Located the 1940 census record of the Edward E. Beals household in Hamilton County, Indiana. Edward was my maternal 3rd cousin 4 times removed. Our common ancestors were John Beals and Mary Carter. We are also 7th cousins 4 times removed (3 times!) through common ancestors William Clayton and Prudence Lanckford. Edward's parents were Thomas Elwood Beals and Eliza Matilda Hodgin.
At the time of the enumeration, Edward and his wife were living in Jackson Township. The census states that Edward owned his home and the value was $16,500 and he lived on a farm. Edward was 64 years old and born in Indiana. His wife, Bertha, was 63 years old and also born in Indiana. In 1935 there residence was the same place.
The record shows that Edward had completed the 8th grade and that Bertha had also completed the 8th grade. Edward's occupation was listed simply as owner of the farm, while Bertha had no occupation listed.
Also listed in the household was Edward's father, Thomas, age 89, a widower born in Indiana, who had completed the 8th grade. Thomas' occupation was as listed as owner of the farm. Additionally, two farm hands were listed in the household - Henry Wood, age 61, born in Indiana, and Robert Ross, age 25, born in Indiana.
If you have any additional information or are connected with this family, I'd love to hear from you.