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BEALL, NELSON continued

persons, whom it is my special request shall be invited to carry my remains from my dwelling to the grave at the old Percy graveyard on the hill, for which service they shall be paid each three dollars, viz: A.J. Willison, William Oats, Luther Dawson, Jacob Conrad, Enoch Clice and Theodore Miller.
And now in regard to funeral services I have only to say that I desire none either at my house or at my grave, but if any friend present on the occasion would only say: “We solemnly commit the body of our departed friend to mother earth—dust unto dust—where the weary are at rest and the wicked cease from troubling.” —brief as this may appear it is all I desire.
And, lastly, I hereby appoint my brother, Richard Beall, my special executor to see carried out this, my last will and testament in special regard to my burial.
I will add that if I should die from home in a distant State, in such case I wish my remains to be there interred and never to be taken up and returned to my native home.
Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of November, 1885. Nelson Beall [Seal].
N.B.—My headstone is to be the same as those of my mother and wife, Caroline, now at their graves. [signed] N. Beall’

To Mr. Beall's immediate family the existence of this paper was unknown. His wife and son, Frank, in charge in Florida, obeying the natural impulse, at once decided to take his remains home. Reaching here, the provisions of this last will becoming known were carried out as far as then practicable.
To Capt. Beall’s enterprise Frostburg owes much of its growth. Two of the additions to the town bear his name, each the product of his investment and development.
In 1860 he commanded the ‘Frostburg Blues,’ a military company, from which he gained the title of ‘Captain.’ About fifteen years ago he was elected a director of the Second National Bank of Cumberland, a position which he held with credit until the day of his death.” [FMJ 2-27-1886, p. 1]

“Death of Nelson Beall—Another of Allegany’s Old Citizen's Passes Away. Capt. Nelson Beall died in Florida at 8 o’clock p.m., Saturday, February 13.
Last November the deceased felt that his health was failing and went to Florida, where he owned an estate, to recuperate. A few weeks ago he became worse, and though varying reports of his condition had been received from time to time, his friends here were prepared for the worst. The deceased was 72 years of age, and having been born in Frostburg, was one of the oldest natives of that place. In early youth he learned the carpenter’s trade, and worked at it for some time. His fortune was made by judicious speculation and transactions in real estate. He was considered one of the wealthiest men in Allegany county. He was a director in the Second National Bank and had held that position 15 years. He was connected with several industrial enterprises, among them the Frostburg Gas Company and the fire brick works at Bridgeport, Pa. He owned valuable lands in Texas and the estate on which he died in Florida. The deceased was married twice, and his second wife and three children survive him. The children are F.B. [sic] Beall, in business at Frostburg; George Beall, of Staunton, Va.; and Mrs. Enoch [sic; John] Winter, who resides in the West. F.B. Beall was with his father when he died.” [THE CIVILIAN, 2-21-1886, p. 4]

Reference to Mr. Beall's death and funeral were also found in CET 2-15-1886.

From Jacob Brown, Brown's Miscellaneous Writings, 1896: “Nelson Beall ran the Grove saw mill in [Garrett] county with William Frost for Meschach Frost till the adjacent timber was consumed.” [p. 55]; “The late Nelson Beall and his brother Richard were in former years actively engaged in the manufacture of lumber.” [p. 56]

Mr. Beall sold land to the congregation for the building of Salem United Church of Christ in 1867 and later contributed the land on which Beall High School originally stood (Beall Elementary School now occupies that place) [Frostburg Salutes…, p. 41].

He was on the board of trustees of Wesleyan Church in 1870 [Scharf, p. 1481]. The Reformed Church bought land from Mr. Beall for $175 in 1867 [Scharf, p. 1481]. He was an incorporator of Frostburg Gas and Light Co. in 1870 and was Treasurer of Frostburg Gas and Light in 1870 [Scharf, p. 1480]. He is listed as Treasurer of the Building Association in 1878. In 1874, he lost a small dwelling and office, valued at $800, in a fire. The Alleganian and Times newspaper of 11-24-1876 states that he bought a house on Union [Main] Street for $2304.


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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