Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
This gentleman, one of the pioneers of Pavilion, was born in Attica, Wyoming Co., N. Y., April 2, 1810. His
father, David Beckwith, reared a family of twelve children, six sons and six daughters, Chauneey being the eldest
son. He was a farmer by occupation, and a man highly esteemed for his integrity and kindness of heart. Chauncey
lived with his father until he attained his twenty first year, when he embarked in business for himself. In 1838
he came to Michigan, and located two hundred acres of land in Pavilion, where his son Eugene now resides. He returned
to New York, and in October, 1842, came with his family, which consisted of his wife and one child (Eugene). The
land was entirely unimproved and heavily timbered, and its improvement and the construction of a home involved
the labor of years. Here he resided until his death, which occurred in 1872. In 1841, Mr. Beckwith was married
to Miss Lydia J. Chadwick. They were blessed with two children, - Eugene and Warren C. The latter was a member
of the 20th Michigan Infantry, and died in the service. Mr. Beckwith was a man highly esteemed by all who knew
him, for his integrity, benevolence, and hospitality. He was an industrious, thrifty farmer, and in his death Pavilion
lost one of its best citizens.
History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.