I'm trying to find the parents of William C. Beal.

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The tree seems to stop with William C. Beal. Apparently the court house in Giles TN burned down destroying the records. However, rumor has it that William is the illegitimate child of a Native American and a “white”.

I did find:  

"William C. Beal   37           Male      1/8         Card #3498          Choctaw by Blood            Roll #9954"

I would love any assistance .
WikiTree profile: William Beal
in Genealogy Help by Krys Beal G2G Crew (320 points)
Hi, Krys! I, too, am a direct descendent of William C Beal via his son, my g-g-grandfather Enoch Moore, my g-grandfather Charley, grandfather Roy and father Charles. I have also ploughed face-first into the stone wall that is destroyed records.

The closest I have come is locating one Thomas Beal in the 1820 Giles Co, Tennessee census with 1 male child under 10 at the time. If this is the correct Thomas and the record is accurate, this would be William C as he would only have been an 8 y/o at the time. Thomas was in the Over 45 category while his wife was in the Over 45 category as well. I have never been able to confirm his wife's name. He appears again in the 1830 Giles Co, TN census with the appropriate age, 50-59. However, she appears to have been miscategorized in the 40-49 range. I believe he appears as Thomas Beal Sr.

So far, though, everything points to the same Thomas and Lydia from Chatham County, NC of which Meganne Woodland speaks. If the age ranges for Thomas in the 1820 and 1830 are correct, this puts his DOB somewhere between 1770 and 1780. Hopefully, we can narrow it down from here.
I'm now located a few hours from Giles County, TN.  While I've caught rumor there was a courthouse fire, I am hoping to go to Pulaski anyway to see if I can't track down anything to confirm where this line goes.  I'm just not sure when in the future I'll be going exactly.  Michael, if you find anything in your searches, could you please keep me updated?  I can't stand a dead end in genealogy. :)
Yes, there was a courthouse fire in the 1840s that destroyed most of the records stored there.

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Hi Krys!  This is a bit old, but hopefully it will help.  I'm the line of William's son Samuel.  The Dawes Roll where that specific William C Beal is found was taken too late to be William Carvin Beal, and the Dawes Roll was taken only of those on the reservation at that time.  I have been trying to get in contact with someone who has been trying to connect ancestors who were Beals from Giles County, but her email no longer works.  I am suspecting that William was possibly the son (or grandson) of Thomas and Lydia Beal, who lived in Giles County and were from Chatham County, North Carolina.  I've not been able to confirm this, however, but perhaps it will help narrow things down.  I do suspect all the Beals from that area of Tennessee are related, and if so then at least some of Beals on the Dawes Roll are related.
by Meganne Woodland G2G Crew (590 points)
selected by Keith Hathaway

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