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.
In the 19th century many of Beddome's grandchildren and great grandchildren emigrated to the Americas and to Australasia, taking with them various family documents. In more recent years it has been possible for Beddome descendants in Britain to trace these. One document (taken to Canada by the children of Beddome's youngest son, Josephus) is a page of Beddome signatures seen above (sent to me by Mrs N). One of the grandchildren has written underneath each signature how this person is related to him or her. At the top of the page are two signatures - Jos Brandon on the left (underneath 'Brother of my Great Grandmama' - in other words Beddome's mother's brother) and on the right Jos Beddome (underneath 'Grand Uncle' - Beddome's brother). Below that is Beddome's signature (underneath 'Grandpapa'), below that B Foskett ('Grandpapa's Tutor'), below that Mary Bright ('Grand Aunt' - Beddome's sister born in 1720, who had married first Edward Bright then Moses Brain), below that Rachel Beddome ('Great Grandmama' - Beddome's mother) and finally Thos Ludlow ('Grand Aunt Patty's Husband' - this was the husband of Beddome's youngest sister Martha, who was known as Patty).
What is not known is whether these signatures were all done at the same time or over a longer period. Mrs N favours the former view as the one missing is John Beddome, Beddome's father who died in October 1757. If they were all done at once, this could narrow down the date because we know that Bernard Foskett had a stroke on the morning of September 9, 1758 and died soon afterwards. However, we believe Rachel Beddome died on the March 23, 1758, which narrows the date even more - to the six months October 1757-March 1758 - possibly they were all together for Christmas 1757.
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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