Transcript:Indiana, United States. Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties/B/Beeson, Charles


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Charles Beeson (p 987)

Fortunate is he who has back of him an ancestry honorable and distinguished, and happy is he if his lines of life are cast in harmony therewith. Our subject is blessed in this respect, for he springs from a prominent family, which was early founded in this section of Indiana.

The first of the Beeson family to come to the New World was Edward Beeson, who was reared in Lancastershire, England, where John Fox originated the Society of Friends, and with that denomination the family became connected. He came to America in 1682, with one of William Penn's colonies, and first located in Pennsylvania. He later removed to a pioneer settlement of Quakers in Virginia, and still later bought a tract of land on the Brandywine, near Wilmington, Delaware, a part of which is now within the corporate limits of that city. There he spent his life in peace and happiness, free from religious persecution. He had four sons, Edward, Richard, Isaac and William, whose descendants are now numerous. Isaac, who was of the fifth generation in direct descent from Edward Beeson, the first, went to North Carolina and from him the Indiana branch of the family springs. For many generations the family remained connected with the Society of Friends, but being very progressive and enterprising they finally withdrew from that organization, though they still kept in mind the moral teachings of the church and endeavored to do all the good possible and as little harm. Three brothers came to Indiana --- Isaac, in 1812, settled in Richmond; Benjamin, in 1814, located three miles west of Milton, and Thomas, in 1818, lived where his son Elwood now resides.

Of these, Benjamin Beeson was the grandfather of our subject. He was a blacksmith and wagon-maker by trade, which he followed to some extent while opening up his farm, having built a shop upon the place. He was a hard worker and able financier, was prosperous in his undertakings, and as fast as he was able added to his lands until he was one of the most extensive farmers and stock raisers in his community. In early days he drove his hogs to market in Cincinnati, and went to Lawrenceburg to mill. He gave farms to each of his children. He died March 1, 1852, at the age of sixty-four years, honored and respected by all who knew him. His wife who bore the maiden name of Dorcas Starbuck, was also a native of North Carolina, and died in October, 1872. Two of their children were born in North Carolina, the others in Indiana. They were as follows: Bezaleel; Othneil; Templeton, the father of our subject; Delilah, wife of John Patterson; Rachel, wife of James Harvey; Julia E., wife of William Dick; Cinderella, wife of William Harvey; Benjamin F., who is represented elsewhere in this volume; Amanda M., wife of Thomas Emerson; Marcus D., a prominent farmer of Wayne County; and Charles, who died in 1852. Only three are now living: Benjamin F., Marcus D., and Mrs. Julia Dick.

Templeton Beeson, father of our subject, was born in Wayne County, Indiana, and until his marriage remained upon the home farm, attended the country schools in winter, such as the locality then afforded. On leaving home he located upon a tract of heavily timbered land in Rush County, Indiana, where he built a cabin and improved a farm, which he later sold. From the wild land he then developed a fine farm in Posey Township, Fayette County, and on disposing of that he located upon the place where he spent the remainder of his life. To his original purchase he added from time to time until he owned over one thousand acres, of which he placed a large amount under cultivation. He erected thereon a commodious two-story brick residence, the largest and finest in the township, and built good and substantial outbuildings, surrounding all by a beautiful grove of forest trees. This delightful place is pleasantly situated two and a half miles west of Bentonville, and here our subject, with a brother and sister, now resides. The father provided homes for each of his children and left a large estate. He was one of the most extensive and successful farmers and stock raisers of Fayette County. He made a specialty of dealing in stock, to which he fed all of the products of his farm. For five or six years he was also connected with a pork-packing establishment in Connersville. He was not only one of the most prosperous citizens of his community, but was widely and favorably known and commanded the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact, either in business or social life, as his integrity was above question, his honor unsullied. The Beeson family from North Carolina were supporters of the Democratic Party in early days and firmly adhered to its principles as advocated by Jefferson and Jackson, but just prior to the Civil War the Indiana branch became divided on politics. The father of our subject, seeing that the principal plank of the Democracy was the extension of slave territory, withdrew from the party, in 1854, and two years later, on the organization of the Republican Party, joined its ranks, becoming one of its enthusiastic leaders in his locality. He kept well posted on the issues and questions of the day, always took an active interest in public affairs, and his arguments were very convincing. During the war of the Rebellion he assisted in raising troops, and gave horses to the young men whom he influenced to enter the service and who had joined cavalry regiments. He then looked after and helped support the families of those at the front, and he was ever regarded as one of the most useful and valued citizens of his community.

In early manhood Templeton Beeson married Miss Sarah A. Loder, a daughter of John and Isabel (Ringland) Loder, honored pioneers of Fayette County. Her father was born in Essex County, New Jersey, August 10, 1780, and in 1797 went to Cincinnati, where he worked at the cooper's trade for a time. He then went to the mouth of Big Miami, and from there to Hamilton, Ohio, near which place he purchased his first real estate. On the 25th of September, 1806, he married Isabel Ringland, who was born May 31, 1785, of Irish ancestry, and while living near Hamilton three children were born to them: James, Harriette and Mary J. Selling out in 1815, Mr. Loder moved to Indiana territory and purchased land in what is now Fayette County. While clearing and opening up his farm he also worked at his trade. He became one of the prominent and highly respected citizens of this locality. He was a lifelong Democrat and voted for members of the first constitutional conventions, both in Ohio and Indiana. His wife died June 23, 1868, and he passed away at the home of his son-in-law, Linville Ferguson, the remains of both being laid to rest in Bentonville. Their children were James R.; Harriette C., wife of J. McCulloch; Mary J., wife of H. Shortridge; Sarah A., mother of our subject; Elizabeth M., wife of Linville Ferguson; and Amanda E., wife of G. Wright.

Charles Beeson, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fayette County, in 1854, and is the fifth in order of birth in a family of six children, the others being Isabel; Leroy, a farmer of Rush County; Theodore, a resident of Posey Township, Fayette County; Edgar, a farmer of Henry County; and Willard. Our subject was reared to the honest toil of a farmer and was educated in the common schools. He and his brother Willard and sister, Isabel, now own the old homestead in Posey Township, where they live together, carrying forward the work inaugurated by the father. They make a specialty of raising and feeding stock and have met with most excellent success, our subject being now the owner of other lands, adjoining the home farm, besides his interest in that property. Politically he and his brother, following in the footsteps of their father, support the Republican Party and its principles, and they give their support to all enterprises calculated to advance the general welfare. From the time of Edward Beeson, the founder of the family in the United States, down to the present time, the family has always borne an enviable reputation, and its representatives have ever been popular and prominent in the communities where they have made their homes.