Mr. Parker has stated his opinion that Jacob Beeler (1750-1843) never owned land in Sullivan County, Tennessee.He has now expanded that claim to cover all of Tennessee.However, some facts contradict Mr. Parker’s opinion.
The Sullivan County Deed Records reveal that on 30 December 1878, Anna Beeler transferred two tracts of land in Sullivan County to Elcaney Boling.Anna Beeler was the youngest daughter of Jacob Beeler (1750-1843) and Elcaney Boling was her nephew.One of the tracts contained 85 acres and the other contained 135 acres.
The metes & bounds of both tracts are provided in this deed transfer.They match the metes & bounds of two tracts purchased by a Jacob Beeler in 1792 and 1794, respectively.Jacob Beeler of Sullivan County purchased the 85-acre tract from Henry Miller on 9 March 1792.Two of the calls referenced Joseph Beeler’s corner, so the property was apparently adjacent to a property owned by Joseph Beeler.Jacob Beeler purchased the 135 acre tract from John Arnwine Sr., on 13 July 1794.This tract contained a spring called Locust Spring, and adjoined “said Bealor’s other land . . .”It also referenced a white oak in George Bealor’s line.
Anna Beeler acquired these two tracts of land through provisions in her father’s will—her father being Jacob Beeler (1750-1843).Jacob Beeler made his will in 1837, although the will does not survive, probably due to the courthouse fire in the 1860s.However, provisions of the will have been referenced in court documents for litigation that has taken place from time to time.As I said, the legal descriptions for the two tracts match the above two tracts purchased by “Jacob Bealor” in 1792 and 1794.In addition, the descriptions in Ann Beeler’s deed transfer reference Jacob Bealor’s former ownership of the land.The 135 acre tract description mentions Locust Spring as a feature, and says the land adjoins “the first tract, formerly the property of Jacob Bealor.”
It is clear that Jacob Beeler (1750-1843) purchased these two tracts, lived on them and, in his will, left them to his youngest daughter, Anna.She never married; she lived on the land for the rest of her life.This deed transfer provides that she will continue to live in her present home, and that Elcaney Boling will provide for her food, clothing, and medical care until her death.She died the following year.
Now, on to other land purchases.
In 1792, Stokely Donelson of Hawkins County sold to Jacob Bealor of the same place 300 acres for 100 pounds.Sale took place on 6 March 1792.The land was on the south side of the Clinch River on the headwaters of Hinds Creek.This sale is curious because Jacob Bealor bought the same property much later according to a deed registered in Anderson County on 3 May 1815.This time he was listed as being “of Sullivan County” and paid $300 for the land with the same legal description.The selling agent was John Kain of Knox Co.Stokely Donelson’s “former corner” was one of the calls in the legal description.Apparently, part of Hawkins County had been broken off to form Anderson County.Later, the area would become part of Union County.Although the first deed says that Jacob Bealor was “of Hawkins County” and the second deed said Jacob Bealor was “of Sullivan County,” the deeds refer to the same man and the same property.
Jacob Beeler never lived on this land.But the 300 acres became the center of suits and countersuits between Catherine Beeler Smith, Daniel Beeler, and Benjamin A. Beeler.This dispute is covered thoroughly in court records for litigation that took place from 1851-1854.Since the disputes were between his children, it is clear that Jacob Bealer (1750-1843) was the man who originally bought the land.
In 1805, Joseph Young of Sullivan County sold Jacob Bealor of Sullivan County 400 acres for $368 1/3.The sale took place on 1 November 1805 proved by oath of Isaac Beeler in March 1806.The land was located on the north side of the Clinch River at the end of Lone Mountain.Jacob never occupied this land for any length of time.But about 1810, his son Daniel Beeler moved his family from Sullivan County to this land in Claiborne County.Daniel Beeler bought 385 acres of the land from his father for $300.The deed was registered on 23 January 1813.Jacob had previously sold the other 15 acres to John Cardwell of Claiborne County.
In 1805, Jacob Bealor of Sullivan County was appointed co-executor, along with John Vance, of Ulrich Beeler’s estate.Ulrich Beeler, 1755-1805, was another undocumented son of Ulrich and Maria Elizabeth Buhler.He did own land, and was taxed for 150 acres in 1796 and 1797.This land was part of the estate that he left to his wife and children when he died.You can’t leave land to your wife and children unless you own it in the first place.So, he was not renting his land from John Beeler.
The co-executors of Ulrich (aka Wolric, Ulrick, or Woolery) Beeler's estate purchased a lot in the town of Greenfield for the benefit of the heirs of “Wolric” Bealor, deceased., on 4 September 1805This deed is where Jacob Bealor and John Vance are named as co-executors of Ulrich’s estate.The will did not survive, but various deed transfers mandated by the will were recorded.Ulrich’s wife and children each inherited a share of the estate.We see Martha Beeler listed on the 1812 Sullivan Co. tax list as paying tax on 194 acres.This acreage was probably land inherited by her and her children from her husband.The John Beeler Jr. listed just above her name was probably her son, John.One of the Joseph Beelers shown on the list paying only a white poll was probably another son, Joseph.These two young men paid a white poll tax, but their mother paid the taxes on the land they all had inherited.
A descendant of Ulrich Beeler has posted deed transfer information on Roots Web records for Ulrich and his son John.These deed transfers took place in 1818, and one was registered on 12 May 1819.The other was recorded on 20 June 1820.The deed transfers were for two different parcels of land.Martha and all of the children, except Abraham, signed the deeds.Abraham had sold John his rights to the estate in a separate action in 1817.When John had accumulated all of the land, he sold it to Jacob Bealor.The Ulrich Bealor descendant describes Jacob as “probably an uncle.”He most likely was.John Beeler probably sold the land to his Uncle Jacob, Ulrich’s “undocumented” brother because Jacob had been the co-executor of his father’s estate, and he knew him well.BY THE WAY, undocumented family members don’t know that they are undocumented because they know who their parents and siblings are.
The deed transaction between John Bealor and Jacob Bealor took place on 4 January 1820, registered on 22 May 1820.Jacob Bealor paid $1,400 for two parcels of land—one was for 116 acres and 106 poles; the other was for 75 acres.The $1,400 covered the two payments of $700 each that John Bealor had made to his mother and siblings for their interest in their father’s estate.Through this transaction, Jacob Bealor acquired another 191+ acres of land in 1820.
Bear in mind that Jacob Bealor was taxed for 223 acres in 1812.The two tracts purchased in 1792 and 1794 that he later left to Anna Beeler, add up to 220 acres.So, we can assume that he owned the 223 acres outright.He was not renting the land from John V. Beeler, as Mr. Parker has claimed.
We now know that Jacob Bealor (1750-1843) owned at least 220 acres of land in Sullivan County by 1794.I think he was there much earlier than that because he probably was the Jacob Bealor who signed the North of Holston Men Petition in 1777.Five Bealor men signed that petition:John Bealor, Woolery Bealor, Jacob Bealor (on the same line), Joseph Bealor, and George Bealor.Most people believe that these are the five Bealor brothers.They would not have been John and his sons, because two of his sons with those names were children at the time, and the other two were very young teenagers.Also, John’s oldest son Daniel is missing from the list, as is his son Peter Bealor.The men who collected the names would probably not have wanted children or teenagers to sign the list; they would want grown men to sign it.
The petition signatures place Joseph, Jacob, George Bealor and Ulrich (Woolery) in this general Washington County area by 1777.
But, we now have proof that Jacob Bealor owned land by 1794.That means he would have been taxed for the land that he owned.The 1796 Sullivan County Tax List—the first for the new county—shows him being taxed for 720 acres.I cannot account for the other 500 acres, but he might have been renting some land.He was also taxed for the same acreage on the 1797 Sullivan County Tax List.
The 220 acres matches up well with the 223 acres that Jacob Bealor was taxed for on the 1812 Sullivan County Tax List.Mr. Parker acknowledges that this Jacob, who did not pay a white poll, was probably Jacob 1750-1843.But he claims that he was renting the land.But Jacob owned those two parcels for the rest of his life because he passed them on to his daughter, Anna, in his will.So, he was not renting them, and he did not sell them and leave the county.
When the 220 acres are added to the 191+ acres that Jacob bought from John Bealor, Ulrich’s son, the acreage totals 414+ acres.This total more than covers the 397 acres that Jacob Beelar was taxed for on the 1837 Sullivan County Tax List.Hedid own the land, so he must be taxed for it, unless someone else was renting it from him.But there is no evidence for that.
So, now we have Jacob Bealor (Beelar) living in Sullivan County, and being taxed for his land, in 1837.The 1840 census follows in which Jacob Bealor is listed as an 89 year-old man who is a pensioner.The age is recorded because he is identified with the pension.I don’t want to argue for the pension designation proving anything.But the age was given for this man, and the ONLY Jacob Bealor who could be 89 in 1840 was Jacob Bealor, 1750-1843.We can, therefore, be sure that this is who is listed in his own household, living with a young man and a middle-aged woman.He is listed several lines above the James Bealor household, so he is living near his son.
In 1840, Anna Bealor would have been 37 years old.So she could be the 30-40 year-old woman living with her father and taking care of him.That might be why he left her the two parcels of land; because she had taken care of him in his old age.
For some time, Mr. Parker has claimed that Jacob Bealor (1750-1843) left Sullivan County in 1831 to live with one of his children in.Ibelieve that I have demonstrated that this probably is not true.I do not know why Mr. Parker has claimed this, because to make that work he has to ignore the 1840 census record.He has never explained why he has said this, and has offered no proof of it.
I have checked the 1840 census records for four of Jacob’s children to see if an old man was listed in their households, and have not found him in any of them.As to the fifth possibility—Sarah Beeler—I could not find a marriage or any other record for her, so I could not determine if Jacob was living with her or not.Since there was no record, it does not appear that she had a home in which she could accommodate him.I believe that this “story” that Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843, left Sullivan County in 1831 to live with one of his children, or someone else, is a figment of Mr. Parker’s imagination.
I obtained the deed information from David R. Cosper’s book, “Ulrich Buler (Beeler) of Shenandoah County, Virginia, and His Descendants.” In that book, he has provided fully transcribed deed records, court records, census records, wills, and other records, and they give us a valuable resource.But he got his deed information from the deed books of Sullivan County and the other pertinent counties.
I also want to note three slight discrepancies in the calls in the legal description for the the 85 acre tract purchased from Henry Miller and wife.These are as follows:
• Jacob’s deed - S38E 50 poles vs. S38E 56 poles in Anna’s deed transfer
• Jacob’s deed - N13E 210 polesvs N83E 210 poles in Anna’s deed transfer
• Jacob’s deed - S29W 12 poles to Joseph Bealer’s white oak corner vs. N29W 12 poles to white oak Joseph Bealor’s corner.
These could be copyist’s errors when the original deeds were written out by hand, or they could be modern-day typos.All other details are the same.