|Birth: ||Jan. 7, 1819|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1897|
Sarah Frances Monger, daughter of Henry Monger, Jr. and his wife Catherine Fuls, married Henry Beasley on 19 May 1834 in Rockingham County, Virginia. Henry (1812-1864)was the son of James Beasley and his wife Sarah Raines.
Sarah Frances Monger is found on page 242 in THE MONGERS--A FAMILY OF OLD VIRGINIA by Billie Jo Monger, a book that list her ancestry. However, little information is found there on Sarah Frances because information was lost when many of her children went with her to Ohio.
Charles Beasley, son of William and grandson of Henry and Sarah Frances Monger Beasley, was 81 years old in 1970 and he was the last living grandchild at the time of his death in 1972. Charles' first cousin Vern Beasley, a son of Calvin Beasley, died in 1971 at the age of 85 years. Much of the information within this report was gathered by Charles Beasley in 1970 with the assistance of Blanche Eilerton, Elmer Beasley, Vivian Secrist, Glenna Duke and the Rev. and Mrs. Edgar Petry.
The following is part of the information written in August, 1970 by Charles Beasley:
Henry Beasley, a prosperous farmer, "was in his fifties when he was in the Civil War and was wounded. Word was sent to Grandmother at their home near Elkton, Virginia that he had been wounded. She and a son, probably Robert, set out in a two horse spring wagon for Lynchburg, which was 150 miles away. She expected to bring him home. When she arrived, she learned that he had died. It is believed he died on a train while being moved from Richmond to Lynchburg as Lee moved his troops west shortly before Appomattox. No one was ever able to determine where he was buried.
Grandfather had always loved beautiful horses, but the army had taken the best ones. The only horses left were farm work horses, which the boys had hid in the woods. William, father of Charles, had carried water and corn to them in the night so that they would not be found.
Sometime later in about 1868, Grandmother and three of her children, William (then age 17 years), Frances (age13), and Sidney (age 8), and a neighbor boy set out for Ohio in two covered wagons. Calvin, Anderson and Robert had already gone to Ohio. Louisa Katherine, Rebecca and Malinda Beasley had married and stayed in the Rockingham and Page County area of Virginia.
The trip to Ohio took many days. William and the neighbor boy hunted food in the day time and slept under the wagons at night. When they got to Ohio, they settled on three acres in Lanier Township, Preble County. This is now the home of a great granddaughter, Mrs. Charles Cooper and is on the Quaker Trace Road 1 1/4 miles off Route 122. When they arrived, the house was a one room cabin built in the wilderness by Peter Kitterman. William set to work and divided it into two rooms and several years later he built a lean-to kitchen.
Here Grandmother and her children lived until William married a neighbor girl, Mary Jane Andrews, who died a few years later. Then he married Mary Wright and grandmother went to live with her daughter, Sidney, where she lived until her death on December 27, 1897. She is buried in the Gratis, Ohio Cemetery near her daughter Sidney. Sidney had married Henry Waggoner and Frances had married Gilbert Clawson.
Granny Beasley, as everyone called her, had a loom and she wove beautiful rugs and carpets. Hardly a home in Preble County that did not have a rug or carpet woven by her.
She was a courageous woman and had to battle life's problems many times during the Civil War and later. Many are her descendants."
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Anderson Beasley (1836 - 1911)*
Robert Beasley (1838 - 1905)*
Calvin Beasley (1840 - 1918)*
Louisa Catherine Beasley Davis (1843 - 1920)*
William Henry Beasley (1850 - 1923)*
Fannie E. Beasley Clawson (1854 - 1903)*
Sidney Jane Beasley Waggoner (1859 - 1928)*
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Record added: Aug 15, 2010
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