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Beauchamp, Edmund R.

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Beauchamp, Edmund R.
March 03, 2007 10:43PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Metcalfe County.

EDMUND R. BEAUCHAMP was born in Edmonton, Metcalfe County, Ky., August
17, 1832, and is the elder of two children born to John W. and Frances
U. (Rogers) Beauchamp, the former a native of Nelson, and the latter of
what is now Metcalfe County, Ky. They were of French and English
descent, and were born in 1804 and 1810 respectively. John W. Beauchamp
received an excellent classical and scientific education in youth. In
early life he studied medicine and attended lectures; first at the
medical department of the Lexington University; later, in 1852, he
graduated with high honors from the Medical College at Nashville, Tenn.
In 1828 he came to Barren County, now Metcalfe, where he continued to
practice his profession with excellent success until his death, April
27, 1879; he was among the first physicians of the county, and his
practice was an unusually extensive one; he was also engaged in
agricultural pursuits in connection with his profession, and in company
with his brother, R. P. Beauchamp, erected the first two waterpower
grist-mills at or near Edmonton. He was twice married; the mother of
Edmund R. was his first wife. He and wife were life-long and devoted
members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which he was a ruling
elder and also Sunday-school superintendent for many years; he was also
a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Frances U. Beauchamp departed
this life September 25, 1849. Her father, Edmund Rogers, was a native
of Virginia, and was one of the early pioneers of Barren County; he was
a Revolutionary veteran, and served through the entire struggle of seven
years. He owned at one time some 15,000 acres of land, on a part of
which the town of Edmonton is now located, and after whom the town was
named. Edward R. Beauchamp received a good English and scientific
education in youth at the common and select schools of his native
county, and afterward attended an academy at Nashville, Tenn., for two
years. He was employed on his father's farm and in his grist-mill until
he attained his majority, after which he bought his father's one-half
interest in one of his grist-mills, ten miles below Edmonton on Knob
Lick Creek, known as the old Craddock Mill Site. After three years, in
1856, he sold his interest in the mill to his uncle, R. P. Beauchamp,
and removed to Edmonton, where, in parttnership with is father, he
erected a large steam flouring and saw-mill, which he operated with good
success until the summer of 1862, when it was burned by an incendiary,
with 1,000 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of corn, and 30,000 feet of
lumber. Within thirty days after the fire, with the assistance of his
neighbors and friends, he had the mill again in operation. Soon
afterward, however, he sold out and embarked in general merchandising at
Edmonton, and has conducted that business since with wonderful success.
He is not only the oldest merchant, but also carries the largest and
best selected stock in the place, and is doing by far the largest
business of any merchant in the town, his sales amounting annually to at
least $15,000. He is also the principal grain and produce dealer of the
town. In the spring of 1865, Bennett's guerilla band gave him a call,
capturing and destroying some $700 worth of goods. He was one of the
contractors who built the present court house of Metcalfe County in
1869-70. In 1866 he was elected county clerk of Metcalfe County, and
held the position for four years. He married, November 13, 1856, Mary
E. Beck, a native of Lebanon, Marion Co., Ky., born August 5, 1833. She
is a daughter of Anthony R. and Nancy P. (Smith) Beck, natives of Union
and Logan Counties, Ky., respectively. Mrs. Beck's father, John Smith,
was a veteran of the war of 1812, and participated in the battle of
Tippecanoe; his father, Presley Smith, was a Revolutionary veteran. Mr.
and Mrs. Beauchamp were blessed with two sons and two daughters: John
A., born October 25, 1857; Mary N., born August 28, 1859, deceased;
Henrietta E., born August 3, 1865, and an infant, not named, deceased.
Both the living children are graduates - the son from Russellville
College, and the daughter from the Old Female Seminary of Louisville,
the latter graduating with the highest honors of her class. Mr. and Mrs.
Beauchamp are and have been from early life devoted church members, he
of the Cumberland, and she of the Old School Presbyterian Church. He is
also an earnest advocate of the temperance cause. In politics he is a
Democrat, and is one of the most energetic and successful business men,
as well as one of the prominent and influential citizens of the county
and district.

Beck Bennett Beauchamp Craddock Rogers Smith
Barren Edmonton-Metcalfe Lebanon-Marion Lexington-Fayette Logan
Louisville-Jefferson Nashville-TN Nelson Russellville-Logan VA Union

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