Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beeks line: Charles Booth c 1682-1714

This will be another short post, because I can find very little information about Charles. He may or may not be the original immigrant. Possibly he came to the New World with his parents, or was born shortly after arrival here.  We don't know who his parents were.  I have a possible, undocumented name of William for his father but am unable to locate any further information.  It is quite possible that this was a Quaker family, but records haven't been located to prove that, either.

The first thing we really know about Charles is that he was indentured to Richard Woodworth as a mason, for 5 years, on April 1, 1695.  Boys were generally indentured at the age of 12 or 13, so this gives an approximate age for Charles. He could have been older, and may have been indentured to pay for his passage to the New World, but the length of the indentureship tends to lean toward the younger age.  The Woodworth family was Quaker, and was from Acton Parish, Cheshire England. This area should be searched for any possible relationship between the Woodworth and Booth families in England. Ten years later, when Charles had served his indentureship and presumably begun to save some money, he married Mary Elizabeth Conaway or Conway, per the Chester Monthly Meeting Minutes.  This was a Quaker marriage, so it would have been a very simple event, probably occurring after a regular meeting.

We don't know very much about the rest of Charles' life, either.  His four children were born in Chester County, and there is a possibility that a fifth child may have been born in Maryland, but this is unconfirmed. His four known children were Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia, and Jonathan. The possible fifth child is Thomas.  He doesn't really "fit" the information we have since Charles married and died in Chester County, Pa, but I wanted to list Thomas as a possibility.  Perhaps the information that he was born in Maryland is not correct, or perhaps this is a case of wandering state boundaries.  We can believe that he was a respected man in his community for we find his name on a list of constables in 1708 and 1709. On both lists, he is reported as being in Upper Providence, Chester County, Pa.

Charles died about January 12, 1714 (possibly 1713) in Upper Providence, Chester County, Pa.  Mary remarried in 1720 and may have died about 1746.  

I know there are other families who are looking for more information about Charles so perhaps someday more information will be available. For now, this is what I have so I'm adding it to the Beeks line information, meager as it is.  I will add more information as I find it.  I'm hoping there is more information in Quaker records and perhaps in Cheshire County, England. 

The line of descent is:

Charles Booth-Mary Elizabeth Conway
Lydia Booth-Isaac Malin
Sarah Malin-David Ruble
Hannah Ruble-Samuel Dunham
Jacob Dunham-Catherine Goodnight
Samuel G Dunham-Eliza Reese
Margaret Catherine Dunham-Harvey Aldridge
Gretta Cleo Aldridge-Wilbur Beeks
Mary Margaret Beeks-Cleveland Harshbarger
Their descendents