Lee County Biography

Sidney Beach
Ashton Township


Sidney Beach, farmer and stock raiser, Ashton,was born in Delaware county, Ohio, in 1827, and is the son of Israel and Roda (Lockwood) Beach, natives of New York. The former was by trade a shoemaker. They settled in Ohio in 1822 and engaged in the business of farming, which pursuit they followed the remainder of their lives. They were members of the Presbyterian church. Israel Beach served in the war of 1812 as drummer. Sidney Beach remained in Ohio till he was fifteen years old, then came to Ogle county, Illinois, with an older sister, where he remained three years and accumulated some property, which he lost; hence he says his "first three years in Illinois were spent in getting experience." He returned to Ohio when eighteen, but after a lapse of three years returned to Ogle county and began trading in cattle as much as he was able, which proved to be quite lucrative. Then he speculated in land to some extent. In 1856 he was married to Sarah Varidermark, daughter of Daniel and Anna Vanderxnark, natives of Pennsylvania. By this marriage he has three children: Clement L., Jessie 0. and Sidney. Mrs. Beach's father was of German descent and a button-maker by trade. Her mother was of English extraction and both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Beach owns 680 acres of good farming land. He markets some grain, but stock principally. He is a prominent republican, and was formerly a whig. He took an active part in raising recruits during the war. He and his wife are members of the Free Methodist church. He began life for himself with less than ~10, and what he now possesses is the result of his own industry.

Source: History of Lee County Pg 624

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Sidney Beach, who resides on Section 34, Lee County, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, December 6, 1824. His parents Israel and Rhoda (Lockwood) Beach, were natives of New Jersey, but removed to Delaware County, Ohio, where they reared their family of eleven children and where they died.

Our subject is the ninth in order of birth in the parental family, and lived in his native county until he was 15 years old, when he came to Ogle County, this State, and engaged in farming on his own account for three years; he then returned to ohio where he remained for three years being employed most of the time in assisting his father upon the farm. After remaining there for some 3 years, during which time he was engaged in breaking prairie and in dealing in cattle, he again returned to again returned to Delaware County, this time remaining about a year and a half, and was there united in marriage January 8, 1856 to Miss Sarah Vandemark, daughter of Daniel and Anna (Kidney) Vandemark. Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, whence they removed to Delaware County, where they died. Mrs. Beach was the second in order of birth of their three children her birth taking place in Delaware County, December 31, 1838.

After his marriage Mr. Beach returned with his wife to Lee Conty, where they settled in Ashton Township and have since resided. Mr. Beach has always been engaged in farming and stock raising and has dealt quite extensively in land, of which he owns between five and six hundred acres. Mr. and MRs. Beach are the parents of three children; Clement, who married Miss Flora Thompson, Jesse C who is the wife of J.C. Edwards; and Sidney E. Mr. Beach is a Republician in politices, and with his wife is a member of the Free Methodist Church. He is well known as a public-spirited, enterprising man, prominent in all the interests of his township and ocunty, and his wife is highly esteemed as a refined and intellectual woman.

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