Barbara Inman Beall was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A 1961 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Senior High School, Dr. Beall subsequently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, with a B.A. in English. She later received an M.S. degree in Technical Communications from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Ph.D. in English with emphasis in Rhetoric & Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. She married Howard Beall in Cedar Rapids in 1964. The Bealls have two grown children (who are married and with children). They have lived in the Denver Metropolitan area since 1980. Dr. Beall retired from teaching college composition for over 20 years at Metropolitan State College of Denver and the Colorado Community Colleges Online in May 2009. Since her retirement, Dr. Beall has focused on writing and research. Her book, The Sum Total: A Search for Levi Clay (1843-1917) and Jesse James (1847-1882) was published in November 2010 by Aventine Press, and is her first project since her retirement.
Dr. Beall has been doing genealogical research since 1992; however, the demands of school and her doctoral studies mandated placing all of that on hold. The Sum Total is the result of a 22-year search for information concerning an encounter her great grandfather, Levi Clay, had with the outlaw, Jesse James, in Western Iowa. She first heard the story from her father when she was a child, and curiosity compelled her to continue searching. The book is the first of a series of historical and genealogical books that she intends to research and write.
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