Caution: Although his name is misspelled "Edmund" on his gravestone, in almost all documents and official records, his name is spelled "Edmond."
[Source: Norton, W. T. (1912), "Centennial History of Madison County, Illinois, and Its People, 1812 to 1912". Madison County, IL: Lewis Publishing Company, excerpts pp. 852-855.]
Scion of one of the honored pioneer families of Madison County, Illinois, Edmond Beall (1848-1920) was a four-term Mayor of Alton, Illinois and one-term Illinois State Senator. He was the son of John Wesley Beall (1816-1855) and Mary (Hodges) Beall. Of the three children, Edmond was the third born; Charles, the first-born, was long associated with him in business; and Georgiana, the second born, died in infancy.
As a young child, Edmond witnessed the final Lincoln–Douglas Debate held in Alton on October 15, 1858. This debate occurred during Abraham Lincoln's race for the Illinois Senate against incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas.
On the 12th of May, 1864, about four months prior to his fifteenth birthday anniversary, this youthful patriot left the printer's case to enlist in Company D, One Hundred and Thirty-third Illinois Voluntary Infantry, and at the time he was the youngest Union soldier from Illinois. His last patriotic service was in assisting in the decoration of the old home for the martyred president, Abraham Lincoln, before the arrival of the latter's funeral train in Springfield, and he attended the funeral.
On the 10th of September, 1868, was solemnized the marriage of Senator Beall to Miss Mary E. Harris, a daughter of Benjamin Bray and Margaret E. Harris of Alton.
Edmond and Mary (Harris) Beall had eight children:
1. Edmond - died young
2. Charles - died young
3. Frank - died young
4. Hattie May (1874-1949); m. John H. Gill (1871-1930)
5. Abbie Lou (1873-1922); m. Lysanius Caywood (1872-1954)
6. Edward Wesley (1877-1939); unmarried
7. Edmond Harris (1883-1938); m. Nellie Louise Lane (1886-1975)
8. Charles Leroy (1885-1955); m. Harriet Y. Burnap (1898-1992)
Senator Edmond Beall died while on vacation with his wife in California on January 31, 1920. He is buried in Alton City Cemetery, Alton, Illinois.
Probably Plot # Block OY Lot 82, the same as three of his children who died before reaching adulthood (Eddie, Charlie and Frank), whose names are listed on the back of Edmond Beall's gravestone.
Mary Eliza Harris Beall
1849–1925 (m. 1868)