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 Massa “Massey” <I>Dunn</I> Beall

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Massa “Massey” Dunn Beall

  • Birth 1797 Hampshire County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 9 Jan 1860 Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 91603973

The gravesite of both Thomas and Massa Dunn Beall is in the Frostburg Memorial Cemetery. Her inscription: "Massa wife of Thomas Beall."
Her father, Dr. Lewis Dunn, owned land that was given to his heirs in 1834 which included: "Thomas Beall and Massey his wife" in Frankfort, Hampshire County, VA.
1850 Census lists Thomas Beall and Massa, his wife, with children: Elizabeth, William and Alpheus Beall. Massa died in 1860 so Thomas Beall is alone with his daughter Elizabeth and son Alpheus Beall who was 19.
Land sold in Missouri listed Thomas and Messa Beall in 1853.
The 1905 obit of Alpheus Beall, Massa's youngest son has her name as Mary Ann Dunn "daughter of Dr. Dunn, a prominent physician of Virginia"
Fielder M M Beall's book has "Thomas Beall of Thomas, b 1780, d 1864; m [dau] of Dr. Dunn of Frankfort, Va."
Sharp's Bio of Asa Beall, their son, states: "Asa Beall, a son of Thomas Beall (1795-1864), the wealthiest man of his day in Cumberland, Maryland, and his wife Dunn, of Frankfort, Virginia, [Asa] was born in 1824 and died at his residence in Frostburg, Maryland, March 8, 1863."
SAR for Louis Erwin Beall, their grandson, lists Thomas and M. Ann Dunn as his grandparents.
E. L. Scofield's ancestral charts list "Thomas of Asa Beall married Ann Dunn, daughter of Dr. Dunn of Frankfort, VA".

Massa Dunn Beall has been long misrepresented because of the unusual spelling of her name:
Massa on her tombstone & 1850 census.
Messa on the Missouri deed.
Massy on the 1856 Coal Rights Document
Massey on her father's Hampshire county land disposition.
Mary Ann in Fielder Beall's book.
M. Ann in DAR application papers.

Family Members



Massa wife of Thomas Beall
Died January 9, 1860
Aged 63 years





  • Maintained by: Candee
  • Originally Created by: Marion Steiding-Chappell
  • Added: 9 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91603973
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Massa “Massey” Dunn Beall (1797–9 Jan 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91603973, citing Frostburg Memorial Park, Frostburg, Allegany County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Candee (contributor 47836631) .