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John Beales Beal

Male 1588 - 1688

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  • Birth  1588  Hingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  08 May 1593 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  Shoemaker 
    Died  01 Apr 1688  Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I06810  Our Beals Genealogy
    Last Modified  22 Oct 2018 

    Father  Edward Beales,   b. Bef 1550,   d. Aug 1612, Wramplingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Martha Stone,   b. Abt 1550,   d. Apr 1625, Wramplingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  08 Sep 1586  Wramplingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F01038  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Nazareth Hobart,   b. Abt 1600,   d. 23 Sep 1658, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Jul 1630  Hingham, Norfolk Co., Eng. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Caleb Beal,   b. 30 Oct 1636, Hingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1716, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Jacob Beal,   d. 07 Jan 1718, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Jeremiah Beal,   b. 17 Apr 1631, Wymondham, Norfolk Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1716, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Joshua Beal,   b. 1633, Hingham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1718, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rebecca Beal,   b. 16 Feb 1640, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1686, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F02690  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Gilman,   b. 1599, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1681, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Mar 1659  Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F01044  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Frances Ripley,   b. 10 Feb 1580, Stokesley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1630, Wymondham, Norfork, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Jun 1616  Wymondham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Beal,   b. 01 Jan 1619,   d. 1619
    >2. John Beal, Jr.,   b. 14 Sep 1627, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1694, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Martha Grace Beal,   b. 28 Oct 1623, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1690, Plymouth, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Beal,   b. 1622, Wymondham, Norfolk Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1696, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Nathaniel Beal,   b. 1629, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1708, Hingham, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Sarah Beal,   b. Between 1624 and 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Nov 1710, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F01039  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • When John, the sixth child of Edward Beales, brought the name to North America he changed the spelling to "Beal". It wasn't until he had reached the age of 50 that he took up the challenge of leaving his homeland to become a pioneer in a strange new country. He came from Hingham, Norfolk Co. and arrived in Boston on the vessel "Diligent" on August 10, 1638. He brought with him his wife, Nazareth, five sons, three daughters and two servants. (One of the servants may have been his brother Edmond's son also named John). They settled in Hingham, Massachusetts which is a few miles southeast of Boston. John was no doubt well aware of the new settlement. Ralph Smith had come from Hingham, Eng. in 1633 and founded Hingham, Mass. Additionally John's wife's parents and family had arrived in Charlestown, Mass. the same year and her brother, Rev. Peter Hobart was the first minister of Hingham.

      Not long after arrival John Beal became a landholder obtaining a grant of six acres for a house lot on what is now the south side of South Street west of Hersey Street. On the 13th of March, 1639 he was admitted to the freedom of Massachusetts Colony and thus became a "freeman". He was deputy to the general court in 1640 and 1659. He was a shoemaker, a trade that seems to have been passed down to succeeding generations. John Beal died at the age of 100.