Co. I 4th Regt. Texas Inf
CSA 1834 - 1908
Death: Sept 15th, 1906
1st sergeant, lieutenant, captain. Was the original 1st sergeant of the company. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on Dec 14, 1861 and to captain on Nov 10, 1863. Was wounded in the thigh in the battle of Gaines' Mill, Virginia on June 27, 1862. While leading the company in battle at Chickamauga on September 19 or 20, 1863, Beasley was wounded again. Died in Navarro County in 1906.
Enlisted in "Navarro Rifles" militia on July 17, 1861. Was original first sergeant of the unit which became a part of Company I, 4th Texas infantry, Army of North Virginia. Wounded twice during war and was promoted to Captain before war's end. Wife, Eliza Conner. Became minister of several churches in Navarro County, served as Navarro County Treasurer. (Navarro Leaves & Branches Feb 1999)
Submitted by Norman Stubbs, Commander of J. L. Halbert Camp 359, SCV
(Story wrote around 1900)
Rev. Mat Beasley of Navarro county, Texas, is a son of Jesse Beasley, who was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, in 1805, a son of Wiley and Lucy (Parker) Beasley, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee. Wiley Beasley was a son of Ephraim and ___ (Harris) Beasley, natives of Virginia.
The families have been identified with the Baptist Church and the Democratic Party for many years. Jesse Beasley removed with his parents to Bedford County, Tennessee at the age of about two years. Twelve years later went by wagon to Greene County, Alabama, was there married, and then began farming in Fayette County. In 1833 he began the same occupation in Choctaw County, Mississippi, where he was among the pioneer settlers, then went to Chickasaw County, same State; and in 1848 came by wagon to Texas, having spent thirteen days in the Mississippi bottoms on account of high water. He first settled two miles east of our subject’s home, but in 1880 sold his land to H. H. Burk and then began the cattle business in Throckmorton County. He died at his son’s home February 3, 1892.
Politically he identified himself with the Democratic Party and while a resident of Fayette County served as Justice of the Peace. He united with the Missionary Baptist Church at the age of sixty nine years.
Our subject’s mother nee Elizabeth W. Roberts, was born in Tennessee, a daughter of Nathan and Abigail (Bishop) Roberts, natives of North Carolina, Nathan Robert ‘s father was killed by the Indians at the time of the Revolutionary War. The Roberts family is of Irish and the Bishops of Dutch descent. Mr. And Mrs. Jesse Beasley were married in 1828 and were the parents of fourteen children,
Rev. Mat Beasley, the subject of this sketch, was born in Choctaw County, Mississippi, in 1834, and in 1849 came with his parents to Texas. He remained at home until thirty-one years of age, but began work for himself when nineteen-years old. In 1855 he began farming and raising corn for what is now Fort Griffin, which he continued until 1859, and in that year returned home, in 1861 he began teaching, but the same spring enlisted in the Confederate service as Orderly Sergeant of Company I, Fourth Texas Infantry, was promoted to second Lieutenant, then First Lieutenant, and later as Captain, which position he held until sent home to gather up the absentees. He was wounded at Gaines Mill during the seven days’ fight around Richmond, and was also shot and disabled at Chickamauga.
After the close of the struggle, Mr. Beasley settled where he now resides. Our subject began life for himself with only 100 acres of land and about $700 in money, and has acquired what he now has by his own exertions.
When thirty years of age he became a member of the Church, and while in the army at Zollicoffer, Tennessee, was baptized by I. R. Vick. He was ordained to the ministry of the Baptist Church at Post Oak Church in 1875 since which time he has been actively engaged in church work, and now has charge of four different organizations. He has been at Post Oak since 1876, Betty’s Chapel sixteen years, Chatfield six years, and Trinity Church one year. In Politics Mr. Beasley is a Democrat and an anti-Prohibitionist. From 1888 to 1890 he served as County Treasurer.
Our subject was married January 13, 1865, to Eliza Conner, a native of Illinois, and a daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Denson) Conner. Mrs. Beasley was a member of the Baptist Church, and her death occurred November 3, 1889. Although Mr. Beasley has no children of his own, he has raised and provided for two, William Bell and Bessie L. Evans, children of Lucy and John Bell.
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