Martha Ellen Beam

8 November 1846–21 April 1928 (Age 81)
Trenton, Henry, Iowa, United States

The Life of Martha Ellen

When Martha Ellen Beam was born on 8 November 1846, in Trenton, Henry, Iowa, United States, her father, Alexander Beam, was 22 and her mother, Susannah Stancliff, was 20. She married Martin Van Buren Covert on 29 October 1861, in Scotland, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Morrow Township, Adair, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Carr Creek Township, Mitchell, Kansas, United States in 1900. She died on 21 April 1928, in La Junta, Otero, Colorado, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Sugar City, Crowley, Colorado, United States.

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Family Time Line

Martin Van Buren Covert
Martha Ellen Beam
Marriage: 29 October 1861
Mary Ellen Covert
J M Covert
Rufus Leonard Covert
George Washington Covert
Harry Lawrence Covert

Spouse and Children

29 October 1861
Scotland, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 14

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
1861 · Denver Becomes a City

Age 15

In 1861, Denver City was incorporated into the territory as an official city.

Age 29

Historical Boundaries - 1875: Bent, Colorado Territory, United States; 1876: Bent Colorado, United States; 1889: Otero, Colorado, United States

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old English bēam ‘beam’, ‘post’, 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 for someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk.2 Americanized form of German Boehm , or sometimes of Baum .

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Covert in household of M V B Covert, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha E Beam in household of Alexander Beam, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Covert, "United States Census, 1900"

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