Subject: Re: Alfred Beckley; W.Va. Beckley's
[see also the original letter reprinted below ]===========================================Craig--
Thanks for the information on the Beckley geaneology.
I can't argue with anything you have written, because I have not found out very much about that lineage. Basically what I have read so far is pretty much in line with what you have written.
However, in HARDESTY'S HISTORY OF W.Va. It says that General Alfred Beckley was married twice ( or else clerk John B., his dad was?, .... I did not write down the info when I read it !) In the 1870 census, NEVILLE CRAIG BECKLEY was listed as a preacher at Hubbardstown, near Prichard W.Va. ..... which was where my gr. gr. grandfather , George Washington Beckley and family was also living at the time. G.W.
B. would have been NEVILLE CRAIG BECKLEY's uncle, according to my grand father. (but he did not seem to have a lot of hard facts) So these two Beckley's are living in the same area in the 1870 census.
Now, I have also read in the 1963 CENTENNIAL NEWSPAPER, published by W.Va. state gov't. that when Alfred B. father: John Beckley, 1st librarian of congress, died, him and his mother went to live with one of the other presidents, like Monroe, or Henry Harrison, .... and that their benefactor sent Alfred to West Point. I think the same source said that his father, John B., was General Washington's personal secretary, before Washington became president. It has been a while since I read that source., but that is how I remember it. I am not sure if the article mentioned if Alfred had any siblings.
About 1997 or 98, Betty Beckley moved from Beckley to Spencer, W.Va. ..... and she held a auction of old Beckley heirloom stuff there in the national guard armory. I attended..
About this time I wrote her a letter asking about her Beckley line, but she did not reply. She told the TV news people at the time of the auction that she was the last living blood relative of GENERAL ALFRED BECKLEY, during a interview. I am not so sure she knows what she is talking about, but maybe she does. If you are a descendant also, then she must be wrong!!!!! Sounds like you mite be named after Neville Craig B.,? maybe a coinicidence instead. Betty B. of Beckley, W.Va. is still alive, and living in Spoencer, W.Va. with another family member, (anotherlady)
My uncle thot that maybe the Beckley's in South Africa were related to John Beckley, 1st clerk.
Now, my grand father, (1895-1978) said that his grandfather, (George Washington Beckley) (dates unknown) mentioned having a brother who he referred to as "the General" who he would visit occassionally. That is why my grandfather speculated that G.W. B. had Alfred B. as a brother. that was his evidence to go on. Then I found in the 1870 census that Alfred had a son named Neville Craig B., being a preacher and living right beside (his uncle?) George Washngton B. in 1870. ....... which seems to verify my grandfather's thinking. ........... but is not iron clad. Now, the 1870 census said that there were 3 Beckley's living in Prichard, W.Va. in 1870: which all would probably be George Washington Beckley's kids: (1) HUTH, ~17. .......... (2) HETTIE , ~ 10 ?, (3) JOHN HENRY BECKLEY , ~ 4 [ approx. 1876-1936] John Henry B. was my grandfather's father. I have never found out any thing about either HUTH or HETTIE. or what happened to them. I don't know what happened to G.W.B. either.Neville Craig B., in 1870, was listed in a community just up the road a ways, also.
I know all about John Henry B., but thats about as far back as I know anything for sure. If you ever run across HUTH BECKLEY or HETTIE BECKLEY ; or GEORGE WASHINGTON BECKLEY, let me know what happened to them.
On the WEB CIVIL WAR rosters I found a GEORGE W. BECKLEY who fought for a Kentucky regiment, and could be a possible my families G.W.B. ... as to dates. Only a possibility. I also know that John B.'s widow and Alfred (and other kids?) went to Louisville Kentucky after John B. died and they were being takden care of by Monroe or Harrison. , according to the 1963 W.Va. centennial article. I also know that there are a lot of Beckley's now living around Louisville, Ky. Hope this helps some, Craig. I don't have a lot of hard facts to go on, just some circumstancial evidence.
good luck, dan beckley , near Prichard, W.Va.
P>S>: I noticed that you say that John James B. and Amelia had John Jr. in 1833, and Neville in 1834, yet they were not married until 1836.. Could they be from another marriage of John sr.'s? ........... or from a 1st marriage of Amelia Craig? ........ is there a story here ?
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Dan, I have established a direct line to John James Beckley, Ist Clerk in the House of Representatives under George Washington. John was also the first Congressional Librarian. He later served as Clerk in the House under his good friend Thomas Jefferson. John was not George Washington's personal secretary, in fact he did not like George. But to continue. John Beckley married Maria Prince Beckley. They had one son, General Alfred Beckley b. May 26, 1802, Washington DC., d. May 26, 1888. Alfred named Beckley W. VA after his father. Alfred married Amelia (or Emily, I've seen it both ways) Neville Craig Beckley in 1836, she died May 26, 1888. I know that Alfred and Amelia's oldest son was named John Beckley, born March 26, 1833, at Washington, DC and dies at Beckley, West VA. June 8, 1910. They also had another son, the Reverend Neville C. Beckley born December 27, 1834. I believe Neville was born in Fort Hamilton, Long Island New York. In regard to Betty Beckley Campbell, she was the daughter of John Beckley. My Dad met her in Beckley W. VA in the early '60's.
I would be interested to know what you think of this. If needed, I can give you my sources. If this differs from what you have, I'd be interested to know that also. Hopefully we can fill in the blanks together.