Beck gravestone as found by Friends

Henry Beck gravestone as found by Friends
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Order made when Henry Beck became part of the local constabulary

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Order made when Henry Beck became part of the local constabulary
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Henry Beck
Painting of Henry Beck
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Henry Beck
Photo of gravestone with Friends, after restoration
Henry Beck


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