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Zephaniah " Charles" Beals 

Zephaniah " Charles" Beals[1, 2, 3]

Male 1861 - 1946

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  • Birth  31 Oct 1861  Clementsport, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  03 May 1874  Morristown Bapt. Ch., Kings Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  28 May 1946  Pasadena, Cal. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  01 Jun 1946  Mountain View Mausoleum, Pasadena Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I01709  Our Beals Genealogy
    Last Modified  3 Aug 2017 

    Father  John Beals,   b. 20 Oct 1828, Inglisville, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1915, Goffstown, N.H. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Lucy Bent Beals,   b. 12 Nov 1832, Clementsport, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1873, Clementsport, Annapolis Co., N.S. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  17 Feb 1851 
    Photos
    Stephen Beals' Home in NS
    Stephen Beals' Home in NS
    Built about 1814, it fell down about 1920. There were two fireplaces, an oven and nine rooms. Two families were born in this home, the nine children of Stephen & Nancy, and the eight children of John & Lucy (their youngest daughter).
    Family ID  F00219  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Susie Hunter,   b. Abt 1867, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1892 
    Married  06 Jun 1888  [4
    Children 
     1. Charles Warren Beals,   b. 24 Apr 1890, Boston, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1894, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F00305  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pamela Hixton,   b. 27 Feb 1850, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1916, China Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Apr 1894  China Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Albert " Victor" Beals,   b. 20 Feb 1895, WuHu, China Find all individuals with events at this location
    Photos
    Zephaniah Charles and Lizzy (Cassidy) Beals.
    Zephaniah Charles and Lizzy (Cassidy) Beals.
    It is believed this photo was taken shortly after their marriage in 1894.
    Family ID  F00306  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Effie Pinkham,   b. 06 Jun 1884, Lawrence, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Nov 1973, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Oct 1917  Yokahama, Japan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Rev. Z. Charles & Effie Beals' Marriage Invitation
    Rev. Z. Charles & Effie Beals' Marriage Invitation
    Family ID  F00309  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Rev. Z. Charles Beals
    Rev. Z. Charles Beals
    Zephaniah Charles and Lizzy (Cassidy) Beals.
    Zephaniah Charles and Lizzy (Cassidy) Beals.
    It is believed this photo was taken shortly after their marriage in 1894.
    Victor and his father Zephaniah Charles Beals.
    Victor and his father Zephaniah Charles Beals.
    extracted from the Prophetic and Mission Record, ca. 1909

    Documents
    A Message from China to Brother Beals, ca. 1909
    A Message from China to Brother Beals, ca. 1909
    c/o Blair Daniels.
    Rev. Z. Charles & Effie Beals' Marriage Invitation
    Rev. Z. Charles & Effie Beals' Marriage Invitation
    Rev. Z. Charles Beals' obituary
    Rev. Z. Charles Beals' obituary
    Z. Charles Beals' April 6,1910 Postcard, front
    Z. Charles Beals' April 6,1910 Postcard, front
    Z. Charles Beals' April 6,1910 Postcard, message
    Z. Charles Beals' April 6,1910 Postcard, message
    To Rev. Will Churchill, Crouseville, ME, postmarked Yokohama, Japan, April 8, 1910:
    "Dear Will: I have thought of you much since last fall. May God bless you in all your work. We have had a delightful journey. Kind regards to your niece. How is that good mother of yours.
    Sincerely yours, Z.C. Beals, Wuhu, China"
    Zephaniah 'Charles' Beals' 1898 passport application
    Zephaniah "Charles" Beals' 1898 passport application

  • Notes 
    • At the age of thirteen Charles went to sea as a sailor but in 1883 he began his training as a missionary at the New York Mission Institute. He began his mission work at the East Baptist Church there and in 1883 took charge of a publishing house. In June of that year he married Susie Hunter of Glasgow, Scotland. Two years later they moved to Boston where he started a publishing house under the name of Beals, Bainton and Co.

      In March 1892 Charles and his wife and son, Warren, were sent to China by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. His wife died six months later and his son was sent back to New York where he died two years later. In 1894 he married Lizzie Cassidy the widow of Dr. William Cassidy who was also a missionery.
      A year later he was appointed Local Superintendent and Treasurer of the Central China Alliance and took charge of a large Missionary Training Home in WuHu with fourty-five missionaries under him. In 1900 he resigned and took a position as secretary to Lord Li and tutor to his son but still had time to carry on with missionary work.

      Charles and his wife came back to America in 1912 where he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Advent Mission Society for three years before returning to China in 1915. His second wife died a year later. His third marriage was in 1917 in Yokohama, Japan to Effie Pinkham of Pasadena, California. During the next fifteen years they made three trips home and returned from China for the final time in 1932. Soon after this he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Aurora College. He died in 1946 leaving his wife, Effie, and son Victor.

      During Charles Beals' 40 year missionary career in China he established seven churches, built the Wuhu Academy (out of his own funds) which later became the first co-educational high school in China and was instrumental in establishing a hospital. For his services to the Chinese people he was decorated with the Order of the Striped Tiger which gave him one of the highest positions in the Chinese government. He also found time for archaeology, discovering and excavating ancient Chinese tombs. Artifacts found there were placed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

      On two occasions Charles and Effie returned from China to their US residence at 350 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (Departed Shanghai Jan 7, 1926 and arrived at San Francisco, Jan 27, 1926. Departed Shanghai Nov 25, 1932 and arrived at Los Angeles Dec 16, 1932). An earlier return departing Shanghai May 6, 1922 brought them to San Francisco and their home at 650 N. Fair Oakes, Pasadena.

  • Sources 
    1. [S00134] Correspondence with Willis (Bill) Beals (1979 - 1987).

    2. [S00002] "China Adventure" (1962) written by Bertha E. Cassidy, step-daughter of Z. Charles Beals.

    3. [S00201] Obituary for and Tribute to Dr. Z. Charles Beals in "The Herald of Life", a publication of the Christian and Missionare Alliance.

    4. [S00044] Beals Genealogy compiled by George Washington Beals, ca 1947.