Vol III File 1: The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James

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Vol III File 1: The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James


Revision Date: November 27, 1995

The Genealogy of Homer Beers James

Volume Three of Three Volumes

First American Settlers From England, Wales, and Ireland in 1500's to Present Day

The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James

(Contains Several Early American Families, Eventually Through Jennie Negus to Charlie Negus James and Finally to Homer Beers James and His Descendants)

Compiled and Written by

Homer Beers James

Published by

JANDA Consultants

1636 Jamestown Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15235


Copyright (c) Homer Beers James 1996


The initial source that triggered my efforts was a small, privately printed, pamphlet on the Negus family. I obtained a copy through my cousin, Barbara Gervang, living in Novato, California. This document was written by Rev. Ira E. Nolte, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. "The Negus Family Ancestry Through Terrell - Wing - Coppock Lines." It is undated, but it was published circa 1950. It lists ancestral lines back to King Egbert of England, 802 A.D., extending downward to King Edward I, the last royal ancestor of England. The many names of the Middle Ages includes Plantaganet, De Clare, Fitz Alan, Muscegros, Beauchamp, Bassett, Bohun, Quincy, Berkeley, Lygon, and many others. The line progresses to the early pioneers who came to America in the 17th Century, where the Negus name first appears. As originally written, this book did not include my ancestral line beyond Shaidlock Negus, Sr. However, the author, Rev. Ira E. Nolte, as an after thought, added Shaidlock Negus, Jr., and his descendants, after he noted that there were a number of Neguses in Springdale, Iowa, not in the lines he was investigating. But even this did not include my line beyond me great grandfather, Albert Bracken Negus. The most recent information of Jameses and the last few generations of Neguses came from the personal papers of my grandfather, Walter James, and was substantiated by the records of several different Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Iowa, as well as the U. S. Census Records.

Later, in order to have a means to collect and correlate genealogical information, I obtained a copy of Brother's Keeper, an IBM-compatible computer program which facilitates the systematic compilation of genealogical records. This program has been used to collect over 4,000 names. The program has features that permit many different pedigree trees and ancestral charts. This was used to maintain control of the linkages between all the people involved.

From this point I started a serious study of available information in public libraries, university libraries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Library, and other sources, using the names of the various ancestors in the Negus records.

This was augmented by hand-written records on the James family, prepared by my paternal grandfather, Walter James, in the late 1930's, through my cousin, Barbara James Gervang. These records were used for this volume to verify and establish the details of the more recent ancestors of the James and the Negus families in Volume III.

This Volume III.. covers primarily the period of time from the 16th Century in England, Wales, and Ireland, the early immigrants to America, up to the present day. It is part of a four volume set on the ancestry of Homer Beers James. See Volumes I. and II. for paternal ancestors of the Negus Line from 1500 BC to 1600 AD A separate volume, Volume IV., covers the maternal ancestors (Beers Line and others).

Homer Beers James

December 31, 1993


In the early days of civilization, the preservation of a pedigree was necessary to maintain all that was valuable in blood, station, and property. Without a pedigree a man was an outlaw; he had no clan, consequently no legal rights or standing. Genealogies were guarded with extreme jealousy and recorded with painful exactitude by the bards of each clan. On the public reception into the clan of a child at the age of fifteen, his family genealogy was proclaimed, and all challengers of it commanded to come forward.

Today we are not so deeply committed to our ancestors as in those ancient times, but the knowledge of where each of us derives our genetic heritage, the varied experiences of out forbearers, can enrich our overall understanding of where we came from and where we are in the great web of existence.

The ancestors described in this volume emigrated to America from England and Ireland. They settled initially in Massachusetts New England, near Philadelphia, PA., and in the Virginia Colony. From there they spread up and down the eastern seaboard, then inland toward the west in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, and finally to the far west in California. They settled the land as pioneers and were some of the early adherents to the Quaker religion, spreading it across the continent as they moved from one place to the other.

Table of Contents

Volume III. American Genealogy with English, Welsh, and Irish Ancestry

Volume III. Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James

English, Welsh, and Irish Emigrants to America

(1635 to 1993)

1. James Line

References for the James Line are as follows:

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