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BEALS, John
(1650-1726)
CLAYTON, Mary
(1665-)
BOWATER, Thomas
(1655-)
EDGE, Sarah
(1657-1692)
BEALS, John
(1685-1745)
BOWATER, Sarah
(1688-1777)
BEALS, Thomas
(1719-1801)

 

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ANTRIM, Sarah

BEALS, Thomas 389

  • Born: 14 Jan 1719, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Marriage: ANTRIM, Sarah on 12 Nov 1741 in Fairfax Mtg, Loudoun County, Virginia Colony 2434
  • Died: 29 Aug 1801 2462
  • Buried: Fairfield Mtg, Highland County, Ohio, United States 2462
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bullet  Death Notes:

1801-8-29 Thomas Beals died, age 82, buried at Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield MM records)

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence, 26 Jun 1749, Fairfax Mtg, Loudoun County, Virginia Colony. 2434

2. Residence, After 26 Jun 1749, Carvers Creek Mtg, Bladen County, North Carolina Colony. 2434 Thomas and Sarah Beals and their 4 oldest children moved from Fairfax Mtg, VA, to Carvers's Creek Mtg, NC. They left Fairfax around 26 Jun 1749.

3. Residence, 7 Oct 1751, Cane Creek Mtg, Granville County, North Carolina Colony. 2463 Thomas and Sarah Beales and family transferred from Carver's Creek Mtg, NC, to Cane Creek Mtg, NC, when Cane Creek Mtg was set up, and were charter members. They probably did not change their place of settlement.

4. Residence, 1754, New Garden Mtg, Orange County, North Carolina Colony. 2463 Thomas and Sarah Beales and family transferred from Cane Creek Mtg, NC, to New Garden Mtg, NC, when New Garden Mtg was established. Probably, they did not change their place of settlement.

5. Appearance in Document, 28 Sep 1777, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Beals granted a certificate to visit, in gospel truth, the Mingo and Delaware Indians. William Robinson to accompany him.

6. Appearance in Document, 28 Mar 1778, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Beals and companion, William Robinson, returned from their visit to Indians and gave account that they were detained prisoners some weeks and Thomas had his certificate taken from him.

7. Appearance in Document, 26 Feb 1780, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Beals desiring to remove with family to the Ohio River, to be near Delaware Indians, meeting advised that he go himself and make inspection before moving his family.

8. Appearance in Document, 25 Mar 1780, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Beals, William Hiatt, Christopher Hiatt and David Ballard granted certificate to near the Ohio River, to be near and labor with the Deleware Indians.

9. Appearance in Document, 29 Jul 1780, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Branson granted certificate to Ohio to be with Thomas Beals.

10. Appearance in Document, 30 Sep 1780, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Beals and David Ballard returned certificate which had been granted them to Ohio in 3rd month last.

11. Appearance in Document, 26 Oct 1782, New Garden Mtg, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. 2083 Thomas Beals and friends had "moved out to the back inhabitents." A committee appointed to visit them reported "they are in a low situation, and it is most consistent for them to return back to where they moved from."

12. Appearance in Document, 17 Feb 1798, Westfield Mtg, Surry County, North Carolina, United States. 377 Thomas, Daniel, John, and Jacob Beals "laid a concern before the mtg of removal to Scioto River or thereaway." Disapproved by Quarterly Meeting.

13. Story. 2464 The first Friends minister of record to cross the Ohio River and preach in the limits of the Northwest Territory was Thomas Beals who was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in March 1719, the son of John and Sarah Bowater Beals. The Beals family moved from Pennsylvania and Maryland and later to Hopewell, near Winchester, Virginia. Thomas Beals moved with this family to North Carolina in 1748 or 1749 being then about twenty-nine years old, and first stopped at Cane Creek. Then, with his family, he moved to New Garden, NC, which was frontier territory. In a very short time he was joined by some other families, and in the year 1753, being then about thirty-four, he came forth in the ministry. The next move he made was to Westfield, Surry County, NC. Here he was instrumental in the development of a large meeting. He must have lived at New Garden and Westfield about thirty years, during which time he paid several lengthy visits to the Indians. In the year 1775, twenty years before Wayne's Treaty with the Indians at Greenville, Ohio, Beals, accompanied by four Friends, started to pay a visit to the Shawnee Indians and some other tribes and, after passing a fort not far from Clinch Mountain in VA, they were arrested and carried back to the fort to be tried for their lives on the charge of being confederates with the hostile Indians. The officers, understanding that one of them was a preacher, required a sermon before they went in for trial. Beals thought in right to hold a meeting with the soldiers, which proved to be a highly favored season. A young man then in the fort was converted and, some time after, moved among Friends and became a member and, at a very advanced age, bore public testimony to the truth of the principles of which he was convinced at the fort. After this meeting was over the Friends were kindly entertained and were free and at liberty to go on their journey. They crossed the Ohio River into what is now the state of Ohio and held many meetings with the Indians with satisfaction and returned home with much peace of mind. Thomas Beals told his friends that he saw with his spiritual eye the seed of Friends scattered all over that good land and that one day there would be the greatest gathering of Friends there of any place in the world and that his faith was strong in the belief that he would live to see Friends settle north of the Ohio River. In 1781, Beals moved from Westfield, NC, to Blue Stone, Giles County, VA, where he lived but a few years. While there, their sufferings were very great in many ways, not only from lack of the necessities of life, but their son-in-law, James Horton, was taken prisoner by the Indians and, from the most reliable information that could be obtained, was carried to old Chillicothe, near Frankfort, Ohio, and there put to death. This move to Blue Stone does not appear to have had the approval of Beals' friends, for Nathan Hunt states that they sent a committee to send him back to Westfield, NC. The little meeting of twenty or thirty families was entirely broken up at Blue Stone. In the year 1785, he moved to Lost Creek, TN, and in 1793 he moved to Grayson Co., VA, at which several places Nathan Hunt states that Thomas Beals set up meetings. In 1799, Beals, who had visited this country twenty four years before, now moved to Quaker Bottom, Ohio, [in Lawrence County, opposite the mouth of the Guyandot River] along with other members of his family and in the spring of 1801 he moved to Salt Creek, near the present town of Adelphia. On August 29, 1801, he died and was buried near Richmondale, Ross County, Ohio, in a coffin of regular shape, hollowed out of a solid white walnut tree by his friend Jesse Baldwin, and covered by a part of the same tree, which was selected for the purpose by the deceased while living. The grave of Thomas Beals is marked by an appropriate monument to his memory. To Thomas Beals belongs the credit of having been the first friend to carry the message of Christ into the vast region north and west of the Ohio.

14. Religion: Quaker.


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Thomas married Sarah ANTRIM on 12 Nov 1741 in Fairfax Mtg, Loudoun County, Virginia Colony.2434 (Sarah ANTRIM died on 7 Jul 1813 in Fairfield Mtg, Highland County, Ohio, United States 2462 and was buried in Fairfield Mtg, Highland County, Ohio, United States 2462.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. Marriage, 12 Nov 1741, Fairfax Mtg, Loudoun County, Virginia Colony. 2434 Thomas Beales, son of John and Sarah (Bowater) Beales, Prince George's Co., MD, and grandson of John and Mary (Clayton) Beales, of Chester Co., PA, married Sarah Antrim, Prince George's Co., MD.

2. Marriage, 12 Sep 1741, Hopewell Mtg, Frederick County, Virginia Colony. 2465 Thomas Beales, Prince George's Co., MD, married Sarah Antrim, Prince George's Co., MD.

3. Marriage, 12 Sep 1741. 2083 Thomas Beales, Prince George Co, MD, married Sarah Antram in MD or VA.

4. Marriage, 12 Sep 1741. 2466 Sarah Antram, Prince George Co., MD, married Thomas Beales in MD or VA.

5. Story. 2467 Sarah Ancrum married Thomas Beall, and a copy of their marriage record can be found in the Quaker records of New Garden, NC. The records mention "of Prince George's County", because Frederick County was not created out of Prince George's County until 1748.




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