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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ALONZO P. BEEMAN, a representative farmer of Newburg Township, Cass County, Mich., is a native of the Quaker State and was born in Crawford County, Pa., in 1841. When but a little child our subject removed with his parents to Erie County, where he remained until March, 1856, at which time he came to his present locality, and has since been a permanent resident of Cass County, Mich. Mr. Beeman was one of a large family of sons and daughters born unto Myrum and Lucina (Libhart) Beeman, who were both natives of New York. The paternal great-grandfather of our subject, Gideon Beeman, emigrated to America from England before the Revolution and bravely served throughout the entre conflict. His son, named for his father, Gideon Beeman, was the grandfather of Alonzo P. Beeman. Grandfather Beeman, together with his father and brothers, took an active part in the War of 1812, and as citizens were useful men, law-abiding and courageous. In 1861 our subject was united in marriage with Miss Nancy Bogert, daughter of Thomas Bogert, a pioneer settler of Cass County. Answering to the call of the Government, Mr. Beeman the same year enlisted, but was soon after taken very ill and was not able to join his regiment.

In 1863, having recovered his health, he again enlisted, this time entering the service in Company G, Nineteenth Michigan Infantry, and remained in active military service until the close of the war. Our subject participated in the battle of Resaca, Ga., and, severely wounded, was unable to rejoin his regiment until the fight of Bentonville. In August, 1865, the Civil War having ended, he returned to his home and again entered into the pursuit of agriculture. Mr. Beeman now owns one hundred and sixty acres of finely improved land, and through his own efforts has achieved a comfortable competence.

Politically, our subject is a stanch Republican and a prominent member of the Grand Army post at Jones. Although not desirous of political promotion he is deeply interested in both local and National affairs. For eight consecutive years he has efficiently performed the duties of Supervisor of Newburg Township and given universal satisfaction to his friends and neighbors. Through his efforts the best interests of the township have been materially advanced and many local improvements completed.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Beeman has been blessed with the presence of the following children: Anna, the eldest of the family, who is the wife of Wyley Russer; Louie, the second child; Stella, Mrs. Sherman Poe; Guy and Ned, who are the two youngest and reside with their parents. Thirty-seven years have passed since our subject made his home in the then Far West, and in the changing seasons he has steadily won his way upward. He is an excellent and public-spirited citizen, a kind friend and neighbor, and possesses the esteem of the entire community with whom he has so long been associated.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan published in 1893. 

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