The Beverley Family of Virginia: Descendants of Major Robert Beverley (1641-1687) and Allied Families, by John McGill (Columbia, South Carolina, 1956), 8vo, 1118 pages, with twelve interleaved images and 112 pages of index. The Digital Edition, published on CD-ROM, © September 2008.
Robert Beverley, subsequently known as "Major Beverley," came to Virginia in 1663. He settled in Middlesex County about twenty miles from Jamestown and soon became prominent in the colony. Said the editors of this genealogy (published after the death of its author): It should be an incentive to worthy achievement to know that one's ancestor in the person of Robert Beverley, the immigrant, won by his courage and leadership the unstinted praise of Governor Berkeley in the Bacon Rebellion in Virginia in 1676 and that later as Clerk of the House of Burgesses, in steadfast loyalty to that body he refused to surrender its records to the King's Commissioners. He thus incurred their disfavor and was by an edict of the King deprived of his offices.
This huge volume has five sections, as follows: (1) Major Robert Beverley (eight pages); (2) descendants of Peter Beverley and his children, i.e., Anne, who married Col. Henry Whiting (108 pages), Elizabeth, who married Col. William Randolph (247 pages), and Susannah, who married Sir John Randolph (268 pages); (3) Descendants of Robert Beverley (124 pages); (4) Descendants of Capt. Harry Beverley (277 pages); and (5) Descendants of Catherine, who married John Robinson (74 pages).
Some few families achieve distinction by their extraordinary contributions to one profession or another, most frequently as advocates of some religious sect (i.e., as ministers). The Beverley family is remarkable for its military contributions. Many Beverley daughters married men who were (or would become) general officers in the Army or the Navy. One, spouse of Robert E. Lee, spawned two sons who achieved the General's rank in the Civil War (perhaps by the influence or reputation of their father). Dozens of others served nobly, many achieving the ranks of Colonel or General, most usually (during the nineteenth century) in the service of the Confederacy. An extraordinary incident in this regard (quoting directly): "During the dark days, 1861-65, in one engagement, Gen. S. P. Bankhead, CSA, and his brother, Gen. Henry Bankhead, USA, enacted the distressing scene of brother against brother, each loyal to his duty as his conscience dictated. Another descendant, John Beverley Robinson, later elevated to the rank of Baronet, served under Gen. Brock in the capture of Detroit during the War of 1812. Yet another, Commodore Thomas Jefferson Page, USN, commanded the exploration of the LaPlata, Parana, and Paraguay Rivers, 1855 to 1860. A son, John Page, served as Captain in the Argentine Navy. He was killed by savages, while exploring the Pilcomayo River.
The military traditions of the Beverley and related families men continued well into the twentieth century, through World War II.
Prominent collateral families include ANDERSON, BERKELEY, BROCK, BROWN, BROYLES, BRUCE, CARTER, CHEW, CLARK, COLLINS, CORBIN, DABNEY, DAVIS, FITZHUGH, GRAYSON, HARRIS, HARRISON, JOHNSON, JONES, KENNON, LEE, LEWIS, MARSHALL, MASON, MEADE, MILLER, MOORE, MORGAN, MUNFORD, NELSON, PAGE, PARKER, POLLARD, PRICE, RANDOLPH, ROBINSON, SHELTON, SINCLAIR, SMITH, STANNARD, TAYLOR, THOMPSON, TOWLES, TURNER, WASHINGTON, WHITING, WILLIAMS, WILLIAMSON, WILSON, and WINSTON. For the whole list, see the on-line index.
The Digital Edition: two text files in DOC format (9.3 Mb) and twelve high-resolution image files in JPG format (4.8 Mb).
Enhancements: Lineage-tracking hyperlinks; hyperlinks to high-resolution images in separate files.
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