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Beaman, George William


Age: 0, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): USN
Service: Assistant Paymaster USN,

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Birth: 05/07/1837, Rutland, VT
Death: 05/03/1917

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 58890736


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None


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George W. Beaman

George William Beaman was born in Rutland, Vt., on May 7, 1837, the son of George Hudson and Eleanor Kettelle (Gookin) Beaman. He received his early education at Rutland High School and the Troy (NY) Conference Academy.

He enlisted as a private in the 3rd Regiment, Missouri U.S. Reserve Corps, in May 1861, a three months' regiment, and took part in the capture of Camp Jackson, in St. Louis, Mo. From August 1861 to March 1862, he was a correspondent for the Missouri Democrat, and reported on Fremont's southwest Missouri campaign, and later U. S. Grant's battles at Forts Henry and Donelson.

Beaman was appointed from Missouri as Acting Assistant Paymaster, U.S. Navy, on March 5, 1862. In August, he was ordered to the steam gunboat Seneca, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She took part in two attacks on Fort McAllister, Ga., on the Ogeechee River, the capture of the Confederate cruiser Nashville, and in blockading duty off Charleston. In May 1863, he was detached from Seneca and ordered to the screw steamer Union, East Gulf Blockading Squadron. Union acted as a dispatch and supply vessel, but compiled an impressive list of captures, mostly in Florida and Georgia.

Beaman detached from Union in August 1864, and ordered to Mound City, Ill., in December for duty as Assistant Purchasing Paymaster. From February to August 1865, he was assigned to the Mississippi Flotilla.

After the war, Beaman served on the steamer Algonquin from December 1865 to March 1866; he was promoted to Paymaster on March 28. He detached Algonquin and was ordered to the practice ship Marion, Naval Academy, serving on her from May 1866 to September 1868.

Beaman served on the storeship Cyane, North and South Pacific Stations, from January to July 1869, and the steam sloop Ossipee, North and South Pacific Stations, from July 1869 to March 1872. From October 1872 to January 1876, he was at Norfolk Navy Yard, then served on the frigate Franklin, in Norfolk, from December 1876 to February 1877.

He was ordered to the steamer Monongahela, Asiatic Station, in May 1877, serving until November 1879, then transferred to the Philadelphia Naval Asylum, where he remained until September 1883. He transferred to the steamer Shenandoah, Pacific Station, in April 1885, remaining there until October 1886.

Beaman was General Storekeeper at Boston Navy Yard from January 1887 to June 1889, then joined the cruiser Baltimore during sea trials and while she served as flagship, North Atlantic Squadron, from December 1889 to July 1890.

He was General Storekeeper at Mare Island Navy Yard from September 1890 to December 1892; he was promoted to Pay Inspector on September 12, 1891.

He was Paymaster on the flagship New York, North Atlantic Station, from August 1893 to December 1894, when he was appointed Fleet Paymaster, and continued on New York in this position until March 1896.

In May 1896, he was appointed Paymaster at Boston Navy Yard, which would be his last assignment. He was promoted to Pay Director on April 9, 1899, and placed on the Retired List with the rank of Rear Admiral, on May 7, 1899.

Beaman was married May 2, 1866, at St. Paul's Church, Louisville, Ky., , to Betty (Rebecca) Swift Goldsmith. In 1910, Beaman and his wife resided at 58 Lake View Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. The census indicated they had been married 44 years and had four children, three of whom were still living. Rear Admiral Beaman died May 3, 1917, in Cambridge, Mass.

Admiral Beaman's papers, while he was Assistant Paymaster on the screw steamer Union, are in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library.

Sources: Peck, 690; Benedict, 2:797; Register of Officers; Callahan; Caroon, 167; Cogar 1:10-11; Kent 1915, 95; ORN, 27:338; According to the 1870 U.S. Census, Beaman, his wife Betty S., and children William, 3, and Frances, 2, were enumerated in Napa City, California. The children are listed as born in Maryland.; according to the 1880 U.S. Census, Beaman, his wife Rebecca S. and children William M., 13, Frances M., 11, and Middleton G., 2, were boarding at a hotel on Center Street, Rutland, Vermont;, New York. Marriage Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1880 (Gertrude A. Barber Collection), "Brooklyn Eagle"; Who's Who in America, 8th Edition, pp. 153; Who's Who in America, 9th Edition, p. 159; 1910 U.S. Census, Cambridge, Mass., E. D. 781, page 9B, lines 70-71.

Rutland Daily Herald, May 4, 1917:

Word was received by Rutland friends of the death at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home in Cambridge, Mass., of George W. Beaman, a retired paymaster in the United States navy, member of a family prominent in the life of Rutland long before it became a city and one closely associated for many years with a number of the older residents here. At the time of Mr. Beaman's death his title was pay inspector, the highest rank in that department of the government service. He was about 80 years old.

His wife, Rebecca Goldsmith Beaman, oldest daughter of the late Dr. Middletown Goldsmith of this city, a surgeon distinguished throughout Vermont, survives him, as does a daughter, Mrs. Walter Burke of Cambridge, and two sons, William Beaman of Washington D.C., and Middletown Beaman of New York city. Mr. Beaman also leaves a sister, Mrs. Thomas J. Sutherland of Chicago, and a brother, Jenks Beaman of Orange, N.J.

Mr. Beaman had lived in Cambridge since the time of his retirement, about 17 years ago. Previous to that time, while he was at sea, his wife and family resided in this city at intervals.

Mr. Beaman's father, George W. Beaman, lived in Center Rutland many years ago and the falls there were known at one time as Beaman Falls. He built and lived in what is now an old wooden house near Evergreen cemetery on the road to West Rutland. Mr. Beaman also had relatives in Poultney.

The funeral services and burial will be in Cambridge. (webmaster's note: Admiral Beaman was cremated in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, but his ashes returned to Rutland; interment in Evergreen Cemetery).

Contributed by Jennifer Snoots

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