Summary Information
Title: Beazel Family Papers
Collection Number: DAR.1937.02
Creator: Beazell family

Collection Dates: 1809-1888
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)

Language: English

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.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
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Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

January 2007

Finding aid prepared by Crystal Hanna and Kristin Justham.

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.

Collection 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.

Subject Terms

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

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

Family Names
  • Beazell family

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

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

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1937.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

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.

Preferred Citation:

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

Processing Information:

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


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Collection Inventory

Box 1
Folder 1 Unidentified Personal Correspondence, 1809-1869
Folder 2 Matthew Beazel Correspondence, 1831-1854
Folder 3 Matthew Beazel Correspondence, 1831-1854
Folder 4 Accounts: Bills and Invoices, 1831-1884
Folder 5 Accounts: Bills and Invoices, 1831-1884
Folder 6 Accounts: Bills and Invoices, 1831-1884
Folder 7 Invitation to Fourth of July Union Dinner, 1835
Folder 8 Beazel Family Documents Including Land Sale and Tax Records, 1835-1888
Folder 9 Documents Relating to the Estate of William Beazel, 1836-1857
Folder 10 Notes to Beazel Confirming Household Item Purchases, 1841-1846
Folder 11 Account Books, 1844-1847
Folder 12 Matthew Beazel Mercantile License, 1845
Folder 13 Legal Papers, 1846-1848
Folder 14 Beazel Correspondence, 1846-1851
Folder 15 Writing Copy Book, Possibly by William Henry Beazel, ca. 1847
Folder 16 Matthew Beazel, Land Agent Advertisement and Others, 1848-1897
Folder 17 Henry Beazel Correspondence, 1851-1860
Folder 18 Deed, Walter Brown from Thomas Van Hook, 1862
Folder 19 Beazel Land Flat Map, 1870
Folder 20 Henry B. Beazel, Steam Boat Officers Protective Association, 1880
Folder 21 James Beazel, Insurance, Ancient Order of United Workman, 1887