Biography of Chauncey A. Beckwith
Kalamazoo County, MI Biographies



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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman, one of the pioneers of Pavilion, was born in Attica, Wyoming Co., N. Y., April 2, 1810. His father, David Beckwith, reared a family of twelve children, six sons and six daughters, Chauneey being the eldest son. He was a farmer by occupation, and a man highly esteemed for his integrity and kindness of heart. Chauncey lived with his father until he attained his twenty first year, when he embarked in business for himself. In 1838 he came to Michigan, and located two hundred acres of land in Pavilion, where his son Eugene now resides. He returned to New York, and in October, 1842, came with his family, which consisted of his wife and one child (Eugene). The land was entirely unimproved and heavily timbered, and its improvement and the construction of a home involved the labor of years. Here he resided until his death, which occurred in 1872. In 1841, Mr. Beckwith was married to Miss Lydia J. Chadwick. They were blessed with two children, - Eugene and Warren C. The latter was a member of the 20th Michigan Infantry, and died in the service. Mr. Beckwith was a man highly esteemed by all who knew him, for his integrity, benevolence, and hospitality. He was an industrious, thrifty farmer, and in his death Pavilion lost one of its best citizens.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.