The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

The [Mis]Adventures of Thomas Beals

Thomas Beals was born in 1719 in Chester County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah (Bowater) Beals, two prominent Quakers whose ancestors, according to family legend, arrived in America with the William Penn. He married Sarah Antrim on September 12, 1741 in Monacacy, Maryland, and the couple had five sons and eight daughters: Mary (b. 1742); [...]

My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

My Common Ancestor with General Nathanael Greene

General Nathanael Greene Nathanael Greene // Charles Willson Peale, 1783 A few days ago, I shared the story of my Beals ancestors' involvement in the aftermath of the Battle of New Garden during the Revolutionary War. Thomas and Sarah (Antrim) Beals--both prominent Quakers in North Carolina--adhered to a strictly-pacifist interpretation of the Christian faith, but [...]

Meet at the Meeting House: The Battle of New Garden

Meet at the Meeting House: The Battle of New Garden

The Battle of New Garden is often overshadowed by the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, but it was a crucial conflict in its own right, featuring a brief skirmish, a swirling cavalry clash and two general engagements. According to historian Lindley S. Butler, New Garden "inflicted a number of casualties on the British, led to a [...]

Twelve Generations to Tristram

Twelve Generations to Tristram

This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "Twelve," and instead of highlighting a relative with twelve children or an ancestor with twelve siblings, I decided to trace my family tree back twelve generations to one of my 10th great-grandparents. If you follow my paternal line of Cook ancestors--winding from my great-grandmother Fern through a handful of [...]