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Michael and Elizabeth Beem

This text is taken from The History of the Michael Beem Family, by Nelson Beem

There is much conflicting data regarding Michael Beem, Sr. and his early life. All material collected is given herein and the reader may take it for what it is worth.

The Revolutionary War pension claim 82986 indicates that Michael Beem was born in Pennsylvania in 1758. While a resident of Loudoun Co., Virgnia, he enlisted in June 1777, and served two monthsa as a private in Captain Samuel Cox's Company, in Col. Summer's Virginia Regiment. He enlisted September 15, 1778 and served ten weeks and four days in Captain McMickin's Company, in Col. Clapborn's Virginia Regiment. He enlisted July 20, 1781 and served ten weeks and five day sin Captain George's Company, in Col. Matthews Virgnia Regiment. He was allowed pension on his application executed October 30, 1832 while a resident of Jersey Twp., Licking Co., Ohio. He was placed on the pension roll April 26, 1833 at the age of 76 years and received an annual pension of $23.22.

From a letter furnished by Mrs. Louis Beem the following is reported: "Michael Beem was born in Saxony, Germany, March 5, 1755. He came to American in 1760 when his father emigrated from Germany. His father was Richard Beem and they had three children, Richard, Michael, and Catharine. They landed in Baltimore, later locating on a timbered tract of land on the summit of the Allegheny mountains in western Maryland. Here he established a home, converted forests in cultivated fields and in time ahd a farm of 300 acres of tillable land. He and his wife died at an advanced age. Richard Beem was born in Geramny and let us say right here that the Garmans have brought here qualities that have made for thrift, industry, stability, and a love for music and art. The German is a home maker, and a producer, and among the best of our substantial law abiding citizens. Richard Beem, the oldest child of Richard Beem was killed by a mule shortly after he arrived in Maryland."

"About the time of the breaking out of the Revolution, Michael married Elizabeth Green and the story verbally handed down was that she was a niece of Gen. Greene, who stood next to Washington as a general. Michael enlisted early in the Revolutionary War, was on General Washington's staff for a short time and was in service until the close of the war. At the close of the war he engaged in mercantile business in Westernport, Maryland, for a time and then returned to farming. In 1812 he moved to Licking County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming."

Mrs. Louis Beem further states in her letter that Michael Beem was well acquainted with George Washington and they engaged in wrestling and jumping matches. Also that when Gen. Washington asked Gen. Anthony Wayne if he could take a certain fort, Wayne replied that if he would be allowed to pick a thousand men he could storm hell and take it. Gen. Washington gave him the privilege and Mike Beem was asked to step out in third place.

From the history of Allegheny County, Maryland the following is noted:
"Michael Beem in the vicinity of Old Town a small settlement near the town of Cumberland in 1774. The following settlers located upon lands in the country west of Ft. Cumberland, Michael Beem, Mather Ball, Daniel Green, Richard Green, and Benjamin Green. These men were owners of military tracts surveyed for the state by Frances Deakin in 1788. The first map made of these parts was in 1751 now in the Congressional Library at Washington.

Michael Beem married Elizabeth Green, a sister of Benjamin Green in 1775. Catharine Beem, sister of Michael, married Benjamin Green in 1779. The Greens traveled over land to the Ohio country in 1803 and settled at Fairfield south of Newark, Ohio. Here they lived their entire life and are at rest in the Green cemetary south of Daweswood on the west side of the Newark-Jackson-town pike. Benjamin Green was a "hard shell" Baptist in Maryland and was ousted from the church because he joined a temperance society. The Greens had fourteen children.

Michael had the power of attorney in Maryland and sold land for Benjamin Green after he had moved to Ohio. There are on file at the court house in Cumberland, Maryland, several deeds to land which was either bought or sold by Michael Beem.

Michael Beem and a part of his family came to Licking County, Ohio, in 1816, his two oldest sons and their families preceded him in 1812. He first settled on Hog Run, a small stream south of Newark. Later he moved to Jersey Twp. in the same county and here took up a section of land granted him under a military act of Congress. He was the first Justice of Peace of Jersey Twp. and was a man of great influence. He first built a cabin near a spring on the farm now owned by Jesse Smith, located one mile northwest of Jersey village. The first church services in the township were held in his cabin and the sermon was given by Rev. Benjamin Green. Later his built a large brick house of hand made brick and here lived until his death in 1850. This house is still standing and is known as "the old brick." Michael Beem's wife Elizabeth preceded him in death in 1835. After her death he llived with his son Michael in the old homestead. In his later years he enjoyed pondering over the by gone days and associated with very few people except his comrade Henry Jolly, a Revolutionary War patriot, and it was their request that they be laid side by side in the Universalist Churchyard.

According to the United States census of 1800 Michael Beem was at that time living along Georges Creek, Allegheny Co., Maryland, and had thirteen children, ten boys and three girls. At that time seven of the boys and two of the girls were under ten years of age and three boys and one girl were between ten and sixteen years of age. What became of the two boys is not known for only eight sons and three daughters came to Ohio.


Richard, b. January 15, 1777; d. October 11, 1856
John, b. January 8, 1779; d. March 22, 1862
Andrew, b. August 15, 1781; d. November 28, 1853
Benjamin, b. March 16, 1786; d. March 26, 1871
Anna, b. December 25, 1787; d. January 23, 1833
William, b. January 15, 1790; d. September 12, 1857
Michael, b. April 1, 1791; d. October 13, 1864
Daniel, b. June 26, 1792; d. February 1, 1886
Pheobe, b. December 14, 1795; d. August 27, 1883
Elizabeth, b. November 27, 1796; d. February 11, 1886
Jacob, b. March 4, 1799; d. December 12, 1887

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