Pages 122-123, 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.




A. M. BEEMAN—Among the sons of the Empire State who have cast in their lot with the citizens of Kansas and are numbered among the representatives of Allen County is A. M. Beeman, who was born in New York, March 8, 1833. His parents were John S. and Ursula (Crooker) Beeman, the former born in Vermont in 1812, and the latter in Connecticut in 1813. Our subject now has in his possession several mementoes of his wife's grandmother, among other things a ribbon belt which was worn more than a century ago. In 1836 Mr. Beeman's parents removed to Michigan, but after nine years returned to the Empire State, where the father died in 1888,—the mother having passed away in 1839,—leaving three children: Julia, wife of William Cobb; A. M., of this review; and Emily, wife of Ira Allen.

A. M. Beeman was reared in New York with the exception of the nine years spent by the family in Michigan, and in the common schools he acquired his education. In 1867 he came to Kansas,—a young man of 34 years,—full of energy, determination and resolution. He secured a homestead claim of eighty acres, six miles east of Humboldt, and still resides upon that property, having made it a highly cultivated and productive tract. In his early life he learned the gunsmith's trade and during the Civil war worked in the gunshops, making Enfield rifles for use by the Union army, thus rendering effective service for his country. He was employed in this way in Canandaigua, New York, where he manufactured many guns used by sharpshooters.

In 1867, the year of his removal to the west, Mr. Beeman was united in marriage to Miss Lydia A. Pomeroy, a native of New York. Her father, Chauncey Pomeroy, was born in that State, August 26, 1813, and married Fannie Eliza Alger, a native of Ontario. Mr. Porneroy's death occurred in July, 1848, but his wife, who was born in 1817, is still living. They were the parents of six children, as follows: Jane D., William I., Lydia A., Catharine A., George W. and Henry T. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Beeman was blessed with seven children: Emma Ursula, Edwin A., Chas. Wesley, Mary Etta, John S., Martin O. and Benight M. The last named is now deceased.

Mr. Beeman is a popular resident of his community. He has served as justice of the peace of his township, is now its treasurer, and in 1900 received the nomination of the People's Party for the office of township trustee. He deserves great credit for what he has accomplished in life, for


he started out to earn his living when only twelve years of age, and since that time has depended entirely on his own resources. Diligence has been the keynote to his success, and his example is one that might be profitably followed by all who have to depend upon their own exertions. His worth is widely recognized and he enjoys the friendship of many of the best people of Allen County.

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