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Re: Beechum / Beecham / Beacham / Beachum history and Alexander Beacham
Posted by: John Field Pankow (ID *****5675) Date: February 14, 2004 at 18:36:00
In Reply to: Beechum / Beecham / Beacham / Beachum history and Alexander Beacham by william Beechum of 405

I was so interested to read your post. I am descended from Hugh A. Beachum (1806-1861) of Anson County, NC. I have always been told that Hugh was a son of Alexander Beachum and Elizabeth Shelton, and that Alex. and Elizabeth were both born in Virginia.

There is a deed from 1814 (Andson County, NC) that lists Alexander and Elizabeth Beachum as heirs of Beverley Shelton, presumably her father. I have tried to connect them to the Shelton family of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, but have had no luck in finding any proof.

The 1790 census of Anson County lists 4 Beachum households: two headed by men named William Beachum (and I wonder if this isn't the same family counted twice), one headed by a man named Jesse Beachum and one headed by a lady named Susannah Beachum. I have always presumed that Alexander was the son of one of these households, but don't know which.

Our family legend is that the name was originally spelled "Beauchamp," and I suspect the family was part of the Beauchamp family that were early settlers in Maryland. That family goes back to England, and probably are descended from Hugh de Beauchamp who was one of the knights that accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy to England in 1066.

I had three sons listed as children of Alexander and Elizabeth: Hugh A. Beachum (1806-1861), Daniel S. Beachum (1810-1886) and Isaiah Beachum (1812-1894). Daniel moved to Tennessee, and later to Alabama and Mississippi. (One of my cousins says she thinks Alexander and some other sons also went to Tennessee, but I had never heard this before.) Hugh and Isaiah remained in Anson County, and married two O'Neal sisters, Zillie (Miller?) O'Neal (1812-1882)and Phereba O'Neal (1818-1888) daughters of Kindred O'Neal (c. 1785-1855) and Culia Hayles, who were married in Johnston Co., NC in 1810.

Hugh and Zillie had 7 children: Jeremiah Washington Beachum (1830-1910, M. Mary Jane Taylor), Joseph J. (probably Jackson) Beachum (1833-1863), Harriet Jane Beachum (1834-1870s, married J. B. Deas), James Thomas Beachum (1837-1907, m. Aley Jane Sykes), William H. Beachum (born c. 1840), Daniel K. Beachum (born c. 1847) and Christina Clementine (not dates known, one account says she died as an infant, another at 8 years old.)

Isaiah and Phereba had several children, but I am afraid I only know the names of two: Daniel Leonidas Beachum and Sophronia Ellen Beachum. (Sophronia married William Wilson Taylor, a borther of Mary Jane Taylor.)

Jeremiah W. Beachum married Mary Jane Taylor (1836-1882, a daughter of William Taylor and his wife Sarah Elizabeth McLendon) in Anson County in 1853. They had 14 children:

Zachary Taylor Beachum (1854-1926, m. Emma Steen), Angeline Malvina (1855, m. Mr. Carpenter), John Armeanous (1857, m. Mary Ann Bowers), Sarah (Leary?) Isabelle (1859, m. Mr. Wright), Cleopatra (1861, m. Mr. Irby), Louisa Clementine (1864, m. Miles W. Caudle), Joseph Jackson (1866-1882), Mary Jane "Zillie" (1867-1910, m. Dulin B. Stearns), Wilson Hugh (1871), Atlas Free (1872), Heallon (Helen?) Mercia (1874, m. Martin King), Lenorah Colin (1875, m. Charles Ballard), Arindoe Washington (1877), Jeremiah Osco (1881-1882). I know that Wilson, Atlas and Arindoe married, too, but am afraid I can't call their wives names to mind right now.

Mary Jane Beachum and Dulin Benson Stearns had 10 children. The 9th (and youngest to survive infancy) was Eunice Virginia Stearns (1906-1983) Mrs. John L. Field, my grandmother.

I hope that we can compare notes, and maybe discover more abut all these Beachums (Beechums, Beachims, Beachams, Beauchamps, etc.)

Best Regards,

John Field Pankow
Asheville, NC

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