John M. Beecher


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John M. Beecher 1 2

  • Born: 25 Mar 1839, Faurndau, Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, DEU 1
  • Marriage (1): Jane Pugh
  • Died: 30 Aug 1875, Johnstown, Cambria, PA, USA at age 36 1
  • Buried: Johnstown: Sandyvale Cemetery, Cambria, PA, USA 1

   FamilySearch ID: L6KR-KHC.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Massachusetts State Census census in 1865 in Adams, Berkshire, MA. 3 The 1865 Massachusetts State Census recorded John Pugh, 54, living with wife Ann; daughters Ann Chandler, 23; Jane Beecher, 21; and Sarah Pugh, 18; and son Thomas G. Pugh, 15. All were born in North Wales. Also in the home are two sons-in-law: D. W. Chandler, 24, New York; and John Beecher, 24, Germany.

2. Census in 1870 in Taylor Twp., Cambria, PA. 4 The 1870 census listed the household of John Bueher (handwriting appears like Beecher however), 31, born in Württemberg (Germany) living with wife Jane, 26, born in Wales; Mary, 4, born in Pennsylvania; father-in-law John Pugh, 59 and his son Thomas Pugh, 17, both born in Wales. The post office was Johnstown, Pa.

3. Obituary: Cambria Tribune: obituary of John M. Beecher on 30 Aug 1875 in Johnstown, Cambria, PA, USA.

4. Newspaper: Latrobe Advance: On Wednesday last John M. Beecher, an employee in the Woodvale woolen mills, near Johnstown, had his right arm torn from his body by having it caught in a "barr picker." Although he is in critical condition, it is thought he will recover., 1 Sep 1875, Latrobe, Westmoreland, PA. 5

5. Newspaper: Altoona Tribune: John M. Beecher, an employe of the Woodvale Woolen Mills near Johnstown, had his right arm torn form his body by being caught in some of the machinery. He has since died., 2 Sep 1875, Altoona, Blair, PA. 6

6. Newspaper: Shenango Valley Argus: A man named John M. Beecher had his arm torn from his body at Johnstown on Tuesday. He was employed in the woolen manufactory and got his arm caught in the machinery., 4 Sep 1875, Greenville, Mercer, PA, USA. 7

John married Jane Pugh, daughter of John L. Pugh and Ann. (Jane Pugh was born about 1848 in Trefeglwys, MGY, Wales, GBR 8 9 10 11 and died on 31 May 1889 in Woodvale, Cambria, PA 8 10.)


1 Find A Grave,

2, Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950, Harry Christian Beecher, 1876.

3 Massachusetts, State Census, 1865, John Beecher in entry for John Pugh, 1865.

4 1870 United States Census, John Pugh in entry for John Bueher.

5 Latrobe Advance (Latrobe, PA), 1 Sep 1875, page 3.

6 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, PA), 2 Sep 1875, page 3.

7 Shenango Valley Argus (Greenville, PA), 4 Sep 1875, page 7.

8 Johnstown Flood National Memorial (

9 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Woodvale, Cambria, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1110; Family History Film: 1255110; Page: 263D; Enumeration District: 194; Image: 0529.

10 Wiley, Samuel T., editor, Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Union Publishing Co., 1896.), Page 490-518.

11 1851 Wales Census ( 1851 Wales Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1851.), HO107; Piece: 2496; Folio: 342; Page: 10; GSU roll: 104258.

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