Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) is a largely forgotten 18th Century English Baptist preacher, remembered today only as a minor hymnwriter. For over half a century he served as pastor of the Baptist church meeting at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. He is worth more than a passing glance.
The husband of the descendant of William Snooke who transcribed the diaries has put in a two page intro as well as adding family trees at the end. The intro gives these details
29/09/1730 Snooke's birth date
16/01/1799 Date of Snooke's death
Pre-1752 Probably lived at Compton Abdale Rectory (sold to Lord Chedworth in 1768) some 5 or 6 miles west of Bourton.
16/01/1752 Came to live at the Manor House Bourton on the Water at the heart of the village (I understand that the original house was probably built c 1200 and was a residence of the Abbots of Evesham. It was rebuilt in the C16, then again in 1890 by Sir Guy Dawber and most recently in 1919.
He owned several farms in the Bourton area.
15/11/1743 Birth of sister Betsy
24/03/1745 Birth of sister Polly
11/06/1751 First marriage - to Frances Seward (1732-1766)
21/02/1753 Richard Hall of London marries Frances's sister Eleanor Seward (1733-1780) leading to relationship with him
04/06/1767 Snooke remarries - to Anne Snook (b 1742).
They have 5 or 6 daughters. Nancy dies young (07/12/1768-04/04/1773) dying by means of scalding bread and milk. Eliza goes on to marry Dr Nathaniel Stenson (of duct fame).
Descendants remain in the Manor House until 1928.
1768/69 Major changes to Manor House
Portraits exist apparently.
Richard Hall's three children also get mentions - Polly (1754) Patty (1756) and Franky (1757).
1775 - Bengeworth enclosures
Tantalisingly, he mentions that two other diaries are known to exist and are in Canada somewhere. (Apparently these diaries were subsequently lost in flood damage).
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Some useful dates
1650s Formed: '50 Welsh Assoc '52 Abingdon or Berkshire Assoc '53 Western Assoc '55 Midlands Assoc
1677 London Confession
1689 Glorious revolution. Rev & repub: London Confession 1690 Formed: Northern Assoc Re-formed: Midland Assoc 1690s '90-'93 National assemblies '90 Pub: "Keach" Catechism; '91 Spiritual Melody, Keach; '96 Spiritual Songs, Keach '97 First hymns, Stennett 1714 Coronation George I '17 Birth: BB; Founded: Particular Baptist Fund
'19 Formed: Yorks & Lancs Assoc '24 Founded: Baptist Board '27 Moravian revival, Herrnhut '33/34 Re-formed: Western Assoc '35 Wesleys converted '36 Pub: Narrative surprising conversions, Edwards, following revival; Gospel Worthy, Fuller '38 Whitefield, Wesley begin open air preaching '40 Great Awakening, America; Pub: Short account Whitefield '41 Whitefield, Wesley split '47 Pub: Humble Attempt, Edwards '48 Pub: Life Brainerd, Edwards
'52 Franklin develops lightning rod 1750s '50 Pub: Evangelical Hymns Wallin; '51 Selection Rippon; '52 Catechism BB
'56 Seven years war begins 1760s '60 Pub: Poems, A Steele; '68 Reign of Grace, Booth; '69 1st Baptist Hymn Book Collection, Ash/Evans; Body of Divinity, Gill '64 Formed: Northampton Assoc
'69 Formed: Norfolk & Suffolk Assoc '70 Strong Arminian Calvinist controversy among Methodists; Formed: New Connexion & Bristol Education Soc
'71 Cook sails to Pacific
'73 Boston Tea Party '76 Declaration of Independence; Sutcliff meets Fuller; Catechism BB (2nd ed) '78 Wesley's Arminian Magazine begun '79 Formed: Kent & Sussex Assoc 1780s '81 Pub: Help for Zion's Travellers, Hall; '84 Humble Attempt English ed (Sutcliff)
'83 Treaty of Paris (Britain accepts American independence) '84 Northampton Assoc prayer for revival '86 Others take up idea; Pub: Gospel worthy, Fuller (w '81) '89 Bastille stormed, French Revolution '90 Rippon's Baptist Register begun '92 Formed: "BMS" (Thomas Paine Rights of man) '93 Carey sails for India (Execution Louis XVI) '95 Death: BB