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Re: Beasley Family Reunion in New Bern, NC
Posted by: Mark Beasley (ID *****7320) Date: April 01, 2008 at 15:21:39
In Reply to: Re: Beasley Family Reunion in New Bern, NC by Tom Hollingsworth of 8251

My name is Mark A. Beasley. located in New Mexico. My 3rd Great Grandfather is Austin Beasley Sr. b: 1755 d: 1822 Duplin County, NC. Austin was married to Mary Guy on 12 January 1783 and had Sarah Beesley who married John Gore, Bryan Beesley who died in 1785 Early County, GA, Mary Beesley who married Taylor Jones, John Beesley who died in New Hanover, NC, Hillery Beesley, Ally who married Lewis Galvin, Lemuel Beesley where a Lemuel Beesley was found in VA. This Lemuel married Martha in Conecuh County, GA (60 miles from Evergreen).

Austin's first wife died and he married Polly Mary Hollingsworth Carroll on 15 December 1803 in Duplin County, NC. Mary's parents were Hardy Carroll and Lydia Hollingsworth, daughter of Henry Hollingsworth and Mary Ann Murray. Austin and Mary's children were Bass Beasley who married Mary Carlton on 12 May 1832, Nancy Bush Beasley who married Thomas Shefield, Elizabeth who married Edmond Mathis, Austin Beasley Jr. who married Eleanor Reed Powell on 1836/37 and Edwinna Beasley who married Joseph K. Graves on 17 January 1837.

Bass Beasley who married Mary Carlton had Daniel James Beasley b: 21 December 1832 who married 1st to Sarah C. Taylor on 8 April 1857 and had Chauncey and Sylvester Milton Beasley and then Bass married Sarah O. Hollingsworth on 6 March 1867 and had Annie Virgina Beasley who married Matthew Johnson, Hattie Victoria Beasley who was a twin, James Lee Beasley, Eula May Beasley, Lonnie Daniel (Leonidas) Beasley, Sarah Evalyne Beasley and Sarah Cathern Beasley.

Bass' son Major Austin Beasley married Nancy Barden and had a son who was latter an attorney in Kenansville named L. A. Beasley.

Bass' son Daniel James Beasley's son Lonnie Daniel was married to Mattie Francis Corbett and had Floy Alice who married to George Brooks, William Daniel Beasley who died in Pennsyvania, Earl Jackson Beasley who married Ethel Eunice Frederick and had Earl McDonald. Earl McDonald married Mary Tilman (Tilda) and they had Ronald, Jane who married a Phillips and Dennis Beasley. Ronald owns nuch of the land that Austin Beasley Sr. owned in 1788 in Duplin County, NC.

When my wife, Christine and I went on our 22 eastern states Motor Home Tour to visit our family of Eastern United States in 2006, we spent a lot of time in NC. We traveled across Carteret (Willis) County to Ocracoke Island where we visited Black Beard and then up the Hatteras National Shoreline. We came across a large group of Beasley’s on the Hatteras all the way to the top end of Dare County past Kitty Hawk. We then went across to Roanoke Island and visited Fort Raleigh, near Manteo.

Leaving Manteo, we drove across the Croatan Sound on Hwy 64 and across Alligator River west towards Plymouth, NC. While on Hwy 64, we drove right by Beasley, NC on the south side of Albemarle Sound and if you look across the sound you will find the town of Edenton, NC. This was the town mentioned below where a group of 266 men in 1733, who lived along the Neuse River near New Bern, wanted to keep the place of records in New Bern instead of moving them to Edenton. The website is posted below and please look at the names of these early residents of the Neuse. Maybe they are part of your extended family from NC:

We traveled west on Hwy 64 to the town of Williamston, NC and this is the town of Ray Gurganus. From Williamston we headed south along Hwy 17 to the Town of Washington. 17 miles east of Washington is Bath Creek and Bath Creek is found on the east edge of the Town of Bath. At the mouth of Bath Creek is a place called Beasley Point. This is an Archeological site and I will research its importance to the Lost Colony and to our families of NC soon.

We then headed south on Hwy 17 and drove right by Willis Neck Rd. and Willis Rd. This is the area near Swift Creek where we find Rod Willis’ family of NC. This location is just north of Streets Ferry on the Neuse River near New Bern. Christine and I then headed across the Neuse on Hwy 17 and back to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station where we had our 36’ Bounder parked on base at the RV Park. Just to the east of us was the Croatan Game Land and next to this is Clubfoot Creek where we find Beasley Ln. This area is the east end of Craven County. Across the Neuse River from Beasley Ln., about 15 miles northeast is Broad Creek where we found Oxford Beasley living there before 1737. The Hollingsworth family were found a along the Neuse River and in New Bern, NC. They even moved the Hollingsworth Cemetery found near New Bern, NC.

A large number of our family owned land on or near Swift Creek above the Neuse River and west of New Bern: Hollingsworth, Willis’, Taylor’s, Bryan’s, and Benjamin Beasley were a few….. About 5 miles southwest of Swift Creek, across the Neuse is Core Creek and the location of Solomon Beasley Sr. b: 1707. There are several locations along the Neuse River where Cousin’s Dr. Elizabeth Pope and Eloise Howard traveled last summer trying to locate Beasley Island. Pictures of these locations are found on Austin Beasley website. I found an Island on the Neuse, at the mouth of Grinnel Creek that is surrounded by water and is just west of Fort Barnwell. This is an actual Island. It looks like it is time to rent a boat on the Neuse River.

At the mouth of Core Creek and west of Cove City is a place that we found called Beasley Cemetery 6400 Wyse Fork Rd. Just south of Beasley Cemetery is Rattlesnake Branch. On 17 December 1759, Simon Beesley makes his will and lists his son Ezekiel Beesley to get the plantation where he formerly lived laying upon the mouth of the Rattlesnake Branch. He lists his wife Fearnot, a son named Elisha and a daughter Dorcus. His brother Solomon Sr. was the witness of Simon’s will. If we travel south from here we find Phillips Crossroad, Currin Howards Rd., Taylor’s Corner, Beasley Creek near Comfort, NC, Koonce Fork Rd., Howard Rd. and then the town of Gurganus in Onslow County just east of Duplin County line.

Heading due west of the Town of Gurganus is Wallace and north of Wallace on Hwy 117 is Rose Hill and then next is the Town of Magnolia. ¾ of a mile west of Magnolia is Beasleys Rd which connects in to Beasleys Mill Rd. Beasleys Mill Rd. crosses Millers Creek and this is the location of Austin Beasley Sr’s mill and log cabin of 1788 and his family cemetery with Eda Hollingsworth Carroll and the Carlton family. Austin Beasley owned land next to Solomon and Abraham Beesley in 1776 just east of Magnolia in a place called Maxwell Swamp along with William Rigby of Craven County. William Rigby served with Benjamin Saunderson as a foot soldier in Craven County, NC and this Benjamin Saunderson had Augustine Beesley at 7 years old as an indentured servant (Cooper) in 1762 in Craven County, NC. In 1776, William Rigby now in Duplin County, NC sells land to an Austin (Augustine) Beesley, who would now be 21 and released from his indentured service as a cooper. On 20 August 1776, Solomon Beazley sells 150 acres for forty pounds Proclamation money to Abraham Beazley west side of Maxwell Swamp and Auston Beazley, Joseph Dickson and Arthur Howell are witnesses….. Are you following me so far?

Abraham Beesley also went west from Maxwell Swamp and bought land along Miller’s Creek and in 1788, sold the land to Austin Beasley Sr and Abraham went south to New Hanover, NC. Austin Beasley Sr’s son John after Austin Sr’s death, went south to New Hanover, NC and his family were part of a Baptist Church there. Here is our line from the first known Beasley of Craven County, NC:

John Beesley b: c1685 d: 1755 and wife in 1755 Winifred had the following children: Solomon Beesley Sr. b: c1707, Oxford b: c1710, Simon b: c1715, William b: c1712, Winifret b: c1718 and Vieniah b: 1721. Solomon Beesley Sr’s children were per his will dated 13 November 1789 were Abraham Beesley, Solomon Beesley, Vilator Dyar, A ___ Heath, Martha Clifton, Mary Miller and John, William, Ben, James and Samuel Beesley
Elizabeth Hall and granddaughter Sidney Civil. George Bryan Executor, witnesses: John Flanning, Elisha Beesley, James Taylor and Solomon Beesley all signed with X’s. Solomon Beesley was granted a patent on 03 Oct 1748 to 150 acres in Craven Co. on Core Creek, adjoining his own line

From Core Creek, Solomon Beesley Sr’s sons Abraham and Solomon Jr. went south to Duplin County, NC. Abraham went to New Hanover and Solomon Jr. went to GA. Solomon’s son John went to SC and this is where we find David M. Beasley, Eloise Howard and Jill Lysle line. Solomon’s son William married and went west to Kentucky. With the yDNA testing, we have now found several Beasley/Beezley’s who are from a different line of Beasley’s. This has been a good tool to link our linages from written records to actual bloodlines.

Mark A. Beasley
Your New Mexico Cousin

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