In the online Chancery Suits Index of the Library of Virginia, I recently found a Louisa County court case - Wm. & James Beadles vs Achilles Tandy, Admr. of Wm. Tandy dated 1804 but pertaining to events that took place during the late 1780's.This file contains 59 pages of original documents, including an affidavit by William Thomson where he stated "James Beadles informed him that his brother Wm. gave three bonds of Fifty pounds each for the purchase of Wm. Tandy's land..."
The births of several of the older children of William Beadles and his wife, Ann Yancey, are recorded in The Douglas Register of St. James Northam Parish in the 1780's and during this same period, the births of children of James Beadles and his wife Susannah "Sukie" West are also recorded. Both William and James Beadles are listed as taxpayers in Louisa County in 1782 and in that year, another possible sibling, Revolutionary War soldier Edmond Beadles is also listed as a taxpayer in Louisa County. It has always seemed that surely these individuals must be brothers or at the very least cousins, now finally there is proof that William and James were brothers.
The file also contains an 1803 statement by Lewis Yancey Beadles regarding events at his father William's plantation in Albemarle County in the late 1780's which further confirms that this is the correct Beadles’ family.
There is another small document in the file which is a torn fragment from what appears to be a 1786 Hanover deed which has the signature of Edmond Beadles as a witness linking him to this court case along with William and James.This certainly doesn’t prove a familial connection to Edmond, but it was the first time I have found anything to connect him to William and James Beadles of Louisa County.
After searching for many years to find a relationship between these Beadles’ families of Louisa County, I thought the new information should be shared.