Mary Rebecca <I>Ream</I> McBeath


Mary Rebecca Ream McBeath

Ursina, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Apr 1929 (aged 77)
Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
Burial Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 158031578 View Source

Daughter of Henry Ream and Jane (McCarty) Ream.
Siblings; Marcellus, Charles H., Ella, Fannie Jane, John H. and Clara Ream. Half siblings; Nina M., Mabel Edna, Leon Lavern and William Roy Ream. Step siblings; Henrietta, Luara, Lue Alice, Matilda and Frank Morris Hirsh.
Mary married William C McBeath 1869 (from her obit index) and had two children; Gertrude M (Scott) Best and George William McBeath.

Obit Index - as appeared:
Name: Mary R. McBeath
Gender: Female
Death Age: 77
Birth Date: 1861
Birth Place: Ursiaa, PA.
Marriage Date: 1869
Residence Place: Sergeant Bluff
Death Date: 26 Apr 1929
Death Place: Sioux - City
Obituary Date: 2 May 1929
Obituary Place: Dakota City, Nebraska, USA
Father: Henry Ream
Spouse: William C. McBeath
Child: Goo W. McBeath
Siblings: John - H. Ream, Leon L. Roam, Nina Smith

IA death cert # 097-7053; at Methodist Hospital in Sioux City, Pneumonia, widowed, Informant; George McBeath of South Sioux City, IA.

Here's additional information:
Mary Ream (1851-1949) was born on Sept. 5, 1851 in Pennsylvania. As a girl, she relocated with her family to Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
On Nov. 20, 1869, when she would have been age 17, she wedded 35-year-old pioneer and Civil War veteran William C. McBeath (Nov. 15, 1833-1886), a native of Wayne County, KY. The nuptials were held in Sioux City, Woodbury County, IA, officiated by Rev. John A. Copeland.
They became the parents of George W. McBeath and Gertie Best.
Sadly, William died at home on March 30, 1886. Neighbors B.M. Pizey and William Cheney were among those attending the funeral.
Mary was awarded his pension which she continued to receive for the balance of her long life. [Widow App. 341.481 - Cert. #279.911] In memory, after a reorganization, the GAR post was renamed the "McBeath Post" and continued its work until 1892.
Mary survived her husband by an astonishing 64 years. Other than a dower interest in her home property in Dakota City, she had no other means of support than her daily labor. To generate income, circa 1890, she became a census-taker in the Dakota precinct of the county. Then in 1893, she was a sales agent for a sewing machine company in Dakota City, and is named as such in Warner's History. She also advertised sales of fence posts in the Dakota County Herald circa 1907. The federal census of 1900 shows her heading a household of her two children and three grandchildren in Dakota, living next door to her brother, newspaper publisher John H. Ream.
Mary in October 1910 served as a delegate to the Rebekah Assembly, the women's affiliate of the International Order of Odd Fellows, held in Lincoln, NE. She also volunteered with the Dakota County Homemakers' Club and in January 1912 taught a class on "home nursing." Then over the Memorial Day Weekend in 1921,she and the Herald family "drove to the Omaha Valley cemetery Sunday to decorate the graves of departed relatives," reported the Herald. She was badly injured in a fall down a flight of basement stairs in November 1915. Said the Herald, "One bone of the right arm was broken near the wrist and the other dislocated, besides other bruises on her body. She is getting along nicely, although the injuries are very painful."
Mary sold her home to Mr. Bordwell of Morningside in April 1920 and purchased a new residence in Dakota City.
Mary died at the age of 97 on April 26, 1949. Burial was in the Dakota City Cemetery.
Information from, a "sweeping biographical archive of Early Pennsylvania German families," accessed May 5, 2031
-- Contributed by Starfishin [#48860385], added 27 May 2021.

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