The Families of Adam Keith

Doctors, Lawyers, Reverends and such


Hon. William Arthur Beasley, Esq. [1866-1935]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Michael Keith2>Barbara [Keith] m. [John] Orewiler3>Rosanna [Orewiler] m. [Jacob] Hoover4>Adaline A. [Hoover] m. [John L.] Beasley5>William Arthur Beasley6

Notaries Public 1899

Santa Clara County. [CA]


William A. Beasley, San Jose, July 30, 1902


Ten Years In Paradise, Leaves from a Society Reporter's Note-Book, Mary Bowden Carroll, 1903, page 42


"Among the notable social functions that have taken place here was the reception on the evening of May 13, 1901, in honor of President and Mrs. William McKinley and the members of the Cabinet. The Vendome Hotel never looked grander than in its decoration of banners, bunting flags, and electric lights on the exterior, and blossoms, shrubs, and palms, in the interior. The reception committee was composed of Hon. Charles J. Martin, mayor of this city, Hon. William G. Lorigan, Jackson Hatch, Hon. A. L. Rhodes, Dr. H. C. Brown, Hon. M. H. Hyland, S. F. Leib, O. A. Hale, James D. Miner, J. H. Henry, Major William G. Hawley, Dr. J. W. Davy, Hon. Delos C. Druffle, W. C. Andrews, Ernest Lion, William A. Beasley, Alfred Holman, H. R. Chesbro, Charles W. Williams, J. O. Hayes, David Henderson, Mrs. Charles Martin, Mrs. Adolph Greeninger, Mrs. Jackson Hatch, Mrs. D. Goodsell, Mrs. Henry Lion, Mrs. A. H. Jarman, Mrs. S. F. Leib, Mrs. J. R. Carroll, Mrs. Nicholas Bowden, Mrs. W. P. Dougherty, Mrs. George M. Bowman, Miss Belle Mackenzie, Mrs. H. S. Foote, Mrs. Nellie G. Arques, Miss Winifred McLaughlin, Mrs. Ralph Hersey, Mrs. Henry Booksin, Sr., Mrs. A. H. Marten, Miss Estelle Lion, and Mrs. R. Hersey. The reception was held in the south parlors. Secretary Hays acted as the representative of the President, so unexpectedly absent on account of the illness of Mrs. McKinley, and he was assisted by Postmaster-General Smith and Secretaries Long, Hitchcock, and Wilson


U. S. Census Information


1920 CA>Santa Clara William A. Beasly 53 CA superior court judge, Edith W. 49 CA


Married Edith Wilcox ca 1896, San Jose, Santa Clara Co. CA, daughter of Elbert Joseph Wilcox, Jr.



Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 415


Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox were the parents of six children, three of whom are living. Anna K., a graduate of Gates Institute; Edith, the wife of Judge W. A. Beasley of San Jose; and Elbert Joseph, Jr., the subject of this sketch. Formerly Mr. Wilcox, Sr., was a member of the Board of Trade, later actively connected with the Chamber of Commerce. In national politics a pronounced Republican, he was elected to represent the fourth ward in the city council. On the organization of the free library, he became a member of the board of trustees and continued in that position for fifteen years. He was always keenly interested in the meetings of the Santa Clara County Pioneer Association and was an honored member. Mrs. Wilcox passed away in June, 1904, followed by her husband in April, 1918.

A member of a family that has been closely identified with the history of San Jose for almost seventy years. Elbert Joseph Wilcox was born in San Jose, February 12, 1873, and has continuously resided in this section of the country. He is a son of the late Elbert Joseph Wilcox, Sr., a California pioneer of 1853, who was born in Middletown, conn., July 19, 1829, and remained in his native state until he was twenty-three. In October, 1852, accompanied by his bride, he took passage on the Flying Dutchman and sailed around the Horn, arriving in San Francisco January 29, 1853, after a voyage of 100 days. Upon arrival he immediately joined his wife's brother, J. O. McKee, in San Jose.


During the year of 1856 he purchased an interest in a grocery business, but two years later sold out and became one of the proprietors of the Morgan House on the northwest corner First and San Fernando, well known as the stopping place of the stage on its way to and from San Francisco. After a time he purchased his partner's interest and bought the site, and in 1867 he replaced the building with a portion of the present brick structure. In 1871 he erected the Wilcox block, on the same site, Gowen and company, and moved it to his new building, where he conducted a shoe business until his retirement in September, 1899.


Elbert J. Wilcox's marriage occurred in Middletown, Conn. in 1852, united him with Miss Sarah Maria McKee, a native of Middletown, and during girlhood a student in Meriden Female Seminary. Her father, Capt. Joseph O. McKee, a seafaring man, brought the barque Isabella around the Horn in 1849, and with him sent for his family to join him and they also came out on the Flying Dutchman.