David BEAM Sarah Rebecca BEAM Rebecca HARRILL Rachel CAIN Mini tree diagram

Martin Samuel BEAM1,2,3

15th Feb 18011,2,3 - 25th Feb 18662

Life History

15th Feb 1801

Born in North Carolina.1,2,3

23rd Sep 1822

Married Rebecca HARRILL in North Carolina

Citation Text: "Rebecca Harrill - b. June 7, 1802, d. August 30, 1892,m. September 23, 1822  Martin Beam - b. February 15, 1801, d. February28, 1866"    --  Harrill Genealogy,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1477149/person/-1177648013/media/3

12th Jan 1839

Birth of daughter Sarah Rebecca BEAM in Rutherford County, North Carolina.3,2,4,1,5

25th Feb 1866

Died in North Carolina.2

after 25th Feb 1866

Buried in Rutherfordton City Cemetery, Rutherfordton, Rutherford, North Carolina

Notes

  • A Hamrick family genealogy reports that Martin Samuel Beam was born inSwitzerland, but gives no source for this fact.  But US censuses from1850 report him as born in North Carolina, as do several familygenealogies.

    Martin Samuel Beam
    Birth 15 Feb 1801 in Geneva, Switzerland
    Death 25 Feb 1866 in NC
    Burial Rutherfordton City Cem, Rutherfordton, Rutherford, NC
    Marriage 2 Sep 1822 to Rebecca Harrill in NC
    Birth 7 Jun 1802 in NC
    Death 30 Aug 1892 in NC
    --  Ancestry Trees, Hamricks of Ireland,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/9887369/person/-728328093

    This Hamrick genealogy appears to have confused Martin's birth placewith that of his father David, reported by other sources to have beenborn in Switzerland on 17 Apr 1767.

    David Beam
    Birth 17 Apr 1767 in Geneva, Switzerland
    Death 4 Jan 1858 in Rutherford, North Carolina, United States
    Spouse Rachel Cain
    Birth 2 Oct 1777 in Lincoln, North Carolina
    Death 10 Apr 1865 in Rutherford, North Carolina
    Son Martin Samuel
    Birth 15 Feb 1801 in North Carolina
    Death 28 Feb 1866 in Rutherford, North Carolina
    --  Jim Blanton,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7871629/person/-222650432?ftm=1

    The Hamrick and Blanton genealogies and others report the date ofMartin's marriage to Rebecca Harrill as 2 September 1822.  One or tworeport 3 September 1822.  Several of the genealogies cite a marriagerecord for the documentation of this.  There are 2 problems with this. One problem is that the name of the husband in this marriage recordis David Beam.

    North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004, www.ancestry.com
    Source:  County Court Records Rutherfordton, NC
    David Beam, Spouse: Rebeckah Harrill,
    Marriage 2 Sep 1822 Rutherford County, North Carolina

    The second is that the birth date reported by most of the genealogiesfor their first son is in 1818!  And interestingly, that son's name isDavid.  What is going on here?  The year date of 1822 could work, asRebecca would be 20 years old and Martin 21.  But if their son Davidwas born in 1818, it is 99% likely they married before this date.,about 1917.  In that case Rebecca would have been only 15, notimpossible but a bit unusual, 16-17 being more common.

    Another genealogist reports some family details from family sources.This reports the date of marriage as 23 September 1822.  This soundsmore reasonable, since theire is a mismatch of the husband's name inteh 2 September record.

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    Information about Rebecca and Martin Beam.

    Misses Bettie and Ida Green of Ellenboro, North Carolina, earlyteachers in Rutherford County schools, gave the date of birth, death,and marriage of Rebecca and Martin Beam to Irene Harrill as follows.

    Rebecca Harrill - b. June 7, 1802, d. August 30, 1892, m. September23, 1822 Martin Beam - b. February 15, 1801, d. February 28, 1866

    Miss Bettie was doubtless the only person living at the time of IreneHarrill's life that knew exactly where the graves of Housand Harrilland Frances Philadelphia Street Harrill were located.

    Miss Bettie and Ida evidently never married and they, too, weredescendents of Housand and Frances Harrill.
    --  Harrill Genealogy,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/1477149/person/-1177648013/media/3
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    I have not found a marriage record for a Rebecca Harrill to MartinBeam.

    1850 Federal Census, Rutherford County, North Carolina, 7 September,Sandy Run, page 628, Hse #1216, Fam #1247
    Martin Beam 49 M Hatter b North Carolina [abt 1801]
    Rebeca [sic] Beam 48 F b North Carolina [abt 1802]
    Amela [sic] Beam 27 F b North Carolina
    Mary Beam 18 F b North Carolina
    William Beam 17 M b North Carolina
    Martha Beam 14 F b North Carolina
    Sarah Beam 11 F b North Carolina
    David Beam 8 M b North Carolina
    John Beam 5 M b North Carolina
    Martin Beam 5mos M b North Carolina

    1860 Federal Census, Rutherford County, North Carolina, 26 July, 2ndBroad River District, PO Webb's Ford, page 209 (scan 380), Hse/Fam#1525
    Martin Beam 59 M Farmer $1200 REal Estate $1000 Personal b NorthCarolina [abt 1801]
    Rebbeca [sic] Beam 58 F b North Carolina [abt 1802]
    William Beam 17 M b North Carolina
    Martha Beam 14 F b North Carolina
    Sarah Beam 11 F b North Carolina
    David Beam 8 M b North Carolina
    John H Beam 5 M b North Carolina
    Martin Beam 5mos M b North Carolina
    Mary McDaniel 30 F b North Carolina
    Louvisa McDaniel 5 F b North Carolina
    Rachel McDaniel 3 F b North Carolina

    Mary McDaniel appears to be the person enumerated in 1850 as Mary Beamage 18.  There is a discrepancy in her reported age, as we wouldexpect her to be 28 in 1860, instead of 30.  But the name and herpresence here as a Beam daughter are supported by a marriage record.Mary's husband has probably died.

    North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
    Record #01-200
    Groom: Willis E McDaniel
    Bride: Mary Beam
    Bond #: 000134923 30 Sep 1852
    Marriage Date: 30 Sep 1852
    Rutherford County
    Bondsman: Martin Beam
    Witness: Wm Harrill
    Performed By: Wm Harrill, Minister of the Gospel

    Amelia, age 27 in 1850, is no longer in the home.  Her marriage recordprovides further clues to her late life.

    North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
    Record #01-076
    Groom: R Achiles Durham
    Bride: Amelia R Beam
    Bond #000133224 2 May 1854
    Marriage Date: 4 May 1854 Rutherford County
    Bondsman: Martin Beam
    Witness: H Harrill, Justice of The Peace
    Performed By: H Harrill, Justice of the Peace

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