Hezron Hollingsworth
Sarah Rebecca Waterman
Bessie May Hollingsworth


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1. Charles Franklin Beecher

Bessie May Hollingsworth 1 2 3

  • Born: 13 Sep 1886, Gilead Twp., Morrow, OH 1 3
  • Marriage (1): Charles Franklin Beecher on 25 Dec 1904 in , Morrow, OH 1
  • Died: 12 Dec 1918, , Knox, OH at age 32 4

   FamilySearch ID: 9MXV-85G.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Washington Post: Bessie Beecher Arrested for Attempting to Kill Her Father, 21 Oct 1906, Mount Gilead, Morrow, OH. 5 PUT POISON IN COFFEE
Ohio Woman Accused of Attempting to Kill Her Father

Mount Gilead, Ohio, Oct 20. Accused of having attempted the death of her father Hezron Hollingsworth, but putting poison into his coffee last April, Mrs. Bessie May Beecher was arrested late yesterday. Her husband has been in jail several months on a charge of attempting to beat him to death and throwing him under a horse for the alleged purpose of giving the impression that the injuries had been inflicted by the animal. Possession of his farm is the motive charged.

2. Newspaper: Indiana Gazette: Mrs. Beecher Insane, 16 Nov 1906, Indiana, Indiana, PA, USA. 6 Court Decides Woman Poisoner Is Not Responsible
Mr. Gilead, O., Nov 16 -- Mrs. Bessie Beecher, the young wife of Charles Beecher, who was held on a charge of trying to poison her father, Herron Hollingsworth, by putting drugs in his coffee was found not guilty. The jury was instructed to so find on the sole ground of insanity.
"I believe the defendant criminally irresponsible," said Judge Campbell, "but ahve not the assurance that she would not carry out her purpose if permitted to return to her parents." The woman awaits action of the court.
Charles Beecher, the woman's husband, was sentenced to the Mansfield reformatory for assualting Hollingsworth with intent to kill.

3. Census in 1910 in Zanesville, Muskingum, OH. 7 The 1910 census recorded Charles Beecher, 24, living with wife Bessie, 23.

4. Residence: 39 N. Marion, Mt. Vernon, Ohio on 12 Sep 1918 in Mount Vernon, Knox, OH. 2

Bessie married Charles Franklin Beecher, son of Noah M. Beecher and Sarah Elizabeth Shank, on 25 Dec 1904 in , Morrow, OH.1 (Charles Franklin Beecher was born on 12 May 1884 in Waterford, Knox, OH,2 8 9 died on 6 Jun 1929 in Clinton Twp., Knox, OH 10 11 and was buried in Mount Gilead: Shauck Cemetery, Morrow, OH 11.). The cause of his death was Killed in B&O railroad crossing.


1 FamilySearch.org, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZRW-646 Charles F. Beecher and Bessie Hollingsworth, 1904.

2 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6FT-3VN Charles Franklin Beecher, 1917-1918.

3 FamilySearch.org, Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX8G-V3J Bessie May Hollingsworth, 13 Sep 1886.

4 FamilySearch.org, Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VK54-G2L Bessie M Beecher, 1918.

5 Washington Post Newspaper (Washington, D.C.), 21 Oct 1906, page 17. Put Poison in Coffee, Bessie May Hollingsworth Beecher.

6 The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) (Indiana, indiana, Pennsylvania.), 16 Nov 1906, page 3.

7 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLFJ-Z4L Charles Beecher, 1910.

8 1900 United States Census, Ohio, Morrow County, Franklin Township, Series: T623 Roll: 1309 Page: 77.

9 FamilySearch.org, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZC3-XQ8 Charles F Beecher and Mary E Rush, 1919.

10 FamilySearch.org, Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F62B-523 Charles Franklin Beecher, 06 Jun 1929.

11 FamilySearch.org, Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X68W-DHT Charles Franklin Beecher, 1929.

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