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Robert Beadle (Beedle)

Birthdate: (23)
Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: February 14, 1648 (23)
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
Place of Burial: Maine, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of william beadle and helen beadle
Husband of Mary Bailey ("The Scarlet Letter")
Father of Elizabeth Edward Beadle; Christopher Beedle and Robert Beadle

Occupation: fisherman, farmer
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About Robert Beadle

This could be him: London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 about Robert Beadle Name: Robert Beadle Baptism Date: 6 Aug 1620 Parish: St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney County: Middlesex Borough: Tower Hamlets Parent(s): William Beadle, Protelie Beadle Record Type: Christening Register Type: Parish Register

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Robert Beadle Name: Robert Beadle Gender: Male Spouse Name: Mary Spouse Birth Year: 1610 Number Pages: 1

Maine Pioneers, 1623-60 about Robert Beadle; Beedle Name: Robert Beadle; Beedle Comment: Kittery, had grant of land from Thomas Gorges 20 May, 1641. See Simmons.

13 Dec 2005

           Husband: Robert Beedle   #11715  
              Wife: Mary (Beedle)    #5490  
         F Child 1: Elizabeth Beadle     #6200  
              Died: AFT __ ___ 1720      in   
            Spouse: Stephen Edwards  #6204  d. BEF 13 Dec 1669  
            Spouse: Peter Staple  #6199  b. __ ___ 1648  d. 06 Jun 1718  
           Married: __ ___ 1673          in Kittery, York, ME  1

Sources: (1) Al Myers, Harrisburg, PA, personal communication.

                    Copyright 2005 by:
                    Dana E. Edgecomb

Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins Victor C Sanbor, ; Stephen Bachiler and Unforgiven Purit an; Excerpt from "History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire" page 589-590; Excerpt from the "Press Reference Library, Notables of the Southwest" page 13 . When Robert Beadle died and on February 14, 1648, his farmstead was confirmed to his widow, Mary Bailey by the town of Kittery. Mary accepted a job as housekeeper for the 83 year old reverend who came to Kittery from Lynn, Massachusetts in 1644, the widower Stephen Bachiler (Batcheler). He was recently excommunicated by the Puritans for allegedly attempting to seduce a neighbors wife in nearby Hampton, New Hampshire, a town that he helped found in 1638. Oliver Wendell Holmes described the Reverend as "that terrible old sinner and ancestor of great men…There has been some controversy afl to the fitness of the first distinction, but of the second there can be no doubt. Among his well-known descendants are Daniel Webster, orator; John Greenleaf Whittier, poet; General Benjamin F. Butler, soldier and lawyer, Wm. Pitt Fessenden, statesman; Caleb Cushing, diplomat; General R. N. Batcheler, Grant's Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, and many others of lesser note." Townspeople of Kittery became concerned when Mary took a job with the tainted reverend, enough to cause him to write a letter to the Maine Governor Winthrop that "it is a world of woes to think what rumors detracting spirits raise up, that I am married to her [Mary Bailey-Beadle] or certainly shall be; and cast on her such aspersions without ground or proof." On the first of April, 1650, the Reverend married Mary. On April 9, 1650, the Reverend was fined ten pounds by the court at Salisbury for not publishing his marriage according to law, and it was further ordered that he and Mary, regardless of the legitimacy of the alleged marriage, should live together as they agreed or face a fine of 50 pounds each. Later that same year at the York court, Mary Bailey-Beadles-Batcheler and her next door neighbor, George Rodgers, were charged with 'living in one house together and lieing in one room”. On October 15, 1651 they were convicted of adultery. George was sentenced to 40 stripes and Mary was sentenced to 30 stripes, six weeks after the birth of her baby with George. Kittery also mandated she wear the letter 'A' on her clothing. The baby, Mary Bachiler, was born, grew to adulthood, married William Richards, and lived a respectable life in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Captain William Hawthorne live three farms north of the Batcheler home, documented Mary’s unique form of branding for adultery, and retold the story to his grandson, Nathaniel, who modeled Hester Prine in The Scarlet Letter after Mary.

On 14 October 1652, Mary was charged by the Kittery District Court for “entertaining idle people on the Sabbath”. Nevertheless, on 16 November 1652, she was the only woman among forty men who signed the Certificate of Submission required by the Puritan government of Massachusetts. She signed her name, when half the men could not. Signing the document brought her additional land in 1653 and 1654. Amid the years of adultery, the Reverend Batcheler returned to England and died in 1660. Mary meanwhile caught the attention of Thomas Turner, a laborer for the Hansom Ship Yard at Kittery, who wanted to marry her, but was unable to do so because the Reverend failed to get a divorce. Mary appealed to the Massachusetts General Court in 1656 to obtain a divorce, arguing that she did not want to live on the “charity of others and needed her freedom to remarry for assistance in rearing two ailing children and preserving her estate”. Her petition was granted and she married Tom in 1657.

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Robert Beadle's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 15
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States

Family Data Collection - Births
Name: Elizabeth Beadle
Father: Robert Beadle
Mother: Mary Bailey
Birth Date: 1651
City: Kittery
County: York
State: ME
Country: USA
Source Information:
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
The Family Data Collection - Births database was created while gathering genealogical data for use in the study of human genetics and disease.

Age 16
Age 17
Kittery, York, Maine
February 14, 1648
Age 23
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
Maine, United States