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Reading: 1886: History of Jackson County, Indiana. Brant and Fuller.

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VINCENT L. BEEM was born September 14, 1827, in Carr
Township, Jackson Co., Ind., about one mile from Medora, where
he now lives. He is the sixth of a family of ten children born to
Michael and Mary (Lockman) Beem, who were among the early
pioneers of Jackson County, having come to Indiana Territory,
then a wilderness, in 1811 and 1813, respectively. Michael Beem
was one of the leaders of the new settlers in their defense against
the depredations of the vicious red man. They fought the
Indians, hunted the game and cleared away the dense forest for
our present farmers. Vincent L. was born and raised on a farm,
and when he began life for himself he adopted farming as his
occupation, which he had followed until 1875 or 1876, when he
moved to Medora. He there enlgaged in the hardware and hotel
business, which he still follows successfully. He has been justice
of the peace four years since he lived in Medora, which office he
filled with satisfaction. He is owner and proprietor of the "Beem
House," the leading house in the place. In 1852 he was married
to Tabitha A. Muden, of Salem, Washington Co., Ind., and is now
in his fifty-seventh year. To them have been born six children:
Mary F., Surrin D., Maud 0., Willard B., Vivian and one dying
in infancy. Mr. Beem has always been enterprising anq inter-
ested in the society in which he has lived. He has been a mem-
ber of the Christian Church sixteen years. He is also a Demo-
crat in politics.

GEORGE W. BEEM was born in Brownstown Township,
December 17, 1816, and is the eldest child of Michael and Polly
(Lockman) Beem, who came to Jackson County in 1811 and
1813, respectively. They came from Kentucky, and cast their lot
in the then new county, where George W. has lived all his life,
and is now among the leading men, socially and otherwise, in
Jackson County. He has devoted his time to farming and stock
raising, and now owns 198 acres of land in the White River bot-
toms, in Carr Township, most of which is under improvement.
He was married, November 8, 1838, to Polly Goss, daughter of
Joseph Goss, of Owen Township, one of the early settlers in that
township. They have had born to them nine children: Michael (de-
ceased), Joseph, Caroline (deceased), Dorkes, Sarah, (deceased),
Jonas, William, Ida and Dilla. Mr. Beem is a Democrat in

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