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John Beeler

b. circa 1779, d. 11 January 1848
  • Birth: John Beeler son of Christopher Beeler was born in 1779 or 1780, possibly in Pennsylvania.1,2
  • Birth Record: John Beeler's exact birth date and birthplace are unknown, but he was possibly born in 1779 or 1780. According to a cemetery book, his gravestone indicates that he died on 11 January 1848 aged 68 years. If this death date and age are correct, it indicates that he was born between 12 January 1779 and 11 January 1780, which was during the American Revolutionary War. He possibly was born in Pennsylvania, because records place his father, Joseph Beeler, in southwestern Pennsylvania during this time period.1
  • Marriage: John Beeler married Elizabeth Weaver on 3 April 1806 in Hardin County, Kentucky.3
  • Marriage Record: The 1806 marriage record of John Beeler and Elizabeth Weaver indicated:
    Marriage consent:
    "This is to certify that I John Laurence and Mary Laurence his wife that we do grant the Clerk of Hardon [sic] County may grant license for Elizabeth Weaver and John Beeler to be married and we do here Set our hands and seal this 31th day of March 1806
    John Laurence (seal)
    Mary Laurence (seal)
    test
    Samuel Baird
    Sharp Spencer"
    Marriage bond:
    "Know all men by these presents that we John Beeler and Sharp Spencer are held and firmly bound unto Christopher Greenish Governor of kentucky in the just and full sum of sixty pounds current money which payment will and truly to be made to the said Governor or his successor in office we bind ourselves our heirs & jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seal and dated this 31st day of March 1806
    The condition of the above obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage [sh__th?] to be solemnized between the above bound John Beeler & miss Elizabeth eaver for which a license hath this day issued - Then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue
    John Beeler (seal)
    Sharp Spencer (seal)"
    Minister's return:
    "I do certify that I joined together in the honorable state of matrimony Mr John Beeler and Miss Elizabeth Weaver on the 3rd day of April 1806 agreeable to a license for that purpose granted from the clerk of Hardin County
    Alex McDougal."4
  • Research Note: It is possible that the Mary "Laurence" who signed the consent for Elizabeth Weaver's marriage, was Elizabeth's mother who had remarried John Lawrence after the death of Elizabeth's father.
  • Purchased Land: On 27 January 1818 John Beeler paid $150 to William Beeler and wife Nancy of Warren County, Kentucky for a tract of land in Daviess County, Kentucky. Then on 4 February 1818, just eight days after purchasing the land, John Beeler and his wife Elizabeth sold the same land to James Ritchie for $400. The deed to James Ritchie listed John and Elizabeth Beeler as residents of Nelson County, Kentucky.5
  • Census: The 1820 United States census listed a John "Beelor" in Nelson County, Kentucky. His household consisted of:
    1. 3 free white males under age 10
    2. 1 free white male age 10-16
    3. (unknown) free white males age 26-45 [illegible or missing column on census page]
    4. (unknown) free white males age age 45 or older [illegible or missing column on census page]
    5. (unknown) free white females under age 10 [illegible or missing column on census page]
    6. 2 free white females age 10-16
    7. 1 free white female age 26-45
    8. 3 people in the household involved in agriculture
    9. 1 male slave under age 14
    10. 1 male slave age 14-26
    11. 2 female slaves age 14-26.6
  • Census: The 1840 United States census listed only five Beeler (or similar name) households in Nelson County, Kentucky, and they were all in the Western Division:
    1. Christopher Beeler household
    2. John Beeler household
    3. Benjamin Beeler household
    4. Charles "Bealer" Jr. household
    5. Jackson "Bealer" household.7
  • Census: The 1840 United States census indicated that the household of John "Bealer" in the western division of Nelson County, Kentucky, consisted of:
    1. 2 free white males age 20-30
    2. 1 free white male age 50-60
    3. 1 free white female age 15-20
    4. 2 free white females age 20-30
    5. 1 free white female age 40-50
    6. 15 slaves
    7. 6 people in the household engaged in agriculture
    8. 1 person in the household engaged in manufacturing or trade.8
  • Event: On 22 July 1847 John Beeler's father, Christopher Beeler, died, and on 13 October 1847 the Nelson County Court put Christopher Beeler's twenty-one slaves into eight lots and divided them among Christopher Beeler's heirs:
    1. John Beeler
    2. Mrs. Edrington's heirs
    3. Benjamin Beeler
    4. Mrs. Hancock
    5. William Bard and wife
    6. Charles Beeler
    7. William Beeler
    8. Dorsey Beeler's heirs.1,9
  • Death: John Beeler died on 11 January 1848, probably in Nelson County, Kentucky.1,10
  • Burial: John Beeler was buried in Beeler-Vittitow Cemetery, Nelson County, Kentucky.1
  • Gravestone: John Beeler's burial place, the Beeler-Vittitow Cemetery, is on a small hill which is located on land that is owned by Nick Boone (as of 2007), and the cemetery is close to the farm of Mr. Leroy Culver whose residence is 915 Patton Road, Nelson County, Kentucky. There is no road or path leading to the cemetery, but the cemetery was reached on 1 October 1996 by Craig Kieffer and his mother, Jeanne Kieffer, who were led to it by Mr. Leroy Culver. They followed the dirt road to the left of Mr. Culver's house for .8 mile. Then they turned left off this road and into a field. They crossed this field for about .1 mile and went into the far right corner of the field to a line of trees. A short distance through the trees was a fence which was the border of Mr. Culver's property. They crossed this fence and walked about sixty yards through extremely heavy underbrush to a small hill straight ahead. Upon reaching the hill they found a few marked gravestones which were listed in a cemetery book as being in the Beeler-Vittitow Cemetery. They also found several unmarked stones, but no Beeler gravestones. The entire area was completely overgrown and nearly impassable with thick vines and thorns. Researcher Carol Beeler advised this writer said that this cemetery is sometimes refered to as the "Old Fort" cemetery by older residents in the area. A cemetery book indicates that John Beeler is buried in this cemetery next to his wife Elizabeth and his father Christopher Beeler, and the gravestones of John and Elizabeth Beeler indicate:
    1. John Beeler, died 11 Jan 1848, age 68 years
    2. Elizabeth Beeler, consort of John Beeler, died 15 Jan 1826, age 41 years.1
  • Inventory: On 13 August 1849 the inventory and appraisal of John Beeler's estate was returned to the Nelson County Court. It was dated 14 July 1849, and signed by administrator C. Beeler and appraisers W. Elliott, B. F. Wilson and John Whitehead:
    Slaves:
    1. _i_ter (male), age 33, $400
    2. Ned, age 25, $650
    3. Harrison, age 30, $550
    4. Joseph, age 57, $150
    5. Esther, age 48, $200
    6. Emily, age 8, $325
    7. James, age 4, $175
    8. Hardin, age 12, $400
    9. Nancy, age 65, $60
    10. total value of slaves: $2,960
    Property:
    1. lot of cupboardware, knives and forks
    2. silver spoons
    3. 1 cupboard
    4. 2 tea boards
    5. 2 dining tables and 2 side tables
    6. 1 rifle gun
    7. 1 dressing glass
    8. 1 bedstead, bed and bedding
    9. 1 secretary and book case and books
    10. lot of books
    11. 1 square table
    12. 1 set winsor chairs
    13. 1 set of split bottom chairs and rocking chairs
    14. 1 set of window curtains
    15. 2 pair of andirons and shovel and tongs
    16. 1 bedstead, bed and bedding
    17. 1 quilt and counterpane
    18. 2 cover lids
    19. 2 cover lids
    20. 7 bed blankets
    21. 2 old blankets
    22. 4 quilts
    23. 2 linen sheets
    24. 3 cotton sheets
    25. 19 lbs of wool bolts
    26. 1 old bureau
    27. 1 square chest and table
    28. 1 pair andirons and (feeder?)
    29. 1 b_____ beadstead
    30. 1 jug of linseed oil
    31. 5 lbs of wool yarn
    32. weavers reeds, spools and shuttles
    33. 50 lbs of feathers
    34. 1/2 barrell of molasses
    35. 3 bedsteads
    36. 2 cotton wheels
    37. 1 mans saddle
    38. 2 mowing sythes and sneaths
    39. 1 sythe and cradle and 2 old sythes
    40. 27 1/2 __ potatoes
    41. lot ___
    42. grain cradles and sneaths
    43. 65 lb bar iron and old ___
    44. 1 X cut and whip saw
    45. lot of hoes
    46. matlock and 2 shovels
    47. 1 log chain
    48. lot of sickles
    49. 1 broad axe
    50. 1 iron square and old irons
    51. 1 ___
    52. 1 handsaw
    53. lot of old irons and axes
    54. 1 axe
    55. 780 pounds of bacon
    56. 3 iron wedges
    57. 1 barrel pork
    58. 1 barrel soap
    59. 56 pounds of lard
    60. 1/2 barrel of vinegar
    61. lot ___ barrels
    62. 1/2 __ measure and baskets
    63. 2 plows and double __
    64. 1 waggon bed
    65. 1 wheat __
    66. 1 old __
    67. 1 grindstone
    68. 1 small harrow
    69. 1 small harrow
    70. 2 plows
    71. 3 old plows
    72. 3 old plows
    73. 1 large harrow and ___
    74. lot of old iron
    75. 1 fifth chain
    76. 4 paris of gear
    77. lot of britching and collars
    78. 4 blind bridles
    79. lot of harness and pitchforks
    80. 2 pairs of sheep shears
    81. 1 bay horse
    82. 1 sorrel horse
    83. 1 brown horse
    84. 1 mule colt
    85. 1 bay colt
    86. 1 bay colt
    87. 1 blind mare
    88. 450 bushels of corn
    89. 1 calf hide
    90. 2 stacks of oats
    91. 1 black cow and calf
    92. 1 white and red calf
    93. 1 red cow
    94. 1 red cow
    95. 1 mule cow
    96. 1 heifer
    97. 1 bull
    98. 7 one and two year old calfs
    99. 2 calfs
    100. 12 geese
    101. 5 stacks of hay
    102. 1 rifle gun and powder horn
    103. 2 bushels of flax seed
    104. lot of buck wheat
    105. 8 1/2 bushels of rye
    106. 12 bushels of oats
    107. 18 still __ and barrels
    108. lot __ __ flax
    109. 2 flax (brakes?)
    110. lot of staves and heading
    111. 63 sheep
    112. 1 sow and 4 pigs
    113. 20 1st choice hogs
    114. 25 shoats
    115. 1 white sow and pigs
    116. 1 spotted sow and pigs
    117. 1 wild sow and pigs
    118. 2 bedsteads
    119. 1 keg white __
    120. lot hollow ware griddle and wafle irons
    121. 2 __ irons
    122. lot buckets, tubs, churn and pans
    123. 1 loom
    124. 1 kitchen table
    125. 2 wheels and 1 reel
    126. 1 ___
    127. 4 table cloths
    128. 4 table cloths
    129. 4 ___
    130. 4 ___
    131. 4 ___
    132. ___
    133. 1 candle stand and ___
    134. 1 kitchen shovel
    135. 1 ___
    136. total value of above listed property: $4,055.14.11
  • Event: Sometime after 1898 Mary Jane "Jennie" Beeler of Crittenden County, Arkansas wrote some family history notes which mentioned her grandfather John Beeler: "Family history as given to me by my mother in the Fall of 1894. Copied for George and William Beeler and their descendants. Christopher Beeler of Nelson Co. Ky., was our Great-Grandfather, his wife was a Miss Emily Dean. John Beeler of Nelson Co., Ky. was our Grandfather; his wife was named Elizabeth Weaver. . . John Beeler's children are as follows: Charles Beeler (my father), Christopher Beeler (eldest), Henry, John, William. Daughters - Eliza, Elizabeth, Minerva, Mary Jane, Maria. Eliza married Howsley, Elizabeth-Murray, Minerva-Kurtz, Mary Jane-Finley, Maria-Atherton."12

Family:

Elizabeth Weaver b. c 1785, d. 15 Jan 1826

Children:

Charles Beeler+ b. 31 Dec 1812, d. 21 Mar 1849

Citations:

  1. Nelson County Genealogical Roundtable, Nelson County, Kentucky Cemeteries, vol. 2 (Bardstown, Kentucky: Nelson County Genealogical Roundtable, 1986), 137 (Beeler-Vittitow Cemetery).
  2. Birth place probable or possible based on residence of parents at time of birth.
  3. John Beeler and Elizabeth Weaver, Hardin County, Kentucky marriage bond (1806), minister's return on back of bond; copy furnished by Hardin County Court.
  4. Hardin County, Kentucky, marriage consent, bond, and minister's return, John Beeler and Elizabeth Weaver, (1806); copy provided by Hardin County Clerk, Elizabethtown.
  5. Kentucky Genealogist, vol. 21, p. 61.
  6. 1820 U.S. census, Nelson County, Kentucky, (Bard Town?/Bardstown?), p. 21 (penned upper left corner), line 18, John Beelor; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 December 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 19. Three columns of this census page are covered by a dark line and are illegible: free white males age 16-45, free white males age 45 or older, free white females under age 10. It can not be determined from the digital image if the dark line covering the three columns is the result of a microfilming error or if part of the original census page is damaged and torn.
  7. "1840 United States Federal Census," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 December 2010). A search was conducted for all Beeler surnames by soundex in Nelson County, Kentucky.
  8. 1840 U.S. census, Nelson County, Kentucky, Western Division, p. 24, line 26, John Bealer; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 December 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication M704, roll 24.
  9. Christopher Beeler slave distribution (13 October 1847); Nelson County Archives, Bardstown, Kentucky.
  10. Death place probable based on residence at time of death and/or burial location.
  11. Nelson County, Kentucky, Will Book 5:169-172, John Beeler inventory (1849).
  12. Mary Jane “Jennie” Beeler, family history notes, non-published, 9 typed pages, held in 2007 by Craig Kieffer (Bethesda, Maryland). Mary Jane "Jennie" Beeler, daughter of Charles Beeler and Juliet Green, was born 27 August 1842 in the area of Nelson County, Kentucky. The typed pages were passed from Jeanne (Zirkle) Kieffer to her son Craig Kieffer about 1980. A note on the typed pages indicates that they may have been copied and typed by Ruth (Beeler) Hunsberger, a great-niece of Mary Jane Beeler.
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