CAPT. WM. NEVINS BEER. deceased. is a son of the Rev.Thomas and Margaret (Cameron) Beer, and was born Nov. 28, 1839 in Ashland Co.. Ohio. His father was well educated and owing to the imperfect school facilities of the time. He communicated his learning to his children. The subject of this sketch attended the Vermilion Institute at Haysville for a time. then "finished off" at Jefferson College at Cannonsburg, Penn., after which he engaged in a store in Ashland for a few years. He came to Bucyrus about 1861 and during the summer of that year enlisted in the 101 st Regiment O. V. I., as a private in Capt. McDanald's company. He soon became Second Lieutenant and some time after, First, and upon the promotion of Capt. McDanald. was promoted to the captaincy of the company which position he held at the time of the mustering-out of the regiment. He returned to Bucyrus at the close of the war and commenced the study or law with his brother, Judge Thomas Beer and was in due time admitted to the bar as noted elsewhere in the Sketch of the legal profession. He was married. Nov. 7, 1869 to Miss Mary D. Swingley the third daughter of Dr. Frederick Swingley of Bucyrus and located here in the, practice of his chosen profession until 1873, when in June of that ear, he removed to Humboldt, Iowa. and practiced law there about one year. The family returned to Bucyrus in the Spring of 1874: he remaining during the Summer. He started from Humboldt as usual, for this State and at Valparaiso, Ind., where he stopped for a short time he died suddenly on the night of July 225, 1874 of apoplexy. His widow has ever since resided in Bucyrus. At present she is a teacher in the Union Schools of the town, a position she fills with honor to herself and satisfaction to all. They had three children. all of whom are living - Margaret M., Thomas Frederick and William C.. Capt. Beer and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church.
History of Crawford County and Ohio, Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1881