James Beecher
(Abt 1856-1885)
Luciana Baldonada
Juan Valenzuela
Felicita Martinez
Joseph William Beecher
Petra Valenzuela
Samuel Peter Beecher


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1. Dorothy Belle Ekman

Samuel Peter Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

  • Born: 1 Mar 1913, Dos Cabezas, Cochise, AZ 2 3 4 9
  • Marriage (1): Dorothy Belle Ekman on 20 Sep 1932 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 1
  • Died: 15 Dec 1977, Wilmington, Los Angeles, CA at age 64 3

   FamilySearch ID: L6WC-7FP.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Birth Certificate: 1 Mar 1913, Willcox, Cochise, AZ. 4 State Index No. 15
Co. Register No. 109
County: Cochicse
Town: Willcox
Name: Samuel Beecher
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: March 1 1913
Father: Joe Wm. Beecher
Residence: Dos Cabezas, Ariz.
Race: White
Age: 28
Birthplace: New Mexico
Occupation: Miner
Mother: Berttia Valenzuela
Residence: Dos Cabeazs Ariz.
Race: Mexican
Age: 29
Birthplace: Arizona
Occupation: Housekeeping
Number of child of this mother: 7
Number of children now living: 5.

2. Residence: on 29 Jul 1915 in Dos Cabezas, Cochise, AZ. 11

3. Census in 1920 in Gleeson, Cochise, AZ. 12 The 1920 census recorded Joseph H. Bucher, 35, born in New Mexico, living with wife Petra, 35; James P., 15; Charles E., 13; Mary E., 11; Joseph H., 8; Samuel P., 6; and Julia P., 2. Everyone was born in Arizona except Joseph H. in New Mexico.

4. Census in 1930 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2 The 1930 Census recorded owning the home at 1019 E. O Street: Joseph W. Beecher, truck driver, 45, living with wife Petra, 46; James P., mainteainence labor at oil refinery, 25; Charles E., longshoreman at dock, 23; William J., delivery man, ship chandlers, 18; Samuel P., 17; and Julia P., 12. Joseph married when he was 18; Petra was 19. Everyone was born in Arizona except Joseph in New Mexico. His father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Mexico. Perta's parents were born in Mexico.

5. Census in 1940 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 13 The 1940 census recorded living at 1024 E. O Street in Los Angeles: Samuel P. Beecher, carpenter, 27, born in Arizona, living with wife Dorothey, 27, born in Michigan, and son Robert Lee, 6, born in California. They were living the same home in 1935.

6. Newspaper: Long Beach Independent: Girl Hurt, Cabbie Held for Hit-Run, 11 Nov 1945, Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA. 14 Harvey LaVerne Austin, 32-year-old cab driver, 700 West First street, was held for hit-run driving yesterday after a Friday night accident in which a motocycle passenger was critically hurt.
Injured was Betty L. Beaver, 19, 35 Riverside drive, who was riding on a cycle driven by Samuel Beecher, Wilmington.
Miss Beaver was thrown from the machine when it was sideswiped by a taxicab on the East Ocean boulevard, Los Angeles river bridge. She was burled onto the pavement and her head struck a bridge rail.
Austin told police he sideswiped a motorcycle on the brdige but did not know anyone was hurt so he continued to his destination with some passengers before returning to the crash scene.

7. Residence: Beecher, Jas P (Jacoba) oilwkr h1019 East O ; Beecher Jos W (Petra) h1023 East O ; Beecher Saml P (Dorothy) pipeftr h909 East L ; Beecher Wm D longshrmn h437 N Fries av in 1949 in Wilmington, Los Angeles, CA. 15

8. Census in 1950 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 16 The 1950 census recorded at 909 E. T Street: Samuel P. Beecher, motorcycle messenger, 37, living with wife Dorothy E., 37. He was born in Arizona and she in Michigan.

Samuel married Dorothy Belle Ekman, daughter of Henry Ekman and Flora Ochampaugh, on 20 Sep 1932 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.1 (Dorothy Belle Ekman was born on 16 Dec 1912 in Salem Twp., Allegan, MI 17 and died on 6 Feb 1985 in Lake Elsinore, Riverside, CA 17.)


1 FamilySearch.org, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8JH-WRJ Samuel Peter Beecher and Dorothy Ekman, 1932.

2 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XC89-PPC Petra Beecher in entry for Joseph W Beechers, 1930.

3 FamilySearch.org, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPHB-7VN Samuel P Beecher, 1977.

4 Arizona Birth Certificate (Arizona Department of Health Services. Online at http://genealogy.az.gov/), Certificate for Samuel Beecher, Mar 1 1913, State Index No. 15, Co. Register No. 109, Cochise Co. Online http://genealogy.az.gov/azbirth/412/412-0883.pdf.

5 Long Beach Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA), 23 Sep 1953, page 33. Marriage of Bette Ann Meidlinger and Pvt. Robert L. Beecher.

6 FamilySearch.org, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K864-BN9 Samuel Beecher in entry for Robert Lee Beecher and Bette Ann Meidlinger, 05 Sep 1953; citing p. 337, Los Angeles, California, United States; FHL microfilm 1343363.

7 Records of Nancy Beecher Kemp (Granddaughter of Samuel Peter Beecher.), Email, Apr 2014.

8 Long Beach Independent (Long Beach, CA), 28 Sep 1953, marriage of Robert L. Beecher and Bette Ann Meidlinger.

9 FamilySearch.org, "Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Z4M3-42T2 Samuel Beecher b. 1 Mar 1913.

10 "Wilmington Daily Press Journal (Wilmington, CA)," 27 Jan 1951, page 3. Obituary of Joseph W. Beecher.

11 FamilySearch.org, "Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Z47B-HQPZ Julia Beecher b. 29 Jul 1915 Wilcox AZ.

12 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCRX-LFF Joseph H Bucher, Gleeson, Cochise, Arizona, United States; citing sheet , family 36, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820046.

13 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9ZK-Z8F Samuel P Beecher, 1940.

14 Long Beach Independent (Long Beach, CA), 11 Nov 1945, page 43.

15 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1949 San Pedro / Wilmington City Directory, Printed page 532-533. Online image 76-77.

16 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XGZ-HBCY Samuel P Beecher Los Angeles CA.

17 FamilySearch.org, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPXB-W3H Dorothy Belle Beecher, 1985.

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