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Samuel Beale

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Samuel Beale (1803-1874)

1803. 4th June. Born at Birmingham the eldest son of William Beale (1770–1843) and his wife Sarah. Samuel's younger brother William John Beale (1807–1883) was the founder of Beale & Co., solicitors, of Birmingham and London. [1] [2]

1823 Married, Emma, daughter of Edmund Butcher, Unitarian minister at Sidmouth, Devon.

Glass and lead merchant in early years.

1836 Founder of Birmingham and Midland (later Midland) Bank

1841 Samuel Beale was Mayor of Birmingham in 1841, he was one of the first Town Councillors.

1842 Samuel Beale and Co listed as a manufacturer in the Birmingham area [3]

1844 Chairman of Midland Railway, 1844-64.

1849 Magistrate in Birmingham [4]

1851 Of - Cottage, New Bridge Road, Edgbaston age 47, a widower, alderman and magistrate, manufacturer in iron, dealer in seed. Living with his son William Lansdowne Beale (age 22 and born in Birmingham), dealer in lead and glass plus four servants. [5]

1852 Deputy chairman of the Midland Railway [6]

1853 Ironmaster and partner in the 'Parkgate Iron Works of Messrs. Samuel Beale and Co of Birmingham'[7]

1856 Director of the Crystal Palace Co [8]

1857 MP (L) for Derby, 1857-65

1861 Samuel Beale of Warfield Road, Berks (age 59) M.P. Proprietor of land employing seven men. Living with his wife Mary (age 46 and born at Plymstall, Cheshire) and son William L. (age 31), Ironmaster and colliery proprietor, and his wife Caroline (age 25 and born in Birmingham) and their son Arthur and two daughters plus four servants[9]

1864 Samuel Beale retired and his son William Lansdowne Beale incorporated the company under the name Parkgate Iron Company Limited, later becoming Park Gate Iron and Steel Co Ltd.

1864 Chairman of the Midland Railway and an MP. [10]

Director of Union Bank, London.

Low Bailiff of Birmingham; alderman of Birmingham third mayor, 1841. JP. Defeated candidate, 1865. Of 10 Park Street, Westminster; and Warfield Grove, Bracknell, Berks.

Member of Church of the Messiah, Birmingham, and its minister H. W. Crosskey officiated at his interment. Vice-president, B&FUA. (I, 19 Sept. 1874, p. 619). Attended Unitarian service during 1857 election although warned that, if he did, he would lose (Holt, p. 346).

1871 Living at Warfield Grove, Berks age 67 and a Magistrate born at Birmingham. Living with his wife Mary (age 56 and born at Chester) and their daughter Catherine E. Sargent (age 43 born at Edgbaston and a Barrister's wife) plus five servants. [11]

1875 He died 11th September 1874 aged 71.

1886 28th September. Death of Mary Beale aged 71 at 7 Loudon Grove, Liverpool and of 61 Belsize Avenue, London, the widow of Samuel Beale of Warfield Grove, Berks [12]

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Sources of Information

  1. DNB [1]
  2. IGI
  3. The Times, Friday, Mar 11, 1842
  4. 1849 History and Directory of Birmingham
  5. 1851 Census
  6. The Times, Saturday, Sep 04, 1852
  7. The Times, Monday, May 16, 1853
  8. The Times, Wednesday, Jan 23, 1856
  9. 1861 Census
  10. The Times, Monday, Aug 22, 1864
  11. 1871 Census
  12. The Times, Friday, Oct 01, 1886