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History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


William H. Beadle

Farmer, P. O. Martinsville, was born in Clark County, Ind., February 13, 1835. His father, Abraham H. Beadle, was a Virginian by birth, which occurred February 16, 1800, and when he was six years old removed with his father, James Beadle, to Kentucky, where he grew to manhood, removing to Indiana when twenty years old. Here he followed boating on the Ohio in the winter and farming in the summer, and was married May 5, 1820, to Miss Sarah Carr, daughter of Elisha Carr, one of the pioneers of Indiana. She was born May 25, 1800.   They made their residence in Clark County, Ind., until 1850, when they removed to Clark County, Ill.  During the residence in Indiana, five children were born, of whom but two are living.  The record of this family is as follows:  Nancy Beadle, born in Clark County, Ind., August 28, 1822, and died November 25, 1822; Mary C. Beadle, born November 23, 1823, she married John Campbell of Indiana, and died in this county October 10,
1850, leaving a family of two children:  Mary E., married to John Garver and Joseph A. Campbell, of Casey, Ill.; Ann Eliza Beadle, born June 13, 1829, married to J. H. Watson of Martinsville Township; Edward E. Beadle, born January 6, 1832 and died December 1, 1834; and William H. Beadle born as above stated.  He obtained the rudiments of an education in the primitive schoolhouse with puncheon floor, slab benches and greased paper window, and came with the family to this county in the spring of 1850.  He was married in July 1855, to Miss Sarah C. Jones, daughter of Abram T. Jones, of Dolson Township/ She was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, January 4, 1833, and came to this county with her parents about 1853.  After the marriage of William H. Beadle, his father gave him the control of the farm and moved to Marshall, where the mother died March 24, 1859, and the father April 3, 1859, the father contracting his sickness while attending the burial of his wife.  They were characterized by their public spirit, were members of the Christian Church and enjoyed the confidence of a large circle of friends. Subject lost his wife by death March 4, 1857, leaving one child, Sarah C. Beadle.  She was born December 26, 1856, and married to Lewis Heath in February 1877.  Mr. Beadle was married to his present wife Malinda Chilcote, on the 17th of April 1859.  She is a daughter of Nicodemus and Anna Chilcote, formerly of Ohio, and natives of Pennsylvania.   The father died in Douglas County December 24, 1879; the wife survives him and resides in Douglas County.  Mrs. Beadle was born in Morrow County, Ohio, April 18, 1841.  Mr. Beadle is a member of the Knights of Honor, a Republican, and from 1878 to 1880 served the county as Sheriff.  He has also served his township officially for several years.  He owns a farm of 153 acres in Sections 22 and 23 of Auburn Township; has a substantial frame residence on the Westfield road eight miles west from Marshall, engaged in mixed husbandry.

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