After nine years of researching the rich family history of Joel Marvin Moore and Eudora Adeline Beauchamp, I’m still amazed how many times I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a major genealogical discovery while searching for something entirely different.
The major discovery I’m referring to is the final resting place of William Washington Beauchamp. William isn’t just one of the many relatives on our family tree – he’s an ancestor. To be more specific, William Washington Beauchamp (1824-1908) was the father of Thomas Marion Beauchamp (1867-1946) and the Grandfather of Eudora Adeline Beauchamp (1891-1985).
A Brief History
William Washington Beauchamp was born on March 8, 1824 in Georgia. His parents were immigrants. His father from France and his mother from Scotland. He married Sarah E. Davis in 1848 and they began their life together in and around Meriwether, Georgia. To date, little is known about William, but we do know that he was a Freemason and a farmer.
After the death of his first wife, he married Sarah Jane Flemming. It was from this marriage that Thomas Marion Beauchamp was born on January 13, 1867 in Newnan, Georgia. Thomas Marion Beauchamp married Julia Catherine Witcher in Haralson, Georgia on July 25, 1888. Tom and Kate had a total of 9 children, their second child was Eudora Adeline Beauchamp born on August 7, 1891 in Newnan, Georgia.
Final Resting Place
William Washington Beauchamp died at the age 84 on March 12, 1908 and was buried in Trion Cemetery in Chattooga County, Georgia. It was near this cemetery that the “Battle of Trion Factory” was waged during the American Civil War on September 15, 1863. The Old Trion Cemetery contains 55 Union soldiers and 7 Confederate soldiers in unmarked graves. His wife Sarah passed away just a few years later on May 10, 1912.
William and Sarah were buried next to one another. Sarah’s epitaph reads “A tender mother and a faithful friend”. William’s tombstone bares the Freemason emblem with an epitaph that reads “Kind father of love, thou art gone to thy rest, forever to bask mid the rays of the blest.”
“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3JQ-63V : accessed 13 Apr 2014), William Beauchamp, Militia Districts 813, 1251, Seventh, Bremen Bremen town, Haralson, Georgia, United States; citing sheet 7B, family 143, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240203.
Beauchamp, Frank. Personal interview. Lubbock, Texas. 6 Aug 1994. Courtesy: Bob D. Moore Family Collection.
“Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXVS-JQX : accessed 13 Apr 2014), William W. Beauchamp and Sarah E. Davis, 03 Sep 1848; citing Meriwether, Georgia, United States; FHL microfilm 327664.
“Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXVM-V4S : accessed 13 Apr 2014), William W. Beachamp and Sarah J. Flemming, 21 Jun 1863; citing Pike, Georgia, United States; FHL microfilm 325801.
Ancestry.com. Year: 1880; Census Place: District 1240, Carroll, Georgia; Roll: 137; Family History Film: 1254137; Page: 6C; Enumeration District: 026; Image: 0370. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C
“Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FW7Z-852 : accessed 13 Apr 2014), T. M. Beauchamp and J. C. Witcher, 25 Jul 1888; citing Haralson, Georgia; FHL microfilm 158415.
“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3JQ-7NV : accessed 13 Apr 2014), Udora A Beauchamp in household of Thomas Beauchamp, Militia Districts 813, 1251, Seventh, Bremen Bremen town, Haralson, Georgia, United States; citing sheet 7B, family 141, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240203.
Ancestry.com. Web: Georgia, Find A Grave Index, 1728-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi: accessed 18 January 2013.
“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VP8C-33B : accessed 13 Apr 2014), Addie Adeline Moore, 22 Dec 1985; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.