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James Arthur Beeching (abt. 1788 - 1858)

James Arthur Beeching
Born about in Bexhill, Sussex, Englandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 14 Mar 1809 in Hastings, Sussex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 70 in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Sep 2019
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James Beeching was baptised in Bexhill, St Peters on 2 July 1788, he was the son of Thomas and Ann Beeching. [1]

He married Martha Thwaites in Hastings St Clements on 14 March 1809. [2] [3]

James was noted as the inventor of the 'self righting lifeboat', which he built for the 1851 exhibition at Crystal Palace, London. His design was chosen as the best, from over 280 entrants, and with a few modifications became the standard model for a new fleet of lifeboats. [4]. His shipbuilding firm 'Beeching Brothers' flourished in Great Yarmouth for several decades after his death.

James passed away in the Norwich district of Norfolk on 7 June 1858, age 70 [5], and he was buried in Great Yarmouth on 11 June 1858. [6]

His will was proved in Norwich on 15 September 1858, his estate was valued at under £1,500, and was administered by his two sons James Beeching, of Great Yarmouth and Samuel Beeching, of Ramsgate, Kent, both shipbuilders. [7]


1841 South Quay, Yarmouth [8]
  • James Beeching 50 Ship builder
  • Molly Beeching 20
  • Ann Beeching 15
  • Thomas Beeching 14, ship builders apprentice
1851 South Quay, Nelson Ward, Yarmouth [9]
  • James Beeching Head Male 62 Bexhill, Sussex, widower, ship builder
  • Mary D Beeching Daughter Female 32 Flushing, Holland
  • Thomas T Beeching Son Male 23 Yarmouth, Norfolk, ship wright


  1. Sussex Family History Group website, baptisms for Bexhill, Sussex
  2. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), James Beeching and Martha Thwaites, 1809; citing St. Clement'S, Hastings, Sussex, England, reference 2:39MSTPM, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,067,177.
  3. Sussex Family History Group CD, marriages for Hastings, Sussex
  4. Wikipedia entry for James Beeching [1]
  5. ( GRO index Q2 1858 Norwich vol 4b page 128
  6. Findmypast Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Burials [2]
  7. (
  8. Ancestry 1841 census [3]
  9. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 September 2019),

  • England Dictionary of National Biographical Summaries - accessed on Ancestry [4]
  • England. Bishops transcripts
  • England Deaths & Burials 1538-1991

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