Saturday, May 31, 2003

Vogue Stories
Lady Isabella, who at 19-years-old already exhibits campaigns for Chanel and Dior in her portfolio, recently signed a contract with Models Frontiers, a hip new agency backed by millionaire brothers Peter and John Beckwith (father and uncle of the original It-girl Tamara Beckwith). "It's a new agency run by models for models," Isabella explains, adding that she'll be working on the "shopfloor", manning the phones and running the books, as well as modelling - just like her working girl sister. The pair's mother, meanwhile, can see subtle differences in the two girls' careers, putting them down to their different personalities. "I think [Isabella] will go far," Yvonne, Marchioness of Bristol, tells Mandrake. "While Victoria is a free spirit, Isabella is a very different animal -

Beckwith Pointe, Elegant Catering for Weddings and Special Occasions - 914-235-0620 700 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, NY
Just along the coastline in New Rochelle, lies an absolute jewel. Beckwith Pointe is located at the tip of the peninsula on Davenport Neck off the Long Island Sound. Beckwith Pointe is an elegantly decorated facility offering breathtaking ocean views, gourmet cuisine, two luxurious banquet halls, a bridal suite, beach front atrium, skyview terrace, and most of all - personalized service.
Davenport's Neck photo of Beckwith Point
Davenport's Neck photo1
Davenport Neck, New Rochelle, NY - History

Barnes & - Indian, or Mound Builder; The Indians, Mode of Living, Manners, Customs, Dress, Ornaments, ETC., before the White Man Came to the Country, together with a List of Relics Gathered by the Author
Indian, or Mound Builder: The Indians, Mode of Living, Manners, Customs, Dress, Ornaments, ETC., before the White Man Came to the Country, together with a List of Relics Gathered by the Author Thomas Beckwith
Barnes & - Grants to Individuals by Private Foundations Grants to Individuals by Private Foundations
Edward J. Beckwith
Being a Desert
There is an ancient teaching that is at the core of true spiritual development: in order to connect constantly to the Light of the Creator we must develop and become like the desert.
The desert is un-owned, open space within which anybody can do anything they want. This is the level to which we are supposed to develop. Being like the desert means that you do not care what people do to you, what people say to you, or what they do not do for you or say to you. It means being free in the deepest sense.
Our nature is usually the opposite of the desert. We are extremely and constantly concerned about what people do, say or even think about us. We are captive to almost everybody, for their actions, words and even thoughts can influence our feelings and life. In order to develop spiritually we need to constantly work on becoming like the desert, feeling open and free like the desert. It is not an easy process but one that not only greatly enables our spiritual development, but also brings to a level of equanimity and peace that cannot be reached any other way.
It is a process that takes constant focus and effort but one whose spiritual and practical effect is immense.
Rabbi Michael Berg
Barnes & - Book of Peace: A Collection of Essays on War and Peace Book of Peace: A Collection of Essays on War and Peace
George C. Beckwith (Editor)
Barnes & - 2000 Solved Problems in Electronics
Barnes & - Radical Reaction Rates in Liquids: Carbon-Centered Radicals I, Vol. 18 Radical Reaction Rates in Liquids: Carbon-Centered Radicals I, Vol. 18
A. L. Beckwith (Artist), S. Brumby, R. F. Claridge, R. Crocket, E. Roduner
Hardcover, November 1994
Our Price: $1,186.00

Barnes & - Message That Comes from Everywhere: Exploring the Common Core of the World's Religions and Modern Science Message That Comes from Everywhere: Exploring the Common Core of the World's Religions and Modern Science
Gary Beckwith
Barnes & - Hunter: The Joseph Hunter and Related Families Beckwith, Bird, Medley, Phillips, Riley and Sikes of Southeast Missouri
Summary of the Novel His best friend, Frank Beckwith, feels betrayed because Billy had promised to join the Marines with him on the buddy plan. Frank marches off to war in a grand parade amid much fanfare and political, patriotic bombast. But he's returned in four months. He's judged to be severely deranged because he tells true stories of American losses in the war, and the people of Cannon refuse to believe him. Only Billy believes his stories. Billy's struggle to save Frank and the children of Cannon leads inexorably to disaster.
The Dead Are Dancing is a satire of the cold war but its message is timeless. It cautions us to watch out: unbridled patriotism leads to the self destruction of our cities and our sons and daughters.
The Register In a wonderful return to the origins of Internet philosophy, PIR intends to feed back all the money it makes in profit from the sale of .org domains into funding and educating non-profit organisations about the Internet and websites and what uses the Web can be put to.

Think charities, schools and such like being given expert advice or subsidised courses on how to make the Web work for them. Bruce Beckwith was short on real details, talking of "putting together frameworks" and "defining thought processes" and other such nonsense, but the will and the intention is there.
News - Deerfield Review

Swanson himself achieved some sort of closure last year when he fulfilled a promise he made to himself after the death of his foxhole buddy, Jack Beckwith, in the Battle of the Bulge. One year ago, Swanson and family members were able to finally put Beckwith's remains to rest in a military cemetery in Henrichchapelle, Belgium. Swanson's unwavering efforts to recover Beckwith's remains received nationwide and international publicity.
Christine Beckwith, daughter of Kelly and Robert Beckwith of Wolfeboro, has been named class valedictorian.
Edenwood - The Williams' seat
Holly Springs
J.M. Williams Farm
New Hill
Utley-Council House
Historic Sites in Wake County, NC
Williams Crossroads
Williams Cemetery - Wake County, North Carolina

Friday, May 30, 2003

Margaret Cogdell Stanley b 3-26-1787 m 12-3-1807 Dr John Beckwith. Dr
Beckwith was one or the commissioners for building the capitol in
Raleigh which was completed in 1840, He died in Petersburg, Va.

Dr Thomas Stanley Beckwith b 5-16-1813 d 11-16-1865 m 6-6-1838
Agnes Ruffin b 10-3-1816, son Charles:

Charles M Beckwith b in Prince George Co, Va. 6-3-1851 m 7-31-1888
Lucy Cooke in Houston, Texas. He was 4th Bishop of Alabama
Dr. John Beckwith at Wayne County, NC
Garden Photographs by L. R. Fortney - North Carolina Gardens
Pittsboro, North Carolina bed and breakfast: Fearrington Village Country Inn & Restaurant
Bells Baptist Church Cemetery, Chatham County, NC
Durham County NC Cemeteries
Virginia Taxlist Index
LORD, ISRAEL SHIPMAN PELTON - Sir Francis Drake - Beckwith
Harry Drake of Childe in Devon, England 1567.
Lamar Stringfield
the errol fanlisting
Andy Beckwith -Auctions: Sherry Stringfield Photo from ER

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

What fate awaits Wentworth Woodhouse?

What fate awaits Wentworth Woodhouse?
One of the great houses of England is up for sale (April 1999). It may not be in the public eye like Blenheim or Castle Howard but Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, is equally magnificent.

The house, built in the second quarter of the 18th century, is basically two houses joined back to back: with the approach from the East showing a Palladian front over 600ft in length, the longest in the country, whilst the West front is Baroque. The whole has 365 rooms with 1000 windows. The stable block can accommodate 100 horses. This is truly a palatial pile.

Wentworth Woodhouse was built for Thomas Wentworth, who became the first Marquis of Rockingham, as an architectural challenge to Wentworth Castle six miles away, near Barnsley. The house passed to the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam who embellished the building cumulating in the best Georgian interior in England centring on the magnificent great hall.

Pontefract Castle
On the land in 1, above, Peter built a two-story log house with a basement. His daughter Susan was married to Valentine DeVault in this house. The property was occupied until about 1808 when Peter sold it and moved to the land in 4. above, which at the time was near Gray's Station. On this land Peter built a three story house which is now located at 307 Twin Falls Drive in Johnson City, Tennessee. Peter also built a grist mill at this site, but it burned down in 1940. Peter's stone residence is now owned by Marmaduke Beckwith Morton VII and it has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.When Peter died, the land on Sinking Creek may have passed to his son Peter, Jr., as James and William Range, sons of Peter, Jr., resided in this area.
The first record of Peter is in the land records of Washington County when he acquired the following tracts:
1. Feb 12, 1790, 300 acres on Knob Creek from Pharoh Cobb
Nov 2, 1804, 150 acres on Knob Creek from John Engle

Joseph Hunter, one of the most distinguished pioneers of Southeast Missouri, came to New Madrid District in 1805, and located on a grant purchased from Joseph La Plante, near New Madrid. Very soon after he removed to Big Prairie, and with his brother-in-law, Samuel Phillips, located near the present town of Sikeston. Joseph Hunter was a son of a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian, who immigrated to America from the North of Ireland prior to the Revolutionary War. During the early settlement of Kentucky the family removed to Louisville. A brother of Joseph, who had been an officer in the continental army, received a grant of land on the river above the town in what is still known as "Hunter's Bottom." The mother Joseph and a sister were killed by the Indians while in a flax-field near their home; a brother, Abraham, also met his death at the hands of savages. Nancy Hunter, another member of the family, is mentioned in connection with the history of Ste. Genevieve.

Upon the organization of the Missouri Territory, Joseph Hunter was appointed by President Madison a member of the territorial council. He had a large family, and his descendants are very numerous, embracing many of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of this State. His eldest son, Milford, removed to Grand Gulf, Miss. The second son, Abraham, married Sally Ogden, and became the father of three sons and three daughters, viz: Issac, a judge of Scott County Court; Joseph, a wealthy citizen of New Madrid, and Benjamin F., living near Sikeston, one of the largest land owners in Southeast Missouri; Catherine, who married first Americus Price, and second Marmaduke Beckwith; MORE...

Brecon Castle
Baldwin I, Count of Flanders

Count Baldwin of Flanders was the third wife of Judith (the first two were Kings Æthelwulf and Æthelbald of Wessex).


Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was born in Clarksburg, (W)V. on Jan. 21, 1824. He was the son of Jonathan Jackson and Juliet Beckwith Neale, the daughter of Thomas Neale who settled in Wood Co., WV.

*You can claim relationship to Stonewall if you can prove your lineage back to one of Stonewall's grandparents Thomas Neale, his wife, Edward Jackson or his wife Mary Hadden.

Stonewall's great grandparents John Jackson and Elizabeth Cummins were the immigrants of his Jackson family. They had eight children who lived to maturity and raised families...

Neighboring Families...

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Jefferson FEARINGTON Self M Male W 26 NC Farmer NC NC
Corinna FEARINGTON Wife M Female W 27 NC Keeping House NC NC
Lillian FEARINGTON Dau S Female W 2 NC NC NC
Dewitt C. FEARINGTON Other S Male W 33 NC At Home NC NC
John EDWARDS Other S Male B 24 NC Works On Farm NC NC

1880 United States Census Household Record

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Alvin BECKWITH Self M Male W 28 NC Farmer NC NC
Nancy L. BECKWITH Other M Female W 22 NC Keeping House NC NC
Martha H. BECKWITH Other S Female W 2 NC NC NC
Lula E. BECKWITH Other S Female W 9M NC NC NC
Williams, Chatham, North Carolina


Meaning: (British) From Ferrier (Old French), "horse-shoer and iron worker".

The Farrar name has been pronounced several different ways. Some pronounce it as "far' uhr". Some pronounce it as " fuh- rahr' ". This family pronounces it "fairer".

From the beginning, the Farrar family name has had many variations: Ferris, Ferrer, Farrer, Ferrier, Farris, Farrar, and Faries. All these families claim to be from the same family, and therefore must be variations of the same name. All are descended from the deFerriers who came to England with William Conqueror in 1066, and then from the Ferris family of Leicestershire, England, descended from Henri deFerriers, son of Gwalchalme deFerriers, who was Master of Horse to the Duke of Normandy. His name is found "upon the Battle Abbey Roll". We do know that there was a Henry Ferriers who came with William the Conqueror to England from a town named Ferriers or Ferrieres in France. His descendants continue to possess the estate of Baddlesley Clinton, Warwickshire, England. The Ferriers were a distinguished family in England and France. The surname is originally Norman and means "one who works in iron", which could have been in any country.

This line begins with Henrie Farrar, Sr. He was born abt 1480 in Ewood, Halifax Parish, England, and died Nov. 6, 1549 in Yorkshire, England. He married Agnes Barcroft Horsefalls in 1513 in Halifax, England. She was born abt 1480 in Stothlay, Yorkshire, England, and died Nov. 26, 1549 in Yorkshire.

Henrie, Sr. was the second owner of the Ewood Estate in Halifax, England. In his will, he leaves Ewood to his son William and other properties to his wife and other children. He is buried at Heptonstall, a chapelry of Tormoden, near Halifax. The chapel is dedicated to Sir Thomas a'Bekett. (sic)
MOGenWeb: Scotland County 1858 Plat Map Index


Scotland County 1858
8 T66R10 30 Beckwith E. M. 40
8 T66R10 31 Beckwith E. M. 35.55
8 T66R10 29 Beckwith Edward M. 160
8 T66R10 30 Beckwith Edward M. 160
11 T65R11 1 Beckwith Edwin M.
8 T66R10 30 Beckwith Edwin M. 80
8 T66R10 31 Beckwith Edwin M. 35.55
8 T66R10 31 Beckwith Edwin M. 35.55
8 T66R10 31 Beckwith Edwin M. 40
8 T66R10 31 Beckwith Edwin M. 80

Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: User Home Page Genealogy Report: Descendants of Thomas Harding of Tuckahoe Creek, Henrico Co., VA


81. SUSAN H.6 JOHNSTON (MARTHA (PATSEY)5 HARDING, GILES4, WILLIAM3, THOMAS2, UNKNOWN1) died 1849. She married (1) ANDREW A. F. ALLEN. She married (2) QUIROS BECKWITH 02 Apr 1839. He was born 1801 in VA, and died 1862.

145. ii. MARTHA TENNESSEE ALLEN, b. 1834, Albion Co., TN.
146. iii. MARY JANE ALLEN, b. Sep 1836, Mississippi Co., MO.

iv. QUIROS7 BECKWITH, b. Nov; d. Deceased.
v. THOMAS BECKWITH, b. Jan 1840; d. 1916.
vi. ELEANOR BECKWITH, b. Oct 1842; d. Jun 1958.
vii. MARGARET BECKWITH, b. Oct 1844; d. Sep 1851.
viii. MATTHEW BECKWITH, b. Oct 1846; d. Jan 1847.

Biographies B - Mississippi Co. MoGenWeb
Thomas Beckwith was born in Mississippi County, Mo., on January 24, 1840. His father, Quiros Beckwith, was a native of Fairfax Court House, Va., and was the son of Newman Beckwith, who was also born in the "Old Dominion", and remained there until the year of 1812, when he immigrated to Missouri. He came all the way from Wheeling, Va., in a flatboat, bringing his family with him. He settled at Norfolk, Mississippi County, where he remained three years, and removed to what is known as the O'Brien farm, where he resided until his death. While a resident of Virginia he possessed considerable wealth, but lost it by going security. Quiros Beckwith was but eleven years of age, when he came with his parents to Mississippi County. He remained on his father's farm until he reached manhood, when he was married to Susan Johnston, who was born near Nashville, Tenn. After his marriage Mr. Beckwith engaged in tilling the soil, which he continued the most of his life, together with dealing in live-stock. At the time of his death he owned about 100 slaves, some of whom he had bought at considerable cost. He turned his attention entirely to business interests, and took no part whatever in politics. He died in 1862. His wife died on August 17, 1849. They were the parents of five children, four of whom are dead, viz: Quiros, Ellen W., Margaret A. and Matthew J. Thomas, the only living member of the family, was reared on his father's farm, which consisted of about 1,100 acres of land, besides a large wood-yard. He labored on the farm and about the wood-yard and saw-mill until he became of age. In 1862 the overflow of the Mississippi River swept away one of the best farms. In 1861 he enlisted in Price's company, which was organized under the old system. He served about three months, with the rank of third lieutenant, when he was taken down with the measles and
resigned. In February 1862, he was captured at Long Prairie, and was confined in prison about five months, during which time he suffered many hardships, as the prison was dirty and filthy, and the chances of life were few, where the prisoners were confined for any length of time. After his release he returned home and resumed farming. On March 11, 1863, he was united in marriage with Laura, daughter of John and Sallie (Lee) Swank, who immigrated to Mississippi County in 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith have three daughters: Lillie M., Minnie L. and Ollie L. All the members of the family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Beckwith is one of the substantial men of Southeast Missouri. He owns over 3,000 acres of land in his own title, and a half interest in 4,000 more. He deals some in stock, horses, etc. and, makes loans. He now has his farms rented, and spends his spare time in exploring the mounds left by the Mound Builders in Southeast Missouri, and has one, of finest collections of stones and pottery in this portion of the State.

Monday, May 26, 2003


(a relative of Julia Catherine Beckwith Hart)
Includes a photo of their house.
From the Rare Book Collection... - June 1998 - issue 30, 6 - National Library News - Julia Beckwith Hart

Saint Ursula's Convent is the earliest recorded novel written by a native-born Canadian and published in book form in Canada. The author, Julia Beckwith, was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the daughter of a Loyalist father and a French mother. After her father's death, she moved to Kingston to live with her aunt. She established a school for young ladies and, in 1822, married George Henry Hart, a bookbinder from England.
Saint Ursula's Convent had been in preparation for almost 10 years when Julia offered it for publication to Hugh Christopher Thomson, politician, banker and publisher of the Upper Canada Herald. In June 1823, Thomson sent a proposal to gather subscriptions to the novel. It was published anonymously in May of the following year in an edition of 200 copies, 175 already sold to subscribers. This melodramatic, action-filled novel, written primarily for young people, was partially based on family stories Julia had heard as a child, and adhered faithfully to many of the more spectacular conventions prevailing in early 19th-century fiction, such as shipwrecks, separated families and happy (if unlikely) restorations brought about by amazing coincidences. Julia published a second novel, Tonnewonte, or, the Adopted Son of America (Watertown, New York, 1825), after the Harts moved to Rochester. The family returned to Fredericton in 1831, and she died there in 1867, her role as a pioneer Canadian fiction-writer still unheralded.

Women Writers of Early Canada

The first Canadian-born novelist to publish was also a woman: Julia Beckwith
Hart (1796-1867), author of the romance St. Ursula's Convent (1824).

Matthew Beckwith Immigrant of Connecticut>Matthew Beckwith II>James Beckwith>Renald Beckwith>Nehemiah Beckwith>Julia Beckwith married George Henry Hart
WHMC-Columbia--U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942 (C3551)--INDEX

Beckwith, Carroll
Beckwith, E.M.
Beckwith, Edward M.
Beckwith, Gares
Beckwith, Marmaduke
Beckwith, Montare
Beckwith, Newman
Beckwith, Quiros
Beckwith, Thomas
Beckwith, Underwood
Beckworth, E.M.
Beckworth, E.W.
Beckworth, Jennings (Beckwith) (father of Jim Beckwourth)
Mississippi County Missouri 1880 Federal Census

268B 27 Beckwith Allie L.
305B 25 Beckwith Bird
334C 24 Beckwith Eda
311A 20 Beckwith Eliza A.
334C 23 Beckwith G.
268B 29 Beckwith Harding J.
322B 7 Beckwith Julia
268B 24 Beckwith Laura S.
305B 26 Beckwith Lee
268B 25 Beckwith Lilla
268B 26 Beckwith Minnie L.
322B 8 Beckwith Slina
268B 23 Beckwith Thos.
322A 49 Beckwith Thos. B.
315A 21 Beckwith Underwood
311A 19 Beckwith William
268B 28 Beckwith Willie T. E.
268B 30 Beckwith Zuinas E.
Biographies S - Mississippi Co. MoGenWeb - Underwood Beckwith

In December, 1883, he (James B. Smith) engaged in the mercantile business at Bird's Point, with Underwood Beckwith, with whom he has since continued in business. They were in the grocery business until February 1888, when they sold their stock, and now carry a general line of dry-goods, boots and shoes and general notions.

Underwood was the sister of Lucy, and son of Marmaduke.
Sir Marmaduke Beckwith of Virginia>Marmaduke Beckwith>Newman Beckwith>Marmaduke Beckwith>Underwood Beckwith

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Desperate to settle her debts, Catherine Hartleigh answers an advertisement in The Times of London for a companion to an invalid. Paid three month’s wages in advance by the Dowager Lady Beckwith, Catherine arrives at Beckwith Manor shocked to discover not a young lady but Douglas, Lord Beckwith.

Wounded in body and soul during the Crimean War, Lord Beckwith does not want a companion. He remains holed up in his darkened rooms, seeing no one.

She would leave in a minute if she could, but her wages have already disappeared. Catherine's options have been narrowed down to two: she can go to debtor’s prison, or she can tame the savage beast. . . Books: Where the River Bends

Richard Haddaway, author

A multi-generational novel about a family of Beckwiths from Texas who have the strange fortune of being oil barons.
Elvi Rhodes - Books
Cara's Land

Cara Dunning came to the remote Beckwith Farm in a Yorkshire dale as a young landgirl during the Second World War. The farm had been owned by the Hendry family since the year 1700. When she fell in love with and married Edward Hendry it was not what her family wanted for her. He was fifteen years older than Cara, a pacifist, a widower with two children, one of whom bitterly resented her new stepmother. But Cara was determined to make the marriage work, in spite of the hard life on the farm, in spite of Edward's reserved personality and the shadow of Nancy, his former wife.

Cara's greatest ally was Edward's mother. Edith Hendry was to see Cara through many tragedies and vicissitudes and through years of trying to run the sheep farm on her own until, in the end, happiness came from an unexpected source.

Frank Beckwith Family History
The Voice at the Back Door - Elizabeth Spencer - Writer



One of the early novels dealing with
racial tensions in the South, this book was
written in Italy on a Guggenheim Fellowship.
It takes place in a small Mississippi county
seat around the late ’40’s and concerns
a race for county sheriff in which the hero,
Duncan Harper, a one-time Ole Miss football
star, is persuaded to enter. His fine but
somewhat simplistic character leads him
to believe that a new approach to race
can be introduced in this traditional society.
Involved as major characters are also a rather
enigmatic semi-educated black man, Beckwith
Dozer, Duncan’s wife Tinker, his former fiancee
(returned home as a war widow), his wife’s
devoted admirer, the lawless Jimmy Tallant,
and a number of other colorful local characters
—bootleggers, farmers, courthouse familiars
business men, black families, children,
the rich and poor and inbetweens. A rich
variety of racial attitudes, from a dawning
commonsense compassionate liberalism
to total hardline conservatism, have a chance
to surface in dramatic context throughout
the book. The summer election campaign
for sheriff furnishes the plot structure from
beginning to conclusion, but many other
dramatic confrontations both personal and
public are set in motion and brought to a head.

I was told by many on good authority
that this book was such a strong contender
for the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 that no prize
was offered. Also, it received the first
Rosenthal Award of the American Academy,
was brought out in England and translated
into a number of foreign languages.
The reviews were enormously favorable,
and a contract was concluded with M-G-M
to option it for a major production.
I24049: Thomas BECKWITH married Laura Swank

See: Hilary Swank
Farmington, CT 1790 Census

Jonah Beckwith
also: Buck
MO Census 1880
Charleston Missouri - History

In 1812 Newman Beckwith came from Virginia and located between Norfolk and Wolf Island.
Pitter's Cherokee Trails - Native Americans in Mississippi County, Missouri
Reavis, in 1878, described his impression of the Mounds. "These Mounds are invariably situated on the banks of some body of water, and are of various sizes, ranging from 3 feet to 20 in height."

There are nearly one thousand of them in Mississippi County. Twenty-five miles south of Charleston, back of Wolf Island. On the Beckwith Farm is situated one of the most remarkable mounds erected by these strange people. It is about 40 feet high, 200 feet square at the base, and 150 square at the top.
On the east is a bayou, supposed to have once been the bed of the Mississippi River, while the other three sides area surrounded by a canal, which was deep enough and wide enough to float an ordinary steamboat. On the top of the mounds are eleven smaller ones, there being one in the center, the other on the edges.

No exploration has been made, except some incidental digging. The owner of the land upon which it is situated has conscientious convictions against any disturbance the sanctity of the graves of any people, whether ancient or modern.

In a mound a few miles east of Charleston, from which many pieces of pottery have been taken, many fragments of skeletons were discovered, which evidence almost as much care as was bestowed on the bodies of the ancient Egyptians. The bodies were placed in a reclining position, with the faces turned to the east.

On the farm of J. H. Drew, eight miles south of East Prairie, on north side of Upton Slough the most famous site in Mississippi County, earlier called Beckwith Fort, has now been renamed Towosaghy State Park. Archaeologists on the Towosaghy site claim it may prove to be one of the most important remaining Indian city sites in the southeastern part of the United States. In the future years Towosaghy is to be excavated, and the original buildings reconstructed, providing a "living museum" of the life of the ancient peoples who inhabited Mississippi County.
National Register of Historical Places - MISSOURI), Mississippi County - Beckwith's Fort
Beckwith's Fort Archeological Site

Also known as Missouri Archaeological Survey Number 23MI2;Towosahgy State
Address Restricted, Wolf Island
Historic Significance: Information Potential
Area of Significance: Prehistoric
Cultural Affiliation: Early Middle Baytown, Middle Mississippian
Period of Significance: 1499-1000 AD
Owner: State
Historic Function: Domestic, Religion
Historic Sub-function: Ceremonial Site, Village Site
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-function: Park

The Cape Rock Gazetteer | Mississippi County

Towns of Mississippi County, Missouri
Beckwith (Historical place)

Alternate name: Bickwith

Probably located on a county road north of Crosno near the old channel of the river. In its day, Beckwith was a ferry landing on the Mississippi but the river's course has changed since then.
Maps: 1838, 1857 Johnson, 1862 War Colton (Bickwiths), 1869, 1872
Named for Newman Beckwith, who settled here from Virginia in 1812.
Official Records : Page 244 | OPERATIONS IN MO., ARK., KANS., AND IND. T. Chapter X.


CAMP LYIN, BIRD'S POINT, MO., October 15, 1861.
SIR: Pursuant to orders, I proceeded, with 26 men of my company (Captain Noleman's Centralia Cavalry), on a scout out upon the Rushes Ridge road, taking a direction towards the Beckwith farm. When mounted rebels, about 100 strong, supposed to be Mississippi or Tennessee Mounted Rifles, armed with breech-loading rifles and revolvers. My advance guard, after giving the usual signal (the enemy continuing to advance), discharged their carbines and fell back upon the column. We were moving down the road through a clearing, the enemy being in the timber. I immediately ordered the advance, and advanced into the open timber, taking a position within 180 yards of where the enemy were forming, and engaged the enemy, who were partly concealed by dense underbrush and heavy timer. The enemy poured a rapid fire upon our position until we were nearly surrounded and our ammunition almost exhausted. We then retired, the enemy following close upon our rear, and engaged my rear guard for about 1 1/2 miles, when the enemy retreated. We brought our wounded men and horses off of the field, with the exception of Corporal H. H. Fletcher, his horse, equipments, and arms. Corporal Fletcher was shot in the temple, some distance in awards discovered still living by Dr. Baker, residing in the vicinity, and by him removed to his residence. Private Louis Krenyhoff received a flesh wound in the arm, the ball passing across the chest and lodging inside the shirt. Several others received slight scotches from shattered balls. The horses of Privates J. Copeland, S. T. Maxy, W. Hutter, and E. T. Amadan were mortally wounded and left on the road. Seven other horses were wounded more or less seriously. The enemy on their retreat stripped Corporal Fletcher of his arms and spurs. Two others lost their carbines. The loss of the enemy, as near as could be ascertained, was from 6 to 10 men either killed or seriously wounded, including the officer in command. Of their horses one was left dead upon the field and others taken off evidently wounded. My men deserve great praise for the coolness, bravery, and implicit obedience to my commands exhibited throughout the engagement, several of whom stood firmly, receiving the fire of the enemy, with by one shot held in reserve, and awaiting my orders. They retired in as good order as circumstances would permit, the rear guard contesting their ground nobly.

Respectfully, &c.,


Lieutenant, Commanding Expedition.

Colonel W. H. L. WALLACE, Commanding. - Periodicals: A History of the Civil War: Section Two

October, 1861
13-Beckwith Farm (12 miles from Bird's Point), Mo. Tuft's Cav. Union 2 killed, 5 wounded. Confed. 1 killed, 2 wounded
Civil War Battles of 1861

Beckwith Farm, MO -or-
Bird's Point, MO
U.S.A.- 2 Killed, 5 Wounded
C.S.A.- 1 Killed, 2 Wounded
Biographies T - Mississippi Co. MoGenWeb
Dr. Jackson L. Travis (deceased) was born in North Carolina, November 6, 1824, and at the age of five years removed with his parents to Tennessee, where he grew to manhood, and studied medicine under the direction of an uncle. In 1853 he came to Southeast Missouri, and located in Lucas Bend. Dr. Travis, with a single exception, was the oldest practitioner in Mississippi County. He was a good and useful neighbor, and a kind friend. He died at his home, near Bratcher's Lake, on Tuesday, January 18, 1881. He was first married on October 19, 1858, to Martha J. Hicks, who was born on June 9, 1835. By this union were born four children: Jackson (who died on January 4, 1879, aged twenty-two years, two months and four days); Leulla (born December 11, 1858,died on February 9, 1875); the other two, Mary J. and Martha I., died in infancy. Their mother died on February 19, 1866. Dr. Travis was married, on November 19, 1866, to Lucy H. Beckwith, born on April 17, 1843. She is the daughter of Marmaduke and Susan (Griffith) Beckwith, both now deceased. Mr. Beckwith came to Southeast Missouri in 1812, and was one of the prominent men of his day. He had two children by his marriage with Susan Griffitt: Underwood and Lucy H. Mrs. Beckwith died when the latter was three weeks old. Mr. Beckwith afterward married Mrs. Catherine Price, a daughter of Abram Hunter, one of the pioneer settlers of Southeast Missouri. By this marriage were born Amanda (Medley) of Arcadia, Mo., Anna (Mrs. Henry Pease, of St. Francois County, Mo., and four who are dead: Richard, Newman, Thomas and Yancy. Mr. Beckwith died in March, 1881. Dr. Travis had six children by his marriage with Lucy H. Beckwith: Lucien (born September
10, 1867); Lucy (born on June 23, 1869); Lulella (born on September 13, 1871); Ada (born on January 1, 1875); Anna (died in infancy) and Jackson L. (born on September 5, 1878). Mrs. Travis and her five children live on the home place, near Bratcher's Lake, in Mississippi County.

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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Micklegate Bar and Hospital, York.

Beckwith Genealogy

York Minster - South West Tower


Plaques in the Ringing Chamber

One the walls of the ringing chamber are four plaques relating to present and previous bells in the tower. Transcripts of them are given below:

East Wall

(of brass, set into a recess in the wall, and referring to the ring which existed prior to the present)
Wrought Iron and Conservation - Chris Topp
History of York

By the 16th Century, wills, tax returns, estate papers, tithe collections and court cases all augment the church records in providing insight into people's lives. This was a period of great upheaval. The Reformation led to the dissolution of the nunnery in 1539, the land being sold to William FAIRFAX of Steeton. The King had appointed Leonard BECKWITH, of Stillingfleet, as his receiver for the Court of Augmentations, dealing with the sale of monastic property in the north, a very lucrative post enabling Beckwith to buy Woolas and North Hall, Appleton, among many others. Woolas passed through many owners in the next 50 years, but by 1603 belonged to Henry SLINGSBY. In 1650 the BROCKET family sold their lands to Thomas FAIRFAX and moved to Hertfordshire. With these changes of landowners came changes in tenure and the old copyhold system was replaced by leases. The reverberations of the Civil War were felt in Appleton, and extensive records survive. Two of the manor landowners were on opposing sides, the SLINGSBYs being Royal-ists, the FAIRFAXs Parliamentarians, and the MOYSER family managed to have ongoing disputes with both, over property with the SLINGSBYs and over church seating arrangements with the FAIRFAXs! A well known temporary resident in Appleton was Andrew MARVELL, engaged as tutor to Moll FAIRFAX in 1651.
Sheriffs of York

GUISELEY, a parish-town, in the upper-division of the wapentake of Skyrack, liberty of Cawood, Wistow, and Otley; 2 miles from Otley, 9 from Bradford, 10 from Leeds, 29 from York. --Pop. 1,213. The Church is a rectory, dedicated to St. Oswald, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, 26L. Patron, Trinity-College, Cambridge.

OTLEY, a market and parish-town, in the upper-division of Skyrack, liberty of Cawood, Wistow, and Otley; (Manor-House, the residence of Matthew Wilson, Esq.) 8 miles from Harewood, 10 from Leeds, Bingley and Bradford, 12 from Keighley, and Ripley, 13 from Knaresborough, 15 from Skipton, 16 from Wetherby, 28 from York, 208 from London. --Market, Friday. --Fairs, first Monday after August 2, for horses and horned cattle; Friday between new and old Martinmas-day for hiring servants; Fortnight Fairs on Fridays, for horned cattle and sheep. --Principal Inns, White Horse, Black Horse, and New Inn. --Pop. 3,065. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to All-Saints, in the deanry of the Ainsty, value, +13L. 1s. 8d. p.r. !128L.

Otley is a well-built town, delightfully situated on the banks of the Wharfe. It is, according to Dr. Whitaker, the "Othleai" of Domesday, the field of "Othe", or Otho, a personal appellation, not uncommon in England before, or after the conquest. It is one of the great Saxon Parishes, the parent of several others, which were separated in the universal spirit of church building, after the conquest. At this time it was of great extent, and contained 81 square miles, comprehending the present parish of Otley, part of Wistow, Guiseley, and a part of Ilkley, including Middleton and Stubham. --It now contains, besides the parish-church, six chapels. The manor of Otley was given to the See of York, by King Athelstan; and in Kirkby's Inquest, 1287, it was returned, that the Archbishop of York held in Otley, half a fee. --In the Nomina Villarum, 1316, the Archbishop is also returned as lord, as his successors have been to the present day; and who have a civil, as well as spiritual jurisdiction within the place, where justice is administered by Magistrates, holding their commission under the metropolitan, for the liberty of "Cawood, Wistow, and Otley." The site of the ancient Mansion of the Archbishop of York, at the north-end of the town, is still denominated the Manor House; and when the present house, which occupies the site, was erected, some ancient and strong foundations were taken up. This, with "the Gallows," in the vicinity of the town, and the peculiar jurisdiction with it, are all the relics now remaining of this ancient place, once inhabited by the metropolitans. The Kitchens of the manor-house here, were built, Drake informs us, by the munificent Archbishop
Bowet, who, in consequence consumed at Otley, some portion of the four-score tuns of claret, with a proportionate quantity of other elements of hospitality, which he is said to have annually expended. But whether it was ever honoured by the residence of any of his successors, is uncertain. Here is a Grammar School, founded in 1611, by Thomas Cave, who made the Feoffees a body corporate. Their seal is a Rod, on one side, with a Palm branch on the other; motto, -Deum Pave, tomo cave- Fear God, and mind thy book; being a pun upon the founder's name. In the Church, which is a spacious building, are several ancient monuments, especially of the families of Fairfax, Fawkes, Vavasour, Palmes, and Pulleyn. Nothing of the original Saxon church remains, excepting, perhaps, the north door, which has a circular arch. The fortnight fairs in Otley, have long been famous for fat cattle; and large quantities of corn are sold in this market weekly, and sent into the manufacturing districts, south-west of Otley. At the south-east of the town, on a craggy cliff, is the hill, called "Otley Chevin," which rises high over the road to Leeds, and together with Romaldsmoor and Pool Bank, forms a mountainous range, extending to the River Wharfe.


DACRE, in the parish of Ripon, lower-division of Claro; 4 miles from Pateley Bridge, 6 from Ripley, 12 from Ripon. --Pop. including Bewerley, 2,185, which being united, form a township. The higher part of this township abounds in Lead Mines; particulars of which, see Greenhow-Hill.

DACRE-BANKS, ham. in the parish of Ripon; 3.5 miles from Pateley Bridge.

Here is a small School founded about 1693, by William Hardcastle. The master's salary, 8 guineas per annum, with a house and garden.


CLINT, in the parish of Ripley, upper-division of Claro, liberty of Knaresborough; 2 miles from Ripley, 7 from Knaresborough, 8 from Ripon. --Pop. 412.

This was anciently the seat of Sir William Beckwith, of Clint, Knight; part of the old house is yet remaining, called Clint-Hall, a very ancient stone building, with an arched portal, situated on a lofty eminence, commanding an extensive prospect. Some remains of the moat, that once surrounded this ancient mansion, are still discernible.
Beckwiths in West Riding, YKS
West House

WEST-HOUSE, or WEST-HOUSE FACTORY, in the township and parish of Fewston, lower-division of Claro; 5 miles from Otley, 12.5 from Knaresborough and Skipton. --There are usually 500 boys and girls employed here.

WEST-HOUSES, in the township of Upper-Stonebeck, and parish of Kirkbymalzeard, lower division of Claro; 5.5 miles from Kettlewell, 10 from Middleham, 13 from Pateley Bridge.

WEST-HOUSES, ham. in the township and parish of Thornton-in-Lonsdale, wapentake of Ewcross 1 mile from Ingleton.
Appendix IV Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest in Harrogate District


West House Farm Cottage; West House; Nidd House

Beckwithshaw Road Boundary stones; Tatefield Hall; Outbuilding; Barn High Moor Road, Sycamore Farm, Main Street, Stocks, North Rigton to Boundary stones, Stainburn Road

Mny British links
Beckwith Family
Descendants of Frederick Beckwith
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Lords Hotel, 41 St Johns Wood Road - UK Becks
Solid evidence

Arthur Beckwith letter
On 1995 October 7 we received a letter from a man who died in 1912, and it wasn't the post office's fault. The man, Arthur Beckwith, delivered his letter through a computer in Luxembourg from his home at Spirit Group Timestream where, as he states in his letter, he is in charge of reviewing the newspapers and reports published by INIT editors in various countries--publications such as this one. Following is the letter:

Dear Mrs Harsch,

This letter is addressed to you as I know you are the main communicator on your side for messages like this. My name is Arthur Beckwith. I suppose you don't know me, although I know you very well.
I am in charge over here at Timestream station doing analyses of your newsletter, also the comments resulting which are published in different countries (for example my home colleague Mark Macy).

With this I intend to give you and my fellow researchers in the States ... some details allowing them to make serious and complementary research on "deceased persons" just like me.

I was born in Houghton-le-Spring Sunderland (UK). I was in Jamaica in 1857 where I met my beloved wife Susan and was employed at the Sun, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle the Citizen.

I am here now, at Group Timestream, together with Scott Joplin, Marjorie Hamilton, Bill O'Neil, Jeannette D and my friend Bill H. Lynch who was (as he told me) in his terrestrial days rector of St John's Roman Catholic Church in Lambertville N.J. (He seems to have had some difficulties in offering to perform marriages during 1912 without cost) and Francis H. Glazebrook of Morristown (a medical doctor)."

"Third story: John Lathrop (I don't think Maggy and Jules ever heard THAT name!) shut off the electricity at the "C" house to put in the new light.

Lathrop...hmmm...Just adding that name to the gedcom...
Family Chronicle - British Surname Origins
Family Chronicle - Surname Origin List
Yahoo! Directory History > Genealogy

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Halley's Comment

Erica Guidry & Boudreaux...
Beckwith Township - History
Whose Brand Is It, Anyway?

Then, one Sunday, she was standing outside her church, the famous Agape Church of Religious Science, renowned for its minister, the Reverend Michael Beckwith, and its 150-person choir, including members of Madonna's backup group and other celebrity singers. As she was getting ready to go inside, she ran into a friend, who commented on how happy she looked. "You have a glow about you," the friend said.

"I thought, 'Glow,' " Williamson recalls. "What a great name!"

The word was still running through her mind when Beckwith began his sermon. "He started to talk, and I swear that every other word out of his mouth was glow. I thought, 'This is a sign from God.'
Teenage Cancer Trust What do Ben Kingsley, Roger Daltry, Sarah, Duchess of York, Mark Knopfler and Sir John Beckwith have in common?
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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Variants of Beckwith

also see:
Inman Genealogy
Inmans of Nidderdale - 4th Generation


In the time of this Michael, the family had a small estate at Harefield, in Low Bishopside, but within the Monastery of Fountains; when they acquired it has not appeared. On May 23, a. 1681, Thos. Furnis, clerk, renounced the 'executorship of the Will of Judith Darnbrooke in favour of Michael Inman of Harefield and Elizabeth, his wife; it has been suggested above that entry into Harefield may have been made ahout the time (a. 1678) of the marriage of Robert Inman. It is not unlikely that Harefield was the tenement, rented at 1. 2. 9, in the tenure of John Hodgeson, 'on the bank of the Nidde', late in the tenure of John Ploumelande, which is returned under Bishopside in an account of lands formerly of Fountains Abbey (Min. Acc., 35-36 Hen. VIII., say, a. 1544); the same tenant was still there in a. 1557, and at the same rent (Min. Act., 3-5 Ph. and Mary). In a. 1570. Christopher Hardcastell, of Heayrfeald, of the Chappelrye of Patelabrige, mentions his lease of Hearfeild, which he holds of John Beckwythe, gent. [probably of Scough, par. Fewston]; the Feet of Fines (Feinnes?) (a. 1598) point to a conveyance to a Christopher Hardcastle, and others, of messuages and lands 'in Bishopside, 'Pateley Bridge, and Netherdale', with proviso to warrant against the heirs of John Beckwith, deceased, in a. 1627, Anna Hardcastle is described in her Will (York Reg.) as of the Hairfeeld; it is very unlikely that the Inmans had an interest here before this date, and it, of course, does not follow that the Harefield they owned was exactly coincident with the tenement 'on the bank of the Nidde', supposing that they have been rightly connected.. Harefield was in the township, but not in the manor of Bishopside; it had belonged to the Monastery, and should he represented in the Fountains Calls, under Pateley Bridge. There are Calls, naming Pateley Bridge, for a. 1667, 1668, 1750, and onwards,. but the name Inman does not seem to occur for Harefield till the Call Roll for a.. 1720-1723; then, at the end of the Fellbeck district entries, occurs a note, afterwards crossed out, Hairfield, Mr. Chris. Inman, adm. It is, notwithstanding, fairly clear that the family owned the estate from c.a. 1681 to a. 1790; the fact that the name of Inman does not appear under Pateley Bridge in a. 1667, 1668, is no positive proof of non-ownership at those dates and I rather incline to suppose that Michael Inman bought a freehold estate at Harefield after his father's' death (early in a. 1662) and not later than a. 1681. In a Bishopside Court Roll, Robert lnman is described as of Harefleld in a. 1684, and the Par. Reg. of P. B. mentions one seat on the north of the 'Quire' erected by Mr. Michael Inman for Harefield House; these, with other facts, are in favour of ownership in the 17th c. It is most unlikely that Harefield was part of the inheritance of a. 1681*; (*See Note C) it is not openly mentioned in the Will of John Darnbrooke (or in that of his father), nor is his name in the Fountains Calls, a. 1667, 1668, under Pateley Bridge. Judith Dambrooke was yet in life on April 18, a. 1681,at which date Michael Inman was probably living at, and owner of, Harefleld; at any rate, he was described as of Harefield, yeoman, in the next month.
Something maybe said as to the chronology of migrations of the family in the last quarter of the 17th c.; it would appear that Michael Inman was still at or near North Pasture in a. 1676, and that, in that year, or probably a little later, he removed to Harelield, which he seems to have purchased in a. 1662-1681 This change of residence may have been due to the marriage (a. 1678) of his son, Robert, who appears to have been living at North Pasture House or at Fellbeck as late as a. 1681/2. About this time, and, at any rate, suppose not later than a. 1684, Michael inman and his wit~ removed to a place in the township of Bewerley, and Robert and Katherine Inman went to Harefield; in a. 1690 both father and son were living in Bewerley township, neither of them residing in a Darnbrooke house which had been inherited in a. 1681.
§14. Lancelot and Guinevere. XII. The Arthurian Legend. Vol. 1. From the Beginnings to the Cycles of Romance. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21

Thomas H Dean of Auckland, son of Sir Richard H, will made 0709 elder bro John sis's Johanna ffitlying, Matilda Hotham, prioress Johanna Chawman, Anastasia H [since found to be John's wife], nephew John Hotham and kin Elizabeth Bekwyth, Roger Plumpton, John Burton, Margaret Burton and Thomas son of Margaret Burton legatees Robert Vavasour 5 mks William Richman 40s Elizabeth Glasyer Newcastle on T gown + 20s Isabella Yure a French book 'Lancelor' John Gardiner & Matilde h.w. once my mother's cook in York 13/4 servant William Batty bed horse 10mks Master John Autage Master Thomas London Robert Alne parson Cath ch York Sir John Spanyell of York wit W.R., R.V., J.B. Prob Rob Alne John Autage

S2 Thomas de H Dean Auckland died 1435, kin Elizabeth
Bekwyth, Roger Plumpton, John and Margaret Burton.
Hebden & Bekwyth


Sir Richard’s younger brother, Sir Nicholas de Hebden was born around 1359 in Gosberton Lincolnshire. He married a lady called Katherine de Wyhom who was the heiress of Rye & Whyam and the Marmions. Before Nicholas died in 1417, they had three children, William de Hebden who died young, Elizabeth de Hebden ( b circa 1380 in Howell, Lincoln) and Grace de Hebden. Although they were born in Lincolnshire, links were clearly kept with the north as Grace married Sir Piers Tempest who was the son of Sir Richard Tempest of Bracewell in Craven. The Tempests at some stage gained Conistone.
Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Dymoke, who one of the Dymokes of Scrivelsby, Lincoln, the Kings champions. Thus the primary line of Hebden died out though both Grace and Ellizabeth had children. One in particular achieved some level of historical notoriety. Elizabeth had two sons, Sir Philip, who married Joan Conyers and Sir Thomas who married Margaret de Welles. It was this Sir Thomas who joined a Lancastrian rising in 1469 and the penalty of his treason to the then King Edward IV was execution. The family were not unduly penalized though as his son Sir Robert had the estates restored to him and the descendants were Kings champions at he coronations of Richard III, Henry VII and Henry VIII and even George IV. The Dymoke in question on that occasion was Henry who was accompanied by the Duke of Wellington. The eldest child, Sir Richard had been born around 1355 and he married a widow, Joan Chammond. daughter of Richard Wateby, Mayor of York in 1365 and she had a daughter Johanna from her first marriage. Johanna was married to a gentleman called Ffitlyng. Richard and Joan probably married around 1380 and as Sir Richard was buried at Ousebridge in 1385, so it was not long before Joan found herself a widow again.

Joan and Richard’s children were
Thomas who died about 1435 and would seem to have entered the church and become Dean of Aukland in 1431. Some documentation shows his kin to have been Elizabeth Bekwyth, Roger Plumpton, John & Margaret Burton though heaven only knows where they fit in. Anastasia de Hebden was also referred to in the will of Thomas, as a sister.
There was also a John, who was the last Lord of Hebden 1460.

At this time there was also a Sir John Hebden of Coldstonefold (Hebden), Parish of Ripon and the Hebden family of Ripon, Wakemen to Ripon City from 1400 onwards, during the time of the Hebden domicile at Hebden in Craven. The Ripon Hebdens occupied much of Fountains Abbey lands. What is not clear is where this Sir John fits in to the Hebden line. Could he have been a descendant of Auray or Duket ? Who knows. This was the time of the Wars of the Roses and many records were destroyed leaving missing links between various lines of the Hebden family.
Bekwyth, Bekwith and John Hart
457 York Bridgemasters’ Accounts List of Occupations List of Persons
Bekwith,Agnes; Bekwith, John; Bekwith, Ralph; Bekwyth, Ralph;
Family Chronicle - The Agincourt Honor Roll
Bekwith, John.
Bekwyth, John.
Earls Colne Priory

Following the battle of Hastings in 1066, William of Normandy gave the manor of Colne to Aubrey de Vere his brother in law.

When Geoffrey, the son of Aubrey and Beatrix, fell gravely ill they sought the help of Faricius, the abbot of Abingdon. He was a skilled physician and a man of wide culture originally from Arezzo in Umbria. Geoffrey recovered under the care of Faricius. In gratitude Geoffrey gave the Abbey of Abingdon the church of St. Andrew in the Colne and a church in Kensington. Faricius arranged two monks to establish a chantry in the Church of St. Andrew to pray for the souls of the de Vere family.

The de Veres later planned to establish a monastery at the Colne, linked to Abingdon. Faricius agreed as did Maurice Bishop of London and this was confirmed by royal charter c. 1105. After the death of Beatrix, Aubrey became a monk, he later died and was buried in the monastery around 1112.
The funeral was conducted by Abbot Faricius, who increased the number of monks from six to twelve. When the priory church was finished in 1148 it was dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint John the Evangelist by Robert, Bishop of London.
Local people gave many gifts of land to finance the building and the upkeep of the monastery.

he priory church was a noble Norman Structure, twice as large as the present parish church. At the centre was great tower of flint and freestone and at the west end were a pair of smaller towers. The purpose of the monastery was the offering of prayer and praise to God, according to the Benedictine rule in 1321 the priory became independent of the Abbey of Abingdon, and freer to include local people in the life of the priory.

In the 1530's Henry VIII suppressed the monasteries taking their possessions and land. Colne was unusual in that the lands were returned to the de Veres probably because their family tombs were there. In 1583 Edward deVere sold the manor of Earls Colne to Roger Harlackenden, his steward and nine years later he sold the priory to Richard Harlackenden. Gradually the monastery buildings fell in to ruin, and most of the remains were progressively swept away when the present house was built in 1826. the exception being the base of the north west tower which remained as a ruined fragment until 1988.

The site of the old church and monastery is now scheduled as a national monument. The Earls Colne Society has taken the occasion of the second millennium to record these events and to place a cross (based on a design by Constantinople just before the end of the first millennium) beyond which the site of the monastery can be viewed.
To view the cross, walk along the path opposite St. Andrews Church which runs alongside the graveyard turning right at the end or follow the path which starts to the left of the main entrance to the priory.

The Records of Earls Colne: Freehold Property: Freehold Titles: 52400297

Freehold Titles (CP25/2/)
michaelmas 26Eliz1-27Eliz1 (1585)
document 52400297
Roger Herlakenden plaintiff Rich# Symons and his wife Eliz deforciants three messuages three gardens 2a of meadow 4a of pasture in Earls Colne warranty also against Robt Jarvis and his heirs Edw Huberd esq and his heirs and Wm Beckwith and his heirs consideration 80li

The Records of Earls Colne: Images: ERO D/DPr77
The Records of Earls Colne: Copyhold Property of Colne Priory Manor: Colne Priory Manor Court Rolls: 53800916

Colne Priory Manor Court Rolls (ERO D/DPr20)
14.6.1557 (Monday 14 June 1557)
document 53800916
it is presented that Robt Jollye 20d and Wm Bekwith 20d staying in the house of Jn Lomkyn did not celebrate or observe the feast of the ascension nor divers other feast days etc and also they went into the lord's wood called Chalkney Wood and cut down divers ash trees growing there and took them away without licence
amercement 3s4d
The Records of Earls Colne: Documents of Record concerning Testaments: Wills: 2501174

Wills (PROB11/54/44 Jeff Game 1556 1572 transcript only)
29.8.1556 (Saturday 29 August 1556)
document 2501174
I Jeff Game butcher of Earls Colne the 29.8.1556 now deceased whole mind soul to god Wm Becwith and Marion his wife my sister all my reversions in these my two messuages called Bells and Perchmeners with croft of land and annexed meadow called Winters set in Colne aforesaid for life after their deaths to their daughter Eliz Beckwith and her heirs lawfully begotten if default to the heirs lawfully begotten of the said Wm or Marion forever to Margt my sister 11s of money within three months after the decease of Margt Game my mother by the hand of Wm Beckwith whom I make my executor witnesses Vincent Papworthe Jn Dickson and Thos Williams

Virginia Historical Society Collections Display
Marmaduke papers
Beckwiths at VHS, Richmond
Gwin, Beckwith, Magdalene, etc

Penelope S. (Beckwith) wife, 1821 - 1893, aged seventy-two years,
four months.
Beckwith Graveyard, Wood Co., WV

Wood Co. WV

Some Pioneer Graveyards of Wood Co. by John A. House
Winter wind temper thy icy blast.
Harm not those beneath the mound.
Summer breeze whisper softly for at last
Here asleep they wait the trumpet sound.
(R. H.)

In passing over the gravelled road from Parkersburg to Belleville, after leaving the village of Lubeck, which lies on the flatlands on
the "divide" between the waters of Neal's Run and Little Sandy Creek, one goes to the head of one branch of the latter, crosses a very low gap in a white oak and hickory ridge, and comes over on to Lee Creek (South Fork - the "Broad Run" of the pioneers), just below the mouth of Woodyard's Fork, at the old Beckwith home.
Here, on a low point to the left of the road, in a little enclosure about One hundred by one hundred twenty-five feet, is the private burying ground of this family of Wood County pioneers, who settled at this spot in early pioneer days.

The farm has passed into the hands of others, strangers or descendants so far removed they seem to have lost interest in their ancestry. Though enclosed by a good fence, the cemetery is grown up with brush, briers, burrs and weeds, until one can scarcely get among the decayed and neglected tombstones.

I noted names and dates:

Barnes Beckwith, March 22nd, 1855, aged seventy-eight years,
four months. (Born August 23rd, 1776)
Betsey Beckwith, August 18th, 1826, aged thirty-nine years, 10 months
(Born July 29th, 1787).
Betsey Beckwith, September 24th, 1846, aged thirty-two years, five months
(born April 1st, 1814). (She was twelve years old when her mother died.)
Rebecca Beckwith, March 16th, 1839, aged twenty-seven years, four months
(born October 9th, 1811). (About fifteen years old when her mother
Barnes Beckwith, 1818 - 1905.
Virginia (his wife), 1820 - 1899.
Barnes Beckwith married Virginia Samuels in 1840.
L. A. Beckwith (Lewis) born 1816 - died 1896. *Lewis marked out and
Lawrence penciled in.
Mary A. (wife) born 1813 - died 1893.
They probably inherited the old homestead, as around them in the
old cemetery sleep many of their children.
Elizabeth Beckwith, 1846 - 1916.
Tapley Beckwith, 1848 - 1919.
Richard B. Beckwith, 1845, two years old.
Lewis Beckwith, 1841 - 19-- (no date) Flag. *23 penciled in after 19.
Elizabeth (wife) 1892, aged forty-three (49).
Adaline, daughter to A. N. Beckwith, died May 16th, 1890, in her
sixty-sixth year.
Philip Wigal died June 17th, 1852, in his fifty-first year.
Elizabeth Napier ("Mother") 1819 - 1905. *Gilchrist penciled in between
Elizabeth and Napier.
Infant of P. and S. Wigal, April 19th, 1815.
Otto F. Eberhardt, January 12th, 1878, aged fifty-one.
Sarah G. (his wife) August 18th, 1828 - October 16th, 1896.
Mary Smith, January 8th, 1854 - 1898.
Two children of Charles and Mary Smith. These last graves in an
outside row, away from the family burying plot.

Lewis Beckwith, who was an extensive landholder on Big Run, dying about 1815, could hardly have been of this immediate family,
nor is it shown if he were buried in Wood County. If he was a resident, his deeds would disclose the fact.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Harvard Club of Charlotte: Officers
Weisenheim am Berg Allgemeines

What are you...a Weisenheimer?
Wat Puttabenjapon
Buddhism in Langenselbold
Langenselbold map
Marienkirche - Gelnhausen und das Kloster Selbold
Das Kloster Selbold
Das ehemalige Gericht Selbold

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Google Search: "Order of Colonial Lords"

Digby Baltzell

Dave Lawrance Photography - Photo Index (Flanders, Tanfield, etc...)
Thurcroft Hall and farm
Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh)
1850 Census of Jackson County, (W)VA
14 621 Beckwith Lewis 34 M Famer Va
614 621 Beckwith Hester 29 F Va
614 621 Beckwith Oscar 7 M Va
614 621 Beckwith Isabella 5 F Va

Palmyra Village Cemetery
Beckwith, Minerva Nye, dau. of Nathaniel, June 9, 1837, 16y
Beckwith, Sophia, wife of Nathaniel, Aug. 11, 1838, 41y 3m 14d
Beckwith, Cynthia, dau. of Nathanial, Feb. 1, 1835, 15y 7m
Beckwith, Minerva, wife of Nathaniel, Apr. 6, 1821, 24y 14d
Beckwith, Samuel Oscar, son of Nathaniel, Apr. 3, 1821, 5y 21d
Beckwith, Daughter & Son of Nathaniel, June 22, 1824 & August 24, 1814
Beckwith, Cynthia Ann, dau. of Nathaniel, July 17, 1818, 2y 10m 18d
Beckwith, Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel, Feb. 19, 1832, 4y 6m
Beckwith, Jane Sophia, dau. of Nathaniel, Aug. 19, 1831, 1y 7m
Beckwith, Nathaniel H., husband of Minerva, Apr. 25, 1834, 47y 6m, War of 1812
Beckwith, Foster, 1886
Beckwith, Geo. Whitfield, son of George, Aug. 19, 1832, 10m
Beckwith, Infant son of George, Aug. 2, 1821
Beckwith, Ruth M. C., wife of George, Jan. 30, 1881, 88y
Beckwith, George, Dec. 20, 1867, 78y, War of 1812
Beckwith, Samuel Jr., Nov. 9, 1839, 56y
Beckwith, Hannah, wife of Samuel, July 21, 1846, 90y
Beckwith, Samuel, Sept. 28, 1821, 71y
Lorraine Cemetery, Hancock County, Illinois

Friday, May 16, 2003

Millington Church, East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT, Marriages
Marriages - 1st CHURCH, Lyme, New London Co., CT
Many Beckwith references
Genealogy Data Page 210 (Descendancy Pages)Thomas Newman/Beckwiths
Lyme, New London Co., CT, Births A-M
The Beckwiths and Mortons of Richmond County
Early Studbook T

*Tom Jones (c. 17--) by Cyprus (c. by Lonsdale Bay Arabian) - Bloody Buttocks. Imported by Sir Marmaduke Beckwith of Virginia in 1753. His dam has not been identified. He sired Tayloe's Smiling Tom (ch.c. 1759).


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Monday, May 12, 2003

Welcome to Freeman Family History
Early American Antiques - Dirt Dishes (Redware)

Southern Pottery

Some of the finest potters settled in the South. A colony of Moravians moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina in 1753. Another well known center was the so-called Jug town Pottery in Steeds, Moore County, North Carolina. Jugtown was a settlement of folks from Staffordshire. The commonest of vessels was created here and the jugs were made to supply the Southern distilleries. Tobacco Spit glaze is a Southern contribution to early pottery. Somehow using this unusual ingredient, a green, dripping glaze was developed for the early jugs.
Today, Southern potters are still making tobacco spit jugs and face jugs - some of which are extremely valuable.

Some things to consider when buying redware are:

Much of the early redware chipped easily, and although condition is an important consideration, collectors don't consider a chip or a small crack bothersome when they buy a piece of redware. It is the nature of this stubborn, red clay.

When you purchase redware, look for the coils inside of pots that indicate pottery coiled on a wheel, and the squiggly line on the bottom, made by a wire to take a pot off of a wheel. Later pots are molded and not wheel thrown.

Look for the unusual shapes - the more decorated items. Ovoid is older than straight-sided, and applied handled pieces are more costly than those without. Scraffito and early slip will bring the biggest money. Redware is a wonderful collectible. A piece can be bought for $35 or $3500 and a collection of it fills a room with the rich warm color of earth and life.

Ben Owen III -- An Online Clay Times Article
Moore County potters from Staffordshire, England
High Strangeness: When Flesh and Blood Fell from the Sky

When Flesh and Blood Fell from the Sky

by John Hairr*

The fall of flesh and blood from the sky would generate no small amount of curiosity, even in our technologically advanced society acquainted with air travel. We can only imagine the consternation that such events had upon people in the days before powered flight. Falls of blood, and in some cases even flesh, have been chronicled throughout history from all over the world. Understandably, these events sometimes caused consternation among the people, and were often seen as portents of ill luck or doom.

In North Carolina in the nineteenth century, two different incidents of blood and flesh falling from the sky were recorded. The episodes, one in Sampson County and the other in Chatham County, occurred 34 years apart.

The first flesh fall recorded in North Carolina occurred on 15 February 1850 on the farm of Thomas Clarkson, thirteen miles southwest of the county seat of Clinton. His account of the incident, and a sample of the material, was taken to Fayetteville by a Mr. Holland.

Clarkson's description of the event was taken down by Mr. Holland and printed in the North Carolinian, a newspaper published in Fayetteville. He noted, "On the 15th Feb'y, 1850, there fell within 100 yards of the residence of Thos. M. Clarkson in Sampson county, a shower of Flesh and Blood, about 250 or 300 yards in length. The pieces appeared to be flesh, liver, lights, brains and blood. Some of the blood ran on the leaves, apparently very fresh. Three of his (T.M.C.'s) children were in it, and ran to their mother exclaiming, "Mother there is meat falling!" Their mother went immediately to see, but the shower was over; but there lay the flesh, &c. Neill Campbell, Esq. living close by, was on the spot shortly after it fell, and pronounced it as above. One of his children was about 150 yards from the shower and came running to the rest saying he smelt something like blood. During the time it was falling there was a cloud overhead, having a red appearance like a wind cloud. There was no rain." (1)

The writer for the North Carolinian went on to note that the materials brought in by Mr. Holland was examined "with two of the best microscopes in the place." All who looked at the samples agreed that it was flesh and blood, but from what was unknown. (2)

The second flesh fall recorded in North Carolina occurred on 25 February 1884. Mrs. Kit Lasater, wife of a black tenant farmer who lived on the farm of Silas Beckworth in New Hope Township in Chatham County on the north side of the Pittsboro-Raleigh Road, was standing in a freshly plowed field near a barn a short distance from her family's one room cabin when blood fell from a clear sky upon the ground, bushes and fence all around her.

As word spread of the event, curious people dropped in to investigate the site. At first it was neighbors and friends, but as the news spread, curiosity seekers from further afield came by. Soon, the event was chronicled in the local newspaper, the Chatham Record. Of the event, the paper reported, "Many of the neighbors, after hearing of her statement, visited the spot and they all say that the ground--embracing an area of about 60 feet in circumference--was covered with splotches of something like blood: and an examination of the trees in this place showed blood on the branches. We are informed that a reputable physician of the neighborhood visited the spot and said it was blood." (3)

S.A. Holleman was one of the first people to visit the site. He reported the following particulars. "The space covered was about fifty by seventy feet, and nearly in a rectangular form. The drops were of sizes varying from that of a small pea to that of a man's finger and averaged about one to the square foot. Smaller drops were instantly absorbed, larger ones, with those on the wood, coagulated. Some fell in the bushes and coagulated upon the limbs."
North Carolina. Dept. of Public Instruction. North Carolina Day. Friday, November 11, 1921. Armistice Day. North Carolina in the World War
BRYAN BECKWITH, second lieutenant, Company F, 119th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near Ypres, Belgium, August 25, 1918. At imminent peril to his life, Lieutenant Beckwith (then a sergeant) and two companious extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump, caused by a bursting shell, thereby preventing the explosion of the dump and saving the lives of a large number of men who were in the vicinity.
Home address, Robert B. Beckwith, Black Mountain, N. C. (G. O. 44, W. D., 1919.)

Freedmen's Convention (1866 : Raleigh, N.C.). Minutes of the Freedmen's Convention, Held in the City of Raleigh on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of October, 1866.
Female Benevolent Society (Raleigh, N.C.). Revised Constitution and By-Laws of the Raleigh Female Benevolent Society, Adopted July 23d, 1823. With the Reports of the Society, from Its Commencement
Johnson, Guion Griffis, 1900- 1989. Ante-Bellum North Carolina: A Social History: Electronic Edition.

The general practitioner usually performed operations upon the head whenever such cases arose, for there were few specialists in this field of surgery in the State. One such specialist, however, was Dr. John Beckwith of Raleigh who treated diseases of the eye for a period of more than twenty years until his removal to Petersburg, Virginia, in the forties. In the issue of September 7, 1839, the Raleigh Register referred with pride to his operations for the relief of blindness, declaring that he had as few instances of failure as the more famed doctors at the North.
Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19-th Century America

was born in Chatham county, North Carolina, June 7th, 1816. His boyhood was spent on a farm, attending, at intervals, such primary schools as the neighborhood afforded. During his youth he often felt concerned for his soul's salvation. In that

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day camp-meetings were quite common. He attended one at Buckhorn, Chatham county, in 1837. Here he repented and believed, and was soon after baptized by Elder P. W. Dowd, a member of Shady Grove Church. In the neighborhood prayer-meetings he first began to lead in public prayer - then in the church. Having a good voice for singing, and being otherwise gifted, his pastor, Elder Dowd, took special interest in him, urging him to go to school and prepare himself for future usefulness, not hinting that some day he might want to preach. Taking his pastor's advice, he entered Thompson's Academy (George W. Thompson, Principal), in the northern. part of Wake county. He also attended Pleasant Hill Academy, in Chatham county, Baxter Clegg, Principal. After thus having been at school some time, he returned home. He soon began to teach in the family of his old pastor, in 1841. Elder Dowd and wife were exceedingly kind to him and interested in him, which begot in him a life-long attachment for them.

During this year (1841), he married Martha Hunter, daughter of Alsey Hunter, of Wake county, and settled near where Olive's Chapel now is, where for a time he engaged in farming. During this time he was much impressed and concerned about his duty to enter the ministry. He felt that he must do something more than he was doing. The great question in his mind was, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" He began to make appointments for "religious services" at the neighboring churches.

He talked with much freedom and effect. Pastors around him began to have him fill their appointments. In after life he often spoke of this period, and always made most affectionate allusions to Elders Dowd, James Dennis and Jesse Howell. He was licensed to preach soon, and five years later, by request of his church, he was ordained at the Raleigh Association, meeting at Cumberland Union Church (now in Harnett), in the year 1847. Ministers present: John Purefoy. James S. Purefoy, William Jones, David Williams, S. Senter, Ezekiel Holland, James Dennis and Robert J. Dennis. He then took

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charge of and held the pastorate for a number of years of the churches at Shady Grove, Mt.. Pisgah, Holly Spring and Cedar Fork.

He was very active in the ministry till 1861; he then was afflicted with "spiritual darkness" - such he called it. His many friends were much saddened by it, for he ceased to preach entirely. Some thought he had lost his mind, but he always insisted that such was not the case; that his judgment, memory, mental powers, all were the same as ever. He said for some purpose the Lord had withdrawn spiritual light from him; that he could not hold communion with God as he had done before, and as he did afterwards. Be this as it may, he was for nearly four years a very miserable man. Gradually the darkness began to lift, and light and joy began to break in upon his spirit. He again, in 1865, entered actively upon his ministry, and remained at his post till the Master called him home to rest. This took place at his new home in Apex, January 24th, 1885. At the time of his death he was pastor of Cary, Holly Springs, Swift Creek and New Bethel churches. His last sermon was at Holly Springs, from the text, Phil. 2: 16., "Holding forth the word of life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain" It seems almost prophetic. Many thought it his best sermon. His body lies in the village and church burying- ground at Apex, N. C.

Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19-th Century America - The Olive Family of New Hill, Wake County, NC
Documenting the American South Main Page
Links -- 19th-Century South

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Watkinson Library, Trinity College

The Watkinson Library has recently purchased 50 letters written by Charles Beckwith, a young Pennsylvanian who served in the United States army during World War I. These letters, written to his sisters back home, document Beckwith’s stint at Fort Monroe, Virginia, his departure overseas, and his year in France. Beckwith was an ordinary soldier, whose responsibilities included repairing guns and tractors. His letters are full of homesickness (“every time I think of home I get hungry”), plans for wrangling leave and supplying himself with cigarettes, remarks about the weather, and his struggles with the French language (“donnez ma amour du ma petit soeur”). He also describes the army’s inscrutable inefficiency (“I sure hope they do something as I am getting tired of not knowing what I am going to do next”) and the destruction wrought by war (“All the towns we go into are all blown to pieces & we can hardly find a place to sleep except the ground & there is plenty of room there”). Charles Beckwith’s letters home are a significant addition to the Watkinson’s collection of World War I materials, affording a glimpse of catastrophic events through one soldier’s eyes. "