The Life and Times of John Beebe
Broughton, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.
by Clifford Beebe, Gardner, Mass. USA 1990.
-These pages still under construction-
This is the title of a small booklet written and produced by Clifford Beebe following a visit to Broughton with his wife (to whom it is dedicated) in October 1990.
Clifford has kindly given me permission to reproduce extracts of his book so that the information can be made available to as many members of the Beebe family as possible. Clifford gives credit to Clarence Beebe "Beebe Geneology" 1904 and second edition 1923 - Norman Lake, Historian, Broughton - Diane Wilson, Historian, Broughton - Archivist, Delapre Abbey, Northampton.
John Beebe's family.
"Many Beebes in the United States, especially those whose ancestors came from Connecticut, are descendants of John Beebe, who died en-route to America in 1650, having emigrated from Broughton, England with his family.
After reading Clarence Beebe's account of his visit to Broughton in 1893 (which story is included herein), my wife, Mildred, and I decided to visit Broughton in October, 1990. An account of that visit and what we learned follows."
I have included extracts from his book on the following pages:
The Village of Broughton,
Saint Andrew's Church, Broughton.
Broughton Parish Records.
John Beebe's family
Clifford Beebe wrote:
"Based on research done at Delapre Abbey, it appears that there were five generations preceding John Beebe who live in a nearby village called Great Abbington. Thanks to information Mrs. Diane Wilson, who lives in Broughton and who extracted church records for the periods of 1620 - 1640, there are a number of entries relating to John Beebe and his family in these 20 years. The entries include the baptisms of sons Thomas and Samuel in 1633 as well as the appointment of John Beebe as church warden in 1628.
The fact that John Beebe emigrated to Connecticut rather than Virginia would indicate that he had broken away from the Church of England."
Clifford Beebe wrote:
"Why did John Beebe and his family emigrate
from Broughton to the colonies, and why did they do so in 1649 and
This was one of the principle reasons my wife and I made the trip to England - to try and answer this question.
The answer as closely as we can determine lies in the English Civil war. In about 1642, there were approximately 20,000 Parliamentarian Troops under the command of the Earl of Essex who were garrisoned in this area. The famous Battle of Naseby took place less than 20 miles from here.
In 1649 Charles the First was beheaded. We can only surmise that, because of the unrest and turmoil in the country, John Beebe and his family decided to leave and seek the more tranquil areas of the colonies. Therefore, like others in this area, they joined the great emigration."
This page last updated 14th October 2000