Jesse Beamen

History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 749-750, Kerton Township
  Jesse Beamen, deceased, a well-known early resident of this county, whose eventful life we now follow, was a native of Pennsylvania, where he was born in 1799. While a lad his father died and receiving ill-treatment from those into whose hands he had fallen he ran away to New York State. He enlisted in the war of 1812 and when discharged returned to New York. He soon came to the wilds of Indiana, where he followed farming and ran a saw-mill. He was married while there to Miss Nancy Pool, daughter of Joseph Pool and cousin of Gen. Joe Hooker. About 1840 he came to Illinois, landing in Schuyler county, he returned to Indiana and then came to Menard county, Ill., and in 1850 to Fulton county, where he remained till his death which occurred in 1858, and he was laid at rest in Isabel township. Mrs. B. is still living in this township. She was born in North Carolina, May 10, 1805. Eight children blessed this union, of whom John W., from whom this sketch is obtained, is the younger. He was born July 15, 1843, in Schuyler Co. He enlisted in Co. K. 103d Ill. Inf. and served through the late war. An older brother, William, was also a soldier and died from wounds.

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