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My Beach Ancestors


How many people can claim they are their own cousin? Due to my dual Beach ancestry, two of John and Thomas Beach's descendants who married, I can say I am a 12th cousin to myself. My children are 13th cousins to themselves. Here is the lineup, presented side by side:

John Beach, 16??-1677, m. Mary ? Thomas Beach, 16??-1662, m. Sarah Platt
their son: their son:
Thomas Beach, 1659-1741, m. 2nd, Phoebe Wilcoxson John Beach, 1655-1709, m. Mary Royce
their son: their son:
Nathan Beach, 1692-aft. 1737, m. Jemima Curtis 1694/95-1738/39 Deacon John Beach, 1690 - 1773, m. 2nd, Mary Royce
their son: their son:
William Beach, 1716 - 1799, m. Martha Clark(?) Linus Beach, 1721 - aft. 1791, m. Dinah Royce
their son: their son:
Isaac Beach, 1746 - 1775(?), m. Mary ? Michael Beach, 1756 - aft. 1830, m.1- Eunice Hester, m.2- Eliza Castle.
their son: their daughter: (mother uncertain)
Clark Beach, 1775 - 1848, m. Elizabeth ? Eunice Beach, 1786 - aft. 1855, m. Alpheus Madden
their son: their son:
Thomas C. Beach, 1804 - 1885, m. Lodema Z. Ford Nelson Madden, 1804 - 1855, m. Olive Parks
their son: their daughter:
Clark Beach, 1846 - 1923, married 6 March 1867 to >>>>> Mary A. Madden, 1848 - 1939
Clark & Mary's daughter:  
Lodema Olive Beach, 1872 - 1920, m. Walter A. Spencer  
their daughter:  
Evolyn (Evelyn) Spencer, 1901 - 1987, m. Frank R. O'Brien  
their daughter:  
Marjorie J. O'Brien, b. 1923, m. Robert H. Ward  
their son:  
Jim Ward, b. 1952  

New Stuff: 

Obit of Elsie Lodema Spencer Kolonich from the Lansing State Journal, 12 September 2001.  Elsie was the oldest grandchild of Walter A. and Lodema Olive Beach Spencer (see photo below).

William Voss' American Silversmiths site might possibly include names of some of your ancestors, whether they were silversmiths or not.  See my Beaches and Silversmiths site for silversmiths related to William Beach and his nephew Michael.  Whether you have an ancestor listed or not, I'm sure you will be as impressed as I was with the amount of effort he put into his site.

Photos - Clark Beach, Mary Ann Madden Beach, Thomas C. Beach, Ohman Ford, father of Lodema Z. Ford Beach.

See my page about the Beach-Royce-Baldwin-Fenn-Ward connection - a complicated mess!

I'm working on a page covering the ancestors of Jemima Curtis - click here for the initial effort.


Wedding photo of Walter Alonzo Spencer and Lodema Olive Beach .

An 1890 photo of the children of Clark and Mary Madden Beach.  Back row - Orator Beach, b. 1869; Edna Beach (Mace), b. 1876; and Lodema Olive Beach (Spencer), b. 1872. Front row - Eva Lena Beach (Carpenter)(Cass), b. 1879, holding Luke E. Beach, b. 1889; Elsie Beach (Green), b. 1880; and Rueben T. Beach, b. 1884.


More New Stuff:  

We Beach descendants have a common ancestor with a famous person - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. Thanks to Beach cousin Ray Richard, I have learned about the connection to Sir Winston through Nathan Beach. With confirmation from Eugene Beach Jr. who is the expert on the Beach line, and Don Raney's Gedcom file in RootsWeb's WorldConnect, I have the information straight.  Click this for the Beach - Churchill Connection Page.


Sources: Marjorie J. Ward, The Beach Family Journal, and the Oakland County (Mi.) Genealogical Society.

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