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Research Notes John Beasley of Darlington County, SC

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Because this Beasley family is often conflated with other Beasley family and undocumented material has been added and copied, I made a summary of what we know and what we don't.

Research Notes John Beasley of Darlington County, SC

The family of John Beasley, Darlington County, SC based on evidence available to the Beasley Surname Study. We are not disputing other information but identifying that for which we have evidence.

John Beasley’s wife was named Margaret as evidenced by her being named in John’s will. Other than that, the Beasley Project research does not have evidence for: 1) names “Peggy” or “Smith”, 2) the dates or locations of her birth or marriage to John Beasley, 3) a definitive accounting for all children.

It is clear from land records that not all of John’s children were named in the will. [1]

Rueben: Possibly the oldest male or at least the oldest living at the time of John’s death. He was named executor (and witnessed will) along with Stephen Thompson, a possible son-in-law. (See below).

Abraham: A witness to the will. Identified as a son in land transactions (Deeded land in 1807 and when Abraham sold part of the same land to his brother John.) [2]

William: Deeded land in 1808. [3]

John Jr: Identified as brother of Abraham in land purchase in 1812. [4]

Daniel: Named in will to receive the land on which he was living after the death of his mother, Margaret.

Charles: Likely son, owning land adjoining Daniel but not specifically identified as son. Two deed sales 1813 and 1817. [5]

Rachel and Margaret: Likely daughters. Lennell Andrews Jr., author of History of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Lydia, South Carolina, 1789-1989, notes that two early church members, Rev. Stephen Thompson (who had witnessed the elder John’s will) and Ariss Woodham, married sisters Margaret and Rachel Beasley, and states (without documentation) that the sisters were daughters of John and Margaret Beasley. He also notes that Charles Beasley/Beasle witnessed Thompson’s will. [6]

For the other children listed on the WikiTree profile (Pharaby, Richard, James and Nancy) we have no evidence.

DNA Note. Although I have not been able to fully record the DNA evidence on WikiTree, we have extensive YDNA evidence for a number of lineage trees. In the FTDNA Beasley YDNA Project a major Haplotype is referred to as “Blue Group”[1]. John Beasley of Darlington County also has an exact modal YDNA profile, thus he is almost certainly a direct descendant of one of these, likely a grandson of John Beasley 1685.

John Beasley of Darlington as NOT the son of Solomon 1707, we would look to one of the other sons of John 1685 as father of John of Darlington SC.

There are known sons of John 1685 who could be the father of John of Darlington SC, in particular, William Beasley and John Beasley.

Doug Beezley Cincinnati OH Administrator Beasley Surname Study 29 Mar 2017


  1. John Beasle [sic] will (1808), Darlington County, South Carolina, Will Book 2: 680
  2. Darlington County, South Carolina, Deed Book A: 363; abstracted in “Darlington County, South Carolina, Grantor Index to Conveyance Books, 1806-1899, A-O,” South Carolina State Archives, roll 8.
  3. Darlington County, South Carolina, Deed Book B: 250; abstracted in “Darlington County, South Carolina, Grantor Index to Conveyance Books, 1806-1899, A-O,” South Carolina State Archives, roll 8
  4. I don’t have the specific page number of the citation at hand, but it is in the same source as noted above.
  5. Darlington County, South Carolina, Deed Book E: 98; G: 237; abstracted in “Darlington County, South Carolina, Grantor Index to Conveyance Books, 1806-1899, A-O,” South Carolina State Archives, roll 8.
  6. John Lennell Andrews Jr., History of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Lydia, South Carolinas, 1789-1989 (Spartanburg, South Carolina: Reprint Company, 1992), 18.

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Hello All -

We all know the will of John Beasley did not name all of his children but I do have proof to show that Rachel Beasley was the daughter of John and his wife Margaret: I have a Bible record that states: Rachel Woodham, daughter of John Beasley and Margaret his wife, was born the 22nd day of March in the year of our Lord 1773.

The copyright of the Bible is 1815. Note: Rachel Beasley Woodham was married to Aris or Ariss Woodham. The Bible record lists some of their children.


posted by ML Forehand
In regards to question about Margaret 1) names “Peggy” or “Smith”

Darlington County, SC Deed Book B pp 363-364 (State Land Conveyance Plat, Vol IX p 520, frame 530 John Beasle to Abraham Beasle ---- it is signed by John Beasle (SB?) and Peggy X Beasle. witnessed by Steven Thompson and Daniel Beasle. Sworn before Steven Thompson and recorded 12 Nov. 1807.. I do not have a copy of this document, I just have the transcription my cousin (Doris Alberts, from Belleville, IL) made many years ago.

She has Margaret's father as John Smith. The only source document she has for him is --- Minutes of the Court of General Sessions, Darlington Dist. October 1812, from THE DARLINGTON FLAG Vol. XV #3 Summer 1993, pg 94.

Other source doc attached to this couple is BIOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL MEMORIES OF MISSISSIPPI, Vol I (of 2) Goodspeed Publ. 1891 pg 357......I found a copy of this in Google Books

She has Nancy and Phereby married to Martin PIPKIN and lewis PIPKIN respectively.

I have been watching this situation and have been greatly encouraged by what you have posted in your two documents. Just wish I could find all her research notes instead of relying on just her notes in her PAF.


Thank you so much, Karen. The Beasley Surname Study is so large, I do a lot of "wholesale" searching and can't always get into the details. If you haven't seen it, take a look at how the YDNA evidence is laid out: This group is blessed with more than two dozen YDNA tests. There is Northern Branch which includes me and a Southern Branch.
posted by Douglas Beezley