Jacob C. Becher
(1808-1877)
Mary Yount
(1815-1898)
David Grube
(1801-1871)
Martha A. Stoner
(1814-1881)
Elias Yount Beecher
(1847-1941)
Martha Stoner Grube
(1851-1927)
William Penn Beecher
(1885-1957)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Bertha May Shirk

William Penn Beecher 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

  • Born: 6 Nov 1885, Leola, Lancaster, PA 3 5 6 12
  • Marriage (1): Bertha May Shirk on 7 Nov 1906 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 1
  • Died: 8 Aug 1957, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA at age 71 3 5 8 10 13
  • Buried: 11 Aug 1957, Lancaster: Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster, PA 5 14

   Another name for William was William Penn Becher.12

   FamilySearch ID: MLWZ-ZP2.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster, PA. 12 [Indexed as Beches in census; handwriting is unclear] Jacob E. Beches, laborer in cigar factory, 27, born May 1873, was married for 3 years to wife Christian, 24, Oct 1875. She had birthed one child by 1900, who was living with them: Lester Paul, 2, Jun 1897. Also in the same housing unit was Elias Y., laborer and carpenter, 53, born Mar 1847, married for 29 years to wife Martha S., 47, Mar 1851. She had birthed 6 children, and 2 were alive in 1900. With them was William Penn, 14, Nov 1885. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1910 in Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster, PA. 1 Jacob E. Becher, cigar maker, 36, was married for 13 years to wife Christiana, 33. She had birthed one child by 1910: Lester Paul, 12. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

Next door is William Penn Becher, 24, married for 3 years to wife Bertha May, 25. She had birthed one child: Florence Beatrice, 3. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1920 in Upper Leacock Twp., Lancaster, PA. 2 William P. Beecher, carpenter, 34, was living with wife Bertha M., 36; Florence B., 12; Leon E., 9; William J?, 5; and Thelma M., 2 year 8 months when the census was recorded on 10 Jan 1920. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

4. Census in 1930 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 3 The 1930 census recorded William Beecher, 43, living with wife Bertha M., 45; Leon E., 19; William J., 15; Thelma M., 12; Dorothy E., 8; Betty M., 4; and William's father, Elias Y., 84. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

5. Census in 1940 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 15 The 1940 census recorded William P. Beecher, 55, living with wife Bertha M., 56; Leon E., 29; William J., 25; Dorothy E., 19; Mary, 15; and William's father, Elias Y., 93. Also in the home is granddaughter Shirley Ann Beecher, 1. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

6. Residence: 640 S. Plum Street in Lancaster in 1940 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 15

7. Cause of Death: William died at home from cardiac disease, 8 Aug 1957, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 5

8. Obituary: Lancaster New Era: obituary of W. P. Beecher on 8 Aug 1957 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 8 -----
W. P. Beecher Found Dead
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Retired Contractor Had Heart Attack
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William P. Beecher, seventy-seven, 22 Church St., was found dead at his home at 9:30 a. m. today.
Dr. Charles P. Stahr, deputy coroner, was called and pronounced Beecher dead. He said death was caused by a heart attack.
He placed the time of death at about 1:30 a. m. Beecher's wife, Bertha, and her sister, Mrs. Nora Detwiler, 337 W. Grant St., who stayed at the Beecher home last night, said they found the man on the floor next to his bed. They tried to contact their family doctor, and later, at about 11:30 a. m., notified city police. Police summoned Dr. Stahr.
He was a retired builder and contractor in the Leola area. Born in Leola, a son of the late Elias Y. and Martha Grube Beecher, he resided in Lancaster for about 23 years. He was a member of St Mark's Lutheran Church.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha Mae Shirk Beecher, and these children: Florence, wife of Harry Harsh, Ephrata: Thelma, wife of Harold Killian, Dover R3; William J., Lancaster: Dorothy, wife of Robert Riley, Seaside, Calif.; and Mary, wife of Eugene Minnick, Columbia: also ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family.

9. Occupation: retired contractor on 8 Aug 1957 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 5

10. Residence: 22 Church St., Lancaster, PA on 8 Aug 1957 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 5


William married Bertha May Shirk on 7 Nov 1906 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA.1 (Bertha May Shirk was born on 22 May 1883 in Ephrata Twp., Lancaster, PA,1 2 4 16 died on 25 Jun 1966 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 10 16 17 and was buried on 29 Jun 1966 in Lancaster: Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster, PA 16 17.)


Sources


1 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Upper Leacock Township, Series: T624 Roll: 1355 Page: 46.

2 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Upper Leacock Township, Series: T625 Roll: 1585 Page: 96.

3 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHQ7-X81 Elias Y Beecher in entry for William Beecher, 1930.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 71215. Leon Beecher. Father William Beecher. Mother Bertha Shirk.

5 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 72486. William P. Beecher. Father Elias Y. Beecher. Mother Martha Grube. Spouse Bertha M. Shirk Beecher.

6 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), William P. Beecher, SSN 188053366.

7 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), William James Beecher, SSN 187053778.

8 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 8 Aug 1957, page 3. Obituary of W. P. Beecher.

9 Lancaster Online (Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. LNP Media Group.), 14 Oct 2018, page A25. Obituary of Mary Minnick.

10 Sunday News (Lancaster, PA), 26 Jun 1966, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. William Beecher.

11 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 18 Dec 1989, page 16. Obituary of William Beecher.

12 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Upper Leacock Township, Series: T623 Roll: 1425 Page: 153.

13 Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania, Death Indices (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA, 16103. Online at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 .), 1957. Beecher, William P., died Lancaster, 8 Aug 1957. Death certificate 72486.

14 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=109761841.

15 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQFP-MJP William P Beecher, Ward 7, Lancaster, Lancaster City, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 36-77, sheet 7B, family 140.

16 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=109769382.

17 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 59233. Bertha M. Beecher, father Henry C. Shirk, mother Elizabeth S. Keller, spouse William P. Beecher.



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