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Re: Baltimore,MD-Beachams
Posted by: Kevin Gleason (ID *****9092) Date: June 11, 2004 at 19:55:41
In Reply to: Re: Baltimore,MD-Beachams by Celeste Bishop of 405

Celeste - With many moves and life changes sometime even with the best of intensions, we fall out of touch. My Wife Lisa is the granddaughter of Catharine Beacham Smith and grandniece of Margaret Beacham. Unfortunately, Margaret passed away about four years ago at age 98. Catharine is still doing well and living in an assisted care center in North Carolina, she is 94.

As for information that they gave their nephew (that would be me, by marriage)I shared it with you in the mid-1990s when we last spoke. As you might remember, it was when we were planning our reunion. Margaret and Catharine supplied much of the information and pictures to you at that time. Unfortunately, there was no additional information. I hope this clarifies the matter for you.

I was glad to find the Beacham forum today when I was doing some general querying on the web. I have recently done some additional research on my wife side of the family and as always I am happy to share what I have.

According to the 1900 Census, George and Margaret Beacham are listed as follows:

Name: George Beacham
Age: 69 (b. Dec 1830, Germany)
Year of Immigration to US:        1836 (status: naturalized)
Occupation:       Stationary Engineer

Married 46 years to:

Name: Margaret
Age: 67 (b. Oct. 1832, Maryland (parents listed as born in France)
Children:       7 born / 2 living

Address: 217 Clinton St. (Part of Second Precinct, South of O’Donnell Street)

In the 1860 Census George & Margaret are listed as follows:

Name: George Beacham
Age: 25, born Germany
Occupation:       Engineer

Married to:

Name: Margaret
Age: 29, born France


John Dornan, age 11, born Maryland
Joseph Beacham, age 3, born Maryland
George Beacham, age 11 mos., born Maryland

Address: 17th Ward, Baltimore

The City Directory Shows for 1867 shows George & Margaret operating a store at the corner of Clinton & Toone Streets in Baltimore.

George and Margaret Beacham are the great-grandparents of Catharine Beacham Smith and Margaret Beacham mentioned above. They did not know them though they lived close by. According to tradition, there was a rift in the family. George and Margaret were Catholics. Their son Joseph (Catharine and Margaret’s grandfather) married outside the church. This or some other issue fueled the rift.

I do not have all my notes in front of me to confirm the date but Joseph died in January 1899, by drowning when his tugboat sank in a blizzard just outside the harbor. His father I believe was living with his son George in 1910.

According to the 1910 Census, George Beacham age 80 years is listed as follows:

Name: George Beacham
Age: 80, Born, Germany
Year of Immigration to US:        1854
Occupation:       none listed

Living with:

Name: George E (or C) Beacham
Age: 41, Born, Maryland
Occupation:       Proprietor of Saloon

Married 18 years to:

Name: Wilhelmina
Age: 40, born Maryland (father born Maryland, mother born Germany)
Children:       8 born / 6 living (six children are listed – including son George age 15)

Address: 264 Boulding Street (12th District part of 4th Precinct)

Despite the apparent errors, this appears to be Catharine and Margaret’s great-grandfather and great-uncle, and family. Margaret would have been seven years at the time of the census and would have known them, yet she had no knowledge of them. This is the mystery I am trying to solve for my wife’s family.

I have other information that I have gained from a study of Baltimore City Directories that I can share with those that are interested. This forum is a great resource to find out more about the common roots of the Beacham family.


Kevin Gleason

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