Submitted by: Nadine Holder

Blacksmith Isaac BEESON

Blacksmith Isaac BEESON was among the early settlers in Mercer County. He was descended from Edward and Rachel PENNINGTON Beeson who were married in 1682 in the parish of Thressinton, England (Beeson Genealogy by Mickey Elliott). He and wife Lydia SHIELDS were married in 1816 in Guilford County, North Carolina and came to Mercer County by way of Ohio and Indiana. Isaac had a farm near Joy and the 1850 census shows him with children William, Edmond, Mehitable, and Caroline.

Isaac also had a son John B. Beeson, who was the first druggist in the town of New Boston. His first wife, Harriett NEWELL, died in 1848, as did their infant daughter Harriet. John next married Caroline DENISON, widow of William Denison, Jr., son of New Boston founder, William Denison. In addition to the Denison children, Harriett, Isadora, Charlotte, and Newton, John and Caroline had a son Orville in Mercer County.

In about 1853 the entire Beeson family moved to California. Isaac Beeson died in 1877 near Healdsburg, Sonora County, California, at the age of 81

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