Leman Beecher
Catherine Shew
Jacob Shew Beecher


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1. Lillian L. Simpson

2. Ada Emmons

Jacob Shew Beecher 2

  • Born: 13 Feb 1839, , , CT 2 3 4
  • Christened: Oct 1839, Kent: First Congregational Church, Litchfield, CT 5
  • Marriage (1): Lillian L. Simpson
  • Marriage (2): Ada Emmons in 1890 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 1
  • Died: 30 Nov 1917, Wilmington, New Castle, DE at age 78 4 6
  • Buried: 4 Dec 1917, Wilmington: Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, New Castle, DE 4

   Other names for Jacob were J. S. Beecher and Jacob S. Beecher.7

   FamilySearch ID: L69L-DQ2.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Kent, Litchfield, CT. 8

2. Census in 1870 in West Chester, Chester, PA. 7 The 1870 census recorded Jacob S. Beecher, photographer, 30, living with wife Lillian L, 19; Harry D., 3; Wayne, 9 months; and Rachel Aldswoth, domestic servant, 24. Jacob was born in Connecticut, Lillian in Virginia, and the children in Pennsylvania.

3. Occupation: photographer who signed his portraits as J. S. Beecher. Look for his old photos for sale on EBay, etc. in 1870 in West Chester, Chester, PA. 7

4. Newspaper: Philadelphia Inquirer: "Jacob S. Beecher was notified to appear before the Court of Common Pleas on the third Monday of September, and show cause why wife Lillian T. Beecher should not be divorced from the bonds of matrimony.", 8 Sep 1879, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 9

5. Census in 1880 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 10 The 1880 census recorded boarding at 325 Park: Jacob Beechis [transcription error], divorced, photographer, 40, born in Connecticut, living with his son Harry, 1, born in Pennsylvania. Harry's mother was born in Virginia.

6. Census in 1900 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 3 The 1900 census recorded at 825 West 4th Street: Jacob Beecker [Beecher, handwriting unclear], photographer, 61, born Feb 1839, living with wife Ada, 23, Jan 1879 in the home owned by her mother, Rebecca Emmons, widow, 79, Mar 1821. With them is Jacob's son Paul E., 8 months, born Sep 1899. Jacob and Ada were married for 10 years and had 1 child. Jacob and his father were born in Connecticut, and his mother in New York. Ada and Paul were born in Delaware, her father in Massachusetts and mother Rebecca in New Jersey.

7. Cause of Death: chronic lelstitis, enlarged prostrate gland, 30 Nov 1917, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 4

8. Residence: 825 W. 4th St., Wilmington, DE on 30 Nov 1917 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 4

Jacob married Lillian L. Simpson. (Lillian L. Simpson was born about 1851 in , , VA 7.)

Jacob next married Ada Emmons in 1890 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE.1 (Ada Emmons was born on 8 Jan 1857 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE,3 died on 17 Mar 1934 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE and was buried on 20 Mar 1934 in Wilmington: Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, New Castle, DE.)


1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 22 Nov 2013), entry for Jacob Shew Beecher, person ID L69L-DQ2.

2 Family Bible of Leman Beecher - Cahterine Shew (http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.beecher/269/mb.ashx).

3 1900 United States Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Wilmington Ward 3, New Castle, Delaware; Roll: 154; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0010; FHL microfilm: 1240154.

4 Ancestry.com, Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933, Jacob S. Beecher [indexed Bucher].

5 Ancestry.coms, Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 (Original Data: Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut.), Volume 55, Kent, Connecticut. Index page 14 citing Vol. 1 page 42.

6 FamilySearch.org, United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6W5-69P Jacob S Beecher, 1907-1933.

7 1870 United States Census, Year: 1870; Census Place: West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1325; Page: 144B; Image: 295; Family History Library Film: 552824.

8 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut; Roll: M653_81; Page: 304; Image: 309; Family History Library Film: 803081.

9 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), 8 Sep 1879, page 3.

10 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXCF-QPD Jacob Beechis, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing sheet 204C, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-0118.

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