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Thomas Beals

Birth14 JAN 1719
Death29 AUG 1801
Aged: 82.6 years
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy: Ohio [p.1387] INDEX

The first Friends minister of record to cross the Ohio River and preach in the limits of the Northwest Territory was Thomas Beals who was born in Chester County,Pennsylvania, in March 1719, the son of John and Sarah Bowater Beals.

From John and Sarah descended a very large number of members of the now widely extended Yearly Meetings of Indiana, Western, Iowa and Wilmington, as well as those west of the Mississippi River and to the Pacific coast. Among them are to be found a large number of outstanding ministers in the Society of Friends.

The Beals family moved from Pennsylvania and Maryland and later to Hopewell, near Winchester, Virginia. Thomas Beals moved with this family to North Carolina in 1748 or 1749 being then about twenty-nine years old, and first stopped at Cane Creek. Then, with his family, he moved to New Garden, North Carolina, which was frontier territory. In a very short time he was joined by some other families, and in the year 1753, being then about thirty-four years of age, he came forth in the ministry.

How long he lived at New Garden we do not know but presume it was for several years. The next move he made was to Westfield, Surry County, North Carolina. Here he was instrumental in the development of a large meeting. He must have lived at New Garden and Westfield about thirty years, during which time he paid several lengthy visits to the Indians.
Marriage 1 Sarah Antrim b: 13 SEP 1724 in Providence, RI

    • Married: 1741 in Frederick, VA or MD 1

    • Note: According to the New Garden MM records, Thomas Beals and Sarah Antrim were married 9 mo 12 day 1741 in either VA or MD.

    1. Has No Children Sarah Beals b: 15 JUN 1742 in Fairfax, VA

    1. Has Children Mary Beals b: 30 AUG 1743 in Monoquoay (Monocacy), Prince Georges County, Maryland

    1. Has No Children Thomas Beals b: 29 OCT 1745 in Guilford, NC

    1. Has Children Patience Beals b: 1747 in Guilford, NC

    1. Has Children William Beals b: 1750

    1. Has Children Daniel Bales b: 15 FEB 1753 in New Garden MM; Guilford, NC

    1. Has Children Elizabeth Beals b: 1755 in New Garden MM; Guilford, NC

    1. Has Children Margaret Beals b: 1757 in New Garden MM; Guilford, NC

    1. Has No Children Hannah Beals b: 1759 in New Garden MM; Guilford, NC

    1. Has No Children John Beals b: 9 MAR 1763 in Guilford, NC

    1. Has Children Rachel Beals b: 9 MAR 1763 in New Garden MM; Guilford, NC

    1. Has Children Jacob Bales b: 1768
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses

Elizabeth H. 

25 APR 175513 APR 1848  NC, Surry Co Samuel Bond 

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