[Note: Because of the complexity of this article, it will be divided into several sections as noted below.]
Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County
John Beall and Verlinda Magruder Beall, his wife are buried on the old Beall Farm which now resides in Frederick County, MD. (Prince George’s county lines were moved to accommodate the newly formed Frederick County in 1748.) No tombstone for either John or Verlinda Magruder Beall exists today.John Beall, son of Alexander Beall, Jr and Elizabeth Coombes, was born in 1688 in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, Maryland. He married in 1712, Verlinda Magruder in the same county. He died in Prince George’s, Maryland in 1742.Will Box DD No 1 page 475; also Will , Liber 1 pages 235 & 340:
As this will documents, John Beall, was the son of Alexander Beall and who was wed to Elizabeth Coombes of Maryland.
Children John and Verlinda Beall compiled from their wills:
Zion Church Cemetery
|Created by: Candee
Record added: Oct 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 137011995 (1)
For many years, some Beall researchers believed their connection with Col. Ninian Beall was lodged through one of this sons. Howard’s aunt, Isabel “Belle” Clark Beall (1902-1990) (2), discovered John Beall (1688-1742) as Howard’s ancestor years ago by traveling to libraries, court houses, state archives, etc. And although his book contains many errors, Fielder Magruder Beall (1913-1981) is given credit for first discovering and accurately identifying John Beall (1688-1742) through his own research.(3) However, some Beall descendants were so determined to directly connect with Col. Ninian Beall (1625-1717), they devised a number of paths to get there per the following:
(1) Some decided that Col. Ninian’s son, John Beall (1647-1720), had to be this John;
(2) Some focused on Col. Ninian’s son, Ninian Beall, Jr. (1674-1710), completely overlooking the Alexander-John connections–and they still do! Just the other day, I noticed a comment someone made on my family tree, informing me that “many people consider Ninian Beall, Jr.” the proper connection–and not John;
(3) Some people accepted Alexander Beall (1649- as John’s father and Alexander Bell, Sr. as John’s grandfather, but they decided Alexander Bell, Sr. (1625-1655) was Col. Ninian’s brother.
All of these paths lead to nowhere. Based on Scottish parish records and existing Maryland records, the Alexander Bells (1625-1655) were cousins of Col. Ninian Beall, with the direct connection to Col. Ninian routed through the Magruders.
The complex nature of this article could result in a book, something I don’t plan to tackle at this stage of the game. Therefore, I will break this article up into sections. This piece represents Part Five–the Introduction. A list of the remaining sections follows:
Part Six–John Beall (1688-1742)–The Magruder Family
Part Seven–John Beall (1688-1742)–Colonel Ninian Beall (1625-1717)
Part Eight–John Beall (1688-1742)–The Sarah Beall Controversy
Part Nine–John Beall (1688-1742)–The Rachel Beall Controversy
Part Ten–The Family of John Beall (1688-1742) and Verlinda Magruder (1690-1745)
After Part Ten, this series will return to its regular generational pattern.
This series continues with Part Six–John Beall (1688-1742): The Magruder Family
(1) John Beall Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 137011995, Record added by Candee, 09 Oct 2014. Find-a-Grave.com Website. Date accessed: 20 Jan 2016. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=137011995
(2) The Research of Isabel “Belle” Clark Beall (1902-1990), North Carolina (ca 1930s-late 1950s)
(3) Beall, Fielder M. M. Colonial Families of the United States Descended from the Immigrants: Bell, Beal, Bale, Beale, Beall Family. ISBN 0788421476 (0-7884-2147-6).Softcover, Heritage Books, 2007