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Descendants of John Beasley

Generation No. 3


3. BENJAMIN3 BEASLEY (RICHARD2, JOHN1)15 was born Feb 1760 in Caroline County, Virginia15, and died 24 Apr 1841 in Patrick County, Virginia15. He married RACHEL ODELL PRATHER15 30 Sep 1791 in Stokes County, North Carolina15, daughter of THOMAS PRATHER. She was born 1769 in Maryland15, and died Abt. 1851 in Patrick County, Virginia15.

Notes for B
ENJAMIN BEASLEY:
Benjamin Beasley m. 1791 Rachel Prather (b. 1769). Benjamin Beasley (1760-1841) in 1832 applied for a pension, which was allowed for service as a private, Virginia troops. He served under Capt.John Pollard, in the regiment of Col. Lynes. Pension certificate # 16462 wa issued Aug 25, 1833 for thirty dollars per annum. He was born in Caroline County; died in Patrick County, Va. Living alone in Stokes County, North Carolina in 1790 census.

The following article is from "The Heritage of Stokes County, NC Vol. II, 1990 p. 82

Benjamin Beasley (born February 1760 in Caroline County, VA) was the third child of Richard and Martha Beasley. During the Revolutionary War and three years thereafter, Benjamin was a resident of King and Queen County, VA.

In 1779, Benjamin entered the service of the United States under Capt. John Pollard of King and Queen County, VA, in the regiment of Col. Lynes. He was drafted and marched to Williamsburg, was in a skirmish with the British in Gloucester County near Little York, and served three months. In 1780 he was drafted again and marched under Capt. James Fagg and Col. Coleman, both of King and Queen County, to Hampton and was in a skrimish with the British there. He served three months. In 1781, he was drafted a short time before the capture of Cornwallis and marched under Capt. Pollard from King and Queen County. He was at Little York during the whole seige, saw Gen. Washington when he arrived and took command, and heard one particular order given by the General when the surrender took place, that the Americans should behave with moderation and not manifest any triumph. He saw Gen. Lafayette there. He served three months.

In 1787, Benjamin migrated to Surry County, NC (now Stokes), lnear the present day community of Francisco.


From Ancestry.com:

1790 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Stokes County NC 178 01 00 00 00 00 Federal Population Schedule NC 1790 Federal Census Index NCS1a237144

1790 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Stokes County NC 178 01 00 00 00 00 Federal Population Schedule NC 1790 Federal Census Index NCS1a237160

1790 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Stokes County NC 542 No Township Listed Federal Population Schedule NC 1790 Federal Census Index NC0222969

1800 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Stokes County NC 551 30010-20010-00 Federal Population Schedule NC 1800 Federal Census Index NCS1a237147
1800 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Stokes County NC 551 30010-20010-00 Federal Population Schedule NC 1800 Federal Census Index NCS1a237163
1820 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Stokes County NC 333 No Township Listed Federal Population Schedule NC 1820 Federal Census Index NC32082662

1840 BEASLEY BENJAMIN Patrick County VA 132 Age 82 No Township Listed VA 1840 Pensioners List VA3929667



The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 126
page 255
Mrs. Luvena Ellen Arrington Matthews.
DAR ID Number: 125804
Born in Mayberry, Va.
Wife of Charles Howard Matthews.
Descendant of Benjamin Beasley, as follows:
1. John Dillard Arrington (1847-82) m. 1866 Martha Lear Bargard (b. 1843).
2. Leroy Arrington (1807-73) m. 1839 Rachel Blansett (1820-82).
3. William M. Blansett (d. 1866) m. Susanna Beasley (1794-1848).
4. Benjamin Beasley m. 1791 Rachel Prather (b. 1769).
Benjamin Beasley (1760-1841) in 1832 applied for a pension, which was allowed for service as private, Virginia troops. He was born in Caroline County; died in Patrick County, Va.


LAND TRANSACTIONS:

1797 - Benjamin buys additional land on Beaver Dam Creek and sells 100 acres on Marshall's Creek.
1811 - Benjamin sells two tracks of his holding on Beaver Dam Creek.
1813 - Benjamin buys a track of land on the north side of Dan River.
1828 - Benjamin sells 215 acres in Francisco.
In 1810, Benjamin was named executor of his brother, Robert's will.
In 1821, Benjamin lived on property adjoining Col. John Martin's estate on Little Peters Creek.
In 1831, Benjamin moved to Surry County, North Carolina.
In March 1832, Benjamin moved to Grayson County, Virginia.

On August 30, 1832, Benjamin appeared in Grayson County Court to testify about his Revolutionary War experience in order to obtain the benefit of the act Congress passed June 07, 1832, his pension.

On May 6, 1833, Benjamin went to Patrick County, Virginia to secure evidence of his birthdate record left by his father but in possession of another family member.

On May 09, 1833, in Patrick County, Virginia, James Miller of said County, a pensioner, declared he knew Benjamin Beasley in King and Queen County in the time of the Revolutionary War. He testified of knowing persons who served with Beasley.

On August 25, 1833, per certificate 16462 issued this date, Benjamin Beasley began receiving a pension of $30 per annum.

Benjamin Beasley died in Patrick County, Virginia on August 24, 1841.

Under the Acts of 1843-1844, Rachel Beasley was entitled to a Widow's Pension. On June 28, 1845, a hearing was held in Stokes County, North Carolina. John Hill, Clerk of Stokes County, stated he found no record of Rachel Prather's marriage to Benjamin Beasley in 1791. About 1792 and for several years, marriage bonds were not filed regularly, or, if filed at all, were very imperfect.

On August 30, 1847, in Patrick County, Virginia Rachel Beasley, 78, testified she was married in Stokes County, North Carolina to Benjamin Beasley on September 30, 1791, and that her husband died in Patrick County, Virginia on April 24, 1841. She submitted a page cut from her bible listing her children and birthdates. Her father had recorded the dates. (She nor her husband could write.) When they were about to separate she got John B. Pettman, a schoolmaster in the neighborhood, to transcribe the ages from her father's bible into hers.

On September 03, 1847, in Patrick County, Virginia, Sally Nunn (Benjamin's sister) testified on Rachel's behalf that she was present at the wedding. Three years prior she and Rachel had counted up the time, which was 53 years.

(One line is missing & then it continues as follows) He had been well acquainted with her since their youth since he lived in the neighborhood. He also stated that when he married in 1791, Rachel and Benjamin were already married.

On May 28, 1848, in Patrick County, Virginia, Rachel Beasley, 79, applied for continuance of pension. Rachel Beasley was placed on the Richmond, Virginia pension roll at $30 per annum. (Certificate 8368 under the Acts of 1843-44 issued June 29, 1848, and certificate 2890 under the Act of 1848, issued January 9, 1849. Reference: Virginia Revolutionary Pension Applications, VOL. 4 Compiled by John Frederick Dorman.
     


More About B
ENJAMIN BEASLEY:
Census: 1840, Patrick County, Virginia

More About R
ACHEL ODELL PRATHER:
Census: 1850, Southern Districk, Patrick County, Virginia living with Wm Blancett family (son-in-law)

Marriage Notes for B
ENJAMIN BEASLEY and RACHEL PRATHER:
Benjamin Beasley and Rachel Prather married September 30, 1791, at the home of Col. John Martin, a magistrate of Stokes County.
     
Children of B
ENJAMIN BEASLEY and RACHEL PRATHER are:
10. i.   JOHN4 BEASLEY, b. 05 Sep 1792, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1860, Morgan County, Indiana.
11. ii.   SUSANNA BEASLEY, b. 24 Feb 1794, Stokes County, North Carolina; d. 15 Oct 1846, Patrick County, Virginia.
  iii.   ENOCH BEASLEY15, b. 28 Mar 1796, Stokes County, North Carolina; d. Unknown; m. (1) MARTHA OVERBY15, 20 Oct 1821, Patrick County, Virginia15; d. Unknown; m. (2) NANCY BLANCETT16, 05 Jan 1844, Stokes County, North Carolina16; d. Unknown.
  More About ENOCH BEASLEY:
Census: 1840, Patrick County, Virginia

12. iv.   AMMON BEASLEY, b. 27 Mar 1800, Stokes County, North Carolina; d. 1874, Tennessee.
  v.   NANCY BEASLEY17, b. 21 Mar 1798, Stokes County, North Carolina; d. Unknown.


4. ROBERT3 BEASLEY (RICHARD2, JOHN1)17 was born Abt. 1762 in Caroline County, Virginia, and died 1810 in Stokes County, North Carolina18,19. He married KEZIAH (CATY) CATHERINE (UNKNOWN)20,21. She was born 1775 in Virginia21, and died Aft. 185022.

Notes for R
OBERT BEASLEY:
Stokes County, North Carolina Will Book xx, Page 118
19 September 1810. Will of Robert BEAZLEY. Probated March Term 1811.
Wife Caty, estate during widowhood.
Two eldest sons, James and Isham, "when they come of age". Mentins "my children" but does not name them. Executors: My brother Benjamin BEASLEY
Witnesses: James L. GAINS and Thomas BEAZLEY, James COOK.
Signed: Robert BEAZLEY.


Robert Beasley, (Born abt. 1762, probably in Caroline County, Virginia) was the son of Richard and Martha Beasley. By 1787 he and the family had moved from King and Queen County, Virginia to Surry County, North Carolina (Now Stokes County) near the present day community of Francisco where he is listed in both the 1790 and 1800 Federal Census.

Robert Beasley's name appeared on several land transactions in Stokes County in the years 1795, 1801, 1805 & 1807. By the time of his death in 1810, Beasley and his family lived on Turkey Cock Creek, north of Francisco, near the present day community of Collinstown.

In Beasley's will dated September 19, 1810 and probated March 1811, the following people were named beneficiaries: Wife: Keziah???(Caty) and sons, James and Isham. In 1820 Caty sold her land on Turkey Cock Creek and the follwing children were listed on the Deed: Richare, Jonathan, Elisha, & Henry.

In later years, Caty (Born 1775 in Virginia and traditionally of Cherokee Indian descent) moved to Grayson County, Virginia. Earlier Caty's son Richard (Born 1796) had migrated to the "Hills" as a young man, probably after an earlier marriage to Sally Burge of Stokes County in July, 1819. We do not know what happened to Sally, but records indicate Richard married Sarah Hardy of Grayson County.

In 1850, Caty, with daughter Rachel, (Born 1806) lived on Little Reed Island Creek near Hillsville, Virginia. Rachel had either moved or come to visit her brother, Richard Beasley, and had met his wife's brother, Henry Hardy. In 1832, Henry and Rachel married.

Another of Caty's children, Henry (Born abt 1800) married Oppie Collings of Patrick County, Virginia in 1821. The Federal Census of 1850 listed Henry Beasley as a Patrick County resident.

To date, little is known about the other children or Robert and Caty Beasley, except that the 1850 Census show Jonathan and Elisha Beasley as residents of Indiana.


Will of Robert Beazley, 19 Sept. 1910 - March Term 1811 Wife, Caty: estate during widowhood Two oldest sons, James & Isham: "when they come of age" Mentions "my children" but does not name them...Execrs: My brother, Benjamin Beasley s/Robert Beazley Wit: James Cook James L. Gains Thomas Beazley

     
Children of R
OBERT BEASLEY and KEZIAH (UNKNOWN) are:
  i.   JAMES4 BEASLEY23, b. Abt. 1791; d. Unknown.
  ii.   ISHAM BEASLEY23, b. Abt. 1796; d. Unknown.
  iii.   JONATHAN BEASLEY23, b. Abt. 1796; d. Unknown.
  iv.   RICHARD BEASLEY23, b. Abt. 1798; d. Unknown; m. (1) SARAH HARDY24; b. , Grayson County, North Carolina24; d. Unknown; m. (2) SALLY BURGE25, 1819, Stokes County, North Carolina25; d. Unknown.
  Notes for SARAH HARDY:
Sarah Hardy and Henry Hardy (husband of Rachel Beasley) brother and sister.

  Marriage Notes for RICHARD BEASLEY and SALLY BURGE:
North Carolina - Bond


  v.   HENRY BEASLEY25, b. Abt. 180025; d. Unknown; m. ORPHA ANN COLLINGS25, 1821, Patrick County, Virginia25; d. Unknown.
  Marriage Notes for HENRY BEASLEY and ORPHA COLLINGS:
Patrick County, Virginia Bond.


  vi.   ELISHA BEASLEY25, b. Abt. 1802; d. Unknown.
  vii.   RACHEL BEASLEY25,26, b. 180627; d. Unknown; m. HENRY HARDY28, 183228; b. , Grayson County, North Carolina28; d. Unknown.
  Notes for HENRY HARDY:
Henry Hardy and Sarah Hardy (wife of Richard Beasley) brother and sister.

  viii.   DAU. BEASLEY29, d. Unknown.


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