My grandfather was Paul Davis Beckleyb. 1895-d. 1978, had 5 sons, 1 dau.,lived Prichard, WV His Father was JOHN HENRY BECKLEY b. circab. 1863 d. 1936, had 3 sons., 1 dau.,and the 1870census says he was born in Ky., and hismother was from Ky. (But he was raised bya Shannon family in Prichard, WV.) He lived in near Prichard, WV J.H.B.'s father was GEORGE WASHINGTONBECKLEY b. ???,d. ???? , maybe was fromKentucky, maybe from Va. Maybe brotherto a "General Alfred Beckley"....... [which the family has always thot was probably the same General Alfred Beckley, Va.,of Civil War and Beckley WVa.]Thot to have died in the Johnstown, Pa flood. as a circuit riding teacher. probably hadanother son named HUTH BECKLEY,anda dau. named HETTIE BECKLEY (1870 censusin Prichard, WV)
We do not Knowwhere he originally camefrom, or who his parents were. So. Jean,you mite have solved this by your post to this forum.I have never been able to verify the connection between our George Washington Beckley and the Va. civil war general named General Alfred Beckley [founded Beckley WV.]So i am beginning to think they mite not be kin after all, to that set of Beckley's.
Is there any chance that the ALFRED BECKLEY in your line was some kind of military "general"?.... If so this would explain why my grand father said that his gr. f.: G.W.B., referred to having a brother he called: "THE GENERAL".
I SAW A civil war web site for Ky. which listed a George W. Beckley in it. He was from Ky. Maybe Alfred, his brother, was a general from Kentucky.[?]
Jean, thanks a lot for sharing this info with me, it is the closest I have come yet in figuring out who George Washington Beckley's father and mother and siblings were.