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Deam, Izora A.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 709-711


Mrs. Izora A. Deam, residing on sections 15 and 16, Atlas township, was born January 1, 1856, in Martinsburg township, Pike county, and is the widow of the late William L. Deam. Her parents were Samuel D. and Anna (Cook) Capps, the former a native of Missouri and the latter of Tennessee. The father during his infancy was brought to Martinsburg township, Pike county, by his parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Capps. The former was a farmer by occupation, and located on a tract of land in Martinsburg township, where he engaged in the tilling of the soil and the cultivation of crops up to the time of his death. He was a very earnest advocate of the cause of temperance, and was often heard upon that subject upon the lecture platform. He was married twice, wedding Miss Butler after the death of his first wife. By the first marriage there were two children, a daughter and son, and by the second marriage there were two sons and six daughters. At his death Daniel Capps was laid to rest in a grave in Colorado, having gone to that state during the gold excitement at Pikes Peak. His first wife was buried in the Burbridge cemetery near Martinsburg, Illinois, and his second wife was laid to rest in the same cemetery.

Samuel Capps, father of Mrs. Deam, was reared upon the old homestead farm in Martinsburg township amid pioneer conditions and surroundings for the family lived here in early days. He was educated in the district schools in Martinsburg and was a shoemaker by trade. He was only fifteen years of age at the time of his father's death, and he greatly aided his mother in caring for his younger sisters and brothers, and in attending to the farm duties. Having reached mature years he wedded Anna Cook, and they became the parents of eight children, of whom Mrs. Deam was the second in order of birth. There were four sons and four daughters, as follows: Daniel G., Izora A., Netha A., Clara A., Stephen A., Marcus I., Leah Phenia and Samuel D. Of these Daniel, Stephen, Leah Phenia and Samuel are deceased, the first three having been buried in the Black Oak cemetery in Martinsburg township, while Samuel was laid to rest in the Mason graveyard near Nebo, Illinois. In the latter part of his life Samuel D. Capps gave his entire attention to farming and stock-raising, and his earnest and well directed efforts brought to him a good living and enabled him to provide his family with many of the comforts of life. His birth occurred May 10, 1829, in Missouri, and he passed away in this county, April 1, 1873, his remains being interred in Black Oak cemetery. His wife, who was born January 28, 1832, in Tennessee, now survives him at the age of seventy-four years and makes her home in Nebo, Illinois, with her daughter, Mrs. Clara A. (Capps) Caw.

Mrs. Deam, spending her girlhood days in her parents’ home, acquired her education in the Black Oak schoolhouse in her native township, and under her mother's guidance she was trained to the work of the household, so that she was well qualified to take charge of a home of her own at the time of her marriage. On the 9th of October, 1879, she wedded William L. Deam, a son of David W. and Sarah C. (Deal) Deam. His father was one of Pike county's prominent farmers and stock-raisers. He was born January 10, 1831, in Montgomery county, Ohio, and was a son of Henry and Susan (Kiser) Deam, also natives of the Buckeye state. In his early manhood David W. Deam joined the Order of Odd Fellows and transferred his membership to Illinois when he came from Ohio to this state in 1856, but permitted his membership to lapse when sickness and infirmities of age came upon him. He was married March 23, 1844, to Miss Sarah Caroline Deal, the wedding ceremony being performed by the same minister who had christened him; and for whom he was named. By this union there were four children: Mary A., now Mrs. Brock; William L.; Dora B.; and Warren G. Of the number Dora died when eighteen years of age, and Warren G. married Helen Williams, while William L. married Izora A. Capps. In February, 1902, David Deam suffered a severe attack of illness, form which he never fully recovered, remaining in an invalid condition up to the time of his death, which occurred August 24, 1905. He is survived by his widow, his daughter, Mrs. Brock, his son, Warren G. Deam, and his grandson, Homer D. Deam, a son of our subject, besides six other grandchildren and Lewis Deam, a brother, who resides in Dayton, Ohio. His daughter Dora had died February 24, 1876, and his son, William L. Deam, on the 16th of April, 1902. David Beam had lived continuously at his home in Summer Hill from 1867 and in the years in which he enjoyed good health he ranked among the prominent citizens of Pike county and was classed with her representative men. He was buried in the family lot in the West cemetery at Pittsfield.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. William L. Deam was born but one child. Homer David Deam, whose birth occurred June 19, 1893, and he now resides with his mother on the home farm in Atlas township. The father, William L. Deam, had been educated in the district schools of Summer Hill, had been reared to farm life upon his father's place and had remained at home until he made his first purchase of land of sixty-two acres about 1880. This tract was situated on section 21, Atlas township. At this time he was married, and as his financial resources increased he added to his property from time to time until at his death he owned an estate of six hundred acres of very valuable land, which is now in possession of his widow. Of this sixty-two acres is very rich and productive bottom land and the remainder is as good rich farming land as can be found in Pike county. William L. Deam was one of the prosperous and enterprising agriculturists of the county, making rapid advancement in his business career. Each step was carefully and thoughtfully made and after forming his plans he was determined in their execution. He was never known to misuse a public trust or betray the confidence of a friend and it was through honorable, straightforward business methods that he won his prosperity. In his political views he was a stalwart republican, interested in the success of his party and at the time of his death he was serving as road commissioner of Atlas township. He always stood in the front rank of those who desired the good and welfare of the community and was popular with everyone, his friends being almost as numerous as the number of his acquaintances. In the midst of a prosperous career and happy home life he was called to his final rest April 16, 1902, being then but forty-five years of age, for his birth had occurred on the 27th of September, 1856. His loss was deeply deplored by many warm friends as well as his immediate family, the community mourning the loss of a representative citizen, his lodges a faithful member and his family a devoted husband and father. He belonged to the Masonic order, the Modern Woodmen camp and the Pike County Mutual Association. He was laid to rest in the West cemetery at Pittsfield and his memory is yet cherished by many who knew him. Mrs. Deam has always lived in this county, representing old pioneer families through her own as well as her husband's relations. She and her son still reside upon the farm, which her husband left to her and Mrs. Deam has many friends in the county.

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