John Beach, Jr.

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John Beach, Jr.

Birthplace: Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
Death: before 1712
Stratford, Fairfield County, Province of Connecticut, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of John Beach of Stratford and Mary Beach
Husband of Hannah Beach and Phoebe Birdseye
Father of Ruth Fairchild; Mehitable Booth; Ebenezer Beach; Hester Hubbell and Mary Smith
Brother of Elizabeth Preston; Mary Abigail Tuttle; Thomas Beach; Sgt. Nathaniel Beach; Sarah Burrett and 4 others

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About John Beach, Jr.

In the Book "Early Family of Wallingford" where it is stated through John Beach's will states he owned property in both "Wallingford" and "Stratford" as one of the original proprietors of Wallingford. Further, his son Thomas married Ruth Peck of "Wallingford." There were also references to his children also living in Wallingford as well as in Stratford, CT.

John Beach of Stratford's brother was Benjamin Beach, a merchant and owner of vessels.

See pg. 31 for more information: (in source tab)

Not the same as John Beach of Wallingford

JOHN Beach b. Apr, 1654; d. 1712 at Stratford, Connecticut; m. 1st, Dec 18, 1679, Hannah Staples of Fairfield, Connecticut, dau. of Thomas Staples, b.c. 1659; m. 2nd, Phebe Wilcoxson, widow of John Birdsey and dau. of William Wilcoxson, b.c. 1651, d. Sep 20, 1743, at age 93.

According to John Beach's will, he was a well off Farmer owning well over 159 acres of land with livestock, and he was a merchant owning family stores in Stratford, CT. He was also a slave owner owning several slaves. One of the commodities that he farmed was Wheat and at the time of his death he had over 17acres of Wheat growing in the fields, also he made Cyder and butter. Also noted were the vast sums of meats he stored. He mentioned his children in his will with endearing love, Mary and her husband Archibald Dunlop, along with her brother and sisters Ebenezer Beach, Hester and Mehitable Beach. He gave considerable sums of cash to his children in his will which may not seem like much in this day in age but actually was a lot back then.

At the time of his will probate, he owned $1000 in debts that his son Ebenezer paid off from the normal course of doing business. It is important to note he wrote his handwritten will in 1705 as it is dated as such and it wasn't probated until 1711. He gave Ebenezer "all of his land and buildings." quote from his will.

Disambiguation John Beach is of Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut NOT Milford and Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. He did NOT marry Mary Royce, Mercy Atwater or Phebe Birdseye. He married first to Hannah Staples and second to Phebe Wilcoxson widow of John Birdseye. The other John Beach was a deacon and lived in New Haven CT and can be found here:


3. BEACH, John, 2d, son of John Beach, 1st, m. Hannah Staples, of Fairfield, Dec. 18, 1679.


  • 12. Mary, b. July 14, 1683 ; m. 1st, Archibald Dunlap, and 2nd, — Smith
  • 13. Ruth, b. abt — , 1685; m. Samuel Fairchild in 1704
  • 14. Mehetable, b. Sept. 30, 1690. Married Joseph Booth Jr.
  • 15. Ebenezer, b. Sept. 14, 1692. Married Mehitable Gibson.
  • 16. Hester, b. May 3, 1694.


Many claim he died in 1712, but the BEACH FAMILY MAGAZINE, Vol. II, No. 2, p. 156, says that his will, dated 1705, was probated in 1711, such that he died well before 1712. The will names his second wife Phebe, brother Nathaniel, and children Ebenezer, Mary, Mehitable and Hester. The fact no mention is made of a daughter Ruth suggests he had no such child, contrary to claims found in older genealogies.


  • Orcutt, Samuel. A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, New Haven, Conn., 1886) Vol. 2, Page 1123 (GoogleBooks), (Page attached)
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, CD-Local and Family Histories: CT, 1600's - 1800's, (Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000), vol 1, p 41.
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon, Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Seventh Printing 2004)
  • Doherty, Frank J. The Settlers of the Beekman Patent (Dutchess Co., NY) Vol. 2 , Page 423
  • Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, Connecticut, Down to 1721 (n.p., ?) Page 17: see fathers will Archive.Org
  • Connecticut, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 for John Beach, Hartford Probate Packets, Beach, James-Beers, E, 1648-1880 (in source tab) Mentions Archibald and his wife Mary in 1705
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John Beach, Jr.'s Timeline

April 16, 1654
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
July 14, 1683
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
September 30, 1690
Stratford, Fairfield , Connecticut
September 14, 1692
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
May 3, 1694
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Age 57
Stratford, Fairfield County, Province of Connecticut, Colonial America