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Rufus Beach (1795 - 1850) Beach

Birthplace: Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Death: 1850 (54)
California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Beach and Sarah Beach
Husband of Elizabeth Cordelia Williams; Harriet Cordelia Beach and Cynthia Beach
Ex-husband of Laura Ann Read
Father of Katherine Ann Toponce, 1847-1926; Alfred C Beach; Sarah Elenda Reed; Aaron William Williams Beach; Louisa Beach and 8 others

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About Rufus Beach (1795 - 1850) Beach

Rufus was born in Roxbury, Connecticut. He served as the company clerk and traveled with his wives. In 1850, he lived in a household with Laura Ann and Alfred.

Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company (1847) Age at Departure: 52

   Head of Household

Traveled with

   Laura Ann Gibbs Beach (Age: 33)
   Harriet Cordelia Williams Beach (Age: 17)
   Alfred C. Beach (Age: 4)

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Birth: May 8, 1795 Roxbury Litchfield County Connecticut, USA

Death: 1850 California, USA

Son of John Beach and Sarah Cole

Married Cynthia.

Children - Louisa Beach, Rufus Beach, Anson L. Beach, Joanna Beach, Lewis Cass Beach, John F. Beach, James Davidson Beach, Harvey Beach, Roswell Beach.

Married Harriet Cordelia Williams, 1846, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska.

Child - Aaron Williams Beach.

Married Laura Ann Gibbs, 21 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.

Children - Katherine Ann Beach, Sarah Elenda Beach.

Deseret News, produced by the LDS Church Historical Department

For 50-year old Rufus Beach his new church calling was both a continuation and a challenge. When the 27th Quorum of Seventies was first organized in Nauvoo in the fall of 1845, he became its original senior president.

In the one-page biography he penned for the quorum record book, he told a remarkable yet familiar story. Like Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor and scores of others, the Spirit of the Lord prepared this New England pioneer to welcome the restored gospel.

Born in Litchfield County, Conn., Rufus had "westered" to New York and then to frontier Michigan, where for some 30 years he made his home. Although a member of a Protestant church for about 15 years, he suddenly experienced a religious awakening in the spring of 1839, As a result, Rufus felt "willing to sacrifice everything under the sun, even go to prison or death for the knowledge of those things my soul was in the stretch for at this time."

Rufus said he learned by the Spirit he would be an actor in the scenes leading to the Second Coming of Christ. All this, he wrote, put him "on the lookout and willing to prove all things and hold fast to that which was good."

Not long afterward, Mormon elders came his way preaching and holding meetings. "I went to hear and astonishing to my mind as it was that the truth would come from a people I supposed from reports to be fanatics, the eternal truths reached my heart and filled my soul with unspeakable gladness." He was baptized by Elder James M. Adams.

Within a week he was ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood and soon took upon himself to preach the gospel to his neighbors within a 50-mile circle. Later he joined the saints in Illinois. But the mandate to spread the truth again impelled him to Michigan where a small branch was raised under his hand. After his return to Nauvoo he became an enterprising merchant in the city. Later he left with hundreds to go to the Rocky Mountains where he arrived in September 1847. Within but three years, an anonymous clerk noted in the quorum minutes that Rufus Beach had died, full in the faith. As with missionaries elsewhere, his mind had always been "in the stretch for" the things of God. - James L. Kimball, Jr.

B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol. 2, Ch. 68, p. 513

Appointed at the general conference, for the sale of lands in Hancock county.

Nauvoo.--Winslow Farr, Edward Hunter, Rufus Beach, A. W. Babbitt, Joseph L. Heywood, John Benbow and Daniel Russell.

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, June 10, 1845 (Tuesday)

The 27th quorum of Seventy was organized at Nauvoo, with Rufus Beach as senior president.

B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol. 2, Ch. 53, p. 211

Thursday, Feb., 29th: Moses Smith and Rufus Beach volunteered to join the Oregon exploring expedition.'

Family links:

 Laura Ann Gibbs Gibbs (1814 - 1893)*
 Harriet Cordelia Williams Brooks (1829 - 1907)*

 Katherine Ann Beach Toponce (1847 - 1926)*
 Aaron Williams Beach (1847 - 1912)*
 Sarah E. Beach Reed (1849 - 1934)*
 Sarah Elenda Beach Reed (1849 - 1934)*
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Burial: Unknown

Created by: SMSmith Record added: Jul 27, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 20655692

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Rufus Beach (1795 - 1850) Beach's Timeline

May 8, 1795
Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
June 24, 1843
Age 48
Salem., Orleans County, Vermont, United States
October 27, 1847
Age 52
Salt Lake City, UT
November 19, 1847
Age 52
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
February 2, 1849
Age 53
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Age 54
California, United States