Reuben Crawford Beavers

Reuben Crawford Beavers, ordinary, Fairburn, Campbell Co., Ga., one of the oldest and most respected citizens of the county, was born in Jasper county, Ga., in 1813, the son of Joseph and Sarah (Fluker) Beavers, the former born in Virginia in 1772, where he spent his boyhood days until 1797, when he was married to Miss Sarah Fluker of Greene county, Ga.

There on a farm the young couple spent the first part of their married life, until 1809, when they removed to Jasper county, where they continued farming, up to the time of his death Mrs. Beavers, with the courage which is rarely seen in one left in such straits, determined to carry on the farm with the help of her sons. This she did with success until 1866, when she was called to that well deserved rest for which she had worked so hard.

They were the parents of nine children, all of whom are deceased but Reuben C., the subject of this sketch: John F., Robert O., Rebecca, James L., Charles B., William A. J., Elizabeth F. and Sarah. They were members of the Baptist church, were very highly respected and much loved in their community, and held the confidence and esteem of all who knew them.

Mr. Beavers at the age of twelve years came with his father and mother to what is now known as Campbell county, and spent the greater part of his boyhood and youth upon the farm, finding little time for study, but such as he did receive from the primary schools of his own and Jasper counties he put to good advantage, giving his teachers satisfaction on every side, showing the indomitable perseverance of his mother.

When he reached manhood he left the farm and began merchandising. This he followed successfully during the years 1836-37-38. In that year, realizing that there were other things to engage his attention, he entered the Indian war, and for three months served in the cavalry regiment of Capt. James Word. Here he spent the greater part of his time in fighting the Cherokee Indians, and then returned to his home.

July 31, 1838, he married Miss Jane McClure, daughter of William and Elizabeth (McMillan) McClure, who came to Georgia in 1832 from Spartanburg, S.C. Mr. McClure was of Irish descent, died in 1849, and his widow survived him until 1883, when she died at the advanced age of 90 years.

After his marriage Mr. Beavers followed the occupation of farming for three years. By this time, however, he had gained the confidence and good will of all who knew him, and in 1841 was elected clerk of the court of ordinary. He held this position until 1852, and filled the place so well that he would have doubtless, continued to hold it had not the court been changed and Mr. Camp elected in his place. This latter gentleman held the position for four years, but at the end of that period Mr. Beavers was elected to the office of ordinary, which he still holds, and has so gained the confidence and good will of all who know him, by this strict integrity and uprightness, that it would be hard to find another who would hold such a place in the esteem of the people as Mr. Beavers.

Mr. and Mrs. Beavers have no children of their own, but they adopted and reared a little girl, of whom they were very fond. She was very much attached to her foster parents, and was happily married to the Hon. M. P. Harvey, of Fairburn Campbell Co., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere. Mr. Beavers belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church, where they are loved and respected by all who know them.