When Nancy Jane Beam was born on 21 March 1842, in Illinois, United States, her father, David Beam, was 38 and her mother, Rosanna Ebey, was 28. She married John Lewis Williams on 27 December 1869, in Sangamon, Illinois, United States. She lived in Sangamon, Illinois, United States in 1850. She died on 27 May 1917, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Virden City Cemetery, Virden Township, Macoupin, Illinois, United States.
English: from Middle English bem ‘tree; beam, post, piece of timber’ (Old English bēam), a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name denoting someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk, as in Beam Bridge in Dagenham, Essex.
Americanized form of German Boehm , or sometimes of Baum .