James Beeching was baptised in Bexhill, St Peters on 2 July 1788, he was the son of Thomas and Ann Beeching. 
He married Martha Thwaites in Hastings St Clements on 14 March 1809. 
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. . 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 , and he was buried in Great Yarmouth on 11 June 1858. 
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. 
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
↑ Sussex Family History Group website, baptisms for Bexhill, Sussex
↑ "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N6KQ-K94 : 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.
↑ Sussex Family History Group CD, marriages for Hastings, Sussex