THE BECKETT FAMILY FROM KNOTTINGLEY
by BARBARA EDMONDS
My Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Beckett of Knottingley, built in the 1800's,
a row of terrace houses, known as Beckett's Row. I understand that she lived in
Garden Cottage, and others of the family lived in these houses. I have a
photograph of Elizabeth; if anyone is interested in seeing it, please e-mail me.
Elizabeth had three children, William (my Grandfather) born 1870's, who
married Elizabeth Pearson of Low Green, Knottingley. The other children were
Ada, who married a Goulding, and Harriet who married a Masterman.
Of the Masterman marriage, I know that their son Rowland traveled the world
on tall ships, ended up in Australia, and became Brisbane Harbour Master. The
other son was Sam, and there was also a daughter, Alice, who married a Bramley.
To return to my Grandfather, William, he was Captain and owner of the Humber
Keel, 'Two Sisters', named after his own two sisters, and he lived with
Elizabeth at Canalside, Knottingley (now demolished). Rhuben Chapel of Goole
painted the 'Two Sisters', but this painting was lost by the family many years
ago, though I did trace it to being sold at Bonhams in about 1997, in a sale of
Maritime Art. Its whereabouts are now lost, but I would dearly love to see it
one day. I believe that the 'Two Sisters' itself, caught fire and sank at Keadby
whilst carrying burnt lime. I have written to the Humber Keel Society but they
have no record of her.
William and Elizabeth had many children, some descendants still live in
Knottingley. My father Fred Beckett, became a captain for John Harker's, and
worked the Bristol Channel etc, some of his sons also worked for this company.
Other ancestors I am researching from around Knottingley are as follows:-
Pearson, Shaw, Mounteer, Rowbottom, Trueman and Wainwright.
If anyone has any information, all is gratefully received.