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Alfred Jacob Beil

  • Birth 19 Oct 1851 Catasauqua, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 14 Jan 1923 Frankfort, Clinton County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Geetingsville, Clinton County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot 0065
  • Memorial ID 6243754

Clinton County Biographies, Indiana BEIL, Alfred J.

Of the many sterling citizens sent by the grand old Keystone state to assist in the developing of Clinton county from the virgin soil into one of the leading sections of the Hoosier state, Alfred J. Beil is worthy of especial mention.

He is one of the good farmers of Owen township. True, he did not come as early as some and therefore did not figure in the early-day heroic work of our pioneers, but he has been doing work just as necessary, in keeping the wheels of civilization, as far as he has been able, moving ever onward, and, with others of his type, taking a pride in
completing the great work the pioneers began.

Mr. Beil was born October 19, 1851, in Pennsylvania. He is a son of William and Eva(Fenstemacher Beil ), both of thrifty German lineage, both natives of Pennsylvania and both now deceased. They grew up in their native state, received such educational advantages as the pioneer schools had to offer and there were married and spent their earlier married life, removing to Clinton county in the year 1864, when our subject was thirteen years old, to establish a home for their family. They spent their active lives engaged in agricultural pursuits, and to them seven children were born, four of whom are still living: Alfred J., of this sketch; William L., John P. and Louis.

Alfred J. Beil grew to manhood on the farm, and received his schooling in his native district in Pennsylvania and in Clinton county. On September 28, 1876, he married Rebecca
Chittick who was born September 8, 1855, in Warren township, Clinton county, a daughter of (James ) "Archie" and Hannah "Compton" Chittick. She grew to womanhood in her native community and there received her education in the public schools.

To our subject and wife six children were born: William A., Fred, Lula, James, Lester and Susan.

Toren, the youngest child at the death of his mother, which occurred February 2, 1892, was adopted by Arthur McCon Chittick. On the 18th day of October, 1906, Alfred Beil was married to Mrs. Frances Caroline Shaffer Miller, who was the daughter of Henry and Anna Shaffer.

Mr. Beil began farming for himself early in life and has always followed this vocation in Owen township, this county, where he owns a valuable and well-kept place of one hundred and sixty acres, all tillable but fifteen acres, which is in timber. He has a good home and sufficient outbuildings to meet his needs. He carries on general farming and raises considerable live stock of various kinds.

Politically, he is a Republican, but has never been an aspirant for the honors and emoluments of public office. In religious matters, he is a member of the Lutheran church, in which faith he was reared.

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Alfred Jacob Beil eldest son of William Jacob and Eva Fenstermacher Beil,was born in a stone house near Catasaugua, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The Lehigh cement mills are close by his birtplace.

In a few years they left the stone house, moving into a frame house just at the edge of Catasaugua where they did general farming.

In 1864, at the age of 14 with his parents and three brothers they moved to Indiana.In a few years his parents purchased 160 acres of land one -half mile south of Geetingsville, Clinton County, Indiana. After living there four years, in 1868 , they built the house which still stands and is well preserved. It is a perfect replica of the home left behind in Pennsylvania. Lulu A. Milner


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  • Created by: Judy
  • Added: 8 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6243754
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Jacob Beil (19 Oct 1851–14 Jan 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6243754, citing Geetingsville Cemetery, Geetingsville, Clinton County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Judy (contributor 46524680) .