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).
A few families can be distinguished by their apparent commitment to one profession or another – most usually the commitment is to the ministry or (less frequently) to the practice of law and politics. The Beverley family is particularly noted for its military achievements and exploits. Many of the Beverley daughters married the sons of general officers or the general officers themselves. One, wife of General Robert E. Lee, had two sons who also achieved the rank of General in the CSA. Among the other dozens of General Officers, readers are most likely to recognize the name of J. E. B. (Jeb) Stuart. Though Beverley soldiers served mostly in the CSA during the Civil War, some sided with the Union, and not without pathos: "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. as a Canadian (and a Baronet) – John Beverley Robinson -- served under Gen. Brock in the capture of Detroit during the War of 1812. The tradition of military service in the highest ranks is in this history recorded for the family 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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