Charles H. Beach

Charles H. Beach, farmer, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., July 3, 1827.  He came with his parents to Washtenaw County, Mich., in his childhood.  From there they removed to Branch County, where his father, Samuel Beach, was a pioneer settler.  In this county he spent his youth and early manhood engaged chiefly in agriculture.  On June 3, 1858, he was married to Miss Martha Bryant, also of Branch County.  She was born in Russell, Ohio, December 5, 1833.  They have nine children, Elva E., Adelia A., Elmore H., Alice I., Elizabeth E., Orena E., Nelson C., Charles Milan, and Carrie P.  They came to Akron, Tuscola County, in March, 1854, and were the first family to settle in that township, which of course was then an unbroken wilderness, and had as yet no municipal organization.  From Tuscola village onward toward their place the road was a mere trail among the trees.  They erected a log dwelling 16 X 20 feet outside, roofed it with shakes and floored it with puncheons, and made window casings from the pieces of a dry goods box...They cleared eight acres the first season and sowed five with wheat.  Soon, however, they sold this their first forest home and bought in section 84, where they now reside...Mr. Beach served as clerk in the organizing of the township.  When he first served as overseer of highways he had two men in his beat, Mr Davis of Unionville, and Mr. Black of Hickory Island, eight miles away.  He was the first school inspector and the first commissioner of highways in his township, but evaded office almost as soon as others could be found to serve.  The church of their choice is the Methodist Episcopal Church.

from History of Tuscola and Bay Counties, Michigan, by H. R. Page & Co., Chicago, 1888, pages 129 & 130.

Submitted by Sherrye Woodworth July 2000.

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