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Abel Beals[1, 2]

Male 1755 - 1830

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  • Birth  06 Jul 1755  Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Aug 1830  Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co, N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Whitman Cemetery, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I00001  Our Beals Genealogy
    Last Modified  4 Jun 2017 

    Father  Abel Beal, Sr.,   b. 20 Oct 1733, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1805, Cohasset, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Deborah Lambert,   b. 18 Jan 1734, Hanover, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1788, Cohasset, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  11 Mar 1755  Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F01090  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Abigail Kent,   b. 01 Mar 1752, Milford, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1820, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co, N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1779 
    Children 
    >1. Abel Beals,   b. Abt 1783,   d. 1844
    >2. Abigail Sophia Beals,   b. Abt 1796,   d. 31 Oct 1884
    >3. Andrew Beals,   b. Abt 1780,   d. Bef 1871
    >4. Arod Beals,   b. Abt 1785,   d. 20 Apr 1822
    >5. Elijah Beals,   b. Abt 1787,   d. 20 Oct 1847, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Isaac Beals,   b. Abt 1788, Round Hill, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Aug 1865, Inglisville, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. John "Cooper" Beals,   b. Abt 1800,   d. 20 Apr 1872, South Williamston, Anna. Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Joshua Beals,   b. 26 Sep 1784,   d. 1865
    >9. Rachel Beals,   b. 06 Jun 1782,   d. 09 May 1872
     10. Seth Beals,   b. Abt 1794,   d. 26 Jun 1797
    >11. Stephen Beals,   b. 17 Apr 1791, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1876, Clements, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Photos
    Abel Beals' home, from 1788.
    Abel Beals' home, from 1788.
    From the book, An Old Fashioned, But New Scrapbook of Lawrencetown and The Annapolis Valley, David and Paulette Whitman, Bailey Chase Books, 2009: The Beals Family lived here for over 100 years, and the Bishop Family for 50 years. The original house consisted of what is now the second story. At some point the original house was raised and the ground floor built under it.
    Family ID  F00083  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary (Magdalena) "Molly" Miller,   b. 12 Sep 1770,   d. Aft 1842 
    Married  01 Oct 1822 
    Family ID  F00088  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Abel Beals' home, from 1788.
    Abel Beals' home, from 1788.
    From the book, An Old Fashioned, But New Scrapbook of Lawrencetown and The Annapolis Valley, David and Paulette Whitman, Bailey Chase Books, 2009: The Beals Family lived here for over 100 years, and the Bishop Family for 50 years. The original house consisted of what is now the second story. At some point the original house was raised and the ground floor built under it.

    Documents
    Abel Beals - A Timeline
    Abel Beals - A Timeline
    Significant events in Abel's life.
    Abel Beals b.1755 LWT
    Abel Beals b.1755 LWT
    Cover of the original last will and testament of Abel Beals, viewed at Annapolis Royal Courthouse 6/2002.
    Abel Beals' Will 1822
    Abel Beals' Will 1822
    Transcribed by Donald W. Beals

    Headstones
    Abel & Abigail Beals
    Abel & Abigail Beals
    Memorial contains inaccurate data.
    Status:

  • Notes 
    • From Ancestry.com:
      Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution. (Records 11,400-11,424)
      Beals (sic) Abel, Private, Lieut, Obadiah Beal's detachment of guards; enlisted Dec. 12, 1775; roll made up to April 3, 1776; service, 3 mos. 24 days, at Hull Beach.

      Abel came to Nova Scotia in the latter half of the 1770's and shortly thereafter the spelling of his name changed from "Beal" to "Beals". The earliest evidence we have that places him in Nova Scotia is found in the Annapolis Township Records. They show that he was one of the Tax Assessors for the township in 1779 and that he lived near Lawrencetown. He would have been 24 years of age which seems to be rather young for such a responsibility. However there would have been very few people living in the area at that time.

      The most compelling reason for Abel to go to Nova Scotia was no doubt the fact that his uncle and aunt were already there. His father's sister, Rachel, had married Isaac Kent in 1739. They had gone to Nova Scotia in 1760 and obtained a grant of land at Round Hill a few miles up the Annapolis River from the town of Annapolis. In 1776 his Aunt Rachel and Uncle Isaac would have both been 57 years old. They had had thirteen children but only eight were living at that time. No doubt Abel lived with the family for a period of time and got to know his cousin, Abigail, who became his wife. In 1776 she was about twenty-four.

      Through purchase and a grant he acquired over 1500 acres of land in Annapolis County south of Lawrencetown. The homestead was probably near the present day intersection of the Inglisville and South Williamston roads. He was a farmer, a shoemaker and was often employed as Commissioner for laying out and constructing roads. His sons were the first settlers of Inglisville then known as Beals Mountain. His eleven children were all by his first wife. As the date of birth of some of the children is unknown, the order is based on conclusions drawn from other facts.

      His father's will was dated March 2, 1805 and proved March 14, 1805. Able's share was $2. out of an estate valued at $2,438.30. Did this token amount reflect the fact he left home in his early 20's to live in Nova Scotia?

      Headstone in Whitman Cemetery says date of death was 1831, aged 81.

  • Sources 
    1. [S00090] Correspondence with Elwood Floyd, April 1978.

    2. [S00008] "History of the County of Annapolis" by W.A. Calnek, Page 475.