Today is July 4th 2017 celebrating July 4th 1776

Posted by on 04 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Today is July 4th 2017 celebrating July 4th 1776
241 years ago The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America.
John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was passed on July 2 with no opposing vote cast. A committee of five had already drafted the formal declaration, to be ready when Congress voted on independence.

John Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document, which Congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”
But Independence Day is actually celebrated on July 4, the date that the Declaration of Independence was approved.

Of the 56 signatories, 31 were relatives of mine.
From 2nd cousin 9 times removed Ben Franklin to Carter Braxton 14th once removed.
John Adams 3rd cousin 8 times removed.
Thomas Jefferson was an 8th cousin 7 times removed.
That’s some interesting informoation.

Why is this document important?
Abraham Lincoln said of it:
“”Let us revere the Declaration of Independence.” “Let us readopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it the practices and policy which harmonize with it.”
“I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. …… It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”
He called our country based on these principles “the last best hope of earth.”

Alan Keyes started an organization called the Declaration Fountain to renew those principles.
“The Declaration Foundation has as its aim the restoration of that which is the foundation of the common ground which binds us all, whatever our backgrounds as Americans.”
“I think if we don’t soon recover the understanding they had at the beginning, then we shall continue down the road of a debased and dejected freedom that will in the end become such a burden to us, such a violation of our dignity, that we shall gladly give it up.”
“We want to restore to this country that understanding of law which is the ground for our claim of freedom. And in education, and in law, and in public policy, we want to begin to inspire people once again to have the boldness of their declaration convictions.”

So today instead of just wasting huge amounts of money on fireworks, perhaps it would be well to consider the document and the principles embodied in it.


Why is it that so many feel they must defame great people?

Posted by on 27 May 2017 | Tagged as: blog


Today Yahoo News has this advertised:
10 Troubling Stories From The Life Of Lincoln

So I go to the link then to the read more link to get the article.

10 He was afraid to carry a knife: he struggled with crippling depression.
So what?
An illness is troubling?
What is wrong with this writer.

9. He jumped out of a window: in Congress to block a vote on an important issue.
So what?

I wish more Congressmen would do more to prevent bad votes, or to support  good ones for that matter.

8 He stopped his first political speech to fight someone.
So what?
Wrestling was a big thing in the day.

7 He started a riot.

Not really, just a street fight with some fighting for him and some against him.
So what?
Physical fighting was a big deal to settle issues then.
And young men often fight to prove things.

6 He watched his first love die.

So what is so wrong about someone who must witness the passing of a loved one?

5 He was considered hideous.
Do we all need to be beautiful as the world considers beauty?
At least he could joke about it.

4 There were rumors…
That’s where I stopped reading.
Rumors are started by waging tongues to destroy and truth is generally far from them.

3 He almost cheated on Mary Todd (his wife) with…
More rumors meant to defame and far from truth.

2 He nearly fought a duel..
So what?
That was a thing in the day and because of his quick wit in the stilled
use of the broadsword, the duel was averted to his credit.

1 He nearly left Mary Todd at the altar
So it’s a crime to have doubts before you wed?


Why is it that so many feel they must defame great people?
Do they feel it makes them better?
Everyone has flaws or parts of their lives that others think of as flaws.
Let the writer’s life be looked at with the same critical eye, and let’s see how his
insignificant life stands up.



Posted by on 25 Mar 2017 | Tagged as: blog

I just spent one and a half hours reading through and deleting all but two of 2,259 comments posted to my website pending file.   I sent them all to the spam folder and then emptied it.

Some were blatant ads, some straight forward links, some made no sense, some were in German, some in Russian, some in squares, whatever language that is supposed to be, but most were generic statements applied with no thought  to indiscriminate  pages at random by some computer software.

The one that I approved was from a hosting company but was applicable to the page it was on.

It told of Abraham Lincoln and was on The Lincoln’s Ghost Returns 2010 page.

The other got lost somewhere but i wrote it’s point down where I could keep it.

My point: if you want a back link from me, read the post or page and make your own real comment.


Abraham Lincoln-love him or hate him?

Posted by on 24 Jan 2016 | Tagged as: blog

Abraham Lincoln-love him or hate him?

People either love Abraham Lincoln the 16th US President or they hate him.

But do they know him?

‘A friend  of mine asked, “Who could hate Abe Lincoln?”

Lincolns Ghost 2009

People who tend toward libertarianism think that the constitutional government of the United States of America started down hill with the Presidency of the 16th President. Lincoln took away so many freedoms and even started the income tax.  He was a bad president in their opinion.

Do they know him or anything about his presidency?  I’d say no they do not.   The Civil War was a real all out war not like some of the modern day military actions the US military is so often involved in now.   The President does have certain powers during war time that supersede the normal functioning of our constitutional government.   Congress agreed with these actions. Lincoln didn’t act as a tyrant. 

And what of the income tax instituted during that civil war?  Lincoln wanted the American people to fund the military needs to preserve the Union.   He didn’t want the banks to get a stranglehold on the government.  But did he start it?  No! Sure he signed it into law but it wasn’t his idea.

“ Passed as an emergency measure to finance the Union cause in the Civil War, the first income tax generated approximately $55 million in government revenues during the war.  Paying the taxes was viewed as part of the patriotic war effort, and the whole country was proud when the merchant prince A. T. Stewart paid $400,000 in taxes on an income of $4 million.”

The tax was discontinued in 1872 and declared unconstitutional in 1895 by the Supreme Court.  Which lead to the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1913.

I’ll ask the question again, do these Lincoln haters know anything of Lincoln and the history of our nation?

I’ve learned many things about Mr. Abraham Lincoln.   His life and his beliefs and teachings would help our nation today just as they did during “those terribly dark years” of the Civil War.   Because we are in just as precarious a situation now as the nation was then. ‘–Jay Beacham

You’ll learn some insights into this famous man from Lincoln’s Ghost as presented by Jay Beacham.

Barbara Hunt of St. George wrote a news article titled “Jay Beacham-Actor”

“To be Lincoln’s Ghost and to be remembered as Abraham Lincoln
is about as good as it gets. Jay Beacham, with the uncanny physical
appearance of Abraham Lincoln, gave an awe inspiring performance
in the Opera House on Lincoln’s birthday. Beacham’s voice and
physical attributes made one think the President was talking and
explaining history as it happened to him.”

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” So said Mr. Abraham Lincoln.

I’ve assembled a collection of my one man show of Lincoln’s Ghost and the short booklet “Facts about Abraham Lincoln”.

This group of 4 dvds and 1 audio cd and 1 book is for sale for $100.00

Get your dvd now 

I started portraying Mr. Lincoln in 1972 at Dixie Junior College in St. George Utah.
I was a seated Abraham Lincoln on a float a girl’s housing apartment complex entered into the Homecoming parade.
A guy from the drama department makeup class manufactured a chin beard on my face.
The department costume lady got me a set of Lincoln clothes.
I sat on a chair like the monument in DC at the Lincoln Memorial amid guys from the associated men student leadership.
One black ball player and a white guy as modern students, one man as a Confederate soldier and one as a Union soldier of the Civil War.
The float’s point was that the past made modern schooling available to all.
I was in a play or two for the fun of it, even being the sound engineer for one play and did a weekly radio news program but nothing  more about Lincoln.

Later I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
One of my first classes was stage makeup.
The instructor thought that I and another fellow had facial structures similar to Lincoln and we should learn to use make up for old Abe.
We studied the face and on a drawing we made, we designed how we should use lines and shadowing and highlights of grease paints and makeup pencils to look more like Mr. Lincoln.
I found out that my health was adversely effected by those paints and gave it up and tried something else.
I was in several plays and in two operas but mostly not for credit but for fun having been asked to participate.
I was a voice in a radio play and then left school for work.

In the 1980s I stared doing one man appearances as Abraham Lincoln teaching the principles of integrity that can be learned from Honest Abe.
I developed a script to introduce him based on stories of the appearance of Lincoln’s Ghost in the White House and elsewhere.
By this time my facial hair was coming in full and dark and I made a good Mr. Lincoln.

But then life and work got in the way of doing more with my Lincoln’s Ghost character.
I did other one man shows and some stage and film acting.
In 2004 I dressed as Lincoln for the Republican Party County Lincoln Day Breakfast
to deliver the Gettysberg Address.

Then when 2009 came around and the 200 year anniversary of Lincoln’s birth drew near,
I thought now was the time to do Lincoln in a big way.
But my beard was getting very white even though my head hair has stayed dark for longer.
At first I thought this would be a problem.
Then I reasoned, no problem, a ghost would look ghosty.
To make the beard not stark white as I have it for some other characters I’ve played and still do, I color the beard a little with charcoal. This makes it a little darker, grayish really, and I can be Lincoln’s Ghost not a Lincoln impersonator.

I’d been working in St. George Live performances for several years
portraying Jacob Hamblin and Brigham Young
and being close to the city staff running the Pioneer  Opera  House,
I contracted to rent the hall and put on Lincoln’s Ghost.

I’ve done it for four years now. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014.
One year I was in Ghost Tours in Santa Clara in October
and one year appeared at the Washington County Fair so people could get their photos taken with Mr. Lincoln.
Another year I attended the St. George City 4th of July day celebrations as Mr. Lincoln
at the political booths, photos with celebrants, road in the little train, helped judge the hot dog eating contest and was interviewed by a TV News program.

I’ve  presented Lincoln’s Ghost to  both Democrat and Republican Parties, to public, private and home schools.

In 2014,  St. George hired me to tell stories as Mr. Lincoln on President’s Day February 22.
Whereas other years the show had been on February 12th-Lincoln’s birthday anniversary.
My son James is a film maker and filmed the first three years of shows. The 2014, I had two cameras recording.
The audio track was pre-recorded.
In 2015, the dvd of the live show came out.
The Facts about Lincoln booklet was on Kindle first but now is in print form.    Order it here or get an e-book from  or from Amazon

Following is a description of the shows  and what you’ll find in them when you get your own copy.

Lincoln’s Ghost show 2009 dvd

is an overview of the life of Abraham Lincoln.

It starts with Lincoln’s ghost being seen at a window in the white house.

Of the 2009 show, Mark Shurtleff, former Utah State Attorney General said:

“Thanks Jay. We watched it and love it! Hey all you Friends – get Jay’s new Lincoln DVD. He IS Honest Abe!”

You can see this in 5 parts on You Tube for free.

There have been over 14,500 views to date.

But your own dvd is the best way to see it as 112 others have.

Get your copy now

Lincoln’s Ghost Returns the new show for 2010 dvd
This performance goes over speeches and much sage advice from the 16th president of the United States of America.  His 1838 speech that talks about mob law, the constitution , and the Declaration of Independence is included;  The powers of the President are reviewed;    And other things about the government and how it should operate are explained;  Political Parties role in proper government;   The need for a moral God fearing and grateful people.

Ben Arnold said of this on January 11, 2016

“Thank you Jay Beacham and Abraham Lincoln for teaching the American people what the schools unfortunately fail to teach the rising generations. It took less than a minute and 30 seconds, to explain very calmly, slowly, that the President is nothing more than a spokesperson for the American people and has no power to do even 0.01% of the things our Presidents have been doing.”

See the promo video Ben spoke of Lincoln’s Ghost Returns 

150 people like you have their own copies now.
Get your dvd now 
Thoughts on Life by Lincoln’s Ghost 2011 dvd
October of 2010, Ghost Tours in Santa Clara, Utah featured Lincoln’s Ghost, experiences with deaths in Lincoln’s life,
some of it in verse much of which Lincoln wrote is an expansion of the short five minutes Ghost Tours talk.

Regina Montgomery said of this:
“This was unbelievably realistic and oh so great! I loved this! I’m a fan!”

See the promo Thoughts on Life by Lincoln’s Ghost 

Get your dvd now 

75 people have their own

Lincoln’s Ghost Tells Stories-2014 audio pre-recorded cd
is about Mr. Lincoln’s propensity for storytelling

106 copies are in the hands of customers
One of them, Brenda Armstrong (From Texas, USA), bought her own audio cd and said,
“Sure do love the Abe cd….you’re truly gifted..I loved the singing you did with no music.”

Lincoln’s Ghost Tells Stories-2014 dvd of live show new October 2015

19 people now have their own copy

Get your dvd now 
Just $20 each ( plus $3 shipping);
$75 for all 4 dvds($6 Shipping)
$95 for all 4 dvds and the cd
$100 for all five and the book at half price

Geyour dvds now 

 Get the book

“Facts about Abraham Lincoln”
for $10
On Kindle: $8.97 at:

or at:

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send money order or check to:

Jay Beacham
85 East Center Street
Ivins, Utah 84738

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Get them all and watch, listen and read.Thanks

Jay Beacham 

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Fun, Fireworks, Folks from all over the world

Posted by on 11 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: blog

Fun, Fireworks, Folks from all over the world

(2013 July 4th)
Two Summers ago Lincoln’s Ghost attended the 4th of July celebrations held at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George, Utah.
Samantha Thomas, reporter for St. George TV News interviewed him about the visitors he’d met that day.
Besides fun, fireworks, folks from all over the world the day was planned to honor veterans of military.
Of course there was singing, dancing, water fun, and contests, and games.
And no one seemed to mind the heat.
See her report after the commercial at:

Lincoln’s Ghost (aka Jay Beacham) appears at 43 seconds to 48 seconds in the film clip.

There was fun, fireworks, folks from all over the world.
Just some of the happenings in St George that day.

The Lincoln’s Ghost Collection

Posted by on 12 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: blog


The Lincoln’s Ghost Collection


“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” So said Mr. Abraham Lincoln.

I’ve assembled a collection of my one man show of Lincoln’s Ghost and the short book “Facts about Abraham Lincoln”.
This group of 3 dvds and 1 audio cd and 1 book is for sale for $85.00.

Lincoln’s Ghost show 2009 dvd

an overview of the life of Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln’s Ghost Returns the new show for 2010 dvd
This performance goes over speeches and much sage advise from the 16th president of the United States of America.

Thoughts on Life by Lincoln’s Ghost 2011 dvd
October of 2010, Ghost Tours in Santa Clara, Utah featured Lincoln’s Ghost, experiences with deaths in Lincoln’s life,
some of it in verse much of which Lincoln wrote is an expansion of the short five minutes Ghost Tours talk.

Lincoln’s Ghost Tells Stories-2014 audio cd
is about Mr. Lincoln’s propensity for storytelling

Just $20 each ( plus $3 shipping);
$75 for all 4 ($6 Shipping)
$85 with the book.

Get the book
“Facts about Abraham Lincoln”
for $10

Jay Beacham
85 East Center Street
Ivins, Utah 84738

pay pal :
money order or check

Get them all and watch, listen and read.
Obtain exclusive re-publishing rights in your country.
Cost $10,000 US currency.

Jay Beacham

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Kindle Edition Facts About Abraham Lincoln

Posted by on 16 May 2015 | Tagged as: blog


It’s new! Kindle Edition of:

Facts about Abraham Lincoln
By Jay Beacham

(The actor who portrays Lincoln’s Ghost, a compilation of facts about and sources of fact about the 16th President of the United States of America from blogs and oneman shows.)


How did a common laborer with virtually no education become a captain in the militia, a surveyor, a store owner, a state legislator, a US congressman, a great orator and finally the President of the United States?
What made him so special and that all possible?
Learn more about this unusual and great man from this book.


He was misjudged by many in his own time and he still is.
Lincoln did what was good for the country by appointing men who loved the Union but were of differing opinions about how to serve her best.
He favored principle more than party loyalty.
He was interested in many things as evidenced by his invention, poetry, interest in the stage and music.
He was a kind sort of person.
He was the Johnny Carson, Ronald Reagan humorist and athlete of the day.
He and the author can trace their roots back to a common ancestor: Obidiah Holmes.

This book is about A. Lincoln and some things you may know and some you may not yet know.
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 farmer, railsplitter, river flat boat man, student, scholar, reader, poet, storyteller, humorist, store clerk and manager, postman, wrestler, surveyor, horseman, legislator, public speaker, writer, marksman, congressman, lawyer, lover, husband, father, inventor, soldier-private, captain, commander in chief, President.
“Seldom in history as so capable a man come on the scene at such a crucial time in world history. And one who started out in such raw circumstances and rose to such an elevated height.”
He was an avid reader and letter writer, speaker and storyteller.
A marksman who disdained the killing of animals even for food. He even owned a turkey as a pet at one time.
A man who milked his own cow and cut his own firewood all his life except when in the nation’s capital while serving in congress and as President.
Mr. Lincoln was a learned man though self taught.
He was full of wisdom about life and the governance of people.
Because of all that he knew and did, people have begun to attribute more to him than he actually said or did and the facts get mixed up with fantasy.

This short work will cover some things that are factual and some that are not and will direct the reader to other sources in film, on the net, and in print for further learning about this remarkable man.
(All this information may be found elsewhere but not in this form and my own ideas and thoughts are mine. But then, can anyone claim original thought?)

Notes from the author:

“I’ve been told I looked like Lincoln most of my adult life and I’ve come to see that that isn’t such a bad thing.
( I’ve been told I looked like others too and found out that I was distantly related to them too through common ancestors.)
In speaking to people, some tell me of books they’ve read or stories about “Ole’ Abe” that I haven’t known. Some of that I include in my shows.
A college professor told me of several things I hadn’t known that made other things I did know make more sense or be more meaningful to me. And he even said that some things that were in my 2009 show dvd, he hadn’t known.
I guess that goes to prove that Lincoln, as well as all of us, are complex beings and no one knows all there is to know about us.”—-Jay Beacham

Get your kindle version at:

Kindle Price: $8.97

Get your soft back copy from:

Jay Beacham

85 East Center Street

Ivins, Utah 84738

or call 435-628-7809

$20.00 plus $5.00 S & H

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My Book Review of Abraham Lincoln: God’s Humble Servant

Posted by on 14 Aug 2013 | Tagged as: blog

I just finished reading this book. I’d been asked to read and review it as a portrayer of Lincoln by an ardent Lincoln enthusiast. She asked me if I’d learned anything new. Yes I had.
Like most books there were spelling errors and in one chapter misstated dates that the proof reader had failed to correct. But it didn’t ruin the reading.
One thing annoyed me and that was the restating of some points over and over again.
The same could have been said in a shorter way and still have gotten the point over.
What did I learn? I learned about a recurring dream Mr.Lincoln had prior to major happenings during the war. I found that very interesting.
As with all books, I took notes. And some of that information that I haven’t used in prior shows, I will use in future shows portraying Mr. A. Lincoln.
I recommend your reading
Abraham Lincoln: God’s Humble Instrument
-Jay Beacham

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