Page 563, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




JOHN H. BEAHM, who is identified with the farming and stock raising interests of Allen county, was born in Page county, Virginia, October 14, 1854, his parents being David and Permetta (Griffee) Beahm. The father was born in Page county, and was a son of John Beahm, of Holland. The mother, also a native of Virginia, was a daughter of John Griffee, who was born in the Old Dominion, but his father came from England, while his mother was of German lineage. In the year 1867 David Beahm left his home in Virginia, where he had previously engaged in farming, and started westward. After spending a year and a half in Indiana he came to Kansas in 1870, locating in Iola township, Allen county, where he purchased the farm of Thomas Ogg, comprising eighty acres of land on section two. There he made his home until his death. In his family were seven children, namely: Mary, wife of Shan Naylor, of Osawatomie, Kansas; Eliza A., wife of J. F. Gay, of Allen county; Julia, wife of Wesley Fisher; Josie, deceased wife of Marion Preston; Andrew J. L., John H. and David M., all of Allen county.

John H. Beahm accompanied his parents on their removal to Indiana and thence to Kansas, becoming a resident of this State when in his fifteenth year. During his early business career he at different times followed broom making, farming and stock raising, and now devotes his energies to the last two. His land is under a high state of cultivation, yielding to him a golden tribute in return for the care and labor he bestows upon it, and the stock which he raises is of good grade.

On the 21st of August, 1878, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Beahm and Miss Emma Gay, a daughter of J. N. Gay, who was born in Georgia. Five children bless their union: Dora M., Ollie, Clarence, Edna and Ada. Mr. and Mrs. Beahm have many warm friends in the community and enjoy the high regard of all with whom they have been brought in contact. In politics he is a Populist but in no sense a politician.

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