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William Franklin Beaver
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1832
Lynchburg City
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1922
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA

William Franklin Beaver was born March 17, 1832 at Lynchburg, Virginia, and would have been 90 years old had he lived until St. Patrick's Day this year. He passed away Jan. 21, 1922, a little more than a week after he had been stricken with paralysis. He was buried in the Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida County, Iowa.

The funeral was held at the D. W. Blackman residence where "Daddy" Beaver had made his home for several years. Minnie Blackman (Mrs. D. W. Blackman) was his daughter, and had passed away in 1921. Her husband, D. W. Blackman, still resided in Ida Grove and the funeral was held there.

W. F. Beaver is a Civil War Veteran. He resided on the Beaver plantation in Virginia until the rising tide of the Civil War when he and his sister adhered to the Union and came west, locating at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Beaver enlisted with the first call for volunteers and became a member of Co. C, 1st Wisconsin Infantry. He served 4 years and 6 months in the army of the Tennessee. After obtaining his discharge, he was never able to locate any member of his family, not even the sister whom he had left in Wisconsin.

In 1866, he came to Postville in Allamakee County, Iowa, where he was married to Allene Craft (born 1847), to whom the following children were born, Minnie S. Blackman (born 1867), W. A. Beaver of Ida Grove (born 1869), and Belle M. Klass of Omaha, Nebraska. Allene Beaver passed away in 1916.

In the year 1875, Mr. Beaver came to Ida County, Iowa, walking by foot from Storm Lake, Iowa, which was the nearest railroad point to the Village of Ida at that time. He opened a blacksmith shop in the town of "Ida," but when the railway came through in 1877, Mr. Beaver moved his shop to the south side of the tracks, along with other business houses of the town. In 1890, he turned over the shop to his son, W. A. Beaver, who had been a partner.

He belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) as longed as he lived.

Survivors include one son, one daughter(Belle), 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Family links: 
  Alline Celestine Craft Beaver (1847 - 1916)
  William A. Beaver (1869 - 1942)*
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Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA
Plot: 541
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Apr 13, 2007
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William Franklin Beaver
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