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William BEAL
Phoebe DOWDY
Husband:  William BEAL
Birth:  1829/30, NC
Death apparently:  1870-80, Chatham Co., NC
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Asa BEAL
Mother:  Chloe MORAN
Marriage:  27 Jan 1853, Chatham Co., NC
Wife:  Phoebe DOWDY
Birth:  1830/1, NC
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Thomas DOWDY (1797- )
Mother:  Mary "Polly" __?__ (1805- )
Children born in Chatham Co., NC:
1.  Mary Jane BEAL, b. 1853-54
2.  Martha Ann "Annie" BEAL, b. 1856/7
3.  Margaret Frances BEAL, b. 1859
4.  Mittia / Mittie / Mettie William BEAL, b. 1861/2
5.  Robert Lee BEAL, b. 1864/5
6.  Thomas Alexander BEAL, b. 1866/7
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Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  William BEAL (æ 20, b. NC) is living in Chatham Co., NC (p. 369B), with his parents, Asa BEAL (æ 55, b. NC) & Chloe (æ 56, b. NC), plus siblings.  They are listed next to Phebe DOWDY (æ 19, b. NC), who is living with her parents, Thomas DOWDY (æ 53, b. NC) & Polly (æ 45, b. NC), plus a sibling.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #61 of 84):  Pittsboro P.O., Middle Division, Chatham Co., NC, Roll M653_892, p. 107A/213, PN 61, 502/454, enumerated 13 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
Wm Beal 30 M   Farmer   100 NC
Pheby " 30 F         "
Mary J "  6 F         "
Martha A "  4 F         "
Margaret F " ?/12 F         "
Listed between William's father, Asa BEAL, and Phoebe's father, Thomas DOWDY (æ 60, b. NC).

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22 of 24):  Grove P.O., Hickory Mountain Twp., Chatham Co., SC, Roll M593_1129, p. 96B, PN 22, 186/186, enumerated 15 Sep 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
Beal William 40 M W Farmer   800 North Carolina
____ Phebie 40 F W Keeping House     "
____ Jane 17 F W at Home     "
____ Annie 14 F W at Home     "
____ Frances 11 F W at Home     "
____ William  8 M W at Home     "
____ Lee  5 M W at Home     "
____ Alexander  3 M W at Home     "
Listed between William's widowed mother, Catherine (sic) (MORAN) BEAL, and Phoebe's widowed father, Thomas DOWDY (æ 65, b. NC).  "Mettie William" is female.

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 40 indexed "Hields"):  Hickory Mt. Twp., Chatham Co., NC, Roll 957, p. 113C, PN 3, SD 2, ED 27, enumerated 2/3 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 15 22 23 24 25 26
27 27 Fields Alvis W M 55     /   Farming   / / NC NC NC
      "    Julian W F 60 Wife   /   Keeping House     / " " "
      "    Susan W F 25 [unreadable] /     Hired       " " "
      "    Everlener W F  2 Child /     at Home       " " "
      "____Clora W F 86 Mother in Law     W Boarding Rheumatism     NC NC NC
28 28   "____Pheba W F 50 Daughter     W Keeping House       " " "
      "    Mary J W F 26 Daughter /     at Home   / / " " "
      "    Margaret W F 21 " /     "   / / " " "
      "    Mittia W W F 17 " /     "   / / " " "
      "    Robert L W M 14 Sone /     Farming   / / " " "
      "    Thomas A W M 11 Sone /     "   / / " " "
Everyone from "Clora" on down is surnamed BEAL, not FIELDS, much less HIELDS. Julian (BEAL) FIELDS is Phoebe's sister-in-law, daughter of Phoebe's mother-in-law, Chloe (MORAN) BEAL, who is on the line above Phoebe.  This enumerator's handwriting was unbelieveably sloppy, not to mention his errors.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

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