12)- FRANCE- The French Connection supposition is based
on a group of French Huguenots that fled France, eventually settling on various
islands, ending up on St Croix.
The name BEALE appears on a Huguenot list of names of Foreign refugees who settled in Great Britain and Ireland during the reign of Louis XIV., of France (IRISH PEDIGREES by John OHart, 5th edition, vol. II, p. 463).
GEORGE BEALE I and son GEORGE BEALE II spoke French and could not speak or write English quite correctly. (Hodges, BEALES OF VIRGINIA, p. 133).
GEORGE BEALE II was educated in France--- (Ibid p. 134).
GEORGE BEALE II was educated in France. ( Lewis Cook, PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol XVI, Oct 1948, p. 52. Cook was quoting from the St. Felix family Bible, compiled by Miss Victorine Reynaud St. Felix of Brooklyn, NY., a descendant of Hannah (Murdoch) Sweers. See ibid Appendices p 67-68).
WE NOTE MANY BEALE / HUGUENOT RELATIONSHIPS . They are:
A)- LINKS TO THOMAS RICHE (Riche appears on a list of Huguenots p.463 IRISH PEDIGREES, John OHart, 5th edition, p. 462).
1)- GEORGE BEALE and Thomas Riche were witnesses to the 1756 Phila will of Dr. Basil Feast (late of St Croix). Both Beale & Riche were named in the Feast will, Riche was also an executor.
Riche was a Phila slave trader who had operations on St Croix. Riche wrote Mr Osborn on St Croix telling him of the death of their old friend Basil Feast. Riche traded with the St Croix firm of Osborn & White.
B)- LINKS TO THE RENAUDET (Huguenot) FAMILY:
(note--Dr Peter Renaudet in St Kitts 1748, Phila in 1788)
1)- Peters sister Ann Renaudet married Townsend White. There son James White was named in 1777 at MARY BEALEs house on 27 Strand Street, where she lived 1777-1782. James White was a partner in the firm Osborn & White, one of the firms Thomas Riche traded with.
2)- Peters sister Jane Renaudet married George Lucas Osborn. Osborn was a friend of Thomas Riche & Basil Feast. Their son Matthew was a partner in the firm Osborne & White, one of the firms Thomas Riche traded with. Their grandson Cornelius Hunt was a witness in JOHN BEALEs 1802 St Croix will. John was the son of George & Mary Beale.
C)- LINKS TO THE MARKOE (Huguenot) FAMILY:
(note---Peter Markoe from St Kitts)
1)- One of GEORGE BEALEs 1769 St Croix executors was Matthias Ferrall. Matthias Ferralls wife Elizabeth was the former wife of Peter Markoe. Her son was Abraham Markoe, who went to Philadelphia in 1770 and joined the City Troop. (MARY BEALE was also in Phila in 1770).
2)- Maria Markoe (died 1776) married Christopher MacEvoy (1719-1792). Following GEORGE BEALEs death in 1769, his widow MARY BEALE lived at the Christiansted house (across from the Anglican Church) of Maria & Christopher MacEvoy September 1772 until February 1777. MARY BEALE hosted many Planters Club meetings (Isaac Markoe was a senior member) and charity balls. MARY moved out of the MacEvoy house (in Jan 1777) after the death of Christophers wife Maria Markoe (1776) and before Christopher MacEvoys wedding to his second wife Jenny Lowe in 1778.
3)- Dr Adam Kuhn married Elizabeth Markoe in St Croix in 1780. He had signed a legal paper of MARY BEALEs in Phila in 1779.
D)- MISC. HUGUENOT ST CROIX CONNECTIONS:
1)- MARY BEALE sold her 27 Strand Street, Christiansted house in 1782 to Madame Strode, Baron Paulus de Bretton lived there. His old home was CONCORDIA, and the Baron was a Huguenot.
E)- POSSIBLE HUGUENOT & POSSIBLE GEORGE BEALE ANCESTOR:
1)- 1745- EDWARD BEALY owned Prince Quarter 53 with Philip Markoe, ex Governor of Spanish town. (Pieter Markoe (brother of Philip?) owned plantations in Prince Quarter at the same time). Beally was from St Eustatius. Huguenot families on St Eustatius included Romage M. Cuvilje and Lucas Benners. Simon de Fontaine Cuvelje owned Prince #52 with Edward Beally. Lucas Benners marries a daughter of Jane Renaudet & George Lucas Osborn (see Renaudet link above) .
F)- LINKS TO THE TILLINGHAST (Huguenot) FAMILY:
(A CHRONICLE OF THE FAMILY OF EDWARD F. BEALE OF PHILADELPHIA by Maria Scott Beale Chance states on p. 131 Mercy Tillinghast was of French Huguenot family and daughter of Pardon Tillinghast---.)
1)- Mary Anna Tillinghast of Providence, RI married in 1844 Truxtun Dixon Beale of Washington, DC. Truxtun Beale was the great grandson of George & Mary Beale.
1)- French Huguenot records. Where was Beale originally from in France? Where did Beale go? To the West Indies? Where were those Huguenots mentioned above from in France? Any other Huguenot names that we can connect to Beale?
2)- St Eustatius baptism records (1743-1765 exist), Netherlands Archives, The Hague. Do we see any Beales?
Evan's summary of French connection--certainly possible.