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Jacob Beam
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1723
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 10, 1812
Ontario, Canada

Founder of Beamsville. United Empire Loyalist. Jacob Beam (Boehme) was born in what is today Lancaster Co., PA of Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite origins. A farmer in Sussex Co., NJ during the American Revolution, he was arrested and jailed for aiding in the escape of some British troops. He was forced to pay 500 pounds and forfeit all his land. He afterward moved to Mansfield, NJ where he came under the influence of baptist preaching. In 1788 he lead a group of baptist immigrants to the Niagara Peninsula and was granted 400 acres near 30 Mile Creek in Clinton Twp (where he settled) and 500 acres in Grimsby Twp. He donated the land the Baptist Church, school, and cemetery in Beamsville. Stone Inscription: "In memory of Jacob Beam, Sr., born Nov. 29th, 1728, died May 10th, 1812, aged 83, also his wife, aged 83." He married Anna Catherine Boughner and they were the parents of (at least) 11 children: John, Lewis, Alice (m. William Kitchen), Catherine, Peter, Jacob Jr., Susannah, Margaret, Christina, Anna, and Sarah. Sources:
Jacob Beam (Boehm) by Robert A. M. Stewart, published in Loyalist Families of the Grand River Branch, UELAC (1991); Graves and Inscriptions in the Niagara Peninsula by Janet Carnochan; Hixson Trails by Margaret Madara Free. See Also Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid: 
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  Anna Catherine Boughner Beam (1737 - 1820)
  Catherine Beam Merrill (1766 - 1842)*
  John Beam (1775 - 1857)*
*Calculated relationship
Beamsville Baptist Church
Niagara Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Created by: Mike Milner
Record added: Feb 02, 2008
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Jacob Beam
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wow, just found out that Jacob Beam was my 6th great grandfather. I grew up in Beamsville, Ontario. This is the town named after him. I also went to Jacob Beam Elementary school.
- Sandra Lounsbury
 Added: Nov. 14, 2014

- Roberta King
 Added: Feb. 3, 2014

- SRBentz
 Added: Jun. 18, 2012

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