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Bio of David C. Beaman

David C. Beaman

Submitted by Robert Kingrey

David C. Beaman was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, November 22, 1838, the son of Rev. Gamaliel C. and Amelia (Crichton)Beaman. His father, who was a native of Massachusetts, was a son of David Beaman, a selectman of his town; in youth he was given excellent educational advantages and prepared for college at Amherst Academy, later graduating from Union College, in Scheneetady, New York, and in 1831 completing the theological course at Andover. His first charge was in Piketon, Pike County, Ohio, and from there he went to Burlington, Lawrence County, Ohio, where he served as a pastor of the church and also as principal for the academy. In 1846 he removed to Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, and one of the most vivid recollections in our subjects mind is the burning of the Mormon Temple just across the Mississippi River, at Nauvoo, Ill., which took place two years after they settled in Iowa. At different points in Lee County, the father continued to make his home until 1874, and then settled in Croton. He died at the age of seventy-six years.

At the time of removing to Iowa, David C. Beaman was less than eight years of age. His education was obtained in the public schools, Denmark Academy and Oberlin College, two years being spent in the preparatory department of the latter institution. On returning to Iowa he entered the railroad business as station agent at Croton for the Des Moines Valley Railroad, and combined with the same company until 1861, when he enlisted into the United States Service, however, before his company was mustered in, he entered the Revenue Service of the United States, which was connected to the railroad service. His company took part in two engagements before he entered the Revenue service. He and General Belknap were standing side by side when they heard the first shot of a rebel cannon in the Battle of Athens, Mo., and Mr. Beaman afterward secured the first ball, which he preserves as a memento of the rebellion.

Upon leaving the railroad and revenue service, Mr. Beaman entered the mercantile business, which he carried on for a few years. During that time he began the study of law and in 1869 he was admitted to the bar in Van Buren County, Iowa, where he was then living. He carried on legal practice in the same place for five years and then moved to the county seat, Keosauqua, where he formed a partnership with Joseph C. Knapp, who was a member of the committee appointed by the church to try Henry Ward Beecher, on account of the Tifton affair; the committee, however, reported that there were no charges against the famous preacher except vague newspaper rumors and hence the trail never came off.

From 1874, when he formed a partnership Mr. Knapp, Mr. Beaman had an important and lucrative practice and also bore a prominent part in public affairs. At one time he was the Republican nominee for the legislature, but was defeated. In 1882 he moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he formed a partnership with E.H. Stiles and remained there until 1887. While in Keosauqua and Ottumwa he was attorney for the Burlington and Rock Island Railroads, which constituted his principle practice. In 1887 he came to Colorado and accepted the position of general attorney for the Colorado Fuel Company, since merged into the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, in which he is a stockholder.

At Athens, Mo., December 31, 1860, Mr. Beaman married Luella A. Smith, who was born in Kentucky, a daughter of Dalzell and Mary A. (Thome) Smith, and a relative of Professor Thome, of Cleveland, Ohio. They are the parents of four children. The eldest James L.; who was born in Independent (now Selma), Van Buren County, Iowa, is a printer by trade, and at this writing holds the office of sheriff of Pueblo County, Colo. He is married and has three children, George C., who is also married, is chief clerk in the Company’s coal mines at Picton, Huerfano County, this state. The only daughter, Mrs. Alice M. Harper, is the mother of two children and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa. The youngest son, Arthur D., who is married and has one child, is mine clerk at Walsenburg, Huerfano County, for the company of which his father is secretary. The sons are capable businessmen and in politics like their father, support the silver cause, being firm in their allegiance to the movement for the restoration of silver to its proper standard.



First Saw Daylight: Where Some of Our Prominent Citizens Were Born


Submitted by Karen Carlyle

Where Some of our Prominent Citizens Were Born

February 2, 1888 and continued from the last issue.

ADAM WELLER came from Bavaria, in 1832.

MAT MEEKS was born in Scioto Co., in 1834.

DR. MORRIS’S career began in Morgan Co., 20 miles from Marietta.

AUDITOR BARTRAM was born at Pittsburgh, in 1830, but has been a citizen of the Buckeye state since ’45.

JUDGE G.W. THOMPSON is a native Virginian, born in Harrison Co.

TREASURER HAYES is an Adams County man.

His son, THOMAS J., was born in Cincinnati.

A.R. JOHNSON is one of the few westerners among us. His birthplace is Springfield, Mo.

F. DEMARO was born in the District of Marseilles, France, in 1820, and has lived in Ironton since ’52.

SHERIFF FISHER is a healthy specimen of Auglaize Co., O., stock.

In Noble Co., near Middleburg, Ohio, GEN. ENOCHS first beheld the light of day.

D.C. McCONN’S native village of Washington, a small town in Guernsey, Co., Ohio.

J.T. McKNIGHT is happy to give Millersport the honor.

LEE MOORE comes from Portsmouth, Ohio, being born there in 1838.

COL. FRANK JONES, the city janitor, was born at Norfolk, VA.

M. SCHREIBER’S native place is Offenback-on-the-Main, Germany.

E. BIXBY is a Vermonter. He came from St. Albans, his native town, in ’33, traveling from Lake Champlain to Buffalo by canal, thence to Cleveland by boat, to Columbus by canal, and to Ironton by stage in 1854.

JOHN PETERS, SR., came from Fayette Co., Pa.

REV. JONATHAN THOMAS was born in Mirddionshire, Wales.

DR. D.C. WILSON has always been a Lawrence countian, being born at Burlington.

T.I. MURDOCK is a native of Kingwood, W. Va.

CAPT. I. B. MURDOCK, of the wharf boat, hails also from Kingwood.

REV. G.W. BURNS was born and raised at Zanesville, Ohio.

R.W. ROBERTS, the well known butcher, came to this the home of his adoption, in 1850, from Denby, North Wales, where he was born.

H.D. NEWCOME comes from the prosperous locality of Madison, Lake County.

The County of Cardingoan, Wales, gave us D.W. RICHARDS and D.T. MILES.

W.P. SMITH was babe on the banks of the Schuylkill, at Port Carbon, Pa.

B. GARVEY was born on the St. Johns Square, in the city of Limerick, Ireland.

CAPT. G.W. SAMPLE first saw light on Soldier’s Run in Adams County.

CASHIER MATHER, of the Second National Bank, was once a babe at Brooklyn, Conn.

J.H. EMMONS is a New Jersyite, born in Morris Co., and raised in the iron works of that region.

CAPT. J.H. HOLMES names 2nd Street, Pittsburgh, as the place, and 1830 the time. He was raised on a farm, ran off at 10 years and followed the river ever since.

A.H. MITTENDORF was born in Scioto County.

T.R. HALL looked out upon this troublous sphere for the first time on a Jefferson Co., farm.

REV. HERBST, of the Lutheran Church, comes from Brooklyn, the City of Churches, where his father was a minister at the time of his birth.

DAVID and J.H. NIXON are natives of Lawrence County and the ancient city of Burlington.

DR. J.M. WHITE was once a rising babe of Clay Co., Ky.

PETER ROGERS is a rare and jolly specimen. He was born of English parents in France, 150 miles away from Paris, where his father was engaged in an iron mill. He left France at 5 years and came to America when 16.

B. BUTTERFIELD, the well known grocer, is proud to be a genuine Buckeye Yankee. He comes from Green Twp., Scioto County.

REUBEN WALTERS first saw the light on a farm near Reading, Pa. He followed the Schuylkill canal 14 years and worked on a farm, before entering the iron mills.

A.J. BRUMBERG is a native of Neustadt, Prussia. He came to America in ’72.

C.A. HUTSINPILLAR was born near Gallipolis.

COL. EVAN WILLIAM’S birthplace was Baltimore, Md., which city he left in childhood, when his father came to work in the old mill.

J.D. FOSTER points to an old iron furnace near Hollidaysburg, in the Allegheny mountains, as the spot.

E.H. JONES, though born in Gallia Co., close to Centerville, was raised in Kentucky.

W.C. AMOS began living in Mason Twp., right where W.W. Wiseman lives but not in the same house. Grew up at Patriot, Gallia Co., and moved to Etna Furnace, in ’54.

GEO. B. DAVIES came from his first home at Rumney, Monmouth shire, England, to Ironton, in 1854.

…to be continued