The Bible Pages show Jacob Beeler’s name at the top with his correct birth date. This birth date differed from the birthdate that had, until then, been calculated using information from the Carmack & Peoples Beeler Cemetery list. Kenneth Parker used this discrepancy in his attempts to discredit the Bible Pages in at least three rants. He came close to calling David Cosper a liar when Cosper claimed that he saw a “3” beside the MO on the headstone.
Recently, the Jacob Beeler headstone has been correctly read, and the mistaken death date listed by Carmack & Peoples has been corrected. The death date was 20 Jan 1843 rather than 18 Jan 1843.It was proven (by me) that the “3” was there beside the MO, and that the calculated date, subtracting the correct age from the correct death date, produced a birth date that agreed with Jacob’s birthdate on the Bible Pages. Mr. Parker accepted his error, but went on to other claims that the Bible Pages were meaningless as a source of information. He expressed his opinion but it was just that, his opinion.
The Bible Pages show Jacob Beelar’s name and birthdate at the top. Given names with dates are listed under Jacob’s name and on the other Xeroxed pages. Kenneth Parker and his supporters claim that these are useless because there is nothing on the pages to link the list of names with Jacob Beelar. He claims that the list does not prove relationship. Again, his opinion because he does not know, one way or another, whether the persons listed are related to Jacob and/or to each other.
I don’t know why the person who wrote these names down would list a bunch of random names with dates but no surname. Why would the list’s creator just pick given names out of the air and list them under Jacob Beelar’s name and birthdate? It seems to me that the reason no surnames were listed was because they all had the SAME surname—the same as the guy at the top. If any of the names had a different surname, that surname would have been listed. There was no need to write “Beelar” over and over.(I have used the spelling “Beelar” here because that is the spelling of Jacob’s surname on the Bible Pages. and also on his tombstone)
The Bible Pages’ list of names also follows the familiar form of listing a parent (or parents) followed by his/her children. You can find similar lists of parent(s) and children in many posts on this forum. The lists might be fully verified, or they might be tentative. The poster might be asking others on the forum if these names are correct, or if there are other children he/she has missed.
The list follows the same format that is used on census pages, for instance, where the head-of-household is listed, and the given names of other people in the household with the same surname are listed underneath. If someone with a different surname is living there, this person is listed—with the new surname—at the bottom so as not to break the chain of those with the same surname.
As I said, the creator of the Bible Pages list followed a familiar form. He/she did not need to elaborate because he/she knew who these people were and how they were related. These names have been listed as Jacob’s children on many family trees on Roots Web and Ancestry.com. Some of the names have been proven to be children of Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843. Anna Beeler’s name is on that list. Her presence on the list provides a high probability that she is the daughter of Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843.
Anna Beelar is buried in the Beeler Cemetery near Bristol close to the graves of Jacob and Catherine Beelar.Her surname is spelled “Beelar” on her headstone which matches the spelling of “Beelar” on both Jacob’s and Catherine’s headstones. Now who do you suppose arranged that? I think it is likely that she, herself, purchased a plot for her grave near the graves of her parents, Jacob and Catherine. They were buried in 1836 and 1843; she was buried in 1879. There is a big gap of time between the burials. She had plenty of time to make arrangements for her grave.
So, we have some pretty good evidence that Anna Beelar was the daughter of Jacob Beelar, 1750-1843. There is, however, absolutely NO documentary evidence that she was the daughter of Jacob Beeler, 1761-1842. Kenneth Parker has claimed that it was Jacob Bealer, 1761-1842, who purchased two tracts of land from John Arnwine and Henry Miller in 1792 and 1794, that were later inherited by Anna Beelar through her father’s will. As usual, he has made this claim without providing proof of which Jacob Bealer it was. He just said it—no proof for his statement. Then he said that he might claim that Anna Beeler was actually the daughter of Jacob Bealer, 1761-1842 based upon her inheritance of these tracts of land.
If Kenneth Parker tries to claim that Anna Beelar was the daughter of Jacob Bealer, 1761-1842, he will be a hypocrite of the highest order.He bashes the Bible Pages, stating that they do not prove relationship, although they do exist as a record with some credibility. He claims that he must have documentation.But then, he threatens to claim a relationship between Anna Beeler and Jacob Beeler, 1761-1842, WITHOUT ANY DOCUMENTATION WHATSOEVER.
Kenneth Parker has made several statements that we are supposed to accept without proof. Here are some of them:
• Benjamin Beeler is a grandson of John V. Beeler. He has been asked for proof of this, claims he has it, but has never posted it. Yet, there ARE statements of relationship in the infamous court cases involving Catherine Beeler Smith, Daniel Beeler, and Benjamin Beeler.These statements suggest that Benjamin is the son of Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843.We can go over these later if need be.
• Joseph Beeler, 1744-1833, did not come to Sullivan County until 1796, the first year he appeared on a tax list. This also happens to be the first year that Tennessee was a state and there WAS a Sullivan County Tax List. But, this date only proves that Joseph Beeler was in Sullivan County BY THEN. He probably was there much earlier; there are a couple of indications that he was. He would have had to be there earlier in order to acquire land and establish himself so that he would appear on that tax list.Deed records show that Joseph sold off pieces of his original 348 acre farm after 1800. Benjamin Beeler, executor of his estate sold the last portion of his land after his death to a third party. Benjamin then purchased the land from that party. We hope he got the best deal he could for Joseph’s heirs. But my point is that Joseph would have had to own land in order to sell it; he would have had to own land in order for Benjamin to sell the remainder after his death.
• Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843, did not come to Sullivan County until 1812 when there were two men named Jacob Beeler on the Sullivan County Tax List. Well, there was a Jacob Beeler listed on the 1796 Sullivan Co. Tax List, but of course Mr. Parker claims that this was Jacob Beeler, 1761-1842. But that is what this post is all about. I claim this was the older Jacob, he claims that it was the younger Jacob.I provide proof by stating that these tracts were inherited by the older Jacob’s daughter, Anna Beeler. He has threatened to steal this Anna Beeler and claim that she was the daughter of the younger Jacob Beeler. There are several other indications that Jacob Beeler, 1750-1842, was in Sullivan County much earlier than 1812 and I have listed them in other posts.
? (1) Purchase of land in Claiborne Co. (1805) and sale of that land to his son, Daniel Beeler (1813);
? 2) purchase of 300 acres in Hawkins/Anderson/Union County which was subject of the infamous lawsuits between Catherine Beeler Smith, Daniel Beeler and Benjamin Beeler;
? 3) service as co-executor of Ulrich Beeler’s estate (1805) which led to purchase of the estate’s land from Ulrich’s son John Beeler (1819 and 1820).
• Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843, left Sullivan County in 1831 to go live with one of his children.Mr. Parker claims that he died somewhere else, and his body must have been brought back for burial in the Beeler Cemetery. However, Mr. Parker has not given any proof that Jacob Beeler left Sullivan Co. in 1831. In making this claim, he ignores the 1840 Fed. census record for Sullivan County which lists Jacob Bealer, age 89, as living in Sullivan County a few houses from his son, James Bealer. Mr. Parker has made this claim about Jacob leaving in 1831 several times, but has never offered proof of such a move. I have checked the 1840 census records for all of Jacob’s eligible children, and have found no record that an elderly man was living with any of them. So, where is the proof for this statement?
Kenneth Parker has launched his own “hoax” to prove that Jacob Beeler 1750-1843 was not in Sullivan County early (before 1812) and late (after 1831). This enables him to claim records that belong to the older Jacob for the younger Jacob Beeler (1761-1842). But he really has not proven his statements.He has just made them and expects the rest of us to accept, without question, his claims.The story about him leaving in 1831 just appeared in one of his posts with no information as to how he knew that. Then when he was challenged, he answered with rants listing statements that are not relevant to the deed information that I have presented.
I do not accept the claims that Kenneth Parker has made. I believe that i have proven that the older Jacob purchased land in 1792 and 1794 which was left to his daughter, Anna Beeler, in his will. The fact that she ended up with the land proves which Jacob Beeler it was.She transferred this same land to her nephew in 1878.
With regard to that will: statements made in the lawsuits prove that Jacob Beeler, 1750-1843, made a will in 1837 that had certain provisions in it. That fact indicates that he must have been in Sullivan County when the will was made.A Jacob “Beelar” is listed on the 1837 Sullivan Co. Tax List paying tax on almost 400 acres of land.I have proven with deed information that Jacob Beeler (1750-1843) owned just over 400 acres of land by that time. His holdings included the land purchased in 1792 and 1794 plus the 191+ acres he purchased from John Beeler, son of Ulrich Beeler (1755-1805).This is further indication that he was the Jacob Beelar on that 1837 tax list.
I have prepared this post as, perhaps, my last or one of my last for this forum to honor Jacob Beeler 1750-1843.Kenneth Parker has chosen to attack this individual, to diminish him.I am not talking here about who his parents were.He was listed as a “probable” son long before the Bible Pages surfaced.The first listings did not seem to have anything to do with King’s Mountain.He is still an undocumented, possible son of Ulrich and Maria Elizabeth Buhler.Kenneth Parker can say there is no proof that he is a son; but he cannot say there is PROOF that he is NOT a son.
However, I am not trying to prove that he is a son and/or brother with anything I have written here.I am saying that Jacob Beeler came to Sullivan County when some of the other Beelers did.He got married, had children.He purchased land.He may have fought in some of the militia battles and skirmishes, but this service may have been undocumented.Did they keep accurate records of all persons who were in various fighting groups on this frontier?
I have researched Jacob’s descendants, and have found them to be talented, hard-working people.I have come across interesting stories about Cyntha Ann Beeler Hacker Zoller who ended up as a hotel owner in Pacific, Missouri.I have learned the stories of Joseph and Daniel Hacker, sons of Julius C. and Elizabeth Beeler Hacker, who fought in the Civil War on the Confederate side.Josephus was killed.They joined the Confederate army because their farm in St. Clair Co., MO had been attacked by Jayhawkers from Kansas (You know, the Border Wars).Ironically, I am a Jayhawker, having graduated from the University of Kansas in 1958.
I have learned the story of Margaret Hacker, daughter of Julius and Elizabeth Beeler Hacker, who married Hugh Brummett, and ended up in Warrensburg, MO about 80 years before my family moved to a farm in that area (1946).Margaret’s children ended up in a rural community called Longwood, MO.In 1948, my grandfather was visiting us in Missouri, and he located these cousins of his who lived over near Sedalia, MO (in Longwood Township).We visited them—an elderly gentleman and two elderly ladies—one snowy Sunday afternoon, and had the most wonderful dinner.I did not know who they were for many years.But now I know.They were the son and two daughters of Hugh and Margaret Hacker Brummett.Calvin and Anna Beeler Brummett joined Hugh and Margaret in Longwood.Anna Beeler Brummett was a granddaughter of Jacob Beeler, younger sister of Cyntha Ann and Elizabeth Beeler who married the Hacker boys.These marriages between the Hackers, the Beelers, and the Brummetts happened because Daniel Beeler moved his family to his father’s land in Anderson County about 1840.They happened because Jacob Beeler purchased that land in 1792 and 1815.
I recently learned the story of my gg uncle John M. Hacker, oldest son of Julius and Elizabeth Beeler Hacker.He went to California in 1849 because of the gold rush.His first cousin, John M. Hacker—son of John and Cyntha Beeler Hacker—also went to California about 1851 because of the gold rush.Both of these young men had interesting stories.
These are the descendants of Jacob Beeler 1750-1843.They deserve to have their ancestor honored for who and what he was.