John Beck

1801–73

Banker. Baptised by the Reverend George Augustus Case at the Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 20 July 1801. Attended Case’s day-school in Shrewsbury with Erasmus Alvey Darwin, then Shrewsbury School, leaving in 1816. Married Susanna Margaret Badger in the parish church of Ellesmere, Shropshire, in 1824; their three children were also baptised in the Church of England. A partner in the Shrewsbury and Welshpool Bank, Shrewsbury; retired between 1829 and 1831. By 1841 he was living apart from his family. Left an estate valued at under £100.

Sources: Parish records, Shropshire Records and Research Centre (Shrewsbury High St. baptism register, 20 July 1801Ellesmere marriage register, 30 March 1824Shrewsbury St Julian baptism register, 12 March 1825Meole Brace baptism register, 30 September 1829, 1 April 1831Will of John Beck, 1873/257)Death certificate, district of St Chad, Shrewsbury, 15 February 1873Census returns of England and Wales 1841 and 1851 (Public Record Office HO 107/925/65 and HO 107/1992/749)letter from John Beck, 6 October 1864 Commercial directory for Shropshire Shrewsbury School register. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)