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Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Rev. Richard A. Beauchamp, farmer and minister, was born in Spencer County, Ky., October 24, 1832, the fourth of nine children of Preston and Elizabeth S. (Pittenger) Beauchamp, and of English ancestry. The father was born in Scott County, Ky., but removed to Spencer County, Ky., when a young man, where he married and reared his children. He died May 26, 1853. His wife was born in Culpepper County, Va., October 8, 1800, and was taken by her parents to Kentucky when a small child. They crossed the Ohio River when only a few log cabins marked the site of the present flourishing city of Louisville, and the immense forest which surrounded the locality at that time left a vivid impression on her mind. She died in Spencer County April 29, 1847. Our subject was educated in the common schools and the Mount Washington Academy, and afterward took a short course at Georgetown College. He began his ministerial labors before attaining his nineteenth year, and was ordained by the Missionary Baptist Church in December, 1852, and has continued his labors up to the present time. He has been very successful in building up and strengthening weak churches, and is an eloquent speaker and popular minister. He was married December 28, 1852, to Mattie Rogers, daughter of Rev. George L. Rogers. To them were born five children: Ella (deceased), George P. (deceased), Mollie S. (Cross, deceased), Anna B. and William J. Mrs. Beauchamp was born in Kentucky, April 7, 1832. Her father, who was born in Virginia, April 30, 1793, is still living in Kentucky, and is in remarkably good health for being so aged. The mother was an own cousin of Daniel Boone. She died in August, 1841. Mr. Beauchamp is a Democrat and belongs to the K. of H. and Masonic fraternity. He owns 185 acres of good land and has a pleasant and desirable home.

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This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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