Thomas Devine Sr.
Martha Dobbins
John Hays
Melissa F. Jacobs
Thomas Devine Jr.
Ida May Hays
May Ida Devine


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1. Sumner Howard Beecher Sr.

May Ida Devine 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 13 Mar 1891, Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Sumner Howard Beecher Sr. on 16 Jun 1909 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ 1
  • Died: 5 Jul 1921, , , CA at age 30 6 7
  • Buried: 8 Jul 1921, Los Angeles: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA 6 7

   Cause of her death was septicemia.

   Another name for May was Ida Mae Devine.9

  Burial Notes:

Her tombstone reads:
May Devine Beecher
1891 (CROSS SYMBOL) 1921

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Fact: After Ida died early, her children were taken in by Ora and Jenny Guinnger.

2. Fact: May Ida is the step sister of the famous actor, Andy Devine. May's mother died soon after she was born, and later, her father,Thomas Devine, married Amy Ward and they were the parents of Andy Devine, the famous actor, who was born just before the family relocated to Kingman, AZ in 1906. Read about this here:

3. She has conflicting birth information of May 1891 and Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS. 2 9 10

4. Census in 1900 in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, KS. 10 May Devine, 9, born Mar 1891, niece, was living with Jerry Dowling, engineer, 44, Nov 1855, and his wife Mary, 34, Nov 1865. may was born in Kansas, her father in Michigan, and mother in Iowa. Mary was born in Michigan, Jerry in Indiana, and all their parents in Ireland.
[Note: From the above, we can tell that after May Devine's mother died, May is being cared for by her Aunt Mary Devine, the sister of her father, Thomas Devine Jr. Ida May Devine later renuites with her father and his second wife in Arizona.].

5. 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.

6. She has conflicting death information of 25 Jul 1921 and , , CA. 1

May married Sumner Howard Beecher Sr., son of Gustavous Winfield Beecher and Angeline Feeler, on 16 Jun 1909 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ.1 (Sumner Howard Beecher Sr. was born on 27 Mar 1886 in Kingman, Mohave, AZ,1 2 11 12 died on 13 Nov 1969 in Burlingame, San Mateo, CA 1 12 and was buried in Fair Oaks: Mount Vernon Memorial Park, Sacramento, CA 12.)


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 Arizona Birth Certificate (Arizona Department of Health Services. Online at, Birth certificate of Sumner Howard Beecher.

4 Arizona Birth Certificate (Arizona Department of Health Services. Online at, Birth certificate of Harriett Beecher.

5, 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.

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

7 Find A Grave,

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

9 McMonigle, David L., Descendants of James McMonigle Sr. (
David L. McMonigle
800 Riverbend Ln
Middleville, MI 49333).

10 1900 United States Census, Kansas, Leavenworth County, Leavenworth Ward 4, Series: T623 Roll: 486 Page: 284.

11 1900 United States Census, Arizona, Mohave County, Kingman, Series: T623 Roll: 46 Page: 18.

12 Find A Grave,

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