Capt. George Washington Beam

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George Washington Beam

Birthplace: Stark, OH, USA
Death: Died in Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Ann Beam
Father of Frank Kaley Beam; Charles Henry Beam and Daisy Delle Beam

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Tobias Rachor (C)
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About Capt. George Washington Beam

DRUM CREEK TOWNSHIP. G. W. BEAM, farmer, Section 36, Township 32, Range 16 east, P.O. Independence, was born in Stark County, Ohio September 14, 1840. Educated in the same county, and removed to Illinois in 1859. Was married in 1865 to Miss Mary Kaley, of Holmes County, Ohio born August 13, 1842. They have seven children Frank, Charles, Fred, Daisy, Amie, Ernest and Bertha. Mr. B. enlisted in Company I, First Illinois Regiment, in the spring of 1861; Col. U. S. Grant commanded. He was one of the first in the service under Lincoln's first call for volunteers. he was taken prisoner at Chickamauga and imprisoned at Danville and Richmond six months. He escaped from Danville and in company with five others, traveling only at night, he marched 300 miles, and passed four lines of the enemy, and reached the Union lines in safety. His brigade opened the fight at Stone River, at which place he was wounded. He was mustered out at the close of the war and served a second term of enlistment in Company H, One Hundred and Fifty-second Illinois. Commissioned Captain from the 14th of February, 1863. He was in thirteen battles. He came to Kansas and settled in Fort Scott in 1865. In 1868 he was employed by the M. K. T. R. R., getting out ties for the road in the Indian Territory. In 1882 he purchased 160 acres of choice land, five and one half miles from Independence. His farm is very desirable, having running water and twenty-five acres of timber land. He is a member of the United Brethren Church and also of the G. A. R.

Word was received by relatives in the city last Friday of the death of Captain George W. Beam, a former resident of this county, at Caldwell, Idaho. His death occurred Thursday. The deceased leaves to mourn his loss, besides his beloved companion, four sons, Charles and Fred, at Deering, Earnest at Liberty, and Frank at McPherson, Kansas, and four daughters, Mrs. Daisy Banks and Mrs. Bertha Livingston at Caldwell, Idaho, Mrs. Anna Walton at Deering, and Mrs. Earl Jenkins of this city, besides many friends who knew him while a resident of this county.

Captain Beam was an early settler in Drum Creek township, not far from where Drum Creek Chapel now stands, and a leading citizen in the early days of the county and influential in all good works that went for the betterment and uplift of humanity. He was widely known in the eastern part of the county and in this city and was loved and highly esteemed for his many manly qualities by all who had his acquaintance. Captain Beam was among the first to answer his country’s call in 1861, enlisting in Company C, Twenty-first Illinois Infantry, under then Colonel U. S. Grant. After serving his first enlistment he raised a company and was chosen as Captain of Company H, 132nd Illinois Infantry and served until the end of the war. He was a member of McPherson Post of this city and was a loved comrade.

Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.

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Capt. George Washington Beam's Timeline

September 14, 1839
Stark, OH, USA
August 29, 1865
Age 25
New Hebron, Crawford, Illinois, United States
September 17, 1867
Age 28
California, Moniteau, MO, USA
December 10, 1869
Age 30
Fort Scott, Bourbon, KS, USA
December 6, 1874
Age 35
Creek Agency, Creek Nation, Indian Territory
April 14, 1916
Age 76
Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States
Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States