Monday, July 21, 2014

Anson Beers

It is interesting when someone in your family tree shows up in two places.  Anson Beers is one of those people; he is my 4th great-grandfather -- twice.  I am descended through his son, Edwin, born to Anson's first wife and I am descended from his daughter, Abigail, born to Anson's second wife.

Anson Beers was born June 2, 1800 in Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He was the son of Joseph Beers and Betty Morehouse.  Anson was a farmer who lived in Weston his entire life.  He first married Mary Ann Weeks before 1825 based on the age of his oldest child, Edwin, my 3rd great-grandfather.  Mary Ann died February 1, 1835 probably in childbirth.  Anson was left with six children under the age of ten.  He re-married shortly after in 1836 based on the age of his oldest child with second wife, Rachel Squire.  Rachel and Anson went on to have three more children, including Abigail born in 1840.  Anson died April 4, 1850 in Weston and is buried in Coley Cemetery as are Mary Ann and Rachel.

When the US census was taken in October of 1850 Rachel was living in Weston with her four children and her stepson Frederick.  Anson's two oldest children from his first marriage were married themselves by then.  His younger daughters, Jennette and Theresa were living in Brooklyn, New York.  Margaret, his youngest daughter with Mary Ann, died in infancy.

By 1860 Rachel was living with her daughter, Abigail, and son-in-law William Williams.  By 1870 Rachel was living with her son, William, and his family in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Rachel died August 1, 1872 at the age of 60.

Children of Anson Beers and Mary Ann Weeks:

i.    Edwin Beers, b. May 23, 1825, Weston, CT, d. September 25, 1891, Weston, m. June 13, 1848 in Weston Abigail Mead
ii.    Mary P. Beers, b. 1827, Weston, CT, d. May 23, 1909, Weston, m. March 12, 1849 in Weston Orrin Lockwood
iii.   Jennette Beers, b. 1829, Weston, CT, m. John Brown
iv.   Theresa Beers, b. September 1832, Weston, CT, d. April 7, 1919, Norwalk, CT, m. April 28, 1852 William J. Waldron
v.    Frederick Beers, b. Mar 26, 1834, Weston, CT, d. April 17, 1913,  Wessington Springs, South Dakota, m. March 16, 1856 in Weston Sarah Josephine Brotherton
vi.   Margaret Beers, b. February 1, 1835, Weston, CT, d. in infancy

Children of Anson Beers and Rachel Squire:

i.    James Merwin Beers, b. April 12, 1837, Weston, CT, d. May 2, 1915, Norwalk, CT, m. September 4, 1859 in Redding, CT Mary Jane Squire
ii.   Abigail Jane Beers, b. June 27, 1840, Weston, CT, d. August 10, 1921, Weston, CT, m. December 31, 1856 in Weston William Williams
iii.  William Platt Beers, b. November 11, 1843, Weston, CT, d. July 5, 1911, Norwalk, CT, m. February 5, 1867 in Weston Cornelia A. Brown
iv.  Samuel B. Beers, b. August 4, 1846, Weston, CT, d. September 23, 1855, Weston, CT

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