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Mary Ann Elizabeth (Miner) Beidleman


Mary Ann Elizabeth (Miner) Beidleman was born in 1852, the daughter of Levi and Catherine (Kiefer) Miner.

She married George K. Beidleman (or "Beidelman") (1848- ? ) in about 1872. She was age 20 at the time, and he was 24.

The produced a brood of five children -- Charles I. Beidleman (born 1872), Kate Beidleman (born 1874) and twins John Williams Beidleman and Elisha Biggs Beidleman (1886), all born in Pennsylvania. The identity of the other child is unknown.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1880, the family lived in Shickshinny, Luzerne County, PA, where George was a laborer. They remained there at least as late as 1896. Also residing in the county was Mary's brother Thomas Irvin Miner, in the town of White Haven.

The Beidlemans later migrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, following Mary's brother Levi Alfred Miner who had established a newspaper there.


Milwaukee skyline, looking south from the courthouse, early 1900s

Circa 1904, the Beidlemans made their home on Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee. Brother Levi died in their home in May 1904, at the age of 50.

While in South Milwaukee, George labored as a blacksmith, operating his own shop. The 1910 census shows George, Mary and son Elisha living together on Milwaukee Avenue. 

George passed away sometime between 1900 and 1910. 

Widowed Mary outlived her husband for a number of years. In 1915, after the death of her Civil War veteran brother Thomas I. Miner, she provided testimony for his widow Ellen (Axford) Miner to receive his military pension. At the time, she resided in Amherst, Portage County, WI. She later made her home with her married son Elisha on Lake Road in South Milwaukee, as shown in the 1920 census. 

Nothing more about her is known. 


~ Twin Son Charles I. Beidleman ~

Son Charles I. Beidleman (1872- ? ) was born in 1872.

He lived on South Washington Street in Milwaukee.

Circa 1904, he was employed as assistant outside superintendent at the Prospect colliery plant. 


~ Twin Son Elisha Biggs Beidleman ~

Twin son Elisha Biggs Beidleman (1886- ? ) was born on Sept. 12, 1886 in Bloomsburg, PA. 

He migrated with his parents and brother to South Milwaukee, WI. 

He worked as a timekeeper in a shop in South Milwaukee circa 1910. In 1912, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin. 

He married Edith B. (?) (1889- ? ) and lived on Lake road in South Milwaukee. 

They had at least one son, Jean Beidleman, born in 1918. 

Circa 1919, Elisha as employed as a foreman with the Bucyrus Company and lived at 1608 Lake Avenue, In 1920, Elisha was a sales clerk in a steam shovel company.

Son Jean Beidleman (1918- ? ) 


~ Twin Son John Williams Beidleman ~

Twin son John Williams Beidleman (1886- ? ) was born on Sept. 12, 1886 in Bloomsburg, PA. 

He migrated to South Milwaukee, WI with his parents and siblings. As an adult he was short and of medium build, with dark brown hair and eyes. He was a self-employed pharmacist in Amherst, WI. 

He married Amy (?) (1882- ? ), who was four years older than her husband. She was a Wisconsin native, with her parents having been immigrants from Sweden. They had one known daughter, Helen Beidleman. 

In 1920, the federal census shows the family living on Church Street in Amherst, Portage County, WI, with John working as a druggist in a drug store.

Daughter Helen Beidleman (1918- ? )


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