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  1. Armstead J. DURHAM: Birth: 8 OCT 1837 in Patrick County, Virginia. Death: 14 OCT 1920 in Surry County, North Carolina

  2. Mary Jane DURHAM: Birth: ABT 1840.

  3. William DURHAM: Birth: ABT 1845.

  4. Sarah Ann DURHAM: Birth: DEC 1845. Death: ABT 1903 in Surry County, North Carolina

  5. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Frances DURHAM: Birth: 11 APR 1846.

  6. Nancy DURHAM: Birth: ABT 1849 in Surry County, North Carolina.

  7. Rebecca Ellen DURHAM: Birth: ABT 1850 in Surry County, North Carolina. Death: BEF 1900 in North Carolina

  8. Martha Etta DURHAM: Birth: 20 APR 1856 in Surry County, North Carolina. Death: 2 NOV 1919 in Surry County, North Carolina

  9. Joanna DURHAM: Birth: JUN 1860 in Surry County, North Carolina. Death: 5 JUL 1924 in Guilford County, North Carolina


Sources
1. Title:   1900 census for Surry County, North Carolina 2006 - Research of Byron K. Durham
2. Title:   1860 Census for Surry County, North Carolina 2005 - Research of Byron K. Durham
3. Title:   1850 Census for Surry County, North Carolina 2005 - Research of Byron K. Durham
4. Title:   1870 Census for Surry County, North Carolina 2006 - Research by Byron K. Durham
5. Title:   1880 Census for Surry County, North Carolina 2006 - Research of Byron K. Durham
6. Title:   Central Methodist Church, Mt. Airy, N.C. Its Early Years 1829 - 1900 Booklet by Ruth M. Minick, 1975, pp. 37-40 updated by William H. Smith, Feb. 2005
7. Title:   North Carolina Marriage Bonds - 1741 - 1868 - Ancestry.com 2007 - Research of Byron K. Durham

Notes
a. Note:   zley) as the daughter of Mary Chandler. "Chandler" may be the decease name of Mary's husband?? It is unsure how Mary Chandler is connected to Thomas Beasley, but records do show he was charged at one time of bigamy.
  The deed between Henry Durham and wife Jane (Chandler) of the first part and Thomas M. Clark of the second part, made on May 5th, 1843 in Patrick County, VA, states that Jane Chandler was the recepient of land handed down to her by the Will of Thomas Beasley, through her mother Mary Chandler. ---------------------------------------------------------
  In 1820 Thomas Beasley is indexed as Thomas Brasley and living in Patrick Co.Va. He is 45+ and he has in the household: one male >10, 2 males 16-26, 1 female 10-16, 2 females 16 - 26 and one female 26-40. -------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1830 he is indexed as Thomas Bensely (the census clearly reads Beasley) in Patrick Co Va. He is age 50-60 and he has 2 males ages 15-20 and 20-30. He also has a female age 20-30. Hardin Beasley is in a separate household with a wife, 2 sons and 3 daughters --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Will of Thomas Beasly - 28 February 1835 (Probated Sept 1835) Library of Virginia - Patrick County Will Book #2 - page 212 Transcribed by Byron K. Durham
  I Thomas Beasly of Patrick County & State of Virginia do hereby make my last Will and Testament in minimum and form following that is to say.
  1st I desire that all the perishable part of my estate be immediately sold after my decease except such as herein after mentioned. And out of the moneys arising therefrom all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid. Should the perishable parts of my property that I have directed to be sold prove insufficient for the above purposes there I desire that my Executor herein after m______?? may sell of my property of sufficient value to satisfy my just debts as that remains unpaid.
  2ndly after this payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses I give my wife, Hannah Beasly one bed and furniture three head of cattle and feed for them this winter, one of my young mares, one negro woman by the name of Irish and her support farm, the southern tract of land where I now live and to remain in the mansion house where I now live, during her life and at her death the seed property to be sold and the money to be equally divided between all her children.
  3rd I give my daughter, Polly Beasly two hundred dollars in money to be left in the hands of Thomas I. Tantum to be paid to her as she may stand in kneed (need) of it, one bed and furniture and cow to have possessions of it on the day of sale.
  4th I give to my son Shadrack Beasly ten shillings.
  5th I give to my son Shadrack Beasly�s children two hundred dollars in money to be left in the hands of Thomas I. Tatum to be equally divided between them when they became of age.
  6th I give to my son Hardin Beasly one tract of land containing thirty seven � acres known by the name of the Sam�l Hanby Sandlim tract and one ??_entry?? Joining the same containing ninety four acres and six hundred dollars in money to him and his heirs forever.
  7th I give to my daughter Hannah the wife of Seaton Chandler the tract of land she now lives on known by the name of the Bowman tract containing one hundred and seventy four acres more or less and one negro girl by the name of Martha and three head of cattle to her & her heirs forever.
  8th I give to my daughter Catherine the wife of Benjamin Harris ten shillings.
  9th ly I give to my son Thomas Beasly one tract of land containing two hundred and sixty eight acres known by the name of the ?Hudson Branch, ten head of cattle, one yoke of oxen and cart, four beds and furniture, twenty head of hogs, all my household and kitchen furniture not heretofore dispensed of, six negros (viz) Hannah, Edmond, Hampton, Mahala, Zach and Mary at my plantations, tools belonging to this place, two head of horses, choice of my stock, twenty barrels of corn, five hundred lbs of bacon, and any small ?_______ supposed to hold fifty five gallons to him and his heirs forever.
  10th ly I give to Mary Chandler one tract of land containing forty eight acres lying mostly on the southwest side of Little Dan River - known by the name of the Shadrack Gowing tract and one tract of land containing seventy five acres lying on the west side of Little Dan River, one of my young mares, one cow, ten barrels of corn during her life and at her death the said tracts of land and other property that I give her to be sold and the money arising from the same to be equally divided between her four youngest daughters, (viz) Jane, Lucinda, Priscilla & Judy and I give Mary Chandler one hundred dollars to be left in the hands of Thomas I. Tantum to be paid to her as she may stand in kneed (need) of it and if any of said money not made use of by the said Mary Chandler to be divided between her four youngest daughters above named and if the said Mary Chandler ever marrys or suffers, Anderson Dryden to settle in any part of the aforesaid lands it is reverted back, unto the hands of my Executor and to be sold and the money arising from the same be equally divided between her four youngest daughters above named.
  11th ly Five negros, (viz) Sally, Peter, Randle, Amy & Sary & all the rest of my estate both real and personal of what nature or kind so ever it may be not here to fore particularly disposed of ?____ may be sold and the money arising from the same to be equally divided between my wife Hannah Beasly, my son Hardin Beasly, my daughter Hannah the wife of Seaton Chandler and my son Thomas Beasly, except one hundred dollars to be left in the hands of Thomas I Tatum for Mary Chandler as before mentioned, my wife Hannah Beasly part to be left in the hands of Thomas I Tatum & to be paid to her as she may stand in kneed (need) of the same - and at her death of any of ?feed money not made use of by here to be equally divided between my son Hardin Beasly, my daughter Hannah the wife of Seaton Chandler, and my son Thomas Beasly.
  And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Thomas I Tatum Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made in witness.
  Whereof, I have here unto set my hands and affixed my seal this 28th day of Feby, 1835. Signed sealed published and declared by me Thomas Beasly as and for his Last Will and Testament.
  Carried over
  In the presents and hearing of in who at his required and in his presents have subscribed our names as witnesses - John Tatum -------------------------------------------------------------------------------his Andrew Burge ----------------------------------------------------------------Thomas X Beasly, Sr. John Flippen ----------------------------------------------------------------------------mark
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  Patrick September Court 1835
  The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Beasly, des� was proved in court by the oaths of the witnesses thereto & is ordered, to be recorded and was ?_______ deliver of Thomas Tatum the Executor where as named who made oath thereto and together with A. Staples, Clerk, Penn G. King, Richard Thomas and Henry Hines his securities order unto and acknowledged at hand on the penalty of ==25000???(maybe 25,000 pounds?). And conditioned as the law directs certificate as granted here for claiming probate of said Will in due process??
  � copy Testes A. Staples ----------------------------------------------------------------
  From Byron K Durham to Nancy Chandler:
  The bigamy charge against Thomas Beasley comes from a book I found at the Library of Virginia entitled "Miscellaneous Records of Patrick County, VA (F-232) Section III - page 5:
  (26 April 1811) Thomas Beasley, on suspicion of the felonious crime of Biggamy, was led to the bar, pleaded not guilty, and for reasons appearing to the Court the tryal is referred to the last tryal date in May. Beasley gave bail in the amount of $500 with his securities, James S. Gaines and Elihu Ayres. (30 May 1811) Thomas Beasley and Elizabeth Bellar appeared this day to their recognizance and were discharged of it. The Court being of the opinion that the adjournment of the last examing Court was illegal. The prisoners were therefore discharged out of custody. (I didn't get a copy of the book since it was easier to just write it all down)
  ---------------------------------------------- I also found this entry in the same book in Section IV - page 17:
  December 1836 (The following entry was crossed out:) Elizabeth Beazly v. Thomas __Tatum, Executor of Thomas Beazly, decesed, Hanna Going, Alias Beazly, Thomas Going alias Beazly, Hardin Going alieas Beazly, Seaton Chandler and Hannah Chandler his wife, formerly Hannah Going alias Beazly, Benjamin Harris and Catherine Harris his wife, formerly Catherine Going alias Beazly, Polly Beazly, Mary Chandler, James (or Jane) Chandler, Lucinda Chandler, Priscilla Chandler and Judith Chandler. Spa in Chancery - No Spa.
  Nancy Chandler's comments on these last 2 records. Thomas Beasley apparently had 3 long term relationships with women during his life. The 1st is with Hannah Going with whom he had 6 children who are named in his will. The 2nd is Elizabeth Bellar with whom he is accused of bigamy, but the charge got dropped. She is not named in the will. The 3rd is Mary Chandler with whom he had 4 daughters and who are named in his will. Note that it is an Elizabeth Beasley who is suing the executor of Thomas Beasley's estate and all the people named in his will, a year after it is filed. It was an Elizabeth Bellar who was accused of bigamy with Thomas Beasley in 1811. I strongly suspect that this is the same Elizabeth who is calling herself Elizabeth Beasley and suing everyone who is named in the will. She refers to Hannah Beasley as Hannah Going alias Beasley and calls all of Hannah's children Going alias Beasley. I think she was implying that there was no legal marriage between Hannah Going and Thomas Beasley and that she, Elizabeth was the real wife of Thomas Beasley and entitled to a share of his estate.

Note:   Paulina "Jane" Chandler is mentioned in the Will of Thomas Beasley (Bea
b. Note:   s 37-40 state that Jane Durham was age 84 years, 6 months, and 5 days old when she died. The 1900 census for Surry County, NC show Jane Durham to be 83 years old, which is consistant with the death age of Jane Durham.
  ------------------------------------ Jane Durham http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Durham&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=29&GScnty=1736&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=69498498&df=all&
  Birth: 1820 Death: Jul. 20, 1901 Note: aged 81 yrs, 6 mo, 5 days
  Burial: Old Methodist Cemetery Mount Airy, Surry County North Carolina, USA
  Created by: Mount Airy Museum of Reg... Record added: May 08, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 69498498

Note:   The booklet "Its Early Years 1829 - 1900" by Ruth M. Minick, 1975, page
c. Note:   Bondsman: John W. Dunkin, Witness: Fdk Webb


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