1. Laverne Wallace Beals' birth certificate: (519KB), which was not registered until 1927. See next item.
2. Laverne Wallace Beals' midwife's certification: (105KB) that she in fact delivered the child 19 years earlier.
3. Laverne Wallace Beals' death certificate: (316KB).
4. Laverne Wallace Beals' marriage certificate: (603KB).
5. Picture of Laverne Wallace Beals at about age 7 with his parents, George Edgar Beals and Edythe M. (nee Wallace) Beals: (15KB) (271KB). Also, see next item.
6. Picture of Laverne Wallace Beals at 19: (13KB) (213KB). Also, see previous item.
7. Consolidated Index to St. Thomas (Elgin
County, Ontario) Cemeteries, available at Dufferin County
Museum and Archives, Orangeville ONT; selected pages for Wallace/Wallis and Beal/Beale/Beales/Beals.
Page 5 (1.6MB), Page 6 (1.6MB), Page 16 (1.6MB), Page 17 (1.6MB).
[BWB: I was looking for possible relatives of George Edgar Beals and/or Edythe M. (Wallace) Beals, his wife, as reason they went to St. Thomas in the 1930's. No obvious connection. There was an Amy Wallace listed, initially thought to be the Amy Wallace who witnessed their wedding in 1902, but on visiting the cemetery office, I found out that this Amy Wallace was raised in Alymer and then in 1906 moved to St. Thomas. This rules her out, as our Amy Wallace resided in Bothwell in 1902, and not in Alymer.]
8. Map of Algonac Village, Clay Twp, St.Clair Co, MI: (18KB), birthplace of Laverne Wallace Beals.
America's First Families: (website)
Cautionary comments on false and fraudulent genealogies, especially on the Internet. Also, detailed account of John Beal/Beales.
10. Miller/Molesworth Family Genealogy
10a. Version #1: (website) (local copy)
This data provides an ancestral line running from Laverne Wallace (called Lawrence here) Beals, all the way back to Edward Beales. While this data was the catalyst in discovering our line, it contains little/no references to sources, so our line can not be validated based on this data; it has to be treated as conjectural.
The local copy is extracted from the website, but includes only those individuals who are decendants of Edward Beales or who are ancestors of Laverne Wallace Beals. The local copy does not include over 80% of the individuals in the Miller/Molesworth Family data, namely all those individuals who are ancestors of the decendants of Edward Beales on lines other than the one leading down to Laverne Wallace Beals.
10b. Version #2: (website) (local copy).
This is a second M/M line that includes ours. The most notable difference is for the data on Lawrence Beals (which we believe to be Laverne Wallace Beals) -- his birthday is correctly given as April 22, but the year is given as 1932, not 1908. Similarly, the date of marriage for George Edgar Beals and Edythe Wallace is incorrect.
10c. Version #3: (website)
11. Beales/Beal/Beals Family Genealogy by Donald
This key data was generously provided by Mr. Donald W. Beals, another living decendant of Edward Beales, via private communication. Mr. Beals has spent 25 years researching the Beals family -- and the supplier of most of the Beals data for the Miller/Molesworth Family Genealogy referenced above and for the Whitman/Beal/Spinney Family Genealogy by Ms.P.D.Crowe . In addition to his own research, he has drawn upon (and in many instances, corrected) the work done in the 1940's by George Washington Beals  and the subsequent work done by F.Dolina (nee Beals) Smith , George's grand-niece.
12. Social Security Administration publication no. 21-059 "A Brief History of Social Security", 8/2000: (website).
13. (Not referenced)
Wing-Norcross Family Genealogy: [BWB: website gone ca.
This data contains many references, and so gives the appearance of containing reliable data. Unfortunately, several of these references do not resolve properly to the list of sources, so verifying accuracy is not always possible. Also, some that do resolve to the list of sources have cryptic references (perhaps to a master bibliography?) and so these too can not be verified.
14. (Not referenced) Homan Family Genealogy, by another descendant of Jeremiah Beal, Jr.: (website) (local copy)
15. Edith Mary Wallace's birth certificate,
in response to a query to England records: (39KB).
[BWB: While son Laverne Wallace Beals gave her father's name as John Wallace, not as William Wallace, and her birth year as 1873, not 1874, I believe this is our Edythe based on her marriage registration data  giving parents names as William and Mary, and 1891 census  that gives a consistent age. (After this latter record, Edythe shaved various numbers of years off her age, so the records are inconsistent.) ]
16. Edythe M. Wallace's death certificate: (1MB).
Note that the vita was provided by her son, Laverne Wallace Beals, in his own handwriting. Since this is his recollection at the time, a period of grief and stress, it may contain errors and inaccuracies.
17. George Edgar Beals' death certificate: (59KB).
Note that the vita was provided by his son, Laverne Wallace Beals, in his own handwriting. Since this is his recollection at the time, a period of grief and stress, it may contain errors and inaccuracies.
18. 1910 Census for Algonac Village, Clay Twp, St.Clair Co, MI: (137KB). This shows the George Edgar Beals family, living in Algonac, and it supports the birth year for Laverne Wallace Beals. A blank, legible census form: (12KB)
19. 1861 Census for Erin Twp, Wellington Co,
Canada: (10KB). This
shows the Beals family living in Erin, including son Robert
Beals, supports the ages of the family members, and the birth
[BWB: this was originally located at http://people.ne.mediaone.net/priestner/Erin/census1861/c1861pg52.htm but that page has since disappeared.]
20. 1901 Census for Pt.Edward, Sarnia Twp, Lambton Co, Ontario Canada: (2KB) (8KB) (141KB). This record shows the Robert Beals family living in Pt.Edward (a northern suburb of Sarnia, ONT), including his father George Fletcher Beals. It supports birth years, provides actual birthdates (as reported), and birth locations.
21. (Not referenced) Map of present-day Hingham, Norfolk Co, England, as well as Wramplingham and Wymondham: (76KB)
22. (Not referenced) Map of present-day Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co, NS Canada: (13KB)
23. (Not referenced) Map of present-day Ontario Canada: (511KB) (11.6MB)
24. Map of Wellington County, Ontario Canada: (89KB). Modern, general area map: (34KB)
25. Map of present-day Dufferin County, Ontario Canada: (32KB). General area map: (34KB)
26. Map of present-day Lambton County, Ontario Canada: (187KB)
27. (Not referenced) Brief descriptions of churches in Norfolk Co, England, including the one at Hingham: (13KB)
28. List of people/organizations sending flowers to Laverne Wallace Beals' funeral: (31KB)
29. List of people/organizations sending flowers to Grace Hilda (nee Beckett) Beals' funeral: (19KB)
30. (Not referenced) List of people buried in Lakeview Cemetary, Sarnia, Lambton Co, Ontario Canada: (81KB)
31. 1857 Ontario Index page enumerating George (Fletcher?) Beals, shoemaker, in Erin, Wellington Co: (38KB)
32. (Not referenced) Life at the turn of the 20th century: (25KB)
33. (Not referenced) 1870's mention of a Beals Farm (probably owned by brother of George Fletcher Beals): (117KB)
34. According to notes found in Source ,
a Mr.Kent of Alexandria VA, a professional genealogist, is reputed to
written the following.
[BWB: Based on a reading of source , Mr. Kent was actually quoting heavily from John D. Beal. I have altered the text to use quotes for Mr. Beal's work, and unquoted text for Mr. Kent's work.]
"I was in the Library of the Society of Genealogists in London in
1979 and copied records of many Beal, Beals, Beales, Bale, Bales. Some
additional records of REVEREND EDWARD BEALES have been received from
Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, England.
"REVEREND EDWARD BEALES was ordained
a Deacon in St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Wramplingham, County
England, on 11 June 1568, instituted Rector on 23 August 1568 and
a priest on 17 October 1571 at Norwich."
(It was first thought that EDWARD BEALES was a graduate of Corpus Christi College. He did not attend Corpus Christi College according to the Librarian at Cambridge University. I misinterpreted Corpus Christi in a list of rectors to mean Corpus Christi College. I have since found a list of nongraduate rectors and EDWARD BEALES was on it. One did not even have to be a priest in those days to be rector of a church).
35. ibid., "REVEREND EDWARD BEALES gave 25 pounds to one of the Subsidies assessed to support a bill passed by the Parliament."
36. ibid., "In Wramplingham, Wymondham and Hingham there were Bale and Bales families in addition to Beal, Beale and Beales. English authors of books on surnames do not agree on the origin of the name Beal. In some families Bale and Beales both appear in Norwich records for children of the same parents."
37. ibid., "The following records from the Wramplingham Parish Register were copied and translated from the Old English by Mr. Kent of Alexandria, Virginia, a professional genealogist."
"EDWARD BEALES m Marye Harvy 16 June 1572 in Wramplingham" County Norfolk, England.
She died between 21 APR 1583 - 27 MAY 1585 in Wramplingham, Norfolk, ENG, at age unknown.
"EDWARD BEALES m Winifryd Peeke 27 May 1585 in Wramplingham."
She died between 27 MAY 1585 - 8 SEP 1586 in Wramplingham, Norfolk, ENG, at age unknown. Edward married Martha STONE licence 8 SEP 1586 in Hingham, Norfolk, ENG.
On 8 September 1586, a 'licence' was issued to EDWARD BEALE but a record of his marriage was not found. The existing Hingham Parish Register does not begin until 1600. He no doubt married MARTHA STONE in 1586 or 1587. MARTHA STONE was from Hingham Barrowe which has been defined as a borough and also a section of Hingham not within the limits of St. Andrews Church.
Martha was born about 1564 in Hingham, Norfolk, ENG. Martha was the daughter of Richard STONE and Margaret (UNKNOWN). She died bur. 21 APR 1625 in (Unknown), Norfolk, ENG, at age 60. She was buried at in Hingham, Norfolk, ENG 21 APR 1625.
"In the 1597 visitation of Norfolk County by the Bishop, a complaint was made, 'Mr._____ BEALES, Rector. They have not had monthely sermonds'. (He said he has quarterly sermons)."
"Wills: EDWARD BEALE of Wramplingham made his will in 1610/11. It was probated in 29 Oct 1612. He mentioned his Wife MARTHA, Sons Edward, JOHN, Francis, Edmond, Tymothie and Nathaniel and a daughter Martha. They were all children of his third wife MARTHA. He mentioned property in Wramplingham and Hingham."
Edward had His will probated 29 OCT 1612 in Norwich, Norfolk, ENG.
38. (Not referenced) Hillard/Hilliard Family Genealogy: (website) (local copy). See also items 40-49 below.
39. The following source is provided by :
40. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
41. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
42. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
43. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
44. Vital Records of Cohasset Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, N.E. Historic Genealogical Society, compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, published 1916 at Boston Mass., contains transcriptions of town records of interest to us, as follows. (source provided by )
44a. Front Matter: Cover [15KB], Statistics [40KB], Abbreviations [72KB]
44b. Births for Beal*: Pages 24-5 [104KB], Pages 26-7 [103KB], Pages 28-9 [93KB]
- Abell Beal, son of Andrew and Rachel, baptized Oct 28, 1733 (church record of First Congregational Society, formerly the Second Parish of Hingham)
- Abel Beal, son of Abel and Deborah, July 6, 1755
- and various siblings are listed
44c. Births for Kent: Pages 52-3 [101KB], Pages 54-5 [103KB]
- siblings of our Isaac Kent and our Abigail Kent are listed
44d. Marriages for Beal*: Pages 130-1 [105KB], Pages 132-3 [99KB]
- Abel Beal and Deborah Lambert, m. Mar. 11, 1755
- Abel Beal and widow Susannah Humphrey, m. Feb. 6, 1789 in Hingham
- Rachel Beal and Isaac Kent, m. Oct. 25, 1739 (church record record of First Congregational Society, formerly the Second Parish of Hingham)
44e. Deaths for Beal*: Pages 190-1 [99KB], Pages 192-3 [95KB]
- Abel Beal, d. Apr. 20, 1805 at 72 yo (church record record of First Congregational Society, formerly the Second Parish of Hingham), or
... Apr. 19, 1805 at 71yo (North Cohasset Cemetery grave record)
- Andrew Beal, d. Jan. 10, 1762 at 77 yo (North Cohasset Cemetery grave record)
- Deborah Beal, wife of Abel, d. June 15, 1788 in 54th year (North Cohasset Cemetery grave record)
- Rachel Beal, widow of Andrew, d. Nov. 20, 1780 at 84yo (North Cohasset Cemetery grave record)
45. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
46. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
47. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
48. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
49. (Not referenced) The following source is provided by  but has not been validated by us:
50. The Canada Directory for 1871 (FHC fiche
describes two towns in which our relatives lived:
50a. page 323, "Erin - A flourishing village on a branch of the Credit river, township of Erin, county of Wellington. It possesses a grist mill, saw and lath mill, woolen factory, foundry, stave factory, potash works, tannery and drill shed, also lime and freestone quarries. Distant from Orangeville, a station of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce railway, 13 miles, from Georgetown, a station of the Grand Trunk railway, 14 miles, fare 60c.: from Guelph 18 miles, fare 75c. Mail daily. Population about 600." (2.3MB)
[BWB: no Beal* names were listed.]
50b. page 510, "Luther - A small village on the Grand river in the township of Luther, county of Wellington. It will be one of the principal stations of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce railway, and being surrounded by a fine farming country is growing rapidly, and promises to be a very stirring place. Distant from Fergus, a station of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce railway, 17 miles, from Guelph 29 mines, from Toronto 60 miles. Mail bi-weekly. Population about 60." (2.2MB)
Of the 9 business people listed, one was "Beales Stephen, saw mill owner, carpenter".
51. Archives of Ontario Canada Birth Indices,
give registration numbers and registration year.
With this information,
one can obtain the actual birth registration.
51a. Microfilm MS 931, Reel 10 (FHC microfilm #1983413); year 1898, the year Charles R. Beals, son of Robert Beals and Mary Jane Smith, is supposed to have been born. [BWB: Scanned film but did not find Charles R. Beals listed. Also reviewed the 1899 Index on FHC microfilm #2023011, but CRB not found. This same film also has a 'correction book' for the years 1869-1899, but no pertinent information found.]
51b. Microfilm MS 931, Reel 1 (FHC microfilm #1819389 at FHC-SanJose); years 1869-1895, surnames B. George Edgar Beals and Eleanor Beatrice Beals listed.
[BWB: I scanned the entire microfilm for other Beal* of interest, based on name, date and location. Nothing obvious found, tho some slight possibles.]
52. (Not referenced)
Archives of Ontario Canada Marriage Indexes, which
give registration numbers and registration year.
With this information,
one can obtain the actual marriage registration.
52a. MS 934, Reel 1 (FHC microfilm #1819478); years 1873-1910, surnames B. Indexes the marriages of Robert Beals and Mary Jane Smith, George Edgar Beals and Ann Boomer.
52c. MS 934, Reel 11 (FHC microfilm #1983414); year 1913, surnames A-Z. Year of marriage for Eleanor Beals and Thomas Lane.
53. Archives of Ontario Canada Death Indexes,
give registration numbers and registration year.
With this information,
one can obtain the actual death registration.
53a. MS 937, Reel 2 (FHC microfilm #1411568 at FHC-SanJose); years 1891-1919.
[BWB: This does not contain an index entry for George Fletcher Beals (d.1905), as one would think it would. Instead, the death was recorded in 1904 records, see . ]
54. Annapolis County NS Probate Court Record
re Abel Beals and Abigail Kent, his wife, as well as for one Catherine
Beals (probably Abel's granddaughter).
See  for a copy of the original handwritten LWT, and  for a typed transcription.
55. (Not referenced) LDS's International Genealogy Index (IGI) entries for George Fletcher Beals: (local copy).
56. (Not referenced) LDS's International Genealogy Index (IGI) entries for Robert Beals: (local copy).
57. (Not referenced) Benkard Family Genealogy: [BWB: the original website at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/8301/beal.htm has disappeared c.3/2003] (local copy). This is one of several websites that say that Edmund Beal, not Edward Beales, was father of John Beal/es. It's not clear why this disparity exists.
58. (Not referenced) Whitman/Beal/Spinney Family Genealogy: [BWB: website gone ca. 2/2005] (local copy). Ms. P.D. Crowe, the author of this web site, has worked closely with Don Beals  with regard to her inclusion of Beals family genealogy.
Ontario CAN Birth Registration #034566
on 9/14/1881 in E.Luther, for George Edgar Beals, b.8/24/1881, son of
Beals, carpenter in East Luther, and Mary Jane Smith, attended by Mrs.
Wm Dixon [BWB: midwife?]; Archives of Ontario microfilm MS 929, Reel 51
(FHC microfilm #1845577): (full
(close up 1MB).
[BWB: for some unknown reason, family members, including GEB himself, consistently reported his birth year as 1882. This record demonstrates they were mistaken.]
60. Ontario CAN Birth Registration #010531 on 10/12/1891 in E.Luther, for Eleanor Beatrice Beals, b.9/29/1891, daughter of Robert Beals, carpenter in Grand Valley, and Mary J. Smith, attended by A.C.Graviller MD; Archives of Ontario microfilm MS 929, Reel 104 (FHS microfilm #1846442): (full page 1.9MB) (close up 1.4MB).
Ontario CAN Marriage Registration #009701
for 1875 in Guelph, for:
-- Robert Beals, 23, b.Trafalgar, mechanic, Regular Baptist, parents George Beals and Ann Beals; and
-- Mary Jane Smith, 21, b.Stampford, ENG, Regular Baptist, parents John and Mary Smith
-- m.6/10/1875 by Rev.Thomas L Davidson DD, witnessed by Harrison B. Smith and Hattie L. Davidson of Guelph.
Archives of Ontario microfilm MS 932, Reel 19 (FHC microfilm #1862897): (full page 1.6MB) (close up 1.6MB)
Ontario marriage registration #011958 recorded
11/7/1902, Archives of Ontario microfilm MS932, Reel 107 (FHC microfilm
-- Geo Edgar Beals, 22, residence Port Huron, b.Ont., baker, parents Robert and Mary (no last names recorded), Baptist; and
-- Edith M. Wallace, 24, res. Strathroy, b.Eng, parents William and Mary (no last names recorded), Baptist;
-- m.10/28/1902 in Strathroy by Rev. D. Dack, witnesses: Thos. Blake of Sarnia, and Amy (could be Anny, a misspell of Annie) Wallace of Bothwell.
(left side 1.3MB) (right side 1.3MB) See also  for the church's record, which is more complete.
[notice George gave an age suggesting he was born in 1880, not the
1881 per birth certificate I found, nor the 1882 date used later and by
And, again, Edith apparently shaved several years off
her age, even at 24!]
[also said residence was Port Huron, not Sarnia as per 1901 census]
Ontario CAN Marriage Registration #007460
for 1913 in Sarnia, for
-- Eleanor Beals, 21 b.Grand Valley, LDS, parents Robert Beals and Mary Jane Smith; and
-- Thomas Lesly Lane, 31 b.Blemhelm, ONT, Methodist, farmer, widower, of Blemhelm ONT, parents Stephen Lane and Elizabeth Earle;
-- m.4/16/1913 at the home of Rev.Richard Weaver, witnessed by George E. Beals and Edythe M Beals, 151 Mitton St, Sarnia.
Archives of Ontario microfilm MS 932, Reel 257 (FHC microfilm #1976221): (full page xxxK) (close up xxxK). License issued same day at Sarnia. (full page 1.4MB) (close up 1.4MB)
Copy of Birth Certificate issued 3/19/1962,
for Grace Hilda Beckett, d.o.b. 12/5/1913, in Port Arthur, Thunder Bay
Dist., registered 12/17/1913, number 1913-05-057607: (62KB).
Note that the family said Grace was born 11/5/1913, as per next reference below. c.October 1938, Grace wrote to the Registrar about the error, but apparently never had it corrected.
66. Baptismal Certificate for Grace Hilda Beckett, daughter of Bert and Agnes Beckett, b. 11/5/1913 in Port Arthur, Ont., signed by Rev. George K.B.Adams, 7/28/1914, affiliated with a Methodist church in Port Arthur, Ont.: (96KB)
Grace Beckett's secretarial diploma from
Windsor-Walkerville Technical School, dated 6/30/1928: (1.1MB)
Note Grace was only 14 years old, of which she was proud (graduating from school so young).
68. Certificate of marriage, for Laverne Wallace Beals and Grace Hilda Beckett, 12/26/1938, registration number 2393, signed by Harry R. Nobles, Temple Baptist Church, Windsor Ont.: (142KB). Picture of church April 2002.
69. Picture of Laverne Wallace Beals and the newly married Grace Hilda (nee Beckett) Beals, at home of her parents: (66KB)
U.S.A. Naturalization Certificate #7039049
for Grace Hilda Beals, 4/27/1954: (6.4MB)
Also, see Grace's application paper for other details: (181KB)
71. Canadian Immigration Record for Grace Hilda Beals, 9/4/1963: (4.2MB)
72. Death certificate for Grace Beals, d.10/21/1980 in Windsor Ont, registration #1980-05-050032 on 10/23/1980: (4.6MBB)
Application for Admission to Housing Project
for the City of Windsor Ont, for Bert Beckett, 7/2/1964 (handwritten by
Grace Beals, daughter): (268KB)
On this application, it is stated that Bert lived in Windsor 1914-1954 and that he worked for the Sandwich, Windsor & Amherstburg Railway.
74. Grace H. Beals' own account of her employment history: (149KB).
75. Sales contract for Grace Beals' seal coat: (94KB).
76. Marriage notice in Windsor Star for Grace Beckett and Laverne Wallace Beals: (881KB)
77. Photographs of Laverne and Grace's headstones: (75KB)
78. Picture of Grace Hilda Beals that husband Laverne Wallace Beals carried in his wallet 'til death: (105KB)
1891 Ontario Census for Pt.Edward and Sarnia,
Archives of Ontario microfilm #T-6347 (FHC microfilm #1465773).
[BWB: found no Beal* of interest, or Wallace.]
80. Web site for Middle Bass Island: (web site) (local copy of history page)
Web site for the Ripley Family Genealogy:
site) (local copy)
[BWB: while this site appears to be well researched, with many references to supporting documents, we can not verify its data is correct without independent validation.]
Data on John Beal submitted by Herbert Holden
Adams, Jr. of Milford, Connecticut, who cited:
Hingham and Weymouth VR: Lincoln's: History of the Town of Hingham, MA: Genealogy of Joseph Beal, by Wm. James Beal.
83. Ontario Death Registration #017720, Archives of Ontario microfilm #MS 935, Reel 198 (FHC microfilm #1861975), for Robert Beals, died at 63 years, 1 month, 15 days old on April 30, 1914, at 127 Mitton St., Sarnia. Married, shoemaker, born in Ontario to George Beals and Ann Boomer. (1.7MB)
1881 Ontario Census for East Luther Twp,
Wellington Co, Archives of Ontario microfilm #C-13260 (FHC microfilm
84a. Page 24, Family 112: George [Fletcher] Beals, 65, b.NS, Bapt, shoemaker; Ann, 66, b.NS; Sarah, 10, b.Ont.: (2.2MB)
84b. Page 24-5, Family 113: Isac Beals [son of GFB] , Ruth, George Edward, Sarah Jane, Mary Ann: (ibid., and 1.9MB)
84c. Page 25, Family 117: Henretta [widow of Stephen b.1820], Mary Matilda, Jessie Jane: (ibid.)
84d. Page 33, Family 153: Robert Beals, 32, b.Ont, Decip., carpenter; Mary Jane, 28, b.England: (1.9MB)
84e. Page 33, Family 154: Hiram Curtis Beals [son of Stephen b.1820], Esther, Charlotte Winford, Ector Logd [sp?]: (ibid.)
[BWB: also found an entry in West Luther for the David Lovell family, with a George Beals, 15, listed as a servant.]
1891 Ontario Census for East Luther Twp,
Wellington Co, Archives of Ontario microfilm #T-6377 (FHC microfilm
85a. Page 12, Family 49: Robert Beals, 41, b.Ont, parents b.NS, Baptist; Mary Jane, 37, b.Eng, parents b.Eng; George Edgar, 9, b.Ont: (790KB)
85b. Page 31, Family 145: George Beals, 75, b.NS, parents b.NS, Baptist, shoemaker; Ann, 76; Sarah, 18: (1.1MB)
1871 Ontario Census for East Luther Twp,
Wellington Co, Archives of Ontario microfilm #C-9950 (FHC microfilm
86a. Stephen Bels (sic), 51, b.NS; Sarah, 46 [other genealogies only list wives Charlotte E. Boomer, and Henretta Lee; who's this?]; Edward, 22; David, 20, Charles, 18; Hiram, 14; Eugene, 12; Lorenzo, 10; William, 7; George, 6; Warren, 3: (entry not photocopied)
[BWB: entire film searched; no other Beal* families found.]
87. The Beals Family Ancestry of F. Dolina (nee Beals) Smith, another decendant of Edward Beales. Mrs. Smith supplemented the research done in the 1940's by her great uncle George Washington Beals , adding her own line, as well as providing personal stories, photographs and references. See also  above.
88. Photograph taken 10/2002 of the Stephen
Charlotte Beals memorial obelisk in Grand Valley Union Cemetery in
Valley, Dufferin County, Ontario: (178KB)
Comparing this with a photograph of the memorial in Mrs. Smith's collection (above), one can see that the memorial is badly weathered, the top finial is missing, the simple flat headstone in front of the obelisk is also missing, and the memorial is half hidden by a 'weed' bush behind it.
89. 1881 British Census for Yattondon, Berkshire, ENG (as transcribed and contained on CDs at the Family History Centers of the LDS Church) lists the William Wallace family living in a 'cottage':
William Wallace, agricultural laborer, 38, b.Yattondon
Mary A. Wallace, 36, b.Ashampstead, Berks
Henry Wallace, agricultural laborer, 12, b.Bradfield, Berks
Rose A. Wallace, scholar, 8, b.Yattondon
Edith Wallace, scholar, 6, b.Yattondon
Isabell E. Wallace, 2, b.Yattondon
Neighbors included families of Wernham, Billington, Hall, Hunter, Watts, King on one side and Phelps, Serle, Reeve, Joyce, French, Wise on the other side. The household of Ms. Lydia G. Reeve, 36, also included:90. 1891 Census for Strathroy ONT, listing Edith Wallace, 16, b.England, Presbyterian, as a domestic servant in the home of the John S. MacRault (sp?) family, who were Scottish. (left side 2.5MB) (right side 2.4MB)
Agnes Wallace, visitor, 14, b.Bradfield.
Based on proximity, age, and birthplace, I believe this to be an older daughter of William and Mary Wallace.
In addition, LDS' web site http://www.familysearch.org contains the following listing under the name 'Wallace':
Rose Annie Wallis, born to Mary Ann and William Wallis, christened 7/7/1872 in Yattendon.
On the other hand, the 1891 Census does not list the Wallace family, nor most of the neighboring families. This suggests that the Wallaces, along with their neighbors (perhaps under the guise of their church memberships), all emigrated from England sometime in the 1880's.
1901 Census for Strathroy ONT, listing Edith
Wallace, 25, b.10/28/1875 in England, as a domestic servant in the home
of the Hugh McColl family.
(full page, left side
1.5MB) (right side
(close up, left side 1.5MB)
(right side 1.2MB)
[BWB: this is the first example of Edith being imprecise about her age and birthdate, which was 10/28/1874; there are several more in subsequent events.]
Some pictures taken in Strathroy in April 2002: historical marker, Downtown-1, and Downtown-2.
92. Obituary for Mary Beals, widow of Robert Beals, in the Sarnia Observer newspaper of 11/15/1930. (index entry 700KB) (notice 1.8MB)
Picture of Windsor Technical Institute,
also called Patterson High School, from which Laverne Wallace Beals
[BWB: This building no longer exists, having been razed for a Safeway Supermarket and parking lot. There is a plaque at the corner that commemorates the site.]
94. Poem in the 1928 year book for Windsor-Walker Technical School, the year Grace Hilda Beckett graduated, titled "C-3-C Vanities", that includes the couplet: "Miss Grace Beckett excels in Business Law, The answers she gives fill the rest with awe". (630K)
Birth announcement in the Sarnia Observer
9/2/1898, for a son born on 8/25/1898 to the wife of Mr. Beals.
[Based on the date and location, I believe this son was in fact Charles Richard Beals, brother to George Edgar and Eleanor Beatrice, as substantiated by the SSDI, item 111 below.]
96. Wedding announcement in the Strathroy Age newspaper on 10/30/1902, page 8, for Edgar Beals of Port Huron and Edith M. Wallace of Strathroy, at the residence of H. McColl, by the Rev. D.Dack on 10/28/1902. (1.6MB)
97. At the time Edythe Wallace lived in Strathroy Ontario (bef.1891 - 1902), there was another William Wallace family living there, though I don't believe this was Edythe's father. I have found the following records concerning this William Wallace:
97a. Vital Record Index for the British Isles, Second Edition (a Resource File available at FHC), listing births and christenings in, Hertsfordshire, England, including William Wallis b.5/1/1843 to William Wallace and Sarah ?. This same listing shows 12 siblings of William over the period 1840-1861, as well as 8 other Wallace/Wallis families. One of these families was William Wallis and Jane ?, with child William Henry b.4/25/1871 -- it is possible this Jane was William Wallis' (b.5/1/1843) first wife, based solely on dates/ages. [BWB: However, if Jane was his first wife, then I don't know what became of her or William Henry, as they don't show up in the 1891 or 1901 Ontario Census.]
Ontario marriage registration #6822 for William Wallace of
Strathroy, 32, florist, b. Chestnut [BWB: I believe this should be
Hertfordshire, ENG, widow, parents William and Sarah Wallace, on
in Strathroy, to Francis Clarke, 26, b.Medcalfe [BWB: should this be
parents William and Ann Clarke, by Rev. A. C. Nile, witnessed by
F. Snell and Fanny Kent; FHC microfilm 1869511.
[BWB: Note that WW would have been 37, not 32 as declared herein -- I can not account for this discrepancy.]
97c. The 1891 Strathroy census lists the family: William, 47, English; Frances, 36; Annie E., 9; Julia R., 8; Letticia E., 7; Harrold L.W., 5; Frances A., 4; Arthur A., 2; Fannie E., 11/12.
97c. The 1901 Strathroy census also lists the family, including children Annie E., Lettecia E., Harold W.L., Frances A, Arthur A.A., Annie E.(#2), George E., and Sidney C. William claimed to be born 5/1/1843 in England and that he immigrated in 1879.
Ontario death registration #21800 in 1913 for William Wallace,
married, gardener, of '10[th] Con[cession] Caradoc', parents William
and Sarah Williams, age 70 years 3 months 6 days (implying b.5/1/1843),
b.England, d.8/6/1913 of Paralysis (immediate cause for 10 days, but of
4 years' duration) per Dr. J.R.McCabe, informant Harold Wallace of
[BWB: the VR Index for the British Isles lists 4 Sarah Williams, born 1809-1820 in Hertfordshire and therefore possibly WW's mother.]
97e. Strathroy Municipal Cemetery listings #1 (597KB) and #2 (761KB), showing William Wallace, b.1843 and d.8/8/1913. BWB: On a visit to the cemetery 4/2002, the caretaker said his wife was Francis Clark, b.1855, d.12/27/1928 and that they had a infant son that died 3/31/1893 or 94. Caretaker gave me a reference to Ken and Linda Dunamore 1-519-245-3013, saying her grandmother knew the Wallace family and might provide more information.
BWB: Despite the name, location and birthdate similarities to
the other WW of Yattendon, Berkshire, England, father of Edythe Mary
I do not believe the WW of Cheshunt and Strathroy is her father, for
(1) Edythe's mother's name was Mary (Jerome), not Jane (x) -- though I have not really identified the name of WW's first wife.
(2) In the 1881 English census, William Wallace claimed to be 38, which would imply b.1842-43, and to be born in Yattendon, Berkshire -- not Cheshunt, Hertsfordshire.
(3) Given that Edythe's family was included in the 4/1/1881 English census for Yattendon, Berkshire, the William m.3/16/1881 in Strathroy Ontario couldn't be her father.
(4) If the immigration date is in error and this is the same William, then he would have had to abandon his first family in England, and children ages 2-14 -- I'd like to think this is unlikely.
My conclusion is that the Strathroy WW is not Edythe's father, though of course she could be related in some other way (neice, etc.).
City Directories for Sarnia and Point Edward,
Lambton Co., Ontario (precursors of modern phone books, but also with a
section listing residences and businesses on a street by street basis);
available at the Sarnia Public Library as original documents [BWB: some
poor condition, some in such poor condition that I was asked to skip
-- but the library still has no plans on microfilming them for future
[BWB: the pictures of houses and buildings linked below were taken in April 2002 and therefore most likely include extensive remodelings from the original.]
98a. 1904 Pt. Edward, George F Beals; Robert Beals, carpenter
98b. ibid., Victoria Avenue, Robert Beals. Counting number of houses from cross streets, I took this picture of house, though I suspect it has been heavily remodeled; the house next door to the West is probably more representative of the architecture of the early 1900's.
98c. 1906 Sarnia, Eleanor Beals, works for H.Chittick; Robert Beals
98d. ibid., Hugh Chittick, Ideal Laundry
98e. ibid., 503 George Avenue, Robert Beals
98f. ibid., 149 Mitton, Robert Beals, shoemaker
98g. 1907-08 Sarnia, Eleanor B Beals; Robert Beals, shoemaker
98h. ibid., 153 Mitton (to the right in the picture), Robert Beals, shoemaker
98i. ibid., 326 Wellington, Robert Beals [residence]
98j. 1911 Sarnia, Eleanor B. Beals, works in Port Huron; Geo E
baker; Robert Beals, shoemaker
98k. ibid., 157 Cobden, Robert Beals [residence]
98l. ibid., 271 Devine, George E Beals, baker (residence and business)
98m. ibid., 153 Mitton, Robert Beals, shoemaker
98n. 1913 Sarnia, Geo E Beals, baker and confectioner; Robt Beals,
98o. ibid., 127 Mitton, Robt Beals [BWB: this residence no longer exists, replaced by the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.]
98p. ibid., 151 Mitton (to the left in the picture), Geo E Beals, baker (residence and business)
98q. ibid., 153 Mitton, Robt Beals, shoemaker
98r. ibid., Bakers/Geo E Beals
98s. ibid., Shoemakers/Robt Beals
98t. 1914-15 Sarnia, Chas Beals, salesman for J T Mills; Robt Beals,
98u. ibid., John D Mills, grocer [BWB: I take this to be same as employer of, one being a misspelling]
98v. ibid., 127 Mitton, Robt Beals [residence]
98w. ibid., 153 Mitton, Robt Beals, shoemaker
98x. ibid., Bakers/Geo E Beals [BWB: contrary to this business listing, GEB was not listed in alpha or street sections -- so think he was no longer in town]
98y. ibid., Shoemakers/Robt Beals
98z. 1918 Sarnia, Chas Beals, works at Mueller Manufacturing Co.;
S Beals [BWB: I believe this is George Solomon, cousin to Charles, who
is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia); Mary (widow of Robt)
98aa. ibid., 123 Mitton, Geo S Beales (sic); 127 Mitton, Mrs. Mary Beals
98bb. 1922 Sarnia, George S and Elizabeth J Beals; Mrs. Mary
C E Beals, fireman Grand Trunk Railway
98cc. ibid., 127 Mitton, Richard C. E. Beals (phone noted at this residence)
99. City Directories for Windsor, Essex Co., Ontario (precursors of modern phone books, but also with a section listing residences and businesses on a street by street basis); available on the second floor of the Windsor Central Library as original documents and on microfilm:
[BWB: Bert Beckett and family also lived at 1011 Howard Ave. but I have lost the directory information indicating same, and the year.]
[BWB: the pictures of buildings linked below were taken in April 2002, and so they may have been radically remodeled from the original. Since the City of Windsor renumbered buildings in the mid 1930's, I attempted to locate specific addresses by counting houses/buildings from cross streets -- but I did run into inconsistencies, perhaps due to buildings being razed, duplexes recombined into a single family dwelling, etc. (The pictures are about 600KB apiece.)]
99a. 1917 and 1920, Bert Beckett, boilermaker, 109 Erie East [BWB: In picture 1 and picture 2, number 109 was probably in the center of this set of store fronts.]
99b. 1920-21, Bert Beckett, 721 Erie East
[BWB: George Edgar not listed in directories for 1920 or 1920-21.]
99c. 1922-23, 736 Moy St., G E Beals [BWB: directory is not specific
as to residence
vs business, and no bakery is mentioned. In this instance, I was not
to locate the specific building as the number of addresses in 1922
from those in 2002... so the house was either that in
picture 2 or
[BWB: Bert Beckett not listed]
99d. 1923-24, Geo E Beal (sic); Beal's (sic) Bakery
99e. ibid., 736 Moy, G E Beals
99f. ibid., 1120 Wyandott, Beal's Bakery
99g. ibid., Bakers and Confectioners/Beal's Bakery
99h. 1924-25, Geo E Beal, baker
99i. ibid., 109 Erie St., Beal's (sic) Bakery [BWB: In picture 1 and picture 2, number 109 was probably in the center of this set of store fronts.]
99j. ibid., 1119 Wyandott, Beal's Bakery and G E Beal [residence] with Lyon's Service Station in rear [BWB: by 2002, the bakery building has been razed, but a service facility is still there and in operation.]
99k. ibid., Bakers and Confectioners/Beal's Bakery (two locations)
[BWB: Bert Beckett not listed.]
99l. 1926-27, Geo E Beal, baker; Laverne Beal, clerk in Beal Bakery
99m. 1927-28, Bert Beckett, works for Canadian Salt Co, 132 Sandwich West (cross Brock, church, then 2nd house)
[BWB: George Edgar not listed in directories for 1933, 1934, 1938.]
99n. 1934, Gladys Dennis, 156 Hall, at corner of Riverside Dr.
99o. 1938, Bert W and Agnes Beckett, welder Sandwich Techumseh
Grace Beckett, stenographer for H. Walker & Sons; Ivie A Beckett,
at Toronto General Trusts, 2214 Dougall Ave.
99p. ibid., Gladys Dennis, teacher, 540 Hall [BWB: this is same house location as that in 1934, #156 [99n]; Windsor renumbered houses in mid-1930's.]
99q. ibid., Leonard D. Dennis, 555 Victoria Ave, worked as salesman for Agnew-Surpass Shoes.
99r. 1939, Bert W and Agnes Beckett, welder Sandwich Techumseh
Grace Beckett, stenographer for H. Walker & Sons; 2214 Dougal
[BWB: My cousin Kay (Murtagh) Ronson recalls her mother talking of living at 2291 Dougal as well.]
100. Greenlawn Memorial Park (RR#1, Rte 3/Huron Church Dr., Oldcastle, Ont. N0R 1L0; ph 519-969-5320) burial number 162: Mary Jane Beals, d.11/12/1930, interred 11/14 in Lot F, Section 376, Block F; undertaker Ed. Morris. (1.3MB) [There is no grave marker.]
Greenlawn Memorial Park (ibid.) burial
number 883: George Edgar Beals, d.10/27/1939, interred 10/30 in
A, Section 418, Block F; undertaker J.S.Sutton: (502KB).
Plot owned by Laverne W. Beals:
Markers placed by grandsons c.June 2002: (49KB)
Greenlawn Memorial Park (ibid.) burial
number 1314: Edythe M. Beals, d.9/16/1946, interred 9/19 in Lot
Section 418, Block F; undertaker J.H.Sutton.
Plot owned by Laverne
Markers placed by grandsons c.June 2002: (49KB)
Victoria Memorial Gardens (Rte 3/Huron
Church Dr., Oldcastle, Ont. N0R 1L0; ph.519-969-6340): Bertie
Beckett, b.2/10/1886, d.11/13/1966, interred 11/15 in Grave 3, Section
372, Block E; undertaker Sutton Funeral Service.
Minister Rev. Canon
Informant: Mrs. Ivie Murtagh, daughter, 36 Hanna W.,
Windsor, Ontario: [217KB].
Markers placed by grandsons c.June 2002 [25KB]; photos c.10/2004: [223KB], [184KB].
Scene at grave site, with Bert's marker in foreground, c.10/2004: [299KB].
Victoria Memorial Gardens (ibid.):
Martha A. Beckett, b.8/5/1891, d.4/18/1979, interred 4/20 in Grave 4,
372, Block E; undertaker J.H.Sutton Funeral Home.
Minister Rev. Canon
Informant: Mrs. Grace Beals, daughter, 780 Ouellette
Ave., Apt. 72, Windsor Ontario N9A 1C5.
[Marker placed by grandsons c.6/2002.]
[BWB: the two Beckett graves are head-to-foot rather than side-by-side; I don't know if this has any particular significance beyond availability -- or if it reflects that they were separated, though not divorced.]
Lakeview Cemetery & Crematorium (1016
Colborne Road, Sarnia, Ont N7V 3K7, ph.519-337-5761) record 4769:
Robert Beals, b.Ontario, d.4/30/1914 at age 63, interred 5/2 in Lot
A, Lot 22, Plot Line G; funeral director Phillips.
(409KB). [There is
no grave marker.]
Scene at grave site at bottom center: (663KB).
[The same information was obtained from the Sarnia ONT Public Library, as contained in the "Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia, Ontario, Custodial Records", Lambton County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, 2000, pg 33. [6KB] ]
106. Citizen's ID Card issued by U.S.Dept of Labor in 1933 to Laverne Wallace Beals, living at 156 Hall, Windsor Ontario, and working in the Buhl Building, #942.
107. Death notice for Laverne Wallace Beals in Detroit News newspaper. [Information probably supplied by his widow, Grace Hilda.]
108. Diploma for Laverne Wallace Beals' graduation from D.B.U. [Detroit Business University?]
109. Social Security Card issued to Laverne Wallace Beals.
Death certificate for Richard Charles
Beals, setup man for Allison Plant 3, d.4/16/1968 of heart attack in
(near Indianapolis), IN at age 64, b.8/25/1903 in Canada, citizen of
SSN 470-07-6373, parents Robert Beals and Mary Jane Smith, wife Edna
buried in Fairview Cemetery, Orleans, IN on 4/19/1968.
[BWB: The last residence given is the same as the one in Laverne & Grace Beals' address book for 'Dick' Beals, Laverne's uncle. Also, I take the discrepancy in birth year as an error of the widow; see next item with same SSN. I also tried to get a copy of a newspaper obituary/death notice via the Indianapolis Marion County Library, but none was located by their staff.]
111. Social Security Death Index (SSDI) lists Richard Beals, SSN 470-07-6373, b.8/25/1898, d.4/1968 in Indianapolis, IN. Also, see previous item.
112. Death notice in Orangeville (Ontario) Sun newspaper, 2/4/1892, pg. 3: "Died; Beals - In Grand Valley, on the 20th, Ann Beals, wife George F. Beals, in her 79th year.": (1.8MB) Also see item  below.
Notice in Orangeville (Ontario) Sun newspaper,
2/13/1890, pg. 2: "Mr. and Mrs. George F. Beals celebrated their
golden wedding on the 29th ult.
The old couple were made the recipients
of a number of valuable presents." (1.5MB)
Also see next item.
114. The marriage registration for George F. Beals and Ann Bulmer, m.1/29/1840 appears in the following three documents:
114a. The actual book used by Rev. Black, Baptist Minister of
to record marriages he solemnized, a loosely bound softcover book (with
thread along the spine to hold the folded 7" x 8" sheets together),
at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in Fergus, ONT. One
is for George F. Beals, of Erin, and Anne Bulmer [aka Boomer in other
of Esquesing, married 1/29/1840, witnessed by <blank> Freeman and
Freeman, and with intent to marry by 'publishment' [probably by
intent in church for several weeks running, which was an early
to obtaining a license].
[BWB: The archives assistant, Ms. Elisa DeLaurentis, brought the book out from the stacks to show me, gingerly cradling it on white cotton gloved hands. This was a very special moment, seeing a book that was over 160 years old and recording GFB's marriage. She made the copy of the page and cover shown here.]
-- Cover; left half was missing: (853KB)
-- Page for 1839-40: (1.5MB).
A transcription of the "Marriage Register of Rev. Black
1828-1842 Districts of Gore & Niagra", FHC microfiche 6100642,
marriage of Geo. F. Beals of Erin and Ann Bulmer [BWB: spelled
as Boomer] of Esquesing on1/29/1840, by Banns, witnessed by ? Freeman
(This document also lists the marriage of Mary Bulmer of Esquesing to Michael Teeter of Erin on 3/22/1836.)
114c. Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, Vol. 9, Part 1, Wellington District, Norsim Research and Publishing, 1997. [Same text as above, but first witness given as Mr. Freeman.]
115. The Beals Genealogy by George
Beals, an Ontario schoolteacher, b.7 Dec 1864, d.18 Aug 1954, s/o
Beals b.1820 and Charlotte Boomer. Mr. Beals' work was augmented
updated by his grand-niece F. Dolina (nee Beals) Smith ,
by Donald W. Beals [11
and of course by the present effort (most notably in the line of George
and his descendants, where names and dates were corrected, and primary
were located and cited).
] [BWB: a few pages are missing in this copy.]
116. Ontario death registration #3494 for Ann Beals, shoemaker's wife, on 1/20/1892 at age 78 years 1 month and 26 days, of Heart Disease and Erysiplis(sic) of 2 or 3 months per A. C. Gaviller M.D., informant Robert Beals, Laborer in Twp of E. Luther; FHC microfilm 1853539: (2.3MB)
Surrogate Court of Wellington County,
file #1134 in 1876, giving the LWT of Stephen Beals (b.1820, hence
of our George Fletcher Beals) and other matters related to probate,
of funds and custody of infant children; Ontario Archives microfilm GS1
Reel 496 (FHC #322462).
In this file, George Fletcher Beals was one
of two executors and was required to give an accounting of the
of the estate when said dispersal was challenged by Stephen's widow.
(This file was located via the Lambton Room, Lambton County Library,
Wyoming, Ontario, using the Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada;
1859-1900; Volume 24; Wellington County.)
118. City Directories for St. Thomas, ONT
originals viewed in the George Thorman Room, the Elgin County branch of
the Ontario Genealogical Society, at the town library):
118a. 1933: First year in which a listing appears for George E. Beals and Edythe; baker (1 of 13 in town) at 619 Talbot (the main drag), house at 51 Locust; the legend indicates that they rented space at both locations.
[BWB: as of 2002, the building at 619 no longer exists, but the house at 51 Locust still exists: (134KB). Original buildings adjacent to the 619 Talbot address probably reflect the architecture of the period: (844KB).]
118b. 1934: George and Edythe now listed as renting at 8 Myrtle
street (which still exists in 2002: (62KB);
the outside, second entrance on the left probably leads
to secondary living quarters upstairs, and likely where George and
Edythe lived for the year.).
118c. 1935: they now lived at a rental at 837-1/2
they'll stay until moving back to Windsor in 1939; this house no longer
The directory shows that the owner of this house was H.F.Huntley,
tobaccoist who had a shop next to George's bakery.
118d. 1938: The last year the directories list George
and Edythe in St. Thomas.
[BWB: I looked at all directories 1930-1940, but the above were the
ones listing George and Edythe. I also looked for other Beal? and
families that might have provided an incentive for George and Edythe to
to St. Thomas, but couldn't identify anyone that might be related. I
also reviewed cemetery tombstone inscriptions for possible relatives,
but could not identify any.]
Also see next item.
119. "Down the Road to Yesterday", a book
a brief history of each address on Talbot Street in St. Thomas; viewed
in the George Thorman Room of the town library. The following
cover 619 Talbot, George's bakeshop, and 857 Talbot, George and
Full Document, 8 pages @ 1.5MB/page
120. Microfilm of the local St. Thomas newspaper
for 1938-1939, viewed
in the George Thorman Room of the town library. No mention of the
wedding of Laverne Wallace Beals, George and Edythe's only child, in
two weeks following.
[BWB: the day after the wedding, the paper said a fierce winter storm and blizzard howled across Ontario and Michigan, but it's not clear that this was a factor in George and Edythe not attending the wedding in Windsor, unless there had been forecast warnings of it approaching.]
121. (Not referenced) Family history files and miscellaneous name indexes (mostly to newspaper articles) were viewed in the George Thorman Room of the town library, but no mention of our Beals/Wallace families was found.
122. (Not referenced)
1851 Census for Yattendon and Ashampstead,
Berkshire, England (FHL microfilm #193599) contains the following
and 'Jerome' entries:
122a. (1.9MB) Yattendon, family 8:
John Wallace, 46, Agri Labourer, b.Berks, Yattendon
Elizabeth, 32, b.Berks, Bucklebury
William, 10, b.Berks, Yattendon
George, 5, b.Berks, Yattendon
[BWB: I believe this William is likely the father of Edith M. Wallace due to his age and place of
birth; see 1881 Census.]
Another 'Jerrom' family was listed that had a daughter Mary, 16, but she was born in Yattendon, not Ashampstead as the mother of our Edith M. Wallace was: (2MB).
[BWB: There were a number of other 'Jerome' families listed, in
Bucklebury and Basildon, but no known relationship
to Richard and Esther above, except possibly as parents of Richard:
Jerome, 69, b.Hampstead, Berks, and Ann, 66, b.Norrie Leacock, Wilts;
Elizabeth Jerome, 76, widow, b.Great Marlow, Berks.]
123. 1851 Census for Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England (FHL microfilm #193612) lists the following 'Wallis' families:
123a. (1.9MB) Family 89:
William Wallace, 34, Ag Lab, b.Cheshunt
Sarah, 30, b.Broxbourne, Herts
Maria, 10, b.Cheshunt
Martha, 9, b.Pufield, Middlesex
William, 7, b.Cheshunt
Julia, 6, b.Cheshunt
Thom, 4, b.Cheshunt
Ellen, 6mos, b.Cheshunt
[BWB: The William, age 7, above is the William Wallace that immigrated to Ontario and resided in Strathroy, where Edith M. Wallace (relationship unknown) lived c.1891-1902. See xxx. Another listing was: John Wallis, 54, coach painter, b.Sp Brides, Middlesex and Elizabeth Wallis, 54, b.Deplford, Reict; these could possibly be the parents of the William, age 34 above. Note that in the Christenings records for Cheshunt, both Wallace/Wallis spellings were used interchangeably.]
[BWB: There were a number of other Wallis families listed, that also show up in the Christenings records for Cheshunt, possibly brothers of William, age 34 above.
124. (Not referenced) Annapolis
County Nova Scotia Probate Records; the
last will and testament of Abel Beals, written 11/29/1822 and probated
along with other court documents (FHL microfilm #817456).
Researcher Donald W. Beals  provides a transcription of this will in his book on Abel Beals. The handwritten record also includes a list of assets (mostly too faint to be read), and a request by Joshua Beals to be removed as an executor.
(Not referenced) List of headstone inscriptions for
Erin Union Cemetery in Erin, Ontario, viewed at the Wellington County
and Archives, Fergus, lists several Boomer deaths:
Mary, wife of Isaac Boomer, d.9/11/1850, 19yr2mo[BWB: The interest here is that George Fletcher Beals married one Ann Boomer in 1840, so these people may be related to her.]
Sarah Miller, wife of Nelson Boomer, d.10/27/1877, 32yr20days
Robert D. Boomer, d.4/1/1877, 1yr10mo4days
George N. Boomer, d.3/5/1877, 1mo2days
[the following three all in one plot]
James Boomer, d.5/15/1854, 27yrs
Jane Dunken, wife of David Boomer, d.10/5/1856, native of Ireland
David Boomer, d.4/10/1851, native of England
Two sons of Wm & Maria Boomer
Nelson S. Boomer, 1844-1908, wife Susannah Brown 1845-1929, and infant son Victor Osmond, d.1891.
Newspaper indexes reviewed at Wellington County Museum & Archives
-- Erin Twp, Erin Village, and Hillsborough, 1906: no Beal* references found.
-- Guelph, 1847-9, 1850-2, 1854, 1927: no Beal* references found.
-- Guelph Hearld 1842-1906: no Beal* references found; did find ref to Helen Boomer, d.5/30/1848, published 6/6/1848.
-- Eldora Backwoodsman, 1852-58: no Beal* references found.
-- The Confederate, Mount Forest, 1875-78: no Beal* references found; did find ref to J.E.Boomer's mills being overhauled, published 9/14/1875 pg 4, col 1.
-- The Elora Observer: no Beal* references found; did find ref to death of one Isabella Jemima Boomer, 67, 8/19/1876: (1MB).
-- The British Constitution, Fergus: no Beal* references found; did find ref to marriages of several Boomers; Helen to Caden Crawford MacKenzie 6/2/1864 in Galt, Mary to Andrew Cleghorn 4/7/1863 in Galt, and Rev. Michael to Isabella (Mrs. Absolom) Shade 6/16/1864 in Galt: (1.2MB).
[BWB: George Fletcher Beals, b.1816, married an Ann Boomer, and his
Steven married a Charlotte Boomer, hence the interest in references to
do not know family relationships, though.]
"Marriages of Rev. William Ramage, New Connexion Methodist Church",
viewed at Wellington County Museum & Archives,
lists Stephen Beals of Erin married Charlat (sic) Boomer of Erin on
at the house of David Boomer in Erin, with witnesses William
and Sam McUne.
[BWB: Stephen was the brother of our George Fletcher Beals. I did not photocopy this document.]
129. "Marriages by Rev. John Shilton, New Connexion Methodist Church", viewed at Wellington County Museum & Archives, lists Richard Boomer [BWB: a witness to the signing of Stephen Beals' will in 1876] married Mary McCune [Sam McCune, possibly her father, was a co-executor of the same will] on 10/27/1843 in Erin, with witnesses John Dean, Mathew (sic) Boomer and Samuel Beals [BWB: son of Stephen, brother of George Fletcher Beals].
130. "Index to 1871 Census of Ontario, Wellington",
by the Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto, 1989, and viewed at
Wellington County Museum & Archives, lists Isac (sic) A. Beals, 27,
shoemaker, Baptist, b.Ontario, but no other Beals in the family [this
would be Issac, son of George
Fletcher Beals]. See census information at .
131. "Erin Township (Tax) Collector's Roll for 1853", viewed at Wellington County Museum & Archives, lists:
-- Stephen Beals, Concession 9, Lot 14, 1/4 acre valued at #75 (British Pounds Sterling), personal property at #8
(according to the land records, this lot was sold to Charles McMillan 11/3/1848, and Stephen is not recorded as having bought a piece.)
-- Samuel Beals [brother of Stephen and George Fletcher Beals], Conc 10, Lot 10, 1/8 acre, value #100, personal property #0
(again, land records do not record a sale to Samuel.)
-- Issac Boomer, Conc 10, Lot 13, 1/2 acre, value #50, personal #0
-- Richard Boomer [BWB: witness to the signing of Stephen Beals' will in 1876], Conc 10, Lot 12, 50 acres, value #87, personal #0
-- William Boomer, Conc 8, Lot 12, 50 acres, value #75, personal #3
(note that in Ontario, a full lot was approximately 200 acres.)
[BWB: no entry for George Fletcher Beals was found.]
132. "Gore District Census and Assessment Records", various years 1825 - 1840, viewed on microfilm at the Wellington County Museum & Archives. In a search of the records for the townships of Erin, Garafraxa and Eramosa, no entries were found for our Beals family members.
133. Obituary for George Fletcher Beals, from microfilm of the first issue of the Grand Valley Star and Vidette newspaper of 1905, viewed at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Orangeville, Ontario: (922KB) .
As GFB lived with his son Robert in Point Edward/Sarnia Ontario for 9 years, it is reasonable to assume that Robert wrote the following:
"Geo. Beals, for 20 years or so, a resident of Grand Valley, died at his son's at Point Edward on New Year's day in his 89th year, the interment taking place in Grand Valley on Tuesday [1/3/1905]. The deceased was born in Bridgetown, N.S., in 1816, and lived there till he was 21, when he came to Halton county, remaining there about 40 years, when he came to Grand Valley. Here he conducted a shoe business till nine years ago when his wife, a Miss McClure died, and he left to reside with his son. The deceased was an honest, easy going man, who always saw the bright side of life, even under discouraging circumstances. The family are: Robert in Point Edward, Isaac in Burk's Falls, Stephen in Blenheim, Frank in the West, Mrs. Jane Everson of North Star, Mich., and Mrs. Lucy Kerr of Port Angles [sic; should be Angeles], Washington."
[BWB: The reference to Miss McClure is confusing, as his wife of 52 years was Ann Boomer. Robert could have remembered incorrectly, Ann Boomer might have been married prior to her marriage to George in 1840, or George could have taken a second wife after the death of Ann in 1892 -- though I did not find such a remarriage in the Ontario Marriage Indexes for 1892 - 1905.]
(The paper also contained a death notice, but it was brief and contained no other information beyond that above.)
[BWB: I also visited the municipal offices in Grand Valley 10/2002,
currently administers the city cemetery, but they have no record of
or his wife Ann being buried there. This is not surprizing as the
records of burials have been lost and so their only records today are
a reading of headstone inscriptions c.1950 -- making the verifying of
final resting place of someone with no marker quite impossible.
that Stephen Beals and his wife Charlotte are memorialized in the town
by a stone obelisk placed by their children, so it's reasonable to
that the George Beals are also in the same cemetery.) The town
has an Anglican cemetery, but the George Beals were not Anglican, so
there would not be expected (and they have no listing of same).
churches dotted around the countryside have their own cemeteries, so
possible the Beals are in one of those. To date, attempts to find
location by searching online and book-based compilations of burials and
transcriptions has not located another site.]
134. (Not referenced)
A book containing a listing of the residents of
the Township of Luther, County of Wellington, page 194, viewed at the
County Museum and Archives, Orangeville, Ontario indicating that
and Stephen Beals lived at Concession 2, Lot 28:
(1.3MB) . [BWB: I failed
to write down the name of this book.]
135. (Not referenced) "County Marriage Registers of Ontario, 1858-1861", a handwritten compilation of marriages solemnized by various preachers, viewed at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, entry number 569, records that on 6/30/1869 Robert B. Cook, a minister of the Baptist Denomination, solemnized the marriage that occurred on 3/3/1869, of Isaac Beals, 20, resident of Eramosa, b.in Erin, son of Geo. Beals and Ann Boomer, to Ruth E. Carter, resident of Eramosa, b.in Puslinch, daughter of John Carter and Ann Wilson, and witnessed by John Carter of Rockwood and Prisila Beals of Eramosa: (Left side, 1.6MB) and Right side, 1.4MB).
136. A book including a list of residents of Luther (East) Township in 1894, viewed at the Dufferin Museum and Archives, Orangeville, Ontario. Page A13 (1.5MB) lists both G F Beals and Robert Beals of Grand Valley as tenants at Concession 197 Lot 5. [BWB: I failed to record the name of this book.]
137. (Not referenced) List of headstone inscriptions in Grand Valley Union Cemetery, viewed at the municipal offices, includes the following:
137a. (1.5MB) Sarah Beall (1860 - 1931) wife of William C. Adair (7/21/1855 - 4/12/1925), and F.Clinton Adair (1/24/1889 - 1/5/1909) [BWB: don't know relationship of Sarah to our Beals line, if any.]
137b. (1.5MB) "In memory of
Sharlotta E. Beals, Beloved wife of Stephen
Beals, Died June 7, 1873 Aged 48 yr's [sic]. In memory of Edward
Son of Stephen (and) Sharlotta Beals, Died Dec. 2, 1876 Aged 28 yr's.
memory of Stephen Beals, Born Mar. 5, 1820, Native of N.S., died May
1876 Aged 56 yr's. God in his wisdom hath recalled, The precious
his love had given. And though the casket mouldering here, The
is sparkling now in heaven." [BWB: the inscription has little
which I've added for readability.]
137c. (1.5MB) Ann M. Beals,
daughter of Isaac & Ruth Beals, d.11/5/1878 aged 6 years, 5 months
and 2 days.
[BWB: Isaac was a child of George Fletcher Beals, so this was his granddaughter.]
138. The commemorative book "One Hundred
Years Along the Upper Grand 1881-1981" by Esther Graham, viewed at the
in Grand Valley Ontario, describes the early days in East Luther
and the town of Grand Valley. A few items of interest:
-- 1851: First home in the area.
-- 1854: East Luther township first surveyed.
-- 1860: First post office in Luther Twp; a few years later one was established in Grand Valley itself.
-- 1861: First school opened.
-- 1866: First church built in Grand Valley was for Disciples of Christ. Among others, 'the Beals' were charter members.
-- 1871: First railroad branch line arrived, but fell short of Grand Valley by 1-1/2 miles.
-- 1874: Gravel first used to solidify a road bed in the township.
-- 1881: Township of East Luther established, when Luther Twp was split in two.
-- 1883: Dufferin County established.
-- 1890: First telephone placed in Grand Valley.
-- 1900: Grand Valley consisted of 158 houses, 751 people (c.10/2002, the town sign says population 1600).
A few topical pages from the book:
-- Early Years: (1.5MB)
-- Education: (1.5MB)
-- Churches: (1.5MB). [BWB: I skimmed most of the book looking for references to Beals, but only found the one noted above for 1866.]
139. The Tweedsmuir Histories book for East
Valley, viewed in the original at the Dufferin County Museum and
Orangeville, Ontario, contains several references to our Beals
(per a name index to the book). I was not allowed to photocopy
from the book, so I paraphrase here items mentioning the Beals:
139a. Page 55: In 1855, Mr & Mrs. Stephen Beals lived at the end
a blind lane, on the center part of Concession 2, Lot 28.
139b. Page 62: Showed a plat map of the area around Grand Valley and
owners of lots. Stephen Beals, Thomas Hunt and others occupied
2 Lot 28. Sam McUne [BWB: a co-executor of Stephen Beals' will,
with George Fletcher Beals] occupied Conc. 4, Lot 29.
139c. Page 96: The first sawmill was on Mr. Beals' farm at
2 Lot 28 in East Luther. It was said to be a very good sawmill,
Stephen took a percentage of the lumber brought to him for cutting in
With this lumber, he built the Disciples Church and at least 2
(information attributed to Mrs. Clayton's History)
139d. Page 109: Isaac Beals [BWB: son of George Fletcher Beals]
a barn on the south half of Concession 2 Lot 28, which was destroyed by
in 1900 (being owned at that time by Thomas Hunt). The barn was
and around 1910 a brick house was built.
139e. Page 126: Richard King surveyed the land for lots, and Stephen
bought two lots at the corner of Main and Mill, where he built two
houses. One was sold to Mr. Dawson, the first storekeeper; the
to Mr. Charlie Lewis -- this location now contains the Royal Bank.
was also noted that Beals' mill was west of town, in the country, and
William McPherson had another mill in town.
139f. Page 130: In 1893, George Beals had a shoemaking shop in town
to a special edition of the Grand Valley Tribune, 10/8/1896).
139g. Page 274: First church services were conducted by Rev.
Hilts in 1856 at the home of Sam Graham, at Conc. 2 Lot 29. In
Hilts' book, Experiences of a Backwoods Preacher, he recounts that he
pleasantly surprized to see in attendance Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Beals,
well as a Mr. Boomer, whom he had seen 18 years earlier [which would
been in 1838].
139h. Page 278: Has a picture of the Disciples Church built in 1866,
used for 26 years before it was replaced by a brick building. Mr.
Mrs. Stephen Beals were charter members.
[BWB: The archivist at the Dufferin Museum and Archives, Mr. Steve
said that they also had the Tweedmuir Histories on microfilm, but that
frames thereon were not numbered-- which makes locating information
I suppose with some patience, one could compare the actual book
the microfilm, as a means of locating specific pages -- and thereby
photocopies (assuming this is not one of the documents that the
of Ontario restricts from being photocopied at all).]
1871 Census for Cheshunt, Berkshire, England (FHL microfilms #828288
and ..9] lists several Wallace families:
140a. W. H. Wallace, 24, Lodger, Carpenter, b.Ponders End, Middlesex
140b. Family 168:
Thomas Wallace, 46, storekeeper, b.Enfield, Middlesex
Bathseba, 44, b.Cheshunt, Herts
Edward, 22, blacksmith, b.Enfield
Jess, 20, blacksmith, b.Cheshunt
Thos., 19, labourer, b.Cheshunt
Alexander, 15, apprentice, b.Cheshunt
Ellen, 12, b.Cheshunt
Alice, 8, b.Cheshunt
Millicent, 6, b.Cheshunt
Harry, 4, b.Cheshunt
Emily, 1, b.Cheshunt
140c. Family 21:
Thomas Wallis, 49, widower, gardener, b.Cheshunt, Herts
Frank, 14, gardener, b.Cheshunt
Alfred, 10, b.Cheshunt
140d. Family 212:
John Wallace, 48, smith, b.Cheshunt, Herts
Eliza, 39, b.Cheshunt
Alice M., 4, b.Cheshunt
141. The book, "Index to the Nova Scotia 1770 Census" by the Chicago Genealogical Society, viewed at the Family History Library in San Jose CA: no Beal* found.
Pictures in and around Erin (taken 10/2002 except the 1890 one cited
142a. Erin town sign: (41KB).
142b. Erin, circa 1890, c/o Wellington Museum and Archives (Fergus Ontario), ph 10852: (small, 77KB), (large, 281KB).
142c. Erin, 2002; in (picture 1, 52KB), notice that the two buildings on the right-hand side match those in the 1890 photograph above. Other pictures are (continuing down street, 65KB), and (across the street, 37KB).
142d. Erin dam behind stores on main street, on a branch of the Credit River: (146KB), and the pond upstream of the dam: (134KB). Also, this is a promotional picture of the Credit River: [44KB] [187KB].
142e. Rolling countryside outside of Erin, typical of the Erin - Grand Valley area: (100KB).
143. (Not referenced)
Photographs of Grand Valley, taken 10/2002:
143a. Grand Valley sign: (29KB).
143b. East side of Main Street: (46KB).
143c. West side of Main Street: (49KB).
143d. The (upper) Grand River and bridge: (117KB).
143e. Downstream of bridge: (94KB).
Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management microfilm 16521, Annapolis
County Deaths 1876:
160a. Page 111 #214: Nancy Beals, 86, Married, b.Clements to
(farmer) and Sarah Henshaw, d. 8/5/1876 in Clements of old age,
Elijah Beals, recorded in Clementsport.
(Left side) (Right side)
160b. Page 113 #257: Stephen Beals, 85, Widower, b.Lawrencetown to Abel (farmer) and Abigail Beals, d. 10/8/1876 in Clements of old age, informant Elijah Beals, recorded in Clementsport.
169. Beal, John D., "Rev. Edward Beales;
Peter & St. Paul Church; Wramplingham, County Norfolk, England;
of John Beal; Hingham, Mass. 1638", FHL microfilm 1320838 (item 8),
John D. Beal's research into Edward Beales.
(the following images are all 40-72KB)
[Transmittal] [Cover] [Pg 1] [Pg 2] [Pg 3] [Pg 4]
[BWB: As this photographic copy abruptly ends at the bottom of page 4, I suspect that one or more pages are missing.]
Item 9 of this same microfilm is a copy of John D. Beal's research into the English parentage of Arthur Beal of York, Maine, probably no relation.
170. (Not referenced) Descendants
of John Alma Beal, b.1838 in Ohio
and residing in Utah, FHL microfilm 219466 (information c.1926).
family does not appear to be related, descended instead from William
b.1664 in Ipswich, England. However, a second document in this
gives the descendants of our John Beal of Hingham down to George
Beals (ref in this section pages 1, 2, 7, 14, 31, 96, 97, 102), wherein
dates agree with our information.
Dates and location which differ are:
Ann Boomer, b.1818 in Annapolis Co., NS
Stephen Beals (s/o Abel & Abigail), b.1783 in Annapolis Co., NS
Nancy Henshaw, b.Annapolis Co., NS
Abigail Kent, b.1757 in Annapolis Co., NS
[BWB: no sources are cited, so I note this information in passing, but chose not to use it - deferring to more recent research.]
Ronald L. Roberts
507 Oxford Court
Carson City, Nevada 89703-4599
U. S. A.
THOMAS BULMER [son of John and Mary (Forrest) Bulmer]
b. before 1793; religion: Methodist; occupation: Carpentry;
residence: Amherst, Nova Scotia - 1826, 1827; Nappan, Nova Scotia.
married: [Name Unknown]
1.. Susanna Bulmer, b. about 1815; d. January 8, 1842
2.. William Bulmer [Boomer], b. About 1816 - Nova Scotia; d. January 29,
1884 - Point Edward, Ont.
3.. Matthew Boomer, b. 1818 - Nova Scotia; m. May 14, 1843; d. October
4.. Richard Boomer, b. November 9, 1819 - Nova Scotia; m. October 27,
5.. Child [Name Unknown]
6.. Frederick Bulmer, b. About 1822 - Nappan, Nova Scotia; d. October 18,
1860 - Antigonish, N.S.
7.. Thomas Bulmer, Jr. b. 1823; m. Jan. 16, 1845; d. April 17, 1896
Amhurst, Nova Scotia
8.. Mary Bulmer, b. 1827; m. March 29, 1867
9.. Child [Name Unknown]
Map 20: (Local copy of full index) - no names of interest
Map 21: (Local copy of full index)
Chute, John 1, 2
Clarke, William Jr. 6
Dares, John 6
Henshaw, Edward 5
Henshaw, James A. 5
Henshaw, Jesse 5
Purdy, Anthony 2
Purdy, Elijah 2
Purdy, Gabriel 2
Purdy, Samuel 1
Whitman, James 4, 8
Whitman, John 4
Map 28: (Local copy of full index) - no names of interest
Map 29 (not indexed on web site; manually searched):
Abel Beals 1
Isaac Beals 2nd 3 with Arod McNayr, his cousin
Daniel Whitman 4
William Chute 4
Aron N. Chute 6
Clark Whitman 6
Beals Lake 7
Samuel and Jeremiah Bancroft, lots 18 & 19, transferred to Abel Beals by 1817 - 8
Beriah Bent 8
John Whitman 8
David Whitman 8
Map 35: (Local copy of full index)
Banks, Richard 6
Spinney, Catherine (2 lots) 6
Spinney, Joseph 6
Map 36: (Local copy of full index)
Bent, Douglas 4
Clark, John H. 8
210c. ibid, with BWB's overlay of Abel's land in Inglisville,
showing parcels sold to sons and others. [197KB],
See also  for a
description of Abel's land
transactions in this area.
210d. 1:10,000 map of area where Stephen Beals' land was
located (a cut & paste of two separate maps).