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Luther Sanford Beasley

Luther Sanford Beasley married his first cousin, Ruth Matella Claggett. They were both born in Virginia and grandchildren of Samuel Claggett III.

The Beasley or Beazley family first arrived in Virginia before 1735. They were prominent slave and plantation owners for several generations in Spotsylvania County.

In 1851, Thomas Beasley of Virginia married Ann Elizabeth Claggett, the daughter of Samuel Claggett III and Lucy Sanford, and a granddaughter of the Revolutionary War surgeon Dr. Samuel Claggett Jr. The Daughters of the American Revolution report that in Dr. Claggett served in the Revolutionary War "est 1777 Charles Co. MD, while student of medicine at Port Tobacco, MD, as surgeon's mate; settled in VA after RW [Revolutionary War]; dd [died] 4th Monday of March 1821."

Thomas Beasley and Ann Claggett's fourth child, Luther Sanford Beasley, was born six miles from Brandy Station in Culpeper, Virginia. According to the obituary of Ann Elizabeth Claggett, Thomas Beasley's wife, "Her husband died in Virginia in October 1897." She died one year later on January 24, 1898 in Lexington, Illinois. Why or how they were separated is unknown.

Luther Sanford Beasley married his first cousin, Ruth Matella Claggett. They were both born in Virginia and grandchildren of Samuel Claggett III.

Their blood relationship is blurred by the fact that Samuel Claggett III was first married to Lucy Sanford. When she died, he married her sister Julia. Samuel and Lucy had a son James. James' daughter Ruth Matella was born in Warrenton, Virginia, on October 1, 1856. Samuel and Julia had a daughter Ann Elizabeth. Ann's son Luther Sanford was born in Culpeper on March 15, 1859.

Ruth Matella Claggett and Luther Sanford Beasley were married on August 20, 1882 in Lexington, Illinois. They had seven children.

The Beasley children in 1903. (L-R) Felix, Frances, Ruth, John, Kitty, Guy, and Beulah.
The Beasley family circa 1914. (Front row, L-R) Luther Sanford Beasley (father), Kitty, and Ruth Matella Claggett (mother). (Back row, L-R) Frances, Guy, John, Beulah, Felix, and Ruth.