William Jacob Beecher Sr.
Emma A. Youst
John Henry Paul Ward Beecher Sr.
Charlotte Cecelia Molina
Eleanor Edith Beecher


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2. John William Johnson

Eleanor Edith Beecher 1 2

  • Born: 8 Jun 1931, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Unknown
  • Marriage (2): John William Johnson on 31 Oct 1946 in Monterey, Monterey, CA 1
  • Died: 4 Jan 1947, Seaside, Monterey, CA at age 15 2 5 6
  • Buried: Pacific Grove: El Carmelo Cemetery, Monterey, CA 2 4

   FamilySearch ID: L813-76G.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1940 in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 7 The 1940 census recorded renting a home at 675 Hayes Street in San Francisco: Charolette Beecher, 32, married, living only with her daughters, Kathaline, 10; and Eleanor, 8. They were living at the same address in 1935. Everyone was born in California. Charolette had no occupation.

2. Newspaper: The Californian: Marriage Licenses: JOHNSON-BEECHER - John William Johnson, 18, and Eleanor Edith Beecher, 17, both of Monterey., 31 Oct 1946, Salinas, Monterey, CA. 1

3. Residence: on 31 Oct 1946 in Monterey, Monterey, CA. 1

4. Obituary: The Californian: Young Seaside Mother 'Human Torch' Victim on 4 Jan 1947 in Salinas, Monterey, CA. 6 ---
Young Seaside Mother Human Torch
Victim Mrs. Eleanor Johnson, 16, Suffers Fatal Burns After Clothing Soaked in Kerosene Early Today, Sheriff's Deputies Report
Soaked in blazing kerosene, 16 year old Mrs. Eleanor Johnson, who was expecting a second child, suffered fatal first degree burns early this morning at the Seaside home of her mother, Mrs. John Beecher, while her father attempted to smother the flames with a blanket, sheriff's deputies reported today.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Beecher, who live at Harding and Domingo streets in Seaside, she was visiting her parents with her husband, William Johnson, 17. Taken first to the Monterey hospital she was given first aid prior to her transfer to the county hospital here, where she died at 8:30 a. m. from burns on the upper torso.
Statement taken from the fatally injured girl, both at the hospital in Monterey and by Dr. O. H. Hull of the county hospital on her arrival, indicate evidence of a suicide attempt, district attorney's office reported this morning.
Kerosene Bottle Found
Sheriff's deputies investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury reported upon their arrival Mrs. Johnson was lying on the floor between a bedroom and the kitchen, wrapped in a blanket, and that flames were extinguished. They said that no fire had been started in the coal range, and that a half-filled bottle of kerosene on the kitchen table had been spilled on the floor near the table, but none had fallen near the stove.
Rugs in the hallway, to which she had crawled or fallen when the blaze started, were burned, sheriff's officers reported. Taken immediately to the Monterey hospital, where first aid was administered, she then was rushed to the county hospital by ambulance, the report added.
Gordon Campbell, deputy district attorney for Monterey, reported that statements taken from both of the doctors, who talked to the girl before she died, indicated she was despondent and had attempted to take her own life.

5. Newspaper: San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune: Child Bride Sets Herself Afire, 6 Jan 1947, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA. 8 ---
Child Bride Sets Herself Afire
Burns Are Fatal
MONTEREY Cal. Jan. 6: A child-bride set herself afire Saturday and was fatally burned after an argument with her husband over her drinking with other men, police reported.
Four months' pregnant and already the mother of a year-old child, Mrs. Eleanor Johnson, 15, doused herself with kerosene from a gallon jug in her home and touched a match to her skirt when her husband accused her of being intoxicated.
Before she died in Monterey County hospital she shut off official speculation of foul play by admitting that she had taken her own life.
She set fire to herself, police stated, just after her husband ran across the street from their home in suburban Seaside to get her father, John Beecher, to bring parental authority to bear on the girl.
Johnson and Beecher saw the flames flickering through the kitchen window of the house but before they could wrap her in a blanket she had received third degree burns over her entire body.
She told sheriff's deputies and Deputy District Attorney Gordon Campbell of the investigating group that she had been out drinking with four other men preceding the family argument.

Eleanor married Unknown.

Eleanor next married John William Johnson on 31 Oct 1946 in Monterey, Monterey, CA.1 (John William Johnson was born in 1928 1.)


1 The Californian (Salinas, CA), 31 Oct 1946, page 18. Marriage Licenses John William Johnson and Eleanor Edith Beecher.

2 Beecher, Dianne, Interview with Dianne Beecher, wife of William E. Beecher, son of Arthur L. Beecher. (June 11, 2008).

3 FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com, California Birth Index, 1905-1995, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VL58-P15 Elanor Editha Beecher, 1931.

4 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=107239863.

5 FamilySearch.org, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VG5L-ZJP Eleanor Johnson, 04 Jan 1947.

6 The Californian (Salinas, CA), 4 Jan 1947, page 1. Death of Mrs. Eleanor Johnson nee Beecher.

7 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K98P-QSL Eleanor Beecher in household of Charlotte Beecher, Assembly District 23, San Francisco, San Francisco City, San Francisco, California, United States.

8 "San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA)," 6 Jan 1947, page 3. Child Bride Sets Herself Afire.

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