Thomas Hayward Beavan was born in Melksham around Christmas 1812, he was baptised in Melksham on 20th Jan 1813. His parents were Christopher Beavan (c. 1779-1858) of Melksham originally, a farmer of 300 acres at Rowden Farm, Chippenham in 1841, and Mary Hayward, who Christopher married in Lacock on 12th Oct. 1797. Christopher died 18th Oct. 1858 at the farm.
In 1841 Thomas was a "yeoman" living on the family farm. In 1851 Thomas was an unmarried Master Maltster having moved to Church Yatton, Yatton Keynell, with his sister Sarah. He was listed both as Maltster, Spirit Merchant and farmer of 56 Acres in 1861, employing 3 men and 2 boys.
The Western Daily Press - Tuesday 15 July 1862 reports that T. H. Beaven received 30 cases of brandy aboard the Europe from Charente near Cognac on the 12th.
Thomas died on 19th March 1867 at Kent's Cottage, Yatton Keynell, Wilts. (near the 5th milestone on the turnpike road leading from Chippenham to Sodbury). His sister Matilda was an executor of his will. At the sale of his estate and effects on 19th March 1868, there is listed a "quantity of Spirit Jars".
|2 Gallon Stone Jar||
T.H. Beaven / Rowden / near Chippenham
Potters Mark: None, or Price & Sons / Manufacturers / Bristol.
|2 Gallon Stone Jar||Yelde Hall Museum, Chippenham|
|2 / T.H. BEAVEN / Wine
& Spirit Merchant / Yatton Keynel / Nr CHIPPENHAM
Potters Mark: C & J Price / Manufacturers / Bristol.