8)- Jamaica - GB in his 1768 New Garden land deed (see G ) said
he was late of the island of Jamaica. This suggested a search of
Jamaica might make sense, even though we know at the time GB was residing on
St. Croix. Findings :
a)- We located the will of Lionel Beale of Port Royal, Jamaica, ships carpenter, who gives to his son Lionel John Beale all his lands in England, rest of estate to wife Hannah Beale in Jamaica, proved 1808. (Wood ltr 7/16/96-Jam).
b)- IGI states that Lionel John Beale, son of Lionel & Hannah Beale was Christianed 23 Nov 1796 in Falmouth, Co. Cornwall.
c)- Will of Lionel John Beale of 108 Long Acre in Parish of St Martin in the Fields co. Middlesex London, surgeon leaves items to 2nd wife & daughters and son , proved 1871. We believe his first wife (dead 1851) was Frances Smith, his 2nd wife named Laura was 30 tears his junior. He was a practicing surgeon at this address for at least 20 years. This data confirms that LJB was born in Cornwall, Falmouth in 1796. (wood 6 Aug 96-jam)
d)- IGI shows blizzards of Beales in Cornwall. We see a John Beal marrying Elizabeth Jenkin in 1771 in Falmouth, co. Cornwall. He is a relative of Emma Jane Stephens, according to IGI. We note a RICHARD FOSTER -also a relative of Emma Jane Stephens - in Cornwall in 1727. WAS THIS FOSTER RELATED TO THE RICHARD FOSTER ON ST CROIX WITH CAPT RICHARD BEALE IN 1799? (SEE E). WAS THIS A RELATION TO SAMUEL FOSTER WHO OWNED CONCORDIA PLANTATION WHERE JOHN BEALE WAS A MANAGER IN 1798? (see K).
e)- IGI notes a Thomas Foster Barham in Cornwall in 1802. Was he related to Henry Barham who died St George's Hanover Square, London in 1746? Henry mentions his aunt Mary Burman of Cornwall in his 1746 will. Henry married Eliz Foster, widow of John Foster of Jamaica. Elizebeths daughter Sarah married William Matthew Burt at St George's Hanover Square in 1754. His brother Charles Pym Burt lived on St Croix , his son John Heyliger Burt employed James Beale as manager of his St Croix plantation in 1798 ( see E).
f)- My Jamaican researcher found data concerning a George Beale on the island that caused a huge flurry of excitement for awhile.She located two affidavits entered in deed books on 11 May 1762. One affidavit was from an individual who knew Anne Saunders of Jamaica who married a Capt George Beale of Milbank Westminster, co Middlesex, London. They had a son George born 19 March 1725.The mother was buried at St Margaret Westminster, London on 31 October 1732, the father was buried Kingston, Jamaica 25 Nov 1735. The grandmother Jane Humfrey Beale in 1736 took young George to Yorkshire to her brother a clergyman to have him educated. Her brother was Henry Humfrey, vicar of Otley.Jane Beale (grandmother)-widow of Otley- died 27 April 1743. GB studied law in York and was a clerk to Ralph Yoward in 1743. George joined the Kings Bench of attorneys on 19 Nov 1748. GB wrote a will 7 Nov 1748, prior to his trip to Jamaica. Evidently, GB went to Jamaica because on 23 May 1749 a George Beale was buried in Kingston. Strangely, these records suggest there was no will. GBs 1748 will was proved in London on 31 August 1749, it was endorsed on the back late of the City of York,which indicates that he did not die abroad. MY THEORY WAS THAT GB WAS ACTIVE IN THE JACOBITE CAUSE IN YORK 1743-1746. (see Q, 9, 1 ).HE FAKED HIS DEATH ON JAMAICA. HE USED THE AFFIDAVITS IN 1762 TO CLAIM SOME PROPERTY. GBs 1748 SIGNATURE IS SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO GBs 1769 SIGNATURE ( ON WILLS). THREE INCONSISTENCIES-- NO WILL IN JAMAICA.-- AFFIDAVITS SHOW UP IN 1762.-- WILL IN ENGLAND SUGGESTS GB DIED IN YORK. WHY IF AFFIDAVITS MADE IT TO JAMAICA, WHY DID HIS WILL NOT MAKE IT TO JAMAICA??? SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE SOME LOOSE ENDS HERE !!!
g)- I noted that Rose Fuller was on Jamaica in 1752. Mr Fuller was a good friend of Wm Baker, Solicitor General of the Leeward Islands (see E). In 1754, Baker sent a cask of beer to Mr Beale on St Croix along with Roses Cato (slave). My Jamaican researcher found that Rose Fuller was a Doctor, and was a member of the assembly for a long time. He lived in St Catherine or St Dorothy. I believe Rose Fuller was connected via marriage to the Foster / Barham family (clip p 19).
TWO COUSINS NAMED GEORGE!!! ---(Findings as of July 1999)
NEW THEORY--- There were TWO men named George Beale living in the city of York, England at the same time (1743-1746). Catholic Recusancy records identify Catholic George Beale, occupation gardener, living in Minster Yard from 3 March 1743 through 1746. Eight weeks later, on 27 April 1743, Anglican George Beale signs up for five years as an apprentice to Ralph Yoward, attorney in York. (I say Anglican because Catholics were not permitted to be attorneys at this time). My theory is that both were cousins, were friends, and were of approx the same age. See my supposition below for further details.
My theory has both sharing the same great great grandfather & great grandfather. These were:
Great great grandfather (shared):
George Beale of Woodhouse married 1624 Ellen Constable, dau of Marmaduke Constable of Everingham. (Constables are a Catholic family). Son:
Great grandfather (shared):
Henry Beale of Woodhouses mar 1658 Elizabeth Carleile. Sons:
Grandfather Anglican George Beale:
Captain George Beale of Darrington Hall, born 1662, married 1683 Elizabeth Lawson (various Lawson families in the area are Catholic). They have a son Henry. Wife Elizabeth dies and he marries as a second wife Jane Humfrey. He has a son George by second wife Jane. Captain George Beale dies 1690 on St Christophers. In his 1690 will he mentions mother Elizabeth, brother Captain Henry Beale and son Henry (bapt 1686 at Darrington) and son George (probably born ca 1688). His will indicates he owns land in America, which could mean on Nevis or St Kitts. His brother Capt Henry mentions that Capt George Beale has left a widow and children. Both George and Henry were Captains in the British army.
As Lt. Francis Allwin cared for Capt George Beale for a month prior to his death on St Christophers, we can assume wife Jane was with the young children at Darrington Hall.
We have a letter to Elizabeth Beale at Darrington in Yorkshire dated 24 December 1692. This is probably the mother of Capt. George Beale.
Jane Beale, 2nd wife of George Beale, has a brother Henry Humfrey, Vicar of Otley. Jane and her brother Henry are buried at Otley. Jane died in 1743.
Possible grandfather Catholic George Beale:
We know Captain Henry Beale was Governor of St Christophers in 1691. He had a plantation on Nevis. He married in 1695 at Horsforth Chapel Hannah Horseman, widow of John Stanhope. Their son Henry died 1697 shortly after birth. He possibly had another son Marmaduke Beale born 1698. Catholic records indicate Marmaduke Beale age 69 laborer was living on the Constable estate Everingham in 1767. It is most likely that Marmaduke Beale was descended from the George Beale who married in 1624 Ellen, daughter of Marmaduke Constable of Everingham.
Father of Anglican George Beale:
George Beale born ca 1688 sells Darrington Hall in 1711. He mentions his mother Jane connected to the deed. He has 2 Royal Navy Captains sign as witnesses on the deed, suggesting he was connected to the Navy. Captain George Beale marries Anne Saunders from Spanish Town Jamaica prior 1725. They live at Milbank, Westminster, London in 1731. They have a son George born 1725, baptized St Margaret, Westminster. Anne Beale dies and was buried at St Margaret Westminster 31 October 1732. Captain George Beale was buried on Jamaica 25 November 1735.
Possible father of Catholic George Beale:
Marmaduke Beale born 1698 is a laborer on the Constable estate Everingham. He marries Ann Headley at Everingham in 1726. My theory is that he has a son George born 1727. He has daughters born 1731 through 1745. There is a Catholic Matthew Beale also living at the Constable estate Everingham in 1767, he was born 1734. I suspect Matthew is a son of Marmaduke Beale.
Another possible father of Catholic George Beale is Henry Beale, oldest son of Captain George Beale (d 1690) and his first wife Elizabeth Lawson. Henry was baptized at Darrington 15 April 1686. Henry is mentioned in his fathers 1690 will, and Henry easily could have had a son George born in the 1725 time frame.
A third possible Beale family connection to Catholic George Beale gardener of Minster Yard is that George could be descended from Alderman Paul Beale who died in 1654 (Paul was the brother of George Beale who married Ellen Constable). Paul was buried in the church of St Michael le Belfry, which is in Minster Yard. Paul was a Cavalier and as such, he was compounded in 1652. There are many Beales related to Paul connected to this church in Minster Yard. For example, church records show a William Beal living in Minster Yard with his wife in 1776.
Anglican George Beale (attorney):
George Beale was born 19 March 1725, and was baptized at St Margaret Westminster in London. As his parents died while he was young, he was brought up by his grandmother Jane Beale. In 1736, she took George from London to Yorkshire to be educated by her brother Henry Humfrey, Vicar of Otley. On 27 April 1743 George signs on for a 5 year apprentice term with Ralph Yoward, attorney from York. On 19 November 1748 (at age 23 years) George became an attorney on his Majesties Court Kings Bench. He wished to go to Jamaica to claim his inheritance from his deceased mother. On 27 November 1748 he drew up a will, leaving everything to John Towgood of Bristol, who had married his mothers aunt. George Beale mentions in his will that he wishes to leave a memento in marble for his grandmother Jane Beale and Henry Humfrey at the church in Otley. He lives with Towgood in Bristol for 4 months, and books a passage to Jamaica aboard the Queen Mary departing from Bristol. Prior to departure, he obtains 3 affidavits giving his family history and his connection to his mother Anne Saunders Beale, sworn before the mayor of Bristol 8 December 1748. George Beale was buried in Jamaica 23 May 1749. Strangely, Jamaican administration records indicate there was no will. Also, the 3 affidavits were not entered in the court records until 11 May 1762. Beales will was proved PCC London on 31 August 1749, stating George was late of the City of York. John Towgood dies in 1752, and makes no mention of George Beales Jamaican inheritance in his will.
Catholic George Beale (gardener):
Catholic Recusancy records show George Beale (gardener) at Minster Yard City of York 3 March 1743 and again on 11 October 1745, and possibly longer. Also living in Minster Yard was Sir Walter Vavasour and Rt Hon Thomas Lord Cahir, noted Catholics. Living nearby at a house near Micklegate Bar was Thomas William Selby, Esq (Catholic). The Jacobite uprising ends with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlies army at the Battle of Culloden fought 16 April 1746. A large number of Jacobite prisoners were brought to York for trial. 22 were executed and their heads were put on poles and hung at Mickelgate Bar, were they remained for 7 years until 1754. (Among those condemned were Peter & William Hay. At the church at Otley, there is a large mural monument (by John Carr) of Francis Fawkes Jacobite M.P. who died in 1747. In addition, Carr did a mural monument to the Hay & Beal families (dated 1743?). Were these Hays & Beals Jacobites also? Is the Beal monument at Otley the one mentioned in George Beale attorneys will?)
We know Thos Selby puts his house up for sale and leaves town in 1746. Selby goes to London and marries one of Nicholas Tuites daughters. (Tuite and his friend Bradshaw were major Catholic plantation owners in St Croix). Also moving to London and ending up nearby Nicholas Tuite was Thomas Lord Cahir (George Beale may have served as his gardener in Minster Yard). One of our family traditions is that ancestor Beale was a Jacobite and one of the faithful followers of Charles Edward the Pretender.
MY SUPPOSITION- George Beale (Catholic gardener) and George Beale (Anglican attorney) were cousins and friends in York. When GB (gardener) learns that GB (attorney) has died in Jamaica in 1749, he obtains copies of the affidavits and goes to Jamaica in 1762 to claim his cousins inheritance.He may have been the closest living relative. He introduces the 3 George Beale affidavits which were filed in Jamaica on 11 May 1762. We know ancestor George Beale was in the Caribbean area at the time, because on 26 June 1762 (6 1/2 weeks later) he signed the St Croix will of Catholic Henry Hunt, steward of Nicholas Tuites plantation. We observe ancestor George Beale stated he was late of the island of Jamaica in his 1768 land deed in Penna, even though he was managing John Bradshaws plantation SION HILL on St Croix at the time.
DATA ON ANCESTOR GEORGE BEALE-
We know ancestor George Beale died on St Croix in late 1769. He left a wife Mary Murdoch (they were married in Phila in 1756), and three children John, George & Mary. His wife was born in 1735. His wifes mother may have been a Hammond from Kirk Ella, Yorkshire.
George in his will wanted his children brought up Catholic.
George Beale was a manager of John Bradshaws plantation SION HILL 1765 through 1769. George Beales son John worked for John Bradshaw & his son Thomas Bradshaw as manager of their plantations until 1797, therefore the Beales managed plantations for the Bradshaws off and on for 32 years.
The Bradshaws were wealthy Catholics, and may have originally come from the Lancashire area. Bradshaw lived in London prior to buying SION HILL plantation in 1756. He is buried at St Pancras, London.
A good friend of John Bradshaw was the wealthy Catholic planter Nicholas Tuite. Tuite organized bringing Catholic planters to St Croix. He owned SION FARM plantation adjacent to SION HILL plantation St Croix. Thomas Bradshaw married a Tuite daughter. Tuite lived in London and leased SYON FARM HOUSE on the SYON Estate, Ilseworth, prior to setting up his plantations on St Croix circa 1750. Tuite also was buried St Pancras churchyard, London.
THE DIARY OF JOHN BAKER outlines the friendships between Catholics Tuite & Bradshaw, also included in this circle is Thomas Selby who lived in York 1720-1746. Selby moved to London after the Jacobite uprising, and married one of Nicholas Tuites daughters. Catholics Thos Selby and George Beale were noted at Micklegate 1743-1746 (during the Jacobite uprising).
Baker was a barrister on St Christophers. Baker married the daughter of a wealthy Catholic planter on St Kitts named Ryan. Nicholas Tuite was a frequent visitor to St Kitts. I believe Tuite & Ryan bought several plantations together on St Croix, one being CONCORDIA. Among their Catholic friends on St Kitts was Dr Peter Canvane of London, who also married a Ryan.
We note that John Beale, son of George Beale, managed CONCORDIA in 1798. John Beale appoints Peter Canvane, son of Dr Peter Canvane as one of his executors in his 1802 will.
We note John Bakers 21 March 1754 diary entry states that while he was on St Kitts he shipped to St Croix a cask of beer to Mr. Beale. Ancestor George Beale may have been on St Croix at this time working for Nicholas Tuite, and received the cask from John Baker.
THE VIRGINIA CONNECTION-
We know that one of the sons of ancestor George Beale (who died in St Croix in 1769), namely George Beale II, arrived in the Elizabeth City County area of Virginia in 1784. He signs a letter of attorney to sell the Penna land owned by his father. One of the witnesses was Westwood Armistead. We note the Armistead family were early Catholic sympathizers in the Otley, Yorkshire area. George also has dealings with a John Beale. This may be one of the John Beales who is descended from Col. Thomas Beale who arrived Virginia in 1640. George II married a Virginia woman, and lived in the Newport News/Norfolk area, moving to DC in 1809. He dies in DC in 1823.
Family tradition has the Beale family descended from Colonel Thomas Beale who arrived in York Co. VA in 1646 with his wife Alice. He was a Royalist, and King Charles II wrote in a 1688 letter to Gov Berkeley saying of Thomas Beale of whose ability and prudence the King had long experienced. Thomas Beale claimed 250 acres of land in York Co., VA. He died prior 1688. His son Thomas Beale patented land on the Rappahannock River, Richmond Co., in 1662. Son Thomas died in 1679, and the coat of arms on his tombstone at his estate Chestnut Hill in Richmond Co. is identical to the Beale coat of arms drawn out by Captain Henry Beale circa 1695 in Yorkshire!!
Fielder Beall in his book COLONIAL FAMILIES says on pg 234 that Thomas Beale 1619-1688 was from Maidstone, Kent County, England. We note that Frances Hodges BEALE FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA states in her book pg 3 that her Kent County England researcher was unable to verify that the Thomas Beale who came to VA was from Maidstone. Could this Thomas Beale of VA be from Yorkshire and be closely related to George Beale (d 1643) of Yorkshire who married Ellen Constable in 1624?? We know they are related in some way, in that they both share the same crest! If Col. Thomas Beale was from Yorkshire and closely related to the George Beale family of Yorkshire, this would explain why son George Beale left St Croix and settled in the Virginia area, so he could be near his family.
1)- In a 1695 letter, Mary Stanhope writes to her nephew that his mother married Captain Henry Beale, who is a cousin to Mr Fairfax.
2)- Militia Troops, October, 1688 West Riding Troop #2-
Thomas Lord Fairfax, Captain
George Beale, Cornett
(Yorkshire and the Revolution of 1688, pg 283)
3)- In 1669, King Charles II granted land patents, including the eastern part of the present state of West Virginia, to supporters of his family. By 1719, Thomas, Lord Fairfax, had consolidated claim to the entire 5,282,000 acres in his own name. Winning a dispute over the state of Virginia in 1746, Fairfax was officially granted all the land to the North Branch of the Potomac by the King of England. Fairfax had the land surveyed and leased to European immigrants in a manner similar to the European feudal system. He also sold much to land speculators. (Inter net)
4)- Gary Roberts at NEHGS indicates Lord Fairfax was Catholic, and had married into the Constable family, thus the tie to Henry & George Beale.
5)- The 1694 probating of George Beales will mentions title to lands in America. It is written in Latin, Michael Wood translated it for me, and we conclude that the lands that GB owned in America could be on St Kitts or Nevis (considered at that time to be in America).
Despite family tradition that has our family linked back to Thomas Beale of VA., to date researchers have not found any firm tie between St Croix George Beale and any of the VA Beales.
KEY QUESTIONS TO ANSWER-
1)- Even though my ancestor George Beale said he was from Jamaica on his 1768 Penna. land deed, was he really from Jamaica and is there any connection between my Catholic ancestor GB and the attorney George Beale from Yorkshire, who had a Jamaican mother and who died on Jamaica in 1749?
2)- Was my Catholic ancestor GB the same one who was the Catholic GB in Minster Yard Yorkshire 1743-1746?
3)- Did my ancestor GB make a claim to his cousin GBs (died 1749) inheritance in Jamaica in May of 1762?
4)- We know the son of ancestor GB (who died St Croix 1769) went to Virginia and had dealings with various Beales who possibly were descended from Royalist Col. Thomas Beale of Virginia. This VA Beale has the same Beale coat of arms as the Yorkshire George Beale family. Was Col. Thomas Beale of VA from Yorkshire too?? Is my ancestor GB related to this Yorkshire family?
The George Beales who died in the Caribbean-
1)- Captain George Beale died Nevis 1690. His son:
2)- Captain George Beale died Jamaica 1735. His son:
3)- Attorney George Beale died Jamaica 1749 His cousin???:
4)- Ancestor George Beale died St Croix 1769. Related to above????
A)- Charmaine (Jamaica)---
1)- Please get copies of the letters of administration after George Beales death in 1749. You said they do not mention a will, correct? Is there any mention of the 3 affidavits in 1749?
2)- You mentioned getting copies of the 3 affidavits. Maybe there would be additional information on the copies that was not on the transcripts; dates, etc. Lets get those and see.
3)- The affidavits are on a grantee index. Who was the grantor 11 May 1762????
4)- Is there a deed of property owned by Anne Saunders Beale (d. 1732) that was passed along in 1762??? To whom???
5)- Are there any wills or administrations for Capt George Beale who was buried Jamaica 25 November 1735, or for Anne Saunders Beale from Jamaica who was buried in England 31 October 1732??
B)- Steven (Yorkshire)---
1)- How close is the church at Otley to you? Please give me a cost to photograph or transcribe the information on the Hay-Beal family mural monument (by John Carr).
2)- Are there any tax records or other records that would show the inhabitants of York in 1743?? Where did Ralph Yoward have his practice?? Was there a Beale family living in Minster Yard in 1743??(we note Paul Beale buried at St Michael le Belfry in 1654, this church is in Minster Yard, and a William Beal living at Minster Yard in 1776). Please let me know what is available & cost?
3)- Any ideas???
1)- Write Borthwick Institute and get a list of all Beale wills 1720-1769. Consider ordering all of them. Any son or grandson George Beale mentions???
2)- Check LDS records to find a Col Thomas in Yorkshire marrying an Alice prior 1646. Also, lets see all possible Catholic George Beale parents in Yorkshire!! I realize records are limited.
Evan's evaluation of Jamaica- I was drawn to the 1768 land deed in which GB said he was from Jamaica, even though we know he was living on St Croix! I had fun teasing around the two 1762 affidavits.