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from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa

Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 290


Ith S. BEALL, deceased, was the youngest son of Zephaniah W. and Eunice BEALL, and was born in Ohio, the date of his birth being June 30, 1828. His early life was passed on the home farm in Ohio, and in his youth he acquired a fair knowlege of the common branches by attending the district schools.

At the age on nineteen years he began teaching school, a profession he followed several years. He came to Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, in the fall of 1856, and taught the first school at that place, where he was engaged for one year.

[From Educational History of Ringgold County - It was common practice to hire a male teacher for the winter term when the older boys attended class, and a female teacher for the spring and summer terms. At the Mount Ayr school, Ith BEALL taught the winter term classes while Charlotte SWAN taught the spring and summer terms.]

He was married June 17, 1858, to Charlotte W. SWAN, a native of the State of Maine, the second daughter of Isaac and Lydia B. SWAN. She came to Mount Ayr in June, 1857, with her parents, her father becoming one of the most enterprising citizens of that place. He died in Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1868. To Mr. and Mrs. BEALL were born four children, of whom three are yet living - Eunice, Randolph S. and Walter H. A daughter, Delia, died aged five years.

About the fall of 1857 Mr. BEALL was appointed Deputy Recorder, which position he filled for two years. He was then appointed deputy clerk for a term of two years, and at the expiration of his term of office he was re-elected, serving in all a period of four years, when he resigned and engaged in the real-estate business, and was largely engaged in that pursuit until his death, which occurred March 22, 1876, and while in the real-estate business he did a great deal of writing in the clerk's office. He was one of the active and public spirited citizens of his county and was always interested in any enterprise for the advancement of the same. He was a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity.

He established the Ringgold Record and was its editor for one year.

The family residence in Mount Ayr was burned in December, 1880, and in March, 1881, the family removed to their farm on section 17, Poe Township, which contains 200 acres of choice land, where they have since made their home.

NOTE: Ithamer "Ith" Spink BEAL died at the age of forty-seven on March 22, 1876. Charlotte W. (SWAN) BEALL died at the age of 86 on June 20, 1918. Ith and Charlotte were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Ith and Charlotte (SWAN) BEALL were the parents of four children:

1) Eunice BEALL
    born 23 Apr 1862, Mount Ayr IA; died 06 Jan 1945, Mount Ayr IA
    married 24 Nov 1903 William Wallace MOFFITT (1860-1943)
2) Randolph Sry BEALL
    born 14 Feb 1864, Mount Ayr IA; died 02 Jun 1946, inter: Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr IA
3) Walter Hamlin BEALL
    born 20 Oct 1871, Mount Ayr IA; died 03 May 1944, inter: Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr IA
4) Delia BEALL
   died at age 4 years, 5 months and 27 days on 16 Jan 1864, inter: Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr IA


    Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 290, 1887.

    BALDWIN, Charles Candess. BALDWIN Genealogy Vo. 11. p. 235. Cleveland. 1881.

    Educational History of Ringgold County

    WPA Graves Survey

    Transcriptions 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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