Isaac Beecher
Mary Amanda Shaw
Archibald Feeler
(Abt 1838-)
(Abt 1832-)
Gustavous Winfield Beecher
Angeline Feeler
Sumner Howard Beecher Sr.


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1. May Ida Devine

2. Kathryn Elizabeth Willman

Sumner Howard Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 27 Mar 1886, Kingman, Mohave, AZ 1 2 3 5
  • Marriage (1): May Ida Devine on 16 Jun 1909 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ 1
  • Marriage (2): Kathryn Elizabeth Willman on 11 Nov 1923 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ
  • Died: 13 Nov 1969, Burlingame, San Mateo, CA at age 83 1 5
  • Buried: Fair Oaks: Mount Vernon Memorial Park, Sacramento, CA 5

   FamilySearch ID: L4X9-6ZD.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Evidence: A photograph and info about Sumner Beecher is found here: Sumner H. Beecher and his Kingman Transfer Company. A triangular sign on the Reliance truck reads "Randolph, Reliance, Rapid Agent." Mr. Beecher was born in Kingman in 1886 and believed to have been the first white child born in the city. Sumner Beecher opened the first laundry in Kingman and also owned an automotive garage as well as a Transfer Layout plant.

2. Census in 1900 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 3 G. W. Beecher was indexed in 1900 Census as Bucher since the two ee's look like a u in handwriting. He is listed as age 52, born Feb 1848, occupation mining broker, and married for 15 years to his wife, Angie, 39, born Jul 1860. She had birthed 5 children, all alive in 1900. Living with them: Sumner, 14, Mar 1886; Gladys, 9, Feb 1891; and Ruth, 4, Aug 1895. Ruth was born in California, and the other two children in Arizona. Angie was born in Iowa, her parents' birthplace "unknown." G. W. was born in Ohio and his parents in Pennsylvania. He owned the home at 408 N. Main St.

3. Census in 1920 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. 2 Sumner H. Beecher, mechanic in garage, 33, was living with wife May D., 28; Howard, 9; Harriett, 8; Eleanor, 5; and Mary J., 2. Sumner was born in Arizona, his father in Ohio, and his mother in California. May was born in Kansas, her father in Michigan, and mother in Iowa. The children were born in Arizona.

4. Moved: 1923, Burlingame, San Mateo, CA. 6

5. Residence: 544 Francisco Drive on 13 Nov 1969 in Burlingame, San Mateo, CA.

6. Obituary: on 15 Nov 1969 in Burlingame, San Mateo, CA. Sumner Howard Beecher, 83, died Thursday at his home, 544 Francisco Dr., Burlingame. A native of Kingman, Arizona, he had lived in the county for 40 years. He was an engineer for the U.S. Navy at Hunter's Point and a life member of Kingman Lodge 468 B.P.O.E.

Surviving are hsi wife Kathryn of Burlingame; a son, Howard, of Granada Hills; two daughters, Eleanor Beecher, or Carmichael, and Mrs. Jack Clark, of Lakeview, Oregon; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Odell, of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Ruth Prosser, of Grants Pass, Oregon, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funereal services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Crosby-N-Gray, Burlingame, under auspices of San Mateo Lodge 1112, B.P.O.E. Inurnment will be private. Contributions to the cancer society are preferrred.

Sumner married May Ida Devine, daughter of Thomas Devine Jr. and Ida May Hays, on 16 Jun 1909 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ.1 (May Ida Devine was born on 13 Mar 1891 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS,7 8 died on 5 Jul 1921 in , , CA 7 8 and was buried on 8 Jul 1921 in Los Angeles: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA 7 8.). The cause of her death was septicemia.

Sumner next married Kathryn Elizabeth Willman, daughter of Howard Elwood Willman and Mary Louisa Wiegold, on 11 Nov 1923 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ. (Kathryn Elizabeth Willman was born on 28 Jun 1899 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA,9 10 11 died on 11 Feb 1994 in Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 9 10 and was buried in Fair Oaks: Mount Vernon Memorial Park, Sacramento, CA 11.)


1 Family Bible of Gustavous Winfield Beecher (Bible in possession of Linda Meyers, a descendant of Gustavous Beecher.), Email from Linda Meyers, 15 Jul 2008.

2 1920 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman District 4, Series: T625 Roll: 47 Page: 227.

3 1900 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman, Series: T623 Roll: 46 Page: 18.

4, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, Leonard N Stetson and Eleanor Beecher, 21 Apr 1946; citing San Joaquin, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,841,882.

5 Find A Grave,

6 Records of Linda Meyers (Linda Meyers, descendant of Gustavous Beecher), Email 15 Jul 2008.

7 Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.

8 Find A Grave,

9 Voss, Hans Peter, Die Familienforschung von Ursula Müller (Hans Peter Voss, An de Marsch 6, 25557 Steenfeld, GERMANY, 04872-942109,

10 California Vital Records, Death record of Kathryn Elizabeth Beecher, social security number 554-56-5610.

11 Find A Grave,

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