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Rev William Martin Beauchamp
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Birth: Mar. 25, 1830
Orange County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1925
Onondaga County
New York, USA

One of the great authorities on the history of the Iroquois. Born in Coldenham, Orange County, his family moved to Skaneateles in 1831 where he attended school. He married Sarah Carter of Ravenna Ohio on November 26, 1857. He was ordained in to the priesthood of the Episcopalian Church in 1863 and spent most of his career at Grace Church in Baldwinsville (1865-1900). He then moved to Mark Avenue in Syracuse where he researched and wrote on the Iroquois. In 1905 he published "History of the New York Iroquois, now commonly called the Six Nations".

Beauchamp was a book collector, whose father (William Millett Beauchamp) published a newspaper for two years and operated a circulating library from his home from 1833 to 1850. As a recorder of gravestone epitaphs he commented that he paid no attention to any dated after 1800. He was vice president of the Onondaga Historical Association from 1909 until 1919 and president of the Onondaga Academy of Science in 1901 and 1902.

The Beauchamp Branch of the Onondaga County Public Library was named for him and is located across S. Salina Street from his Mark Avenue home.


WILLIAM M. BEAUCHAMP, scientist, author and divine, was born at Coldenham, Orange county, New York, March 25, 1830, a son of Wilham and Mary Beauchamp. The father came to America in 1829 and in that year visited Skaneateles but did not take up his abode there until April, 183 1. He was the founder of the Skaneateles Democrat in 1840.
His son, William Martin Beauchamp, pursued his education in the academy of the village and prepared for the ministry in the De Lancey Divinity School, at Geneva, New York, from which he was graduated, while from Hobart College in 1886 he received the S. T. D. degree. For many years he was examining chaplain of the diocese of central New York. In 1862 he became deacon and in 1863 became connected with the priesthood. He served as rector of Calvary church at Northville, New York, from 1863 until 1865 and was rector of Grace church at Baldwinsville, New York, from 1865 until 1900—a period of thirty five years—becoming recognized as one of the eminent divines of the Episcopalian church in the Empire state.
Dr. Beauchamp is perhaps even more widely known as an author and scientist. His writings include Iroquois Trial, published in 1892; Indian Names of New York, 1893; Shells of Onondaga County, New York, 1896; History of the New York Iroquois, now Commonly Called the Six Nations, 1905, together with eleven archeological bulletins. He has given much attention to all branches of local natural history, having prepared full lists of fishes, reptiles, quadrupeds and birds of Onondaga, besides publishing a descriptive list of its shells. He is also an active botanist, and corresponding member of several botanical societies. He is archeologist for the New York state Museum and a member of the American Folk Lore Society. In Indian philology he has attained a prominent position. In his own denomination he is well known as a writer of historical and other subjects and has been an occasional contributor to religious periodicals.
Dr. Beauchamp was married November 26, 1857, to Miss Sarah Carter, of Ravenna, Ohio, and has four children, Virginia, Ellen, Grace and Howard C. Beauchamp.

Contributed by BArnold

Family links: 
  William Millet Beauchamp (1799 - 1867)
  Mary Jay Beauchamp (1800 - 1859)
  Sarah Carter Beauchamp (____ - 1917)*
  Virginia Beauchamp (1858 - 1923)*
  Ellen Beauchamp (1861 - 1915)*
  Howard Carter Beauchamp (1865 - 1915)*
  Grace Beauchamp Lodder (1874 - 1962)*
  Mary Elizabeth Beauchamp (1825 - 1903)*
  William Martin Beauchamp (1830 - 1925)
  John A. Beauchamp (1833 - 1860)*
  Sarah A. Beauchamp (1836 - 1861)*
*Calculated relationship
Lake View Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: Sect 5 lot 113
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Record added: Dec 04, 2010
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Rev William Martin Beauchamp
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