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John Beighley (b. 1764, d. July 07, 1846)John Beighley (son of Conrad Buchele and Margarette Wiles)2229, 2230 was born 1764 in Salem Twp., Frederick Co., MD.2231, and died July 07, 1846 in Connoquennessing, Butler County, Pennsylvania2232.He married Catherine Baughman on 17902233, daughter of Johannis Heinrich Baughman and Anna Katherina Kunkle.
Notes for John Beighley:
They were descendants of the Palatines who were shipped to Maryland and Pennsylvania from England about the middle of the 18th century.
John Beighley and his brother Henry arrived in 1796 and Peter, George and Jacob came a year later, each of the 3 first named being a landowner in 1803.Jacob had 400 acres in Clay Township.John brought his family from Westmoreland County in 1798, and resided here until his death in 1836**.- History of Butler County 1895
History of Butler County, 1883, p.185 - John Beighley erected a house in Connoquenessing Township in 1798 with a chimney in it which was built in 1799.
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John served in the Revolutionary War as a private from Pennsylvania, 138th Regiment Order of General Mead,Northampton County, Fourth Company, Eighth Class - Pa. Archives, Fifth Series, Vol 8, p. 311
He also served in the Second Battalion, Captain Griffith's Company, Chester County Militia, Report of September 24, 1781.
He was also in the War of 1812 as well as his brother Peter. (See more information on this war in Peter's history) - Beighley Family Tree 1989, Ethel Klempet
In the War of 1812, John Beighley and Peter Beighley served as privates in Captain Boston's Rifle Company of 138th Regiment of Pennsylvania Militia under command of Lt. Robert Miller, order of Major General Mead.January 1 - February 22, 1814.Reference - Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 2 Page 95. Also record of annuity paid his widow.Original transfer in possession of descendants.
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Surname Given Name Middle Initial Company Unit Rank - Induction Rank - Discharge MISC ROLL-BOX ROLL-EXCT
BEIGHLEY JOHN138 REG'T (MILLER'S) PENNSYLVANIA MIL.PRIVATE PRIVATE14 602
John lived on the boundary line of Lancaster and North Hampton County north of Bethlehem, Pa with his wife Jane Bachman. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Bachman, under whom Conrad Beighley served.Vol. 8, p. 333, PA Archives, 5th series of Authorities for Military Records and Vol 26, p. 397, series 3 of Same.
His son, John Jr., lived at home.-Beighley Family Tree 1898 by Ethel Klempet
HISTORY OF BUTLER COUNTY p.1314-1315
Conrad's children, John, Heinrich, Peter, Catherine, George and William are known to Have removed to Butler County.John came first in 1796 and in 1798 moved here with his wife.He bought and later patented a 400 acre tract of land in what is now Connoquenessing and Lancaster Townships, on which he built a cabin.Then he served in the war of 1812.Helived there until his death in 1846.Their children were Susan (Shanor), Mary (Myers), John Conrad, George, Catherine (Myers), and Rachael (Rosebaugh).
John Beighley later bought a tract of land known as the Chamberlain tract, west of the original 400 acres east and south of his home in Connoquenessing Township and south of Mt. Nebo Church.
From the Chamberlain tract, he donated the lands on which the Old Stone Church and the cemetery in Lancaster now stand.The church building was erected in 1829.Previous to the erection of the church, services were held in the barn still in use on the old homestead in Connoquenessing Township.
John's son, John Conrad, died when a young man.The remaining children married and settled on farms given them by their father.
John's the other son, George,in 1826, married Jane Dunn of Evansburg and Evans City.They lived until their death on the old homestead where John Beighley originally settled.
Seven children were born to this union -- Eleanor Jane, Catherine Ann. Mary Ann, John Conrad, George Washington, Henry Bachmann, and Isaac Newton.Eleanor Jane married John Forrester, a farmer and stockman prominent throughout this section in the 50's, 60's and 70's.Catherine Ann married Montgomery Dunn, a prominent farmer and plasterer of Franklin Township.Mary Ann married Joseph Shearer, a blacksmith of the good old type who lived in Whitestown.John Conrad, the eldest son, was a teacher and millwright who superintended the building of the grist mills, water-power sawmills and furnaces constructed between 1850 and 1880 throughout the county.George Washington, the second son, was a farmer and superintended the farming for George Beighley, his father, in later years.He was also a good mechanic and served an enlistment to the Civil War.Henry Bachmann entered the army while quite young and upon his return graduated from Eastman Business School, Poughkeepsie, New York.Shortly afterward he went to Colorado where he engaged in transportation and mining business at which he was quite successful.
THE OLD STONE CHURCH
St. John's Church is one of the oldest German churches in the county, and is the parent of several congregations. It was formerly composed of both Reformed and Lutheran members, but for some years has been distinctively Lutheran. During the greater portion of its history, services were conducted both in German and in English, but now only the English language is used. There are no records of the first meetings. Rev. MOECKENHAUT was the first Lutheran preacher, and held meetings in John BEIGHLE'S barn. Rev. Jacob SCHNEE, of Harmony, preached at irregular intervals for some years. Rev. Michael J. STECK, pastor of the Greensburg congregation, preached occasionally in this neighborhood from 1808 to 1820. There is the record of a baptism by him in 1812. Previous to 1820, a log building was erected near the spot where the stone church now stands. This primitive structure was both the meeting house and the schoolhouse of the early settlers in the neighborhood. Probably there was no actual organization of a congregation during the early years of the church. The first communion of which there is any record, took place December 29, 1822, at which thirty-two persons were confirmed, making the number of communicants seventy-four. The membership was from the BEIGHLE, MYERS, MILLER, ROSENBAUGH, ALBERT, SHANOR, KEISTER, MÜHLEISEN, MOON, BAUMGARTNER, LEPLEY, KNEISS, BARLEY, BARGLEY, BASTON and other families of German descent. - History of Butler County Pennsylvania - 1883
Chapter 21 -- Lancaster Township, THE OLD STONE CHURCH
(This land for the church was listed as Appreciation Land, and all Burial lots were free to anyone who wanted one, but their ancestors had to help maintain the cemetery.We undertand the Congregation started to unite in a new barn Mr. John Beighle had about the year of 1798.They erected their church in 1829 and it was damaged by fire, and it was retored in 1831.St. John's Evangelical Lutheran is one of the oldet church buildings in Butler Co. and is the Mother of the Middle Lancasster, Prospect and West Liberty congregation(s)(?)-source unknown)
In April (1805) the tax duplicates were issued as follows: Slippery Rock, $351.81; Mercer, $161.84; Parker, $178.53; Venango, $116.28; Donegal, $205.63 1/2; Clearfield, $118.45; Buffalo, $170.17; Middlesex, $232.71; Butler, $262.55; Muddy Creek, $260.48; Connoquenessing, $312.89 1/2, and Cranberry, $153.34 1/2. The total tax levied was $2,798.02 1/2. In the four first named townships the rate was six mills, in the others, five mills. The collectors, in the order of townships, were John LEVERE, Henry EVANS, John JAMESON, Henry MURPHY, Adam BORTMASS, Peter HENRY, David MOORHEAD, George BROWN, Robert MAXWELL, John TURK, William DODDS, John BEIGHLEY and William KILGORE. Warrants were issued in May and June to the road viewers from McLURE's in the direction of Beaver, and from the Mercer county line through Zelienople to Butler county line, near DIXON's; while, in August, five dollars were paid to Thomas GRAHAM for viewing a road from the Venango county line to CUNNINGHAM's mill; three dollars to Benjamin GARVIN for a road from Glade run through Harmony; and six dollars to Joseph McFARREN for a road from Allegheny county line, through Zelienople, toward the town of Mercer. -History of Butler County 1895, chapter 7
Also see History of Butler County, The Beighley Family P.1316
John Beighle who was born in Maryland of German parentage, came to this township with his brothers and commenced work upon the land which was to be his farm, in 1796.In 1798 he moved his family here from Westmoreland County.Nicholas Muhleison-Milliron in English-came about the same time and settled with his family in 1797.Henry Beighle first built where George Kneiss now lives, in 1796, but afterward moved to another part of the same tract and lived on the Crab Run bottom, south of his brother John.This stream was so named from the abundance of Crab apples which the early settlers found growing wild along its banks.The Beighles and Muhleison made frequent trips back and forth to Westmoreland County on foot while they were getting their families settled here, an afterward to obtain supplies.John Beighle died in 1846, aged 82.His children were Mary, John, George C., Catharine (Myers), Margaret and Rachel. (***When his brother, Jacob, died, John became guardian of Jacob's children-it appears Jacob had 11 children)Only two are living - Mary (Myers), born in Westmoreland County in 1796, and George, born in this county in 1799.George Beighle is the oldest native resident of this township.He married Jane Dunn, daughter of John Dunn, who settled near Evansburg.She is still living and is also a native of this county, born in 1803.They have seven children living.The house erected by John Beighle in 1798, with a chimney in it, (an innovation for those times)built in 1799, is still standing and is now the home of his grandson.In this house was taught one of the first schools in Butler County.Here was also the place of worship of the German people in early times.A log barn, built by John Beighle in 1805 is still in use.Rev. J. C. G. Sweitzberth, the founder of Lutheranism in Butler County found all the Beighley (Beighle) brothers staunch supporters and for a number of years held services in John Beighle's barn.In fact, services were held here most of the time until the erection of St. John's church in 1829.This barn was floored and a roof put on in 1806.The floor was made of puncheons.While the men were at work laying it, the great solar eclipse occurred and candles had to be brought in to enable them to continue. - History of Butler County, p. 185
Nicholas Muhleisen was a German who came from east of the mountains to Westmoreland County.He was a weaver and a cooper and was quite adept at all kinds of "tinkering".He reared a large family, sixteen children, not one of whom now remains in the neighborhood.He was a jovial man, with a taste for practical joking.Once when his neighbor, John Beighle, was going to Westmoreland County with a sled load of produce, Muhleisen hid a grindstone in the straw.When John arrived at his destination and found that he had been hauling the grindstone all the way.He was not in the humor to see the point of the joke. - History of Butler County, p. 185
History of Butler County: p. 529:
The pioneers of Connoquenessing early showed an appreciation of the necessity for schools as a foundation for the development and upbuilding of their community.Nicholas Muhleisen was the pioneer teacher and taught in the German language for many years, in the schoolhouse erected on the farm of John Beighley, one and a half miles west of Whitestown.
John Beighley later bought a tract of land known as the Chamberlain tract west of the original 400 acres, one in Muddy Creek Township on which his daughter Susan lived, and 100 acres east and south of his home in Connoquenessing Township and south of Mt. Nebo Church.From the Chamberlain tract, he donated the lands on which the Old StoneChurch ( St. John's church or Beighle's church) and the cemetery in Lancaster now stand.The church building was erected in 1829.Previous to the erection of the church services were held in the barn still in use on the old homestead in Connoquenessing Township.- History of Butler County p. 1314-1315 Beighley Family.
School was held in his home, taught by Nicholas Milliron. - Beighley Family Tree 1989, Ethel Klempet
Pg. 529 - The pioneers of Connoquenessing early showed an appreciation of the necessity for schools a a foundation for the development and upbuilding of their community.Nicholas Muhleisen was the pioneer teacher and taught in the German language for many years, in the school house erected on the farm of John Beighley, one and a half miles west of Whitestown.
History of Butler County Pennsylvania - 1883
Chapter 19 -- Connoquenessing
The earliest school of which we have any account was taught in a part of John BIEGLE's [sic] house, a portion of the room being divided off by a curtain that the teacher and scholars might not be disturbed by the other inmates of the house.
Nicolas M_HLEISEN and a German from the Harmony community were the teachers. For some years schools were sustained by the German families of this neighborhood - at BIEGLER's [sic], M_HLEISEN's, and subsequently in a log building, used both as a church and schoolhouse, which stood near the site of the old stone church, in Lancaster Township.
Dina Barkley Collection, W. O. Morrison, 1916:John Beighley, our Great Grandfather and his brother Henry, late in the eighteenth century migrated with their families from Westmoreland County across the Allegheny River into the wooded wilderness of what is now Butler County, PA.They took up and settled upon lands located about one mile west of Whitestown.
Henry Beighley located and took up a claim in the year 1795 and moved his family in the year 1797.The tract of land taken up by John Beighley consisted of nearly one thousand acres.This was, it seemed at this time a very ambitious undertaking when it is considered that the entire tract of land was covered by a heavy stand of timer and it was located at least 35 miles from the nearest navigable river,the only transportation in those days except by horses over the crude paths and trails out through the forests.
Our great grandfather, John Beighley, married Katherine Baughman in Westmoreland County, date not known.
Will of John Beighley:
John BEIGHLEY4,13,14,2 was born on November 22, 1765 in Hagerstown, Md.4,15He served in the military in 1778 in Northampton Co., PA.4,16John was in the Fourth Battalion, Fourth Company, Eighth Class, Northampton Co., Militia in 1778 and he was in the Second Battalion, Chester Co., Militia in 1781.He was living in 1803 in Connoquenessing Twp., Butler Co., PA.17He died on July 7, 1846 in Connoquenessing Twp., Butler Co., PA.4,18,14
The following is the will of John Beighley dated 18 May 1843 and recorded 14 Aug 1846:
In the name of God Amen. I John Beighley of Connoquenessing Township, Butler County, state of Pennsylvania, being at present in good health and of sound anddisposing mind and memory thanks be to God for the same and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time and to the intent that I may be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me home, do make this my last will and testament in the manner following Viz.
First and principally, I recommend my soul to God my creator hoping for entry through Christ my redeemer. My body I commit to the earth to be buried by my executor after mentioned my just debts to be paid soon as possible after my decease. My worldly possessions to be disposed of as follows to wit:
First, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Catherine the one third of the profits of my real estate during her lifetime. The profits of the orchard, she is to get one half of the fruits. This ---my wife one third to be delivered to her in a bushel ------- ------------ my wife to have one horse, saddle and bridle. She is to have two -------- with a privilege to raise -------- kept in place also to ------- ------. To have six sheep and a right to have sufficient stalling kept in place for all her stock. I now live in The windmill and waggon she is to have use of during her life at her death these two articles to be my son George's. She my wife to have and occupy the house. The Spring house, have all the beds, bedding and furniture of house during her life and at her death the furniture, bed and bedding to be equally divided between her daughters then in life except the bed and bedding now in spring house left to be the property of Catherine Shaner. My wish that my son George should farm all the old farm during my wife's life giving all above stated to my wife. She is also to have four or five hogs kept yearly while she is alive, to have hoe and mattock to work her garden with. My wife is to have privilege of full -------- during her life. My son George and son in laws Samuel Myers, John Myers, Jacob Rosebaugh are to supply sufficiently of firewood hauled to my wife's house and then cut in the ----- each an equal share and that taken off of their own lot which I left to them and failure of any of them finding as stated my wife to hire and to have some wood provided an the one failing to furnish his part to pay the expenses of finding the wood. All wood cut and provided by my above heirs as stated will be free of any charge to my said wife.
Second, I give and bequeath to my Son George the hundred and fourteen acres taken out of the old tract off the east and south end and side. By him paying one hundred and twenty dollars to my wife in one and two years after my decease as she needs same, and also to pay to my daughter Mary who is intermarried to Samuel Myers, fifty dollars three years after my decease or sooner if he can make payment of part, also to my daughter Rachel, fifty dollars three and five years after my decease. I also bequeath to my said son George 17 acres of the old girty tract adjoining John Gable on lot #3 on draft.
Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan intermarried to James Black 200 acres of land more less where she now resides. Said land not to be sold during her life and at my said daughter's death said land to be property of her children share alike and I give and bequeath to her husband James Black one dollar.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine who is intermarried to John Myers the land on which she and her husband now live which I purchased from Joseph and Samuel (?) Chandler(?) the church and yard excepted by him said Myers paying to Susan Black fifty dollars in three years after my decease also to pay to my daughter Rachel fifty dollars in three years after my decease and to pay to Catherine Shaner twenty five dollars, Conrad Shaner twenty five dollars in five years after my decease the land not to be sold during my daughter's life time and to be property of her children at her death share alike.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary who is intermarried to Samuel Myers one hundred and ten acres taken off the South West corner of the old tract of land on which I live agreeable to ------ at present be same---------- -------------. Land not to be sold during my daughter's lifetime and at her death to be the property of her children share alike.
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel who is intermarried to Jacob Rosebaugh one hundred and six acres of the north end of the old tract of land on which I leave to same more or less. The sugar cane which is on this part of land my wife must have the one third of sugar made on same during her life and said land not be sold during my said daughter's life and at her death same to be equally divided amongst her children share alike if she has children then in life if not this part of land to be equally divided amongst my own children then in life share alike.
Seventh, I give and bequeath to my grandchild Conrad Shaner thirty four acres of land of what is called the girty tract on which there is a house -------being lot 1of draft. ------- more or less by him paying one hundred dollars. His lawful bill which he may have against me for work to be reduced out of above hundred dollars but if lawful bill should exceed the above and the same to be reduced out of his share bequeathed to him. But none taken from any other of my heirs.
Eighth, I give and bequeath to my grandchild Catherine Shaner thirty one acres off old girty tract adjoining Conrad Shaner's part being #4on same plot. She's not to dispose of same during her life but to let it go for use of her children if she has any if not to go for use of her uncle George and brother Conrad should share alike by the paying of one hundred and twenty dollars to my children then in life said Son George and Conrad Shaner included cash to each share alike.
Ninth, after my wife's decease the house furniture to be divided as follows to my daughter Susan the large chest in ---------, to Catherine Shaner one spinning wheel and one bureau, one chair, one brass kettle of 6 gal. and one also of 2 gal., one cow and one heifer. Three sheep, ---- furniture. To my daughter Catherine one clothes press, to my daughter Rachel one cupboard which stands in spring house, to daughter Mary one cupboard in the old house, to George Beighley my son the large copper kettle also the clock and case (the plough and horse is my son George's) to my son George also the wagon and set of gears and chains as son George also log chain. The cow chains to remain where now till after my wife's death then to be sold. Conrad Shaner to have a bedstead which I now occupy also the bed, one falling axe and one log chain also the little harrow with iron ---. Both the fine and coarse flax hackles (baskets)? to be the property of my daughters Susan, Mary, Catherine and Rachel each an equal share after their mother's death. My ---------- chisels to be my son George's also the brass piece to be said George's and the augurs to be equally divided between son George and Conrad Shaner. The other part of my chattel property not here mentioned to be appraised by my executor by means chosen by my said executor and to be sold. The proceeds of which to be equally divided amongst my surviving children share and share alike. My hand saw to be the property of Conrad Shaner. The big dining table to be the property of son George. I make and appoint my son George Beighley and son in law Samuel Myers executor of this my last will and testament revoking any former will made by me at any time. Under my hand and seal the 18th day of May AD1843.
Codicil to the foregoing will. If any of my heirs mentioned in the foregoing will should dispute as to the share of property bequeathed to them or give trouble to my heirs, the share which I have bequeathed to them making any dispute or trouble shall be taken from them and equally divided amongst my other heirs then in life share alike and place of property bequeath to any of my errors making such troubled or contention with the others of my heirs they are only to receive the amount of $5. Signed under my hand and seal to the above.
Connoquenessing Twp., Butler Co., Pa.
In 1803 Connoquenessing Twp. was much larger than the current
Connoquenessing Twp.It included the entire western third of the county
south of an east-west line drawn from the northern corner of the western
boundary of the County.In regards to the current townships, this area
includes all of Cranberry, Jackson, Lancaster and Muddy Creek Townships,
portions of Connoquenessing, Adams, Brady, Forward, Franklin, and Worth
Townships, the Boroughs of Evans City, Harmony, Mars, Portersville, Prospect
and Zelienople, and parts of the Boroughs of Connoquenessing and West
This information is from pages 50 through 54 of the 1895 Butler County
History. This source also includes the number of cows/oxen/horses owned, the
valuation, and the amount of the tax, but since this information seemed of
limited usefulness to genealogists, it has not been transcribed.
More About John Beighley:
Baptism: Near Hagerstown by Pastor Yound, sponsored by John Neren and his wife Catherine..2234, 2235
Date born 2: Abt. 17642236, 2237, 2238
Date born 3: June 07, 1765, Baptismal record by Rev. Weber.
Date born 4: November 1765, Maryland.2239, 2240
Burial: Unknown, St. John's German Old StoneLutheran Church,, Butler Co., PA.2241
Died 2: Lancaster Twp., Butler Co., PA.2242
Education: School was held in his home, taught by Nicholas Muhleisen (Milliron).
Property 1: Aft. 1798, 400acres in what is now Connoquenessing/Lancaster Twp..
Property 2: Aft. 1798, 100 acres E and S of home in Connoquenessing Twp and S. of Mt. Nebo church.
Property 3: Aft. 1798, Chamberlain Tract, W. of original 400 acres.
Property 4: Aft. 1798, Muddy Creek Twp - daughter Susan lived there later.
Property 5: Aft. 1820, Donated land for Old Stone Church and cemetary in Lancaster, built 1829.
Religion: Bef. 1829, Church met in his barn on the old homestead until the building was ready..
Residence 1: 1796, Visited Butler Co as a prospective home.
Residence 2: Connoquenessings/Lancaster Co. until his death in 1846.
Residence 3: 1798, Butler Co. with his wife..
Sponsors: John Yost Cort member of Brush Creek cong..
More About John Beighley and Catherine Baughman:
Children of John Beighley and Catherine Baughman are:
- Rachael Beighley, d. date unknown.
- +Susan Beighley, d. 18772244, 2245, 2246, 2247, 2248, 2249, 2250, 2251.
- John Conrad Beighley, d. 1825, typhoid fever2252.
- Catherine Beighley, d. date unknown.
- +Mary Magdalena Beighley, b. July 07, 1796, Westmoreland County, PA2253, 2254, 2255, d. March 06, 1886, Connouenessing Twp., Butler Co., PA2256, 2257.
- +George C. Beighley, b. August 09, 1799, Westmoreland County, PA2258, 2259, 2260, 2261, 2262, d. November 16, 1888, Butler, PA2263, 2264, 2265, 2266.
- Henry Beighley, b. 18222267, 2268, 2269, d. date unknown.