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Research Notes:

These are notes about the possible ancestry and family of Winifred Beasley and her marriage to first husband Gough:

The Beasley family lived on land granted to Robert Beverley in Caroline County, Virginia. [1]

Micajah Pickett b:1709 in Essex County, Virginia married Winnefred Gouge (maiden name Beasley) born about 1725 in Essex County, Virginia. Micajah married Winnefred Gouge before July 1748 in Caroline Co. Virginia. Winnefred was the widow of John Gouge who died in 1733. She had 2 children with him: a daughter, Ann married to Thomas Okley by 1735, and son, John who married Winney Beazley [?]. Micajah had a wife prior to Winney, but so far only one child has been identified from that marriage, Rachel. Children: Micajah Pickett b: 25 Dec1748 in Virginia; James Pickett b: 1751 in Virginia; Francis Pickett; John Pickett; Winney(Winnefred?) Pickett; Sarah Pickett; Nancy Pickett b: bet 1762 and 76 in King & Queen County, Virginia.

1685 John Beasley was born about this time to William Beasley and Mary Ripley (born c 1650), in Beasley Island, Craven, North Carolina.

1705 On 10 August, Samuel Carter and Mary his wife of St. Annes Parish sell to William Beasley Senr. of same parish, for 2250 lb. tobo, a tract of land described as of "the within mentioned Deed of Sale". Signed Samuell X Carter and Mary X Carter. Wit: Thomas Harris William Thompson and George Loyde. [2]

1710 Will of Richard Ripley. Essex County, Virginia Will dated 3 June 1710 Probated 14 June 1711 Wife: Elizabeth Ripley Sons: Richard, Thomas, and John Ripley Daughters: Dorothy, Sarah, and Ann Ripley, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Beasley.

c1718 Winifret Beasley was born in Beasley Island, Craven Co.,NC [?] and married John Barber (b 1716 NC) date unknown. Her parents were John Beasley and Sarah Joana Cagwell Jenkins. [http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=susanrubel&id=I20540]

1718 Several reports name John's wife as Sarah Joann Cagwell. A few name Winifred. Several name daughter Winifred born 1718. One report names daughter Winifred's spouse as John Barber and her death in 1798. [http://www.heiseonline.com/southern/wgb7.html#I1122][http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=peachsac&id=I10465]

1722 Will of William Beezley, being sick and weak in body, dated 21 Jan. 1718 (1719) To my eldest son William fifty acres of land adjoyning to the plantation where he now lives. After his decease to his eldest son William. To my son Benjamin forty acres of land adjoyning to the plantation where he now lives and also all the land I have of that side of the branch next to John Pitts. To my son Henry fifty acres of land lying next to my son Benjamin. To my son John fifty acres of land lying next to my son Henry's land. All the remaining part of my land to my son Charles Beezly. Unto my loveing wife Mary Beezly all my personall estate. My loveing wife Mary Beezly executrix. Signed by mark William Beezley Wit: Saml. Stallord, Ann (X) Phillips, Charles Adkion. 17 Nov. 1719. Presented in Court by Mary Beezley, executrix. Proved by Sam'l and Charles Atkinson. [3]

1729 Henry Beasley sold land in Essex County to John Beasley. [4]:

The action upon ye case between Paul Micou gent. Plt. and John Beezely Deft. is dismst.

Beazley, Henry & John (sons of William) - 15 September 1729, Essex County, Virginia, DB 19/44 (Deed)

This Indenture made the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & twenty nine between John Beazley of Caroline County of the one part, and Henry Beazley of Essex County on the other part. Witnesseth that the sd John Beazley for in consideration of the sum of fifteen hundred pounds of tobo (tobacco - JEA) cask to him in hand paid by the sd Henry Beazley doth hereby acknowledge hath granted, bargained, sold, enpowered, & confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain, sell, enpower, & confirm unto the sd Henry Beasley his heirs & assigns all that tract or parcel of land which was given to the sd John Beazley by William Beazley of Essex County decd. situate in the County of Essex and being by estimation fifty acres, and adjacent to the sd Henry Beazley'S own land together with all & singular way, waters, woods underwoods - timber, & timber trees with all other the profits commodities hereditaments, & appurtenances, thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining (only the sd Beazley doth except half an acre of land conveniently adjoining and including the burying place) and the reversions & remainders unto & services & all the Estate, right, title, property claim & demand whatsoever of him the sd John Beazley of in & to the same to have and to hold the said fifty acres of with all its rights members & appurtenances unto him the sd Henry Beazley his heirs, & assigns for ever and John Beazley for himself his heirs & assigns to the only proper use & behoof of him the said Henry Beazley his heirs, & assigns the said granted land & premises with all its appurtenances, shall & will warrant forever defend by these presents, and the said John Beazley for himself his heirs, Execr's, & admrs, doth covenant promise & grant to &with the sd Henry Beazley his heirs & assigns & to & with every of them by these presents that the sd John Beazley now is lawfully seized in his dimifine? Of fee of and ? sd granted land & premises & hath good right & authority in & law to grant bargain sell & confirm the same, and every part & parcel therof and also that the sd land & premises now is & shall forever hereafter remain unto the sd Henry Beazley his heirs & assigns free & clear & freely & clearly acquitted exonerated & discharged or upon every reasonable request thereof to be made sufficiently kept & harmless & endemnified by the sd John Beazley his heirs assigns of & from all former and other bargains sales gifts grants wills entails &c and from all other charges & incumberances whatsoever the quit rents which shall hereafter become due & payable to our sovereign Lord King George his heirs & successors only excepted & foreprized? And that he the said Henry Beazley his heirs & assigns shall & may forever hereafter quietly and peacefully have hold occupy possess & enjoy the sd granted land & premises & every part thereof except the aforementioned half acre which is to be laid off at the discretion of him the sd Henry his heirs &c to include the burying place and that he the sd John Beazley his heirs & assigns at any time or times hereafter at the request and cost in the law of him the sd Henry Beazley shall do make power? & executie all & every such other act & acts devices, and as? In the law for the more sure making & conveying of the sd land and premises as by him the sd Henry or his heirs or assigns or by his or their councils learned in the law shall be reasonable devised & advised or required. In Witness whereof the parties to these presents interchangeably have set their hands and seals the day & date being first above written.

John (his mark) Beazley

Winefred (her mark) Beazley

Signed, sealed & deliverd in the presence of us

Sam Biswell

Richard Billups

Nicholas (his mark) Adkinson

At a Court held for Essex County on the 16th day of September 1729

John Beezley acknowledged this his deed in desired to Henry Beezley which on his motion is admitted to record

All the same day - Winefred Beezley came into Court & freely relinquished her right of dower in the land & premises conveyed by this deed to Henry Beezley which is admitted to record.

1730 Special roads called rolling roads were built for the purpose of transporting the tobacco to marketing locations. The tobacco would be packed in hogsheads and oxen would pull the hogsheads down the rolling roads. The second rolling road built in Caroline County, was known as the Three Knotch Road built in 1730. The road's construction was under the supervision of John and Charles Beasley [5]. The Three Knotch Road began at John Daniel's Mill and went to Francis Conway's tobacco warehouse on the Rappahannock River some 12 miles above Port Royal. Daniel's Mill was located near the Essex Co. line, and near Passing in the Bowling Green District. John and Charles also supervised the maintenance of various feeder roads including those leading from the lower Drysdale parish to Roy's warehouse. In 1765 Richard Beasley, William Cook, Thomas Cook, and Abel Cook were among those charged with maintaining roads in the lower Drysdale parish. If the roads were not well-maintained, road supervisors were fined. John and Charles along with a John Cheadle had the distinction of being the only three road supervisors who were not fined in colonial Caroline Co. Because of their records, the court would send the two Beasleys to areas in Caroline Co. which were remote from their homes to rebuild roads which gave the county trouble. [6]

1733 On 10 May, On petition of Charles Beasley, it's ordered Thomas Rucker be surveyor of the road in his room. It's ordered Edward Tinsley be surveyor of the road from Loyd's Quarter to Poe's bridge in the room of John Beasley. [7]

1733 On 12 July, The inventory of the estate of James Gouge is admitted to record. [8]

1733 John Beasley signed a petition to have the Craven County council be in New Bern near the Neuse River. [9]

1736 John Martin, a money-lender, threatened to foreclose on all freeholders who were in debt to him, if they voted for Gibson, who was the opponent to Martin in an election. Gibson won. Martin foreclosed on 33 men, including John Gouge and William Pickett. [10]

1738 On 12 May, the Caroline County, Virginia Court attached tobacco in the hands of John and Charles Beasley for the estate of James Heran. [11]

1738 John Beasley was paid by John Bushell for testifying in a suit brought by John Pickett. [12]

1739 On 9 June, Charles and John Beasley were ordered by the Caroline County court to view the most convenient way to make a bridle way to turn out Portobago road to the county line. [13]

1742 Micajah Pickett sued John Beasley in Caroline County.

1742/43 On 11March, John Beasley served on a jury. [14]

1743 On 13 May, Action of debt. Mayes Pickett as well for our Sovereign Lord the King as for himself against John Beasley. [15]

1743 On 13 May, Action of trespass, assault and battery. Henry Powell against Charles Beasley, Jr. Jury Jno. George, George Mash, James Samuel, Wm. Stone, Law Anderson, Robt . Lowry, Robt. Williamson, Josiah Wood, John Dyer, Jacob Jo hns, Thos. Hamm and John Pearson, find for the plaintiff 20 shillings sterlling. [16]

1743 On 12 August, It is ordered Thomas Ship, John Beasley, Charles Beasley and David Tinsley appraise the estate of Richard Goode. [17]

1743/44 On 10 February, It is ordered Charles Beasley, John Beasley, William Daniel Jr. and Cornels. Rennolds appraise the estate of Eliza. Cowing. [18]

1744/45 On 11 January, Bennet and John Beazley were on the Fairfield County jury. [19]

1744/45 On 8 March, Action of trespass on the case. Winney Weasley [sic] (Beasley), an infant under the age of 21 years, by John Beasley her next friend, agt. Mace Pickett and Elizabeth his wife. Dismissed, being agreed. [20]

1745 On 12 April, Charles Beasley acknowledged his deed of gift to his son Charles Beasley. [21]

1745 On 20 April, John Beesley was granted a patent for 200 acres on the north side of the Neuse River in Craven County, this "Beesley's swamp". [22]

1745 On 14 June, John Gouge returned an account of the sale of James Coghill's estate. [23]

1745 On 13 September, The last will and testament of Moses Daniel was presented in Court by James Lindsey the executor therein named and proved by Josua Lindsey, Abner Insco and Wm. Blanton, witnesses thereto. It's ordered John Sneed, John Beasley, Charles Beasley and Charles Beasley jur. appraise the estate of Moses Daniel. [24]

1746 On 9 May, Charles Beasley Junr. was appointed constable of the precinct in which William Daniel Junr. is constable. [25]

1747 Port Royal had a boom and bust. John Harvie of Essex failed financially. Harvie stole goods and then sold them. After his trial, John Beazley attached a chest of silver, Harvie's most liquid asset. [26]

1748 On 14 October, John Beasley and Charles Beasley were ordered to appraise the estate of Robert Foster. [27]

1755 John Beasley, born 1685 on the Beasley Island North Carolina near Core Creek and the Nuese River, Craven County, North Carolina, died in 1755 at Core Creek and his vendu of 1755 mentions his wife as Winifred. They had children named Solomon, Oxford, William, Vienna, and Winifred. [28] Beasley, John (1685 - 1755), born 1685 in NC?, died 1755 in Beasley Island, Craven County, NC. Pvt. in Revolutionary War in Capt. Joshua Lewis Company (Pay roll) also in Capt. Hillary Whites Company. Spouse: Sarah Joana Cagwell Jenkins (*1685 - ). Married 1705 in NC?. Children: Beasley, Solomon (1707 - 1789), Beasley, Oxford (~1710 - ~1790), Beasley, William J. (~1712 - ~1791), Beasley, Simon (~1715 - ~1759), Beasley, Winifret (~1718 - ), Beasley, Vieniah (~1721 - )[29]

1761-64 James Beasley sold several tracts on Swift Creek, Johnston County, Virginia adjoining William Acock and James Tate. [30]

1761 The Caroline Court required freeholders of land to register the slaves they owned. John Beasley had 2 and Charles Beasley had 5. In 1762 Isabelle and Daphne, the slaves of John Beasley, were sentenced to 15 lashes at the whipping-post for perjury after they were convicted of lying on the witness stand in the trial of Daniel, slave of John Pickett, for the murder of Pronton, slave of Samuel Major. [31][32][33]

1763 Benjamin Beezeley was taxed in Bladen County, North Carolina. [34]

1763 On September 19, John Beezlee witnessed a deed in Essex County, Virginia. [35]

1777 On February 17, Land in Essex County, Virginia, adjacent to lands of Mary Beasley and Edward Vawter, was sold by Robert Waring to Thomas Pitts. [36]

1778 On March 9, James and Ann Beasley sold land in Essex County, Virginia, to Younger Pitts, that James' mother Mary Beasley owned after the death of James' father, William Beasley. [37] Other researchers suggest that James (1725-1803) was married to Ann Reynolds.

See also [38]

DNA research Notes:

A 4th cousin match, perhaps through Beasley, has been reported at [39]


Footnotes:

[1] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 35-36, [Google].

[2] Beverley Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. 29, 110.

[3] John Frederick Dorman, Essex County, Virginia Records 1717 - 1722 (1959), 56, Will p. 119-120.

[4] citing Essex Co., VA, Order Book, 1716-1718, [URL].

[5] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 77, [Google].

[6] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 108, [Google].

[7] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1732-1740, Part One 1732-34/5 (Washington: 1965), 34,35, [Google].

[8] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1732-1740, Part One 1732-34/5 (Washington: 1965), 44, [Google].

[9] USGenWeb Archives, [USGenWeb].

[10] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 86-87, [Google].

[11] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1732-1740, Part Three 1737-40/5 (Washington: 1967), 13.

[12] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1732-1740, Part Three 1737-40/5 (Washington: 1967), 34.

[13] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1732-1740, Part Three 1737-40/5 (Washington: 1967), 56.

[14] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[15] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[16] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[17] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[18] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[19] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part Three 1744-46 (Washington:), 5.

[20] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), 11, [Google].

[21] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[22] North Carolina State Archives, Manuscript and Archives Reference System, MARS ID 12.14.50.1131, John Beesley, [NC_Archives_Search].

[23] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part Three 1744-46 (Washington:), 25.

[24] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[25] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1740-1746, Part One 1740-42 (Washington: 1971), [Google].

[26] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 121, [Google].

[27] John Frederick Dorman, Caroline County, Virginia Order Book, 1746-1754, Part Two 1748-50 (Washington: 1968), 2.

[28] Beasley Family website, [URL].

[29] Beasley genealogy website, [URL].

[30] Margaret M. Hoffman, The Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763, Volume 5 (1995), 90, citing deeds 4962, 4963, and 4964.

[31] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 333, [Google].

[32] Rosemary B. Hill and Dixie J. Clark, A Gathering of Picketts, Vol. 1 Virginia & Kentucky (self-published, 1998), 118, [Google].

[33] Thomas Elliott Campbell, Colonial Caroline: A History of Caroline County, Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: 1954), 333, 337, [Google].

[34] North Carolina Tax Series, Bladen County 1763 Tax List (Mountain Press), 1, [Internet_Archive].

[35] Mary Marshall Brewer, Essex County, Virginia, Land Records, 1761 - 1772 (2006), 37.

[36] Mary Marshall Brewer, Essex County, Virginia, Land Records, 1772-1786 (2006), 43, citing deed book 31-295.

[37] Mary Marshall Brewer, Essex County, Virginia, Land Records, 1772-1786 (2006), 59, citing deed book 31-380.

[38] Rootsweb Beasley discussion, [URL].

[39] Siblings .


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