Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Manlove C. Beauchamp was born in Sussex County, Delaware, January 7, 1811, and is a son of Isaac and Mary (Diverty)
Beauchamp. This, family, as their name would indicate is of French extraction, and are lineal descendants of the
Huguenots, who were expelled from France in the sixteenth century, because of their religious belief, and took
refuge in England, and from which country five Beauchamp brothers came to America in an early day. Mr. Beauchamp
was reared on a farm and received the education common to farmers' sons of that period. In December, 1832, he was
united in marriage to Mary Walton who was also born in Sussex County, Del., September 2, 1815, and is a daughter
of Jonathan and Esther (Fountain) Walton, and is of English French descent.
In 1836, Mr. Beauchamp came to Michigan with his family, and made the journey, which took one month by team over
the almost impassable toads of this early period. They first located in Niles, and he worked at his trade; that
of carpenter and joiner, for a time, and then moved to Indiana, where he engaged in farming and laboring at his
trade, and, in 1847, moved to Milton and engaged in farming for ten years and then emigrated to the West, but eventually
came back and purchased the farm where his son. J. H. now resides, and where he died May 2, 1873. He was successful
not alone in accumulating a handsome competency, 6ut in obtaining the esteem and respect of all for his many estimable
qualities and sterling integrity.
He was a zealous and efficient member of the Methodist Church, and was one of the class-leaders for many years.
He was also an active member of the Sunday school of which he ns Superintendent for a long time. Such men are an
honor to any community.
Politically, he was identified with the Republican party, and although not an aspirant for office, served as Township
Clerk for several years. He commenced life at the bottom round of the ladder of fortune, and was most ably assisted
by his amiable wife in climbing the same during their pioneer days, and in placing want far below them. She still
survives him, and is living with her daughter in Niles, where her declining years are being passed in peace and
quiet. Their children arc Esther J. (deceased), Mary S., Margaret S., Rachael A. (deceased), Emily A. (deceased),
James H., Emily A., Harriet J. and Menerva C. (deceased).
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.