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Caution: the date and place of origin of John Beals are presently unknown. Until those are documented any parents attached are Uncertain and speculative. Please do not add birth or christening records without definitive documentation they are this John Beals. Any speculative records should be added under Research Notes.
The following is adapted from "The Beals Family" by Bill Putman with additional citations and notations from other researchers, genealogists, and sources.
John Beals (Beales) was born in Wales, Worcestershire or perhaps Yorkshire in the early 1650s. Researcher Roger Boone gives a birth date of 28 Jan 1650 for John. With his place of birth currently uncertain, his parentage is presently speculative.
No record can be found on any passenger lists to show when or where he arrived in America. Boone feels he came to America from Wallsworth in Gloucestershire, a seaport on the Welsh-English border. Some believe that he, like so many of the early Quakers, settled in John Fenwick's Colony in Salem, New Jersey.There is reasoned conjecture by Ruth Kline Ladd that he may have gone first to Ireland, perhaps Scotland, prior to arriving in America. Ladd believe's he emigrated to New Jersey from Fenwick aboard the Griffin in 1675 which is known to have taken passengers from Ireland and Scotland.
It is known that John Beals came to Pennsylvania sometime prior to 1677. In a 1691 court case in Chester County, Pennsylvania, John testified that he had plowed the land in question some fourteen years earlier, placing him in Chester County in 1677. He would have come somewhat earlier. His father in law, William Clayton, had come in 1677 and he may have arrived at the same time. Again, there is no arrival record that exists today.
There is documented proof that the Clayton family of his wife arrived on board the ship Kent on August 16, 1677. There is an entry in the "Annals of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania" that says:
John was in Chester County in 1677 and had his own farm there in 1679. In the minutes of the Chester Monthly Meeting, there is a reference on October 2 1682 where John announced his intentions to marry Mary Clayton, daughter of William Clayton and Prudence Langford Clayton. Mary was born in the parish of Rumbaldsweek, Sussex, England on August 29, 1665. They were married on January 1, 1682/3.
John and Mary Beals remained on his farm in Chester County until 1701. He was active in both church and local affairs. In 1694, he was appointed the constable of Aston Township. This part of Chester County was later included in Delaware County when that County was formed out of Chester County in 1789.
In 1702, the Beals and others took up lands in what was called the Nottingham Lots which were then a part of Chester County, Pennsylvania, but after the drawing of the Mason-Dixon Line in 1767, placed these lands in Cecil County, Maryland. John Beals received a grant for two lots in the new area of Nottingham. As late as 1705, he still owned lands in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
These Quaker families established the new Nottingham Monthly Meeting and both John and Mary were quite active in Church life. Mary was chosen Overseer in 1706 and John was also chosen in 1709.
Mary most likely died sometime in the early 1720s, as she was not mentioned in John's will of 1726. John Beals wrote his will on 'Ye 11th of Ye 8th Month, 1726' (11 Oct 1726). The will was proved after his death on December 17, 1726. His death was sometime between these dates. He was buried at Calvert, now in Cecil County, Maryland.
John and Mary Beals had at least five children.
Some records include a Grace Beals but that profile presently lacks primary source documentation and she is not included in Hinshaw's unpublished records for New Garden Monthly Meeting.
Will of John Beals Sr.
Parents: Thomas Beals (1625 - 1654) Sarah Edge Beals (1637 - 1692) [Note: claiming these are his parents, though frequently seen, requires documentation of his place of origin which has not been done as of 22 Jan 2019 12:25 UTC T Stanton.]
Baty-260 22:50, 19 June 2018 (UTC) I have noticed the spelling of the surname "Bales" in two places, CMM (monthly meeting minutes) and the Annals of Philadelphia, 1857. Note: Futhey and Cope  also spell the surname Bales on some entries and Beals on another.
Date of Birth note T Stanton 6 Aug 2019 20:54 UTC
See the g2g for additional discussion but a more reasonable estimate for his year of birth would be 1657-1658. That would reduce the age disparity at marriage (although the current 15 year estimated difference is not without precedent) yet accommodate the statement of activity in 1667.
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