Margaret Hughes Beeler


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1. Benjamin F. Booher

Margaret Hughes Beeler 1 2

  • Born: 11 Jan 1823, , Claiborne, TN 2
  • Marriage (1): Benjamin F. Booher on 20 Oct 1842 in , Boone, IN
  • Died: 2 Jun 1888, , Boone, IN at age 65
  • Buried: Lebanon: Oak Hill Cemetery, Boone, IN

   FamilySearch ID: 2YR3-QJW.

  General Notes:

Her father, William Beeler was a descendant of Valentine Beeler who immigrated to this country from Switzerland in the 1700's. His family came to Boone County by way of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The Boone County History reports that in 1832 a school house was built on the farm of William Beeler at Eagle Township at about the same time a log school house was built in the new town of Thorntown.
Three years after their marriage, Benjamin bought 90 acres in the dense wilderness of Worth Township south of Whitestown. "He cleared it of its heavy timber and by hard work and thrift increased his possessions to one thousand seven hundred acres, almost all of which was in one body, and of this large property he gave to his twelve children, donating to each of them a comfortable size farm." It was said that as each of his children was born, he acquired another one eighth section of land (80 acres) which eventually became their patrimony.
Following the death of Margaret on June 2, 1888, he remarried choosing as his bride Mrs. Mary (Ross) Smith. He then moved to Lebanon to a substantial brick residence on East Main Street, which later became the site at the Darnell Apartments, across from the Central Christian Church. In 1909, he became the subject of an article appearing in the Indianapolis Sunday Star featuring "Indiana's Three Most Remarkable Men ."' At age 87 he was said to be the oldest man in Boone County. The article was accompanied by a photograph showing Benjamin F. 35 feet up in a pear tree which he had climbed on his Lebanon property. His favorite amusement was reported to be "breaking colts to drive and the more fractious the animal, the greater his delight."
He passed away one year later on December 28, 1910, and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, beside his first wife Margaret and surrounded by nine of his twelve children. Adelaide is buried beside her husband and their twin daughters in the Cragun lot and Minnie, his youngest, is buried beside her husband and three children in the Thomlinson lot. Daniel may be buried at Mulberry, Indiana where he ultimately retired.
Information concerning the children of Benjamin F. and Margaret Booher comes from various sources, primarily obituaries which had been placed in the S. N. Cragun family Bible.
[ copy in file courtesy of Diana Hedge]
4. 1860 Boone Co. IN census [see spouse]
5. 1870 Boone Co. IN census [see spouse]
6. 1880 Boone Co. IN census [see spouse]

!BIRTH: Sources-1 p. 50

!MARRIAGE: Source-1 p. 50 for date and name

!DEATH: Source-3 for date


!ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Source-2 The Beeler family was also from east TN and moved to IN shortly before the Boohers.

Margaret married Benjamin F. Booher, son of Jacob Booher and Elizabeth Barnett, on 20 Oct 1842 in , Boone, IN. (Benjamin F. Booher was born on 5 Sep 1821 in Bristol, Sullivan, TN,2 died on 28 Dec 1910 in Lebanon, Boone, IN 3 and was buried in Lebanon: Oak Hill Cemetery, Boone, IN.)


1 Grider, Barbara M., Barbara Grider Booher Database (Louisville, Kentucky. 2008.).

2 Harden, Samuel, Early Life and Times in Boone County, Indiana (Harden & Spahr, Lebanon, Indiana. May,1887. 566 pgs.), Page 229.

3 Leander Meade Crist, "History of Boone County, Indiana : With biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of old families." (1914 : Indianapolis, Ind. : A.W. Bowen), Page 1006-1009.

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