Part of Donna Parrish's Forsyth County Records

They came from South Carolina in 1845 - see obit

1850  #765
Isaac Beacham  51m Farmer  NC 
Nancy Beacham  50f         SC
Elizabeth      13f         SC
John A         12m         SC
William A      11m         SC
James H 9m SC
Mary F 8f SC Jesse C 5m SC 1860 Apparently one of those skipped. 1870 #147/131 Chestatee
Beachum Isaac 76mw farmer 100 N.Carolina
Beachum Nancy 68fw keeping house S. Carolina Beachum Elizabeth 34fw farmhand S. Carolina Beachum Frances 26fw farmhand S. Carolina Beachum Jesse C. 23mw farmhand S. Carolina About 1878 Isaac died - see Nancy's obit -
check Salem Church minutes
1880 BEACHAM, James (37) / Susan M. (27) #9Chattahoochee BEACHUM, John W. (3)age? #62Chestatee BEACHUM, Nancy (79) #62Chestatee

 

The Baptist Leader September 14, 1893

Death has again visited out membership, Nancy Beecham. While we are confident from her deportment in life as a Christian, mother, friend and neighbor, that hers is not a loss but a gain.  Sister Nancy Beecham, whose maiden name was Nancy Jones, was born in Greenville County, S. C., November 16th, 1801; was married in the year 1833 to Isaac Beecham, joined the Baptist church at Clear Spring in Greenville County, S. C., moved with her husband to Forsyth County, GA in September 1845, joined the Baptist church at Salem by letter. Sister Beecham lived a consistent member of this church till her death which occurred at her home August the 13th1893. Her remains were buried at the family burying ground one and a half mile north of Silver Shoals Church, Forsyth county, Georgia by the remains of her husband who preceded her to the city of the dead some 15 years. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. R. H. Thompson. Sister Beecham was at the time of her death 92 years, 8 months, 27 days. Baptist Leader please publish, Index please copy.

Done by order of Salem Baptist church while in conference Sept. 2d 1893.

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 Isaac and Nancy were buried in unmarked graves on property they owned off what is now I believe Parks Road.  

The cemetery was marked as an unnamed cemetery on the 1969 Forsyth County map put out by GA DOT. I found the cemetery on top of a hill - fenced off from a cow pasture. There were no stones. The property was owned by a Mr. Fouts who was very nice but knew nothing about the cemetery except that he had fenced what he could tell was the grave area to protect it. I then took his name, went to the tax office and got the land lot number, back tracked thru the deeds and came up with Isaac Beacham. I wrote a column about it for the Forsyth County News. One of the descendants saw the article and called me and confirmed that Isaac and Nancy were buried there. This was in the 1970s.

The cemetery is listed in my cemetery book with an abstraction of Nancy's obituary. It says buried at Silver Shoals.  It should have said "near"

With all the development, I have "lost the cemetery" but believe it may be the one with a chain link fence around it now located behind or in the backyard of a house in a subdivision and marked on the ADC map to the east of Ranch Dr. and south of Parks Road. I went and looked at it a couple of years ago and with all the changes, I couldn't be sure. The map shows it on LL 725 and if I can find my original notes it could be confirmed or  if that property was taxed to Mr. Fouts in 1970 or 1971 it would indicate it is the same..

Donna

 


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