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Name: Charlotte Beckles

Burial Number: 1229

Gender: Female

Distinction: Nee Dodson, b. Lancaster

Born: 08/04/1846

Died: 28/02/1926

Buried: 06/03/1926


Charlotte Victoria Dodson was born on 10th November 1844 in St. Anne, Lancaster. She was the daughter of Thomas Gudgeon Dodson, solicitor, and Elizabeth, nee Kirkes, Charlotte had 2 older siblings, Harriet b.1840, and George b.1842. In 1846 her father died, aged just 35yrs, and her mother remarried in 1848; Charlotte’s stepfather was the Reverend Edmund Clay, a widower, aged 24yrs, and the family lived in Leamington Priors, Warwickshire.

Charlotte’s stepfather was later appointed Curate to St. Mary’s Chapel, Brighton, Sussex, and the family moved to Keymer, a village near Brighton, where Charlotte lived until her marriage.

On 15th October 1867, aged 23yrs, Charlotte married the Reverend Henry McLeod Beckles, 21yrs, at St. Andrew’s, Hove, Sussex. Henry was then appointed Curate to Broadwater Parish Church, Worthing, Sussex, and in 1871 they lived at Yew Villa, Broadwater Street.

Their first child, Elva, was born prematurely in 1868, and survived, but their first son, named Henry, also born prematurely in 1869, died shortly after birth. They had moved to Worthing for the sake of Charlotte’s health, where 4 more children were born, Agnes Violet b.1871, Eustace Edmond b.1872, May Ethel b.1874, and Margaret W. b.1881.

In 1873 Henry was appointed the first Rector of St. Botolph’s Church, Heene, Worthing, and served for 19 years before his untimely death, in 1892, aged just 45yrs.

Charlotte remained a widow for over 30 years, she lived in Worthing with her daughters for the rest of her life, moving from Heene to Goring, and then back to Tarring, where she died in 1926, aged 82yrs.

Probate was granted to her daughters, Elva Mary Alice Beckles and May Ethel Beckles, both spinsters, effects £324 19s 11d. Value 2024 – £24,800.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charlotte Beckles

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 54

Exact Location (what3words): shovels.known.composers

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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To the loved memory of Henry Mcleod Beckles (Priest/Rector of this Parish for nineteen years born May 28th 1846 entered into his rest on the Feast of the Epiphany 1892. "Verse 2 Timothy lV v.3" Also of our beloved mother Charlotte Victoria his widow entered her rest Feb 28th 1926. Verse. Also of Elva Mary Alice their eldest daughter fell asleep May 20th 1935. Also of their beloved daughter May Ethel passed on Jan 18th 1960

Further Information


Name: Charlotte Victoria Beckles

Gender: Female

Born: 08/04/1846

Town: Known

County: Lancashire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Dodson

Marriage Date: 15/10/1867

Spouse First Name: Henry

Spouse Second Name: McLeod

Spouse Last Name: Beckles

Town of Marriage: Hove

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 28/02/1926

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: Highfields

Address line 3: Tarring

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £324 19 s 11 d

Current value of effects: £24800

Census Information


Living at Holly Walk, Leamington Priors, Warwickshire. Edmund Clay, Hd. 27yrs, wife, Elizabeth, 35yrs, stepdaughter, Harriet Dodson, 12yrs, stepson, George Dodson, 10yrs, stepdaughter, Charlotte Dodson, 7yrs, daughter, Maria Clay, 1yr.


Living at Keymer House, Keymer, Sussex. Edmund Clay, Hd. 37yrs, Curate St. Mary’s Chapel, wife, Elizabeth, 47yrs, stepdaughter, Charlotte, 16yrs, daughters, Louisa, 11yrs, Mary, 8yrs, plus 4 domestic servants.


Living at Yew Villa, Broadwater Street, Worthing, Sussex. Henry M. Beckles, Hd. 25yrs, Curate, wife, Charlotte V. 25yrs, daughters, Elva M. 2yrs, Agnes V. 1month, sister, Mary E. 14yrs, plus 4 domestic servants.


Living at The Rectory, St. Botolph’s Church, Heene, Worthing. Henry M. Beckles, Hd. 44yrs, Rector of Heene, wife, Charlotte, 44yrs, 4 daughters, Elva M. 22yrs, Agnes V. 20yrs, May E. 16yrs, Margaret W. 9yrs, nephew, Cyril Dodson, 14yrs, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at St. Botolph’s Lodge, Heene, Worthing. Charlotte Victoria Beckles, Hd. 56yrs, widow, living on own means, Elva M. 32yrs, single, Agnes V. 30yrs, single, May E. 26yrs, single, Margaret W. 19yrs, single, visitor, Mary Agnes Fallowes, 2yrs, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at Field Place, Goring by Sea, Worthing, Sussex. Charlotte Victoria Beckles, Hd. 67yrs, widow, living on own means, Elva M. 42yrs, single, Agnes V. 39yrs, single, May E. 35yrs, single, Margaret W. 29yrs, single, nephew, Christopher Garbett, 22yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


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