A personal family history placed within its historical frame. Well done Tony!
Matthew Beacock was my 9x great-grandfather. He was born in 1627 to Michaell and Bettris Beacock (nee Reder) in Appleby, Lincolnshire. When Matthew was born, Charles I had been King of England for about 2 years. The following image was taken from the General Register of Appleby in 1627 and shows that Matthew was baptised that year.
When Matthew was about 15 the English Civil War (1642-1651). It is very difficult to discover a person’s role in this war, meaning the role that Matthew played is unknown. There are some sources that state that some children between the ages 12 and 16 were soldiers in this war. This suggests that there is a chance that Matthew, at the age of 15, had to take part in the fighting, but he could have been able to stay at home with his mother and family. On the other hand, Matthew’s father most…
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