my name is dan beckley, live in Wayne, co. WV,. near Ky border.
I saw your post in reply to questions about HENRY B.and thot you mite know something about my ancestors.I am looking for information on a 1800's GEORGE WASHINGTON BECKLEY,whose father, mother and siblings I do not know about.WV is next to Ohio, so the geography is rite,,,,,,,,,
in middle 1800's George Washington Beckey is found in Wayne, Co. WV, in Prichard. He refers to having a brother he calls "the General" in that time period.
He had at least 3 kids: John HENRY B., Huth B., Hettie B. ,,,,,,,......
Q:so there mite be a indication here that he named his son a middle name HENRY, possibly because his father was named HENRY?
COULD THIS BE CONNECTION TO THE OHIO BECKLEY'S?
The 1800's Beckley's in Beckley, WV also had the HENRYas a common midddle name.,,,,,, QAre you connected to them?
I will reprint a mssg I posted at other places in this forum, which tells what I know of my family up to now, may you will see a name that ring a bell by reading it.....^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
I live near Prichard, West Virginia; on the border to Kentucky. My families verbal history points to us being descendents related to General ALFRED BECKLEY ( & his sons) of Beckley, WV. However, I can not confirm it so far. I also tried to contact ALFRED B.'S advertised last living family member,
WHAT I KNOW OF MY GEANEOLOGY;
My gr. gr. grandfather was GEORGE WASHINGTON BECKLEY, who lived in Prichard, WV. in late 1800"s. His son was John Henry Beckley, [ my g.g. gr.] of /Near Prichard ,WV From 1870 (?) census record shows John
H. B. probably had a brother and a sister: HUTH, & HETTIE . ; living in Prichard, WV @ census time. John H.B. begat Paul D. [my gr. f.] in 1895; and 2 brothers and 1 sister. m They all stayed in Wayne Co.,WV ,,,,, except the sister. Now, my gr. f. , Paul, said that his gr. f. [ George Washington Beckley} spoke of going to see his brother, who he called " the GENERAL" thats all Paul D. B. ever found out about it. We are going on the assumption that "the GENERAL" was GENERAL ALFRED BECKLEY" of Beckley, WV. If so; that would make my g g gr.f. , GEORGE WASHINGTON BECKLEY, the son of PRESIDENT George Washigton's personal secretary: John Beckley. But I have not been able to substantiate this in any way..in any of the Internet genealogy sites ......HOWEVER; In the 1870 (?) census , it shows one of Alfred B's sons: NEVILLE BECKLEY as being a Preacher near Prichard WV at about the same time My g g gr f GEORGE WASHINGTON BECKLEY was living in Prichard , WV. This could be a co-incidence ; but it could also show they mite be kin. I think that the remaining Betty Beckley of Beckley, Wv has a vested interest in passing herself off as the last remainging descendant of Alfred the General. ,,,,,,,, mostly because she will not answer my s.a. s e. , and discuss it freely .
As to Larry's g g gr f. William Henry B., I find the Middle name HENRY interesting; because one of the things I saw at the Beckley auction in Spencer, WV ,,,,, was that several of General Alfred B's kinfolk had HENRY, as a middle name. They were his sons and grandsons. [ and so did my gr. gr. gf, John Henry B., and my dad; Lowell Henry B.]
I also know that in the 1890's in wayne co. , WV, it was fashionable for a lot of people here to GO WEST, migrate to Illinois and Oklahoma, etc. Maybe William Henry B. came from Wayne Co. WV, or nearby, along with the others?
I have noticed that a lot of Beckley's live in Louiville , Ky. since early 1800's. I don't know whom they claim to be descended from.
,,,,,, if you ever run across any info on 1800's George Washington Beckley, E-mail and share it with me. ,.....