Aaron A. Beekman was also my great grandfather.His and Cora's son Harry Golden Beekman was my mother's father.
Aaron's brother George Beekman taught school and did bookkeeping, and when retired lived for a time with Aaron's son Harry and his family (as Aaron himself did later on). The story in the family was that George's eyesight, and his general health, were poor so that he did not seem well-suited to farming, so Aaron kept the farm and George was sent to school to learn bookkeeping.
Aaron's first wife, Cora Evans, was the daughter of a Methodist Minister (Reverend Charles G. Evans) who served as a schoolteacher, Justice of the Peace, and Mayor of Waverly.Rev. Charles Evans had an obituary in the Pike County Republican in January 1874 which was reprinted in the Waverly Watchman in 1957.I can send you a copy of the 1957 column if you e-mail me with your mailing address.
My grandfather Harry's memories of his mother Cora included her raising turkeys and selling them so that he could have organ lessons.Harry used to play an old parlor organ, and also a harmonica (which he called a "harp").Cora died, and Aaron remarried a woman known in the family as "Grandma Marthy," so her first name was probably Martha, but I don't know her family name.
"Grandma Marthy" was apparently not the patient, longsuffering woman Cora had been.Aaron's brother George always claimed that Aaron had not been a kind husband to Cora, so that it served him right when he had to live with "Marthy."
When Marthy died, Aaron came to live with Harry's family (the gossip was that he was afraid to stay in Marthy's house, which had been willed to her niece, because the niece was more ill-tempered and impatient than her aunt had been.
I have no idea who she was or whether that was the truth, but Aaron was apparently not easy to live with himself.My grandmother Laura Beekman, Harry's wife, always thought that "Uncle George" (Aaron's brother) was easier to have around than "Grandpa" Aaron Beekman was.