Saturday, April 16, 2011

Surname Saturday : BEALS

The BEALS surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the surname appear to be English, and variations of the spelling include: BALES, BAILS, BEALES, etc.  The family were members of the Society of Friends (Quaker) for many generations.

Stories and history:

Ahnentafel # 29: Pearl May Beals (1878-1970).  Pearl was born May 11, 1878 in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.  She married April 18, 1897 in Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana to Charles Wilson Lambertson (1872-1958).  Charles was born January 25, 1872 in Preble County, Ohio.  They had 8 children and lived in Hamilton, Tipton and Madison Counties, Indiana where Charles was a painter, farmer and carpenter.  Charles died May 24, 1958 in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana.  Pearl died August 3, 1970 in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana.  Both are buried in the Cicero Cemetery, Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana.

Ahnentafel # 58: Nathan Thomas Beals (1856-1915).  Nathan was born February 17, 1856 in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.  He married September 26, 1876 in Hamilton County, Indiana to Elizabeth Caroline Poe (1856-1935).  Elizabeth was born September 26, 1856 in Morgan County, Indiana.  They raised 3 daughters in Hamilton County, Indiana and Richardson County, Nebraska.  Elizabeth died September 27, 1935 near Greentown, Howard County, Indiana.  Nathan died February 16, 1915 in Leola, Grant County, Arkansas.  Both are buried in the Cicero Cemetery, Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana.

Ahnentafel # 116: John T. Beals (1827-1917).  John was born 1827-6mo-25d in Clinton County, Ohio.  He married April 19, 1848 in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana to Mary Davis (1825-1909).  Mary was born 1825-9mo-9d in Randolph County, North Carolina.  John served as a Lt. in Company A, 101st Indiana Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.  He was a farmer, and was elected Hamilton County Assessor in 1892.  He served on the board of directors of the Bank of Westfield, Westfield, Indiana. John was a genealogist, and wrote Chronology of the Beals Family (1912). Mary died July 18, 1909 in Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana.  John died September 18, 1917 in Sheridan, Hamilton County, Indiana.  Both are buried in the Summit Lawn Cemetery, Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.

Ahnentafel # 232: Nathan C. Beals  (1789-1867).  Nathan was born 1789-9mo-3d at Lost Creek Monthly Meeting, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Nathan was disowned by the Society of Friends circa 1811, and later became a member of the Methodist church. He married November 25, 1820 in Clinton County, Ohio to Elizabeth Chew (1802-1881).  Elizabeth was born July 29, 1802 in Clinton County, Ohio.  Nathan was a farmer and served as County Assessor for Hamilton County, Indiana from 1841-1845.  Nathan was the first Probate Judge of Howard County, Indiana from 1844-1846. They were the parents of 10 children born in Clinton County, Ohio and Hamilton County, Indiana.  Elizabeth died January 26, 1881 in Converse, Miami County, Indiana.  Nathan died September 5, 1867 in Humboldt, Richardson County, Nebraska.

Ahnentafel # 464: John Beals (1763-1848).  John was born 1763-3mo-9d at New Garden Monthly Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina.  He married 1788-10mo-23d at Center Monthly Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina to Mary Carter (1767-1799).  Mary was born 1767-5mo-17d.  They were the parents of 6 children born in Jefferson County, Tennessee and Grayson County, Virginia.  Mary died 1799-10mo-11d in Grayson County, Virginia.  John married secondly on 1803-11mo-2d in Grayson County, Virginia to Mary Johnson (1767-1841).  Mary was born 1767-9mo-21d in New Garden Monthly Meeting, Guilford County, North Carolina.  John and Mary had 3 children born in Highland County, Ohio.  Mary died 1841-8mo-28d in Hamilton County, Indiana.  John died 1848-7mo-5d in Hamilton County, Indiana.  Both are buried in the Hinkle Creek Cemetery, Hamilton County, Indiana.

Ahnentafel # 928: Thomas Beals (1719-1801).  Thomas was born 1719-1mo-14d Chester Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  He married 1741-9mo-12d at Monocacy, Prince George County, Maryland to Sarah Antrim/Ankrum (c1724-1813).  Sarah was born circa 1724.  They were the parents of 13 children.  Thomas was a minister of the Society of Friends, ministering to the Indians around the time of the Revolutionary War, one of the first ministers to cross north of the Ohio River.  Sarah died 1813-7mo-6d at Fairfield Monthly Meeting, Highland County, Ohio.  Thomas died 1801-8mo-29d at Fairfield Monthly Meeting, Highland County, Ohio.

Ahnentafel # 1856:  John Beals (1685-c1745).  John was born 1685-11mo-28d Chester County, Pennsylvania.  He married 1711-9mo-14d in Chester County, Pennsylvania to Sarah Bowater (1689-bef1767). Sarah was born 1689-6mo-17d in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  They were the parents of 7 children.  Sarah died before 1767 in York County, Pennsylvania.  John died circa 1745 near Winchester, Virginia.

Ahnentafel # 3712: John Beals (c1650-aft1726).  John was born circa 1650 in England.  By 1677 he appears in Pennsylvania records.  He married after 1682-11mo-1d at Chester Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania to Mary Clayton (1665-bef1726).  Mary was born 1665-6mo-29d in Rumboldswyke, Sussex, England.  They were the parents of 5 children.  Mary died before 1726 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  John died after August 11, 1726 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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Wendy B. said...

Hi there! I just found your blog, and it appears that we're cousins. I'm descended from John Beals and Sarah Bowater via their son, Bowater Beals.

I'm still learning about my Quaker history, and it's fascinating.

I'm on and also write my own genealogy blog (

I'd love to hear from you!

Cheers, -wendy

Travis LeMaster said...

Glad to hear from you, Wendy. I will check out your blog as well.

So glad the Quakers kept good records of their members. Makes it easier to track the various families.

Quaker dating system caused me trouble when I first started, still working to re-verify sources and make sure I have the dates recorded exactly as written.

I would imagine we have quite a few common Quaker ancestors.