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Edward Beeson, Sr.

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Stoke, Lancashire, England
Death: October 20, 1712 (60)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Beeson; Thomas Beeson; Ann Beeson and Ann Beeson
Husband of Elizabeth Beeson; Dorothy Dorothy Beeson formerly Beeson; Rachel Beeson; Elizabeth Beeson and Rachel Beeson
Father of Elizabeth Grubb Everett; Isaac Beeson; Edward Beeson; Richard Beeson; Anne Cloud and 9 others
Brother of Richard Beeson; William Beeson; Presella Beeson; William Beeson; Richard Beeson and 2 others

Managed by: Richard Alan Welch
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About Edward Beeson, Sr.

Edward Beeson was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England in c.1652 and died in March, 1817/13 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Edward is widely believed to have been the son of Thomas Beeson and Ann Pecke of Lancaster Co., England.He had two documented marriage and possibly a third marriage (see below). There were children from both of the documented marriages. His will was the first to be recorded in Chester County. Prior to his, all wills were recorded in Philadelphia. A link to the will is provided below.

Edward Beeson married Rachel Pennington and emigrated to the American Colonies by way of a land grant from William Penn, a Quaker. It is not known if they were Quakers. However, it is known that they lived in Chester Co., PA. The parentage of Rachel Pennington has been argued as long as there have been Beeson family researchers. Perhaps, someday, we will know more about Rachel, but, for now we must be content with the knowledge that she was there to help found this well-known family.

Sometime prior to 1701, Rachel Pennington died and Edward Beeson married Elizabeth (possibly a Grubb).

The Children of Edward and 1st wife Rachel Beeson:

  • Edward Beeson b. abt. 1681, W. Nottingham, Chester Co., PA d. 1725 m. Esther Hall in 1704 at Newark, PA Meeting of the Society of Friends.
  • Isaac Beeson is a second son introduced in Jasper Luther Beeson's book on the family and repeated in the new Beeson Genealogy revised by James Dawson and published in 1997. Isaac (according to these sources) married Ann Cloud (sister of John Cloud below?) and moved near Orange Co., NC prior to the death (and will) of his father. Dawson's book includes a fair-sized chapter on this family.
  • Richard Beeson b. Oct 1684, PA d. 1 Jan 1777, Guilford Co., NC ma. Charity Grubb 10th Mo. 24, 1706.
  • Anne Beeson b. 1689 m. John Cloud, son of William Cloud.
  • William Martin Beeson b. 1690 m. (2nd) Ann Bennett. William returned to England after a brief stay in the colonies.

The Children of Edward and 2nd wife Elizabeth Beeson:

  • Elizabeth Beeson m. John Everett
  • Rachel Beeson b. 1713 d. abt 1732 m. Richard Brown, son of William and Ann (Mercer) Brown at E. Nottingham, PA Mtg.

Links to additional material:

Note on Map used as Profle Image

The Chester Co., PA GenWeb page, had this exciting picture of the layout of the early town (1702). If you look closely at the top left of the picture, you can see Edward Beeson's name on his piece of property in the town of East Nottingham.

Notes on Immigration

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Name: Edward Beeson Year: 1682-1684 Place: New Castle, Delaware Source Publication Code: 1634 Primary Immigrant: Beeson, Edward Source Bibliography: DILLER, CORINNE HANNA. "Immigrant Ancestors of Miami Valley, Ohio, Quaker Families." In Miami Valley Genealogical Society: Genealogical Aids Bulletin, vol. 13:3 (Winter 1984), pp. 64-67. Page: 66

Note on Will of Edward Beeson

Name: Richard Beeson Description: Executor Date: 20 Jun 1712 Prove Date: 9 Mar 1713 Book Page: A:1

I Edward Beeson of Notingham, being laid on a bed of sickness & not knowing how the Lord may dispose of me as to my natural Life therefore I do make this my last will & testament and does declare all other will or wills made or done by me to be void and of none effect, first my will is that I be decently buried & my funeral expenses and all debts be duly payd 2ly, I give to my son Edward & his heirs 142 acres & a half of Land Laying by nessamoney. 3rdly, I give unto my son Richard and his heirs one tract of Land Laying near Southhampton in the County of Bucks, containing 290 acres. 4ly I give to my son Richard and his heirs one tract of Liberty Land containing 25 acres Lying on Sculkill. 5ly I do give to my son William my west Loot Laying in Notingham also I give unto him 48 pounds which my Executors is to lay out for him in building him a house & buying him such necessaryes as they may see most needfull for him for making a plantation, also I give unto him all my wearing apparell except two great coats, which two coats I give to Edward & Richard, Edward is to have which he pleased, also I give to my son William one coat of the Carsey that is at the weavers, also my will is that if my son William should dy without ishew Lawfully begotten, then the Land is to go to the Lawful heirs. 6ly I give to my Daughter Ann Cloud Twenty pounds. 7ly, my will is that after my former wifes children have had their portions, that all my personall estate be divided betwixt my widow and my Daughter Elizabeth according to a Law. 8ly, my will is that my widow shall have the plantation whereon I live with all the profits thereof during her widdowhood or natural Life & after my widows marrying or decease, then I give it to my Daughter Elizabeth & her heirs. 9ly, my will is that my executors & their heirs shall have all that Land which I have purchased of Daniel Wharley & by Warrant to me by the Commissioners bearing the date of 14th day of Septr, 1709, to dispose of as they see occasion, and I desire yt my wife shall give to the child yt she is now great with, if it should live when born, forty pounds and Lastly for a full and finall performance of this will I do by these presents make & ordain my dear and well beloved wife and son Richard the sole executors of this my last will and Testament as witness my hand & Seal this Twentieth of the sixth month, called August 1712. Signed Sealed & Delivered before us Edward Beeson (Seal) Andrew Job James King Chester County S S;

The terminology has changed in modern times. The former wife mentioned in this will is his deceased wife, Rachel Pennington Beeson. Note also, that widow Elizabeth was still pregnant with Edward's last child when this will was written.

Note on Additional Marriage of Edward Beeson

Recently, an additional wife for Edward Beeson has surfaced on web trees. If these trees are accurate, Edward married Dorothy Baldricke in Melton Mowbray, England. One of these web trees offers no sources. The other uses another web tree for its source. In addition, it gives a marriage date after her date of death.

Melton Mowbray is near Nottingham, in Leicestershire. It is 150 miles (nearly three hours using modern travel) from Lancaster. While it is not impossible that a man from Lancaster married a woman from Leicestershire, it would not have been common during Edward's time.

Until more documentation of the marriage, or on the life of Dorothy Baldricke, is found, this possible first marriage should be viewed with great caution.


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Edward Beeson, Sr.'s Timeline

February 24, 1652
Stoke, Lancashire, England
February 24, 1660
Age 8
Parish Of Thrussington In Leicestershire
February 24, 1660
Age 8
Thrussington, Leicestershire, England
February 24, 1660
Age 8
Stoke, Lancashire, Lancashire, England
Age 29
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Age 29
Stoke, England (with William Penn); New Castle, Del.
October 1684
Age 32
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)
Age 32
Colora, Cecil County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)
Age 41
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)