George BEEVERS was born in about 1831/2. George may have officially been George James BEVERS, christened 5 Apr 1833 in Selby, Yorks by Charles and Hannah BEVERS.
We know George's father was Charles for sure from his wedding certificate. In 1841 Charles and George were living together in Selby, Yorkshire, along with George's aunt Harriet MARSH and 2nd cousins James and William MARSH.
In March 1851, George is working on a 80 acre farm in the village Thorpe Willoughby, just west of Selby. A fellow worker is from Manchester and may have introduced George to the idea of leaving rural Yorkshire. Living nearby is Dinah CLAYTON and her family.
George married Dinah at the Parish Church in Brayton in November 1851 as which time they were living in Thorpe. One of the witnesses was Samuel LAYCOCK, who was probably a friend and like George was born in Selby and then a farm servant.
Their first child was born in Leeds, but soon after George and Dinah moved south to live in Nottinghamshire. The reason for the move to Mansfield in not certain, however it is possible that it is in some way related to transportation of goods. His grandfather's worked for the main wagon hauliage business operating between Huddersfield and London (and which passed through Mansfield), or perhaps the moved was related to the introduction of the railways.
They had at least four children: Charles 1854/5, William born in Mansfield in 1856 and much later, Frederick and Tom born in Leeds in the late 1860s. They may have had other children betwen 1851 and 1866.
George BEEVERS is identified as the father of William BEEVERS on his son's marriage certificate. On the form he was described as a railway guard. They were living at 4 Tenter Lane, Mansfield. Tenter Lane still exists and runs alongside the railway near the station, but the houses have long since been demolished.
In 1861 and 1871 they were back in Leeds, with George being described as a 'railway passenger guard'.
But by 1881, George is living in Nottingham St Mary, Nottingham with his wife Dinah. Both he and his wife were born in Selby, Yorkshire. He is described as a railway porter and is living at 10 Hague Terrace, Nottingham.
The 1891 Census has them living at the same address. George is now a hydraulic liftman for the Midland Railway.
George BEEVERS died in Nottingham on 23 Dec 1892 aged 60 of chronic bronchitis. He was living at 10 Hague Terrace, Orange Street, Nottingham at the time.