Dear Mr. Lamb,
I was fascinated to see these posts. I'd been searching for information on Richmond Crosswell because he apparently had a long running lawsuit with one of my Beacham relatives in 1823/5, over the princely sum of $1 and some odd cents. I now realize there's another connection, with Isaac B. Lowry & his marriage to a Crosswell daughter.
To give you a bit of background, Isaac Beacham (variously spelled Beachum, Beauchamp, Beecham, c. 1727-1776, son of Daniel Beacham, Jr. & his wife Rebecca of St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland Co., Va.) married Susannah Hill (c.1735-?, dau. of William Hill III and his wife Sarah Suggitt, of N. Farnham Parish, Richmond Co., Va.) around 1752. They moved from Northumberland Co. to Cumberland Co., Va. around 1757, and moved from there to Edgecombe Co., NC in late 1763/early 1764. Isaac died in NC, but by May 1777, Susannah and her younger children had gone back to Virginia where they were made wards of her brother Thomas Suggett Hill.
Isaac and Susannah's eldest daughter, Winifred Beacham (c.1753-1836) had married John Lowry (d. 1818) in 1772. They remained in NC while the rest of the family went back to Virginia. Around 1778/9, John & Winifred moved to Anson Co., NC, and sometime between 1785 and 1790, Susannah and some of her younger children joined them there. The Lowrys went to Stewart Co., Tenn. around 1807. Legend has it that Susannah went out there with them, and died in Tenn. at the approximate age of 100, but I don't know if that's true.
Isaac and Susannah had nine children: Winifred Beacham (c.1753-1836, m. John Lowry), Isaac Beacham, Jr. (1755-?, m. Prudence Farris, widow Stone), Sarah Suggett Beacham (c.1757-aft. 1830), Rebecca Beacham (no information), William Beacham (c.1760-1811/2, m. Margaret Lowry, probably a couin of John, died in Spartanburg Co., SC), Jesse Beacham (c.1761-?, m. Mary Hendricks, may have gone to Kentucky), Daniel Beachum (no information), Alexander Beachum (c.1763-aft. 1820, m. Elizabeth Shelton, remained in Anson Co., my line), and Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Beachum (no information).
According to the 1800-20 census, Alexander Beachum and his wife Elizabeth Shelton had 10 sons and 1 daughter... 3 sons born in the 1790s, 5 born 1800-1810, and 2 sons and a daughter born 1810-20. I know one of their elder sons, Beverley Beacham (c.1798/1800-1871) came to Stewart Co., Tenn. by 1822 when he married Jemima Rushing. I think the Isaac Beacham (c.1795-1826) who married Winifred Lowry (c.1795-1838, Winifred Beacham Lowry's youngest daughter) and was in Stewart Co., Tenn. by 1820, was also a son of my Alexander & Elizabeth Shelton Beachum. Other known sons of theirs were Henry Beacham (c.1800-1840s, m. Martha (Riley?) died Henderson Co., Tenn.), William Beauchamp (1801-1866, m. Anna J. Rushing, sister to Beverley's wife, lived in Attala Co., Miss. not sure of him), Hugh A. Beachum (1806-1861, m. Zillah O'Neal, remained in Anson Co., NC, my line), Elijah Beachum (c. 1808-aft. 1880, m. Mary Utley, went to Clarke Co., Miss., then Henderson Co., Tenn.). Daniel Shelton Beachum (1810-1886, m. Levina Sheppard, 2nd. m. Charity Ann Pyle, went to Henderson Co. then Sumter Co., Alabama, then Clarke Co. Miss), Isaiah S. Beachum (1812-1894, m. Phereba O'Neal, sister to Hugh's wife, remained in Anson Co., NC) and Mahalia Beachum (c. 1816-c.1848, m. Armstead Gatewood, Sumter Co., Ala.)
But going back, Winifred Beacham & John Lowry had a son Isaac Beacham Lowry (c.1780-1841) who married your Rebecca Crosswell. I'd been trying to find evidence that Isaac Beacham (c.1795-1826) who married Winifred Lowry (c.1795-1838), was a son of my Alexander & Elizabeth, and a cousin of mine showed me information on the court case between Richmond Crosswell and Isaac Beacham in Henry Co., Tenn. in 1823/5.
As best I can figure from the documents I've seen, Isaac Beacham owed Richmond Crosswell something like $1.75. I am not sure if it had anything to do with Mr. Crosswell having been appointed Constable of Stewart Co. in April 1823, but in Nov. 1823, Isaac apparently wrote two notes, one to Beverley Beacham ($1) and one to Jesse Jordan ($0.75), telling them to pay the sums mentioned over to Richmond Crosswell...and when Crosswell presented the notes, the men refused to pay. This led to a court case that went on until 1825, with depositions, etc.
Isaac was also apparently being sued by a Barbara Beacham (I have no idea who she was) along about the same time. I don't have any details about that case.
At any rate, seems like our kinfolks were connected. I hope we might compare notes.
John Field Pankow