John Beasley, born in Virginia, came to the vicinity of Limestone, Kentucky, in 1788. He was a surveyor under Massie, and a scout and Indian fighter of great celebrity in the pioneer days about Limestone and the Three Islands. He was a man of much natural talent, and was Presiding Justice of the Court of Quarter Sessions for many terms of that court. He was chosen the first State Senator from Adams County under the old Constitution, but his seat was successfully contested by Joseph Darlinton. This is perhaps explained by the statement that Beasley was a Federalist in politics. He was a brother of Benjamin Beasley and Nathaniel Beasley, prominent characters in the early history of Adams County. John Beasley's remains lie buried in an unmarked *grave near the public school building in Manchester.

 

* The true patriot cannot stay the blush of shame that will flush his cheeks at mention of the fact as alleged that the burial place of Judge Beasley Is today pointed out to the visitor to thd historic " Three Islands " as being near the superstructure over the vaults on the public school grounds. If not the public spirited citizens of Manchester, then the "Pioneer Society " of Adams County should remove the ashes of the old pioneer to a public cemetery and erect a suitable monument to his memory.

 

From "A History of Adams County,. Ohio From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time" by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers, published by E. B. Stivers, West Union, Ohio. 1900.