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Beal in VA, NJ or NC

I have been searching for anything on a John W Beal born around 1872 in VA and died, possibly in NJ, before 1916. He married a Sophia Motely and lived in NYC but I can find no record of it. I've checked city directories and Sophia appears several times but is listed as either separated or widowed after 1916.

I have been trying to break this wall for over three years now but have yet to find anything I can work from. I find Sophia living with a Charles and Sadie Jackson in NYC in the 1920 census and I have a weak lead that Sadie may be John Beal's sister. Again, I've followed that trail but have yet to find a document linking them... or even suggesting Sadie's maiden name is Beal. John wife Sophie is found as a widow, in NJ between 1920 and 1930. An family friend who has since passed on thought John was found dead in Glouchester... NJ or VA.

I'm hoping someone here can help point me in another direction as I am very frustrated and almost ready to give up on that line. I need a break here :(


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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