2007 Family Reunion at Wes and Joyce's
home in Portland.
Link to Monique and Heath's Wedding Web
Link to Alissa and Marc's Wedding Web Site:
Since our return from our two month wander
about two weeks age, I having been working my way through some of
the genealogical information we were able to acquire. I have
added portions of "A Short History of the Beedle Family" to the
appropriate pages for John Beedle and
Granville T. Beedle. I
hope you find them interesting.
Helen and Ella recently provided additional family files from Lynn's
collection of family history.
Here are a few photos from the late 1980's and early 1990's,
and a few from earlier times:
PICTURES OF THE 2005 FAMILY
REUNION AT HONEYMAN STATE PARK
A history of the Bailey Family, by Henry
Includes recollection by Henry Bailey of John Dick Van Eaton,
Harriette Ellen Bailey, John V. Van Eaton and Elizabeth (Belle)
While working my way through the latest box of Lynn
Beedle's family records, recently provided by Helen Beedle, I came
across the following in a copy of a scrapbook started by Grandma
Beedle and continued by Alice Hitchens. These are the wedding
announcements for Virginia and Page Douglas, Jane and Roger
Hildebrand and Carol and Don Healy.
Virginia and Page Douglas
Jane and Roger Hildebrand
Carol and Don Healy
(please click to expand)
A detailed and enthralling account of the roles
played by Benjamin, Sylvester and Samuel
Simpson in early Oregon history is contained on the
Oregon Historical Website:
At the end of February, 2005, Helen
Beedle sent out another thick packet of Uncle Lynn's family history
files. Within the packet were these letters from Eleanor
Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman to Kirke L.
Simpson, plus a couple of other photographs relating to Kirke:
Please click on picture to enlarge.
Helen Beedle recently sent me a packet of Lynn's family files.
One of the items that caught my attention was this letter from C. M.
Goethe regarding Lynn C. Simpson. Apparently while Lynn C.
Simpson was owner of the Sacramento Union, one of his goals was to
rally against the forces of vice that were rampant in the city of
Sacramento. Lynn was offered $50,000.00 (a very large sum in
the early 1900's) if his paper would quit its campaign to rid the
city of "commercialized vice". Lynn refused and ultimately was
forced out of business, losing his investment in the paper. He
left Sacramento, found work as a "cub reporter", starting out at the
bottom of the ladder. He then went on to complete a very
successful career in the newspaper business.
What a wonderful story for the young ones in the family to hear and
for us all to be reminded of.
family's years in the Los Angeles area.
RECOLLECTIONS OF FAMILY MEMBERS:
CAROL HEALY AND JANE HILDEBRAND'S
ROGER HILDEBRAND'S RECOLLECTIONS
SIMPSON -- THE OREGON TRAIL --1846
ELIZABETH (SIPPRELL) HEALY
LYNN S. BEEDLE
DONALD LEO HEALY
to Robert Dean Wood, a great-grandson of Samuel Crowley, Samuel Crowley was
one of the first Americans to die in what later became the Revolutionary
War. Samuel Crowley is an ancestor on the Simpson line. Go to
the lower half of the Samuel Crowley Page for more information.
FAMILY REUNION AT NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA, WAS A WONDROUS EVENT.
OUR NUMBERS PEAKED AT 43, BUT THE MEMORIES THAT KEEP CYCLING THROUGH MY
MIND ARE MANY TIMES MORE NUMEROUS THAN THAT. WE HAVE SUCH AN AMAZING
AND DIVERSE FAMILY OF CARING, COMPASSIONATE, AND INTELLIGENT FOLKS.
IT WAS A WEEK I SHALL NEVER FORGET. MANY THANKS TO ALL, BUT
ESPECIALLY TO JOYCE BEEDLE FOR ORGANIZING IT, AND TO LYNN BEEDLE FOR
BEING THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT.
reviewing other genealogical websites, we have now extended our list of
possible predecessors, back to over sixty generations.
Granted, the accuracy of the early portion of the line of descent is very questionable,
however the pattern is probably reasonably accurate with numerous
ancestors from Norman, Viking and Saxon lines. Thirty plus
generations back, if accurate, it appears that a few of our predecessors
were English nobility. If this is true, then the entries prior to
the English kings would have a greater likelihood of being correct, since
the noble families did keep more accurate records of their families
it appears impressive, one must remember that if that first king, forty
generations ago, had two offspring that lived to produce two living
offspring, and this pattern continued to the present generation, then that
original king would have 2 to the fortieth power, or 1,099,511,628,000
descendants living on earth today. This does reduce the novelty
you wish to pursue this further, you can go the Family History tab and
select any generation you wish, or click
to view generation 43 to 66. Enjoy, but I won't brag too much.
simplify access to the web page for each family member, simply go to the
"Descendants" page. Everyone
is listed there with a hyperlink directly to the individual's page.
This should make access much easier!!
The purpose of this website is to provide a
central location for the members of our extended family to keep in touch
with one another and to keep one another informed of the significant
events that would be of interest to one or more of us. As the
various offspring of Carol and Granville Beedle have increased in numbers,
age and physical locations, married, had children, and in some cases their
children have had children, it has become more difficult to keep current
on the happenings in so many lives. When we do have the opportunity
to get together it creates such a wealth of good feelings and good
memories. Additionally, as family members have pursued a wide
variety of occupations and interests, it is quite apparent that within our
own extended family we have a wealth of information and knowledge that
could serve as a significant resource to each of us. It is my hope
that perhaps this website can help us keep in closer contact with each
of the members of this wonderful family that I feel so privileged to be
Over the last few years, family members have been very
diligent about sharing news regarding medical emergencies and other dire
events. While this is very important, it is equally important to
share all of the good things that are occurring in our lives.
Hopefully this website can help in this regard!
This is a "work in progress" and
suggestions are both encouraged and welcomed. It is most likely that
there are numerous errors. Please contact me at
and I will make corrections as quickly as possible. Additionally, my
experience in setting up websites is extremely limited. (What I'm
really saying is that this is my first attempt.) So I would be more than
pleased to share the editorial responsibilities with anyone in the family
who has some experience or interest in this area.
On the website there are three pages on
which you can input data: The "Recent News" page, the
"Family History" page, and on the "Administration"
page there is a questionnaire that would provide meaningful information
about you to other family members. Please fill out the questionnaire
and use the other input sites freely. Also, please send in picture
files, preferably jpegs, of family members and events. Image size of
5" x 7" or smaller works best. Once on the page, I will
"thumbnail" the photos so they download quickly.
My hope is that over time, this website
will develop a life of its own with the active participation of all family