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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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BARNET K. BEAVER, son of Frederic and Margaret (Knipe) Beaver, was born on the Beaver homestead, on the Bethlehem turnpike, now adjoining the limits of the borough of North Wales, June 19, 1859. He attended in the intervals of farm work the public schools of North Wales, and later the business college conducted for many years by the late Professor Samuel U. Brunner, which was the resort of many of the studious young men and women of that community in his school-going days. He attended that institution until he was about nineteen years of age, when he discontinued school studies and assisted his father on the farm until 1884, when he succeeded to its management.

Mr. Beaver married, April 5, 1884, Angeline, daughter of Jacob and Fietta (Grove) Vanfossen, residents for many years of Centre Point, in Worcester township. Mrs. Beaver was born May 7, 1860, and died April 3, 1903. Their children: Harvey, born May 21, 1885; Samuel Arthur, born August 31, 1888; Irma Luella, born November 2, 1896; Raymond, born February 17, 1899. All reside with their father, Samuel attending the North Wales high school, and Luella also attending school.

The Beavers have always taken an active part in local affairs, and have contributed much to the development and prosperity of the community in which they live. Barnet Beaver is a Democrat in politics. He is a director in the North Wales Building and Loan Association, a position which he has held for many years. In religious faith the Beavers adhere to the Reformed church, being members of St. Luke’s, at North Wales, He has been one of its trustees for many years, since 1892.

Frederic Beaver (father) is the son of Henry and Barbara (Wanner) Beaver. He was born on the farm which has of late years been known as the William Ray Farm, being separated from the property now held by Barnet K. Beaver by the North Pennsylvania Railroad. Mr. Beaver was born July 15, 1816. In 1829, when he was about thirteen years of age, his father bought the present Beaver property and removed with his family to it, where Frederic was reared. He took an active interest in neighborhood affairs, and was an honored member of the community in which he lived. He married Margaret Knipe, of an old and respected Gwynedd family. Their children: Samuel Henry, born February 17, 1841, married, March 9, 1878, Phebe Ann, daughter of George Hallman and Catharine Ann (Phander) Dannehower, of Springhouse, who were farmers and well-known residents of that section of the county, the children of Samuel H. and Phebe Ann Beaver were Kate, Walter and Norman, all residing with their parents at North Wales; Mary Ann, born December 7, 1844, married Washington Irving, son of Adam and Mary Fleck, of Lower Gwynedd township; Emma Louise, born November 15, 1850, married March 18, 1874, Charles Henry, son of Charles and Elizabeth (Wilson) Dannehower, of Springhouse, in Lower Gwynedd. Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Dannehower reside at Centre Square, where they are farmers, their children being: Walter Charles, born October 28, 1876, married Emily, daughter of Thomas Banks, of Norristown; Irvin Frederic, born September 12, 1879, died May 22, 1899; Samuel Henry, born October 22, 1882, died August 26, 1884; Catharine Ann Beaver, born September 3, 1853, married William Henry Dannehower, of Lower Gwynedd, they residing at Colmar, and having two children; Barnet K., subject of this sketch.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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