Markham of Chesterfield
Ancestors and Descendants of John Markham
1785 - 1798
||New York, USA
||5 Dec 1798
||New York City, New York (city), New York, USA
||15 Jul 2018 |
||Thomas Beekman, b. 15 Aug 1753, New York, USA , d. Abt 1787, Ulster Co, New York, USA |
||Sarah Mathews, b. 1760, Orange Co, New York, USA , d. Abt 1785 |
- Henry Williams Beekman was born was born about 1782 in New York, the son of Thomas Beekman and Sarah Mathews. He was probably named for his mother's brother-in-law, Henry Williams. Henry Williams Beekman was named in the 1786, 1787 Will of his grandfather Vincent Mathews, and in the 1790, 1798 Will of his aunt Elizabeth Mathews Williams. Sadly, he died as a young man, in a drowning accident. A family record notes that he was age seventeen at the time of his death.
Abstract of the Will of Thomas Beekman written 30 Dec 1786 and probated 5 Apr 1787; Thomas Beekman of Ulster co, gentleman, to nephew Thomas Beekman, to children Fletcher E Beekman, Verdine Elsworth Beekman, Henry W Beekman and Sarah Beekman. Real and personal property (gold sleeve buttons marked TB).Executors, brothers James and Theophilus Beekman, both of New York City. Witnesses: Henry Williams, Cathalina Matthews, Fletcher Matthews of Willkill Precinct.
Page 150.-Elizabeth Williams, wife of Henry A. Williams and daughter of Fletcher Mathews, Esq., deceased. To Henry Williams Beekman, son of Thomas Beekman and my sister Sarah, his wife, all my estate as well in houses as land which came or is coming to me by the death of my late father, Fletcher Mathews, Esq., or anything that may hereafter come to him by virtue of his estate; to my husband, the income, interest, and direction of my estate during the time he shall continue unmarried, in order to maintain, clothe, and educate my nephew, Henry Williams Beekman, if my nephew should die before he comes of age leaving no issue, then my will is in case my husband should be married to any other wife, that my mother be sole heir; to my sister, Polly Mathews, my negro girl named Rosannah, to have at her own disposal; my negro boy named Hank, to my husband, to be done with as he directs but never subject to the payment of any debts of his contracting. I appoint my husband, Henry A. Williams and my mother, Sarah Mathews, executors.
Dated March 5, 1790. Witnesses, Thomas Waters, Nathaniel W. Howell, attorney, of Ontario Co., N. Y., Jason Hand. Proved, January 9,1797.
[source] Collections of the New York Historical Society . . ; printed for the Society in 1907.
Harry Beekman, nephew of Alderman Beekman, of this city, was drowned in Freshwater Pond, on Wed the 5th instant, when he broke through the ice in attempting to rescue his friend, Jimmy Nesbitt, son of Dr James B Nesbitt.
[source] Newspaper Extract; 8 December 1798.
Affecting. [no name given] A Human and Gallant Youth, Nephew to Alderman Beekman, of this city, was drowned in the Fresh water pond, on Tuesday last, in the same Chasm of the ice, from which he had just rescued a son of Dr Nesbitt, his neighbor. He was the Nephew of Mr and Mrs Beekman; being the son of the Alderman's brother, and of a daughter of the late Fletcher Mathews, Esq, her brother, of Mathew's Field, County of Orange.
[source] Weekly Museum (New York, New York); 8 December 1798.
Notes for Henry Williams Beekman; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2018; for Markham of Chesterfield website.