About the Author

The Sum Total: The Search for Levi Clay (1843-1917) and Jesse James (1847-1882)

The Sum Total: The Search for Levi Clay (1843-1917) and Jesse James (1847-1882)

Rebel from Back Creek: James Byron Dean (1931-1955)

Rebel from Back Creek: James Byron Dean (1931-1955)

Chasing the Wild Bunch: One Woman's Journey

Chasing the Wild Bunch: One Woman’s Journey

Barbara Inman Beall, Ph.D. was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Mount Mercy College with a B.A. in English (Magna Cum Laude), The University of Colorado at Denver with an M.S. in Technical Communications, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in English with Emphasis and in Rhetoric and Linguistics. She taught college composition classes for twenty years and retired in 2009. Since then, she has devoted her time to writing and research with a focus on genealogical writing and research. The results are depicted on this site as well as in the three books she has written and published. More information on those books and their availability are available at her website: Books by Beall

16 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Barbara – I am also a descendant of Ezekiel John Inman and Henrietta Hardin. Benjamin Elisha Inman is my 4th Great Grandfather. Their son, John Inman (married Charity Moser). John and Charity’s son, again named John is my 2nd Great Grandfather (married Sarah Sally Chesnut). Their daughter, Mary Ann “Polly” is my Great Grandmother. SO, it was particularly interesting to read your discoveries which seem very well researched. I am on ancestry. com as klbklbklb and have taken the DNA tests there. I was led down the Robert Inman (1653-1701) path as well and my chart on ancestry currently reflects that. Having now read your research I am going to go back and change things. Thank you for making the story so interesting. I have some work to do. I can’t thank you enough for your research. May I use some of your narratives in my ancestry.com stories about these ancestors, giving you credit of course?

    • So happy to hear from you. I received several DNA matches for Henry Inman, and Ezekiel John Inman, etc. I could never get a match with Robert and after checking him out to no avail on Gedmatch.com, I decided to look elsewhere. And I think I’m finally satisfied I found the right direction. Please use my narratives on ancestry. One thing about doing articles over doing a book is that it is so easy to make updates and corrections on the articles. Once in book format, it’s there and that’s it (unless the book is revised.) I may eventually combine the Spence series into a book–but that is still in the “thought process.”

  2. Hi 🙂 My name is Jennifer (Cooper) Johnson. I found your wonderful tree while trying to fill in my own. I believe your great-aunt Nettie May Spence is my great-grandmother, married to James Cooper. You have his son/my grandfather William Dale Cooper on your tree, but if you would like any more information about that branch down, I’d be happy to share what I know 🙂

    • Nettie May Spence was my grandfather’s sister. I remember James and Nettie May Spence Cooper because I saw them when I was growing up in Iowa. They would come up from Missouri to visit my grandparents. We went to their place in Pittsburg, Kansas when I was about six or seven years old. I know I had just finished first grade. I would be happy to receive additional information on that line. My mom corresponded with a number of Dale’s siblings over the years. When I was in high school, we went to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to visit Dale and his family. Then they moved to New Mexico, I believe.

  3. This was fantastic… I also run a Spence Blood line…My great great Grandfather was Ballard Franklin Spence, his son Herman, married my great Grandmother Rosalie Keith Spence… After some further tracking back I have found Daniel Spence was married to Margaret Ann Pennington. Daniels father was Robert Spence jr and his mother Lovey Temple Sexton. Roberts father was Robert Spence who was married to Lucy Upton and Robert the 1st father was James… this made me super happy. I cannt fill in the gap of where Ballard Spencer REALLY comes from there seems to be gaps or his name thrown in places w little explaination… I am on my own Spence war path hahaaha. Thank you for the amazing read!

  4. So happy to have found your site! I began my genealogy journey about a year ago. I, like your husband, am a descendent of Alexander Beall. I grew up in Ohio and moved to Rockville, MD suburbs in the 1980’s and then to Northern VA in the 90’s It has been quite a pleasant surprise to find so much of my family’s history right here in my backyard! (I found and visited a Beall cemetery that is literally blocks away from my old home in Rockville!) I am very much looking forward to reading all your posts and comparing our information.

    • So glad that you found my site. I’ve been taking a short absence from genealogy. Our son passed away March 1 and I’ve been dealing with that. So I’ve been writing about him. I am about to get back to work on the Beall line.

  5. I have enjoyed reading your site. I am Terry G. Spence and related to the Spence’s from MD before they moved to NC. We have same 10th gg grandfather David Spence Sr born Apr 5 1639. David’s brother Patrick 1633 has dau(Ellinor) that married Andrew Monroe the grandfather of Pres James Monroe. FYI

  6. Hello Dr. Beal. I am descended from James Dashiel (deChiel), and Margaret Inglis. My Brother and Mother are avid Genealogists, and he just contacted me about how excited he was to see the connection that your Ann and our Margaret were twin sisters. We had hit a wall in researching Margaret, and admittedly her James. We are from their son James that came to Eastern Shore MD. I am the travel historian. I go to France, etc, actually walking in the food steps of my ancestors. Your BLOG is fascinating. We are cousins! It is good to connect. I now live in Northern California after 30 years in Hawaii. I will be applying to the French SF Consulate in about 9 months to hopefully attain a one year Research Visa to return to the area where James Sr’s fathers immigrated to Scotland from. I am working on a Teen focused Novel telling stories from the the female perspective of our nations founding families. Settling and establishing communities was extremely difficult, imagine it from the womans view of 14 to 16 children, no refrigeration, and inadequate housing, etc. While the husband “long hunters” are out for months on end, hunting, etc. Its very nice to connect with you, if only via electronics.

    • So wonderful to hear from you. I was working on the Spence line during our son’s battle with cancer. He passed away in March of this year. As a result, I’ve been away from genealogy. Plan to get back to it the first of the year. In 1998, my husband and I drove the area where Despence was located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I remember how thrilled I was to visit the location. That seems like a lifetime ago.

  7. As a child of seven, I rode a horse to school and tethered it to the Colorado Cottonwood near the school. I would like very much to get the name of the school district the school was in. I am 89, coming up on 90, and writing a novel of my younger years in Colorado and the U.S. Navy. I think the name of the district was either Edenvale or Adenvale. Could someone please enlighten me. The school I attended had one teacher with grades 1 through 12 in the same room. Our plumbing was an old outhouse in back of the school. I would welcome any information that could be E-mailed to me.
    Thank you. Chet Henry

  8. I came across your blog while researching Joel “Jack” Pewitt, Sr.. I am related to him through his son, Joel, grandson, Malachi, and great-granddaughter, Martha Caroline. I thought I would share something about her, as you didn’t have anything on her. She was born on November 26, 1859 in Missouri. She married Samuel A. Summers, who was born in 1856 in Missouri. There was a large family of Summers’ in Dent Count, Missouri and even a town named after them: Summersville. They had 8 children : Lydia, Julius, Lillie E., Grover E., Bertha, Anvil, and Robert L., who was my grandfather. The family moved to Lincoln County, Oklahoma about 1899. Caroline died on January 22, 1901, shortly after giving birth to Martha Ellen, who also died. She is buried in Foresst Cemetery, Meeker, Lincoln County, Oklahoma.

  9. Hello! My husband is also a direct descendant of Richard Beall through his mom. He was born and raised in NE Iowa/SW Wisconsin until we moved to the DC area 14 years ago. It was only then that we discovered we had essentially moved “home”! He and I are now commissioners for the Clan Bell organization, mainly involved with genealogy, and would love to talk with you about your research.

  10. I have enjoyed reading your research about the Bealls. I am related to Samuel Magruder (1661-1711), through his daughter Verlinda Magruder and have tried to figure out Samuel’s wife’s relationship to Ninian Beall. What do you think of the following argument, which I’m sure you are familiar with:

    “Another strike against the theory that she was a BEALL, is that there is evidence, Ninian BEALL’s son Ninian BEALL, Jr. married Elizabeth MAGRUDER, daughter of Samuel MAGRUDER and Sarah. Were Sarah a daughter of Ninian Sr., that would make Ninian Jr. her brother, and Ninian Jr.’s wife Elizabeth MAGRUDER would have been his niece by blood. A marriage of that close a degree was strictly forbidden then as now.”

    Thanks very much.

    Rebecca Harmon

  11. I am writing this in reference to my great-grandfather William Thompson and his brother Christopher around 1685. I am trying to identify the name of the ship, port they left from and the port where they arrived. My records just say that they were transported by Col. Ninian Beall. Hoping you might have some information on what I am looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Best Wishes,
    Thomas B. Thompson
    Phone # 812-767-0981

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