James B. Beecher
Anna Garis
John Henry Beecher
Ella M. Godfrey
James Beecher
Grace Rebecca Beecher
Madeline Vera Beecher


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1. Edward William Smith

Madeline Vera Beecher 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 29 Jul 1917, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 3 5
  • Marriage (1): Edward William Smith on 26 Oct 1941 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 1 2
  • Died: 28 Aug 2004, Duncannon, Perry, PA at age 87 5 7

   FamilySearch ID: LXSD-CN5.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 3 The 1920 census recorded at 932 Penn Street in Harrisburg: James M. Bucher [indexed wrong, handwriting looks like Beecher], laborer railroad, 35, living with wife Grace R., 27; Gladys C., 7; Elizabeth D., 6; Madeline V., 2 years 5 months, and Rhea A., 5 months when the census was recorded on 5 Jan 1920. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, except James and his parents in Maryland.

2. Census in 1930 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 8 The 1930 census recorded at 1210 Susquehanna Street: Grace R. Beecher, widowed, 39, living with single daughters Gladys C., child's nurse for private family, 18; Elizabeth D., 16; Madeline V., 12; and Rhea A., 10.

3. Newspaper: Evening News: "Birthday Club: Today is the birthday of Magdalene Beecher, 932 Penn street.", 29 Jul 1931, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 9

4. Census in 1940 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 10 The 1940 census recorded at 1210 Susquehanna Street: Grace R. Beecher, widowed, 39, living with 3 daughters Elizabeth D., single, 25; Madeline V., single, saleslady retail clothing, 22; and Rhea A. Maff, married, 20. Also in the home was lodger Robert W. McMollen, iceman, 59. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same house in 1935.

5. Newspaper: Evening News: Miss Beecher Is Guest of Honor, 8 Oct 1941, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 2 Miss Madeline Beecher, daughter of Mrs. Grace Beecher, 112 Herr street, whose marriage to Edward W. Smith, of this city, will take place in Manchester on Sunday, October 26, was honored at a dinner party and shower given last evening by Miss Verna Hocker at the Linden Tree Inn.
The guests were Miss Dorothy Bennett, MIss Rose Kane, Mrs. Charles Miller, Mrs. Robert Crown, Miss Ruth Mall, Miss Pauline Rhoads, Miss Martha Rorobaugh, Miss Geraldine LaRose, Miss Evelyn Swanger, Mrs. Ben sweger, Miss Maybelle Foltz, Miss Lillian Powers, Miss Marie Marshall and Miss Joyce Kintz.

6. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: Miss Beecher Will Be Wedded, 27 Oct 1941, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 11 The home of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Beecher, Manchester, will be the scene at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon of the marriage of their neice, Miss Madeline Beecher, daughter of Mrs. Grace Beecher, 112 Herr street, and Edward W. Smith, 1712 North Fifth street.
The Rev. Newell C. Grimes, pastor of Wesminster Presbyterian Church, will perform the ceremony and the bride will be given in marriage by her uncle.
Miss Betty Beecher, of this city, will attend her sister and Frank Ford, also of Harrisburg, will be best man. The bridge will appear in a blue velveteen frock with a corsage of orchids and her sister has chosen a gold crepe gown which will be accented by a corsage of bronze and gold blossoms.
Miss Beecher, who was graduated from William Penn High School, is employed by the William B. Schleisner Store, and Mr. Smith, who graduated from Easton High School, is employed by the Harrisburg Paper Company. He and his bride will live at 1511 Market street, Camp HIll.

7. Newspaper: Evening News: photo of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Bmith, 3 Nov 1941, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 12

8. Census in 1950 in Dauphin, Dauphin, PA, USA. 13 The 1950 census recorded at 601 Erie Street: Edward W. Smith, wholesale paper salesman, 40, living with wife Madeline V., 32; and daughter Suzanne, 7. All were born in Pennsylvania except Edward in New Jersey.

9. Residence: on 28 Jun 2000 in Camp Hill, Cumberland, PA. 6

10. Residence: on 28 Aug 2004 in Duncannon, Perry, PA. 7

11. Obituary: on 30 Aug 2004 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 7 Madeline Beecher Smith, 87, a resident of Kinkora Pythian Nursing Home, Duncannon, PA, died on August 28, 2004. Madeline was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA, graduating from the former William Penn High School in 1935. She was employed at the former Schleisner's and Harriet Hammer Lingerie Shop. Madeline was the widow of Edward W. Smith and is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Smith Marsico and her husband, Edward, Sr. of Camp Hill, PA; 3 grandchildren, Edward Marsico, Jr., Andrew J. Marsico, both of Harrisburg and Madeline Marsico Lukas of Larchmont, NY; six great-grandchildren, Connor, Alexander, Owen and Benjamin of Harrisburg and Katherine and Abigail of Larchmont, NY; her sister, Rhea Maff of Harrisburg and several nieces and a nephew. At Madeline's request, services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Neill Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to ARC of Dauphin & Lebanon Counties, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 or to Kinkora Pythian Home, 25 Cove Road, Duncannon, PA 17020.

Madeline married Edward William Smith, son of William Edward Smith and Mary E. Johnson, on 26 Oct 1941 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA.1 2 (Edward William Smith was born on 14 Apr 1909,14 died in Nov 1986 in Camp Hill, Cumberland, PA 14 and was buried in Paxtang: Paxtang Cemetery, Dauphin, PA 14.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFS4-DDX James Beecher in entry for Edward William Smith and Madeline V. Beecher, 1941.

2 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 8 Oct 1941, page 6.

3 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Harrisburg Ward 5, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1558; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 72; Image: 733.

4 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 18 Sep 1924, page 15. Funeral of James E. Beecher.

5 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Madeline Vera Beecher. SSN 195075621. Father James Beecher. Mother Grace Beecher.

6 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 3 Jul 2000, obituary of Glady Caroline Lang.

7 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 30 Aug 2004, obituary of Madeline Beecher Smith.

8 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2026; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0023; Image: 665.0; FHL microfilm: 2341760.

9 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 29 Jul 1931, page 3.

10 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3481; Page: 61A; Enumeration District: 22-29A.

11 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 27 Oct 1941, page 5.

12 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 3 Nov 1941, page 2.

13 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6X13-F6NH Edward W. Smith Dauphin PA.

14 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=57687969.

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