Guide to the Beazel Family Papers, 1809-1888 DAR.1937.02

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Beazel Family Papers
Creator
Beazell family
Collection Number
DAR.1937.02
Date [inclusive]
1809-1888
Extent
0.21 linear feet  (1 box)
Abstract
The Beazel family papers hold the accounting records and personal and business correspondence related to the Beazel family, who lived in Westmoreland County and Washington County, Pennsylvania. The records reflect the period from 1809 to 1888. The majority of the collection consists of invoices, receipts, bills, business correspondence, and legal documents relating to Matthew Beazel, a land agent, and Henry Beazel, a steamboat officer. The accounting records suggest Matthew and his family may have also operated a general store. Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Beazel Family Papers, 1809-1888, DAR.1937.02, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

The Beazel family farmed land and resided in Elizabeth (now Webster), Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Pennsylvania, since the time of the Revolutionary War. Matthew and Henry Beazel worked as land and shipping merchants. Henry, a steamboat officer, was involved in the shipping industry according to his business correspondence and insurance policy. Matthew was a land agent working out of Elizabeth, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, selling land in Indiana, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection is an assortment of the Beazel family's business records, such as correspondence, receipts, invoices and bills from 1809 to 1888, and is not a comprehensive collection of family documents. It contains the business documents of the Beazel family with the majority of the collection focusing on Matthew and Henry Beazel's business papers. The records also contain documents relating to the estate of William Beazel, of which Matthew was executor, as well as James Beazel's insurance policy from the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Within Matthew's papers are business correspondence, his mercantile license, and an advertisement for his services as a land sales agent. Also included is a document from 1851 which notes the transfer of Matthew's rights and interest in the firm of Walker & Beazel to William Walker. In addition, there are account books, simple receipts and invoices detailing the cost and description of goods purchased and sold by the Beazel family, as well as a map of the Beazel flat in Washington County, Pennsylvania from an 1870 survey. The majority of the accounting records and correspondence originates from or is sent to Monongahela City, Pittsburgh, Elizabeth, and Webster Store and many of the receipts to Matthew are from Collins & Mellinger.

Other members of the Beazel family mentioned are Benjamin F. Beazel, John F. Beazel, Henry Beazel, William Beazel, Mary Ann Beazel, Luke Beazel, Kyle Beazel, and Laura Beazel. It should be noted that Beazel is spelled with several variations throughout the collection including Beazell, Beezel, Besel, Beazle, and Bezel.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, January 2007

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

No copyright restrictions.

Custodial History

This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.

Acquisition Information

Gift to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1937.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Crystal Hanna in May 2006 and by Kristin Justham in the September 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Beazell family

Genre(s)

  • Account books
  • Commercial correspondence
  • Insurance records
  • Personal correspondence
  • Receipts (Financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Elizabeth (Westmorland County, Pa.)
  • Monongahela (Pa.)
  • Washington County (Pa.)
  • Webster (Pa.)
  • Westmoreland County (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Beazel, Benjamin F.
  • Beazel, Henry
  • Beazel, James
  • Beazell, Matthew

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture -- Pennsylvania
  • Commerce
  • Land companies
  • Shipping companies (Marine transportation)

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Previous Citation

Beazel Family Papers, 1809-1888, DAR.1937.02, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Unidentified Personal Correspondence, 1809-1869 11
("Unidentified Personal Correspondence," online pending)

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  Folder
Matthew Beazel Correspondence, 1831-1854 2
("Matthew Beazel Correspondence," online pending)

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  Folder
Matthew Beazel Correspondence, 1831-1854 3
("Matthew Beazel Correspondence," online pending)

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  Folder
Accounts: Bills and Invoices, 1831-1884 4
("Accounts: Bills and Invoices," online pending)

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  Folder
Accounts: Bills and Invoices, 1831-1884 5
("Accounts: Bills and Invoices," online pending)

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  Folder
Accounts: Bills and Invoices, 1831-1884 6
("Accounts: Bills and Invoices," online pending)

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  Folder
Invitation to Fourth of July Union Dinner, 1835 7
("Invitation to Fourth of July Union Dinner," online pending)

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  Folder
Beazel Family Documents Including Land Sale and Tax Records, 1835-1888 8
("Beazel Family Documents Including Land Sale and Tax Records," online pending)

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  Folder
Documents Relating to the Estate of William Beazel, 1836-1857 9
("Documents Relating to the Estate of William Beazel," online pending)

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  Folder
Notes to Beazel Confirming Household Item Purchases, 1841-1846 10
("Notes to Beazel Confirming Household Item Purchases," online pending)

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  Folder
Account Books, 1844-1847 11
("Account Books," online pending)

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  Folder
Matthew Beazel Mercantile License, 1845 12
("Matthew Beazel Mercantile License," online pending)

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  Folder
Legal Papers, 1846-1848 13
("Legal Papers," online pending)

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  Folder
Beazel Correspondence, 1846-1851 14
("Beazel Correspondence," online pending)

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  Folder
Writing Copy Book, Possibly by William Henry Beazel, ca. 1847 15
("Writing Copy Book, Possibly by William Henry Beazel," online pending)

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  Folder
Matthew Beazel, Land Agent Advertisement and Others, 1848-1897 16
("Matthew Beazel, Land Agent Advertisement and Others," online pending)

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  Folder
Henry Beazel Correspondence, 1851-1860 17
("Henry Beazel Correspondence," online pending)

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  Folder
Deed, Walter Brown from Thomas Van Hook, 1862 18
("Deed, Walter Brown from Thomas Van Hook," online pending)

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  Folder
Beazel Land Flat Map, 1870 19
("Beazel Land Flat Map," online pending)

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  Folder
Henry B. Beazel, Steam Boat Officers Protective Association, 1880 20
("Henry B. Beazel, Steam Boat Officers Protective Association," online pending)

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  Folder
James Beazel, Insurance, Ancient Order of United Workman, 1887 21
("James Beazel, Insurance, Ancient Order of United Workman," online pending)

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