October 22, 1849 (Monday)

Cloudy nearly all day, but clear towards evening.

A cousin (Thos. Stem) whom I had not seen for several years called on me this evening, and we went to the Franklin Institute Exhibition.  The room was a perfect jam.

For more on the exhibition at the Franklin Institute, see the entry for October 18.

Thomas W. Stem (1824–1892) was born in Nantmeal, Chester County, Pennsylvania (readers will remember Nathan’s father lives in East Nantmeal) to John and Elizabeth (Bun) Stem.  In 1849, Thomas was a teacher but he went on to become a very successful farmer in North Coventry, Chester County. We do not know the precise kinship between Nathan and Thomas, however, Nathan also has an uncle Nathan Stem (rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown) and Thomas W. eventually names his son Nathan (b. 1858).  It is possible our Nathan’s mother, Thomas’s father, and Nathan Stem are siblings, making Nathan Beekley and Thomas W. Stem first cousins.


Garner, Winfield Scott. Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chester County, Pennsylvania : Comprising a Historical Sketch of the County. Philadelphia: Gresham, 1893.

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