William B Beales/Beals was born around 1801 either in Vermont or Massachusetts, to unknown parents. Around 1830, he moved to Onondaga, New York, and married Olive Green-daughter of <> and Eunice Green. As life was tough, the family moved around quite a bit-Onondaga to Jamesville, and finally to Hannibal around 1850. By this time, William and Olive Beals were the parents of six children-two adult, and four who lived at home.
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In the spring of 1853, Olive's stepfather-an 85 year old veteran of the Revolution-died in Geddes, Onondaga, New York. By that summer, Eunice Green-Burgess was applying for his army pension, and asked for affidavits from her relatives William, a pregnant Olive and son-in-law Orry Rowley. In January of 1854, another son, Almon Riley, was born. The next we see of William, he had moved to Venice, Cayuga, New York by 1855 (probably looking for work), and Olive was living in Granby, Oswego, New York with her sister, mother, and her sister's family. In 1860, William, Olive, David and Almon were out visiting their eldest daughter Elizabeth and her family in Ohio (and figuring it was a nice place to live). And then the Civil War happened-a part best told to you by another descendant, Leigh Lounsbury, who wrote a letter to another relative in the 1980s.
"When Grandfather [Stephen Johnson] enlisted, Grandma [Achsah Beals] took her little girl, Mary, and went back to Oswego Co. to visit relatives there. She went by Erie R.R. to Elmira and changed there. She had four little ones at this time so if that is right she must have left the others with Alfred. She had been reluctant to have her husband go as her step-brother and brother-in-law were believed killed in the war. While in the East, she and her sister Ann went on a shopping trip to Fulton. Ann did not have too many scruples as to what she did, and while in Fulton, she lifted a pair of shoes from a store, and later told grandma what she had done. Grandma nearly had a fit and for a long time had visions of them both being picked up for theft. That ended shopping with Ann. After the war, Granma's father and half brothers decided to go west. They stopped here on their way to Ohio where they located. My mother used to write to some of her cousins there and Uncle Hiram visited them once when they lived in LaRue. It is quite possible that we have some relatives there now, but if so we have lost track of them. Thought I might get out and search but don't look like I ever will."
Sure enough, the 1865 New York Federal Census finds the Beals family in Hannibal, NY, and by 1870, they were living in Dudley, Hardin, Ohio-the new family seat for the next thirty years.
It is unknown what happened to William after this. The latest mention of him is in the birth record of son David's daughter "Cory B". It is said that he was the one who reported the birth to the Hardin County Clerk. An Olive Beals is mentioned in the local death records for dying on October 19, 1878 in Pleasant Township, Hardin, Ohio-who has the same birth year and birth place for our Olive. It is listed here also, that this Olive Beals is widowed. Hence, our William Beals died somewhere in Hardin County, Ohio somewhere between 1872 and 1878. It is unknown where he is buried.
P.S. In 2011, I was contacted by another descendant of David Beals', Ricky Bowers, who said he had a whole trunk full of early Beals family documents and pictures. Between us, we picked out a couple of images that could possibly be William-but we can never know for sure.
- Bertruce Beals, firsthand knowledge. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bertruce and others.
William B Beals, "United States Census, 1850" Place: Hannibal, Oswego, New YorkHousehold Gender Age Birthplace Occupation William B Beals Male 49 Mass Farmer Olive " Female 40 NY Ann " F 14 " Acsah " F 12 " George " M 7 " David " M 11/12 " Hiram Furlong M 18 " Farmer Henry Lake M 40 Vermont None
Wm Beels, "United States Census, 1860" Name: Wm Beels Event Type: Census Event Year: 1860 Event Place: Jerome Township, Union, Ohio, United States Gender: Male Age: 60 Race: White Race (Original): [Blank] Birth Year (Estimated): 1800 Birthplace: Massachusetts Page: 32 Household ID: 223 Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: M653 GS Film Number: 805044 Digital Folder Number: 004282802 Image Number: 00248Household Gender Age Birthplace
Wm Beels M 60 Massachusetts Olive Beels F 49 New York David Washington M 17 New York David Beels M 11 New York Almon Beels M 6 New York
William Beals in household of Hiram A Furlong, "United States Census, 1870"
name: William Beals estimated birth year: 1801 gender: Male age in 1870: 69y color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White birthplace: Vermont home in 1870: Ohio, United StatesHousehold Gender Age Birthplace
Hiram A Furlong M 38y New York Elizabeth Furlong F 39y New York Frances Furlong F 16y New York Sarah Furlong F 12y New York Emogene Furlong F 8y Ohio George Furlong M 6y Ohio William Beals M 69y Vermont Almon Beals M 16y New YorkIsaac Stanton M 27y Ohio
About the above census record.
This is the only record or document that I have found thus far with William's name attached to it. I can find no record at all with both names, William Beals and Olive Greene, together on the same page.
At first I didn't know who all the people listed on this census record were but I now have figured out all but one.
First, there's William Beals of course. Then there's Almon listed just below him, at the age of 16 years. Almon was a son born to William Beals and Olive Green.
Here William and Almon are living together in Ohio at the household of William's daughter Elizabeth Beals (now Furlong) and her husband Hiram Furlong. The rest of the names listed here are children born to Elizabeth and Hiram with the exception of Isaac Stanton. I don't know who he is or how he fits in here.
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