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Beauchamp, Elizabeth Prettyman
Dunavan, Anderson
Hodge/Hodges, Henry G.
Hodge, William
McAfee, Charles
Mobley, Hezekiah Madison

Anderson Dunavan

From Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion County, Illinois
pages 567-568, published in 1889

(Click tree to see Anderson & Elizabeth Dunavan family group.  )

    The labors of this honest, upright and well-to-do citizen have resulted in the possession of a well-regulated farm of 170 acres, on sections 1 and 6, in Georgetown Township. The greater part of this the proprietor cleared from the forest, and labored early and late for many years in order to bring it to its present condition. By the exercise of great industry, frugality and good management, he has accumulated sufficient means to protect him against want in his declining years, while his career as a citizen has been such as to establish him in the esteem and confidence of his neighbors.

    The native place of our subject was in Mason County, now West Virginia, eight miles above Point Pleasant, on the Kanawha River. His parents were John and Frances (Hughes) Dunavan, the former a native of Culpeper County, Va., and the latter of the same place. The mother's people were of English stock, and early residents of Pennsylvania. Her grandfather served in the Revolutionary War, and was shot through the breast. He recovered, however, and lived to be nearly one hundred years old. He was provided for during his old age by a pension from the Government. He traced his ancestry to Ireland, where his forefathers were mostly linen weavers by trade.

    The father of our subject, with the exception of the time spent as a soldier in the War of 1812, occupied himself in agricultural pursuits. He and his wife spent their last years in Indiana. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom grew to mature years--three sons and four daughters. Anderson, our subject, was the eldest, and was born March 22, 1820. He lived in the Old Dominion until a lad of thirteen years, then emigrated with his parents to Indiana, they settling near the State line in Vermillion County, Ind. He remembers the time when there but five houses between Eugene, Ind., and Danville, Ill. As soon as old enough, he was required to make himself useful about the new farm, following the breaking plow, learning to cut wheat with the cradle, and laboring in the primitive style, both in sowing and reaping the harvest. Upon reaching man's estate he was married, May 29, 1844, to Miss Elizabeth Beauchamp.

    Mrs. Dunavan was born in Ohio, and removed with her parents to Perryville, Ind., in 1830. The newly wedded pair settled on a farm in Vermillion County, Ind., and Mr. Dunavan in due time purchased 166 acres of land. Later he sold this, and crossed the State line into Illinois, purchasing, in 1855, the farm which he now owns and occupies. Much of this was covered with timber, and he has cleared all but fifteen acres.

    The eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dunavan are recorded as follows:  James H, died when a promising youth of eighteen years;  John A. married Miss Rebecca Mossberger, is the father of four children, and resides in Douglas County;  Mary J. married Samuel Hines, and died leaving three children;  Harriet J. died at the age of two years;  Charles W., who remains at the homestead, married Miss Anna J. Howard, and is the father of one child;  David A., also at home, married Miss Mary Williams, and has three children;  Anderson J. married Miss Caroline Cravens, and is the father of three children;  Edward H. married Miss Holder, and lives at the homestead; Edmund H. died when three months old;  Lottie married Frank Breesley, and is the mother of two children, they live in this township;  Tilder E. is the wife of Tillman Wilcox.

    James H. Dunavan during the Civil War enlisted in an Indiana Regiment, and died of the measles at home. Mrs. Dunavan is a member in good standing of the Christian Church, and a lady greatly respected in her community. Mr. Dunavan votes the straight Democratic ticket, and has served as School Director in this district several years. He may properly be classed as a representative citizen of Georgetown Township--one who has assisted materially in maintaining its reputation as a community of law-abiding and intelligent people.

Elizabeth Prettyman Beauchamp 
from Pike County Republican, Piketon, Ohio
May 18, 1871
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Died, in California, Pike County, Ohio, on Friday morning, May 12, 1871, Mrs. Elizabeth Beauchamp, aged 90 years, 3 months and 21 days. Mrs. Beauchamp's maiden name was Prettyman. She was born in Sussex county, near Lewiston, in the State of Delaware, on Saturday, at 7 o'clock A.M., the 27th of January 1781. She married John Beauchamp, September 20, 1797, and was, consequently, in her sixteenth year. John Beauchamp, her husband, was born in England, December 3, 1776. His parents emigrated to the county Kent, State of Delaware, and put their son John to a seven years apprenticeship when very young, to one John Collins, a tailor. After he served his time, John Beauchamp carried on the business of tailoring in Delaware, till the spring of 1808, when he and his wife left for Ohio. They came out in the cart, to which horses were attached and as there was a whole team and a spare horse, John Beauchamp's brother David rode it. David was about 20 years of age, and as he was coming to Ohio with his brother, he married on the morning they left, Hannah Williams.

    As Mrs. Beauchamp's father was a slave-holder, she was brought up in accordance with the usual customs which prevailed in slave abiding communities. She was taught to do her own sewing, but little else that was really useful to one who was to become a pioneer in a free state.

    On the occasion of her marriage she was well set up for general housekeeping and consequently, had many more things to bring than their means of conveyance would justify. As the roads were very bad, indeed not worthy to be called roads, they were compelled to throw away from time to time, articles not very bulky in themselves, but too heavy to be brought over the mountains. One morning they got up and came on, leaving a carpet which they had used for a camp, and it was not missed till they had traveled some miles. One would suppose that David would have been sent back on the spare horse for so useful and article; but John said no - no turning back. The two families came as far as Wheeling, Va., where they remained some time; just how long we were unable to ascertain, but their daughter, Sarah Shepherd, was born there on the 7th of September 1808. They soon afterward came on, and made a stopping place at Pickaway Plains, with Risdon Beauchamp, John and David's oldest brother, who had preceded them. David was a carpenter,. They plied their respective trades at Wheeling. At Pickaway Plains, John followed his trade, while his son David, a good sized boy 9 or 10 years of age, raised a crop in 1809, to support the family. David, the brother, also raised a crop.

    After residing at Pickaway Plains about two years, they all removed to near Portsmouth, on Big Scioto River, where John purchased eighty acres of land, which he afterwards sold to Mr. Spalding. He lived there some six years, and from thence removed to Pike county, in March 1816, on a farm near McGinnes's woolen factory, which he cleared with his own hands. John Beauchamp died October 8, 1821. There was not a neighbor within three miles of his family. Samuel McDowell on the east and Judah Mead on the south, were their nearest neighbors, while Robert Bennett resided six miles away. Mrs. Beauchamp resided there till about 1850, since which time she has lived with her children but made her home more particularly with her daughter Eliza, wife of Rev. William Samson with whom she was living when she died.

    David, John's brother, died in Portsmouth in 1813, leaving two sons - John and Marcy. John's father's name was John and he was a man of means, as is indicated from the fact that he purchased 2,000 acres of land in Virginia he intended to divide amoung his five sons - Risdon, John, David, Isaac and Marcy. John did not like his heritage, but preferred to come to Ohio.

    About 30 years ago Risdon came to Elizabeth Beauchamp's and obtained the five patents of 2,000 acres, which, it is said, the town of Parkersburg, West Virginia, is now on. Risdon sold his share, and wrote to Mrs. Beauchamp, that the other patents were left in Parkersburg.

    Here our minutes, from which we have written out the above fail us, having been abstracted from their resting place. But we can add, that the subject of our notice was left a large family of children, some of whom were of tender years, while others had grown up to manhood or womanhood and were doing for themselves. Her descendants are numerous and respectable, numbering, if we rightly remember about 260 scattered over a wide extend of their native country. Mrs. Beauchamp had been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church upwards of seventy years, and her funeral was attended by Rev. J. Q. Laken, minister in charge of Beaver Circuit, who preached a sermon on the occasion to a numerous congregation, many of whom were her blood relations. We believe the world was the better for her having lived in it, and that she has crossed the river and has entered upon a new sphere of life which will continue to all eternity, for blessed are the dead who died in the Lord.


Hezekiah Madison Mobley
From newspaper article, unknown date or source
(Click tree to see Hezekiah and Sarah Mobley family group.  )

In Forty-First Georgia Regiment

    Living in his own little home at McDade, Tex., Uncle Mack Mobley is passing in peace and quietude the closing years of an honorable and useful life, loved and trusted by all who know him. 
    Uncle Mack is now in his 87th year,having been born Nov. 26, 1832, in Coweta County, Georgia, where he grew to the years of manhood.

    In 1854 he became a member of the old Macedonia Baptist Church, near his home.  Here, later in the same year, he was married and lived till the coming of the great civil war, when he, in August, 1862, enlisted in the confederate army, Forty-First Georgia Regiment, Colonel Charley McDaniel.

    This regiment was assigned to the Tennessee Army and Uncle Mack saw service at Perryville, Ky., and then at Vicksburg, Miss., where, with Pemberton's whole army, he became a prisoner of war.  After his parole he returned to his home.  Having remained with his family some four months, he again joined the army, or rather his regiment, in time to take part in the great battles of Missionary Ridge and Chattanooga.

     Soon afterward he was, by his own request, transferred to the Army of Virginia and came under the great Lee, and was with him on through all the conflicts that marked the closing of the war.

     At Petersburg his regiment was ordered to charge and clear the enemy from some forts directly in their front.  One of these forts was taken and some seventy or more, including Uncle Mack, were assigned to occupy and man it. But the enemy in neighboring forts had the range of this one, and for an hour and more these brave fellows were exposed to a perfect rain of shells. Working their own guns to the best advantage possible, they fought the enemy, awaiting the order to fall back, and Uncle Mack says they did more than that--they prayed to God.

     When the order at last came it was few of them that were left to profit by it.  Later under a flag of truce Uncle Mack saw 200 of his brave regiment carried back across the line for burial, while many others had been wounded.

     Uncle Mack was at Appomattox when the close came, saw Grant as he rode out to arrange the terms of surrender, rejoiced with the others that the end had come, and with a heart full of hope and of gladness started on the long, weary tramp to his Georgia home.

     In 1882 Uncle Mack came with his family to Texas, joining here his brother, Joe Mobley, who had come on some years earlier.  Settling in Bastrop County, the family have made their home here ever since.

     Even during the trying experiences of his war days, Uncle Mack maintained the integrity of his religion, and among his neighbors and friends since his coming to Texas he has so lived that all the people believe in him and in the religion with which he has been sustained as he has come down through the trying scenes of life and the battles he has met along the way.

     Cheerful and happy, he awaits the call to the reward of those who were Faithful. J.H. Gillaspy, McDade, Tx

Charles McAfee

From History of Sonoma County California, 1911
Pages 690-691

            Fine and deserving traits of character have contributed to the success of Charles McAfee, who came to California in 1867 and has been a resident of Sonoma County since 1885.  He came here with limited means, but by well directed energy has accumulated a competence of which anyone might well be proud.  Not only has a productive property been brought to its highest state of development, a refined and hospitable home established, but a family of nine children has been reared primarily to industry and moral worth and to that superior intellectual growth which insures its members an honored place in whatever community they elect to reside.

            Mr. McAfee has no personal knowledge of his birthplace, Logan county, Ill., where he was born in 1845, for when he was only one year old his parents removed to Iowa, and it is with the latter state that his earliest experiences are associated.  During the thirteen years that the family remained there he attended school and became initiated into the work incident to farm life, the father owning and maintaining a farm in the various localities in which he lived.  In 1859 another removal brought them to Livingston county, Mo., and it was while working in the fields there that Charles McAfee determined to offer is services on the altar of his country.  He was mustered in at Laclede, Mo., September 27, 1861, and served respectively under Col. John Morgan and Col. Madison Miller, in the Eighteenth Missouri Infantry, the latter being superseded by Colonel Sheldon after the battle of Shiloh.  Mr. McAfee was fortunate in escaping injury of any kind during the first year of his service, but during the battle of Pittsburg Landing he suffered what was perhaps even harder to bear, being taken a prisoner and incarcerated in a loathsome prison for three months and twenty days.  He was then discharged from the service, in St. Louis, his term of enlistment having expired, but in March, 1863, he again offered his services and was accepted in the cavalry service.  He served throughout the remainder of the war, and was mustered out July 27, 1865, at New Orleans.

            For a couple of years following his return from the war Mr. McAfee resumed farming in Missouri, and then, in 1867, came to California.  From San Francisco, where he first located, he went to Woodland, Yolo county, and was identified with that section of the state for the following nine years.  Coming to Sonoma county at the end of that time, he continued ranching in this county, and finally, in 1885, purchased the beautiful ranch of fourteen acres which has since been his home.  The price paid for the property is only a fraction of its present worth, $4000, and even at this price Mr. McAfee could not be induced to part with it.  His specialty is the raising of chickens, besides which he has a thriving orchard of apples and other fruits, and also raises hay and grain.

            Mr. McAfee was married in 1876 to Miss Rosa Emma Ogden, a native daughter of the state, her birth occurring in Sacramento county in 1858.  The eldest of the nine children born of this marriage is James A., who is a practicing dentist in Sacramento; Albert Lincoln is in business in Portland, Ore.; Sadie M. is the wife of Ernest Waymeyer, and resides in Sacramento, Cal.; Georgia is the wife of Archibald Gale and the mother of two children; Loren is in Sacramento, as is also the next son, Vern; Ruth is at home with her parents; Leslie is employed in Sacramento; and Earl is a pupil in the local schools.  Politically Mr. McAfee is a Republican, and by virtue of his service in the Civil war, is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.  On the paternal side he is a descendant of southern ancestors, his father being a native of Kentucky, while his mother was a native of Indiana.