Sara C. O'Donnell


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1. Walter Cyrus Beecher Sr.

Sara C. O'Donnell 2 3 4 5

  • Born: Apr 1865, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 6 7 8 9
  • Marriage (1): Walter Cyrus Beecher Sr. on 25 Nov 1882 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 1
  • Died: 22 Jun 1904, Wilmington, New Castle, DE at age 39 2 8 9
  • Buried: 25 Jun 1904, Wilmington: Cathedral Cemetery, New Castle, DE 8 9

   Another name for Sara was Sallie O'Donnell.6

   FamilySearch ID: 9Z6F-BB3.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: The Morning News: Sarah Beecher charged with dunkenness, 26 Jun 1891, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 10 At City Court yesterday morning Sarah Beecher, charged with drunkenness, was allowed until Monday to summon witnesses.

2. Newspaper: Evening Journal: Sarah Beecher Fined for Disorder, 29 Jun 1891, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 11 A Woman Fined lor Disorder. Mrs. Sarah Beecher, a young married woman, living on Church street, was fined $5.75 at the Municipal Court, this morning, for disorderly conduct and abuse. The testimony in the caae showed that a family feud of long standing had existed between Mrs. Beecher and her children and a family living next door, and that on the evening in question they had indulged in an open quarrel on the street. In reprimanding the prisoner, Judge Ball said that a terrible but fitting illustration of what a quarrel like this resulted In, was the Dunselth-McElhenny shooting affray which occurred on Friday.

3. Residence: 809 Church Street on 27 Jul 1895 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 12

4. Residence: 722 E. 10th St., Wilmington, DE on 24 Oct 1896 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 13

5. Newspaper: The Morning News: Sarah Beecher Arrested, 8 Jul 1899, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 14 SICK WOMAN ARRESTED
Police Surgeon Hughes Said She Was Sick and Sent Her Home With Her Child.
Mrs. Sarah Beecher, wife of Walter C. Beecher, of No. 722 East Tenth street, was arrested yesterday afternoon and brought to the police station with her sick baby. She was so ill that after she had been placed in the matron's room Police Surgeon Harris was summoned, and he said she was not a fit person to occupy a cell on account of her physical condition. He further said the child was getting the measles. She was then sent home with Matron Wogan.
Horace G. Knowles represents Mrs. Beecher and is incensed that she should be removed from her home while she was in such a condition. It is claimed that three policemen went to the house and compelled her to leave her sick room and go with them to the police station in the patrol wagon. The warrant on which she was arrested was sworn out by a neighbor, who accused her of acting disorderly toward her. It Is lleged the woman talked disparagingly about Mrs. Beecher's daughter, and Mrs. Beecher resented it. A warrant was then sworn out for her arrest. Mrs. Beecher and the same woman had another disagreement resulting from an attempt to settle the case, and a second warrant was sworn out for her. Mrs. Beecher was not brought to the police station, however, because she said she was sick. Yesterday complaint was made by some of the neighbors, who said Mrs. Beecher had been giving them trouble. Chief Dolan sent a policeman to the house and had her arrested. When asked about the matter last night Chief Dolan said: "Complaint was made to me that Mrs. Beecher was acting disorderly. I knew she had been sick and called up Dr. Elbert, her family physician, by telephone. I asked him If the woman was in a fit condition to be removed to the police station as a prisoner, and he said she was. I then sent Policeman Moran to the bouse. He sent for the patrol wagon and the usual crew. Sergeant Howgate and Wagonman England, responded. They tell me the woman refused to go with them and they had to wait for an hour before she would get dressed. I understand they had to use some force to get her to accompany them. "When she arrived at the police station I thought she looked unwell and asked Dr. Elbert to come to the police station to look at her. He said there was nothing the matter and would not come. Then I sent for Dr. Harris, and after hearing his statement ordered the woman to go home and sent Police Matron Wogan with her."

6. Census in 1900 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 7 The 1900 census recorded at 1231 E. Heald Street: Walter Beacher, works rolling mill, 37, born Jan 1863, living with wife Sarah, 35, Apr 1865; Julia A., 19, Oct 1881; Mary E., 16, Feb 1884; Walter C., 5, Jul 1895; and Howard F., 2, Aug 1898. The parents and Julia were born in Pennsylvania, and the others in Delaware. Walter Sr.'s parents were born in Germany. Sarah's parents were born in Ireland. Walter and Julia were married 20 years, and she had birthed 6 children, 4 still alive in 1900.

7. Cause of Death: phthisis laryngea, 22 Jun 1904, Wilmington, New Castle, DE.

8. Residence: 923 Church St. On 22 Jun 1904 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 2

9. Obituary: The News Journal: obituary of Sarah C. Beecher on 23 Jun 1904 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 9 BEECHER -- In this city, on June 22d, 1904, Sarah C., wife of Walter C. Beecher, aged 39 years. Reatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, 923 Church street, on Saturday morning, June 25th, at 9 o'clock. Services at St. Michael's R. C. Church. Interment at new Cathedral cemetery.

Sara married Walter Cyrus Beecher Sr., son of Cyrus F. Beecher and Emeline Boyd, on 25 Nov 1882 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.1 (Walter Cyrus Beecher Sr. was born on 13 Jan 1864 in Coatesville, Chester, PA,15 16 died on 5 Dec 1941 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 15 16 17 and was buried on 8 Dec 1941 in New Castle: Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE 15 16.)


1, "Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940," Walter C. Beecher m. 25 Nov 1882 Sarah O'Donnel Philadelphia, PA.

2, Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933, 22 Jun 1904 death of Sarah C. Beecher, age 39, born in PA.

3, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, Walter C. Beecher and Sarah O Donnell in entry for Clara Beecher, 26 Aug 1892.

4 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 21 May 1966, page 25.

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6, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, Walter Beecher and Sallie O'Donnell in entry for Mary Ella Beecher, 16 Feb 1885.

7 1900 United States Census, Sarah Beacher in household of Walter Beacher, Wilmington Hundred, Precincts 47-48 Wilmington city Ward 9, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing sheet , family 218.

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9 The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 23 Jun 1904, page 5. Obituary of Sarah C. Beecher.

10 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 26 Jun 1891, page 2.

11 The Evening Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 29 Jun 1891, page 3.

12, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, Walter C. Beecher in entry for Walter Cyrus Beecher, 27 Jul 1895.

13, Delaware Death Records, 1811-1933, Clara V. Beecher.

14 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 8 Jul 1899, page 1.

15, Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961, Walter Sr. Beecher, 1941.

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17 The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 5 Dec 1941, page 45. Obituary of Walter Beecher.

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