Beverley's History and Present State of Virginia, published originally in London in 1705, is considered by many to be the most important and accurate history of early life in the Virginia colony.
Beverley took part in Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood's 1716 "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" to the Shenandoah Valley. Journalist John Fontaine records that on the return trip, both Beverley and his horse fell, and rolled to the bottom of a hill, but without serious injury to either. However, when Beverley published a revised edition of his History in 1722, he continued it only to 1710, so there is no known account by Beverley of this event.
Concerning slavery, in the 1722 re-edition, Beverley says that whilst both black males and females were likely to work in fields, white women were not.
Beverley, Jr. was the second of three sons born to Major Robert Beverley and his wife, Mary of Yorkshire, England. His brother, Peter Beverley, was a Speaker of the House of Burgesses and Treasurer ofVirginia. He married Ursula Byrd, the daughter of William Byrd I. Both of his nieces, Susanna and Elizabeth Beverley were married to members of the Randolph family. The Randolphs were Thomas Rolfe's direct descendants.