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Collaboration - The Beasley Way

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Surnames/tags: Beasley Beesley Beazley
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On-going collaboration in a Surname Study can be difficult due to the wide range of interests we have, limited time, and fragmented means of communication. We may work with someone and later lose track. Having more than several people in ongoing email communication can become disconnected and lost. Important information can be hard to locate and disseminate.


My work with the Beasley Surname Study began officially in 2010, though underlying research including YDNA testing had been going on for years. I have had hundreds of contacts by email and other means over two decades. Most of it is saved and searchable in Gmail. But, for the most part, I have been the hub of communication and it gets a bit much to manage.


WikiTree is a valuable place for collaboration, but focussed group communication has relied on Google Groups or now, "". I am in the process of developing a communication hub for the Beasley Study that would not only facilitate communication, but also serve as a Beasley connection between WikiTree and other loci of information: Ancestry, Family Search, FTDNA, Guild of One-Name Studies, and more. On this page, I invite comments and suggestions from ANYONE interested in research of the Beasley surname and variants anywhere in the world.


Anyone researching or interested in helping the the Beasley Surname Study. I'm especially interested to hear from people outside of the US.


Please add comments below, expressing your interest and any questions you have. I really want to know.

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Hi Doug, we have talked before. My Gr. Gr. Grandmother was Sarah Frances Beasley, and we determined she is part of the Blue Group. Just wanted to get on your list here and say Hi and good luck with this new collaboration.
Thanks, Karen. I appreciate hearing from you. I have several Sarah Frances Beasleys. Please clarify DOB, where she lived, and/or parents.
posted by Douglas Beezley
Well Doug, there is the rub. We think she was born 1848-1850, maybe in Darlington, SC or Wilcox County, Alabama or maybe Mississippi or maybe Tennessee. Family says she was married in Mississippi and brought back to Washington County, IL . Her father could be John M Beasley and her mother could be Nancy Elizibeth Mixon. Supposedly she is the niece of Jasper Mixon (he was born in Darlington and died in Wilcox County) I have no birth certif or birth source for her nor is there a record of her marriage to Philip August Reuss. She supposedly died in Fulton Co., IL in 1897 but no proof there either. She really is my biggest mystery and she was researched by my cousin for 40 years and now by myself and several cousins. We can find nothing on her. I sent you the legal papers from when In 1930 a law suit was brought by Mrs. M. A. Alexander (this would be Mary Ann Beasley who married T. Alexander) laying claim to some Rail Road stock that belonged to Jasper Mixon. Jasper is Sarah's uncle and Mrs. Alexander is Sarahs cousin (daughter of Ira P. Beasley and Catherine Sophronia Mixon Beasley.

I know you see a lot of Beasley info so I'm just putting this all out there in case someone else in this Beasley project could shed some light on Sarah Frances Beasley Reuss.

Best of luck and I hope this Beasley project really takes off and generates a lot of positive responses and cooperation. Karen