Wednesday, September 29, 2010

John Beals: Bank of Westfield, Indiana

Source: Postoffice Directory of Hamilton County, Indiana; 1893-94; Ledger Book and Job Print, Noblesville, Indiana; page 47.

My maternal 4th-great grandfather, John T. BEALS (1827-1917), was listed as serving on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Westfield in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.  I located this directory in the Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville, Indiana.

I was unaware of his involvement with this bank until this discovery, and will have to do some more research into the nature of his involvement. Previously, I had located articles about his grandson's involvement with a banking scandal in Hamilton County.  

John Beals was a Civil War veteran in Company A, 101st Regt., Indiana Volunteers and a farmer in Hamilton County after the war.  He also was elected in 1892 to serve as Hamilton County Assessor.

John was born June 25, 1827 in Clinton County, Ohio, son of Nathan C. and Elizabeth (CHEW) BEALS.  He married April 19, 1848 in Hamilton County, Indiana to Mary DAVIS, daughter of John W. and Mary (BARKER) DAVIS.  John died September 18, 1917 in Sheridan, Hamilton County, Indiana and is buried in the Summit Lawn Cemetery, Westfield, Indiana.

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