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Name: Betsy Sams

Burial Number: 1157

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1850

Died: 22/03/1924

Buried: 27/03/1924


Betsy Sams (1850 – 1924


Betsy was born in Albury, Hertfordshire, daughter of William Beeson and Susan (nee Stevenson). William, from Woolsthorpe in Lincolnshire, married Susan, from Branstone, Leicestershire, in Grantham in 1845.

Betsy was baptised in Albury on March 17th, 1850. Father William was then a ‘Kennel Servant’.

In 1851 the Beeson family was living at Albury Hall Lodge, William then a ‘Feeder to fox hounds’. Their children Tom Dent, 4, Ann Welbourn, 3 and Betsy,1, were with them, plus Lodger, Sarah Jane Edwards, Parochial School Mistress.

In 1861, William Beeson was a Publican at the Coach and Horses, in Thorley Street. . (Thorley is about a mile from the centre of Bishops’ Stortford, and 7 miles from Albury.) With him and Sarah were son Thomas, daughter Ann, and Betsy – all scholars.

In 1871 Betsy – or Elizabeth – was working as a Cook at All Saints Rectory in Hastings. She was one of 4 Servants at the Rectory.


Betsy married William Sams in 1874 in Holy Trinity, Kensington and Chelsea.

Born in Bardfield, Essex, William lived with his parents Edward (an Agricultural Labourer) and Sarah, in Bishops’ Stortford between 1861 and 1871. He was described as a Florist, on his marriage certificate, living in Upper Chelsea, and his father Edward was a Farm Bailiff.

Betsy’s father was by then a Licensed Victualler.


William had become Manager for George Beer who built several glasshouses on land by Chesswood Villa in 1872. There were two vineries, a cucumber house and a house for peaches. This was the first commercial glasshouse industry in Worthing.

William became a significant grower at Heene and Vice-Chairman of the Founding Committee of Worthing Horticultural Society

In 1881, living in Manor Road, were William and Betsy, with sons William John, Verles, and Edward, plus Betsy’s parents, William – now a retired Publican – and Susan, both then in their sixties. (I haven’t found any trace of Verles anywhere else)

By 1891 living at Stortford House, Manor Rd., were William, Nursery Man and Fruit Grower, with Betsy, and children William John who followed his father into the Nursery trade, Joseph Beeson, Edward and Dolly.  As William had lived in Bishops Stortford, that’s probably the source of the name of his house. (which is on the corner of Manor Road and St Michael’s Road, very close to the Cemetery.) It is also likely that William and Betsy originally met in the Bishops Stortford area.


By 1901 William, Betsy, William John, Dora and Bessie, were living at the Elms, in Boundary Road. They had 2 female Servants with them. William John was a Fruit Grower and Employer, like his father. Bessie was recorded as deaf from birth.


In 1911 the family was living at The Elms, on the corner of Heene Road and Boundary Road.  William, Nursery Man and Fruit Grower, Betsy, Joseph, Bank Clerk, Daisy and Bessie, plus one Servant, 23-year-old Lilly Bishop, from Portsmouth.


Betsy died on 22nd March 1924, and was buried in what became the family grave, on March 27th.

William died at The Elms in 1937.









Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Betsy Sams

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 4 Plot: 53

Exact Location (what3words): strong.palm.nights

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In ever loving remembrance of William Sams J.P. who passed to his rest on March 14th 1937 aged 89 years Also of his beloved elder daughter Daisy Dora Sams at rest Sept. 21st 1962 In loving memory of Betsy the beloved wife of William Sams J.P. Also of their beloved younger daughter Bessie Beeson Sams died Feb 24th 1944 Remembering also William John Sams their beloved eldest son who died June 26th 1944 "Sweet and happy memories encircle them"

Further Information


Name: Betsy Sams

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1850

Town: Unknown

County: Hertfordshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Beeson

Marriage Date: 10/10/1874

Spouse First Name: William

Spouse Last Name: Sams

Town of Marriage: Chelsea

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/03/1924

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: The Elms

Address line 3: Boundary Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £3078 10 s 4 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

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