BENJAMIN BEAL, farmer and stockraiser ; P. O. Bucyrus , son of George and Anna B. (Shearer) Beal ; was born June 9, 1839, in Lycoming Co.. Penn., and when 4 years of age his father's family came to this county and settled in this township , he attended the district schools until 19 years of age during the winter season, working on the farm in the meantime. He married Mary Stalz March 19, 1861, and began farming on 80 acres of land just east of the pike. where he lived until 1879 when he came to his present farm on the old pike - he now owns 185 acres of fine farming and grazing land, and has dealt largely in sheep since 1872. buying, grazing and feeding for market. His wife died Nov. 14, 1867 and three children were the fruits of this marriage, viz., Albert G., born Feb. 11, 1862; Daniel Wesley, born March 10, 1865, and Emma born June 7, 1866. He was married a second time, May 25, 1871, to Miss Lydia A. Rexroth, of Bucyrus and five children were born of this union: Benjamin, born Oct. 10, 1873; Mary J., born April 27, 1875 ; Edwin G., born Sept. 1, 1876; Frederick X. A., born Dec. 14, 1877. and William D., born Aug. 6, 1879. Both Mr. Beal and his wife are members of the M. E. Church. He has always been Republican in politics, taking an active interest in the affairs of the State and nation. In 1872, Mr. Beal visited Europe. traveling, about 4,000 miles on the continent. landing at Bremen and going to Saxony, Austria, Bavaria, Hesse. Switzerland and Wurtemberg, visiting the birthplace of his father he also visited Baden-Baden, Wiesbaden and Ems, famous watering places of Europe; he returned in September, much improved in health. His father was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Feb. 14, 1793, and came to America with his father's family in 1805, being at the time 10 years old; the family settled in Lycoming Co.. Penn., where he followed farming until he grew up. In about the year 1825, he married Anna B. Shearer, a native of Wurtemberg whose family came to America in 1804 settling also in Lycoming Co. After marriage they lived on a farm there until 1843. when they came through to Ohio in a large covered wagon and settled in this township. where he still lives; he is in his 86th year and his wife, in her 80th year; he purchased 160 acres of land when he came to the. county and by energy and industry added another quarter-section to it he raised three sons:Isaac, Jacob and Benjamin and one daughter, Mary now the wife of Mr. N. Mutchler.
History of Crawford County and Ohio, Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1881