John Beaumont senr., an Anglican farmer from Longley, near Holmfirth, West Riding, was the father of John Beaumont junior and grandfather of Joseph Beaumont. He excelled both as a vocalist and instrumentalist, and was a leader of sacred oratorios. Several members of his family joined the Methodists and, to his disappointment, from conscientious motives declined to attend musical performances. He died on 18 January 1797, aged 60.Treatise on... the Disease of Melancholy (1808) and an account of his 'experience and travels' with 'his reasons for composing music'. He died at Macclesfield on 8 November 1822.