Eli Charles BEATON

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  • Name Eli Charles BEATON 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Jun Q 1853  South Bersted, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • About 1853 from death certificate which gives age as 27
      Birthplace shown as 'Bersted' in the 1861 census.
      GRO ref: Bacon, Charles q2 1853 Chichester RD 2b 309; GRO online index shows mother's maiden name as Withers
    Baptised 18 Sep 1853  St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, South Bersted, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From IGI and transcribed data on SFHG members database
      Latter shows Eli Charles BEATON, son of Charles and Caroline, father a labourer, abode North Bersted
    Gender Male 
    Petty sessions 13 Jan 1870  Bedhampton, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Trespassing in search of game 
    • Havant.
      Agents-Messrs. White & Chignell
      Thursday. - Before W. H. Stone, Esq., m.p.
      Trespassing in Search of Game.- - George Legg, and
      Eli Beaton, two lads about 16 years of age, were charged
      with trespassing in search of game on land at Bedhampton,
      in the occupation of Mr. Bryan Gibbins, at Bedhampton.
      On Saturday a keeper named Buck, was in Bromfield, in
      the parish of Bedhampton, on part of Mr. Gibbins' land.
      The two defendants were there digging with sticks at a
      rabbit burrow. They had a dog with them. He went up
      to them and questioned them, when they said they were
      "ratting" but they were not. They were looking for
      rabbits. Another person was with them, but he had not
      been served with a summons as he was away from home.
      - The defendants did not appear, and the service of the
      summons having been proved, they were convicted and
      sentenced to pay 10s, and costs, and were allowed a week.

      (from the Hampshire Telegraph of Saturday 15 January 1870)
    Petty sessions 20 Dec 1870 
    Stealing rabbits 
    • Petty Sessions, Tuesday. - Before Mr. Spencer
      Smith (clerkman), Messrs. Frank Bradshaw, Henry Carter,
      and W. H. Deane.
      ...
        Eli Beaton, a lad about 17 years of age, was brought up in
      custody on a charge of having stolen a tame rabbit, of the value
      of 3s, the property of Mr. Elias Carroll, at Havant, on the 8th
      instant. - There was another charge against the prisoner of
      having, on the 2nd instant, at the same place, stolen a rabbit of
      the value of 2s, the property of Herbert Gain. - Priosoner
      pleaded guilty to both charges, and was convicted of each
      offence and sentenced to two calendar months' imprisonment
      in each case, the second term to commence at the expiration of
      the first.

      (from the Hampshire Advertiser of Saturday 24 December 1870)
    Prisoner From 20 Dec 1870 to 20 Apr 1871  H. M. Prison, Winchester, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • With the date I am assuming that the 4 months began on the day Eli appeared in court, but this may not be quite correct.
    Occupation 3 Apr 1871 
    Prisoner at Winchester - agric labourer 
    • In prison at the time of the census, no doubt as a result of the rabbit stealing incidents, Eli was shown as an agric labourer.
    Petty sessions 14 Mar 1878  Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Stealing rabbits 
    • Havant.
      Petty Sessions, - Thursday, - Before Sir F. Fitz-
      wygram, Bart., and Captain Hodgkinson, R.N.
      ...
         Eli Beaton, of Bedhampton, charged with being dis-
      orderly while drunk, at Havant, on the 2nd instant, was,
      on the evidence of P.C. Bown, fined 6s.6d. and 8s. 6d.
      costs ; or, in default of payment, then days' imprisonment
      with hard labour. - The defendant did not appear.

      (from the Hampshire Telegrapher of Saturday 16 March 1878)
    Misdemeanour 6 Nov 1880  “Prince of Wales Inn”, Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Wilful breaking of pub window 
    • At Eli's trial for this it was suggested the act was one of spite - what had been going on that Eli wished to get back at the landlord or others involved with the inn?
    Petty sessions 18 Nov 1880  Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Wilful breaking of pub window 
    • Havant.
         Petty Sessions, - Thursday, - Before Admiral
      O'Callaghan, c.b., and J. E. Cox, Esq.
         Wilful Damage - Eli Beaton, of Havant, was sum-
      moned for wilfully and maliciously breaking a pane of
      plate glass at the "Prince of Wales Inn," Havant, on
      November 6th. - The defendant did not appear, and it is
      believed that he has left the town. - The evidence of Mr.
      Watson, the landlord, and James Bayley, who witnessed the
      occurrence, showed that the defendant deliberately threw
      a stone and broke the window. It is believed that the
      act was one of spite. - The Bench ordered the defendant
      to pay the damage, 25s., besides 10s. fine, and the costs ; in
      default 21 days' hard labour. - Admiral O'Callaghan said
      that, looking at the antecedents of the defendant, who
      had been convicted seven times previously, he was afraid
      that the prosecutor would get no recompense, as defend-
      ant, when caught, would probably prefer going to gaol.

      (from the Hampshire Telegrapher of Saturday 20 November 1880)
    Petty sessions 16 Dec 1880  Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Stealing 5 fowls 
    • Havant.
      Petty Sessions, - Yesterday.
      Before Admiral O'Callaghan and J. Turner, Esq.
        Alleged Theft - Eli Beaton, a labourer,
      lodging with a married relative, at Stakes, near
      Purbrook, was charged with stealing five fowls,
      values 10s., of Mr. Roger Simmonds,
      grocer and farmer, of Purbrook, on the 1st of
      December ; and Caroline Wells was charged with
      receiving the same, knowing them to have been
      stolen. - The prosecutor stated that on the day in
      question, he went into his folw-house in the early
      morning, and found that the place had been broken
      open, and five of the birds were gone. - After
      hearing the witnesses, the Magistrates thought
      there was sufficient evidence to send the prisoners
      for trial, which was accordingly done.

      (from the Portsmouth Evening News of Friday 17 December 1880)

      Ealier, it had been reported
      Havant.
      Petty Sessions. - Thursday - Before Captain T.
      Hodgkinson r.n. and J. Edward Cox, Esq.
      ...
        Charge of Theft. - Eli Beaton was charged with
      stealing three fowls, values 10s., the property of Mr.
      Simmonds, of Farlington, on Tuesday night, and Caroline
      Wells, his sister, a married woman living at Stakes, was
      charged with receiving the same with a guilty knowledge.
      - Only sufficient evidence was taken to justify a remand.
      This was to the effect that at the place where the fowls
      were stolen marks correspoinding to the man's footprints
      were found ; and at Mrs. Wells's house, where Beaton
      was lodging, the police discovered the remains of some
      fowls. - Beaton was remanded for 14 days in custody ; the
      woman, who was also remanded, was admitted to bail.

      (from the Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, of Saturday 4 December 1880)

      This was at the same petty sessions where their mother was charged with wilfully breaking a window.
    Occupation 1881 
    Prisoner at Winchester - general labourer 
    • In prison again, now shown as a general labourer; dth cert says "labourer then prisoner ..."
    Misdemeanour Abt Nov 1881  “Dolphin Hotel”, West Street, Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Whiskey Stealing 
    • This is the hostelry in which his mother had broken a window a year earlier.
    Petty sessions Abt 26 Nov 1881 
    Whiskey Stealing 
    •   Whiskey Stealing. - Eli Beaton and George
      Legg were charged with stealing a quantity of
      whiskey, value, 6d., the property of John Purnell,
      of the Dolphin, Havant. The barmaid served
      prisoner with a quart of porter, and left the bar.
      Hearing something running, she returned, and found
      the tap of the whiskey jar turned on, and on
      examining the jug in which defendant's porter was,
      she found that there was whiskey mixed with the
      porter. - Sergeant Russell said that on two occasions
      since prisoner's apprehension Legg accused Beaton
      of stealing the whiskey, and the latter made no
      reply. - Legg elected to be tried summarily, and
      pleased not guilty. He said that he had no hand
      in the robbery. Beaton said this was the case. He
      alone took the whiskey. - Legg was sentenced to
      fourteen days' hard labour. Beaton, against whom
      there were several previous convictions, was com-
      mitted to the Quarter Sessions.

      (from the Portsmouth Evening News of Monday 28 November 1881)
    Prisoner From 26 Nov 1881 to 15 Apr 1882  H. M. Prison, Winchester, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • With the date I am assuming that the 4 months began on the day Eli appeared in court at the petty sessions, but this may not be quite correct. He was presumably sentenced at subsequent quarter sessions.
    Died 15 Apr 1882  H. M. Prison, Winchester, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died of syncope in the prison hospital. An inquest was held on 17th April, of which a reports appeared in newspapers.

      The Hampshire Telegraph of Saturday 22 April 1882, in a setion of news headed 'Winchester', noted:
      "Death in Gaol.. - Mr. H. White held an inquest
      on Monday in the Gaol, on the body of Eli Beaton,
      aged 27, from Havant, who was received into the
      prison on November 26th, and at the last Epiphany
      Sessions was tried and sentenced to nine months'
      imprisonment with hard labour, but as he had heart
      disease, by Dr. Richards' instructions the labour was
      not enforced. He was removed to the Infirmary on
      March 19th. He got worse, had hemorrhage of the
      nose and bowels, and despite every attention and care
      died on the 15th from disease of the heart. Verdict
      accordingly."

      In a paper of the same date the Hampshire Advertiser recorded:
      "Death in Durance. - Mr. H. White, city and
      deputy county coroner, held an inquest on Monday, at the
      Gaol, on the body of Eli Beaton, aged 27, who was admitted on
      November 26th, and who had been attended by Dr. W. A.
      Richards, and was removed into the Infirmary on March 19th,
      where he was attended daily for heart disease. On April [?]
      he had an attack of nose bleeding, which weakened him very
      much ; then he had hemorrhage of the bowel. In consequence
      of his heart disease he was not put to hard labour. His
      sentence was nine months' imprisonment from last Epiphany
      Sessions, and he came from Havant. - Verdict, "Death from
      natural causes." "

      GRO ref: Beaton, Eli q2 1882 aged 27 Winchester RD  2c 60
    Death certificate for Eli Beaton
    Death certificate for Eli Beaton
    Died in prison
    Buried 20 Apr 1882  St. Faith’s Church, Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 27 Oct 2017)
      "Eli Beaton No. 1102, abode: Havant, buried: April 20, age: 27 yrs, ceremony performed by: W. Renard Rector"
    Notes 
    • At the time of the 1871 census Eli was in St Faith's Parish, in the District County Prison (Winchester). I don't know when the first conviction was that put him inside, but he was there again at the time of the 1881 census, having been convicted of larceny (with a note that he had before been convicted of felony) and sentenced to 6 months at the Winchester Epiphany Quarter Sessions, 3rd January 1881. At the 1882 same Quarter Sessions (on 2nd January) he was again convicted of larceny, this time with a note that he had twice before been convicted of felony. On this occasion he was not only sentenced to 9 months imprisonment but also to a one year term of police supervision. This appears to have been reserved for those with at least 2 previous convictions. Sadly, he did not live to see freedom again, dying in gaol that April, from "syncope". Death cert in place of "signature, description and residence of informant" says "certificate received from Henry while Deputy Coroner for Hampshire. Inquest held 17th April 1882". He may not have been the first of the family to be in prison - his sister Caroline seems to have been convicted in 1865.
    Person ID I690  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2018 

    Father Charles BEATON,   b. Abt 1815, South Mundham, Pagham, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1890, Brockhampton, Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Caroline WITHERS,   b. 1816, West Wittering, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1912, Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum, Fareham, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1840  St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, West Wittering, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 9 children 
    Family ID F124    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jun Q 1853 - South Bersted, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 18 Sep 1853 - St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, South Bersted, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsPetty sessions - Trespassing in search of game - 13 Jan 1870 - Bedhampton, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsPrisoner - From 20 Dec 1870 to 20 Apr 1871 - H. M. Prison, Winchester, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsPetty sessions - Stealing rabbits - 14 Mar 1878 - Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMisdemeanour - Wilful breaking of pub window - 6 Nov 1880 - “Prince of Wales Inn”, Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsPetty sessions - Wilful breaking of pub window - 18 Nov 1880 - Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsPetty sessions - Stealing 5 fowls - 16 Dec 1880 - Havant, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsPrisoner - From 26 Nov 1881 to 15 Apr 1882 - H. M. Prison, Winchester, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Apr 1882 - H. M. Prison, Winchester, Hampshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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