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Alvah Beaman
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Birth: May 22, 1775
New Marlborough
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1837
Lake County
Ohio, USA

Married Sally Burtts in 1796. Father of six children. Ordained president of the Elder's quorum on January 15, 1836. Died in Kirtland while serving in that capacity. Parley P. Pratt wrote of his visit to Beman's, "Among those whose hospitality we shared in that vicinity was old father Beeman and his amiable and interesting family. He was a good singer, and so were his three daughters; we were much edified and comforted in their society, and were deeply interested in hearing the old gentleman and brother Joseph converse on their early acquaintance and history. He had been intimate with Joseph long before the first organization of the Church; had assisted him to preserve the plates of the Book of Mormon from the enemy, and had at one time had them concealed under his own hearth." [Pratt, Autobiography, p. 110]

Joseph Smith recorded, "At the council room in the Chapel [I] organized the authorities of the church agreeably to their respective office in the same, I then made some observation respecting the order of the day, and the great responsibility we are under to transact all our business, in righteousness before God, inasmuch as our decisions will have a bearing upon all mankind and upon all generations to come. . . . Elder Alva [Alvah] Beemon [Beman], was nominated and seconded to officiate as president of the Elders in Kirtland Elder Beemon [Beman] arose and asked permission to speak, and made the following remarks--Brethren you know that I am . . . old and ignorant and kneed much instructions, but I wish to do the will of the Lord-- The vote of the several authorities was then called and carried unanimously." [Backman & Cook eds. Kirtland Elders' Quorum Record (1985), Pg.1] 
Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
Record added: Dec 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17108507


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