This is an update to the post I wrote on the Beach family on September 1, 2013. When I figure out how to link that post to this one, I will do it here.
In the first Beach post, I mentioned Jesse Beach and Arena Mendenhall, and Jesse’s parents, Timothy Beach, Jr. and Sarah Sprague. From the little information I had, apparently Jesse, Sarah, and Arena all died in Macon County, Illinois: Jesse died in 1854, and Sarah and Arena both died in 1860. Sarah’s parents, Abraham and Celstia Sprague, died in Macon County in 1847. Timothy survived his son, daughter-in-law, and wife, and reportedly died in Scotland County, Missouri.
This past summer I traveled to both Macon County and Scotland County, and while it is always interesting to see the area my ancestors lived in (particularly when it is many miles from my own home) I was greatly disappointed in the lack of information I found.
For one thing, despite five ancestors dying in the same county (something that didn’t happen often with my constantly on-the-move relatives), none evidently have grave markers. Not only was I unable to locate anything online, in person at the Macon County Library (genealogy section) I painstakingly went through every cemetery listing (and there were many) but was unable to find a single one. Of course, they may all be buried together, but not finding any is tough luck. I was particularly disappointed to not locate Abraham Sprague’s, as he is a known patriot from the Revolutionary War, and so I had hoped somebody else had located him before now. I even went to the old cemetery, which does have people from that era buried therein, and spoke to the very knowledgeable cemetery director, who very willingly searched through all he had, but discovered nothing on my ancestor.
In fact, the library yielded nothing on the five of these folks, with the exception that I found an Index to Probate Records listing Jesse Beach as having a probated estate. But as it was only an index, the transcript of the probate was not available, and the staff in the genealogy section had no suggestions as to where I might find this information.
I did not have much more luck with Timothy. I did find him listed in the 1860 census as living in Scotland County, but here again, no transcribed books of tombstones had him listed, so I have no idea if his final resting place. The library in Scotland County was just a little thing, with very few records. I have no idea if anyplace in Missouri has more records that would be more forthcoming.
My next plan is to seek out a Mason County connection who may shed some light on where I could possibly look next for evidence on any of these people.