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Deeds and Records of Ephraim Beazley

Wills

Virginia County Records Spotsylvania County 1721-1800
Will Book F 1798-1800
page 53

MITCHAM, LUCY, Spotsylvania Co., d. Jan. 16, 1797. Executors Bond dated Dec. 4, 1798. Wit[nesses]. Hugh Roy, Bartlett Russell, Will Waller. Ex[ecutor]. son-in-law William Beazley, Richard Estes. Leg. daughter Mary Bates; [mentions first husband] Ambrose Carlton; three eldest daughters, Caty Estes, Elizabeth Beazley, Mary Bates; my last daughter Dorothy Beazley as provided for by the will of her late father James Mitcham. (Page 46)

The Spotsylvania County records Will Book D 1761-1772 shows that Beverley Stanard [a man] willed "a tract of land in Standford County, whereon Ephraim Beazley, my Overseer, now lives." Will was proved 7/1/1765.

Spotsylvania Deed Book Executed 1751-1761:

April 6, 1761. Joseph Hewell of Spts. Co. and Frances, his wife, to Ephraim Beasley of same Co. L35 curr. 150 a. in Spts. Co. No witnesses.

Deeds

Deed Book F 1761-1766: page 232

Nov. 7, 1763. John Waggener of St. Geo. Par., Spts. Co., and Rachel, his wife, to Ephraim Beazley of same Par. and Co. £60 curr. l22 a. in Spts. Co., purchased by sd. Waggener of Thos. Graves and Eleanor, his wife, as by deeds, April 4, 1758. Thomas Coleman, Andrew Waggener, Robt. Goodloe. Nov. 7, 1763.

Deed Book F 1761-1766:

July 15, 1762. Ephraim Beazley of Spts. Co. and Winne, his wife, to John Partlow of Caroline Co. 35 curr. 150 a. in Spts. Co. 4 witnesses. Sept. 6, 1762. Nov. 7, 1763. John Waggener of St. Geo. Par. Spts. Co., and Rachel, his wife, to Ephraim Beazley of same Par. and Co. L60 curr. 122 a. in Spots. Co., purchased by sd. Waggner of Thos. Graves and ELeanor, his wife. 3 witnesses.

Virginia County Records Spotsylvania County 1721-1800
Deeds, Deed Book H 1771-1774
page 310

March 29, 1774. James x Mitcham of Spts. Co. to Ephraim Beazley of same Co. 37s. 6d. curr. 3 3/4 a. in Spts. Co. Jno. Hart, John True. April 21, 1774.

Deed Book J 1774-1782.

Sept. 8, 1780. Larkin Stanard of Spts. Co. and Elizabeth, his wife, to Ephraim Beasley of same county. L4000 curr. 30 a. in Berkeley Par., Spts. Co. [Larkin is the son of Beverly Stanard]

Deed Book M 1788-1791.

Feb. 1, 1791. James Mitcham of Spots. CO, to Ephraim Beasley of same Co. 40 a. purchased of Larkin Stanard in Spots. Co., etc. [Larkin is the son of Beverly Stanard]

Deed Book P 1797-1800.

May 23, 1797. Ephraim Beazley of Spots. Co. to Wm. Beazley of same Co. L162 16s. curr. 148 a. in Spots. Co. etc etc.ls

Between Harry Beazley of Spotsylvania, VA to William Beazley and Elizabeth his wife, Ephraim Beazley and Dorothy his wife, Mathew Carpenter and Sarah his wife, Harry Duerson and Nancy his wife, William Oliver and Anny his wife and Charles Beazley, Elizabeth Beazley, and Mary Beazley. Ephraim Beazley, deceased, father of the above named William, Ephraim, Sarah, Nancy, Ann, Charles, Elizabeth, Mary and Harry did in his lifetime sell to the above named Harry Beazley a tract of land and received of him the sum of 94 pounds ... for aforesaid land whereon the said Harry now resides, the marks and bounds as herafter [sic] described and our father Ephraim Beazley not having it in his power to convey by Deed to Harry the same. We the legatees and heirs of Ephraim Beazley, deceased, think it just that our father's intention should be carried into affect, and we do collectively and individually for ourselves and heirs acknowledge the receipt of the aforesaid 94 pounds and each of us for ourselves our heirs do doth convey in fee simple (as it was the intention of our father) unto the said Harry Beazley his heirs and forever the tract or parcel of land aforesaid the bounds of which is as follows ... [description of land] neighbors, William Beazley, Francis Turnley, Thomas B[av?]ien 71 acres with all houses, etc. [All 13 signed]. Witnesses: Francis Turnley, Larkin Standard [sic] Chas. McCalley, by Wm Carpenter. Proved 3 Dec. 1805. (Courtesy of Carole Proctor)

Taxpayer Rolls

Virginia Tax Payers 1782-1787 shows Ephraim Beasley living in Spotsylvania County with six slaves.

Berkeley Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. 1798 Direct Tax, List 2a.

A Particular list of all lands, lots, buildings and Wharves, owned possessed, or occupied on the 1st Day of October 1798, in the Parish of Berkeley being within the Spotsylvania Assessment District in the State of Virginia, excepting only such Dwelling Houses as with the out-houses appertenant therto, and the lots which the same are erected, not exceeding two Acres in any case are above the value of one hundred Dollars.

Line Owner Occupant Acres Situation Buildings Description/ Covering Dimensions Price/acre Value
12 Beasley, Ephraim Sen. Beasley, Ephraim Sen. 753 Between the Po & Ta 1 Barn, fram'd, shingles 32x20 3.5 2635.5

2 sheds

  32x8
13 Beasley, Ephraim Jun. Beasley, Ephraim Jun. 383 Between the Po & Ta 1 Barn fram'd, boards 32x16 3.5 1340.5
14 Beasley, William Beasley, William 148 Between the Po & Ta Dwelling, saw'd logs fram'd, boards 20x16 3.5 518
Tobo House of logs boards 40x16

Dwellings

1798 Direct Tax, List 1, Part a
Berkeley Parish
Spotsylvania County, Virginia

"A Particular list of each Dwelling House which with the out houses appertenant thereto, and the lot on which the same are erected, not exceeding two acres in any case, were owned possessed or occupied on the 1st Day of October 1798, in the _____ of _____ being within the Spotsylvania Assessment District in the State of Virginia, and exceeding the value of one hundred Dollars."

Beasley, Ephraim Sen.

Owned 1 house 20x16 feet; 1 story, made of wood; 2 windows; outhouses included a kitchen made of hewed logs covered by planks, 16x16 feet. Included a shed 24x8 feet; a corn house made of hewed logs 12x12 feet covered with boards; and a meat house made of hewed logs, 12x12 feet covered with boards; on two acres between the "Po & Ta" valued at $200.

His son, Beasley, Ephraim Jr.

Owned 1 house 24x24 feet, 1 story, made of wood, with 2 windows; outhouses included a kitchen of hewed logs 16x16 covered with boards; a corn house made of hewed logs 16x12 feet covered with boards; and a meat house made of hewed logs, 12x12 feet covered with boards; on two acres between the "Po & Ta" valued at $200. It was noted that the "Dwelling House out of repair." Valued at $180.

Slaves

1798 Direct Tax, List 3
Berkeley Parish
Spotsylvania County, Virginia

A Particular list of Slaves owned, or superintended on the 1st Day of October 1798

Line Name of Owner Superintendent Residence # Slaves
11 Beasley, Ephraim Sen.   Berkeley 8
12 Beasley, William   Berkeley 2
13 Beasley, Ephraim Jun.   Berkeley 2

1820 Census

1820 Federal Census Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Abstracted by Robert Woolfolk from public records. Edited and formatted by Maggie Stewart, May 2001. Submitted by Robert Woolfolk April 30, 2001.

Elizabeth Beasley; 1 free white female (herself) age 16-26; slaves 0-14 (2); 10-26 (2); female slaves 0-14 (2); 26-45 (2); no freed coloreds. Number of persons engaged in agriculture: 4

Ephram Beasley; free white male age 10-16 (1); 26-45 (1); 45+ (1); free white female 10-16 (1); 16-26 (2); 45+ (1); slaves 0-14 (6); 10-26 (2); 26-45 (1); 45+ (1); female slaves 0-14 (2); 26-45 (1); 45+ (1); no freed coloreds. Number of persons engaged in agriculture: 7

William Beasley; free white male age 10-16 (1); 16-26 (1); 45+ (1); free white female 10-16 (1); 16-26 (2); 45+ (1); slaves 0-14 (1); 10-26 (5); female slaves 0-14 (3); 26-45 (1); 45+ (1); no freed coloreds. Number of persons engaged in agriculture: 8