Harriet Beck

Brief Life History of Harriet

When Harriet Beck was born on 2 September 1830, in Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Beck, was 34 and her mother, Catherine Copplestone, was 34. She married Joseph Berry on 3 September 1849. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Newington, Surrey, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Deptford St Paul, Kent, England, United Kingdom in 1871. She died in 1887, in London, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 57.

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Family Time Line

Richard Wallis
Harriet Beck
Marriage: 16 September 1882
Lavinia Harriet Berry
Catherina Eliza Berry Wallis
Thomas Alfred Berry Wallis
Samuel Berry Wallis
Elizabeth Agnes Berry Wallis
Eliza Sarah Berry Wallis

Sources (12)

  • Harriot Beck in household of Catharine Beck, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Joseph Berry in the London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938
  • Harriet Barry in entry for Elizabeth Ann Barry, "England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988"

World Events (7)

1831 · Old London Bridge Opens

"The popular childhood rhyme ""London Bridge is Falling Down"" refers to the infamous overpass above the Thames River. By the 19th century the bridge had started to fall apart."


Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

1852 · First Public Lavatory Erected 

George Jenning was the person that invented and gave us the public lavatory. It cost people a penny to use. 

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, from northern Middle English bekke ‘stream’ (Old Norse bekkr).

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France named Bec, for example Bec Hellouin in Eure, named with Old Norman French bec ‘stream’, from the same Old Norse root as in 1 above.

English: from the Middle English personal name Becke (Old English Becca or Beocca), of uncertain origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Richard Wallis of London England was a cabinet maker by trade. A cabinet maker is an artisan who turns out fine woodwork. On one occasion building a cabinet in an upper-class home he met the maid who …

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