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Famous Beeson's


Famous (and Infamous) Beeson's


John Beeson, "The First Human Rights Activist" descends from William, son of Edward and Rachel (Pennington) Beeson.  According to Henry Hart Beeson,  John was b. in England in 1803. Later in life he made his way to the United States and out to Oregon with his family. The following links discuss John Beeson and his attempts to make changes in the way the Native Americans were treated (with little luck, unfortunately).
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Chalkley Beeson, the seventh child of Samuel and Martha, moved from Iowa to Dodge City, Kansas, where he became the owner of the Longbranch Saloon of "Gunsmoke" fame. Our Chalkley was quite a character in the old west. This link leads to info on only one of his activities, the forming of the Dodge City Cow-Boy Band.  

Henry Beeson, the son of Richard and Ann (Brown) Beeson, along with his brother, Jacob Beeson, founded Uniontown, Pennsylvania on July 4th, 1776. 

Duane W. Beeson, the son of Carl Beeson and Zelda, descended from William and Mary (Mills) Beeson's daughter, Rachel (Molly) Beeson. He was b. 1921 at Boise, ID and d. in 1947. Duane had three sisters: Ester, Louise and Elizabeth. Duane Beeson enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, later transferred to 334th Squadron, 4th FG/8th USAAF, assigned to 71 "Eagle" Sq. Fighter pilot in ETO. Victories: 24.25; 19.5 air, 4.75 ground. Shot down by flak over Germany and subsequently spent 13 months as a prisoner-of-war. Duane was promoted to Lt. Col. after the war and died of a brain tumor 15 Feb 1947. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Leander Beeson (Beason) (b. 1817, in Tennessee - d. 1858 Colorado Co., TX) was a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto in Texas. He was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Beeson. He served as a private in Capt. William J.E. Heard's Company F, First Regiment, Texas Volunteers and, for his service received a bounty of 320 acres in Colorado County. More information on Leander Beason can be found at the Handbook of Texas On-Line.

Benjamin Beeson (Beason) (b. ? - d. ca. 1837) Leander's father, Benjamin Beason was one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists and received title to his land in Colorado County, TX in August of 1824. He operated a ferry on the Colorado River and his wife, Elizabeth, operated an inn.

William E. Beeson (1822-1882) first president of Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. For more information on William go to Handbook of Texas On-Line.

If you read something interesting about a Beeson or Beason, in a book or on the Internet, let me know and I'll put it up on this page.

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