Cyrus Morton Beecher
Julia Vanellie Dell
Thomas Howard Beecher
Hazel Isabel Hansen
Muriel Ruth Beecher


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1. Paul Thomas Smith

2. Carl Edgil Ellis

Muriel Ruth Beecher 2 3

  • Born: 16 Apr 1915, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Paul Thomas Smith on 31 Dec 1938 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN 1
  • Marriage (2): Carl Edgil Ellis
  • Died: 22 Apr 2001, Bellaire, Antrim, MI, USA at age 86 2

   FamilySearch ID: L6Y8-RR9.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: El Paso Herald: "Mrs. Joe Carr, of 720 Mundy, expects a fortnightly visit from her sister-in-law, Mrs. Howard Beecher and daughter, Miss Muriel Beecher, of Van Nuys, Cal., who are on their way to Chicago where they will spend the remainder of the summer.", 8 Jun 1916, El Paso, El Paso, TX. 5

2. Newspaper: Van Nuys News: "Mrs. Howard Beecher and daughter of Indianapolis arrived in Van Nuys Saturday for an extended visit with Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Beecher.", 29 Jun 1926, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA. 6 7

3. Census in 1930 in Fort Wayne, Allen, IN. 8 The 1930 census recorded renting at 1911 Lynn Avenue: Thomas H. Beecher, sales manager electric jobbing, 38, living with Hazel I., 34; and daughter Muriel R., 15. Thomas and his parents were born in Indiana. Hazel was born in Illinois and her parents in England. Muriel was born in California.

4. She was educated at DePauw University in 1935 in Greencastle, Putnam, IN, USA. 9

5. Census in 1940 in Clinton Township, Vermilion, LA, USA. 10 The 1940 census recorded Thomas P. Smith, advertising manager for newspaper, 26, born in Illinois, living with wife Muriel, investigator for G. C. U. R., 25, born in California. In 1935 he lived in Terre Haute and she in Indianapolis.

6. Newspaper: Indianapolis Star: Divorce Suits: Superior Court 70593: Muriel Smith vs. Paul Thomas Smith., 5 Jun 1949, Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 11

7. Census in 1950 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 12 The 1950 census recorded at 5225 Boulevard Place: Thomas H. Beecher, manager wholesale electrical equipment, 58, living with wife Hazel I., 54; daughter Muriel B., divorced, 34; and granddaughters Toni B., 6, and Jill B., 4. Thomas and the granddaughters were born in Indiana, Hazel in Illinois, Muriel in California.

8. Newspaper: Traverse City Record-Eagle: "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Beecher spent part of last week visiting their daughter, Mrs. Muriel Smith and two children in Traverse City.", 10 Dec 1955, Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI, USA. 13

9. Newspaper: Traverse City Record-Eagle: "Mrs. Muriel Smith and two duaghters, 407 Fifth street, were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beecher of Torch River Bridge. Mr. and Mrs. Beecher leave this week for Sarasota, Florida, and will return in April.", 22 Feb 1956, Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI, USA. 14

10. Residence: 407 Fifth St., Traverse City, MI on 22 Feb 1956 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI, USA. 15

11. Residence: in 1959 in Michigan City, LaPorte, IN. 2

12. Residence: on 29 Dec 1961 in Terre Haute, Vigo, IN. 16

13. Residence: on 22 Aug 1965 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN. 17

14. Residence: 2nd W, Kewadin, MI 49648 on 1 Jun 1996 in Kewadin, Antrim, MI, USA. 4

15. Residence: on 22 Apr 2001 in Torch Lake, Antrim, MI. 2

16. Obituary: Traverse City Record Eagle: obituary of Muriel B. Ellis on 24 Apr 2001 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI, USA. 2 TORCH LAKE - Muriel B. Ellis, 86, of Torch Lake, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at Meadowbrook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire.
Muriel was born the daughter of Thomas Howard and Hazel Isabel Beecher on April 16, 1915, in Van Nuys, Calif. She married Paul Thomas Smith, who preceded her in death in 1963. She later married Carl Ellis, who died in 1967.
In 1936, Muriel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She worked as a social worker in Clinton, Ind. and earning her teaching qualifications at Butler University in Indianapolis, she moved to Traverse City, where she taught school for several years during the 1950s. In 1959, Muriel earned her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from Michigan State University, and the family moved to Michigan City, Ind., where she was employed as a counselor to children in the Michigan City public schools. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Muriel spent the last years of her life on Torch Lake, where she had vacationed since childhood.
Muriel is survived by her daughter, Jill Beecher Smith Ehlers of Torch Lake, who was also her caregiver; her daughter, Toni Beecher Smith of Hudson, Quebec, Canada; and grandsons, Christopher, David and Michael Lawrence and Philippe and Patrick Conan.
A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2001, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Elk Rapids, with the Rev. Catherine Woods-Richardson officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.

Muriel married Paul Thomas Smith, son of Lisle Rexford Smith and Carrie Jones, on 31 Dec 1938 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN.1 The marriage ended in divorce in Jun 1949. (Paul Thomas Smith was born on 8 Jun 1913 in Lawrenceville: Lawrenceville City Cemetery, Lawrence, IL, USA,10 18 died on 29 Jun 1963 in Terre Haute, Vigo, IN 2 18 19 and was buried in Lawrenceville: Lawrenceville City Cemetery, Lawrence, IL, USA 18.)

Muriel next married Carl Edgil Ellis. (Carl Edgil Ellis was born on 15 Jun 1906 in , , IN and died on 14 Nov 1968 in Indianapolis, Marion, IN 2.)


1, Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012 (Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana), Paul Smith and Muriel Beecher, 31 Dec 1938.

2 Traverse City Record Eagle (Traverse City, Michigan), Obituary of Muriel Ruth Beecher Smith Ellis, 15 May 2001.

3 and, California Birth Index, 1905-1995, Muriel R Beecher, 16 Apr 1915, mother's name Hansen.

4, United States Public Records Index, Muriel B Ellis, Residence, Kewadin, Michigan.

5 El Paso Herald (El Paso, Texas), 8 Jun 1916, page 8. Out of Town Visitors.

6 The Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, California), 29 Jun 1926, page 5.

7 The Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, California), 30 Apr 1920, page 5.

8 1930 United States Census, Thomas H. Beecher.

9, U.S. School Yearbooks, Muriel Ruth Beecher. Page 113. Photo of Muriel Ruth Beecher.

10 1940 United States Census, Thomas P Smith, Ward 3, Clinton, Clinton Township, Vermillion, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 83-4, sheet 8B, family 183.

11 The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), 5 Jun 1949, page 81. News Of The Courts.

12 "1950 United States Census," Thomas H Beecher Indianapolis IN.

13 Traverse City Record Eagle (Traverse City, Michigan), 10 Dec 1955, page 8.

14 Traverse City Record Eagle (Traverse City, Michigan), 22 Feb 1956, page 12.

15 Traverse City Record Eagle (Traverse City, Michigan), 11 Nov 1955, page 8.

16 The Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana) (Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana), 31 Dec 1961, page 2. Obituary of Lisle R. Smith.

17 Traverse City Record Eagle (Traverse City, Michigan), 24 Aug 1965, page 10. Marriage of Jean Conan and Toni B. Smith.

18 Find A Grave,

19 The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), 30 Jun 1963, page 62. Obituary of Paul T. (Tom) Smith.

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