Silas Mercer Beasley

Brief Life History of Silas Mercer

When Silas Mercer Beasley was born in 1795, in South Carolina, United States, his father, John L. Beasley, was 40 and his mother, Margaret Peggy Smith, was 40. He married Sarah Elizabeth Reese about 1832, in South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Gilmer, Georgia, United States in 1850 and Township 10 South Range 3 West, Winston, Alabama, United States in 1860. He died in 1860, in North Carolina, United States, at the age of 65.

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Silas Mercer Beasley
Sarah Elizabeth Reese
Marriage: about 1832
Reuben Beasley
William Mercer Beasley
Thomas Fletcher Beasley
Malachi Beasley
Malissa Beasley
Rev. John Wesley Beasley
Joseph Beasley
Silas Mercer Beasley Jr.
William Beasley
Mary Pastell Beasley
Martha Ann Beasley
Marion F. Beasley
Lydia L Beasley
Elizabeth Beasley
Nancy C. Beasley
Lydia Beasley

Sources (6)

  • Silas Beasley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Silas Brasley in entry for Silas Messer Brasley, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"
  • Silas Beasley, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud

As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.

1799 · Gold Nuggets Found

"In 1799, in Little Meadow Creak located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina a large yellow """"rock"""" was found by Conrad Reed. A few years later it was determined that the """"rock"""" was a gold nugget."

1819 · Alabama Becomes a State

Alabama became the twenty-second state admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819.

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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