Basil Beckwith was the proprietor of a general store in Shepherdsville around 1805. He was a son of John and Martha Beckwith, and according to family lore he had returned to Maryland to sell the remaining family property there, and was returning home when struck by lightning and killed.
His father was responsible for settling Basil's affairs and, along with his son John W. Beckwith, James Sturgus, and Frederic Grayson, he set out to inventory his son's possessions which were extensive. It took over ten pages in the will book to list everything Basil had in his store, along with the names of those who owed him money.
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