Does anyone have any additional information on the following family?
1 Benjamin Beckham
Birth: 1798, Virginia
Death: 7 Aug 1863, Compromise, Tennessee Kentucky Border
Children: Alexander Frank (1825-1863)
1.1 Alexander Frank Beckham
Birth: 1825, Virginia
Death: 7 Aug 1863, Compromise, Tennessee Kentucky Border
Check:Tennessee Cousins - Page 762 Alexander F. Beckham - Lake Co, TN
1850 Obion County, TN Federal Census:
Benjamin age 63 born VA
Fanning age 25 born VA
Mary age 23 born KY
Laura age 2 born TN
1860 Obion Co, TN Federal Census:
A. F. Bechem, 35, m, farmer, rv 27,000, pv 20,000, va; Mary, 30, f, ky; Laura, 11, f, tn;Benjamin, 9, m, tn;
Kate J., 7, f, tn; Sallie, 5, f, tn; Ronea C., 4, f, tn; Daniel, 2, m, tn;E. R., 3/12, m., tn; Benj. Beachem, 72, m, farmer, va;
Post Office - Compromise, Obion Co, TN (formerly in KY) opened in 1857, discontinued 25 Feb 1863.
Postmaster Alex Beckham appointed 13 Sep 1857
7 August 1863 - The Charleston Courier
On Monday last, eighteen negro soldiers from Island No. 10, went to the house of Mr.Beckham, at Compromise Landing, on the river, at the dividing line of Kentucky and Tennessee, and murdered old Mr. Beckham, age 70, Mr. Frank Beckham, and four of his children. The two men were shot and thrown into the river; two of the girls, aged 10 and 7 years, were tied together and thrown into the river, and beat over the head until they sunk; the boy, aged two years, was thrown into the river, and lastly, the oldest girl, aged 14, having been reserved a while, was treated in the same way. Mrs. Beckham, and three children, were away from home. The supposed cause of the murder is that Mrs. Beckham had a negro girl who refused to run away, but whose mother was at IslandNo 10, and some time ago several soldiers went from the Island to Beckham's to get the girl, but were driven off by Beckham".
Just FYI, 3 of the 18 soldiers were sentenced to death for the murders in October 1863, but had their sentences commuted to 5 years imprisonment.A grim story, but there it is.
Early days on the river----
BECKHAM MURDERERS HANGEDby Emmett Lewis,City Historian (This would be Tiptonville.)
One of the greatest outrages of the Civil War occurred in New Madrid Bend. A squad of white and black soldiers stationed on Island 10 went to the Beckham house near the Tennessee and Kentucky line with robbery and murder on their minds. The story written by Mr. Cleve Donaldson, deceased historian, never told what happened to these murderers.Mr. Donaldson did not know.It seemed the records were closed on this outrage as quickly as possible. The Beckham family lived near the state line in Madrid Bend on the Tennessee side, and were very wealthy. Mr. Beckham's wife was the daughter of Daniel Watson of the Bend. These soldiers numbered fewer than 11 according to the official records. They left Island 10 for the Beckham estate. After much research the facts were found among official records in Washington, D. C.We quote,'"A squad of white and black soldiers not under orders, but on their own crossed from Island 10 into Madrid Bend on August 4, 1863, between the hours of 8 and 9 a.m. and headed north for the Benjamin Beckham home, a short distance south of the Kentucky-Tennessee line. Upon their arrival at the Beckham plantation, their actions were: They seized and tied up Frank A. Beckham, age 38, and his aged father, Benjamin Beckham, age 78. then led them to the bank of the Mississippi River, near their home.Both men were then stabbed with bayonets, shot and their bodies thrown in the river. The murderers then returned to the home, seized the four children and led them to the river bank, where they proceeded to kill them, and throw their bodies into the river, then burn their home. The children murdered were Laura, age 14; Kate, 11 years old; Caroline, 7 years old; and Richard, 2 years old. The squad (less than 10 in number) then looted the house, taking money and other valuables, and afterwards headed back to Island 10. Witnesses to the crime spread the alarm.A detachment of Union Cavalry caught and arrested the murderers. On August 27, 1863, a military commission was convened at military headquarters at Columbus, KY. and the murderers were tried.After hearing all of the testimony, the military court found all guilty and sentenced all to be hanged on the second Friday of October, 1863 at Columbus, KY." On Jan. 7, 1905, Dan and Ben Beckham filed suit in Federal Court for $35,000 damages from the Federal Government.Ben and Dan were children of the deceased. Beckham contended General Pope had issued orders that the property of Confederate aides, abettors, and sympathetics in Memphis territory should be burned and destroyed, and that his family took no part in the war.The outcome of this lawsuit is not present known, but I hope to know soon.
Spouse: Mary Watson
Birth: 1827, Kentucky
Death: aft 1887
Father: DANIEL Watson (1797-1865)
Mother: Rowena Bartlett/Barlett (1800-1869)
Marr: 29 Jan 1848, Fulton Co, KY
Children: Benjamin F. (1850-)
Kate J. (1853-1863)
Rowena Caroline (1857-1863)
E. Richard (1860-1863)
1.1.1 Benjamin F. Beckham
Birth: 24 Jul 1850, Lake Co, TN
Benjamin F. Beckham, a prominent farmer of Madrid Bend, is the son of Alexander F. and Mary (Watson) Beckham.The father was born in Virginia in 1828, moved when young to Gibson County, Tenn. and then to Hickman, KY, then to Mills Point.He married Miss Watson in 1848.They had eight children, only three are now living.Mrs. Beckham belongs to the Methodist Church.Mr. Beckham was a merchant and farmed also upon an extensive scale.In politics, he was a Democrat.Mr. Beckham was the victim of one of the greatest outrages ever perpetrated.It was known that he often had large sums of money at his house, and in 1862, while the Federal forces were stationed on Island No 10, a squad of seventeen negroes and white soldiers went to his house, ostensibly to secure a colored child belonging to a negro woman on the island, but in reality to rob Mr. Beckham; and to make sure of getting it, they murdered Mr. Beckham and his aged father and four of his children.Mrs. Beckham and the other three children were away from home and thus escaped the horrible fate of the others.After murdering six of the family in order to conceal their dastardly work, the fiends sunk their victims in the river.Some eye-witnesses of this cruel murder barely escaped with their lives.In 1869 Mrs. Beckham married J. A. Burnum, who died in 1873.She now lives in Union City, Tenn.After the murdered members of the family had been buried twenty-one years in the Bend, they were removed to the cemetery at Union City.Mr. Beckham’s grand-uncle was major at Harper’s Ferry at the time of John Brown’s insurrection, and was the third man killed.Our subject, B. F. Beckham, was born July 24, 1850, in Lake County.He had few educational advantages when a boy, but later attended school at Henderson, KY.When only seventeen he commenced farming for himself, and in 1871 married Sue Hardy, a daughter of William Hardy, who was born May 1, 1854.They have three children:Allie, Harry M. and Mary.Mr and Mrs Beckham are members os the Christian Church; he isa Mason and a Democrat and owns three tracts of land, 815 acres of it being considered the best in the county.He has many friends and confidence of all.
1870 Lake County Cenus, Page 477A:
Ben F. Beckham - age 20
Joe Beckham - age 26
Dan Beckham - age 12
B. F. Beckham, Treasurer, Harmony Lodge 1887
Spouse: Sue Hardy
Birth: 1 May 1854
Father: William Hardy