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Horace S. Beaman


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/9/2011 at 18:54:32

HORACE S. BEAMAN, a veteran of the late war, who has richly earned a rest from the active duties incident to a business life, is now living with his wife in a comfortable and cozy home in Beaman, Grundy County. Here, surrounded by his many friends, he has settled down to enjoy the fruits of his many years of arduous labor. He was born June 27, 1845, in Stephenson County, Ill., a son of Solon S. and Mary (Snyder) Beaman. A complete history of the Beaman family will be found in the sketch of William Henry H. Beaman.

Our subject was reared on the old home farm, and upon attaining his majority located on a farm and conducted its cultivation successfully. Ten years later he decided to move into town, and he erected a store in Beaman, where he put in a stock of general merchandise. His trade was the best in the neighborhood, and in 1885 he was enabled to retire from an active business life.

December 7, 1865, Mr. Beaman was united in marriage with Miss Celestia Vincent, at Ottawa, Ill. She was born in Pennsylvania August 5, 1845, a daughter of William Vincent, who was a native of the Keystone State, and who came to Illinois in 1856. Later he removed to Iowa and settled on land in Vienna Township, Marshall County. Here he died in his seventieth year, while the mother passed away in Illinois. They were the parents of four children. Joseph was killed in the late war at the battle of Pea Ridge. He was a member of Company H, Ninth Iowa Infantry. Mrs. Beaman passed from this life in August, 1881, leaving two children. Frank S., who is married to Miss Ollie Jones, is the father of two children, and resided in Riverside, Cal.; and Clara B., who is the wife of Frank Nickerson, is the mother of two boys and resides in Chicago, Ill.

Our subject was a second time married, choosing Miss Gertrude E. Richards as his companion, the ceremony occurring January 28, 1882. Mrs. Beaman is a native of Tama County, Iowa, and a daughter of John and Anna (Hazelle) Richards. The father was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died when about seventy years old. He was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1810, and came to Iowa in 1858, settling in Tama County, and later locating in Grundy County. His father was of English birth and followed the seas as his life occupation. The amiable wife of our subject is one of nine children born to her parents, four of whom are yet living. She received a splendid education, and all her people are highly cultured. One child has come to bless the home of this couple, Glenn H., born September 16, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Beaman are regular attendants of the Methodist Episcopal services and are classed among the best people of the county. Mr. Beaman is a stalwart Republican in his political affiliations and voted for General Grant when he ran for his first term as President.

During the late war our subject was enlisted, August 8, 1863, in Company I, Eighth Iowa Cavalry, under the command of Capt. Elliott Shurtz, and was with his company and regiment until taken prisoner at Atlanta, Ga., July 30, and confined in Andersonville. In October, 1864, one-half of his comrades died and he was compelled to help carry them outside for burial, for which he received an extra pint of meal per day. He was parolled February 28, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C., and arrived in the Union lines March 2. Among some of the places in which he was during his prison experiences are Andersonville, Savannah, Milan, Blackshire, Charleston, Florence, Wilmington and Goldsboro. He was honorably discharged May 22, 1865, at Clinton, Iowa. He is now a leading member in the Survivors' National Association of Andersonville Prison. He is also a member of Andersonville Post No. 155, G. A. R., at Beaman, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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