William Jefferson Beasley

Brief Life History of William Jefferson

When William Jefferson Beasley was born in 1849, in Roanoke Island, Dare, North Carolina, United States, his father, Samuel Beasley, was 56 and his mother, Lydia Gallop, was 29. He married Susan Jane Honey on 5 January 1875, in Nags Head, Dare, North Carolina, United States. He lived in Nags Head Township, Dare, North Carolina, United States in 1900 and Nags Head, Dare, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1927, at the age of 78.

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William Jefferson Beasley
Mary Ann O'Neal
Marriage: 18 October 1884
Mary Susan Beasley
Margaret Ann Beasley
Henry Beasley Sr
Seth Beasley
Usef Beasley Sr
Lydia Virginia Beasley
Lula Lee Beasley
Charlie Robinson Beasley Sr.
Polly Beasley

Sources (42)

  • William Beesley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Wm Beasley, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Wm Beasley in entry for Henry Beasley and Lorena Wise, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

World Events (8)

1853 · First State Fair

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning


variant of Bisley, a habitational name from any of the places called Bisley in Gloucestershire and Surrey (the former named with the Old English personal name Bisa + lēah ‘woodland clearing’, the later named with either a personal name or Old English bysce ‘copse, bushes’ + lēah), or Bisseley (a lost place in Coventry, Warwickshire).

habitational name from a place in Lancashire named Beesley, probably named with Old English bēos ‘bent grass’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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