I meant to say there oldest son, there first born. Records show an M.P LeDuc, Mary Phillip LeDuc. (I lean towards a belief that the codes can be broken, messages found, but might not lead to the treasure stated in The Beale Papers- that was a ploy/story). At any moment, someone could discover and apply the correct ‘Key’ to the remaining two numerical codes. Very Interesting! At any rate, I’m fairly certain Beale was betrayed / killed for the tons of silver left in a cave near Eagle Rock, Mo. The Beale Papers pamphlet describes three encoded messages (codes, ciphers or cyphers). Hopkins played Mrs. Morris, the wife of the innkeeper to whom Beale is said to have given the treasure codes. In the year 1817, Thomas Jefferson Beale, who was a Virginian native, along with the comradeship of thirty other adventurous companions set out for hunting buffaloes and grizzlies in the western part of America. ... Disturbingly, several people have died in the quest. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/540277/beale-ciphers-buried-treasure (Cue the evil laugh.) On Monday, I posted the second installment. Ward, and there is record of this event. The Beale Treasure. And always treasure the adventure! The ‘author’ was relaying information from years ago, and it is reasonable that a few mistakes/anomalies noticed could be accounted for by time’s passing and fading memories. Did he have access and a known honorable reputation for Thomas J. Beale to have considered him? It had seemed unlikely to me that the ghost of Beale, whom my research indicated was fictitious, would be guarding a treasure that, according to further research, itself never existed. The directions to the vault Sounds more feasible that way and that it was split up by everyone who could lay claim to it as well. On September 9, 2013, a treasure was found during a Hebrew University excavation at the foot of Temple Mount in Jerusalem. However, it is stated (in the pamphlet) Ward was only acting as agent for the author of the story held within. On the last trip back they left a huge amount of silver in a cave near Eagle Rock, Mo. If you have had the code very long it stands out that there’s mathematics and counting involved. The survey examined the frequency of DOI words (six letters or longer) in the text of TBP and 100 “classic” short stories. The second was made December, 1821, and consisted of nineteen hundred and seven pounds of gold, and twelve hundred and eighty eight pounds of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to save transportation, and valued at 13,000. It like, they knew exactly where it was ————–, Can someone explain that to me? I was so turned around I didn’t know which way was up. Another related theory to the above and put forth has been that The Beale Papers might not lead to a physical treasure, but more of a spiritual type treasure, like the search for the Lost Word in Masonic Lodges. The treasure was found in June, in Wyoming, by someone else. The person chosen by Beale was Morriss. The treasure is that of Thomas Beale, supposedly buried in Bedford County, Virginia sometime in the 1820s. Treasures of The Museum. More thoughts on the Beale, for what ever it’s worth. To recap, Thomas Beale and thirty other people excavated a massive treasure between 1819 and 1821. Best of luck with all that you seek. He was leading a group of 30 men from Virginia on an adventurous expedition when they found a mine full of gold and silver while hunting buffalo. It would’ve taken more than 1 wagon to pull all of that plus men to man them. Each word of the famous document was numbered. The treasure, consisting of gold, silver and jewels has been estimated to be worth today upwards of 50 million dollars. This would suggest the treasure hunt wasn’t so much a hoax, but it’s purpose and meaning is not one which was meant to find a monetary stash of gold, but one within yourself, or a secret understanding and wisdom given by solving the last two codes. However, there is a very important warning to remember. excavation site and his method of concealement for both the treasure and the ciphers were absolutely ingenious. Sam in the letter it said they all were familiar with the location. The allure and fame brought to the person who does so, along with riches, is enough to keep people researching. For instance, one argument suggests the work is fiction, written by Ward himself, because such words like ‘Stampede or Improvise’ supposedly written by ‘Beale’ within the pamphlet, do not have written account of usage until many years after 1822. ), only someone ‘considered worthy’ (give effort) would be able to decipher the messages using it in someway. A person needs to look themselves to know what they will think. He may have told her too much————–. Beale and 30 fellow adventurers transported the hoard to Bedford County, where they buried it in a secure location. The story of Beale’s Treasure a Freemason’s Tale echoes the journey of discoveries in the order that Mento had found them. Much of the research done on the above matters, and others, share findings that the story, as told, ‘could’ be true, given leeway to various circumstances and a few discrepancies made by the telling of the ‘author’. It is from this point that a 4 mile surround indicates where the treasure could be buried, if one believes the Beale Papers are real. Privacy Policy, Disclaimer and Affiliate Disclosure. And then what about the supposed finding of Gold? The Vero Beach treasures. Neither side can be conclusively confirmed. Courtesy Indian River County, FL Tourism. This is definitely something I want to get into sooner or later. This would reveal the messages of where exactly the treasure was buried, and who it once belonged to. Are there traces of Gold Mining found there? The ‘author’ did have one success during his efforts to decipher the Beale Papers. BealeSolved.Com The Beale Ciphers have challenged treasure hunters for almost 200 years. Required fields are marked *. It goes on to include Beale’s plan for later retrieval, either by him upon safe return after his ventures out west, or by Robert Morriss. Two trips were made to deposit the treasure; one in 1819 and the other in 1821. During that time Morriss and Beale grew to know each other rather well. Which would have made him 1/8 black. The crew, on a lunch break, sat down in the shade near the field where they were shooting. Any of this can happen at any time. The above method and decipherment was included in The Beale Papers. One thing of note that pulled me away from the deciphering of the beale papers, was the misprints of the printed Declaration of Independence used as the key against the given deciphered text. Maybe plan a Fennboree outing for Buford’s Tavern. To date, only the second cipher has been broken and the treasure’s whereabouts remain a mystery. Then in 2005 I found myself in the area, specifically inquiring about the Buford’s Tavern sighting. it’s about time for another visit anyway . They may have been words spoken in the social circles of Beale, and a written record just hadn’t happened yet. Between 1819 and 1821, Thomas Beale buried a giant treasure in Virginia. Three: Beale lived and again did not contact Morriss when the corporation recovered the hoard, having no need to do so and possibly believing Morriss would insist on a "cut" of the treasure. It goes to reason then that one way to begin researching the authenticity of the Beale Treasure, and to find the treasure (if there is one) is to investigate those involved in the pamphlet’s making and it’s narrative. It consisted of two bundles containing 36 gold coins from the Byzantine era, gold and silver jewelry, a gold medallion with a menorah, and a 10-centimeter medallion with a ram's horn and a Torah scroll etched into it. Not until the publishing … Later, I suspect he lived and worked at Jefferson’s summer home; Popular Forest. Date: 1821. 10 Interesting Facts about the Lost Beale Treasure, Six Questions with Pete Wilder: Author of The Oracle Armchair Treasure Hunt. They either go on physical search of the treasure after investigating and researching as much as possible from what is given, or they spend their efforts in trying to decipher the codes. Beale promised to send the key for decoding the ciphers, then left once again for the untamed west. Besides physically searching through the mountains and valleys of Bedford county Virginia for where the lost treasure of Beale might rest, many put ‘Today’s the day’ thought and hope into the solving of the Beale Ciphers. Is the Declaration of Independence the key to finding the gold, silver, and precious stones that Beale buried near Bedford, Virginia? He was leading a group of 30 men from Virginia on an adventurous expedition when they found a mine full of gold and silver while hunting buffalo. The box given to Morris is claimed to have contained 2 letters written by Beale to Morriss, revealing the true nature of his travels and buried treasure, and 3 different numerical codes, providing the exact location of the treasure hoard, contents of the buried treasure, and names for whom the treasure belonged to. The directions to the vault area, construction details, talley of the pots plus contents and the final directions leading to the Beale Vault were entirely decoded from this cipher and no other. If you believe the lore, Beale found a treasure … Beale’s codes are basic substitution ciphers, where each number represents a letter of the alphabet, which can be found by counting the words in the “key” text that the cipher is based on. The treasure was claimed to have been found by one Thomas J. Beale in the early 1800s. I find time to post additional pictures or documentation concerning our discovery and work. Thomas Beale’s code. The Imperial Seal, also known as the Heirloom Seal of the Realm, is a … Beale never returned, and was only heard from once.  *Some Pages Under Construction*   The field that I’m talking about, is in a very small valley. Quite by an accident, in the following year, Beale’s party unearthed a fabulous and massive treasure of silver, gold and jewels about 300 miles north of Santa Fe. Jefferson’s wife passed away, so when he went to France with his daughter, he brought Sally Hennings along to help take care of her. Buddy, McKinley and Scott meet with a treasure hunter who has a complex algorithm for decoding the location of a historic treasure. So we must assume they were placed in there, but why is the question. They reburied it in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. This discovery happened thirty years prior to the great gold strik… According to ‘The Beale Papers’, Robert Morriss, the first owner of the mysterious box, handed down the contents and shared the history of how he himself came to be part, to the author. If you actually use the words from the Declaration of Independence, most of the text is unreadable. The only known source for the story is the pamphlet. In 1992, I learned about the Beale Treasure while researching my book, "The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson". All Rights Reserved. Yeah, I wonder if those letter codes on page 1 was a clue to deciphering page 2. B Ward was confirmed to be a Freemason, if only briefly, and The Beale Papers seem to use some masonic imagery and terms, it has been suggested the ‘text’ needed to use and decode the Beale Paper 1 and 3 could be a Masonic Text. sally was very young, and he was alone————–anyway this explains a lot, why there inn’t any record of Beale. Video Clip If not, I guess, I’ll just have go visit there again…lol…. The treasure remains lost.  Was located by This guy sure was a trusting soul and how could he have moved all those pounds of gold and silver in just two trips? The gold was brought back to the U.S. and buried in Bedford County, Virginia. He had to stay under the radar so to speak. And so it’s possible it is used for the others. Jenny: Most of the cast and crew said they didn’t believe in the Beale treasure, or, if they did, many said the loot probably had been found by now. Collectible Treasures. It has never been found. Beale Treasure Story: The Beale Papers, containing authentic statements regarding the treasure buried in 1819 and 1821 near Bufords, Bedford County, Virginia, by Thomas Beale. The survey found that The Beale Papers contained significantly more DOI survey words than any of the short stories surveyed, thus suggesting the possibility, at least, that the text hides a coded message or secret writing based on the DOI. It is said the ‘author’ took the responsibility of The Beale Papers from Morriss in 1862, and from that time engaged often, to his financial and emotional demise, in attempting to decode the 3 Beale Ciphers which (upon decipherment) would reveal location, contents, and ownership of the Beale Treasure. 113=5+10=15=O add them to single code digits=15 One of the most well known searchers for the Beale Treasure was Mel Fisher. In early 1817, one Thomas J. Beale raised a company of 30 men for the purpose of visiting the great Western plains to hunt buffalo and other game. He found the three encoded letters, plus another letter addressed to himself in which Beale gave his account of finding the treasure. Beale and the company had discussed where they could leave the details of their treasure so that any member of the party could retrieve their share at some future date. Then Beale created three ciphers now known as the Beale Codes.Only one of the Beale Codes – the second one – has ever been decoded. His point was that this was impossible and that it was likely that the writer of the page got lazy and copied code numbers in order for that stretch (since he was just copying them willy nilly to fill a page anyways. Or a double layer of encoding was applied on the last two. It recently occurred to me that his so called friend, in St Louis may have been a woman. Well done Thomas J. Last Friday, I posted the first story in a short series about the mysterious Beale Treasure. As shared above in the decoded message of Beale Paper 2, Bufords provides an area to start a physical search from. Do you have more information on the cave near Eagle Rock, Mo? Not until the publishing of the 1885 pamphlet entitled, ‘The Beale Papers containing authentic statements regarding treasure buried in 1819 and 1822, near Bufords, in Bedford County, Virginia, and which never has been recovered” was the public aware a hidden treasure might be buried in Bedford County. The field is between Goose Creek Valley road and Pike road, just before the Walnut Grove Church. ... they provide the most up-to-date and new information on the Beale treasure story found anywhere. 12/13/2009  The mystery of the Beale Treasure originates from a small pamphlet published in 1885. Sam Peppiatt. I just don’t see a clearly defining anything from that alone. This is reprinted as "The Beale Papers'* in P. B. Innis and Walter Dean He was able to decode ‘Beale Paper #2’ revealing the contents of the treasure, by using the Declaration of Independence as a Key. Thanks Jenny, This is one of the reasons given for why a text can’t be found, since many public texts have been tested, but Masonic Texts are secretly held. Website! There isn’t known to be any other accounts of the story being rumored or written. One of the ciphers specifies the location of a buried treasure of gold … And for this reason, it is thought written by possibly Ward for gain of profit, or by someone working close to him. The key never arrived, and Morriss never deciphered the codes. I mean would you ask a guy to mail a letter for you in ten years? Along with being a writer, Jenny Kile is a researcher, treasure hunter, game enthusiast and Founder of Kardtects®. Somewhere in the green hills of Bedford County in southwestern Virginia, lies a buried treasure worth over an estimated 60 million dollars. In 1989, Fisher took to combing the ground, in search for the Beale Treasure, and applied his motto to that lost treasure. Another thing I find odd is that if the treasure was to be shared with others, would they have let one lone man have soul ownership of it to take their shares and hide it without them knowing where it would’ve been buried? He had left that responsibility to a friend in St. Louis. At about nine years of age he was sent away to be educated; not sure where, maybe France. Those people who believe there is some remnant of truth to the Beale Treasure story seem to attack it in two different ways. The Beale Papers tells the story of a party of 30 Virginians led by Thomas J. Beale who in 1817 ventured west on a hunting expedition. That summer day turned out to be ‘The Day’ of celebration after years of combing the ocean floor. Beale and the company had discussed where they could leave the details of their treasure so that any member of the party could retrieve their share at some future date. The Beale Ciphers have challenged treasure hunters for almost 200 years. Paper number “1” describes the exact locality of the vault, so that no difficulty will be had in finding it.”. Location: Bedford County, Virginia. Copyright © 2001 SWN The Mysterious Beale Treasure? I’m thinking he more or less buried the gold and silver where it was found or pretty close to the area and that it was buried a little at a time. could have been used to encrypt the two unsolved numerical codes. Iron minerals have leached out of the under lying rock to give the ground it’s dark color. (which would be different, possibly more difficult than cipher 2’s method), I don’t know…..no one does….and it all depends which belief you lean towards as to what plan of attack you use…… complete hoax/fiction and codes 1 and 3 are gibberish only, fiction but codes can still be broken (with codes 1 and 3 holding messages revealing true purpose), real (with treasure still able to be found or with treasure discovered long ago), or something else…. This is an interesting topic. The Beale Treasure, all types of treasure hunting Originally Posted by franklin I wrote it large because so many people claim they have the Mystery Solved and they get on here on this forum, people such as you, claiming they have it all solved----they know where it is------ … Other than a trusted young friend of Morriss, nothing offering identity for the author was given. Interesting none the less. The few months he spent searching in Virginia didn’t yield any treasure hoard, but he believed it possible for treasure to be found. A French woman / French Canadian. The 1885 Pamphlet is the first written source for the Beale Treasure known. The Dates Associated with the Treasure Story. Save my name, email, and site URL in my browser for next time I post a comment. Our webpage links are located at the top of (although maybe after finding the strings he decided to move to 2). THE BEALE VAULT Just could be. The lack of verification, contradictions noticed within the story, and the belief actions required to find, transport, and bury such treasure could go unnoticed by so many, are the main reasons given by those who believe it must be a work a fiction. The directions to the vault A woodshop teacher has found a solution but not the treasure. 140=5+12=17=Q I think my book, beale treasure map to cipher This website currently offers a glimpse of our discoveries The gold was found by a group of men led by T.J. Beale. It is believed either the correct ‘text’ needs realized and applied to the codes, or the correct method to apply the Declaration of Independence as a key needs realized. 10 years came and went and neither Beale nor the key ever arrived. Jenny, Follow up. The tale shares how Code’s 2 list of numbers were applied to the Declaration. The depression is dark in color, about 500 feet from a big shed. As mentioned above, the story included how the Declaration was used to solve Beale Paper #2. Beale's company of thirty adventurous partners, all Virginians, had been hunting north of Santa Fe, when they happened across a ravine full of gold. decoding secretly hidden directions located within Cipher One of the Locality Cipher. And it is possible another text, other than the Declaration, was used. Until more evidence can be found to either prove or dis-prove the legendary Beale Treasure, the hunt for this lost treasure will continue on. I’m always interested in new thoughts for Beale….. I’ve been to Walnut Grove Church, and can’t picture where you mean….I’ll have to get my pictures out and see if I have a shot of the location you mention. They reburied this treasure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s fun to work on and I like to visit the area…. Beale! Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. They decided to check out Mr. Morriss. Imaginations can be used here….. what if clues are in the ‘story’ on how to use the DOI for the remaining unsolved codes? Now it is also true he could have numbered them differently then Beale had….but it makes me think perhaps Beale placed those strings in there so if the method to decode cipher 2 was first used on 1 (which gave the strings), they would be encouraged in some way to continue or know they were on the right track. There are even arguments that Ward himself made up the story, if only to sell his sensational pamphlets. It was laid out to the eight points of the compass just like Popular Forest. Beale! each page so that no difficulty will be had in finding them. The case was featured in 7th special episode of Unsolved Mysteries. could these papers have been created by him to throw others off the track? For example, the numbering of letters, syllables, every other letter, etc. Treasure Games and Other Fun Ideas. The key to its location lies in one of the most mysterious codes in history…the Beale Codes. He had brought it back to Virginia, arriving in 1819. 6=6+10=16=P carry on. The original story of the ciphers is the stuff of legend – the treasure was claimed to have been found by one Thomas J. Beale in the early 1800s when he and a group of 30 men found a mine full of gold and silver while hunting buffalo. Thanks for sharing this, Rob. Beale instructed Morriss to open the box if after 10 years he did not return, and informed him a ‘key’ to decipher the unintelligible numerical codes within the box would be sent to him in 1832. It was apparently found by Beale and a team of twenty-nine other individuals, north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thomas Jefferson Beale was a tall light skinned black man with reddish hair believed to be the son of Thomas Jefferson by his devoted slave Edy. One of the few features linking back to Beale’s time is the old chimney of Bufords Tavern. Hi Jenny! Robert Morriss, according to the pamphlet, was entrusted with a safe box in 1822 by Beale before he journeyed back out west for a third time to finish his work there. Within the Beale Papers is the ‘author’ of the story saying the following: “To systematize a plan for my work I arranged the papers in order of their length, and numbered them, designing to commence with the first, and devote my whole attention to that until I had either unraveled its meaning or was convinced of its impossibility- afterwards to take up the others and proceed as before.”, What is interesting is the ‘author’ who wrote the above actually decoded the Paper numbered 2, which he wasn’t supposedly (according to the above) even working on to decipher. It is to learn from the ‘author’s’ experience of having let the desire to solve the ciphers consume him to unfavorable conditions. But how does one go about solving an unsolvable cipher? The letters spelled out the following (without mistakes noticed from The Beale Papers), “I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about four miles from Buford’s, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles, belonging jointly to the parties whose names are given in number “3” herewith; The first deposit consisted of one thousand and fourteen pounds of gold, and three thousand eight hundred and twelve pounds of silver, deposited November, 1819. 120=3+16=19=S, in view of recent developments re the masonic influence the name of jays zebidiah decoded in my book links the beale story to the masons bibically also the bit with e.a. He was never heard from again, leaving in his wake a mystery that continues today. Note: The treasure was found on June 8. xThe Beale Papers containing Authentic Statements regarding the Treasure Buried in 1819 and 1821, near Buford's in Bedford County, Virginia and Which Has Never Been Recovered (Lynchburg, 1885). And the impression I got was that he did it alone. But instead of numbering the words of the Declaration, another numbering of the Declaration might be used. Here is a brief explanation of how. The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. Was located by Can the puzzle of the ciphers be solved? Well done Thomas J. Legend says Thomas jefferson Beale found the treasure out West, brought it home to Virginia, buried it and left behind three ciphers that will lead you to the precise location of a treasure that could be worth close to $60 million dollars. This is believed to be Bufords Tavern where Beale was known to have visited. The dark color is unusual, because all of the other fields around there are light in color. The Beale Treasure Story. And if it does exist maybe people should be rethinking what THEY would do in a case like that. Dutch Schultz. And the rest will be history. Two: Beale died, and his fellow shareholders cleaned out the hoard without contacting Morriss. They decided to check out Mr. Morriss. 122=5 double the added code digits.=10 Sam, Speaking of maps; there was never any mention of a map, so; how did the men that were left behind in Colorado know where the treasure was buried? And although the pamphlet shares the tale of ‘The Beale Papers’, the original box, two letters, the 3 codes, and the letter from St. Louis, all from which the story are based upon, have never been seen. A woodshop teacher has found a solution but not the treasure. Certain dates given in the Beale Papers affect the believability of the treasure story. However, these reasons are not sufficient enough to conclude The Beale Papers are a hoax. Yet to be roasted to form metallic gold and silver are a hoax cited as the Heirloom Seal the. Exposed ; it has sense been covered over for growing crops / farming other than a trusted friend. 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