October Ancestry Challenge 2013: Ancestor #6

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Ancestor #6

Parthena McBroom Beam was my 3rd great grandmother and is one of my biggest brick walls. According to Census Records, she was born in 1819 in Alabama, to unknown parents.

Supposedly, Parthena McBroom married William R. Beam on March 6, 1848 in Marshall County, Alabama. I do not have documentation for this marriage, but am still looking.

William R. Beam, my 3rd great grandfather, was the 2nd son of Ezekiel Beam and unknown wife. He was an older brother to Elijah Marcus Beam. William was born in 1823 in Madison County, Alabama.

According to the 1850 U. S. Census, William, Parthena, and 1 daughter were living in Marshall County, Alabama. There was a 12-year-old, George W. Duncan, living with them that could have been any relation or no relation. A 59-year-old, David McBroom is listed as a neighbor. David was a Miller, born in Tennessee. William is listed as a Farmer.

Was David McBroom Parthena’s father? Brother? Uncle? And who was George W. Duncan? Both of these are good leads, but that is all I have been able to find.

I did find David McBroom listed again on the 1860 U. S. Census living alone in Blount County, Alabama. There are no listings of any McBroom’s, Duncan’s, or Beam’s living near him. He is listed as 70-years-old, born in Tennessee, and is now an Ax Handle Maker. I couldn’t find him on the 1870 U. S. Census, so I’m assuming he passed away sometime between 1860 and 1870. So many questions…

The 1860 U. S. Census shows William and Parthena still living in Marshall County, AL. They now have 6 children; 5 girls, including a set of 4-year-old twins, and 1 boy. William is still listed as a Farmer.

The 1870 U. S. Census shows pretty much the same, with the exception of the oldest daughter, who had married in 1869, (This is a story of its own and will be told later) and the birth of another son who was born in 1861.

The 1880 U. S. Census shows William still farming in Marshall County, Alabama and living with his wife, Parthena, and 4 of their children still living at home; 3 girls and the youngest boy.

As stated in Monday’s post, Ancestor #5, there are no records of 1890.

I have a death date for William R. Beam, May 29, 1891 in Alabama, but no record. There are no records that I have found, of Parthena McBroom Beam after the 1880 U. S. Census.

A lot of work to do with this family.

Read previous Ancestor posts at: https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/category/genealogy/

2 thoughts on “October Ancestry Challenge 2013: Ancestor #6

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  1. Funny how our brick walls turn into the most interesting cases, isn’t it? I have so much information on one of mine, not a scrap of which lets me trace him any further back. There’s just something about an unsolvable puzzle…


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