David Beecher
(1793-1880)
Anna Maria Gilbert
(1797-1887)
Jacob Frederick Wagoner
(1794-1855)
Elizabeth Blulach
(Abt 1794-Bef 1837)
Samuel M. Beecher
(1820-1904)
Sarah Ann Matilda Wagoner
(1825-1910)
David Henry Gilbert Beecher
(1848-1930)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Catherine Druck

David Henry Gilbert Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

  • Born: 16 Sep 1848, Bendersville, Adams, PA 1 6 8 15 17 18 19
  • Christened: 26 Oct 1848, Arendtsville: Arendtsville Union Church (Zion Lutheran and Trinity Reformed; Arents Church), Adams, PA 18
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Druck on 8 Dec 1872 in York: Green Hill Evangelical Church, York, PA, USA 1 2 3
  • Died: 21 Dec 1930, York, York, PA at age 82 8 15
  • Buried: 24 Dec 1930, York.: Mount Rose Cemetery, York, PA 8 15

   Other names for David were David H. G. Beacher 1 and David Henry Gilbert Bucher.18

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He has conflicting birth information of 21 Sep 1848 and Bendersville, Adams, PA. 1 6 17 18 20

2. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Butler Twp., Adams, PA. 6 David Beecher, merchant, 56, was living with wife Mary, 53. Also with them was Archibald Wilson, clerk, 63; and Mary Weigle, 19. His real estate was worth $20,000 making him wealthy by comparison to others. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

His next neighbor is John Hoover, tanner, 37, living with Sophia, David Beecher's daughter, 28, and their children: Amelia, 9; daughter Georgeanna, 6; son Lisle, 4; and Mary, 1. Also in their home is Sarah Rufsell, 20, and Samuel Blythe, 7.

The next neighbor is David Beecher's son Samuel Beecher, laborer, 29; wife Matilda, 25; Calvin, 5; David, 3; Charles, 1 month old when the census was recorded on 13 Aug 1850. Also living with them: David Geyer, manufacturer, 23; and Sara Lower, 16. Samuel has no real estate value suggesting he is living on his father's land. Everyone in all families were born in Pennsylvania.

3. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Butler Twp., Adams, PA. 7 David Beecher, 66, was living with wife Mary, 63. David's real estate was worth $5,000 and personal estate $4,500. Both were born in Pennsylvania.

Listed just above them on the census page is the household of Samuel Beecher, 40, paper maker, living with wife Sarah A. M., 35; Mary E., 16; George C., 14; David H., 11; Charles F., 11; Clara J., 8; Samuel B., 5; Sarah A., 1. Also in the home is Mathias Waller, 23, occupation "hireling", and Amanda Bunnell, 18, help. Samuel's real estate was worth $4,000 and personal estate $400. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

4. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Franklin Twp., Adams, PA. 21 Samuel Beecher, 50, works in paper mill, was living with wife Matilda, 45; David, 21, works in paper mill; Clara, 18; Sarah, 11; and Anna, 6. Samuel had no real estate and his personal estate was worth $240. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Arendtsville.

5. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Spring Garden Twp., York, PA. 17 David H. G. Beecher, cigar maker, 31, was living with wife Catharine, 25; George H., 6; and Anna L., 1. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

6. Book: Biographical History Of York County, PA, 1886. 22
D. H. G. Beecher, son of Samuel and Sarah A.M. (Wagner) Beecher, was born September 16, 1848 in Beechersville, Adams County, where after attending the public schools, he began his first work in his father's paper mill, remaining until his twenty-second year, when he came to Spring Garden Township, and for three years worked in the Erhart paper mill; he then learned cigar-making and carried on the manufacture in York Township six years, when he returned to Green Hill, this township his present home. December 8, 1872, Mr. Beecher married Miss Catherine, daughter of George and Catherine (Shell) Druck, and has had born to him six children. George H. (deceased), Samuel A. (deceased), Annie L., Charles E. (deceased), Willie C. (deceased), & Harry D. Our subject comes from a good German family and is the third of nine children.

7. Newspaper: The Gazette: Presented With A Chair, 27 Dec 1899, York, York, PA. 23 D. H. G. Beecher of the firm of D. H. G. Beecher & Company, cigar manufacturers, of the Plank Road, was presented with a handsome Morris chair as a Christmas gift. Mrs. Gilbert made the presentation speech and it was responded to by John W. Coble in behalf of Mr. Beecher.

8. He appeared on the census in 1900 in York, York, PA. 19 Owning the home at 719 Plank Rd, David H. G. Beecher, cigar manufacturer, 51, born Sept 1848, was married for 27 years to wife Catherine, 36, Jun 1853. She had birthed 4 children, all living with them: Calvin M., 13, Feb 1887; Franklin M., 10, Dec 1889; Katie I., 8, Jan 1892; and Lille May, 6, may 1894. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

9. Newspaper: Reading Times: York County: "A bolt of lightning, which demolished a part of D. G. Beecher's house at York, shocked every member of the family.", 2 Jun 1905, Reading, Berks, PA. 24

10. Newspaper: York Daily: "David H. G. Beecher, of the Twelfth ward, Republican candidate for the board of city assessors, was elected yesterday over his Democratic opponent, Franklin Leader, of the Twelfth ward, by a majority of 433, unofficial figures.", 20 Feb 1907, York, York, PA. 25

11. Newspaper: York Daily: David H. G. Beecher elected city assessor, 20 Feb 1907, York, York, PA. 26 David H. G. Beecher, of the Twelfth ward, Republican candidate for membership to the board of city assessors, was elected yesterday over his Democratic opponent, Franklin Leader, of the Twelfth ward, by a majority of 433, unofficial figures.

12. Residence: 873 East Prospect St., York, PA on 16 Jun 1908 in York, York, PA. 27

13. Newspaper: York Daily: David Beecher Electrocuted, 19 Oct 1908, York, York, PA. 28 MEN SHOCKED WHILE RAISING TAFT BANNER

Amos Drock, John W. Coble and D. H. G. Beecher Grasped Wire Charged With Electricity

In an attempt to fly at a Taft-Sherman banner over Prospect street Saturday morning, three men were severely shocked and had a narrow escape from being electrocuted. All the telephones on one of the Bell telephone lines In this part of the city were burned out by a short circuit.

The men, Amos Druck, John W. Coble, and D. H. G. Beecher, live on East Prospect street, and ere trying to raise the banner in front of Mr. Coble's residence, 599 Prospect street, on a steel telephone wire. They had fastened the one end of the wire to the house, placed it over the telephone wires and were drawing It over the trolley feed wire when they became alarmed by a sputtering. The men grabbed the wire at different places and were heavily shocked, their death only being prevented by the jarring effect of the electric fluid, which caused them to break connections. It was several minutes before the men regained consciousness, and then did not know what had happened until told by people who were standing nearby.

An electrician who lives near where the accident occurred, appeared on the scene and strung the wire across the street in the proper manner. Several hours later linemen of the Bell Telephone company made an inspection of their lines and found that all the telephones in that immediate vicinity had been burned out by the heavy current of the feed wire.

14. He appeared on the census in 1910 in York, York, PA. 29 The 1910 census recorded three Beacher [sic] families as neighbors. At 873 Prospect Street: David H. G. Beacher, cigar manufacturer, 61, living with wife Kathryn, 57; Katie I., 18; and Lily M., 15. David and Kathryn were married for 37 years and she had birthed 10 children by 1910, 5 still alive that year..

In the rear of 873 Prospect Street was the household of Franklin M. Beacher, cigar maker, 20, living with his wife Elva M., 18. They were married 1 years and had birthed no children.

At 875 Prospect street was Calvin M. Beacher, bookkeeper at automobile works, 22, living with wife Jennie H., 21; and son David R., 11 months. They were married for 1 year and had birthed 1 child by 1910.

Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

15. Residence: on 21 Jun 1910 in York, York, PA. 11

16. Newspaper: York Daily: Birthday Surprise, 20 Sep 1916, York, York, PA. 30 A pleasant surprise party was held last Saturday evening at the home of D. G. H. Beecher, on East Prospect street, it being Mr. Beecher's sixty-eighth birthday anniversary. He was completely taken by surprise when a large number of his neighbors and friends gathered to assist in the celebration. Those present were the Misses Grayce Beecher, Catherine Frnak, Helen Gabriel, Lillie Beecher, Charles and Kenneth Gabriel, Henry and Gordon Nichol, John Paules, Mrs. G. C. Beecher, Mrs. J. J. Cobie, the Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Thompson, the Rev. and Mrs.G. C. Gabriel, Mr. and Mrs. D. H. G. Beecher, Mrs. and Mrs. Herman T. Frank, Mr. and Mrs. George Nichol, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Beecher.

17. He appeared on the census in 1920 in York, York, PA. 31 The 1920 census recorded owning a home at 873 Prospect Street: David H. G. Beecher, bunch breaker in cigar factory, 71, living with wife Catherine, 66; daughter Lily M. Paules, 25; son-in-law John H. Paules, weaver in silk mill, 27; and grandson Robert B. Paules, 2. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

18. Newspaper: Evening News: Golden Wedding Jubilee, 12 Dec 1922, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 32 York, Dec 12 - Mr. and Mrs. David H. G. Beecher, of this city, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last week, when their home at 873 Prospect street, was the scene of an interesting gathering, their children, grandchildren and others gathering to extend their congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. Beecher were again united in marriage by their son, Franklin M. Beecher, a notary public. John Gobrecht, of Pittsburgh, made a short address, which was responded to by the "bridegroom." Many handsome presents were given the happy couple. Mr. Beecher has been active in local politics and during the administration of Mayor M. B. Gibson was a member of the Common Council from the Twelfth Ward. He was also a city assessor some years ago. At the time of his marriage he was a cigar manufacturer.

19. Newspaper: Golden Wedding at Beecher Residence, 12 Dec 1922, York, York, PA. 3 GOLDEN WEDDING AT BEECHER RESIDENCE
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Mr. and Mrs. David G. H. Beecher Celebrate With Family And Friends
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RE-MARRED BY SON
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Mr. and Mrs. David H. G. Beacher, 873 Prospect street, celebrated their golden anniversary on Saturday evening at their residence. Mr. and Mrs. Beecher were again united In marriage, by their son. Franklin M. Beecher, a notary public. The bridegroom responded to an address rnade by John Gobrecht. The couple received many gifts in gold, flowers, cut and potted, silverware and linen.

Mr. Beecher was born in Adams county, and Mrs. Beecher was born In York county. The couple were married December 8, 1872 by Rev. Conrad, pastor of the Evangelical church at Green Hill until 35 years ago, when they built their present home. They are the parents of ten children, the following five of whom are living:

Mrs. H. T. Frank, York; Calvin Beecher, Erie ; Franklin M. Beecher, York; Mrs. George Nickol and Mrs. John Paules, both of this city. There are also eight grand children. For more than thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Beecher have been members Of Trinity Evangelical church, and Sunday school, Mr. Beecher being teacher of class No. 84.

Mr. Beecher has been active in local politics and during the first two years of Mayor M. B. Gibson's term of office was a member of common council from the Twelfth ward. He was also city assessor during the term of Mayor James St. Clair McCall. At the time of his marriage he was a cigar manufacturer. The house was tastefully decorated in a color scheme of gold, together with many beautiful flowers. Refreshments were served by the hostess to their guests.

20. Residence: 802 Prospect St., York, Pa. On 17 Sep 1926 in York, York, PA. 33

21. He appeared on the census in 1930 in York, York, PA. 34 The 1930 census recorded at owning a $5000 home at 802 Prospect Street: Herman T. Frank, foreman dental supply, 53, living with wife Annie L., cigar maker, 51; father-in-law David H. G. Beecher, 81; son-in-law Harry L. Williams Jr., inspector chain factory, 27, and daughter Katharine L. Williams, 30. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, except Herman's parents in Germany.

22. Cause of Death: myocarditis and arteriosclerosis, 21 Dec 1930, York, York, PA. 8

23. Residence: David died at his home at 802 Prospect Street in York, Pa. On 21 Dec 1930 in York, York, PA. 8

24. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: Ad: Real Estate Bargain 873 Prospect St., York, PA. David H. G. Beecher Estate. Franklin M. Beecher, Executor., 27 Apr 1935, York, York, PA. 35

25. Newspaper: Gazette and Daily: Property Transfers: David H. G. Beecher estate sold to Franklin Fiegler, 16 Aug 1939, York, York, PA. 36


David married Catherine Druck, daughter of George Druck and Catherine Schell, on 8 Dec 1872 in York: Green Hill Evangelical Church, York, PA, USA.1 2 3 (Catherine Druck was born on 11 Jun 1854 in Hellam Twp., York, PA,2 33 died on 17 Sep 1926 in York, York, PA 2 33 37 and was buried on 20 Sep 1926 in York.: Mount Rose Cemetery, York, PA 33.)


  Marriage Notes:

They were married by Reverend Conrad.

Sources


1 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, York County, Roll 1435 Book 2, Page 177b (.

2 Billet, Donald F, Billet and Related Families of York, Lancaster and Dauphin Counties, Pennsylvania 1751-1997 (Gateway Press, Inc., 1998, Baltimore, ISBN 0-9638721-1-7.).

3 York County History Center (250 E Market St, York, PA 17403 https://www.yorkhistorycenter.org/), Newspaper clipping in library's Beecher surname folder, name of newspaper not cited.

4 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of November 13, 2005), Batch #: C503961, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 0824351, Printout Call #: 0933974, Dates: 1770.

5 Records of Sharon Swope (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=nickol).

6 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Butler Township, Series: Series: M432 Roll: 743 Page: 12.

7 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Butler Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1057 Page: 3-4.

8 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 119461. David Henry Gilbert Beecher. Father Samuel Beecher. Mother Sarah Wagner.

9 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 100646. Franklin M. Beecher. Father David H. Beecher. Mother Catherine Druck. Spouse Elva.

10 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 102355. Katie I. Nockol. Father David Beecher. Mother Catharine Druck. Informant George W. Nickol.

11 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 21 Jun 1910, page 9. Obituary of Mrs. Sarah A. Beecher.

12 The York Daily (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 8 Apr 1892, page 1. Death of Harry D. Beecher.

13 York Daily Record (York, York County, Pennsylvania), 18 Apr 1972, page 8. Obituary of Mrs. John H. Paules.

14 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Frankln Moses Beecher.

15 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175382615.

16 The York Daily (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 6 Mar 1917, page 6. Paules-Beecher wedding.

17 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255207; National Archives Film T9-1207; Page 225B.

18 Arendtsville Union Church (Zion Lutheran and Trinity Reformed; Arents Church), Adams County, Pennsylvania.

19 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, York County, York Ward 12, Series: T623 Roll: 1503 Page: 290.

20 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2F5-QGV David Henry Gilbert Bucher, 26 Oct 1848; Christening, FHL microfilm 824,351.

21 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Franklin Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1289 Page: 128.

22 Gibson, John, Biographical History of York Co. PA (Chicago: F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.), Part II, Biographical Sketches, Spring Garden Township, Page 187.

23 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 27 Dec 1899, page 1.

24 Reading Times (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 2 Jun 1905, page 3.

25 The York Daily (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 20 Feb 1907, page 1.

26 York Daily Record (York, York County, Pennsylvania), 20 Feb 1907, page 1.

27 The York Daily (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 18 Jun 1908, page 5. Beecher - Brown Wedding.

28 The York Daily (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 19 Oct 1908, page 1.

29 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, York County, Roll 1435 Book 2, Page 177b.

30 The York Daily (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 20 Sep 1916, page 5.

31 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNM7-KL2 David H G Beecher, York Ward 12, York, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 15B, family 352.

32 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 12 Dec 1922, page 9.

33 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 96865. Catharine Beecher. Father George Druck. Mother Catharine Shell.

34 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHCF-6GX Herman T Frank, York, York, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0119, sheet 31B, family 736, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2167.

35 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 27 Apr 1935, page 15.

36 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 16 Aug 1939, page 4.

37 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175382585/.



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