Sarah Maria Beach

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Sarah Maria Beach was born in Birmingham, England back in 1770 to Richard and Mary. She married Samuel in 1795. Frankly I can’t find out anything about here before that, but apparently, she was highly educated for a woman of her time.  More on that in a moment.

Samuel died in 1837, when she was 67.  She married Richard who was 28 year her junior, it didn’t take Richard too long to go there his wife’s money, so her divorced him and bought a home in the Richmond Hill area of Clifton.  She died in 1852, she as 82.

What you may not know about Sarah Beach Guppy is that she was an English engineer and the first woman to patent a bridge in 1811.  Over her career she went on to obtain 10 patents.  Including a method of keeping ships free of barnacles, a device which kept tar of coffee and also cooked eggs from the steam to name a couple.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

If she could keep ship free of barnacles, too bad she couldn't have kept herself free of Richard!

May 15, 2020 02:47 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and here she is:

Sarah Guppy - Wikipedia

May 15, 2020 03:46 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

she sure had a diverse set of talents. Busy minds gave her a long life in those days.

May 15, 2020 04:51 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sarah was a determined woman who quickly dispensed of detours. Enjoy your day!

May 15, 2020 05:33 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning again, James... now that is one truly amazing woman! Especially for her time.

May 15, 2020 06:23 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like she was a sugar mama until she figured out that was all he was after haha.

May 15, 2020 06:25 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I had to chuckle to myself at the comment by Barbara Tattersall as it closely mimicked my thoughts as I read her story.  It seems Brian England agrees as well.   

May 15, 2020 06:31 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The comments are funny this morning, and I do like her last name of Guppy.  No doubt, she was a wise woman.  A

May 15, 2020 07:09 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

This was a fun read James Dray once I got through all your grammatical errors.  This post (grammatically) reminded me of William Feela .

May 15, 2020 07:32 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We often take day-to-day conveniences and never think that somebody had to invent them. Thank you for reminding us daily...

Have a great weekend James Dray 

May 15, 2020 07:36 AM #10
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I think they still need to keep barnacles off ships, and it seems like she had good ideas.

May 15, 2020 08:48 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a very special weekend.

May 15, 2020 12:09 PM #12
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She had a lot of alternatives to keep her occupied!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 15, 2020 12:13 PM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - What an accomplished woman.  She makes us proud.  

May 15, 2020 04:15 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Sarah Maria Beach.  She was a very intelligent, creative and hard working woman.

May 15, 2020 06:23 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- she was quite an interesting lady. Too bad she had to meet Richard. The bum. 

May 15, 2020 07:25 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Well it's pretty easy to tell who was the better of the couple.

She certainly had some interesting patents!


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