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Brief Biographical / Historical Sketch


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.