Daniel Beaver, a resident of Stephenson
County for over forty years, where he has been engaged in carpentering,
was born in what is now Snyder County, Pa., Nov. 23, 1817. His first
trip to this State had been practically an experiment to determine whether
he would select it as his future residence. The face of the country
and the class of people which were setting it up, suited him in all
respects, and he returned to Pennsylvania for his family.
The first representatives of the Beaver
family in this country settled in Pennsylvania prior to the Revolutionary
War, and almost without exception followed agriculture. Our subject
did not return West as soon as he expected, but remained on his father's
farm, assisting in its management and the cultivation of the soil until
1864. One the 31st of May, that year, occurred one of the most
important events of his life, namely, his marriage with Miss Elizabeth
Young, and shortly afterward he set out with his bride, and once more
sought the great West. They began housekeeping in a small dwelling
in Buckeye Township, and Mr. Beaver commenced working at his trade, which
he has followed almost uninterrupted since that time. To a great extent he
labors still with this old-time energy, and is never contented unless employed.
His children, five in number, are Clara A., Mrs. Bolander of Oraugeville; William
F., engaged in irrigating land in Colorado; Charles E., in a book-bindery
at Lawrence, Kan.; Adela M., and Rosa A., the latter at home with their
parents. Mr. Beaver is Republican in politics, and a Lutheran in religion.
His estimable wife belongs to the Reformed Church.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson
County, Ill., containing Full Page Portraits, and Biographical
Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, together
with Portraits and Biographies of all the governors of Illinois and of the
Presidents of the United States, printed by the Chapman Brothers, Chicago,
Transcribed by D. Joshua Taylor, May 2005.