- Born: 1684, New Castle County, Delaware
- Marriage: Charity Grubb in 1706 in Chester County, PA
- Died: 1777, Guilford County, NC at age 93
Hopewell, Jan. 27, 1736 New Garden MM, NC, 11/30/1754
Letter from Leslie W. Beason, 721 Jappa Road, Ely, Iowa 52227, Feb. 1, 1995
Richard Beeson or Beason was born in New Castle County, Delaware in October 1684. He moved with his parents to Berkley County, Virginia and from there to Chester County, Pennsylvania. He and Charity Grubb were married there at the Nottingham Meeting of Friends (Quakers) October 24, 1706. Charity was born Sept. 29, 1687. Richard was a Quaker minister throughout most of his life and traveled from place to place in carrying on his work. Records of him are found in various Quaker settlements in Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina. Charity was appointed Minister at Nottingham Meeting and continued in the ministry for many years. In Pennsylvania Archives, there is record that Richard obtained a warrant for five hundred acres of land on Dec. 10, 1716. Also 100 acres was granted ot him, and the warrent for the survey was dated Jan. 16, 1733. Charity died Nov. 22, 1761 at the age of 74; and Richard died Jan. 1, 1777 at age 93. Both were buried in Guilford County, North Carolina.
Beeson Genealogy, Line of descent of the St. Clair County Beesons, of Alabama.
In "the Grubb Family of Pennsylvania and Delaware" by Gilbert Cope on pg. 5, under the head of children of John and Frances Grubb, one finds the following:
4. Charity Grubb married before her father's death, Richard Beeson, son of Edward Beeson, of New Castle County, and later of Nottingham, on the borders of Maryland. They became Friends, and in 1728 Nottingham Meeting gave her the endorsement of minister. Five years later they removed to Leacock, Lancaster County, and after a few years sojourn there, went to Frederick County, Virginia. In a letter to her sister, Phebe, written 12th of 11 mo. 1742-3, Charity says:"My son William hath a daughter born the 30th of last month, and calls her name Welmett". This unusual name was doubtless given in remembrance of the ancestress in far away Cornwall and is strong evidence that Henry of Burlington, and John of New Castle County, were brothers. A memorandum, made a few years later, gives the children and grand-children of Richard and Charity Beeson as follows:
"John, married to Grace Varman, had a son, Nathaniel; Richard, married to Anne Brown, had Charith, Hannah, Richard, Messar, Jacob, Henry, John, and Edward; Charity married to Mordecai Mendenhall had Richard, John , thomas, Moses, and Stephen; Phebe, married to John Harris, had Elizabeth, Charity, Richard, Phebe, and Dinah; Edward, married to Martha, had Edward, Charity, Mary and Micajah; Benjamin was the father of Isaac, Benjamin, William, Francis, and Richard. William had Welmet, Charity, and Rachel. Stephen was the father of Stephen, Micajah and Phebe."
All of the children of the sons, Benjamin and William, were probably not born when the memorandum was made. They moved from Hopewell, VA and settled in North Carolina March 6, 1751, and the records of the entire family of each are to be found in the Minutes of New Garden Quarterly Meeting, now at Guilford College, North Carolina, in Volume I. The complete family record of Benjamin Beeson (II-VI) is to be found in the first genealogy of this publication, land that of William (12-VII) in the Beeson Genealogy by Pervis H. Beeson.
Richard married Charity Grubb, daughter of John Grubb and Frances Vane, in 1706 in Chester County, PA. (Charity Grubb was born in 1687 in Grubbs Landing, Brandywine New Castle, Delaware and died in 1761 in Guilford County, NC.)