Nov. 4, 1797 Trumbull Fairfield County Connecticut, USA
Jan. 23, 1891 Middletown Middlesex County Connecticut, USA
Rev. John B. Beach was the son of Thomas and Phebe (Thompson) Beach. He was the husband of Emmeline (Hawley) Beach. He was a minister in the New York Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Obituary Unidentified Newsclipping - 1891 BEACH.--The Rev, John Burton Beach was born in Trumbull, Conn., Nov. 4, 1797. In early manhood he was so clearly converted that the story of his experience, told by him late in life, always made a stir. He, with his wife, united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and at once was active in all its interests. As is the way, with such a man, all the burdens possible were put on him, and he held all the offices to which he could be elected or appointed, and discharged the duties with zeal and judgment. His call to the ministry was so evident to the church that, although in the fore-edge of his middle life, he was thrust forth to preach, and in 1833 entered New York Conference, that then stretched from the Connecticut River to the head-waters of the Delaware. He went, with his wife and children, often working with his hands to eke out the scanty salary, but always with hope and courage, doing what he could to save men. In 1833 he served Redding Circuit; 1835-1836, Burlington; 1836-1838, Woodbury; 1839, Derby; 1840, Birmingham; 1841-1842, Fair Haven; 1843, Cheshire; 1844-1845, Burlington and Newfield--all in Connecticut. In 1846-1847, he served Sheffield, Mass.; 1848-1849, Sing Sing, New York; 1850-1851, New York: Thirtieth Street. In all these places his name was mutch set by. In 1852-1855 he was Presiding Elder of Monticello District; in 1856-1859, of Prattsville District, and it may be safely said no Presiding Elder ever left a better record in those regions. The work was very severe. A series of terrible winters made the work harder, and seriously affected his health; but he heroically met his appointments, getting through often when others thought it was impossible. At the end of his eight years as Presiding Elder, though a good deal strained, he was as brave as ever, and was stationed at Coxsackie, New York (1860) but at the close of his first year was compelled to halt and go into the winter quarters, of a superannuated relation, retiring first to Birmingham, Conn., and then, after some years, to the home of his son, John W. Beach, D.D., of Middletown, Conn. Ten years ago his excellent wife went to her rest on high. It was one of the beautiful things to see, in that fair city on the Connecticut, that old man often going to the cemetery, and standing by his wife's grave, looking through the mists and shadows to the clear day beyond. In the home of his son, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, the old hero waited for the end. His letters breathe the same manly, cheerful spirit and holy faith that were in his life and preaching among the hills of Sullivan, Ulster, Greene and Delaware Counties, New York where men who have crossed the flood and others who are now at the front were inspired and "took knowledge of Him that he had been with Jesus." He was for many years a noticeable man in New York Conference; his words were wise, his influence helpful. He ably represented the body in the General Conference of 1856 and 1860. A strong man, a successful pastor, a wise Presiding Elder, a happy superannuate, and to the last a faithful witness of the power of Christ to save, he died Jan. 23, 1891, in his 94th year. He left two sons, the Rev. Dr. John W. and Samuel Beach, Esq., of Alexandria, Virginia. This poor tribute to his memory is by one of his "boys" on Monticello District of those old days. Blessed Elder Beach! Written by Rev. Benjamin M. Adams
Memoir Methodist Episcopal Church New York Conference 1891, Pgs. 81-82