William Oxley Beesley

10 April 1846–18 December 1924 (Age 78)
Whitewater Township, Franklin, Indiana, United States

The Life Summary of William Oxley

When William Oxley Beesley was born on 10 April 1846, in Whitewater Township, Franklin, Indiana, United States, his father, John S Beesley, was 48 and his mother, Mary Lees Miller, was 38. He married Mariette Riggs on 21 December 1882, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Ward 1 Provo, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States in 1900 and Ward 2 Provo, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States for about 10 years. He died on 18 December 1924, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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William Oxley Beesley
Mariette Riggs
Marriage: 21 December 1882
William Riggs Beesley
Mary Jane Beesley
Amy Beesley
John Oxley Beesley
Susan Ettie Beesley
Kilton Riggs Beesley
Clay Miller Beesley
Dorothy Beesley
Weimann Riggs Beesley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 December 1882Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1851 · Constitution of 1851
    Age 5
    Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
    Age 17
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.
    Age 21
    This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Beasley .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Clay and Helen Beesley remembering William Oxley Beesley

    (Clay Miller Beesley, son of Mariette, and his wife, Helen, audio transcription) Clay Miller Beesley: My dad (William Oxley Beesley) used to tell the story of when he was a young man, living in P …

    Sources (36)

    • Wm Beesley in entry for Beesley, "Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951"
    • Wm O Beesley, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • W. Beesley in entry for Clay M. Beesley and Helen Taylor, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"

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