October Ancestry Challenge 2013: Ancestor #5

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http://loricrane.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/october-ancestry-challenge-2013-2/

Ancestor #5

My 3rd great grand uncle, Elijah Marcus Beam, is an ancestor lost during the Civil War. Elijah was born to Ezekiel Beam and unknown wife, in the year of 1830, in Madison County, Alabama.

The 1850 U. S. Census shows Elijah living with William and Sarah Taylor and their family of five children. More on the Taylor side of my family will be coming. Elijah is listed as a Farmer.

On November 8, 1851, Elijah married Elizabeth Ann Thomason, in Marshall County, Alabama.

Source: Marshall County, AL Marriage Records
Name License Marriage Married by Page
Beam, Elijah to Thomason, Eliza Ann 1851 NOV 08 1851 NOV 09 C. C. Peters 220-32

I think this listing is saying that Elijah and Eliza married on November 8, 1851 and that they were either married by or the marriage was witnessed by C. C. Peters and that the recorded date was November 9, 1851. (C. C. Peters could have been the name of the person recording the record?)

Elizabeth was born November 16, 1833 in Franklin, Georgia, to William Turner Thomason and Catharine Elizabeth Ayers Beam.

The 1860 U. S. Census shows the couple living in Marshall County, Alabama with three children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Elijah is listed as a Farmer, and their neighbor is Elizabeth’s mother, Catherine, along with three of Elizabeth’s younger brothers. Catherine is listed as Domestic and all three boys are listed as Farmers.

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS

Name: Elijah Bean
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Alabama
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private.
Enlisted in Company F, 49th Infantry Regiment Alabama.
CONFEDERATE SERVICE RECORDS, 1861-1865

Name:
Elijah Beam

Military Unit:
Exchanged Battalion, C. S. A. (Trans-Mississippi Battalion; Western Battalion)

U.S. CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS, 1861-1865

Name:
Elijah Beam

Side:
Confederate

Regiment State/Origin:
Tennesee

Regiment Name:
38 Tennessee Infantry. (8 Tenn. Infantry. Looney’s Reg’t.)

Regiment Name Expanded:
38th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Looney’s) (8th Infantry)

Company:
F

Rank In:
Private

Rank In Expanded:
Private

Rank Out:
Private

Rank Out Expanded:
Private

CONFEDERATE ALABAMA TROOPS

49th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
49th Infantry Regiment [also called 52nd Regiment] was organized at Nashville, Tennessee, in February, 1862. Originally mustered into service as the 31st (Hale’s) Alabama Infantry, its designation was changed to 49th during the spring of 1863. The men were recruited in the counties of De Kalb, Jackson, Marshall, Madison, Limestone, Lawrence, Colbert, Lauderdale, Blount, and Morgan. It took an active part in the conflicts at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and Corinth. Later the unit was assigned to Beall’s and Buford’s Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and on July 9, 1863, about 500 men were captured at Port Hudson. Exchanged and reorganized at Cahaba, the 49th was attached to General Scott’s and Shelley’s Brigade, and fought with the Army of Tennessee from Resaca to Bentonville. The regiment sustained 113 casualties at Shiloh and many were disabled at Franklin and Nashville. Only a remnant surrendered in April, 1865. Its commanders were Colonel Jeptha Edwards, Lieutenant Colonels William N. Crump and John D. Weeden, and Major Thomas A. Street.

PRISONER OF WAR

/ Bean, E.M./

Type of Prisoner
Prisoner of War

Unit Name
05 TX Co A.

Rank
Second Lieutenant.

Date of Registration
10/22/1863.

Date of Disposition
07/05/1863.

Place of Disposition
Point Lookout (MD)

Historical Notes
Gettysburg

Elijah Marcus Beam was killed during a battle at Bentonville, North Carolina on March 20, 1865. His body was brought home and buried in Haney’s Chapel Cemetery in Crossville, DeKalb County, Alabama.

The 1870 U. S. Census shows Elizabeth living alone with five children; 3 boys and 2 girls. Elizabeth is listed as Keeping House.

The 1880 U. S. Census shows Elizabeth as widowed, keeping house, and living with four sons.

The 1900 U. S. Census shows Elizabeth, at 66, was living with her son, John, his wife, and their five children.
Elizabeth Ann Thomason Beam passed away on March 4, 1902 in Marshall County, Alabama.

DOCUMENTATION FOR ELIJAH MARCUS BEAM

1840 United States Federal Census

1850 United States Federal Census

1860 United States Federal Census

Alabama Census, 1810-90

American Civil War Soldiers

Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006

Web: Alabama, Find a Grave Index, 1755-2012

DOCUMENTATION FOR ELIZABETH ANN THOMASON BEAM

1850 United States Federal Census

1860 United States Federal Census

1870 United States Federal Census

1880 United States Federal Census

1900 United States Federal Census

Web: Alabama, Find a Grave Index, 1755-2012

Elijah wasn’t the only ancestor to fight in a war, but he is the closest of my kin, not only to fight in a war, but died in battle.

End Note: There was a fire at the Marshall County Courthouse that destroyed the entire County’s 1890 U. S. Census and more.

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