John Simon Beecher
Carrie Irene Gilbert
Samuel James Miller Jr.
Mary Catherine Garman
Samuel Arnold Beecher
Elizabeth Jane Miller
Joan Elizabeth Beecher


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1. Doyle D. Ashburn Sr.

Joan Elizabeth Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 30 Jun 1938, Hockersville, Cumberland, PA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Doyle D. Ashburn Sr. on 31 Aug 1958 in Centerville, Cumberland, PA 1
  • Died: 27 Jun 2011, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA at age 72 8

   FamilySearch ID: L1LC-XX7.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Newville, Cumberland, PA. 9 The 1940 census recorded two Beecher families as close neighbors on Rural Delivery route 1 in Newville:

John Beecher, widowed, 80, was living with his daughter, Ella Beecher, 46; son Paul, bulldozer operator, 30; daughter Winifred, 10; and son Glenn, 9. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

Samuel Beecher, 34, was living with wife Elizabeth D., 34; Leona, 13; Gerald, 12; Margaret, 9; Richard, 7; Mary, 4; Joan, 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. No one had an occupation listed.

2. Census in 1950 in Newton Twp., Cumberland County, PA. 10 The 1950 census recorded Samuel A. Beecher, tin smith roofer, 44, living with wife Elizabeth J., 44; Mary E. 14; Joan E., 11; Nancie C., 5; and Rebecca L., 3. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

3. Newspaper: The Sentinel: Marriage of Joan E. Beecher and Doyle Ashburn, 23 Jul 1958, Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 1 -----
Miss Joan E. Beecher To Wed Doyle Ashburn
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Beecher, Walnut Bottom, have announced the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Joan Elizabeth, to Doyle D. Ashburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester H. Ashburn, RD5, Carlisle.
The ceremony will take place on the afternoon of Aug. 31, at 2:30 o'clock in the Centerville Lutheran Church. Rev. Donald M. Bohn, pastor of the church, and Rev. Victor C. Detty, Dickinson Presbyterian Church, will officiate.

4. Newspaper: Valley Times-Star: Joan Beecher, Ashurn, of Carlisle RD 5, was among students receiving bachelor of science in education degrees this Thursday from Shippensburg State College., 3 Aug 1961, Newville, Cumberland, PA. 11

5. Residence: on 8 Mar 1984 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 6

6. Residence: on 27 Jul 1992 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 7

7. Obituary: The Sentinel: obituary of Joan Beecher Ashburn on 28 Jun 2011 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 4 Joan Beecher Ashburn, 72, of Shippensburg and formerly of Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle, died Monday June 27, 2011, at her home.

She was born June 30, 1938, in Hockersville, the daughter of the late Samuel Arnold and Elizabeth Jane Miller Beecher.

Mrs. Ashburn is survived by her husband, Doyle D. Ashburn II.

She was a 1961 graduate of Shippensburg State Teachers College.

She had worked in the Shippensburg Public Schools and retired from the Carlisle Early Education Center as a kindergarten teacher.

She belonged to Dickinson Presbyterian Church and Southampton Senior Center.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Rebecca A. Sheller and her husband Michael of Carlisle and Elizabeth A. Laird and her husband Jesse Laird IV of Shippensburg; one son, Doyle D. Ashburn III and his wife Janel M. of Selinsgrove; seven grandchildren, Zachariah, Joshua and Kathryn Sheller, Jesse Laird V and James Laird, and Jett and Caleb Ashburn; two great-grandchildren, Addyson and Avery Sheller; four sisters, Margaret Widney, Mary Frengel, Nancy Sommerville and Rebecca Gallucci; and one brother, Richard Beecher.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Beecher; and one sister, Leona Beecher.

The family will receive friends Saturday on July 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Dickinson Presbyterian Church Parish Hall. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of the church with the Rev. Jeanette Mater officiating.

A reception will follow the service at the Silver Cup Lounge at the Cumberland Golf Club, 2395 Ritner Highway, Carlisle.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dickinson Presbyterian Church, 12 Church Road, Carlisle, PA 17015.

Egger Funeral Home Inc. of Newville is handling the arrangements.

Joan married Doyle D. Ashburn Sr., son of Chester Holland Ashburn and Martha Fenwick, on 31 Aug 1958 in Centerville, Cumberland, PA.1 (Doyle D. Ashburn Sr. was born on 1 Jul 1938 in Blosserville, Cumberland, PA 12.)


1 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (, 23 Jul 1958, page 5. Marriage of Joan E. Beecher and Doyle Ashburn.

2 Carlisle Daily Sentinel (Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania), 19 Dec 2002, Obituary of Gerald T. Beecher.

3 1940 United States Census, Samuel Beecher, Penn Township, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21-46, sheet 5B, family 81, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3479.

4 Carlisle Daily Sentinel (Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania), 28 Jun 2011, obituary of Joan Beecher Ashburn.

5 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 4 Nov 1975, page 3. Golden Anniversary of Mr. Mrs. Samuel A. Beecher.

6 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 9 Mar 1984, page 15. Obituary of Samuel A. Beecher.

7 Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA) (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 27 Jul 1992, page 4. Obituary of Elizabeth J. Beecher.

8 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 Jan 2014), entry for Joan Beecher, person ID LCSN-SPM.

9 1940 United States Census, John Beecher, Penn Township, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21-46, sheet 5B, family 85, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3479.

10 "1950 United States Census," Samuel A. Beecher Newtown Twp Cumberland Co PA.

11 The Valley Times-Star (Newville, PA), 3 Aug 1961, page 7.

12, United States Public Records Index, Doyle Ashburn, 01 Oct 1981-18 Jul 2001.

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