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Research Notes:

These are notes about the possible ancestry of Winifred Beasley and her marriage to first husband Gough: [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=norvan&id=I210034, Rootsweb Beasley discussion]

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 in 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]

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 [4]. 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. [5]

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. [6]

1733 On 12 July, The inventory of the estate of James Gouge is admitted to record. [7]

1733 John Beasley signed a petition to have the Craven County council be in New Bern near the Neuse River. [8]

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. [9]

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. [10]

1738 John Beasley was paid by John Bushell for testifying in a suit brought by John Pickett. [11]

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. [12]

1742 Micajah Pickett sued John Beasley in Caroline County.

1742/43 On 11March, John Beasley served on a jury. [13]

1743 On 13 May, Action of debt. Mayes Pickett as well for our Sovereign Lord the King as for himself against John Beasley. [14]

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. [15]

1743 On 12 August, It is ordered Thomas Ship, John Beasley, Charles Beasley and David Tinsley appraise the estate of Richard Goode. [16]

1743/44 On 10 February, It is ordered Charles Beasley, John Beasley, William Daniel Jr. and Cornels. Rennolds appraise the estate of Eliza. Cowing. [17]

1744/45 On 11 January, Bennet and John Beazley were on the Fairfield County jury. [18]

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. [19]

1745 On 12 April, Charles Beasley acknowledged his deed of gift to his son Charles Beasley. [20]

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". [21]

1745 On 14 June, John Gouge returned an account of the sale of James Coghill's estate. [22]

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. [23]

1746 On 9 May, Charles Beasley Junr. was appointed constable of the precinct in which William Daniel Junr. is constable. [24]

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. [25]

1748 On 14 October, John Beasley and Charles Beasley were ordered to appraise the estate of Robert Foster. [26]

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, William, Vienna, and Winifred. [27] 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 - )[28]

1761-64 James Beasley sold several tracts on Swift Creek, Johnston County, Virginia adjoining William Acock and James Tate. [29]

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. [30][31][32]

1763 Benjamin Beezeley was taxed in Bladen County, North Carolina. [33]

Footnotes:

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

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

[3] John Frederick Dorman, Essex County, Virginia Records 1717 - 1722 (1959), 57, Will p. 119-120.

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

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

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

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

[8] USGenWeb Archives, [USGenWeb].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[27] Beasley Family website, [Link].

[28] Beasley genealogy website, [Link].

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

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

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

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

[33] North Carolina Tax Series, Bladen County 1763 Tax List (Mountain Press), 1, [Internet Archive].


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