John L. Pugh
(Abt 1811-)
(Abt 1813-Bef 1870)
Jane Pugh
(Abt 1848-1889)


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1. John M. Beecher

Jane Pugh 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1848, Trefeglwys, MGY, Wales, GBR 1 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): John M. Beecher
  • Died: 31 May 1889, Woodvale, Cambria, PA about age 41 1 3

   Another name for Jane was Mrs. Jane Beecher.1

   FamilySearch ID: L624-KNH.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1851 in Trefeglwys, MGY, Wales, GBR. 4 The 1851 Wales Census recorded John Pugh, carpenter, 48, living with wife Ann, 42; John, 14; Thomas, 10; Sarah, 7; and Jane, 3.

2. Census in 1860 in Adams, Berkshire, MA. 5 The 1860 census recorded John Pugh, 49, living with wife Ann, 47; Ann, 18; Jane, 16; Sarah, 13; Thos, 9; and John Walton, 28. The Pughs were born in Wales.

3. Massachusetts State Census census in 1865 in Adams, Berkshire, MA. 6 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.

4. Census in 1870 in Taylor Twp., Cambria, PA. 7 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.

5. Census in 1880 in Woodvale, Cambria, PA. 2 The 1800 census recorded Jane A. Beecher, 36, born in Wales, living as a widow with her children: Mary A., 14, born in Massachusetts; and two born in Pennsylvania: John B., 7; and Harry C., 5. The children's father was born in Wertemburg (Germany). They are all living in the home of John Pugh, 69. He and his parents were from Wales.

6. Residence: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1884: Beecher, Jane M., wid. 33 Maple Avenue W. in 1884 in Johnstown, Cambria, PA, USA. 8

7. Cause of Death: Killed in Johnstown Flood tragedy, 31 May 1889, Johnstown, Cambria, PA, USA. Jane was killed in the famous Johnstown Flood of 1889, per this account from the Johnstown National Memorial ( )

The rain continued as men worked tirelessly to prevent the old South Fork Dam from breaking. Elias Unger, the president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, was hoping that the people in Johnstown were heeding the telegraph warnings sent earlier, which said that the dam might go. When it finally happened, at 3:10 P.M., May 31, 1889, an era of the Conemaugh Valley's history ended, and another era started. Over 2,209 people died on that tragic Friday, and thousands more were injured in one of the worst disasters in our Nation's history.

On the list of those who perished:
Beecher, Mrs. Jane, 44, Woodvale. Body not found.
Beecher, Mary, 23, Woodvale. Body not found.

Jane married John M. Beecher. (John M. Beecher was born on 25 Mar 1839 in Faurndau, Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg, DEU,9 died on 30 Aug 1875 in Johnstown, Cambria, PA, USA 9 and was buried in Johnstown: Sandyvale Cemetery, Cambria, PA, USA 9.)


1 Johnstown Flood National Memorial (

2 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Woodvale, Cambria, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1110; Family History Film: 1255110; Page: 263D; Enumeration District: 194; Image: 0529.

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

4 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.

5 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts; Roll: M653_487; Page: 399; Image: 400; Family History Library Film: 803487.

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

7 1870 United States Census, John Pugh in entry for John Bueher.

8, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Webb's Johnstown Directory, 1884, page 39.

9 Find A Grave,

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