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Margaret Hunt Beals
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Birth: 1721
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 1796
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA

Margaret Hunt was born about 1721 in Bucks County, PA, the daughter of William and Mary (Woolman) Hunt. About 1738 she married John Beals, almost certainly under the care of Hopewell Monthly Meeting of Friends in Frederick County, Virginia, whose records for this period are lost. In 1758 they were received at New Garden Friends Meeting on a certificate from Hopewell, although they had probably moved south earlier.

Some secondary sources give Margaret an alternate or middle name of Esther, but this is likely not accurate. The name of Esther appears for the first time in 1871 in a biography of Margaret's brother-in-law Thomas Beals, a noted Friends minister, written by Gershom Perdue. No record made during Margaret's lifetime called her anything other than Margaret Hunt, and the addition of Esther was likely an error on the part of Perdue almost eighty years after her death.

Margaret was recorded a minister in the Society of Friends in 1761. She was the cousin of early anti-slavery leader John Woolman.

She was the mother of six known children: Ruth, Lydia, John, Hannah, William and Rachel. Three others, David, Mary and Jacob, may have been hers as well. Her death is recorded at Centre Friends Meeting in 1796, with the notation that she was buried at New Garden. Her grave is unmarked after the manner of early Friends. 
Family links: 
  John Beals (1717 - 1796)
  William Beals (1740 - 1814)*
  Lydia Beals Hiatt Hadley (1740 - 1801)*
  Hannah Beals Hockett (1741 - 1804)*
  John Beals (1744 - 1809)*
  Rachel Beals Dicks (1749 - 1827)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Grave is unmarked
New Garden Friends Cemetery
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Mary Louise Reynolds
Record added: Dec 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101553615
Margaret <i>Hunt</i> Beals
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