Moses Beecher Jr.


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1. Lydia Dawson

2. Emma Ransa Newcomb

Moses Beecher Jr. 1 2 3

  • Born: 4 May 1791, New Haven, New Haven, CT 1 3
  • Marriage (1): Lydia Dawson
  • Marriage (2): Emma Ransa Newcomb
  • Died: 14 Feb 1868, Dunkirk, Chautauqua, NY at age 76 1 3
  • Buried: Fredonia: Forest Hill Cemetery, Chautauqua, NY, USA 3

   FamilySearch ID: K6B1-GX9.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, NY. 4 The 1860 census recorded Moses Beecher, 69, born in Connecticut, living with wife Emma R., 52, born in Vermont; and their sons born in New York: Asher G., 17; Arthur H., 15; and Walter H., 12. Also in the home was Catharine Wade, 15, born in Ireland; and Jenette A. Stray, 22, born in New York.

2. Book: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, N.Y., 1893.
Moses Beecher, the second surrogate of the county, was a native of New Haven, Conn. where he was born May 5, 1791. In 1814 he removed to Batavia, N.Y., where for a few years he engaged in mercantile business. Afterwards he was employed by David B. Evans as accountant and draughtsman in the office of the old Holland Land Company. On the establishment of a office at Ellicottville he was transferred, and with his family and household goods reached his new home in the early part of July, 1827, traveling the entire distance in wagons, the greater part of the journey being through a wilderness. Staley N. Clarke was the company's agent at Ellicottville and between him and Mr Beecher there always existed the closest friendship. After the sale of the remnants of the land of the Holland purchase, principally in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, to a New York syndicate Asher Tyler was appointed agent, and from Mr. Beecher's intimate knowledge of the business in general his services were secured by the new company. This relation continued until further transfers of title were made, mostly to Benjamin Chamberlain, Truman R. Colman and Theodore Smith. Mr Beecher then engaged in a manufacturing business which he carried on until within a short period before his death which occurred at Dunkirk, N.Y., February 14, 1867. In the spring of 1830 he was appointed surrogate of this county, which office he held until February 9, 1838, when he was succeeded by Robert H Shankland. He was also appointed loan commissioner in 1840, 1856 and 1857. Mr. Beecher was a man of rare culture, moral worth, and strict integrity. He possessed cultivated literary tastes and not a little literary ability; he was especially fond of music and poetry. He never sought office, but in politics was an uncompromising Whig and Republican. He took high rank as a useful and influentialcitizen, and he was with all a most genial friend, a pleasant companion, and a kind neighbor, and was ever ready to promote the welfare of all among whom he lived.

Moses married Lydia Dawson. (Lydia Dawson was born on 10 Feb 1791 in Southington, Hartford, CT and died on 29 Jun 1835 in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, NY.)

Moses next married Emma Ransa Newcomb. (Emma Ransa Newcomb was born on 27 Jan 1808 in Winhall, Bennington, VT, USA 4 and died on 26 Sep 1893 in Hudson, Summit, OH.)


1 William Adams, Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, N.Y. (Lyman, Horton, 1893 - Cattaraugus, New York . 1164 pages.), Page 296.

2, 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 108865. Asher George Beecher. Father Mose Beecher. Mother Emma Newcombe.

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4 1860 United States Census, Moses Beecher, Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, New York.

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