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* The Beachley's of Middletown, Maryland*

Updated November 10, 2010

My great grandfather "OSCAR CLAYTON BEACHLEY" moved from Middletown, Maryland to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania around the turn of the century. My ancestry goes back five generations in Middletown, Maryland. I have traced my line back to "HENRY BEACHLEY" or "HENRY BEAGLEY" or "HENRY BEAGLOR" (17?? - 7 SEP 1795) in Middletown. I found a "HENRICH BOECHLE" arriving in the ship "SAMUEL OF LONDON" from the port of ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS on AUG. 11, 1732. (source: A collection of upwards of THIRTY THOUSAND NAMES) If anyone can confirm or expand upon this information it would be greatly appreciated. I would love to hear from any "BEACHLEY's" ANYWHERE !!!

Henry Beaglor / Beachley (17__ to 1795)

FACT #1 – Henry was naturalized at the Baltimore Reformed Church on Sept 12, 1759 as Heinrick Biegler.
(Colonial Maryland Naturalizations, 2nd printing 1986)

FACT #2 - This would have been done to gain citizenship.

FACT #3 - This means Henry was not born in America and should show up on some passenger manifest. This could also make Henry the 1st Beachley ancestor in America.

FACT #4 – It is documented that the Beachley ancestors arrived on the ship “Samuel of London” in Philadelphia on Aug 11, 1732. Heinrich Boechle is listed as a passenger under the age of 16. (A collection of Thirty Thousand Names, 1965)

FACT #5 - Henry Beaglor had to be born either before or after the ship “Samuel of London” arrived in America.

If it was before, he should be listed on the ship’s manifest.

If it was after, he should have already been a citizen, making naturalization unnecessary.

Up to this point, most people thought that Henry was the son of Heinrich Boechle, who according to the passenger manifest was under the age of 16. For this to be true, Heinrich Boechle would have fathered Henry Beaglor / Beachley some time after arriving to America making Henry a US born citizen.

From the above mentioned facts we know that Henry was not a US citizen or he would not have been naturalized in 1759. Therefore, I propose that Heinrich Boechle was actually Henry Beaglor as a very young child. (Under age 16 as stated in the passenger manifest)

If this is indeed true, Henry would have had to be young when he arrived because he and his wife Catherine had 7 children from 1754 to 1763.

Michael Todd Beachley
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania United States

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Family Photos

  • The Beachley Family Crest (91 KB)
    This is the Beachley family crest; I will try to explain all symbols and markings in the near future.
  • John William Beachley ( 1844 - 1920 ) (144 KB)
    John William Beachley ( 9 MAR 1844 - 17 JAN 1920 ) is my Great Great Grandfather, he lived in Middletown, MD. where he farmed for a living.
  • Marietta Susanna Smith ( 1848 - 1909 ) (148 KB)
    Marietta Susanna Smith ( 21 MAY 1848 - 11 DEC 1909 ) is my Great Great Grandmother, she lived in Middletown, MD. as the wife of John William Beachley.
  • Oscar Clayton Beachley ( 1874 - 1928 ) (171 KB)
    Oscar Clayton Beachley ( 21 JAN 1874 - 21 JUL 1928 ) is my Great Grandfather, born in Middletown, MD. but moved to Harrisburg, PA. around 1900. He delivered bread for Schmidt Bakeries in a horse drawn wagon.
  • Jennie Catherine Young ( 1881 - 1951 ) (134 KB)
    Jennie Catherine Young ( 2 MAY 1881 - 10 SEP 1951 ) is my Great Grandmother, she lived in Harrisburg, PA. as the wife of Oscar Clayton Beachley.
  • Vance Eugene Beachley ( 1908 - 1973 ) (168 KB)
    Vance Eugene Beachley ( 1 AUG 1908 - 16 MAY 1973 ) is my Grandfather, he lived in Harrisburg, PA. where he founded Beachley's Car Stereo in 1938. A veteran of World War II, he was a past state commander of Amvets.
  • Marion Evelyn Craver ( 1909 - 1986 ) (153 KB)
    Marion Evelyn Craver ( 22 DEC 1909 - 29 SEP 1986 ) is my Grandmother, she lived in Harrisburg, PA. as the wife of Vance Eugene Beachley.
  • Leon Richard Beachley ( 1942 - present ) (53 KB)
    Leon Richard Beachley ( 22 JUN 1942 - present ) is my Father, he lives in Harrisburg, PA. where he operates Beachley's Car Stereo. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School in 1960.
  • Helen Mae Galbraith ( 1944 - present ) (52 KB)
    Helen Mae Galbraith ( 21 OCT 1944 - present ) is my Mother, she lives in Harrisburg, PA. as the wife of Leon Richard Beachley.
  • The Old Beachley Homestead (182 KB)
    BEACHLEY HOUSE, THE WHITE HOUSE in Middletown, The Beachley House is a two-story stone dwelling with a one-and-a-half story stone rear wing. The term "White House" originated with the early white stucco exterior of the house that was used to help travelers find the inn at nighttime. The plan of the house features a center hall with double rooms on each side. The north facade has two entrances now, one into the central hall, placed there after the Civil War, and one into the east front parlor. This was the principal public room when the building was used as a tavern from 1798 until 1909. In the east tavern room is a pass-through into the kitchen. The second floor of the main section was partitioned in the late 19th and early 20th century but oroginally had a single room across the front part of the house used as a dormitory for travelers. The building was in the direct line of the Union Army's advance toward Turner's Gap during the Battle of South Mountain on 14 Sep 1862. It served as a hospital after the conflict. My Great Great Great Grandfather, Daniel Beachley (1802-1874) lived on Alt. Route 40 west of Middletown in this stone house at the base of South Mountain.

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