In the Name of God Amen I Solomon Beesley of Craven County in the State of North Carolina Being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory this thirtenth day of November in the year of Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty nine d make and declare this to be my last will and testament____for my allowing that is to say____promises it is my ____. I do direct that all ___ and funeral expenses to be paid out of my seasonal estates by the executors hereafter appointed.
Item I give devise and bequethe unto my son Benjamin Beesley my Plantation whereon I now dwell including all the land I hold below John Beesley's line upon the South side of Beesley's to Core Creek. I hold to him, his heirs___ but if in case my son Benjamin should die without and heir lawfully begotten to his body that then in such case I give any said plantationto my son James to hold to him his heirs____forever.
Item I give devise and bequeth unto my son Samuel Beesley all the land I hold
Item I geve devive and Bequeath unto my son James Beesley on Negro man known by the name of Sam?
Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Hall the sum of Twenty shillings currentsy of the state of North Carolina in full of her high ____ in my estate.
Item I give to my grandaughter Sidney Civil one Feather Bed and furniture and one weaver loom all __ and __
Item I give sons John William Ben James and Samuel all the land I hold between __ line___to hold to (will is repeated here giving sons a horse and a feather bed and furniture)
Item my will and desire that my Executors sell the rest of my horse brine and Cattle __ and all the money made by that sale I give and Leave to my children as follows ____ Abraham Beesley Solomon Beesley Vilator Dyar A____Heath Martha Clifton Mary Miller and John Beesley be Equally Divided among them share and share alike
Item all the rest and remainder of my estate Both Real and Personal not here in before Absolutely Die posed of heave to be put in six Equal parts and five sixths parts Thereof I give to my five youngest ones to be equally devided among them and the other one one sixth therof I give to my grand daughter Sidney Avils
Lastly I Nominate Constitue and Appoint my dutiful sones Solomon Beelsey and John Beesley and My Trusty friend George Bryan excutor of my last will and Testament. Revolking and making all other wills in any other manner heretofore made Qulifying and confessing this only to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness of I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and year first herein Written.
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Solomon Beesley as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of
John Flanning
Elisha X Beesley
James X Taylor
Solomon X Beesley
State of North Carolina Craven County Court March Term 1791


William Beasley Rev. War Service: Pension #W9352 issued 6-6-1833, Pension Roll Vol 3, page 220 (Department of Interior, Revolutionary War Section, Washington, D.C.
As submitted to the presiding Judge of Butler County, by William Beasley, "In order to obtain the benefits of the Acts of Congress passed June 7,1832" State of Kentucky) County of Butler )
On this 8th day of October, 1832, appears in open court, before the open courts of said county, now sitting, William Beasley, a resident of the County of Butler & State of Kentucky, aged 70 years, who first being duly sworn, according to law, doth, in this make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefits of The Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That he was drafted for 3 months, but can not recall the precise time, but recalls distinctly that he had served two months and 18 days at the time of General Gates Defeat at Camden, South Carolina, that he resided in the State of North Carolina when he was drafted and served under Captain David Roach, who was killed at Camden.Ensign Beasley sp. discharge Beasley. *Note Beesley is original spelling of name. In Col. Benjamin Aksom's regiment, later Col. Leasewell's & Majors Griffin & Nichols. That he rendesvouzed at the Ferry, Neuse River about forty milkes from New Bern and marched to the Deep River and remained there a short time and then marched across the Yadkin River & Rocky River by Blackstock House and the Cheraw Hills, on Peedee River to Camden and joined General Gates about a week before the battle, and remained in the service thereafter, 4 months, having served two months & 18 days before he crossed on the line between North and South Carolina, and served thereafter 3 months including the 18 days that he afterwards served in a Company of 8, under Captain Stevensen and marched to Wilmington and joined Col. R. Richard D. S. (illegible) and continued on march 30 days, 4 of which he had volunteered, after that, he was discharged. February 1781, he enlisted for another four months under Captain S. L. Ives and Ensign Clarks-under command of Col. Benjamin Stiles, and Major Griffen McGee-which he believed was the Continental Service and has always been under that impression, but he was young at the time. *NOTE>William was b. 4-25-1762 & enlisted in February, 1781, prior to his 18th birthday. That he has resided in Craven County, North Carolina, when he entered the service and rendesvouzed at Wilmington. From Wilmington he marched across the Black River and Peedee River and crossed th Santee River at Nelson's Ferry and marched across the head of (illegible) River to P(illegible) Ponds in Carolina that he marched to Ashley River on Bacon Bridge, then down the river to Ashley Hill, within 7 miles of Charleston, where he continued until his service was out, when he marched back to Wilmington, and was discharged there on the (illegible) Ponds , when he joined the army under General Green and marched with him as stated to the place he remained until his time was finished. That he has no documentary evidence- and knows of no person whose testimony he can gather who can testify as to his service- but Joseph Taylor and William Coy of Butler in this state-knows that he was in the service but was not with him. That he was born the 25th day of April, 1762, but has no record of his age, that he continued to live in North Carolina until about 35 years ago (1797), when he moved to Warren County,Kentucky, where he lived about 20 years (1817) and then moved to Butler County in said state, where he now lives. That he is acquainted with Rev. Pharris & Gary & Jacob Smith of his present neighborhood, who can testify as to charachter for honesty and their belief as to his services as soldier of the Revolution.
He hereby relinquishes his every claim whatever to, except pension & declares that his name is not on the pension Rolls of any other state.
Subscribed & Sworn signed (William Beasley made his mark)
**Sources:(Copies of all in my possession) 1.DAR Patriot Index Vol. I p203 2.National Archives pension #W9352 3.DAR National#710623 4.Marriage Bond dated 2-3-1784, Craven County, North Carolina signed & sealed by Moses Taylor, Father of Bride and William Beasley, Groom 5.1825 Butler County, Kentucky Deed Book"C"Copy page 64,Declaration of assets by William Beasley for Rev War provision by act of Congress dated 3-18-1818, wherein he states "My wife is older than I" He was born 1762 6.Kentucky Roll of Rev War Pensioners,#262195, page 220, Volume 3 7.Department of Interior Bureau of pension re:#W9352 states "Widow applied @ age 90 in 1851" 8.Application for benefits by Beasley's widow, Elizabeth, dated 1851 @ age 90 9.1820 Butler County, Kentucky Census Elizabeth age 59 10.1850 Butler County, Kentucky Census Elizabeth age 89 11.1856 Declaration By Elizabeth for Wm's Rev War Benefits