An American Family History

Beeson Family

Early Quakers were persecuted. In the Massachusetts Bay colony, Friends were banished on pain of death.

Richard Beeson was born in 1684 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Edward Beeson and Rachel Pennington.

He married Charity Grubb who was daughter of John and Frances Grubb on October 24, 1706 at the Nottingham Monthly Meeting in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Richard Beeson (1711, married Ann Brown),
Benjamin Beeson (1714, married Elizabeth Hunter)
Edward Beeson (married Martha Mendenhall),
Phebe Beeson (married John Harris),
Rachel Beeson (married Stephanus Haworth and Anthony Chamness),
John Beeson (married Mary Varman),
Charity Beeson (1715, married Mordecai Mendenhall),
William Beeson (1721, married Mary Mills), and
Isaac Beeson (1729, married Phoebe Stroud, daughter of Samuel Stroud).

On November 20, 1754 the family was received at New Garden Monthly Meeting in Rowan County, North Carolina on certificate from Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia.

Opequon Creek is tributary of the Potomac River. It joins the Potomac northeast of Martinsburg and its source is at the foot of Great North Mountain. It is part of the boundary between Frederick and Clarke counties in Virginia and between Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.


Richard Beeson, Jr.

He married Ann Brown on October 15, 1730 at East Nottingham Monthly Meeting in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was born on May 28, 1711 and was daughter of Mercer Brown and Jane Richards.

Messer [Mercer] Beeson,
Richard Beeson, and
Hannah Beeson,

In his will, Richard Beeson, Jr., left 9 acres of land to Hopewell Meeting House.


Benjamin Beeson 

He married married Elizabeth Hunter.  

Their children included:

Isaac Beeson (1739),
Benjamin Beeson (1741),
William Beeson (1743),
Frances Beeson (1744),
Richard Beeson (1747),
Ann Beeson (1749),
Betty Beeson (1754),
Edward Beeson (1757),
Rachel Beeson (1759),
Jane Beeson (1760),
Mary Beeson (1762). 

Benjamin Beeson died on June 4, 1794 in Randolph County, North Carolina.


William Beeson 

He married Mary Mills.

William Beeson (1741),
Wellmet Beeson (1742),
Rachel Beeson (1744),
Charity Beeson (1746),
Hannah Beeson (1748),
Phebe Beeson (11749),
Richard Beeson (1751),
Thomas Beeson (1753),
Mary Beeson (1753),
John Beeson (1755),
Amasa Beeson (1757),
Joseph Beeson (1758). 


Edward Beeson 

He married Martha Mendenhall.

Edward Beeson (1739, married Jane Pugh daughter of Jesse Pugh),
Charity Beeson (1741, married Richard Ridgeway),
Mary Beeson (1743, married Abel Walker), and
Micajah Beeson (1745).

They transferred on certificate from Nottingham Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania to Hopewell, Virginia on January 18, 1738.

His parents leased him 300 acres of land in Virginia, as recorded on January 13, 1743.

Edward died before October, 1746 in Frederick County, Virginia.


Isaac Beeson 

He married Phebe Stroud about 1750. Phebe was the daughter of Samuel Stroud.

Mary Beeson (1757),
Samuel Beeson (1759, married Elizabeth Brooks),
Isaac Beeson (1760)),
Charity Beeson (1762,married John Brooks),
Martha Beeson (1764 married Robert Stuart),
Edward Beeson (1766, married Mary Brooks ),
Phebe Beeson (1769), and
William Beeson (1771). 




from  Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Vol VI by William Wade Hinshaw

About the year 1733 or soon after, Richard Beeson and divers others settled near a branch of Opeckon [Opequon] , called Tuscarora, where a meeting was held at said Beeson's house for some time, till the number of Friends being increased, land was purchased and a meeting-house built thereon, called Providence, where meetings are since held twice a week.


Whereas I Richard Beeson of Deep River in Guilford County North Carolina being fair advanst in years and knowing the uncertainty of life and certainty of death do therefore (unreadable) fit to make this my last will and testament .....

First of all I order all my just debts to be paid and funeral charges to be paid..

2d I give to my grandson Stephanus Haworth two hundred acres of the land I now live on including all improvement to him his heirs and assigns and no more 

3dly I give to my two sons Benjamin Beeson and Isaac Beeson and to their heirs and assigns the remaining part of the said tract of land to each and equal and 

4thly I give to my son Benjamin two fether beds and all the furniture belonging thereunto. I give to my son Isaac to have the feather bed I now ly upon and all the furniture belonging thereunto

5thly It is my will that the remaining part of my moveable estate shall be equally divided among all my children Benjamin Isaac Pheby and Charity in the best and most suitable manner it can be done by my Executors

6thly And further I do give to all or any of my isue that doth or lay claim hearafter to any right of heirship by my Executors hearafter to be named

7thly I ordain and constitute and appoint my two sons Benjamin and Isaac to be and sole executors....

whereof I have hear unto set my name and affixed my seal this 29th day of the month called march in the year 1775.  
Signed Sealed pronounced to be the said Richard Beesons last will and testament in the presents of us
/s/ Jeremiah Reynolds, Joseph Lamb, Isaac Beeson, Jr. 

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