Individual Record for: John Napleton Beaver

Personal and Family Information

John Napleton Beaver was born APR 1801 in St Helier, Jersey. He died SEP 1887 in Pallavaram, Madras, India.

John Napleton Beaver had 2 marriages/partners. His 1st wife was Emma Malton. They were married SEP 1834 in Trichinopoly, India. They had no known children.

His 2nd wife was A Hindu Woman. They were married, but date and place are unknown. Their known child was Samuel Beaver.

Notes

Was a captain in the Madras Army (Madras 2nd NVB)

http://www.search.fibis.org/html/detail.php?type=milcm&id=11

has details of his court martial for insubordination in 1827.

Colonel John Napleton Beaver, of the European Veteran Battalion, who served first in the navy, and took part in the famous bombardment of Algiers in 1816 under Lord Exmouth

From (http://trove.nla.gov.au)

He had another son Arthur Gough Beaver

From the Gippsland Times (Victoria Australia) Monday 9 February 1891 (http://trove.nla.gov.au)

The late Superintendent Beaver. Today's Times contains the obituary notice of Arthur Gough Beaver, Superintendent of Police in charge of the Gippsland police district, who peacefully passed away at his residence, Woornong, Macalister street, Sale, on Thursday night, at the age of 58 years. His demise was not unexpected, for although during the first months of his fatal illness his friends entertained hopes of his recovery, for the last few weeks they were aware these would be doomed to disappointment, and all that was left for those near and dear to him was to watch and wait and seek consolation in the knowledge that it - was to the last, at least, a painless one. To those who had the pleasure of a close acquaintance with Mr Beaver, he was known as an agreeable, entertaining, and well-read man, possessed of a fund ofi

anecdote and a store of knowledge on all conceivable subjects that would surprise others, who, from his unassuming. retiring disposition, knew him not so well. In his private and public life he was regarded as an upright honest man, who secured the respect of all with whom he came in contact, and probably he won the affection of none more than the officers who served under him in the various parts of his large district. This could not be better exemplified then by the concern evinced by them during his illness, or by recording the heart felt remark of one of them as he discussed his late chief, "Mr Beaver was a gentleman, every inch of him, in the truest sense of the word, and I can bestow no higher praise on any one than that" He is deservedly given credit for having managed the large number of stations scattered throughout Gippsland with tact, and in an unostentatious and unofficious manner, yet firmly and justly, and the discipline maintained during his tenure of office was alike creditable to himself and the men who composed the force under his control. He was born in Madura, India, and was the son of Lieut. Colonel John Napleton Beaver, of the European Veteran Battalion, who served first in the navy, and took part in the famous bombardment of Algiers in 1816 under Lord Exmouth, and afterwards in the army with the European Veterans, as they were familiarly called throughout India. Mr Beaver, from early childhood, was trained for the army, lint like many another young man of spirit lie was attracted to the colonies by the gold fever, and landed in Melbourne in 1852. However, he did not visit the goldfields, for amongst other letters of introduction in his possession, he had one to Governor Latrobe. About this time the late Captain Stuart was forming a troop of mounted cadets on a semi-military basis in connection with the police force, and on presenting his letter to the Governor, Mr Beaver, then only aged 20 years, was straightway offered a commission as one of them, which he accepted. Of this band the present Chief Commissioner of Police, Mr Chomley, and Superintendent Sadler, are the only remaining ones still connected with the police service. Mr Beaver has therefore held positionsranging from cadet to superintendent for 38 year., having served during that period in Melbourne, Williamstown, Basat, Maryborough, and for the last eight years in Sale. In these early days of the colony he was an actor in many adventerous scenes, and could tell of exciting episodes in connection with the gold escort, and we understand.he was to he found, as may be expected, on the side of law a?l order at the famous Eureka riots at Ballara, and at others that now form part of the history of the colony. He was a man who persistently refused to be testimonialised, though such were frequently offered him, but whenever he served the interests of the public the highest encomiums were passed in him by the people and the press, and it is sad to reflect that after his services his career should be cut short on the very eve of retirement into g private life. He leaves a widow to lament his Ioss, but had no family. Superintendent Beaver's remains were interred in the Sale cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Re-Married after the death of Emma Malton to Jane Catherine T Locke in Banglaore 6 August 1849 (reported in Allen's Indian Mail (27 September 1849)