ISHAM BEASLEY FAMILY (1760-1986)
From Smith Co., TN History Book
Isham Beasley was a son of Henry Beasley, who was living in Orange County as eary as 1750. Orange Co. Registration of Dees: Dec. 1756 Ded of sale from Earl of Granville to Henry Beasley 640 acres; later in Feb. 1762 Deed of sale from Earl of Granville to Henry Beasley 700 acres. May 9, 1784 Henry Beasley to Chatham Co., North Carolina gave to his son, Jesse Beasley, a tract of land lying chiefly in Co. of Chatham and part in Orange Co. lying on North Creek adjoining the said Henry's land (except the apple orchard) during my life.
Sons of Henry Beasley: Henry, Findel, William, Ephriam, Jesse, Isham.
Daughters: Mary, Tabitha, Betty. Edith Wimberly not listed as daughter: but he willed her a feather bed and furniture. He was less generous with his daughters. To Mary he gave 25 pounds; to Tabitha also 25 pounds; but to Betty only 1 pound. The remaining part of his estate was equally divided among his sons.
Isham Beasley, along with two of his brothers, Jesse and Ephriam, came to Tennessee in 1798. Isham, born 1760, died 1855, married Polly Andrews 1767-1851. They were married Nov. 27, 1782. He was a pioneer settler of Smith County. First settled in Beasley's Bend (named for him) a bend in the Cumberland River and lived there until his death in 1855. He and his wife, Polly, are buried there in the family cemetery. The old Beasley Farm is still owned by one of Isham's descendants, Mrs. Nellie Beasley Jellicorse, five generations removed. Much of the farm is now covered by the Cordell Hull Lake.
Many descendants of Isham and Polly live in Smith, Trousdale, Jackson, and Wilson counties. In the Beasley's Bend are of Smith County more than half the people who live there are descendants of Isham and Polly; and many of the farms have been handed down from generation to generation.
Isham Beasley (1760-1855), born in North Carolina, a veteral\n of the Revolutionary War married Nov. 17, 1782, to Polly Andrews (1767-1851), born in Orange Co., North Carolina. They were the parents of sixteen children, eight sons and eight daughters.
Daughters: Calrkey born in NC, 1785, married Maj. Elijah Marcus Haynie. Polly married a Grizzard, one daughter, Eliza lived with grandparents. Debora married Robert Corum. Susan, born about 1800, married James (Cockle Burr Jim) Bradley. Their eldest son, George Washington Bradley. Matilda married a Metcalf. Betsy married John E. Baker, lived in Wilson Co., TN. Mahala married a Vaden. Joanna, born 1806, married 1st James Beasley (probably son on Jesse), 2nd William Bomar, graduate of Princeton University. Twin daughters, Victoria and Vianna, known as Vic and Vi.
Sons: Johnson (oldest son) married Margaret. Ellis, born 1788, married 1st wife a McGee, 2nd wife Nancy Cole Hunter. Henry, born 1789 in NC, married Polly Johns. Parents of Araminta Beasley, who married Dr. Richard S. Duke, parents of Jeremiah Bowen Duke. Braddock, born 1793 in NC, married Sally Ferguson, daughter of John Ferguson. Major, born 1795 in NC, married Nancy Nixon, great grandparents of Judy Clint Beasley and Sen. I.D. Beasley. Robert (Bob) married 1st wife Sarah Cunningham from Wilson Co., TN, wnd wife Marry Green. Gabriel Dillard, born 1808, married Sally Perry, daughter of Benjiman Perry. William married Margaret Webb.
by Cassie D. Draper
There is also a write up on Ellis Beasley, oldest son of Isham and Polly, and one on Isham Beasley, son of Braddock Beasley. If you are interested in these articles let me and I will type them up for you also.
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