Henry Beeker Sr.
(from 1756/1765-1837)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Barbara Garner

Henry Beeker Sr. 1

  • Born: From 1756 to 1765 2
  • Marriage: Barbara Garner
  • Died: 1837, , Davidson, NC, USA at age 81

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Fact: Y-DNA testing proves Henry Beeker is likely the son of Henry Beecher of Pennsylvania. See www.SearchTrees.com/beeker for details.

2. Fact: Henry Beeker is not on the 1778 Rowan County Tax List, 1778, , Rowan, NC. 2 Henry actually lived in today's Davidson County, North Carolina, but it did not exist until 1822 when it was created from the eastern part of Rowan County. Records earlier than 1822 therefore are recorded in Rowan.

The Rowan County Tax List for 1778 does not list any surname similar to Beeker or Beecher. If Henry came from Pennsylvania to North Carolina by 1778, then he did not own taxable property, or, Henry arrived in North Carolina between 1778 and 1790, when he appears on the 1790 census as Henry Beger. No record of his marriage is in the Rowan County court records, although some researchers state dates between 1781 and 1787 for it in Rowan.

On the 1778 tax list in Capt. D. Smith's District, which is within today's Davidson County, was Henry Beeker's father-in-law, Phillip Garner, as well as Philip's father-in law, Lewis Winkler, and other families who marry with Henry's sons: Michael Young, and Philip Snider. The Garners, Winklers, Youngs and Sniders are all documented to have migrated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, supporting the theory that Henry Beeker is the descendant of a Pennsylvania Beecher family, as Y-DNA test results confirm. See http://www.SearchTrees.com/beeker for the latest research on the Beeker-Beecher connection.

3. He appeared on the census in 1790 in , Rowan, NC. The 1790 census recorded Henry Beger with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females: 3
Number of Household Members: 5

4. He appeared on the census in 1800 in Salisbury, Rowan, NC, USA. 3 The 1800 census recorded Henry Becher with this household:
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 5
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 8
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 10

5. He owned Deed Book 19. 3086. P 461. 21 Aug 1805. Frederic Lowe (signed in German) sold to Henry Beeker for $70, 64 acres on Flat Swamp. Witness: Owen Strange. Proved by Strange in February court 1806. [Note: Flat Swamp Creek is in today's Davidson Co.] on 21 Aug 1805 in , Rowan, NC. 4

6. He appeared on the census in 1810 in , Rowan, NC. 5 The 1810 census recorded Henry Beker with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 4
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 8
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 12

7. He owned Inherits 200 acres from his father-in-law Philip Garner on 6 Sep 1812 in , Davidson, NC, USA. 6 I give to my daughter Barbara Beeker one tract of land lying on the waters of Lick Creek which I bought of William Lanier and David Gamer, containing two hundred acres more or less; none if the before mentioned William Lanier and David Garner shall redeem this tract of land I've mentioned, by payment of Two Hundred Dollars during my life, then the two hundred dollars to go to my daughter Barbara Beeker.

8. He appeared on the census in 1820 in Lexington Side, Rowan, NC, USA. 7 The 1820 census recorded Henry Baker with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3
Free White Persons - Under 16: 3
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 7

9. He owned Deed Book 3: Adam Tisinger sold to Lewis Snider Sr. For $100 57 acres on Lick Creek adj. Henry Beeker & Herny Garner & also 1 gray horse that is 3 years old. Witness: Solomon Snider, Tur Harris. Registered in courthouse 20 Nov 1828. On 22 May 1828 in , Rowan, NC. 8

10. He owned Henry lived on Lick Creek, in today's Davidson County formed in 1822 from east Rowan County. In 1830 in , Davidson, NC, USA. 9 The 1830 census recorded Henry Beeker Sr. with this household:
ree White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 4

11. He signed a will on 10 Dec 1837 in , Davidson, NC, USA. 10 Davidson County, NC. Will Book 1, page 327.
Henry Beekers will

In the name of God Amen, I Henry Beeker of the State of North Carolina and County of Davidson planter Being now in good Bodily health and perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God and Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die and do make this and ordain the same to be my last will and testament that is to principally and first of all I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of the Almighty God that gave it and my Body I Recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executor Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the mighty powers of the almighty God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and bequeath in the following manner in the first place I give will and bequeath to my loving wife Barbara Beeker my dwelling house that I now live in and five acres of land where ever she may Choose it, and fire wood and rail timber as much as she may kneed and I also give will and bequeath to my wife two choice cows if there here and as many hogs as she may choose and all that may grow on the whole plantation to do as she may think best with at her death then I will and bequeath my son Henry Beekers heirs by the name of Beeker my plantation that I now live on excepting the part I have left to my wife
Item I give will and bequeath my Plantation on Lick Creek to my son Philip Beekers heirs By the name of Beeker. And all of my movable property to be equally divided excepting Isaac Lee and Peter Tysenger and the half of my daughter Catys tract I give will and bequeath to her son Andrew and the other half to her heirs by the name of Ingrum and my daughter Molly past I give will and bequeath to her heirs by the name of Tysenger I also desire that the sale money be loaned on interest so long as my wife lives and I want my Executor to let my wife have of the money when ever she may kneed it and dis annulling all other wills and ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this the 10 day of December 1837 I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friend Jacob Black and Philip Beeker Executors to this my last will and testament Signed Sealed in the presence of us Attest

Andrew Crouse Henry Beecker (SEAL)
Daniel Tussey

12. He was involved in a court case about The disposition of Henry Beeker's land resulted in a NC Supreme Court case. See son Philip for details. Or https://books.google.com/books?id=e-QzAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22henry%20beeker%22&pg=PA125#v=onepage&q=%22henry%20beeker%22&f=false in Dec 1853 in , Davidson, NC, USA. 11 See son Philip for the text of the court ruling.

13. He owned Henry's property was mentioned in an ad in the Carolina Watchman. On 18 Jan 1864 in , Davidson, NC, USA. 12 In the Carolina Watchman newspaper published in Salisbury on 18 Jan 1864 on page 4 is this ad:

500 Acres
more or less, known as the Grice Mountain tract in Davidson County, adjoining the lands of Woodson Daniel, Wm. C. Buie, the Hoover Mine tract, Alex. Frank, Jesse Lane, John Bean, Henry Beeker, J. T. Loftin, Jas. Davis and T. W. Daniel, in Capt. Clay Daniel's district.

The Henry Beeker mentioned is likely referring to the land of the elder Henry Beeker Sr. The tract for sale can be identified from this 1910 book that describes Grice Mountain's location:

Cid Mining District of Davidson County, North Carolina, Issues 22-23

It is online at:

https://books.google.com/books?id=NQpHAQAAMAAJ&lpg=PA15-IA81&ots=WYTc2ApGcC&dq=%22grice%20mountain%22&pg=PA15-IA81#v=onepage&q=%22grice%20mountain%22&f=false

Using the descriptions, we can determine the location of Grice Mountain on a Google Map as 35.647208, -80.150801 shown with this link:

https://goo.gl/maps/2XEkLtNDZSm

It is the round "mountain" located just west of Denton and north of Flat Swamp Road, where the Flat Swamp ridgline crosses that road.

Henry Beeker's land, in other documents known to be near Flat Swamp, would likely be south of the Grice Mountain tract, toward the river.


Henry married Barbara Garner, daughter of Philip Garner Sr. and Barbara Elizabeth Winkler. (Barbara Garner was born in 1767 in , Davidson, NC, USA 13 and died in 1840 in , Davidson, NC, USA.)


Sources


1 Ancestry.com, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014, Barbara Garner (c1767) m. Henry Beeker.

2 AD. Osborne, Clerk of the Court, List of Taxable Property In the County of Rowan, North Carolina, Anno 1778 (Now availabe on Ancestry.com).

3 1800 United States Census, Year: 1800; Census Place: Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 33; Page: 396; Image: 337; Family History Library Film: 337909 Henry Becher.

4 Rowan County Courthouse (Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina.), Deed Book 19. 3086. p 461. 21 Aug 1805. Frederic Lowe to Henry Beeker.

5 1810 United States Census, Year: 1810; Census Place: Carolina, Rowan, North Carolina; Roll: 43; Page: 330; Image: 00166; Family History Library Film: 0337916 Henry Beker.

6 Rowan County Courthouse (Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina.), Will Book G, page 314. Will of Phillip Garner, written 6 Sep 1812, probated May 1814.

7 1820 United States Census, 1820 U S Census; Census Place: Battalions 2 and 4 or Lexington Side, Rowan, North Carolina; Page: 358; NARA Roll: M33_81; Image: 202 Henry Baker.

8 Rowan County Courthouse (Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina.), Deed Book 3, page 540. 22 May 1828. Adam Tisinger to Lewis Snider.

9 1830 United States Census, 1830; Census Place: Davidson, North Carolina; Series: M19; Roll: 120; Page: 192; Family History Library Film: 0018086 Henry Beeker (indexed as Henry Paicker).

10 Ancestry.com, North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998, Wills (Davidson County, North Carolina), 1823-1969; Index to Wills, 1823-1955; Author: North Carolina. Superior Court (Davidson County); Probate Place: Davidson, North Carolina. Will Book 1. Page 327. Henry Beeker. 1837.

11 Hamilton C. Jones, North Carolina Reports: Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of North Carolina (Raleigh: Seaton Gales, Printer and Publisher.), 1855. Vol. 54. From Dec. 1853 to Aug. 1854. Page 125. Online https://books.google.com/books?id=e-QzAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22henry%20beeker%22&pg=PA125#v=onepage&q=%22henry%20beeker%22&f=false.

12 Carolina Watchman (Salisbury, NC) (Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina.), 18 Jan 1864, page 4. Ad mentioning Henry Beeker's land.

13 David H. Garner, A Garner family's heritage of love : Hyrum Elihu Garner and Mary Virginia Bigler (David H. Garner, 2004. Online in Family Search Books https://dcms.lds.org), pages 11-21.



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