Cyrus F. Beecher
Emeline Boyd
Walter Cyrus Beecher Sr.
Sara C. O'Donnell
Howard Francis Beecher Sr.


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1. Mildred Virginia Truitt

2. Edith Olean Raighn

Howard Francis Beecher Sr. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

  • Born: 16 Aug 1898, Wilmington, New Castle, DE 3 4 8 10 11
  • Marriage (1): Mildred Virginia Truitt on 10 Oct 1932 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 1
  • Marriage (2): Edith Olean Raighn about 1947 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 2
  • Died: 9 Feb 1986, Elsmere, New Castle, DE, USA at age 87 6 8 10 11
  • Buried: New Castle: Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE 8 10

   FamilySearch ID: L6WW-M34.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 3 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.

2. Census in 1910 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 12 The 1910 census recorded Alfred Elliott, 28, born in Maryland, living with wife Ella, 25; William, 8; Lillian, 3; Bessie, 2; and Alfred Jr., 0. Also with them is father-in-law Walter Beecher, 42, born in Pennsylvania; brothers-in-laws Walter Beecher Jr., 16, and Howard Beecher, 11; and grandfather Cyras Beecher, widowed, 74, born in Pennsylvania. Everyone else was born in Delaware.

3. Military Draft: It appears Howard lied on his WWI draft card, stating he was born 6 Aug 1900, perhaps making him young enough to avoid the draft?, 12 Sep 1918, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 13

4. Occupation: heat rivets, American Car & Foundry Co. on 12 Sep 1918 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 14

5. Residence: 813 Kirkwood, Wilmington, DE. on 12 Sep 1918 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 14

6. Newspaper: The Morning News: Trio Charged with Tresspassing, 11 Jan 1928, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 15 TRIO CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING
Woman Declares Men Forced Window, Took Cigarettes and Food.
Charges of breaking 'and entering against Howard Beecher, 27 years old, Raymond August, 33 years old, and James Taylor, 33 years old were changed to charges of trespassing and each defendant was fined $5 in Municipal Court today. The trio was arrested last midnight in a saloon at 517 East Fourth street. Mrs. Mary Jahlonski saw the three men in her house and notified the police. A window was alleged to have been forced to obtain entrance. The complainant alleged that persons had broken into her place and taken cigarettes end food. Taylor, Beecher and August stated that it is a common occurrence to go into the house. They denied forcing their way in the property and stated the door was "wide open." Taylor is a former Councilman from the Fourth ward.

7. Residence: on 10 Oct 1932 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 1

8. Newspaper: The Morning News: Births: BEECH ER To Mr. and Mr. Howard Beecher, 1505 North Adams street, at Delaware Hospital on June 29, son., 13 Jul 1935, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 16

9. Residence: on 5 Dec 1941 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 9

10. Newspaper: The Morning News: Court Grants 20 Divorces: Howard Francis Beecher v. Edith Olean Beecher, voluntary separation., 5 Oct 1957, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 2

11. Obituary: The Morning News: Obituary of Howard F. Beecher on 13 Feb 1986 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 6 Howard F. Beecher Sr.

Howard F. Beecher Sr., 83, of 2006 Southway Drive, Carlton Court, Newark, died Sunday of pneumonia at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Elsmere. Mr. Beecher, who retired in 1975, worked in the maintenance department of the U.S. Post Office for eight years. He previously had worked as a maintenance man on the dredge boat USS Comer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by a son, Howard F. Beecher Jr. of Jefferson Farms; and two grandchildren. Services and burial will be private. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 12 Winder Road, Garfield Park, New Castle 19720.

Howard married Mildred Virginia Truitt, daughter of George Henry Truitt and Sarah Rebecca Brittingham, on 10 Oct 1932 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE.1 The marriage ended in divorce. (Mildred Virginia Truitt was born on 14 Aug 1910 in , , DE,1 17 18 19 died on 27 Jul 1993 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 18 19 20 and was buried on 30 Jul 1993 in Delmar: Saint Stephens Cemetery, Sussex, DE, USA 19 20.)

Howard next married Edith Olean Raighn, daughter of Edward Harry Raighn and Mary J. Lester, about 1947 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE.2 The marriage ended in divorce on 5 Oct 1957. (Edith Olean Raighn was born on 30 May 1903 in Penns Grove, Salem, NJ, USA 21 and died on 1 Nov 1996 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 21.)


1, Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954, Howard Beecher and Mildred Truitt, 1932.

2 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 5 Oct 1957, page 36. Divorces.

3 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.

4, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, Walter C Beecher in entry for Howard Francis Beecher, 16 Aug 1898.

5, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 222160896, Ruth Elizabeth Farmer, father Howard F. Beecher, mother Mildred Truitt.

6 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 13 Feb 1986, page 36. Obituary of Howard F. Beecher.

7, Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954, Robert Clyde Farmer and Ruth Elizabeth Beecher, 1946.

8 Find A Grave,

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

10 Find A Grave,

11 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Howard Beecher, February 1986; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

12 1910 United States Census, Beecher in household of Alfred Elliott, Wilmington Ward 8, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing sheet , family 220, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 137416.

13 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, ( Howard Francis Beecher.

14 Find A Grave,

15 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 11 Jan 1928, page 4.

16 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 13 Jul 1935, page 4.

17 1940 United States Census, Mildred T Beecher, Ward 3, Wilmington, Representative District 4, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 4-10, sheet 6B, family 129.

18 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Mildred T Williams, 27 Jul 1993.

19 Find A Grave,

20 The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 29 Jul 1993, page 6. Obituary of Mildred V. Williams.

21 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Edith O Beecher, 01 Nov 1996.

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