BEAL, Geneva Mattie

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Last Name
 
BEAL
Given Names
 
Geneva Mattie
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
9/4/1920
Age at Death
 
58
Place of Birth
 
Wiggins, Mississippi
Residence (US)
 
San Francisco, California
Residence (JT)
 
Dorm 2
Residence (JT) Abbreviated
 
A2
Religion
 
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Information on __Source of Death
 
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Body Identification Number
 
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Cook (PT occupation record); Canning (LJ memo); nursing, farming (PT occupation record); Laundress (Maaga)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Government Income
 
SSA (JT), SSI, DIB
Entry in Guyana
 
8/2/1977
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Family Tree
 
Discrepancies
 
PT occupation record says birthdate is 10/5/15; passport DOB above
Remembrances
 
“Geneva Beal's story was recounted to us in a service by Jim, who used it to show how cruelly treated were domestic workers in Mississippi. Geneva did ironing, and one particular customer, not pleased with the results, threw the whole bushel on the ground and demanded that she do it over again. Jim had her stand, and fumed to the congregation that, "some of you have never even spoken to her." I cringed in my seat in the choir. I was one who had never spoken to her, or even noticed her. Worse yet, I wrote about her and the story that Jim used in the service, in a book that was published on the tenth anniversary of the Jonestown Suicide/Massacre, though I had forgotten her name by then! Thanks to this site, I was able to put a name with the face I remembered. ” - Kathryn Barbour