Bertha May Shirk
(1883-1966)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. William Penn Beecher

Bertha May Shirk 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

  • Born: 22 May 1883, Ephrata Twp., Lancaster, PA 1 2 3 10
  • Marriage (1): William Penn Beecher on 7 Nov 1906 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 1
  • Died: 25 Jun 1966, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA at age 83 6 8 10
  • Buried: 29 Jun 1966, Lancaster: Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster, PA 6 10

   FamilySearch ID: KH6X-5R4.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Census in 1940 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 11 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.

4. Occupation: janitress in private homes in 1940 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 11

5. Cause of Death: Bertha died at Lancaster General Hospital from hypotension, unknown cause, 25 Jun 1966, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 6

6. Obituary: Sunday News: obituary of Mrs. William Beecher on 26 Jun 1966 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 8 Mrs. Bertha M. eighty-three, of United Zion Home, Lititz, and formerly of Lancaster, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster Geneal Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of William P. Beecher who died in 1957. Mrs. Beecher was born in Ephrata, the daughter of the late Henry C. and Elizabeth S. Keller Shirk. She resided Lancaster most of her life. Mrs. Beecher was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and was raised in the church orphanage after the death of her father. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Florence B. Harsh, Ephrata; Thelma M., wife of Harold Killian, York; Dorothy E., wife of Robert Riley Jr., Sacramento, Calif. Mary E., wife of Eugene Minnich, Columbia; a son, William J. Beecher, Lancaster; a sister, Mrs. Mary Charles, Lexington, Pa.; 13 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren.


Bertha married William Penn Beecher, son of Elias Yount Beecher and Martha Stoner Grube, on 7 Nov 1906 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA.1 (William Penn Beecher was born on 6 Nov 1885 in Leola, Lancaster, PA,4 12 13 14 died on 8 Aug 1957 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 4 8 13 15 16 and was buried on 11 Aug 1957 in Lancaster: Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster, PA 4 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 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.

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 72486. William P. Beecher. Father Elias Y. Beecher. Mother Martha Grube. Spouse Bertha M. Shirk Beecher.

5 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.

6 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.

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

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

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

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

11 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.

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

13 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHQ7-X81 Elias Y Beecher in entry for William Beecher, 1930.

14 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.

15 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.

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

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



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