OHN B. BEAVERS and his twin brother, Samuel M., were the eldest children of John W. and Mary A. (Madden) Beavers, a sketch of whose lives appears elsewhere in this ALBUM. The brothers were born in Hampshire County, Va., Nov. 3, 1842, and have continued to live together since that time.|
During his childhood and youth our subject, with his brother, attended the district schools, and as soon as his services could be made available they were utilized on the farm. His limited education was completed in Washington, Iowa, where he attended the public schools six months, and continued to reside on the home farm until thirty-four years of age. On the 4th of March, 1877, he was united in marriage with Miss Catharine J. Bruce, who was born in Fulton County, Ohio, in 1845, and was the youngest child of James and Elizabeth (King) Bruce, natives of Ireland. Mr. Beavers after his marriage, continued two years on the old homestead and then purchased eighty acres of land on section 27, Humbolt Township, which he occupied two years, when he sold out and purchased another eighty acres on section 2. Four years later he removed to the house of his brother on section 35, renting his own land. On the 5th of July, 1879, his wife, Catharine, after having been his companion but a little over two short years, passed away, leaving him with two children Frederick and Blanche. Mrs. Beavers was a lady greatly esteemed by her friends and acquaintances, and had been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church from childhood. Her parents were of Scotch- Irish ancestry and the descendants in a direct line from the family of Sir Robert Bruce of Scotland. Mrs. Beavers was proud of her ancestry as she had a right to be, and her father's family included some of the most worthy representatives of the great patriot and King of Scotland. Mr. Beavers is a highly respected citizen, unobtrusive in his character and mostly engaged with his own concerns. Although never taking any active part in politics and especially declining to become an office-holder, he keeps himself well posted upon current events and is an earnest supporter of Democratic principles.