Rachel Fritts Beam was born on July 27, 1814 at Spruce Run, Hunterdon County, NJ. She was the eldest child of Morris Fritts (born Jan. 2, 1793 in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, NJ and died March 26, 1884 in Lebanon Township) and Cornelia Lunger (born Aug. 3, 1781 in Lebanon Township and died Jan. 31, 1871 at White Hall, Hunterdon County, NJ).
On July 1, 1837, Rachel Fritts married William Beam (son of Henry and Polly Beam, he was born in 1814 on Schooley's Mountain, Morris County, NJ and died on May 22, 1878 at Schooley's Mountain).
Their children were: Mary E. (born 1838), Isaiah (born 1840), Lemuel (born 1841), Margaret (my great grandmother, born Dec. 1, 1842), Sarah (born 1845), Zilpha (born 1849), Louisa (born 1851), George F. (born Sept. 6, 1853), Emma (born 1856). William F. (born 1857) and Abraham (born 1859). This family lived on a large farm in Pleasant Grove, Washington Township, Morris County, NJ.
This tintype is hand colored and measures 5 in. x 8 in. It was found in my grandmother's attic after her death.
Submitted by Nancy Sliker Gillingham, great great granddaughter