Submitted by Gary Beasley Dunkerley, May 16, 2017
Ephraim Beasley of Virginia was the father of Wylie Beasley, who was born in North Carolina. Wylie married Lucy (Parker) of Tennessee. Wylie and Lucy were the parents of Jesse Beasley. Jesse Beasley was Papaw's grandfather. He was born in 1805. Jesse's brother, Elijah Asberry Beasley was born in Wilson County, Tennessee in 1810, so that may also be Jesse's birthplace. Jesse married Elizabeth W. Roberts in 1828 in Greene County, Alabama. In 1833, Jesse moved to Mississippi where he farmed in both Choctaw and Chickasaw counties.
The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836 after an eleven day siege. Jesse Beasley was 31 years old, married, and farming in Mississippi. Nine years later, the Republic of Texas became the 28th state of the United States on December 29, 1845. In 1848, three years following Texas statehood, Jesse and his family traveled by wagon to Navarro County, Texas. Samuel Benton Beasley Sr. was one year old at that time. In 1856, he received a Land Grant from the State of Texas for 320 acres on the head waters of Richland Creek, located about 26.5 miles SW of Corsicana.
It is said that Jesse and Elizabeth had fourteen children (Willey, Wyatt S, Mathew, Elijah, John T, Martha A, James T, Jesse R, Lucy A, Samuel B, William P, Sarah M, Joseph A, and Elizabeth). Three of their older sons (Matt, John, and Jesse) served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (1861-1865). Jesse and John were privates and Matt was a 1st sergeant. Jesse was killed at the second battle of Manassas. John died in a hospital in Dec. 1861. Matt was wounded at Gaines Mill during the seven days of fighting around Richmond, and also shot at Chickamauga. At the end of the war he was a Captain. He returned home to farm and was ordained to the ministry of the Baptist Church at the Post Oak Church in 1875. His churches included Post Oak, Betty's Chapel, Chatfield, and Trinity. Jesse died Feb. 3, 1892 in Navarro County and is buried in the Conner Cemetery near Roane, Texas. His wife, Elizabeth, died between 1860 and 1880 in Navarro County, but her place of burial has not been located.
One of Jesse's younger sons was Samuel Benton Beasley Sr., who was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi in 1847. He married Mary (Molly) E. Conner (born in 1857) on Sept. 20, 1871 in Navarro County, Texas. Samuel and Molly had a farm near Roane, Texas. Their ten children were Rosa A, Matt, Thomas C, Ella J, Samuel Jr., Myme, William, Cleveland, John, and Bettie. Molly died on September 7, 1896. After Samuel Sr. died on Feb. 13, 1915, his son, Samuel Benton Beasley Jr., bought his father's farm to add to his own farm. Samuel Sr.'s farm was located about one mile from Samuel Jr.'s farm. It was always referred to as "the other place". Samuel Benton Beasley Sr., and Mary E. Beasley are buried at the Conner Cemetery near Roane, Texas.
Samuel Benton Beasley Jr. (known as Papaw) was born October 14, 1881 in Roane, Texas. He married Elsie Beatrice McCluney on September 27, 1902 in Navarro County. He died on June 19, 1951 at home. Elsie Beatrice (known as Mamaw) was born on September 30, 1882 near Woodland, Mississippi. She died on July 23, 1973 in Corsicana. Their farm was located in Roane, Texas. While some of their children were in high school, the family moved to Ennis, Texas where they owned and operated the Sunshine Grocery Store. The small grocery store was located across the street from the main post office. The family returned to their farm in Roane after a few years. They had eight children: Ulpen Allan, Mary Elsie (known as Mickey), Ella Lois, Jessie Mae, Lonnie Samuel, Lucille (known as Mimi), Hughlette, and Hazel Frances, all born in Roane. Lonnie and Lucille were twins. Ella Lois died at age 15 of a ruptured appendix and Hazel Frances died at age 13 months (of either diphtheria or pneumonia). Samuel Benton Beasley Jr. and Elsie Beatrice are buried in Kerens, Texas.
To read a copy of the original Land Grant giving Jesse Beasley 320 acres in Navarro County by Texas Governor E. M. Pease, CLICK HERE
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