Stephen Daniel Beaver, farmer and merchant of the Fourth District, is a son of Dr. S. B. and Elizabeth Beaver, and was born in Fayette County, 1853, and is one of nine children, five of them living; Mrs. Frances Freeman, Mrs. Isabella Sloop, James B., S. D. and Sarah A. Allison. The father was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, born in Alabama.
When fourteen years of age he moved with his father to Fayette County, where the latter remained until his death. S. B. Beaver had no advantages for educating himself, but, in spite of this, through close application to study and possessing a bright mind, he obtained a fined education and is one of the most practical business man of Fayette County.
He married at twenty-two, and at twenty-four began the study of medicine without any preceptor, and soon after commenced practicing medicine and was soon in possession of an extensive practice, proving efficient and successful as a physician. He is a practical, self-made man, never having attended a medical college, but preparing himself for the profession by his own study.
He is still living in Fayette County, at the advanced age of seventy-eight years, being a man of considerable means. He was captured by the Federal soldiers during the war, and for several weeks served as surgeon in the hospital at Lagrange, Tenn. The mother was born in Henderson County, in 1810, and is still living. They are both Missionary Baptists.
Our subject remained at home until of age, was educated in the county schools, and by self study. When twenty-two he moved to Tipton County and worked as an employee for nine years, and in this time saved $1,000.
December 27, 1880, he married Maria, daughter of William and Mary Delashmit, and has had three sons: Everett Lee, Claudus Gaston and John. He then took charge of the Alston plantation and served as agent for three years, then purchased 187 acres of land, where he now resides, six miles west of Brighton, and in 1883 commenced merchandising in connection with his farming. He possesses fine business capacity, and is becoming one of the leading farmers and substantial business men of the county. When a young man he was constable for a year during an unexpired term.
Mr. Beaver is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland. He is an active member of the I. O. O. F. Mrs. Beaver was born in Tipton County in 1866.
[ Stephen Daniel Beaver , Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee (1887)]
PASSING OF A GOOD CITIZEN: Mr. S. D. Beaver, an old and highly respected citizen, died at his home at Beaver Monday afternoon of Bright’s disease, and was buried at avenscroft burial ground on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, Rev. L. A. Streete, of Munford, conducting the funeral services. The deceased was 66 years of age at the time of his death, and is survived by his wife, four sons and three daughters.
Mr. Beaver was in the mercantile business at Beaver for many years, and was a successful business man and farmer, though he had been deprived of his sight for 17 years.
[ Passing of Good Citizen, The Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., 24 Jul 1919.]