(Abt 1800-Bef 1872)
Another name for Caleb* was BEAL, Calib.3116
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. Appearance in Document: Non-payment of debts, 7 Oct 1834 to 4 Jan 1869, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3099 There are multiple instances in Chatham County court records of Caleb Beal being issued summons to come to court due to non-payment of debts. These are as early as 7 Oct 1834 and as late as 4 Jan 1869.
5. Property: Places 170 acres in trust, 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)
6. Property: Sheriff sells 200 acres for debt, 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)
7. 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)
8. Property: Sells 170 acres, 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)
9. Census, 15 Oct 1850, Upper Regiment, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3093
10. Census, 26 Jun 1860, Western Division, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3097
11. Census, 2 Sep 1870, Gulf Twp, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3098
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. Probate: Widows allowance, 7 Aug 1872, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3099 The widow of Caleb Beal [not named] is assigned the following as one year's support: fifty bushels of wheat, one cow and calf and a heifer, corn, two hogs, one horse, one lot of oats.
14. Probate: Sale of Estate, 29 Aug 1872, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3099 On 27 Nov 1872, C. R. Beal, Administrator of estate of Caleb Beal, deceased, submitted a return of sales of the personal property belonging to the estate of Caleb Beal. The sale occured on August 29 1872. This included: Plows, Bull Tungs, saddles, wagon, timber, wheat, horse, calves, straw, barrels, sheep, staves, pots, drawing knife, frames, pitchfork, hoes, axe, water bucket, basin, wheel, shears, leather, tables, dishes, plates, cups, jug, beds, loom, shot gun, clock, safe, looking glass, flax wheel, hogs, cow, bull, heifer, corn, short corn, shucks, fodder.
15. Probate: Land for WIdow's Dower, 7 Apr 1873, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3099 On Oct 12 1872, in Chatham County Superior Court, Finetta Beal vs. James Beal, Patsy Blalock, Ann Fields, Thomas Beal, C. R. Beal, Mary Cheek, the children Ruth E. Beal, Mary Beal, and Ann Beal grandchildren of Caleb Beal deceased. Finetta says she is the widow of Caleb Beal and the defendants are the heirs at law of Caleb Beal with the last three being minors without a guardian. She further says that her husband died in Chatham County with real estate in Gulf Township or Bear Creek Township, and that she is entitled to a share of that real estate as a widow's dower. On Nov 27 1872 a guardian is assigned for the minors. On 20 Dec 1872 the court agreed, and on 23 Jan 1873 directed the Sheriff to set apart one third of Caleb Beal's lands, including the dwelling house for her use during her natural life. The land was laid out on 24 Mar 1873 and approved by the court on 7 April 1873. The land borders Bear Creek and is 34 acres.
16. Probate: Sale of Land to pay Debts, 8 Jun 1874, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 5158 On Nov 19 1873, in Chatham County Superior Court, Caleb R. Beal as administrator of Caleb Beal deceased, vs. James Beal, Patsy Blalock wife of Julius Blalock, Ann wife of Nathan Fields, Thos. Beal, Mary wife of Robert Cheek, and Helen, Mary, and Ann Beal children of Joseph Beal deceased. The Petitioner claims that Caleb Beal died in August 1872, and that he died in possession of real estate in Chatham County on the waters of Bear Creek containing one hundred and one acres, and that real estate passed to his heirs with a dower to Finnetta Beal, and that this land must be sold to pay the debts of the estate. In December 1873 C. R. Beal is given license to sell the land. On June 8 1874 the land was reported sold to J. J. Goldston.
17. Probate: Letter about sale of land, 28 Oct 1874, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3116 A letter from L. W. Garrett dated "Ore Hill NC" Oct 28 1874, expresses surprise that the land of land from the estate of Caleb Beal was confirmed. In the letter, he says that it took a long time for the sale of the land to be recorded, and that in the meantime the widow died who had a dowry on the land, and that the land would have brought more money after her death, and that he would have paid more for the land that it sold for.
18. Probate: Final Payment of Debts, 12 Nov 1875, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. 3116 In Chatham County Superior Court, Oct 7 1874, Caleb R. Beal as administrator of Caleb Beal deceased vs. James Beal, Thomas Beal, Robert Cheek & wife Mary, Julius Blalock & wife Martha, Nathan Fields & wife Ann, Ruth Ellen Beal, Mary Beal, & Ann Beal children of Joseph Beal deceased. Petition says that Caleb Beal died in the year 1872, and that the final account of his estate has been performed, and the assets are not sufficient to pay in full the debts of the estate, so the creditors need to be notified of the situation and can take part in a hearing on the issue. Sydney Talley is appointed guardian for the minors, and a hearing is established for 4 Nov 1874. Several people provide affadavits of their claim against the estate, citing previous judgements against Caleb Beal. On 19 Oct 1875 the hearing is rescheduled to 12 Nov 1875. At that heading, the final judgement awards the claimants 8 cents to the dollar.
19. 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.
20. 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,3093 died in Dec 1859 in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States 3094 and was buried in Bear Creek, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States.)