Joseph Thomas MEACOCK

b. 8 September 1808, d. 16 May 1880
Father*George MAYCOCK b. c 1765, d. 1816
Mother*Mary (?) b. c 1765
Note*Joseph Thomas MEACOCK
Extracts of a letter from the archivist of St Bartholomew's Hospital:

The duties Joseph would have performed as a Beadle are described in Victor Cornelius Medvei and
John L. Thornton (eds), The Royal Hospital of Saint Bartholomew 1123-1973, London: 1974, p.29

"In the sixteenth century beadles had to bring in sick people found lying in the streets of the City. When in the early nineteenth century a regular police force was formed, the beadle's work was concentrated on the Hospital grounds. They were attached to the Steward's Office, sweeping the square and entrance gates, carrying the coal to the wards and delivering beer to the patient's, but they received the warning never 'to keep company with any of the patents, nor to eat or drink with them in any victualling house'. The beadles were also in charge of the gates at night to prevent patients from sleeping out, and they had to clear the Hospital from 'all idle and disorderly persons'. At present they are part of the Patients' Service Department, carrying flowers and parcels to patients and taking new patients to their wards."


Ha 1/19 5 Feb 1841-13 July 1847, p.263

At a General Court held on Wednesday the 24th day of April 1844.
Resolved That Joseph Meacock, 3rd Beadle be appointed the 2nd Beadle, and that William
Sudds, 4th Beadle, be appointed the 3rd Beadle and that they do receive the Salaries
belonging to the said Offices.


Ha 1/22 13 Nov 1860 - 31 July 1866, p.545

At a House Committee held on Tuesday the 12th day of June 1866.

Read the following letter from Joseph Meacock tendering his resignation of the Office of Beadle:

St Bartholomew's Hospital

To the Worshipful Treasurer, the Almoners and Committee of St Bartholomew's Hosps

Gentlemen,
Having for some time past been frequently laid up with effusion of the knee joint and from ill health generally,
which have I am sorry to say prevented me performing my duties regularly and causing extra work to devolve
upon my fellow Servants I therefore under these circumstances feel compelled to place in your hands my
resignation of the Office of Beadle which I have now held for 28 years and previously for 9 years performed
the Duties of Coal Carrier and Bathman - trusting that my several Duties have hitherto been performed to
the satisfaction of the Treasurer and the other Officers I earnestly hope you will take my past services into
[y?]our kind consideration having had a large Family to support since my appointment.
I am
Mr Treasurer and Gentlemen
Your most obedient humble Servant
Joseph Meacock

Which Resignation was accepted and it was Resolved Unanimously to recommend to the next General Court
that a Pension of Seventy Pounds per annum be granted to the said Joseph Meacock upon his retirement. 
Birth*He was born on 8 September 1808 at Queens Head Court, St Sepulchre, City of London.1,2 
BaptismHe was baptized on 17 November 1808 at St Sepulchre, London;

Baptisms 1808
November 17th
Joseph Thomas Son of George & Mary Maycock, Queens Head Court, born Sept 8th 18(08.)3
 
Occupation*He was Coal Carrier & Bathman in 1830 at St Bartholomews Hospital, London.4 
Marriage*He married Mary Ann MIDDLEDITCH on 15 December 1831 at Greyfriars, Newgate, London; Marriage witnesses: George Maycock, Ann Maycock.5,6 
OccupationJoseph Thomas MEACOCK was Beadle to St Bartholomews Hospital

Extract of a letter from the archivist of St Bartholomew's Hospital:

The duties Joseph would have performed as a Beadle are described in Victor Cornelius Medvei and John L. Thornton (eds), The Royal Hospital of Saint Bartholomew 1123-1973, London: 1974, p.29

"In the sixteenth century beadles had to bring in sick people found lying in the streets of the City. When in the early nineteenth century a regular police force was formed, the beadle's work was concentrated on the Hospital grounds. They were attached to the Steward's Office, sweeping the square and entrance gates, carrying the coal to the wards and delivering beer to the patient's, but they received the warning never 'to keep company with any of the patents, nor to eat or drink with them in any victualling house'. The beadles were also in charge of the gates at night to prevent patients from sleeping out, and they had to clear the Hospital from 'all idle and disorderly persons'. At present they are part of the Patients' Service Department, carrying flowers and parcels to patients and taking new patients to their wards." in 1838 at London.4 
Census*He appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 at Duke Street, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London;

1841 Census Information:
Dwelling: No 2 Well Yard, Duke Street, St Bartholomew's Hospital
Place: St Bartholomew the Less, London, England
Name Age Sex Occupation Born in Same County
Joseph MEACOCK 32 M Beadle Yes
Mary MEACOCK 34 F - No
Mary MEACOCK 6 F - Yes
Alfred MEACOCK 4 M - Yes
William MEACOCK 2 M - Yes
George MEACOCK 3m M - Yes.7

 
OccupationHe was Promoted from 3rd Beadle to 2nd Beadle

St Bartholomew's Archive Reference: Ha 1/19 5 Feb 1841-13 July 1847, p.263

At a General Court held on Wednesday the 24th day of April 1844.
Resolved That Joseph Meacock, 3rd Beadle be appointed the 2nd Beadle, and that William
Sudds, 4th Beadle, be appointed the 3rd Beadle and that they do receive the Salaries
belonging to the said Offices. on 24 April 1844 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.4 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London;

1851 Census Information:
Dwelling: St Bartholomew's Hospital
Name Marr Age Sex Birthplace Occ Rel
Joseph MEACOCK M 42 M City of London Beadle Head
Mary Ann MEACOCK M 43 F St Martins in the Fields - Wife
Mary Ann MEACOCK U 16 F City of London - Daughter
Alfred MEACOCK U 14 M City of London - Son
William MEACOCK U 12 M City of London - Son
George MEACOCK U 10 M City of London - Son
Rebecca MEACOCK U 8 F City of London - Daughter
James MEACOCK U 4 M City of London - Son
Joseph MEACOCK U 1 M City of London - Son
James Walls U 1 M City of London - Son of
Jas Walls,
Beadle.8

 
CensusHe appeared on the census of 7 April 1861 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London;

1861 Census Information:
Dwelling: St Bartholomew's Hospital
Name Marr Age Sex Birthplace Occ Rel
Joseph MEACOCK M 52 M London, City Beadle Head
Mary Anne MEACOCK M 54 F Middx, Westminster - Wife
William H MEACOCK U 22 M London, City Compositor
Printer Son
Rebecca J MEACOCK U 18 F London, City Milliner Daughter
James M MEACOCK U 13 M London, City Scholar Son
Elizabeth FRANKTON? W 79 F Middx, London Formerly Nurse
in the
Hospital Visitor.9

 
Retirement*He retired on 12 June 1866 at London; At a House Committee held on Tuesday the 12th day of June 1866.

Read the following letter from Joseph Meacock tendering his resignation of the Office of Beadle:

St Bartholomew's Hospital

To the Worshipful Treasurer, the Almoners and Committee of St Bartholomew's Hosps

Gentlemen,
Having for some time past been frequently laid up with effusion of the knee joint and from
ill health generally, which have I am sorry to say prevented me performing my duties regularly
and causing extra work to devolve upon my fellow Servants I therefore under these
circumstances feel compelled to place in your hands my resignation of the Office of Beadle
which I have now held for 28 years and previously for 9 years performed the Duties of
Coal Carrier and Bathman - trusting that my several Duties have hitherto been performed
to the satisfaction of the Treasurer and the other Officers I earnestly hope you will take my
past services into 1866our kind consideration having had a large Family to support since my
appointment.

I am
Mr Treasurer and Gentlemen
Your most obedient humble Servant
Joseph Meacock

Which Resignation was accepted and it was Resolved Unanimously to recommend to the
next General Court that a Pension of Seventy Pounds per annum be granted to the said
Joseph Meacock upon his retirement.

St Bartholomew's Archive Reference: Ha 1/22 13 Nov 1860 - 31 July 1866, p.545.4 
Address* As of May 1880, Joseph Thomas MEACOCK lived at 2 Storks Road, Bermondsey, Surrey, England.10 
Will*He left a will on 7 May 1880 at 2 Storks Road, Bermondsey, Surrey, England.11 
Death*He died on 16 May 1880 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, England, at age 71.12 
Burial*He was buried on 25 May 1880 at City of London Cemetery, Little Ilford, London;
From City of London cemetery records
Age: 72
Residence: St Bartholomews Hospital City.1,13 
ProbateHis estate was probated on 28 June 1880 at Principal Registry, London, England; Probate Index Entry: The Will of Joseph Thomas Meacock late of 2 Storks-road Bermondsey in the County of Surrey who died 16 May 1880 at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London was proved at the Principal Registry by Robert Thomas Meacock of 96 Jamaica-road Bermondsey Licensed Victualler the Nephew one of the Executors.14 

Family

Mary Ann MIDDLEDITCH b. circa 1807, d. 17 February 1880
Marriage*He married Mary Ann MIDDLEDITCH on 15 December 1831 at Greyfriars, Newgate, London; Marriage witnesses: George Maycock, Ann Maycock.5,6 
Children
Last Edited2 Oct 2010

Citations

  1. Information supplied by Richard Meacock to Keith Taylor, various dates.
  2. Baptism Entry, 16th century onwards "St Sepulchre, London. Baptisms 1808."
  3. Baptism Entry, 16th century onwards "St Sepulchre, London, Baptisms 1808."
  4. St Bartholomews Hospital Archives n.pub.,.
  5. Microfilm/fiche of Marriage Entries. "Guildhall, Christchurch Newgate Street, Bishops' transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials, 1831, DL/T/Ms 10115/26."
  6. Index to Marriage Entries, 1780-1837, compiled by Pallot & Co, Commencing 1813 "Jos Meacock & Mary Middleditch, CHRIST'CH NEWGATE 1831."
  7. Online image of the 1841 Census for England and Wales (Ancestry.co.uk, http://www.ancestry.co.uk) "Class: HO107; Piece 724; Book: 7; Civil Parish: St Bartholomew The Less; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 8 St Bartholomews Hospital; Folio: 6; Page: 24; Line: 12; GSU roll: 438829."
  8. Online image of the 1851 Census for England and Wales (Ancestry.co.uk, http://www.ancestry.co.uk) "Class: HO107; Piece: 1526; Folio: 110; Page: 4; GSU roll: 174756."
  9. Online image of the 1861 Census for England and Wales (Ancestry.co.uk, http://www.ancestry.co.uk) "Class: RG9; Piece: 217; Folio: 107; Page: 3; GSU roll: 542593."
  10. Index to Probate Record, 1861-1941, compiled by Ancestry.com, Provo, UT, USA, 2010 "unknown cd."
  11. Will of Joseph Thomas Meacock of Bermondsey, Surrey, 07 May 1880, proved in the Principal Registry, London, 28 Jun 1880.
  12. Copy death certificate. "Death Registration Entry: Jun Qtr 1880 London City 1c/18, aged 72."
  13. Burials at City of London Cemetery, Commencing in 1856 (City of London Cemetery) "Joseph Meacock, aged 72, from St Bartholomews Hospital."
  14. Index to Probate Record, 1861-1941 "Web page at http://www.ancestry.co.uk viewed 14-Aug-2010."