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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 284


Albert G. BEALL, an early settler of Ringgold County, where he is classed among the enterprising farmers and stock-raisers, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, on a farm near Wooster, April 16, 1822. His parents, Zephaniah W. and Eunice (SPINK) BEALL, were natives of Pennsylvania and New York State respectively, and were among the early settlers of Ohio. They removed to Ringgold County in May , 1859, where both died, the mother November 12, 1862 (sic), in her sixty-fifth year, and the father March 9, 1871, in his seventy-fifth (sic) year, at the home of our subject. They were the parents of three sons and two daughters, our subject being the eldest of the family and the only one now living.

Albert G. remained on the home farm with his parents till attaining the age of twenty-four years, and in his youth attended the district school where he obtained a fair education. On leaving home he entered the store of Cyrus SPINK, where he was employed for eighteen months, and some six months later he went to Oxford, Ohio, where he was engaged in clerking for three years. He then went to the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee, and in company with another young man bought cattle which they drove into Ohio, folling this pursuit for two years. In the fall of 1855 he came to Iowa, and after traveling over several counties he settled in Ringgold, purchasing 160 acres on section 21 of Lott's Creek Township. He resided in Mount Ayr two years, and part of this time served as deputy recorder, and also as treasurer and deputy clerk of the court.

He was married in September 1857, to Miss Lois FUNK of Wayne County, Ohio, a daughter of Hugh FUNK who was a native of Virginia. They are the parents of two children - Corwin K. and Eunice May, wife of W. B. INGRAM of Mount Ayr.

In the fall of 1857 Mr. BEALL was elected to the office of county treasurer and re-elected in 1850, but resigned before the expiration of his second term.

In 1861 he was elected superintendent of the schools of Ringgold County, which position he filled for two years. He was then elected county surveyor,holding that office from 1863 till 1969, since which time he has devoted his attention to farming and stock- raising, and buying and shipping stock, and at the present time is extensively engaged in breeding short-horn cattle and Percheron horses. His farm now contains 800 acres, all fenced and under cultivation.

In politics Mr. BEALL casts his suffrage with the Republican part. His family are members of the Christian church, and respected members of society.

[During the Civil War, Albert served in the 3rd Battalion of the Southern Iowa Border Brigade.]

NOTE: Eunice (SPINK) BEALL died at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 5 days on November 12, 1864. Zephaniah W. BEALL died at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 29 days on March 9, 1871. Eunice and Zephania were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Albert G. BEALL died September 30, 1893. Lois (FUNK) BEALL was born November 3, 1837, and died November 4, 1911. Albert and Lois were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Corwin K. BEALL was born February 14, 1860, Ringgold County, and died September 6, 1893. Corwin's wife Ada L. was born January 11, 1864, and died January 8, 1936. Corwin and Ada were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Lois (FUNK) BEALL's father Hugh FUNK ws born October 13, 1802, and died November 28, 1879. He married Lois' mother Elizabeth Kaanan CORNELL on November 28, 1879. Elizabeth was born on June 26, 1809.


    Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 284, 1887.

    WPA Graves Survey

    Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009

    Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,   G - L,   M - R,  S - Z

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