One of six children of Horace and Esther (Lamb) Beebe. He was living in Waldick, WI during the Civil War when he enlisted as a Corporal in Company E, 30th Wisconsin Infantry on August 8, 1862. Promoted to Sergeant during his service. Mustered out on September 20, 1865 at Louisville, KY.
Married Alice Lutter in 1870. They had three children: Sarah, Ada and Mattie.