George Beall married Elizabeth. Who was she?

+3 votes
George Beall, Jr, born 1729, was a grandson of the famous Ninian Beall, the very tall redheaded Scotsman who immigrated to Maryland.  George's marriage in 1757 to Ann Hinson is recorded and she waived dower in a land transaction as late as 1794.  She died in 1799.

The next year, 1800, George then married Elizabeth.  Prince George's County issued a marriage license.  When he wrote his will, Elizabeth was his wife.

 Fielder M. M. Beall wrote extensive Beall genealogies which quote many facts but make a number of errors in connections.  He has George married to Elizabeth Magruder and has Elizabeth Magruder the mother of George's children.  But he has them married much earlier, and with no record of either a divorce from Ann, or a scandal, that's not possible.  Other records trace peoples' ancestry through George and an Elizabeth Magruder -- the Magruders were also a prominent family and that's an attractive thing to do.

The Prince George's County marriage license, however, shows George married to an Elizabeth Beall, not Magruder.  Either one could be a married name; Elizabeth would have been a woman of mature years and most likely previously married.

Who was she?  

The only documents tying any Elizabeth to THIS George is his 1807 will, and an 1802 land sale in which she waived dower, and these simply name her as Elizabeth.  

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WikiTree profile: George Beall
in Genealogy Help by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
edited by Jack Day
You may be aware of it, but Allan Kulikoff's book _Tobacco_and_Slaves_ makes a number of references to the Bealls in Prince George's County. He includes a map of their land holdings around what would be present day Riverdale, Maryland in 1776. That map cites Margaret Cook's Beall Genealogical Files in a number of places. I haven't seen a reference to George in the book.

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+5 votes
Cat amongst the pigeons?


Early America vital records

Maryland marriages

George Beall Married Elizabeth Turner 22 January 1757. 4fr 1103

Also has basic census records for

George Beall

George Beall jr

George Beall III, and

Coln George Beall

Maryland, Vermont and Columbia
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
edited by Marion Poole
Interesting.  The presence of several George Bealls adds complexity.  Is your reference a printed book or is it a web site with a link?
It’s a record on findmypast, but not the usual sort. It’s on a list of marriages with just one line per person.

I found Elizabeth Turner and HER George Beall in my colonial Maryland Beall database and made WT profiles for them:

FMP census  maybe son? Of George W

First name(s) George W

Last name Beall

City/township District 9

County Frederick

State Maryland

NARA series M19

NARA roll 57

Record set Us Census 1830

Category Census, land & surveys

Subcategory Census

Collections from Americas, United States
+2 votes

I've gone ahead and created a profile for her --

We know that her name was already Beall when she married George Beall in 1800, but he was aged 71 at the time and if she was of a compatible age, surely had been married before -- so most likely her previous husband had also been named Beall, and her actual name at birth is at this moment unknown.

by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Are you that sure you know her name was Beall before she married George?  I (who know less than nothing about times this far back) have (too) often found marriage records showing the bride's last name as the man she was marrying, when in most cases I know what her maiden name really was.  Typically I see it in indexes, rather than transcriptions of the actual record, but unfortunately I have never found an image of the actual record in one of these cases.
Gaile, I've seen women's married name in indexes, because that was her legal name for part of her life, but I can't remember ever seeing it in actual marriage records.  However, it does happen in popular genealogy sites.  Geni is the worst offender;  once Mary Jones becomes Mary Smith, Geni shows her as Mary Smith her entire life;  you can find she was once Mary Jones only by finding her father's profile.
+2 votes

I looked in at "A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635". While George Jr was not in the Legislature, his brother Thomas was so he gets a little bit of play in his brothers bio. But all it says is he lived from 1729-1807 and he 1st married Anna and then Elizabeth. No last names or dates given. Sometimes these bios have an incredible amount of information so I thought it might be worth a shot. Not this time. It has everything you ever wanted to know about the rest of his family though and the Magruders, Brookes, Contees, etc. Here is the link Happy hunting!


by Emily Martinez G2G4 (4.9k points)
+2 votes

I thought I'd have a look through the Prince George's County register of wills to see if there were any possibles who jumped out as being, possibly, the first husband of this Elizabeth.

Will of Basil Beall, 16 May 1795 (names wife Elizabeth, sister-in-law Ann Tarvin, and friend Evan Thomas; NB no children named as heirs).

Will of Joshua Beall, 1793 (proved Feb 1796), names wife Elizabeth.

by C Handy G2G6 Mach 9 (93.0k points)
At this point I am laying money on identifying Elizabeth (second wife of Col. George Beall (a/k/a George Beall 2nd)) with Elizabeth Waring Beall, who was the widow of Joshua Beall (Beall-807).  

Excursis:  Some have maintained that  she was the daughter of Basil Waring III who died in 1776 in PG County, as asserted in the section of "Colonial Families (etc.)" on the Warings, but this seems most unlikely, because Elizabeth the daughter of Basil Waring III was unmarried as of the 1776 date of his will.  Thus she would have been likely born no earlier than 1756.  If so, she could not be the widow Elizabeth (Belt) Waring Beall (see discussion below) who was over 45 years old in 1800.  So I vote with those who maintain that the "Elizabeth Waring" who married Col. Joshua Beall as his second wife was the  widow of Basil Waring III; hence Elizabeth (Belt) Waring, rather than a spinster Elizabeth Waring.

Back to the main issue:

On the 1790 census of Prince Georges County, there are two men named Basil Beall.  One, who lived near Lloyd Ball and Andrew Beall of Ninian, is shown as having one slave.  Clearly this is not the testator of 1795 who left a widow Elizabeth Beall, as in his will THAT Basil Beall named at least ten slaves.  So the 1795 decedent must have been the Basil Beall who was enumerated near the far end of the County, with 15 slaves.

Notably, the Basil Beall who wrote his will in 1795 had no posterity, as no children or grandchildren are mentioned in his will.  Rather, he left his entire estate to his wife, and upon her death to her sister Ann Tarvin, subject to the eventual emancipation of his slaves and regular bequests to the slaves in the interim; such emancipation to be managed by his friend Evan Thomas to the extent not accomplished during the lifetimes of the widow Elizabeth and her sister.  Most importantly, Basil identifies himself in the will as Basil Beall "of Charles County, Maryland."  Consequently, we are talking here about a family who must have lived about twenty-five to thirty miles from Georgetown; and therefore not likely to have been in the same social circle as Col. George Beall.

In contrast, on the 1790 census of P. G. County, Joshua Beall was enumerated next to "George Beall 3rd."  Since this census is organized alphabetically, there could actually be a few homes between those of Joshua Beall and George Beall 3rd.  (FS image page 4, second sheet).  Of course, I have to concede that toward the end of the page is a Basil Beal (the one with 15 slaves), but there are MANY families starting with B in between, so this would seem to be the Basil Beall who probably lived some 25 to 30 miles from Col Joshua Beall and George Beall the 3rd.

Joshua Beall's home, I gather, would have been in or near what is now the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC, as he inherited his father's lands between Piney Branch and Beaver Dam Branch (which enters the Anacostia River just south of the Rte 50 bridge).  The north side of Mt. Pleasant drains into Piney Branch.  (I am placing Joshua's likely home toward the west end of his lands in part because it's a more salubrious neighborhood than the Anacostia swamps, and one would naturally want to locate convenient to the resources and sociality of Georgetown.)

I find it significant that on the 1800 census of DC (that part formerly in PG County), which is not alphabetized, George Beall 3rd appears just 7 doors from Elizabeth Beall (single woman over 45 year old), and none of the intervening heads of household has a surname starting with "B."  In other words, the widow Elizabeth Beall on page 156 (crayon numbering) of the 1800 DC census must be basically in the same spot as Joshua Beall's farm appeared on the 1790 census.

Now Col. George Beall was enumerated in Montgomery County in 1790, and his son -- also called "George Beall 3" was found some six doors away.  This was obviously the portion of Montgomery County that was taken into DC.  So, in 1800 Col. George Beall is found in Georgetown, DC, with no woman in the home.  From the Beall home in Georgetown it would have been a short horse ride to cross Rock Creek to pay his respects to his cousin Joshua's widow, Elizabeth (Belt) Waring Beall.  As her late husband had been a Colonel, and the owner of thousands of acres of the territory of the new national capital, the widow Beall would have been of nearly equal social standing with Col. George Beall of Georgetown.  In short, she was a perfect match with her "new" colonel.   

So that, imho, is the "Elizabeth Beall" whom he married later that year.
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After checking Prince George's County records at Family Search, there is a marriage between George Beall and Elizabeth Beall on 13 Sep 1800.  The document says event type:  marriage and marital status:  married.  I also checked out the 1790 Census in this county; and in addition to a George Beall, there were 17 other adult male Bealls listed.  Since only head of households were listed, it is very possible that Elizabeth was either a daughter or widow of one of these.  I know it would be very time consuming, but it might be worthwhile to check out these men to see if one had a daughter or widow that could be connected to George.  Hope this helps.
by Margaret Cole G2G1 (1.8k points)

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