Manchester Democrat, Sept 23, 1908
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Seth Beal died at the home of his son, Earl Beal, on Howard street, Tuesday, September 15, 1908, at the age of 70 years, 3 months and 12 days. Mr. Beal was born in Wayne county, New York, June 3, 1838, and attended school, as well as assisting in the work on his father's farm, until 1858, when he began business as a farmer for himself. He continued in that occupation until 1864, when he entered the mercantile world, taking a partnership in a grocery store in the town of Macedon. In September of that year, Mr. Beal enlisted in the ninth New York artillery, serving in the eastern army. He engaged with his company in the battle, so well known in history, which was a final victory for the Federal soldiery, through the timely arrival of General Sheridan, and during the fight, received a scalp wound. He was mustered out in July, 1865.
Mr. Beal then prepared for a western journey, to make a permanent location. Having visited in Michigan, he continued his trip into Iowa, and finally purchased 120 acres of land in Section 34, paying $7.50 per acre for the uncultivated prairie land. Mr. Beal erected a home, and has, during the past thirty years, improved this property materially, raising grain and live stock principally.
On March 20, 1867, Mr. Beal married Miss Mary Allyn, a native of Wayne county, New York, and one child was born to them, Earl S. Beal of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Beal were both members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Sand Creek, in which society Mr. Beal was most active, being a member of the official board for a number of years. He has resided in Manchester with his son for some time, and endured poor health during a portion of his residence here.
The funeral was held at the home Thursday morning, the services being conducted by the Rev. R. A. Barnes, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church in this city. Interment was made in the Manchester cemetery.