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    The following is the story of the Beebe family which Joshua Beebe was descended from.. I found this on Compuserve a few years ago and do not know the author.I am sorry but the order is mixed up. You have to go through all three pages to find some of the information. He has gleaned the information from Clarence Beebe's Book "A Monograph on the Beebe Family" written in 1894 as well as other sources. Some of this information has been disputed by Alen Henry and others. Visit their web pages for more on this.Here is another good web site on the Beebes My lineage is through John Beebe (1) who died in 1650, to his son Samuel .

       I am indebted to a large number of sources for the inform-
ation contained in the following pages and have personally
collected matter of importance, both in this country and in
       There are undoubtedly, some errors which have crept in,
which I am ready to correct, but I am confident that John of
Broughton was the ancestor of nine-tenths of the Beebe family in
this country.
      The line is replete with patriotic men who were instrumen-
tal in the founding and building up of our country.
      Cromwell was at the zenith of his fame when the immi-
gration began, and many restrictions were placed against leaving
the mother country. Further investigation may develope the
causes that impelled the exodus. I am sure we can con-
gratulate ourselves on the fact that the name of Beebe was an
honored one at the time and that it reflects credit because of the
services rendered to our country by its bearers in those early days
of the 17th century.

     9th Lineal Descendant from John(1)

Some tradition and facts concerning the origin of the name
of Beebe.

     It may please the ultra-enthusiast to know that the name
apprantely appears in records of remote intiquity, as seen in the
following memorandum:
     One of the Kings of the Second Dynasty in Egypt-date,
something like 3000 B.C. was:
     Bebi, whose hieroglyphic is given in the table of Sakkarah,
a monument discovered by M.Mariette in Egypt. This table
represents a priest named tounars, rendering homage in the
name of Rameses II, to a series of 58 kings belonging to the first
six dynastys.
     Again, in book 21 of the history of Rome, by Livy, is re-
lated how one Quintus Baebius, a man of advanced years, was
sent as an ambassodor to Hannibal, and to the Carthagenian Sen-
ate, to demand peace or war-date, year of Rome 534.
 Coming to later times,there is a tradition of French origin
which is very plausible. Ancient family papers, said to be in the
archives of Aston Hall, Warwickshire, England, show that this
family descended from the two Norman Knights, Richard, and
William de Beebe, who were of the Royal Guard of William the
Conqeror and passed over to England at the time of the conquest
and were by the King granted manors in Warwickshire, where
the family lived up to the close of the Commonwealth.
 During one of my visits to England in 1893. I took the op-
portunity to copy a portion of the ancient. Norman Rolls, which
are kept in the Tower of London, and which date from the reign
of King John. I found there the name Willelmus Babbe, Prac-
positus, A.D., 1204. He, with four other jurors, adjudjed the
values of property.
 One of the earliest authentic records of the family name I
have found in Bridge's History of Northamtonshire, England,
printed in 1740.

    Under the heading of Town of Brackley,Sutton Hunfred,
occurs the following:-"Here was formely an Infirmary or Hos-
pital for the sick, dedicated to St. Leonard. From 1297 to 1417,
it aws governed by masters, one of which was Joh. Beby, Feb-
ruary 10,1403".
    At East Farndon, Joh. Beby was incumbant of the church
of St. John the Baptist, sometime between the years of 1398 and
1411. At Castre is a church dedicated to St. Kyneburga. With-
in the porch of this church, Around the moulding of the south
door is cut in wood, this inscription:

Ricardus Beby, Rector
Ecclesie DeCastre,
Fecit Fieri,

    To those interested in knowing that one branch of the family
has the right and title to a Coat of Arms, below will be found
a description of same as found in Burkes Encyclopedia of Heraldry:

A blue shield with golden Chevron and three gold bees.
Crest:-A golden Beehive indicative of industry, vigilance
and persistancy of purpose.
Motto:So Defendendo.

    The founder of this family was a Non-Comformist Chaplain
to the regiment of Colonel Knight in (Geo.)Monk's (i.e. Duke
of Albermarle) army about A.D.,1640.
    The church register of St. Andrews, in the village of
Broughton,Northamptonshire,England dating from 1560, verify
the names of John Beebe 1, and his children who emigrated to
this country about the year 1650, as stated in his will, on
file in Hartford,Ct.
    Probably ninety nine per-cent of the family in this country
descended from the three sons of this John 1, to wit: John 2,
Samuel 4, and James 9.
    They were probably all puritans and were known in England
as Husbandmen, or yeomen. They landed in Boston Harber and,
working there way westward, were influential in the settlement of
New London, Ct. From this place the family branched
out in all directions.

     Individuals of the family were prominent in King Philips
War,especially John 2, who with his men marched through
the wilderness and relieved the soldiers of Major Talcott on the
Connecticut River.
     The Family of Samuel 4, became large land owners and inter-
married with well-to-do families. T he name is found among the
Minute Men of '76, and in the Armies of the Revolution, as
officers, and enlisted men. Special services under General Wash-
ington were rendered by a descendant of John 2.
    The pension rolls of the Revolution Contain a number of
names of the family, Bezaleel Beebe was especially prominent in
that war, and James a descendant of James(2),became a mem-
ber of the Order of the Cincinnati.
    In 1775, a descendant of John(2),(Martin, prepared with
others a memorial to Congress, recommending the passage of a
Declaration of Independance.
    The name is variously spelled in the same document:

     John Beebe, who immigrated to this country in 1650, died
on shipboard and left a will in which mention is made of his
children, and of the fact that he came from Broughton,Northamp-
tonshire England. I had the pleasure of visiting this quaint old
English village in June 1893, and verified from the church rec-
ords the names of John,his wifes Christian name Rebecca, and
those of his children, as well as the dates of their birth.
     To reach Broughton from liverpool the train must be taken
to the city of Northampton, where cars are changed for Kettering,
the principal town of the district in which Broughton is situated.
At Kettering the name of Beebe is still a familiar one in the neigh-
borhood. The village of Broughton, a few miles from Kettering,
is a large, straggling, old fashion one  situated partly in hol
lows and partly on elevated knolls. There were probably not more
than two or three of its hundred houses which were not thickly
covered with thatch. The church of St.Andrew, an Ancient Build-
ing, was naturally the most prominent to the view, situated in the
center of the village, and surrounded by the luxuriant foliage.
Approaching it the roadway is actually embowed by the trees
on either side. The church combines the Norman< early deco-
rated and perpindicular styles. It includes chancel,nave,aisles,
and north and south porches. It also has a town clock and a
chime of five bells. The church was rebuilt in 1828,and the
whole church restored in 1854. It contains a beauti-
fully carved stone front, of the perpindicular period, 1600. The
aving is the gift of the Duke of Buccleuch. The Church Registers
date from 1560. The surrounding church-yard is replete with moss-
grown memorials of the past. The Registers are kept securley in
an iron box in the crypt of the church. They are in a bad state
of preservation and crumbling with age.
   Abstracts of wills from the Archdeaconry Court at North-
ampton indicate that the Beebes mentioned were not conspic-
uous people, but were styled "Yeomen","Labourer" and "shoe-
maker". Little Addington, in Northamptonshire, furnishes its
quota of Beebe's. The registers of its church commences about
1588, and an early record is the marraige of Henry Bebe with
Millicent Rands, May 13,1641.
    The name Beebe may have had its origins in Two Norman
Knights, who originally spelled the name de Boebe. The "de" was
evantually dropped after coming to England, the name being
Anglicised to its present spelling Beebe.
 From the learned researches of John Thorpe, an old authori-
tative chronicler and Herald of Duddeston, Warwickshire, Eng-
land, we have a clear account of the relation and history of this
family from their ancient home in the Valle de Saive, Normandy,
France, up to 1669 in Warwick County,England, when John,
Nathaniel, and Eli Beebe emigrated to the colonial province of
York. Ancient Family papers in the archives of Aston Hall show
that this family descended from the Norman Knights Richard and
Guilliaume de Boebe who were of the Royal guard of William
the Conqueror and passed over to England at the time of the
conquest and were by the King granted manors at Bordesley in
the county of Warwick,England where the family lived from
the time of the Norman conquest up to the close of the common-
    During the Parlimentary wars John Beebe, of Duddeston
Hall,county of Warwick, with two sons having ardently stood
by the popular cause against the tryanny of the royal Stuarts fight-
ing first under Essex and Hampden, subsequently with desperate
resolution through all of Cromwells campaigns were at the
restoration of the monarchy exposed to persecution by the court
officials. They were summoned by the King's governor of War-
wick to take an oath of allegiance to the regime, but such being
a military court they denounced it's right there, defiantely refusing
to be bound by any oath commanded by an unlawfully constituted
perity of the Beebe Family and others who had fought for con-
tumacy in money and estate, three cadets of the family with John
Beebe and the yeomen, Richard Rathbone Thomas Clifton and
Henry Clinton at once emigrated to the province of York and
settled upon estates within the royal demense. Subsequent to the
settlement within the royal province of York another branch
settled in Roxbury, Mass. They held correspondance with the
noble and liberal lord Stanley and Henry Fairfax of Durham,
two noblemen who felt a deep interest in the welfare and pros-
perity of the Beebe family and others who had fought for con-
stitutional freedom during the great struggle of the Parlimentary
    These letters and the manuscript of the Beebe family, colonial
and home, were preserved by William Watt,Esq. lord of the
manor of Aston in the archives of Aston Hall, Warwickshire.
    The motto of the family, granted by Henry V, to
Sir John Beebe for distinguished gallantry at the seige of Har-
fleur, and presented by the King upon a Gold Shield, is in Norman
French: Fidele et Brave-Faithful and Brave.

    It is a fact that John Beebe left England for this country in
the month of April or May 1650. From all the data at hand he
was accompanied by his five children, viz: Thomas(4), Na-thaniel(6),James(9),Rebecka(3),and Mary(7), and that
his two sons, John(2), and Samuel(5), had preceded him to
America a few months. His daughter Hanna (8), and his wife ,
Rebecka, are not mentioned in his will which was written and
signed on shipboard. The eldest son, John(2), was but 22 years of
age, and the youngest, Mary, 13 years of age at this time. It is
presumed that John(1) died on the same day as that on which
the will was made,viz: May 18,1650. Below is a copy of this
will, given as nearly as possible verbatim:

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