Beadle, Richard (1847-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

In the death of Mr. Beadle, at the age of sixty-seven, on March 5th, 1915, our Strensall Society has suffered a great loss. Born at Bulmer, near Castle Howard, in his early days his parents removed to Harton, in the York I, Circuit, where Richard began his life-long connection with our Church. It is forty years ago since he and his devoted wife came to Strensall, where he took up the duty of class leader and commenced our Sunday school, and served it as superintendent to the day of his death. 

In his home life he was blessed. with peace and encouragement. His character and conduct secured in him the confidence and esteem of the entire locality. He was a member of the Parish Council from its beginning, and held the chairmanship the last three years of his life. 

He was interred on March 8th, when the Vicar, Rev. W.M. Osborne, officiated, assisted by Rev. J. Reavley. Much sympathy is felt for his widow and family.


Richard was born in the spring of 1847 at Bulmer, Yorkshire, to parents Andrew Bedale, who worked the land (1851), and Elizabeth Dowkes. He was baptised on 25 April 1847 at Bulmer.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Richard.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 railway signalman
  • 1891 railway signalman
  • 1901 railway signalman
  • 1911 railway signalman

He married Rose Hannah Snowden (1851-1929) in the spring of 1869 in the York Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Tom (1870-1958) – a general labourer (1911)
  • John Robert (b1873) – a railway ticket collector (1901); groom & gardener (1911)
  • Fred (1876-1946) – a railway parcels porter (1901); assistant station master (1921)
  • Elizabeth Ann (1878-1881)
  • Richard William (1880-1950) – railway porter (1901); railway foreman trained as signalman (1939)
  • Lily Eva (1883-1944) – a domestic maid (1901); married Thomas Herbert Lister, a railway shunter (1911), in 1904
  • Florence Jane (1886-1968) – married John Thomas Scholes, a railway platelayer (1911), in 1908; married John Williamson, a railway labourer timber yard (1921), in 1920
  • Edith Annie (1889-1975) – a dressmaker (1911); married Robert Robinson, a railway clerk, in 1914
  • Herbert (1891-1914) – golf club maker (1911)
  • Wilfred (1895-1906)

Richard does on 5 March 1915 at Strensall, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/579

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Some early records spell the surname Bedale.

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