Isabella Alexander
(Abt 1818-1894)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. William Beecher

Isabella Alexander 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1818, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA 1 2 3
  • Marriage (1): William Beecher
  • Died: 22 Jun 1894, Allegheny City, Allegheny, PA about age 76 5 6 7

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She appeared on the census in 1850 in Manchester, Allegheny, PA. 8 William Bucher (two handwritten e's look like a u so was indexed wrong) is listed in the 1850 Census in Manchester as a carpenter, age 31, living with wife Isabella, 33; Emma, 5; and Mary, 3. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. His real estate is valued at $800.

2. She appeared on the census in 1860 in Manchester, Allegheny, PA. 2 William Beecher, master carpenter, 44, was living with wife Isabella, 42; Emma, 15; Mary, 12; and Henry, 9. William's real estate was valued at $5000 and person posessions $200. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was West Manchester.

3. She appeared on the census in 1870 in McClure Twp., Allegheny, PA. 1 William Beacher, carpenter, 40, is living with wife Isabella, 40. William's real estate is worth $6,000 and possessions $500. The next household is Harvey Bucher (indexed wrong, should be Beecher), machinist, 19; and wife Fanny, 17. Harvey has nothing of value. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

4. She signed a will Last Will and Testament of Isabella Beecher Deceased on 18 Oct 1879 in Allegheny City, Allegheny, PA. 9 No 184 Vol 53 Page 304
Last Will and Testament of Isabella Beecher Deceased

I, Isabella Beecher of Allegheny City Allegheny County State of Pennsylvania being of sound mind being desirous to make disposition of my property while capable of disposing it do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made

1st I desire that my funeral expenses and doctors' bills be paid out of my money available in the hands of my executors as the same may be realized

2nd I bequeath to my son John Harvey Beecher the sum of five dollars to be paid to him by my executors one year after my decease

3rd All the residue of whatsoever I may possess I bequeath to my husband William Beecher for his sole use and disposition with the reservation of sufficient to place a suitable head & foot stone over my remains and pay my funeral expenses

And I hereby nominate and appoint William Beecher my husband as executor of this my last will and testament

In witness of this being my last will and testament I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 18th day of October Anna Domini 1879.

Isabella Beecher (SEAL)

Signed sealed published and declared by the testator as and for her last will and testament in our presence who at her request and in her presence and that of each other has here to signed our names as witnesses

Utilles Baird
W. C. Alexander
Joseph Park

I desire as a codasil to the within testament that my executor William Beecher give my Grand Son Francis Alexander Beecher and Mattey French Beecher my Grand Daughter an education in all the branches taught in the public schools and to see that they are suitably clothed and taken care of until an age to do for them selves.

Isabella Beecher (SEAL)

Signed sealed and published and declared by the testator as and for her last testament in our presence who at her request and in her presence and that of each other have here to signed our names as witnesses

Utilles Baird
W. C. Alexander
Joseph Park

5. Obituary: Pittsburgh Press: BEECHER - On Friday, June 22, 11 P. M. Isabella Beecher, wife of Wm. Beecher. Funeral from the residence. 71 Charles street, Allegheny, at 2:30 P. M. Interment private at a later hour. On 23 Jun 1894 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 7

6. She had an estate probated Isabella Beecher's probate record begins on 24 Jun 1894 in Allegheny County Proceedings Index Vol. 10. On 24 Jun 1894 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 6 Her probate proceedings indexed as follows:

Dollar Svgs Fund & Tr Co. Adm cta
Caveat Dkt. Rg Vol 1 Page 26
Record of Death Dkt. RD Vol 11 Page 519 No. 167 Year 1897
Will Dkt. WB Vol 53 Page 304 No. 184
Renunc No. 217 year 1897
Letters Adm cta Dkt. Bd Vol 63 Page 387
1st & Fn Acct Dkt. Ac Vol 75 Page 156 No. 41 Jun 1898
Audit Dkt. Au Vol 19 Page 359 No. 41 Jun 1898

7. She had an estate probated The 1897 obituary of her husband William Beecher states his wife died "about three years ago" or 1894, but her will was not filed until 18 Mar 1897 shortly after her husband's death acknowled by two witnesses on the will, W. C. Alexander and Joseph Park. On 18 Mar 1897 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA.


Isabella married William Beecher, son of Henry Beecher Jr. and Letty Cownover. (William Beecher was born on 10 Mar 1816 in Taneytown, Carroll, MD,1 2 5 died on 24 Jan 1897 in Allegheny City, Allegheny, PA 5 and was buried on 26 Jan 1897 10.)


Sources


1 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, McClure Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1294 Page: 129.

2 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Manchester Boro, Series: M653 Roll: 1062 Page: 380.

3 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 86078. Mary Gordon. Father William Beecher born Maryland. Mother Isabell Alexander born Pittsburgh. Spouse William J. Gordon.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 64438. Emma L. Nicholson. Father Wm. Beecher. Mother Isabella Alexander.

5 Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.), 26 Jan 1897, page 8. Obituary of William Beecher.

6 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, Allegheny > Proceedings Index, Vol 009-010 Page 195 Section 8.

7 Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.), 23 Jun 1894, page 7. Obituary of Mrs. Isabella Beecher.

8 1850 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M44C-XSL William Bucher in household of William Bucher, Manchester, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing dwelling 61, family 61, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 744.

9 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, Allegheny > Will Packets, Vol 52-53, 1897, Online Image 1966. No. 184 Vol. 53 Page 304.

10 Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.), 26 Jan 1897, page 9. Death of William Beecher.



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