My name is Shawn Beightol.I started tracing my lineage this winter.
I am descended from a line of the Beightols out of Chautauqua New York (they moved to Chautauqua from Venango Pennsylvania back and forth between 1880 and 1910).Cyrus D Beightol lived in Pennsylvania then his son Charles Vernon (or Vernon Charles) married Nellie Parsons of New York which appears to have been the door to my Beightol line moving to Chautauqua region.
Cyrus' father was Thomas Carlton Beightol/Bechtol.They lived in Venango.In the 1860 Census, Thomas was Bechtol and his son Cyrus lived in his household.By 1880 Census, Thomas was a widower and living in Cyrus' household and the family had changed their name to Beightol.
Do you know any information about the Thomas Carlton line out of Venango Penn or how I might find information?
Do you know why the Bechtol name was changed to Beightol?