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Reverend William Martin Beauchamp

Reverend William Martin Beauchamp was born in Coldenham, Orange Co., N.Y., on March 25, 1830. His father, W. M. Beauchamp, was an England native who came to the United States in 1829. He married Mary Jay and together they had five children. In 1831 Mr. Beauchamp moved the family to Skaneateles. William attended school at the Skaneateles Academy and later De Lancey Divinity School at Geneva, N.Y. He graduated in 1862 and was ordained as a deacon the same year. In 1863, Rev. Beauchamp was ordained as presbyter, and began his work at Calvary Church of Northville, in Cayuga County. In July of 1865, Rev. Beauchamp moved to Baldwinsville and became rector of Grace Church, where he has officiated for nearly thirty years. He married Sarah Carter and they had four children.

After retiring, Rev. Beauchamp moved to Syracuse, where he devoted the majority of his time to research and writing about the Iroquois. He later authored of the 'Iroquois Trail' and 'New York Indian Names,' which earned him the reputation as being one of the great early authorities on the culture, history, and institutions of the Iroquois. Mr. Beauchamp was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, director of the Onondaga Historical Society, also a passionate student in the field of natural sciences and archeology, and an officer and contributor to American Folk Lore Society. Between 1897 and 1907, the New York State Museum published thirteen bulletins written by Beauchamp on archeology, history, and culture of Native Americans in New York State. He received the degree of Sacred Theology Doctorate from Hobart College, and was one of only the three examining chaplains of the Central New York diocese.

To learn more about Reverend William Martin Beauchamp, please visit:, New York State Library and Wikipedia

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