Neville B. Beerup, who is an esteemed agriculturist, resides on his well tilled farm of 208 acres, situated in section 33, North Palmyra township. He was born in Morgan County, Illinois, in 1861, and is a son of Thomas and Sinia M. (Neal) Beerup.
Thomas Beerup was born at Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, and came to Illinois with his brother in 1840, locating at Springfield. Mr. Beerup was a carriage blacksmith by trade. He was married at Springfield, Illinois, to Sinia M. Neale, daughter of Col. Thomas Neale, county surveyor and attorney, who was one of the pioneer settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois, and served in the Black Hawk War as colonel. Thomas Beerup and wife reared seven children, of whom our subject is the youngest. There are but two living besides our subject, namely: Thomas, who resides at Springfield, Illinois; and Mrs. Harriet Winslow, who is a resident of Centralia, Illinois.
Neville B. Beerup received his education in the schools of Sangamon County and assisted his father until 1897. In August, 1897, he was married to Rosebelle Steidley, daughter of Solomon Jackson and Clara M. (Rice) Steidley. Solomon Jackson Steidley was born in Macoupin County, Illinois. His wife, Clara M. Rice, was born April 17, 1841, in South Palmyra township, Macoupin County, Illinois, and died December 18, 1903. Solomon Jackson Steidley reared six children, of whom Mrs. Beerup was the second born. Neville B. Beerup and wife have reared three children, namely: Harriet Blackmore, born July 8, 1898; Mary Athlone, born in September, 1899; and Horace Neale, born May 30, 1902. Mr. Beerup purchased his farm of the heirs of his wife's father, which the latter had owned for 35 years. Mr. Beerup is engaged in general farming and stock raising and his farm is well equipped with modern improvements. He has a fine dwelling and farm buildings, excellently located, being half a mile from the village of Palmyra. Mr. Beerup is a member of the Republican party. In fraternal circles he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. The Beerup family are members of the Methodist Church.