John Beasley1,2

#2041, b. circa 1716/17, d. between 18 November 1781 and 12 May 1782
     John Beasley was born circa 1716/17 Buckingham County, Virginia. He married Bridgett Fuqua, daughter of Joseph Fuqua and Anna Sampson, before 1743. John Beasley died between 18 November 1781 and 12 May 1782.
     He owned property Location: Albemarle County. Description: 200 acres near the heads of the branches of the Great Creek of Slate River. Source: Land Office Patents No. 33, 1756-1761 (v.1, 2, 3 & 4 p.1-1095), p. 822 (Reel 31-32).

This is less than fifty miles west of the property patented by John Palmer.

Whether this is John Beasley, whose daughter Mary married Nixon Palmer, or not, is not determined, but the dates are right. on 30 June 1760. He left a will on 18 November 1781 Buckingham County, Virginia,

Will of John Beazley of Buckingham County, Virginia, dated 18 November 1781.
I lend to my loving wife Bridget Beazley the plantation whereon I now live, the negroes and stock to her during her widowhood. I give to my four sons, Charles, William, John and Jonathan all my lands in the Brown Mountains in Amherst County, also all lands on Rock Island Creek and on Muddy Creek and all land I hold or claim on Arthurs Creek. To my four daughters, Winney, Mary, Sally, and Nancy 150 acres of the back land of the tract whereon I now live. To my three sons, James, Fuqua, and Hiram all my River land not yet bequeathed, and the plantation whereon I now live to be equally divided at the discretion of my executors when said sons attain age of 21 years. Wife Bridget and sons Charles and William Beazley with David Walker to be executors. Wit: Benjamin Hurt, Judith Hurt, Thomas Wood.

At a Court held for Buckingham the 13th day of May 1782, this will was proved by the oaths of Benjamin Hurt and Thomas Wood, two of the witnesses and sworn to by Bridget Beazley and Charles Beazley, two of the executors thereto, and ordered recorded. - Accessions #25971, Virginia State Library.3,4

There are some who list William Beasley, d 1718/9 or so, as the father of John Beasley.
The will does list John as the second to last son, and if John was born aound 1717, he would have been an infant (literally and legally) and would likely not have been given fifty acres of land without a guardian being appointed.

The children are listed as: eldest son William, his eldest son William. Son Benjam, son Henry, son John, son Charles. Presumably in birth order.

Essex County, Virginia Records 1717 - 1722 Abstracted and C ompiled by John Frederick Dorman. Will book p. 119-120.

The mother is allegedly Mary Ripley. Mary is the first name of Wm Beasley (d ca 1718) but no indication of the origin of Ripley. He left a will in 1759

There is a John Beazley listed as part of an index to Essex County Wills and Admns (1692-1800)
p 181-172, Will pro. 15 May 1759
p 182-183. Exors. Bond, ditto
Wills No. 11, 1757-1762 (Reel 46)
Virginia Wills and Administrations. He owned property Location: Amelia County. Description: 26 acres on the South side of the Lazeretta. Source: Land Office Patents No. 41, 1772-1773, p. 308 (Reel 40).

Lazaretto Creek is near Nottoway Courthouse, SE of Farmville.

There is a will/administration filed in Nottoway County esp re Gnd accts. Will Book 1, 1789-1802. Reel 4. on 15 June 1773 Amelia County, Virginia.

Children of John and Bridgett

Last Edited=18 May 2015


  1. [S124] "Notes from the Burned Counties", Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly #3 (01 Jul 1967): Buckingham - Will of John Beazley lists loving wife Bridget, sons Charles, William, John and Jonaghan, daughters Winney, Mary, Sally, and Nancy, under 21 year old sons James, Fuqua, and Hiram.

    Will of Bridget Beazley, 1 April 1792, names son Fuqua Beazley, deceased husband John Beazley, son Hiram Beazley, daughter Mary Palmer, and her daughter Nancy Palmer, Susanna Robertson, son William Beazley, son John Beazley, daughter Winney Hurt, daughter Sally Cason, son William Beazley and Nixon Palmer, executors.; 66.
  2. [S105] Jeffrey A Williams, online unknown url, Jeffrey A Williams (unknown location).
  3. [S124] "Notes from the Burned Counties", Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly #3 (01 Jul 1967).
  4. [S109] Library of Virginia Archives and Manuscripts, online, Record number 000144749 Title Beazley, John: Will Date 1782 Source Prince Edward Co. Chancery Causes, 1783_011 Coverage Buckingham County Biographical/Historical Note Created in 1761. Records were destroyed by fire in 1869. Is part of Lost Records Localities Collection, 1674-1928 Rights There are no restrictions. Cite as Lost Records Localities Digital Collection, [name of county/city], [title], [date]. Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA 23219. Date of scan 2013. Hereinafter cited as Library of Virginia Archives and Manuscripts.