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Beilstein, George Philip
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George Philip BEILSTEIN, born June 29, 1805, in Lichtenberg, Grand-duchy of Hessen, was a baker. In, March, 1831, he emigrated to America and located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. There he met and married Anna Elizabeth KLINGLER, born 1805 in Reichelsheim, Grand duchy of Hessen. In 1838 the family came to Quincy, where George Philip BEILSTEIN went to work in the Star Mills as fireman and then as engineer. Two years later he went to farming near Mill Creek. His wife died in 1867, while he departed this life in 1888. Two sons, Philip and George, grew up on the farm and followed agriculture. Philip died in 1902, George in 1918. Philip, BEILSTEIN related the following interesting reminiscences about country life in the early days:
"Within a stretch of three miles there were nine mills on Mill Creek, serving as saw mills and grist mills, and run by water power. Corn and wheat were simply ground without separating the bran from the flour, and the meal thus secured was tasteful and wholesome. Occasionally it, would happen that the mills were put out of commission, owing to the lack of water, and then we had to resort to our coffee mill to grind the grain. Some of the dwellings were built of logs and others by using slabs or clapboards. Wooden pegs were used in connecting the frame work. Matches were a commodity not known in those days, and fires had to be started by the aid of flint and steel, in connection with punk. This being very tedious, people were careful to keep the fire on the hearth alive; when retiring for the night, ashes were heaped on the glimmering coal, to be removed in the morning, when wood placed on the live coal would soon result in a blazing fire. But it sometimes happened that the fire was out in the morning, and then some member of the family had to start out with an iron kettle to "borrow fire" from the next neighbor, which,
of course, was not pleasant when the temperature was way below zero." Besides the two sons mentioned above, George Philip and Anna Elizabeth KLINGLER BEILSTEIN had three daughters: Marie, the wife of C. F. A. BEHRENSMEYER, building contractor and later proprietor of a general store. Elizabeth, wife of Peter SCHEER, Slater, Missouri; and Pauline, wife of William WENZEL, farmer on the Payson prairie in this county. All of them have departed this life years ago; many descendants are among the living.

Surnames included in the Beilstein family history are Behrensmeyer, Klingler, Scheer and Wenzel.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 343-344.

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