How old were Revol. War soldiers? If Alexander Beall, soldier, was 18 in 1776, was b. 1758; if b. 1742, was aged 34. Did 34 year old farmers join the militia? There is no proof that any Alexander Beall, soldier, is Alexander Beall, landowner, or Alexander Beall, father of William Simpson Beall. Since the key detailed Revolutionary War accounts are in pension claims by veterans or their widows several decades later, this suggests that Alexander Beall, soldier, died early and left no widow who survived long enough to make a pension claim.
Landowner-Bennetts Creek, Montgomery/Frederick Co - Post Revolution:
12 Nov 1779 (Abstract, MCLO A:394, M. Co. Hist Soc) Alexander Beall, planter, to Daniel Lewis 305A Trouble Enough and 10A Close Tract, graveyard excepted, for £300; wife Elizabeth concurs. Could it be that William Beall and other kin are buried on Close Tract? Same transaction recorded 19 Nov 1779 (FCLO A:394); Alexander Beall of Montgomery County sells for £300 to Daniel Lewis of Montgomery County "all that tract of land called "Trouble Enough"...lying in Montgomery Co....beginning at a White Oak standing on the South Side of Maple Branch a draft of Bennets Creek...containing and now laid out for three hundred and five acres...also one other tract of land lying and being in Montgomery Co....called the "Gleve"(?) tract beginning at a white oak standing near a creek called (Halther?) Bennetts Creek.. Elizabeth Beall wife of Alexander Beall waived dower. (Daniel Lewis lived on Trouble Enough and gave the name Lewisdale to this area of Montgomery County.-- MCW B:220, Jun 11 1787. A great-grandaughter of Daniel, Aletha Ann Lewis, m. Elisha, a son of William Simpson Beall)