Origin of the Name and Early Beasleys

There are several theories on the origin of Beasley. It may have been derived from an English place name meaning the clearing of an original settler named Bisi or some similar name. Others say it was perhaps derived from a place in Lancashire, meaning a "meadow or wood where bees were found".

A George Bisly, a catholic priest, was martyred in the reformation in the 16th century. His family wase said to come from a place called Goosnargh in Lancashire, England. There is an area thereabouts called beesley heights. A William de Beselegh who was possibly a norman who settled there after the Norman conquest in 1066.

Margie Beasley

The wife of Benjamin Johnson, according to their grandaughter, was Margie Beasley who was born about 1800 in South Carolina. Her name in the 1860 Simpson County, Mississippi appears to be "Mabury", but it could be Marjory.

My Beasley Line

  1. M. Lee Murrah
  2. Ina Gertrude Johnson m. Earvin Elroy Murrah
  3. Franklin John Johnson m. Florence Ophelia Largent
  4. Emma Johnson m. Charlie Baker(?)
  5. William M. Johnson m. Elizabeth L. Johnson
  6. Margie Beasley m. Benjamin Franklin Johnson

Other Beasley Internet Resources


  1. Arzy Johnson Squyres, grandaughter of Benjamin and Margie Beasley Johnson, personal interview, ca. 1970.
  2. 1860 Census, Simpson Co., Mississippi
  3. 1870 Census, Simpson Co., Mississippi

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MLM: 7 Mar 2000