Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The ancestors of Mrs. Beers were of English and Scotch descent, the family having numbered six generations since
first they left their native shores and landed in Stratford, Conn. From thence they removed to Newtown township,
where a small hamlet was projected and called Land's End, from their former residence in England, and was subsequently
christened Hawley, after its founders. Her father, Jabez Hawley, was born in Newtown in 1767, and married to Perthena
Booth, to whom were born seven children, of whom Mrs. Sally H. Beers was the eldest. She was married Oct.. 6, 1816,
when eighteen years of age, to Philo Beers, whose ancestors were among the early settlers of the same township.
His father, Ebenezer Beers, was a native of Newtown, Fairfield Co., Conn., and was early married to Miss Anna Hard.
Their son Philo, the fifth in a large family of children, was born in Ncwtown, Dec. 20, 1793, and remained at the
place of his nativity until November, 1831, when, with his family, he repaired to Oakland County. Here they sojourned
until 1836, when, the county of Clinton proving more attractive, they repaired to the township of Eagle, where
a considerable purchase of land was made, aod where Mrs. Beers, at the advanced age of eighty two years, still
resides. The services of her husband in the war of 1812 entitle her to a pension, which is annually paid by the
Mr. and Mrs. Beers were blessed with the following children: Esther,. born Oct. 13, 1818; Mary B., whose birth
occurred May 23, 1821; Burtis H., born Nov. 22, 1823; Philo N., whose birth occurred Sept. 11, 1826, and his death
Jan. 26, 1851 ; Sarah F. and Samuel (twins), born Jan. 11, 1828, the death of the latter having taken place Nov.
17, 1832; Phebe A., who was born Sept. 5, 1830, and died in the fall of 1859; Currence, born November, 1833, and
whose death occurred in November, 1833; and Anna A., born July 2, 1838.
Mr. Beers was the pioneer blacksmith in the township of Eagle, and also the builder of the first saw-mill within
its borders. He was a man of untiring industry, and his early efforts did much towards advancing the interests
of the new settlement. Combined with these qualities was a stern integrity and principle, which made him a power
for good in the community in which he lived.
Burtis H., the third child of Mr. and Mrs. Beers, was a young man of unusual promise. He was well educated, and
had intended adopting the profession of law, but was diverted by circumstances from the accomplishment of this
object. He was married to Miss Sarah E. Esler, and was filling the responsible position of register of deeds, which
required his residence at St. Johns, when death suddenly ended his brilliant career on the 8th of January, 1877.
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.