|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1759|
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1843|
D.A.R. Ancestor # A007899
Major Robert Beale was born, in twin, at Chestnut Hill, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, VA, the son of Capt. William Beale and Ann (Harwar) Beale. He settled at Hickory Hill in Hague, Westmoreland County, VA, which was inherited by his wife, Martha Felicia (Turberville) Beale, the daughter of Col. George Lee Turberville and Elizabeth "Betty" Tayloe (Corbin) Turberville. Hickory Hill was settled by the Turberville family about 1700.
Robert Beale was 17 when he enlisted as an ensign in the Virginia line during the American Revolution. He saw action at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Brandywine. He was captured by the British when Charleston, South Carolina, was surrendered. By the end of the Revolution, he had become a captain. He returned to Virginia and eventually settled down in Westmoreland County where he farmed. Beale eventually rose to the rank of major in the Virginia militia.
Among the correspondence of their son, Gen. Richard Lee Turberville Beale, Esq.is a letter of note dated 3 July 1849, from Gen. Beale to Wilbur Fisk Davis, Richard's nephew, describing Robert Beale, Sr.'s part in the Revolution. Gen. Beale had built his residence, Cabinford, on land given him by his mother, the land which had been part of her patrimony.
Robert and Martha's estate, Hickory Hill, devolved to their daughter, Anne Turberville Beale who had married Rev. Joseph Hoomes Davis (as his second wife) and from them to their son, John Williams Corbin Davis. Other of their children were Martha Felicia Beale who was the first wife of Rev. Davis; Elizabeth Tayloe Corbin Davis who married the brother of Rev. Davis, Prof. Williams Thomas Davis, founder of the Southern Female College at Petersburg; Emily Mildred Beale who married Thomas Maund Arnest of nearby Nomini Hall; William, Robert Jr., and Francis Lucinda, the last two of whom died without marrying. The Beale family has prospered and contributed to the richness of Virginia culture through the years.
William Beale (1710 - 1778)
Martha Felicia Turberville Beale (1786 - 1822)*
Anne Turberville Beale Davis (1809 - 1884)*
Martha Felicia Beale Davis (1810 - 1835)*
Elizabeth Tayloe Corbin Beale Davis (1815 - 1859)*
Emily Mildred Beale Arnest (1817 - 1866)*
Richard Lee Turberville Beale (1819 - 1893)*
Beale Family Cemetery at Chestnut Hill Plantation
Created by: Candy
Record added: Mar 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18482117