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Fontaine Beckham
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Birth: 1788
Orange County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 1859
Harpers Ferry
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA

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. 
Family links: 
  Ann Amelia Stephenson Beckham (1808 - 1843)
  George C. Beckham (1826 - 1862)*
  James Armsted Beckham (1826 - 1856)*
  Ann Amelia Beckham Hooff (1832 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
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
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Fontaine Beckham
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Fontaine Beckham
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 Added: Feb. 12, 2017

- Ancestral Sleuth
 Added: Dec. 21, 2016
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
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