227 Years Ago Today

Jesse Beeney Headstone

On July 25, 1785, two hundred and twenty-seven years ago today, Jesse Beeney (1785-1870), my 5th great grandfather, was born in Crowhurst, Sussex, England.

The identities Jesse Beeney’s parents has not been confirmed, though it is claimed that they were William Beeney and Elizabeth Gallop. In about 1803, Jesse married Mary Ann UNKNOWN (ca. 1784-1857). After which, Jesse and Mary had at least eight children. In 1821, Jesse, Mary, and their eight children left England for the United States, settling in Licking Co., Ohio where Jesse was a farmer. Jesse died in Licking Co., Ohio in 1870. He was buried at Bell Church Cemetery in Knox Co., Ohio.

Jesse Beeney, and his wife Mary, are direct biological ancestors of Maxine Elizabeth Davis (1912-1992), my paternal great grandmother, who was born Maxine Beeney, and was the first wife of Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979).

3 thoughts on “227 Years Ago Today

  1. Hmm, maybe we are related. I have quite a few female ancestors with the surname Unknown also ;-). It is so frustrating sometimes, I want to know who they are. Thankfully, I have found out a few of them over the years and sometimes added nice long branches to the family tree.

    1. Lol 🙂 My philosophy background may lead me to reply with something like “we are all related in the unknown…” but I’ll leave that alone for now. 🙂 With this Unknown, her last name is sometimes claimed to be “Wys” (possibly a Dutch name, like Van Der Wys), but I have not been able to find any proof yet. And yes it is so very frustrating.

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