Beer, Thomas 1a

Birth Name Beer, Thomas 2a 3a
Gender male
Age at Death about 90 years, 9 months, 13 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth about 1806 England, United Kingdom Thomas' date of birth was taken from the book, Histories and Stories of Clyde River. His burial record gives his age as 94 when he died in 1896. Thomas himself gave the date as 1806 or 1807 on census records.
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Death October 14, 1896 Kingston, Prince Edward Island says at age 94
 
Marriage January 23, 1832 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island by Rev. Jenkins, to "Ann" Robinson
 
Census 1861   Stats for Lots 14, 15, 31, 32, 52, 65 Lost for this census; Thomas is in the 1841 and 1848 census records
 
Residence 1881 Queens, Prince Edward Island  
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Residence 1891 Queens, Prince Edward Island  
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Families

    Family of Beer, Thomas and Robertson Robinson, Jane
Married Wife Robertson Robinson, Jane
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage 1832 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island if this is them in the St. Paul's records
 
  Children
  1. Beer, Mary Anne
  2. Beer, William
  3. Beer, Elizabeth
  4. Beer, James
  5. Beer, Rebecca
  6. Beer, George

Media

Narrative

Thomas Beer was born in England between 1802 and 1806, according to census records and his death record. We don't know exactly when he emigrated, but he was married with children on the Island by the early 1830s. There was a Beer family that came from Devon a bit later in the 1830s, John and Elizabeth Beer and their daughter Elizabeth, wife of George Rodd Pethick. Thomas may also have emigrated from Devon, but no connection between these two families has been found., There was also also a George and Sarah Beer in Charlottetown in the early 1830s, from North Devon.

If Thomas was from Devon, there were 5 children baptized with his name in Devon between 1803-1810. There was a Thomas Beer with father William and mother Ann,
born 6 March 1803, baptized in Chittlehampton, Devon who looks promising.

Sometime in the early 1830s Thomas married Jane Robertson. Although they could have met and married before coming to the Isand, this wouldn't fit with Jane's story of being one of the few survivors of a shipwreck. I think the attached record for the marriage between Thomas Bears and Ann Robinson in 1832 in Charlottetown is this couple. Thomas and Jane's first daughter, Mary Anne, was also born in Charlottetown and baptized in that same church.

According to the book The History and Stories of Clyde River, "the couple traveled to their new homestead on foot crossing the river by means of a log as there were no roads." Early PEI "ferries" were basically log platforms that could carry a wagon or carriage while the horses swam.

By 1840 Thomas had leased land, which he expanded in 1866 and later divided among his sons as they married. It isn't clear if the daughters received a similar gift: Thomas Beer gave his son-in-law Archibald McFadyen a loan for an amount that would buy a farm in those days. Under the terms of his lease, Thomas Beer was expected to clear, cultivate and fence yearly and every year for the first twenty years and not less than two acres of land. Thomas also built and operated a mill.

There is a record for a Thomas Beers in Lot 31 in the 1841 census of PEI. There were 2 adults and 4 children, (2 boys, 2 girls) all under 16. According to the 1848 PEI Census (transcription of Lot 31 from The Island Register) he and Jane were living in Lot 31 with 6 children under 16. The PEI Baptismal Index lists 6 children for Thomas Beer and Jane Robinson. All were baptized in Charlottetown, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, by L. C. Jenkins. These were: Mary Ann, James, Elizabeth, George, William, and Rebecca.

In the 1881 census, Thomas Bears, age 74, born in England was a farmer in Lot 31, living with his wife Jane, age 73, born Ireland. Their family was living around them.

After his wife's death, Thomas lived with his daughter-in-law Sarah (Howard) Beer, widow of his son George. They were living in a 6 room, one and a half story house. Thomas gave his occupation as farmer. He died in Lot 31 in 1896 at the age of 94.

The will of Thomas Beer, Bannockburn in Township 31, farmer named his surviving sons, and listed the following daughters: Mary Ann McFadyen, wife of Archibald McFadyen; Rebecca Rodd, wife of George Rodd; and Elizabeth Livingston, wife of George Livingston. He also mentioned his daughter in law, Sarah Beer and his grandson William Beer, who inherited the farm.

Thomas sued his son in law Archie for an unpaid debt in 1871:
Item Number RG6.1/s5/ss1/22393
Host Collection Supreme Court fonds, Series 5: Case files, Subseries 1: Case files 1770-1899
Caption T. Beer vs A. McFadyen
Date (original) 1871
Plaintiff T. Beer
Defendant A. McFadyen

The other Thomas Beers was born on the Island, son of Joseph Beers Esq (High Sherrif) and Margaret Hayden, born 27 April 1804

 

 

 

Narrative

BEER
Information on the Beer family came from:
History and Stories of Clyde River
From the Island Register, Darrach Family
From the Island Register, the Livingston(e) family
PEI Baptismal Index
Census records
Obituaries

The family history of the Beer family of Charlottetown stated that they were not related to the Beers from Lot 31. The Beers from the Lot 67 area of PEI were descendants of a United Empire Loyalist, Joseph Beer, and no connection has been found to this family.

There was a Thomas Beer of about the same age, but born in Nova Scotia, married to an "Ann" in the 1881 census and living in Lot 61, but I am assuming this was the Thomas Beer, widower, who was married to Ann Ferguson by a Presbyterian minister in 1840. This Thomas and his wife were Presbyterians.

Narrative

Thomas Beers - 1841 Census
Name of Township, Town, or Royalty: 31
Trade or Occupation: Farmer
Family Age
Males: Under 16 years of age: 2
Males: From 16 to 45: 1
Males: From 16 to 45: 0
Males: Upwards of 60: 0
Females: Under 16 years of age: 2
Females: From 16 years to 45: 1
Females: From 45 years to 60: 0
Females: Upwards of 60: 0
Total number in each family (including Servants and Apprentices): 6
Religion
Number of persons in each family, in connexion with the Church of England: 6
Land:
Number of acres held by each family in fee simple: 100
if 1st best quality: 100
Produce
Number of Bushels of Wheat: 26
Number of Bushels of Oats: 40
Number of Horses owned by each family: 1
Number of Sheep owned by each family: 6
Number of Bushels Barley: 5
Number of Bushels Potatoes: 400
Number of Neat Cattle owned by each family: 5
Number of Hogs owned by each family: 3
Passage
Number of persons whose passage was paid by Proprietors, and the date of their arrival in this Colony, and age of such person on his arrivale:
Number of persons who repaid their passage money to the Proprietors or their Agents:
Number of persons who paid their own passage: 2
Number of acres of arable Land held by each family: 20
Orgin
Number of persons in each family being Natives of England: 2
Number of persons in each family natives of Scotland: 0
Number of persons in each family natives of Ireland: 0
Number of persons in each family natives of this Island: 4
Number of persons in each family natives of the British Colonies: 0
Number of persons in each family natives of other Colonies: 0

Pedigree

    1. Beer, Thomas
      1. Robertson Robinson, Jane
        1. Beer, Mary Anne
        2. Beer, William
        3. Beer, Elizabeth
        4. Beer, James
        5. Beer, Rebecca
        6. Beer, George

Source References

  1. Dyment, Jane: Ancestry Family Trees
      • Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  2. Library and Archives Canada: 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1806 Birth place: England Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1806 Birth place: England Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1806 Birth place: England Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1807 Birth place: England Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1807 Birth place: England Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1807 Birth place: England Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada