October Ancestry Challenge 2013: Ancestor #7

1 Ancestry Challenge October

Ancestor #7

I have an obsession with my great-great-grandparents. I feel they hold a lot of keys to some brick walls, but then they have their own brick walls too.
1 David Ezekiel Beam
David Ezekiel Beam was the first born son for William R. Beam and Parthena McBroom Beam. He was born August 9, 1850 in Guntersville, Marshall County, Alabama. My oldest daughter was born on August 9, also.

I think David Ezekiel Beam is a clue to Ancestor #6, Parthena McBroom. If he was named after both grandfathers, and I believe that is the case, then David McBroom is Parthena’s father.

I do not have documentation on the marriage, but ancestry.com sources states that David Ezekiel Beam married Mary Wilabay on April 16, 1874 in Marshall County. Mary is another brick wall and I will do a separate post on her.

David and Mary had eleven children; 8 boys and 3 girls. Several of their children lived very short lives. Their third oldest son lived one year. Their fourth oldest son passed away at the age of sixteen. Their seventh son passed away at age 15.

David Ezekiel Beam was a Farmer and lived his whole life in Marshall County, Alabama. He passed away in October 1914. David and Mary are both buried in the Martling Cemetery located in Marshall County, Alabama.
1 David Ezekiel Beam.jpg Tombstone
1 Mary Wilabay Beam Tombstone

DOCUMENTATION for David Ezekiel Beam

1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 U. S. Census

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

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  1. I have an obsession with my great-great grandparents too. It’s such a shame that families didn’t preserve their history better. It’s great that you were able to find out what you did.


    1. I think it has something to do with that period of time. I am grateful I was able to find out as much as I have, thankful my grandfather lived long enough to tell me stories about his grandparents, but he is another story coming up soon. I don’t think I’m going to have any problems finding enough ancestors to complete this challenge, but then I’ve been working on the Beam side of my family for over twenty years. 🙂


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