1J.H. Beers & Co., Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Vol. 1, p. 338 (1912).
"(I) John Beal or Beale came in the ship "Diligence," from the parish of Hingham, County of Norfolk,England, to Hingham, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1635, and on the 18th of December, 1638, received a grant of land of six acres on what is now South street, at or near the corner of Hersey street. He was accompanied by his wife, five sons, three daughters and two servants. He was made a freeman in 1639, and in 1649 and 1659 he was chosen to represent the town at the General Court of the Colony. By occupation he was a shoemaker. His first wife, Nazareth Hobart, who was the mother of his children, was a daughter of Edmund and Margaret (Dewey) Hobart. She was born in England about 1600, and died in Hingham, Sept. 23, 1658. He married (second) March 10, 1659, Mrs. Mary Jacob, widow of Nicholas Jacob. She died in Hingham in May, 1681. Mr. Beal died June 15, 1681, aged one hundred years. The children of John and Nazareth, all save the two youngest born in England, were: Martha, Mary, Sarah, John, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Joshua, Caleb, Rebecca and Jacob.".