Henry Beecher of Baxley, Appling County, Georgia
In 2018, a Y-DNA test on a male Beecher who descends from Henry Beecher revealed his family is the same line as America’s famous Beecher family, that of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and his sister Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” who were champions of the anti-slavery movement, and were born in Connecticut, their family descending from John Beecher who arrived with the English party to found New Haven, Connecticut in 1637.
Henry Beecher of Georgia arrived in Darien, Georgia, directly from England in the early 1800s, and was likely was born in or near Kent, England, which is where John Beecher was known to come from. Also, as part of our Beecher Y-DNA project, we have tested a living male Stephen Beecher in Kent, England, and his test also matches the Y-DNA of Henry Beecher of Georgia.
When did Henry Beecher of Georgia’s line share an ancestor with John Beecher who died in 1637 in Connecticut?
The TIP calculator at FamilyTreeDNA.com indicates there is a 90% chance It will be in the early 1600’s.
We are beginning to build the family tree of Henry Beecher (work in progress)
Click to learn more about our Beecher Y-DNA Project, which traces only the father’s father’s father’s (Beecher) relationships.
Henry Beecher’s Parents are Not John Henry Beecher and Margaret Ann Rogers of Gainsborough?
Many online family trees show the parents of Henry Beecher are John Henry Beecher born 1780 and Margaret Ann Rogers born 1790 who were in Gainsborough, England. However, that is proved false by a report created by a professional genealogist in England, Jean M. Fathrope. Please click to download a PDF copy of her report.
The genealogist’s research concludes that someone on Ancestry.com tied the wrong baptism record to Henry Beecher, and that mistake is being copied into everyone’s trees.
Also read this other research document regarding the marriage of Margaret Rogers and John Henry Beecher.
This research was commissioned by Michael Stubley, who lives in England. His wife’s DNA test reveals she is related to the Henry Beecher family who came from England to Georgia. Knowing now that Henry Beecher’s 2018 Y-DNA test reveals he is related to the Kent, England, Beechers, the Stubleys are conducting research to identify Henry’s real parents.
While Fathrope’s research indicates Henry’s parents are not the Gainsborough Beechers, his real parents may be a different Henry Beecher and Margaret or Marjorie Rogers, as explained below, perhaps in or near Kent, England.
Henry Beecher’s Birth Date
All of Henry Beecher’s census records, as well as death certificates of his children, state Henry Beecher was born in England.
He first appears in American records in the 1840 census in District 9, Appling county, Georgia as follows:
Under the elder Henry Beecher is written “came to Darien, Ga. 1812”. This could mean either the elder Henry was the immigrant and arrived in 1812, or, perhaps Henry Jr. arrived in Darien, Georgia and was born in 1812.
Henry Beecher’s Land & Grave
We are hoping to find a tombstone that can reveal Henry’s birth and death years, so we began to research where he might be buried.
On 22 April 1861, Henry’s sons William A. and Henry H. Beecher purchased for $500 Lot 570 (490 acres) from Elijah Sapp, shown on the map at right, and recorded in Appling County Deed Book K pages 76-77. Sapp was the brother-in-law of their brother, Wilson Lumpkin Beecher.
On 10 Jan 1874 Henry Beecher purchased for $100 all 490 acres in Lot 571, Deed Book N page 395. Lots 570 & 571 are about 11 miles north of Baxley, the county seat.
Henry Sr. took possession of son William’s interest in the east half of Lot 570 by September 1880, when Henry Beecher Sr. filed a homestead exemption in Deed Book J page 124 for himself and his family recorded as Lucinda Beecher aged 58, Andrew Lee Beecher 17, and John Morgan Beecher 17, described as the east half of lot 570 consisting of 228 1/2 acres. (His son Henry H. Beecher applied for an exemption on the west half of lot 570 on 1 Mar 1887.)
On December 25, 1880, Henry’s wife Lucinda was murdered by her son-in-law, William Young, according to a 1 February 1881 article in the Atlanta Constitution. Knowing she was buried in 1880, when Henry was living on Lot 570, we believe she and Henry are likely buried nearby. Lot 570 was on today’s West River Road where shown on this Google Map.
In 2017 we went to Baxley seeking Henry’s grave site and learned that family lore said Henry was buried in “Mann Cemetery.” The site FindAGrave.com had a Mann Cemetery in north Appling county on West River Road, so we searched there for graves for hours in a timbering forest, but found none. We conclude that FindAGrave’s location is inaccurate.
Weeks later, we discovered an old U.S. Geological Survey map with Mann Cemetery in another location east on W. River Road on private property now owned by Ronnie Mann, which plots on a aerial photo map as shown. We have written to Mr. Mann and are awaiting a response and will visit this location if warranted. To add to the intrigue, we know from Henry’s deeds his Lot 570 borders Ronnie Mann’s property on the south. W. J. Mann (1853-1904) owned Lots 583, 569, and 535 surrounding the Beecher’s Lot 570. W. J. Mann is buried nearby in Deen Cemetery #2 on Deen’s Landing Road so perhaps Henry’s grave is there, if not behind Ronnie Mann’s?
We also checked at the Appling County Public Library in Baxley for a record of Henry’s death and an obituary. Since researchers indicate he died about 1908, we reviewed the surviving copies of the newspaper in the years 1907-1909 but did not find mention of Henry’s death. There are no surviving newspaper copies before 1907 and some from 1907 to 1909 also didn’t survive, so it’s possible Henry’s obituary was in a missing issue. Click to download our PDF of the 1907-1909 newspapers but this is a very large file taking a half-hour to download on a fast Internet connection. We also have the Baxley News-Banner from 1910 to 2005 which has many Beecher articles so email if you need access.
Contact Jonathan Beacher at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
Beecher’s Deeds in Appling County Prior to 1910 (list not yet complete)
We have begun studying all deeds associated with Henry Beecher to see if they hold clues about when Henry died and will report what we find when that research is complete. It is worthwhile to note that many Beecher deeds are recorded as surname Becher in the indexes and the transcribed deeds. Also, while grantors (sellers) are indexed in the county books, grantees (buyers) are not indexed extensively, making it harder to learn when the Beechers bought land. For this reason, we have yet to discover the first place and time when Henry obtained land. Also, in early years, there was no law requiring deeds to be filed with the county. The buyer just kept the deed to prove he owned land. But later sales of that same land sometime mention who originally owned it.
On 2 Mar 1898 H. H. Beecher sold his 245 acres in the west half of Lot 570 in the 2nd District for $300 to Green T. Melton. We cannot find a record showing Henry Sr. sold his east half of Lot 570 prior to his death. He did sell to J. A. Bell on 4 Dec 1895 for $50 50 acres in the northeast corner of lot number 570 bordered on the north and west and south by lands of W. J. Mann and east by public road running from Baxley to Piney Bluff.
In the 1900 census, Henry Sr. lived with son Wilson Lumpkin on Tillman’s Ferry Road. From 1900 to 1910 we haven’t found any records where Henry Sr. sold land.
Microfilms of the Appling deed books can be viewed in the FamilySearch.org catalog. These are not computer-indexed , so the books must be read page by page. Some books have indexes of grantors at the end of the books, and some at the beginning.
|2 Jun 1853||Beecher, Henry||Mobly, Jesse||D pg 71||Lot 362 2nd Dist.|
|10 Jan 1874||Spillers, James||Beecher, Henry||N pg 395||Lot 571 2nd Dist.|
|14 Nov 1877||Beacher, H H||Hall, Peter||H pg 225||Lot 571 2nd Dist.|
|7 Nov 1880||Beecher, Henry||Homestead Exmp.||J pg 124||Lot 570 2nd Dist.|
|1 Mar 1881||Griffin, William||Beecher, H H||J pg 265||122 1/2 acres SE corner Lot 426 2nd Dist.|
|24 Aug 1886||Sellers, William||Beecher, H H||M pg 538||5 acres Lot 391 2nd Dist.|
|27 Aug 1886||Beecher, H H||Beecher, Sheldon P||8 pg 28||5 acres Lot 391 2nd Dist.|
|28 Aug 1886||Beecher, H H||Beecher, S P||8 pg 28||1/4 Lot 426 2nd Dist.|
|28 Aug 1886||Beecher, H H||Beecher, S P||8 pg 28||1/4 Lot 391 2nd Dist.|
|9 May 1887||Beecher, H H||Homestead Exmp.||N pg 170||Half Lot 570 2nd Dist.|
|1 Jul 1887||Beecher, H H||Melton, G F||N pg 189||Mortgage|
|22 Sep 1890||Beecher, A H||Weatherly, Sallie||P pg 335||Bill of sale horse|
|4 May 1891||Beecher, Mozell||McTier, Dave||Q pg 269||Part 399 3rd Dist.|
|20 Feb 1892||Beecher, S P||Zetter, Elmira||R pg 21||Part 426 2nd Dist.|
|8 Aug 1892||Beecher, H H||Horton, J G||R pg 109||Lot 546 2nd Dist.|
|10 Feb 1894||Beecher, A L||Tippins, John W||A pg ?||Mortgage 25 acres Lot 434 in 2nd Dist.|
|28 Jun 1894||Becher A H & Mary||Hinson, James||B pg 8||Mortgage mule cattle & hogs|
|20 Aug 1894||Becher A H & M J||Hinson, James||R pg. 580||367 1/2 acre Lot 512 in 2nd Dist.|
|5 Dec 1895||Beecher, Henry||Bell, J A||S pg 406||Part Lot 570 2nd Dist.|
|2 Nov 1896||Becher, H L||Sellers, J I H||C pg 514||Note 25 acres Lot 434 2nd Dist.|
|29 Mar 1897||Beacher, L H & A H||Williams, R C||D pg 226||Mortgage personalty|
|19 Apr 1897||Becher, M J||Williams, B N||D pg 269||Mortgage personalty|
|9 Mar 1898||Beacher, Mary & A H||Maddox Cock Probate||E pg 70||Mortgage personalty|
|2 Mar 1898||Beecher, H H||Melton, Green||V pg 21||Deed 245 acres in west half Lot 570|
|2 Jul 1898||Becher, A L||Sellers J L||E pg 221||Mortgage realty|
|8 Feb 1899||Beecher, Mary J||Board of Education||W pg 239||Deed|
|3 Jul 1899||Becher, Sabra E.||Carter, W R||V pg 156||Deed|
|18 Aug 1899||Becher, A H||Winn & James||F pg 89-90||Note|
|18 Sep 1899||Becher, Henry H||Clark, J J||V pg 301||Deed|
|29 Sep 1899||Beecher, Mary J||Sheahan, John D||V pg 393||Deed|
|20 Oct 1899||Beecher, Mrs. M J||Stansil, B||V pg 336||Deed|
|3 Jan 1900||Becher, H H||Deen, H C||V pg 398||Deed|
|6 Jan 1900||Becher, A H||Winn, F T & Co.||F pg 261-262||Mortgage note|
|6 Jul 1900||Becher, Garry||Melton G F & Sons||F pg 579||Mortgage|
|26 Oct 1900||Becher, A H||Deas, R C||G pg 8-10||Mortgage|
|18 Jul 1901||Becher, H H||Swain, Mrs. N E||W pg 530||Deed. Sold cows. Mentions his minor children Shelton, Emma, Harriet, John, Oliff, Lumpkin|
|15 Oct 1901||Becher, Elizabeth||Sapp, Susan A||Y pg 3||Deed 20 acres in Lot 388 2nd Dist.|
|7 Nov 1901||Becher, A H||Jarman & Winn||G pg 572||Mortgage|
|2 Dec 1901||Becher, Mrs. A H||Carter, H A & E P||H pg 52-53||Mortgage|
|29 Jan 1902||Becher, A H||Jarman & O’Quinn||H pg 129||Mortgage|
|26 Apr 1902||Becher, L L||Leach, J W||H pg 359||Mortgage|
|23 Dec 1902||Becher, Estella||Carter, W R||Z pg 47||Deed|
|4 Jan 1903||Becher, Ele.||Frank, James & Son||Z pg 316||Quit Claim Deed|
|10 Jan 1903||Becher, W L||Becher, A L||Z pg 67||Deed|
|14 Feb 1903||Becher, A L||Jarman & Winn||J pg 32||Mortgage|
|17 Mar 1903||Becher, A H||Jarman & Winn||I pg 15||Mortgage|
|16 Sep 1903||Becher, E C||Dykes, R J||Z pg 199||Deed|
|5 Nov 1903||Becher, E C||Frank, E G||Z pg 239||Deed|
|21 Nov 1903||Becher, A C||Mann, W C||Z pg 216||Lease|
|28 Nov 1903||Becher, A O||Con. N. S. Co.||J pg 231||Mortgage|
|15 Dec 1903||Becher, A C||Mann, Y Z||Z pg 243||Lease|
|18 Dec 1903||Becher, A C||Con Nav. S. Co.||Z pg 244||Transfer|
|25 Apr 1904||Becher, T H & L H||Jarman & Winn||J pg 148||Mortgage|
|9 Aug 1904||Beecher, L L||Jarman Winn & Williams||K pg 65||Mortgage|
|23 Aug 1904||Becher, L L||O’Quinn, J J||K pg 80||Mortgage|
|30 Aug 1904||Becher, H O||Jarman & Winn||J pg 169||Mortgage|
|30 Aug 1904||Becher, A L||Jarman & Winn||J pg 169||Mortgage 487|
|3 Apr 1905||Becher, H H Atty||Johnson, M B||X pg 283||Deed|