THOMAS BEERWas born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, March 22, 1807. His father removed to Allegheny County the same year, and settled on a farm on the north side, of the Ohio River, on which the flourishing town of Sewickley now stands, twelve miles below the city of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, until his twenty third year. He enjoyed the advantages of a common school education, such as it was.
In 1823 he commenced a classical course of study at an academy in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. In 1825 he entered the Western university of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1827, with a class composed of seven, all of whom afterward became ministers of the gospel. In the fall of the same year he, with three other young men, entered the Western Theological seminary of the Presbyterian Church, located in Allegheny City. Mr. Beer's name stands at the head of the roll, and he is the only survivor of the class. Leaving the seminary in the fall of 1830, under the auspices of the Home Missionary society of the Presbyterian Church, he took charge of four small churches in the northwestern portion of Wayne County, Ohio. A few years later his labors were given to the two churches, Congress and Mr. Hope. From the spring of 1834 until 1859 he resided at Mt. Hope, Wayne County, now Ashland County. In the fall of 1859 he located on a farm three miles southwest of Ashland, where he still resides. In 1861 he took charge of the Presbyterian Church in Jeromeville, where he labored until near the close of 1871, since which time, on account of the infirmities of age, he has had no parochial charge.
His family consisted of thirteen children, two of whom died in infancy, eleven lived to maturity. Dr. John Cameron, deceased 1865, Rev. Robert, of Valparaiso, Indiana, Judge Thomas, of Bucyrus, Ohio, Adeline, and invalid, Ashbel G. who lost a leg in the battle of Stone River, and for several years post-master at Ashland, and at this writing engaged as hardware merchant in Ashland, Henry M., lieutenant, and now physician at Valparaiso, Indiana, James A. died at Cumberland Gap, William N., captain, attorney at law, Iowa deceased in 1874, Charles E., deceased 1864, Richard C. and Mary L.
Feeling that his own education had been deferred too long, Mr. Beer has been assiduous in educating his family. The result is very gratifying. His children, upon arriving at the age of maturity, have entered upon the business of life with energy, and have attracted the good opinion of the public because of their integrity, efficiency and manhood.