My 5th paternal great grandfather was John Beem. He was the son of Albert Beem and Sarah Halsell Beem. John was born in South Carolina, (probably Fairfield County). He lived his whole life in South Carolina.
According to the 1800 U. S. Census, John was living in Fairfield County, South Carolina. The census shows that John was married and had five children at this time, 3 girls and 2 boys. The couple married around 1786/1787. John’s wife is unknown. Some family records have Elizabeth Unknown listed as John’s wife, but I have no documentation. In John’s will she is referred to as Widow Beem.
The 1820 U. S. Census shows John living in Chester County, South Carolina with his wife and two of their children, 1 boy and 1 girl.
John Beem and his unknown wife had a total of seven children, 4 boys and 3 girls.
Before the 1800 U. S. Census, John changed the spelling of his surname to Beam.
John passed away on 2 Nov 1827 in Chester, South Carolina.
WILL OF JOHN BEAM
“In the name of God amen.
I John Beam Senr., of Chester District in the State aforesaid, being weak of body tho of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: that is to say—–.
First it is my will that all my just debts be paid by my Executors—–.
Secondly—-It is my will and desire that the whole of my estate, both real and personal of whatever kind the same may be. After my decease, and the payment of all my just debts be divided into seven equal parts, or shears, that is one part or shear to each of my children, that is JOHN BEAM JUNR., EZEKIEL BEAM, JYSE BEAM, & TURNER BEAM, my sons. SARAH DIE, ANN WIDENER, and MARGET WIDENER and that if either of the afore said children should die before they come of age, then sheare of said Estate be equally divided amongst the Survivors Disannulling all former wills by me heretofore made Dulaceing this to be my last in Testimony where of I have set my hand and seal in presense of us——-John Beam Senr.”Thos Cobrn, Enogh Greely, John Laseton” .
Probated Nov 1, 1827 Recorded in Book 1 page 210, Apartment #6, Package #108.
Notes on John Beam’s Will
“Margaret & no surname…rejected will as Margaret Widener.”
“9 Nov. 1827 John Dye asked to be named as the administarator but his application was refused. No reason given.”
“18 FEb. 1828 administrators named as: Jesse Beam, John Beam, turner Beam.”.
“A will of JOHN BEAM was given for probate which was signed by Ernoch Grubbs and John Laseter. In the final papers of this estate. John & Jesse Beam were named as executors and administrators and their bond was signed by Turner Beam & William Davis.”
“Appraisers of the Estate were named as: Andrew Calvin, William Davis, William Hassel, Sempsey Simson & Richard Elam.”
“Buyers at the sale were: Widow Beam, John Dye, Elisha Mayfield, Turner Beam, Enoch Grubbs, Ferdinand Mayfield, Jesse Beam, Chester Mayfield, John Beam.”
A Brief History of Chester County, South Carolina
Chester County – (581 sq. miles; 2000 pop. 34,068) Named for Chester County, Pennsylvania. Chester was one of seven counties created in 1785 from the old Camden Judicial District. Situated in the rolling hills of South Carolina’s eastern Piedmont, Chester is bounded on the east by the Catawba River and on the west by the Broad River. Unlike other counties established at the same time, Chester’s dimensions have never been altered, and its distinct rectangular shape is unique among South Carolina counties. The county seat of Chesterville (later Chester) was created in 1791.
(Reference: The South Carolina Encyclopedia, 2006 Edited by: Walter Edgar – A Project of the Humanities Council SC)