Josias Bradley Beall
Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall (May 22, 1797 March 27, 1836) married (January 27, 1818 Warren County, Georgia) Sarah Brinkley Butt (February 20, 1799 August 6, 1876).
Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall was born in Prince Georges County, Maryland. He was the son of Robert Augustus Beall, Sr. (January 7, 1767 May 1, 1833) and Elizabeth Marshall (August 26, 1774 April 16, 1838) and the oldest of ten children. Josias Bradley (Brad) Bealls family extended back many generations to the early settlement of Maryland.
Robert Augustus Beall, Sr. (January 7, 1767 May 1, 1833) was the son of Josias Beall (May 4, 1725 February 3, 1803) and Millicent Bradley Beall (January 5, 1733 April 21, 1772).
Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall (May 22, 1797 March 27, 1836). He was killed on March 27, 1836 at Goliad, Texas in the Fannin Massacre and is buried close to a large monument which lists his name along with all those who died there. Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall married Sarah Brinkley Butt (February 20, 1799 August 6, 1876). She is buried in the Kolb-Aderhold-Beall Cemetery near Sandtown, Georgia (Fulton County).
Sarah Brinkley Butt was the daughter of William Butt (1777 December 15, 1809) and Clarissa (Clary or Clara) Matthews (1778 July 4, 1842). Both William Butt and Clarissa Matthews Butt were born in Halifax County, North Carolina. William and Clarissa were the parents of the following children:
A. Jesse M. Butt (September 24, 1797 After 1860) never married.
B. Sarah Brinkley Butt (February 20, 1799 August 6, 1876) married Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall (May 22, 1797 March 27, 1836).
C. Susan Ann T. Butt (April 7, 1802 November 10, 1831) married Honorable Martin Kolb (May 6, 1787 April 10, 1857).
D. Judge William Moore Butt (November 4, 1804 November 8, 1888) married Mary Elizabeth Butt (March 29, 1811 August 14, 1894). Judge William Moore Butt moved to the City of Atlanta in 1851 from Campbell County, Georgia. He was elected mayor on January 16, 1854. He served until January 19, 1855.
Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall (May 22, 1797 March 27, 1836) married (January 27, 1818 Warren County, Georgia) Sarah Brinkley Butt (February 20, 1799 August 6, 1876). The following is a list of the children of Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall and Sarah Brinkley Butt Beall:
A. Margaret (Maggie) Elizabeth Beall (About 1819 May 21, 1841) married Joseph Gainer.
B. Susan Millicent Beall (December 22, 1824 September 18, 1907) married (November 26, 1846 - Campbell County, Georgia) John McClure (February 25, 1816 April 1, 1896).
John McClure was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He was the third child of William and Elizabeth McMillan McClure. At the time of his birth, Johns parents and grandparents had been living in the area of the North and South Pacolet Rivers for over 40 years. His grandfather, John Graves McClure, had even served during the time of the American Revolution as a young volunteer from the northern section of Spartanburg County. The members of the McClure family had farmed the rich bottom lands of the Pacolets for as long as they had lived in the area. He moved with his family to Campbell County, Georgia in 1832. John was 16 years of age at the time.
John McClure served as a private in Captain James Words Company, Georgia Mounted Militia in the Cherokee Indian Wars from April 3, 1838 through July 3, 1838. He enlisted at New Echota, Georgia and was discharged from duty at the same location. John McClure made an application for a pension based on his service in the Cherokee Indian Wars on August 22, 1892.
On November 26, 1846, John McClure married Susan Millicent Beall. Rev. Henry Paulett preformed the marriage ceremony. She was the daughter of Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall (May 22, 1792 March 27, 1836) and Sarah Brinkley Butt Beall (February 20, 1799 August 6, 1876). It should be noted that John and Susan McClure named their first son William Bradley (Brad) McClure, William for Johns father and Bradley for Susans father.
On September 13, 1854, John McClure purchased land directly across from the front of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and immediately began construction on what was to remain his home for the remainder of his life. It was during these years that John, Susan, and their children became very active at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Fairburn, Georgia. This strong Baptist heritage can be felt within the McClure family to this day. John McClures mother, Elizabeth McMillan McClure, joined Mt. Vernon in early August 1873. She was 80 years of age at the time. Up until 1873, she had been a Presbyterian. John McClure became a leading member of Mt. Vernon and was a deacon there for a number of years.
Many of the descendants of John McClure and Susan Millicent Beall McClure are buried in the cemetery of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Fairburn, Georgia.
C. Capt. James (Jim) Jesse Beall (July 31, 1826 April 5, 1901) married Sarah (Sally) Matilda Watts (July 25, 1835 - February 9, 1923).
D. Josias (Joe) Bradley Beall, Jr. (Born about 1828 December 1862) never married. He died in the Civil War.
E. Egbert Butt Beall (September 4, 1830 April 17, 1901) married Martha L. Kolb (February 27, 1835 March 3, 1912).
F. Sarah M. W. Beall (March 11, 1834 October 5, 1901) married Osborn Spence (Born about 1829 September 2, 1876).
G. Robert Beall died in infancy.
H. Eliza Beall died in infancy.
I. William Beall died in infancy.
Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall was one of the early sheriffs of both Coweta and Campbell Counties, Georgia. His brother, Robert Augustus Beall, Jr., one of the first mayors of Macon, Georgia helped arouse interest in the Macon area for the cause of Texas independence. On October 23, 1835, Bradley (Brad) Beall began his service for Texas as a private in the company of Capt. James C. Winn under the command of Col. James W. Fannin. On March 27, 1836, Palm Sunday, Josias Bradley (Brad) Beall was executed at the Goliad by order of General Santa Anna in what was to become known as the Fannin Massacre. Colonel Fannin and his men had been held prisoner at the Presidio La Bahia before the massacre. The State of Texas has erected a memorial to Colonel Fannin and his men about one quarter mile from the Presidio. Josias Bradley (Brad) Bealls name, along with the other heroes executed at the Goliad in the cause of Texas independence, is engraved on the monument. Charles Dennie McClure was accepted as a member of The Sons of the Republic of Texas on November 1, 1989.
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