Sheriffs of Milam County, TX
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John F. Beal
# 4 - Sheriff John F. Beal was born in Tennessee in 1810 was twice married. His first
wife was Miss Mary Powers who died in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1835, leaving one son,
Pleasant Mack Beal.
His second wife, Miss Mary Cullins, was born in South Carolina and were married on
December 25, 1822. She became the mother of fifteen children; Rufus, Melinda M., Damiel
Richard, Esther Adeline, Texamary, John Turner, Julia L. N., Aalcy Allen (Turk), Mary
V., Roxanna Thompson, Georgia H., Henry Clay, Harold D., Jefferson Davis, and Lillian
John Beal came to Texas in 1835. This is stated in Head right Certificate No. 56 for one
league and one labor of land issued to him in 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners
for Milam County.
Beal lived seven miles northeast of Cameron on the Beal homestead. He had large cattle
interests and many of his sons were some of Texas’ leading stockmen.
Beal was appointed Sheriff of Milam County in 1841 by Mirabeau B. Lamar, president of
the Republic of Texas. He served until 1843.
He died in Milam County on September 24, 1880 and is buried in the Beal Cemetery off
No photo was ever located.