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Name: James Bewers

Burial Number: 0666

Gender: Male

Occupation: Linen Draper

Born: 20/2/1826

Died: 05/05/1912

Buried: 08/05/1912


James Bewers was born on 20th February 1826 in Great Baddow, Essex. He was baptised at St Mary the Virgin church, Great Baddow on 6th March. His father was William Bewers, a tailor, b.1783, and his mother was Elizabeth, b. 1789, both from Dorset. In 1841 they were living in  Cowland Yard, Chelmsford, Essex.
In 1855, James married Martha Morgan of Clerkenwell, Middlesex, on 15th March at Christ Church, Southwark, his occupation was given as a linen draper. They had 5 children, Charles 1856, Charlotte 1857, Alice 1858, Martha 1860 and James Robert 1866.
In a business directory 1856, James Bewers was listed at 139, Lambeth Walk. He continued to run his successful Linen/Drapery business, assisted by his wife and later, his son Charles. They lived at 70, Blackfriars Road for many years, later moving to 41, Seven Sisters Road, Holloway. In 1887, aged 59yrs, James sold the business to Beecroft & Sons of Luton, and then moved, with Martha and his family to 22, Freegrove Road, Islington.
In the late 1890s they moved to Worthing, living at “Irene”, Manor Road. James died here on 5th May 1912. Probate was granted on 27th July to Martha Bewers widow and James Robert Bewers bank manager. Effects £7323 14s.

James was buried under the Burial Laws Amendment Act 1880 which meant there was no funeral service.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 9 Plot: 15

Exact Location (what3words): wiping.cried.august

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of James Bewers who passed peacefully away May 5th 1912 aged 86 yrs "Rest awhile our treasured love, called for ever safe above" Also of Martha widow of the above died 7th Oct. 1915 aged 81 years

Further Information


Name: James Bewers

Gender: Male

Born: 20/2/1826

Town: Great Baddow

County: Essex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 15/3/1855

Spouse First Name: Martha

Spouse Last Name: Morgan

Town of Marriage: Southwark

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 05/05/1912

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Irene

Address line 3: Manor Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £7323 14 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £841000.00

Census Information


70, Blackfriars Road, Southwark.

James Bewers, 33yrs, Draper, wife, Martha, 27yrs, 3 children, Charles 5, Charlotte 4, Alice 3, plus an apprentice, Joseph Thompson, 18yrs. They employed 2 servants.


70, Blackfriars Road, Southwark.

James Bewers, 44yrs, Draper, wife, Martha, 37yrs, 5 children, Charles 15, assistant, Charlotte 14, Alice 13, Martha 11, James Robert 6. They employed 2 servants.


41, Seven Sisters Road, Holloway.

James Bewers, 54yrs, Draper, wife, Martha, 47yrs, Charles, 25yrs, Surveyor, Charlotte, 24yrs, Alice, 23yrs, Martha, 21yrs, James Robert, 21yrs, Banker’s Clerk.


Freegrove Road, Islington.

James Draper, 63 yrs, Retired Draper, wife, Martha 57yrs, Charlotte, 33yrs, Alice 32yrs, Martha, 29yrs, Shop Saleswoman, James R., 26yrs, Bank Clerk.


Irene, Manor Road, Worthing.

James Bewers, 74yrs, Own Means, wife, Martha, 67yrs, Charlotte, 44yrs, Alice, 43yrs. Employing 1 servant.


15, Church Road, Barnes

James, 83yrs, Retired Draper, and wife, Martha, 74yrs, visiting their son, James Robert and his sister Charlotte.

Miscellaneous Information

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