Beer, James 1a

Birth Name Beer, James
Gender male
Age at Death 79 years, 11 months, 27 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth December 9, 1838 Lot 31, Queens, Prince Edward Island says Dec 1 1839 in the 1901 census
Death December 5, 1918 Bannockburn, Lot 31  
Marriage June 24, 1872   Presbyterian minister; George Livingston & Elizabeth Beer were witnesses


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Beer, Thomas
Mother Robertson Robinson, Jane
    Sister     Beer, Mary Anne
    Brother     Beer, William
    Sister     Beer, Elizabeth
         Beer, James
    Sister     Beer, Rebecca
    Brother     Beer, George


    Family of Beer, James and Livingstone, Mary Ann
Married Wife Livingstone, Mary Ann
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage June 24, 1872 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Zion Presbyterian
  1. Beer, Margaret Jane Maggie
  2. Beer, Amy Ann
  3. Beer, Sadie Elizabeth Zaida
  4. Beer, Frederick Boyd
  5. Beer, Ina May
  6. Beer, Mamie



James Beer's birth was recorded in the records of St. Paul's Church of England. He was the son of Thomas Beer and Jane Robinson, and his date of birth was December 1837. James gave his year of birth as 1840-1842 on census records.

James married Mary Ann Livingston in 1872. Married on the 24th ult by Rev. J. M. McLeod, James Beer, Bannockburn to Miss Ann Livingston, Clyde River. The Patriot July 11 1872 page 3

Groom's Name James Beer
Groom's Residence Bannockburn
Groom's Status Bachelor
Bride's Name Mary Ann Livingston
Bride's Residence Clyde River
Bride's Status Spinster
Source RG19/s3/ss5: Marriage bonds, 1872

They had five children:
Maggie who married William Younker,
Amy Ann who married Alfred Mayhew,
Sadie, or Zaida who married Wesley Hood,
Frederick who married Frances Darrach,
Ina May who married Hector Darrach, Frances' brother;
and Mammie.

In the 1891 census, James (49) and Mary A. (40) were in Lot 31 with Maggie (18), Amy (16), Zaida (12), Frederick (9) and May (5). They were living in a wood, one and a half story house with 10 rooms. James gave his occupation as farmer, and said that his father had been born in England and his mother in Ireland. He and Mary Ann were alone by the time of the 1911 census, and James died in 1918 in Clyde River.

From the Guardian February 11 1919, Mr. James Beer:

On December 5th 1918 at his home Clyde River PEI Mr. James Beer departed this life at the age of 71 years. he had not been in robust health for about four years but was more or less active until within a few days of the end when he was taken down by the serious illness which terminated with his death.
During his life he was a prosperous farmer and mill owner and did a large business with the public. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Clyde River and took an active and practical interest in its work.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Livingston and three daughters: Mrs. William Younker of Kingston, Mrs. Wesley Hood and Mrs. Hector Darrach of Clyde River, and one son Fred on the homestead. There is also one sister, Mrs. George Rodd of Milton and one brother William of Kingston.

from find-a-grave:

Birth: 1841 Prince Edward Island, Canada
Death: 1918 Prince Edward Island, Canada
son of Thomas Beer & Ann Ferguson (incorrect)
occupation: Miller
Mary Ann Grant Livingston Beer (1851 - 1919)*
Clyde River Presbyterian Cemetery
Clyde River
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Beers James Pioneer 14 December 1918, page 2, col. 5 At Clyde River, Dec. 5th, James Beers, aged 77 (PEI Ancestry)

Will of James Beer names his wife Mary Ann and three surviving daughters, Mrs Will Younker, Mrs Wesley Hood and Mrs Hector Darrach, and son Frederick. PEI Wills vol 21 page 35

Some information came from The Livingstons of Clyde River on the Island Register and The History and Stories of Clyde River, as well as the book "MacPhail from the Isle of Mull to PEI" by John M. Collins 2006



  1. Beer, Thomas
    1. Robertson Robinson, Jane
      1. Beer, Mary Anne
      2. Beer, William
      3. Beer, Elizabeth
      4. Beer, James
        1. Livingstone, Mary Ann
          1. Beer, Margaret Jane Maggie
          2. Beer, Amy Ann
          3. Beer, Sadie Elizabeth Zaida
          4. Beer, Frederick Boyd
          5. Beer, Ina May
          6. Beer, Mamie
      5. Beer, Rebecca
      6. Beer, George

Source References

  1. Dyment, Jane: Ancestry Family Trees
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