(Abt 1800-Bef 1870)
Noted events in his life were:
1. Appearance in Document, 2 Dec 1822, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Caleb Beal was a witness to a deed from Daniel Beal to Younger Neal. Hiram Beal was also a witness. Chatham County, August Session, 1826.
2. Appearance in Document, 1 Dec 1823, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Caleb Beal and Martha Beal were buyers at sale of property of Daniel Beal (deceased). Thomas Beal was administrator of the sale. (p19 of Chatham Co Inventories and Settlements of Estates 1821-1827 by Katherine Reynolds, citing p86 of records). [Could Martha Beal be Caleb's wife Mary?]
3. Census, 1830, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Caleb Beal is 20-30, living with one M <5 [Thomas], one M 5-10 [James], two F < 5 [Martha, Ann], and one F 20-30 [Mary] (Chatham Co, p392). [This would suggest that Caleb was married by 1825, if the male 5-10 is his son.]
4. Property, 25 May 1838, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Caleb Beal establishes a Deed of Trust, placing 170 acres in trust to John Hawkins. The land is on waters of Cedar Creek adjoining Richard Boud?, Arch McIntyre, Daniel Baker, and Oran A Tyson. Caleb owes $109 plus interest to Robert Marsh from 25 Apr 1826. Caleb owes $95 to [unknown] McIntyre "who is my security to Wm Neal" due in Feb 1836, among others. If Caleb does not pay those debts, the land will be sold for cash to pay the creditors. (Chatham Co Deed book AE, p150) [Where did Caleb get this land? Is this part of the 640 acres of Thomas Beal and William Dark?]
5. Property, 12 Nov 1838, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. "John Harmon[?], High Sheriff of Chatham Co, Whereon a Writ of [undecipherable - Latin] out of the County Court of Chatham and learning that the second Monday of Sept 1838 last past and to the said Sheriff directed he was commanded that of the lands and tenements of Caleb Beal he shall cause to be made the sum of Fifty eight dollars twenty nine cents with interest on the said sum from the 2nd day of June AD 1837 and cost which Elizabeth McDaniel administratrix lately in the said Court recovered for her debt and damages against the said Caleb Beal ... Caleb Beal was liable ... Sheriff was commanded to sell to the highest bidder for ready money a certain parcel of land". Sold 200 acres in Chatham Co on the waters of Cedar Creek adjoining O A Tyson. Land was purchased by Robert Marsh for $7.50 (Chatham Co Deed book AF, p106)
6. Census, 1840, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Caleb Beal is 30-40, living with two M<5 [Thrashley, unknown], two M 5-10 [Thomas, Joseph], one M 15-20 [James], two F 10-15 [Ann, Martha], and one F 30-40 [Mary] (Chatham Co, p158)
7. Property, 18 Dec 1843, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. Caleb Beal of Chatham Co sold to Brook Harris, for $130, 170 acres in Chatham Co "being the tract whereon Caleb Beal now resides" adjoining D Baker, O A Tyson, H Tyson, R Doud, and A McIntyre Jr. (Chatham Co Deed book AG, p85) [based on neighbors and size, looks like the Cedar Creek land mentioned earlier]
8. Census, 15 Oct 1850, Upper Regiment, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 2403
9. Census, 26 Jun 1860, Western Division, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 2405
10. Appearance in Document, 29 Aug 1870. C. R. Beal was administrator of his father Caleb's estate in 1870. There is a document itemizing the goods sold at public auction and signed " C.R.Beal, Administrator, August 29th 1870 for cash". After a long list of items auctioned C.R. writes " C.R. Beal makes oath that the foregoing is a full and correct return of the sales of the personal property belonging to the estate of Caleb Beal, deceased, that have come into my hands. C.R. Beal, Adm. Sworn and subscribed before me this the 27th day of November 1872, S. J. Petty C.S.C." (posted at www.rootsweb.com/~ncchatha/crbeal.html by Don Rielly (DHRIELLY@aol.com) on Nov 19 2000)
11. Census, 2 Sep 1870, Gulf Twp, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 2406
12. Residence: Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. A Beal researcher, leaving notes at the Pittsboro Library, says that Caleb Beal probably never moved, but the redistricting of Chatham County caused him to appear to move from township to township. The researcher believes that Caleb actually lived near Meroney Church, north of Goldston and east of Bonlee.
13. Story. Some researchers show Nathan Caleb Beals of Surry County as the same person as Caleb Beal (father of Caleb Robert Beal) of Chatham County. I do not believe those two people are the same person. The 1830 Census shows Caleb Beal in Chatham Co, but Westfields MM records show Nathan Beals still in Surry County thru 1832. Also the ages of the children do not match. All the records of Surry County seem to refer to Nathan Beals, all the records of Chatham County seem to refer to Caleb Beal (neither uses the combination of Nathan Caleb Beals). Also, there are other Beal families already in Chatham County prior to 1830 who could be alternative ancestors for Caleb. There is a Caleb Beals in the 1820 Census of Guilford Co (2 1 1 2 1 0 males, 1 0 0 1 0 females). He would be too old to be this Caleb. Along with Caleb in Guilford Co are John Beals and Eli(?) Beals, all in same age group.
14. Occupation: Farmer.
Caleb* married Mary* NEAL, daughter of Family NEAL and Unknown, before 1824. (Mary* NEAL was born circa 1802 in North Carolina, United States,2403 died in Dec 1859 in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States 2404 and was buried in Bear Creek, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States.)