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Jacob Beam

  • Birth 29 Nov 1723 Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 10 May 1812 Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Beamsville, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Memorial ID 24323510

Founder of Beamsville. United Empire Loyalist. Jacob Beam (Boehme) was born in what is today Lancaster Co., PA of Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite origins. A farmer in Sussex Co., NJ during the American Revolution, he was arrested and jailed for aiding in the escape of some British troops. He was forced to pay 500 pounds and forfeit all his land. He afterward moved to Mansfield, NJ where he came under the influence of baptist preaching. In 1788 he lead a group of baptist immigrants to the Niagara Peninsula and was granted 400 acres near 30 Mile Creek in Clinton Twp (where he settled) and 500 acres in Grimsby Twp. He donated the land the Baptist Church, school, and cemetery in Beamsville. Stone Inscription: "In memory of Jacob Beam, Sr., born Nov. 29th, 1728, died May 10th, 1812, aged 83, also his wife, aged 83." He married Anna Catherine Boughner and they were the parents of (at least) 11 children: John, Lewis, Alice (m. William Kitchen), Catherine, Peter, Jacob Jr., Susannah, Margaret, Christina, Anna, and Sarah. Sources:
Jacob Beam (Boehm) by Robert A. M. Stewart, published in Loyalist Families of the Grand River Branch, UELAC (1991); Graves and Inscriptions in the Niagara Peninsula by Janet Carnochan; Hixson Trails by Margaret Madara Free. See Also Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid: http://www.islandnet.com/cgi-bin/ms2/jveinot/search


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  • Created by: Mike Milner
  • Added: 2 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24323510
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Beam (29 Nov 1723–10 May 1812), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24323510, citing Beamsville Baptist Church, Beamsville, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Mike Milner (contributor 46885289) .