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Fontaine Beckham
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Birth: unknown
Death: Oct. 17, 1859

American Historical Figure. It was during his tenure as Mayor of Harpers Ferry (West) Virginia that John Brown and his faction raided his town in October 1859 with intentions to free, then arm the region's slaves. These insurgents commandeered the United States Arsenal located in Harpers Ferry; however, they cordoned themselves within the confines of this government building when their intentions became known to the townspeople. At some point during the siege that followed, the unarmed Beckham was fatally shot by one of the terrorist. The insurgency was ultimately squelched, and after a trial, John Brown was found guilty of treason in conjunction with the murder of the Mayor Beckham. 
 
Burial:
Edge Hill Cemetery
Charles Town
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Oct 14, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16173839
Fontaine Beckham
Added by: Stonewall
 
Fontaine Beckham
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Recently researched and found that I am a member of lineage to this man. His cousin, under the Beckham surname, is my great great uncle... may he rest in peace.
- Wayne J Beckham
 Added: Jul. 6, 2015

- RLS
 Added: Feb. 27, 2007

- Florence
 Added: Feb. 11, 2007
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