Johann Engel Bücher
(1722-1778)
Elizabeth
Benjamin Beecher
(1770-1842)
Elizabeth
(1765-1847)
Catharine Beecher
(1796-1884)

 

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Catharine Beecher 1 2

  • Born: 23 Sep 1796, Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster, PA 3 4 5 6
  • Christened: 26 Oct 1797, Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster, PA 3 5
  • Died: 21 Apr 1884, Reading, Berks, PA at age 87 1 2 7
  • Buried: 25 Apr 1884, Reading: Charles Evans Cemetery, Berks, PA 2 8

   Other names for Catharine were Catharine Bechert 9 and Catherine Bücher.3 5

  Christening Notes:

Her baptism appears in the personal register of Rev. Traugott F. Illing. Illing's record pertains either to the Bangor Episcopal Church in Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, or Forest or Allegeheny Lutherans churches in Berks County near the Lancaster County line, all of which Illing served at this time.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Reading, Berks, PA. The 1860 census recorded Margaret Mast, 56, with real estate valued at $1,200. Living with her are her son-in-law, Joesph Graeff, moulder, 30; daughter Sarah, 30; grandchildren Charles F. Graeff, 3 and Anna M. Graeff, 1. Also with them are Margaret's sisters: Mary Baker [should be Beecher] , 64, and Catharine Baker [should be Beecher], 62. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Catherine Beecher joined First Presbyterian Church in Reading. On 3 Jan 1868 in Reading, Berks, PA. 10

3. Census in 1870 in Reading, Berks, PA. 6 The 1870 census recorded Catharine Beecher, 74, keeping house, living in the household headed by Benneville Kreisher, hatter, 49. Also with them is Daniel A. Kreisher, 12; and Joseph H. Kreisher, 11. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

4. Occupation: Beecher, Catharine, seamstress; Beecher, Mary, seamstress; h 319 S. 4Th Street, Reading, PA in 1879 in Reading, Berks, PA. 11

5. Census in 1880 in Reading, Berks, PA. 4 The 1880 census recorded at 319 South Fourth Street in Reading: Margaret C. Mast, 75, living with her two sisters: Mary C. Beache, 84; and Cathren Beache, 83 [should be Beecher]. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

6. Occupation: Beecher, Catharine, seamstress; Beecher, Mary, seamstress; h 319 S. 4Th Street, Reading, PA in 1882 in Reading, Berks, PA. 11

7. Residence: Beecher, Catharine; Beecher, Mary; h 319 S. 4Th Street, Reading, PA in 1883 in Reading, Berks, PA. 11

8. Obituary: Reading Times: Death of Miss Bechert. On 23 Apr 1884 in Reading, Berks, PA. 9 Miss Bechert died of the infirmities of old age, at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Mast, 325 1/2 North Ninth street. Her age was 88 years. She was confined to bed some six weeks. She came to Reading from Lancaster county a number of years ago and formerly resided on Fourth street below Spruce.

9. Newspaper: Reading Times: funeral of Miss Catharine Beecher, 25 Apr 1884, Reading, Berks, PA. 8 The funeral of Miss Catharine Beecher took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of her sister, Mrs. Margaret C. Mast, No. 325 1/2 North Ninth street, the interment having been made in the Charles Evans cemetery.


Sources


1 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013</i>, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 582. Berks > Reading > Presbyterian > First Presbyterian. Church record book page 217, online image 96.

2 <i>Find A Grave</i>, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=130785094.

3 <i>Personal Register of Reverend Traugott F. Illing</i>.

4 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania. Enumeration District: 038; Reading 1st Ward.

5 Wright, F. Edward, <i>Church records of the 18th century, Lancaster County, Pa.</i> (Westminster, MD Family Line Publications 1994), Vol. 5, Page 179.

6 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, Year: 1870; Census Place: Reading Ward 1, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1307; Page: 678A; Image: 32; Family History Library Film: 552806. Reading Ward 1.

7 Ancestry.com, <i>Reading, Pennsylvania Deaths, 1873-1905</i>, Catharine Beecher, 21 Apr 1884. File 248.

8 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 25 Apr 1884, page 1. Funeral of Miss Catharine Beecher.

9 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 23 Apr 1884, page 1. Obituary of Miss Beechert.

10 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013</i>, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 582. Berks > Reading > Presbyterian > First Presbyterian. Church record book page 22, online image 11.

11 Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, 1883 Reading City Directory, Beecher, Catharine, h 319 S 4th.



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