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James Rufus Beardsley
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Birth: Jun. 22, 1829
Leesburg
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 1902
Elkhart
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA

Son of Havilah and Rachel (Calhoun) Beardsley. He married Susie Ray, date unknown. There were four children born to this union: Rufus R. Beardsley (1876-1927), Florence (born/died in 1879), John W. Beardsley (1882-1937), and Helen L. (Beardsley) Landaker (1889-12/29/1980). He worked with his father in several of his manufacturing enterprises. He was president, and later a director of the First National Bank of Elkhart, owned a paper mill and was a partner in a flour mill and a starch factory. He was secretary of the Elkhart Hydraulic Company which had built a dam on the Elkhart River. Along with other investors, he helped bring the first streetcars to Elkhart in the 1880s. He was also very active in politics, serving two years in the Indiana State Senate, and was elected Elkhart's second mayor in 1876. 
 
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 Parents:
  Havilah Beardsley (1795 - 1856)
  Rachel Calhoun Beardsley (1800 - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  Susie Ray Beardsley (1852 - 1915)
 
 Children:
  Rufus Ray Beardsley (1875 - 1927)*
  Florence Beardsley (1879 - 1879)*
  John Wallace Beardsley (1882 - 1937)*
  Helen L. Beardsley Landaker (1889 - 1980)*
 
 Siblings:
  Edwin R. Beardsley (1824 - 1913)*
  Charles Beardsley (1827 - 1878)*
  James Rufus Beardsley (1829 - 1902)
  Sarah Frances Beardsley Davenport (1831 - 1893)*
  Raper Beardsley (1833 - 1833)*
  Narcissa Beardsley (1835 - 1835)*
  Richard Beardsley (1838 - 1876)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Grace Lawn Cemetery
Elkhart
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: William Bjornstad
Record added: Jul 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93743412
James Rufus Beardsley
Added by: William Bjornstad
 
James Rufus Beardsley
Added by: William Bjornstad
 
James Rufus Beardsley
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 Added: Jun. 4, 2013
 
 
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