Edmond Beasley 1797 line was established with YDNA testing by Mr. B K Beasley (FTDNA Kit #457183) who was a close match with the BLUE CLAN. His mother manages the DNA account and is a member of the Beasley Project.
Edmond was b 1797 in Georgia. His family is well defined in the 1850 census. He had three sons, two of whom (Calvin and James) established descendant families. James moved to Missouri by 1860. Calvin’s family moved to Illinois before 1860 and on to Missouri after 1870. Of the 5 daughters, their families migrated to Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska.
There is an Edmond Beasley born about 1768 who is said to be father of Edmond 1797. Edmond 1768 is said variously to be from Franklin County, Kentucky and Franklin County, Georgia. There is an Edmond Beasley in Woodford County, KY in 1810 and 1820 of the approximate age, but the children shown do not allow for a male of the age of Edmond 1797. The 1810 census shows Edmond Beasley 9 family and 11 slaves, Charles Beasley 9 family and 11 slaves, and Catherine Beasley only with 2 slaves. John Beatty in Some Beasley Families pp 42-3 refers to an Edmund Beasley associated with Beasley's from Caroline County, VA who migrated to Franklin County KY. He is listed a co-executor of the will of Henry Crutcher, husband of Martha Beazley daughter of William and Ann Beasley. There is no proof that this Edmund is son of William and Ann, but that would account for the confusion with Edmond Beasley from Georgia.
There is a marriage record for Edward Beasley and Sally Hendrix in Woodford County, Kentucky that is often attributed to Edmond Beasley 1797. Since this marriage record is Sally and the 1850 census refers to Sarah, Edmond’s spouse is often referred to as “Sarah Sally Hendrix”. I believe this is an error, particularly as we consider Sarah’s age. (See below)
Edmond 1797 is consistently reported as having been born in Georgia. There is an Edmond Beasley reported in tax lists in 1800 and 1802 in Franklin County, Georgia that would be a better fit as father of Edmond 1797, but documented evidence is lacking. There is also a John Beasley reported in Franklin Co, GA tax lists. As a theory, I am listing this Edmond to be father of Edmond, Jr along with John as possible brother with an unknown Beasley father.
The 1850 census is the only document identifying the age of Edmond’s wife, Sarah. The census document itself appears ambiguous. The transcription on Ancestry says her age is 38, but others have indicated, alternately, 32, 52, and 58. The figures 32 and 58 place her on an extreme edge for childbearing of known children. In close examination of the document and comparing with others on the same page, my best judgment is that the age intended by the census taker was 38, which appear most reasonable.
There is an atDNA cousin match between a female descendant of Edmond 1797 and a known relative of a YELLOW CLAN Beezley. However, I’m seeing no indications of a male Beasley connection, so pending further evidence, it appears that the connection is from a female line yet unknown.
I have found no evidence of an early Edmond or Edmund among BLUE CLAN trees. Edmond is more common in YELLOW CLAN and in Beatty’s Part I. BLUE CLAN does include at least 2 Edmonds born in the mid to late 19th century.