Beanland, Arthur (1828-1883)
Arthur was born on 9 December 1828 at Great Horton, nr Bradford, Yorkshire to parents Benjamin and Betty. Benjamin was a blacksmith. The 1851 census gives Arthur’s occupation as blacksmith and local preacher.
William Antliff’s ‘Book of Marvels” makes reference to an incident of a donkey in a prayer meeting. This happened in Benjamin’s house.
As a boy Arthur enjoyed constructing mechanical nicknacks. He was converted in his fourteenth year. The writer of his obituary suggests that Arthur was a serious and studious child, even more so after his conversion, and did not take much exercise, which may have affected his health in later years.
Soon after conversion Arthur became a Sunday School teacher. He was a local preacher aged 18 and entered the ministry when 24.
Arthur wrote the following.
Glances through the gates: or, sketches of paradise , 1873
The world before Adam: or, geological footprints of Jehovah , 1876
Arthur studied geology and was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society on 5 November 1873.
Whilst at Scarborough, Arthur’s health started to deteriorate. After a year at Winterton, Arthur applied for superannuation. Conference did not accept the application and sent Arthur to Kingston-on-Thames where it was felt that a change of climate would help. Sadly his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to hospital where he died as a result of an operation.
Arthur married Jane Webster (1835-1913) on 24 August 1860 at Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify six children.
- William Arthur (1864-1946) – a headmaster
- Adeliza Annie (1870-1953)
- Louisa Augusta (1871-1901)
- Florence Mary (1875-1966) – married Thomas Hayes, a schoolmaster
- Albert Edward (1877-1882)
- Joseph Henry (1880-1958) – a clerk
Arthur died on 6 December 1883 at St Thomas Hospital, Lambeth, Surrey.
- 1854 Belper
- 1856 Boston
- 1858 Burton on Trent
- 1859 Lincoln
- 1861 Hinckley
- 1862 Melton Mowbray
- 1864 Mansfield
- 1867 Bottesford
- 1869 Wirksworth
- 1872 Sleaford
- 1875 Barton on Humber
- 1879 Scarborough
- 1882 Winterton
- 1883 Kingston
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881 (portrait); 1885/371
PM Minutes 1884/9
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Axworthy’s Family Tree on Ancestry.com