Ellen Beever (1848-1913)


Ellen Beever was born in Holmfirth in July 1848, the daughter of weaver and hearth rug manufacturer Samuel Beever and his wife Mary (née Aldwick).

By 1871, she was residing with her family at Under Bank in Wooldale, where she worked as a woollen weaver. By 1881, the family had moved to central Huddersfield.

By the time of the 1891 Census, Ellen was living with her widowed mother at 12 Charles Street, Crosland Moor, and she resided at that address for the remainder of her life.


Ellen was a Suffragette and a member of the Huddersfield branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

She was one of five branch delegates who attended the WSPU rally and subsequent march on Parliament which took place on 13 February 1907 — the other delegates being Mrs. Mosley (Deighton), Mrs. Hellawell (Lockwood), Mary Scawthorn (Marsden) and Annie Sykes (Thornton Lodge). Ellen and her niece-in-law, Annie Sykes[1], were amongst those arrested.[2] Both women were released from Holloway Prison on Monday 18 February and called at the London offices of the WSPU before returning to Yorkshire.[3]

Ellen's niece Ann Sykes was also a member of the branch.

Later Life

After her father's death in 1883, Ellen was able to live independently and did not marry. She died on 5 August 1913 at Mill Hill Isolation Hospital, leaving an estate valued at £248 6s. 8d.

Notes and References

  1. Annie had married Sam Sykes, who was the son of Ellen's sister Mary.
  2. "The Yorkshire Suffragettes" in Leeds Mercury (15/Feb/1907).
  3. "Suffragettes in Holloway" in Croydon Guardian (23/Feb/1907).