Leman Beecher
Catherine Shew
Abram Philemon Beecher


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1. May Anna Draper

2. Isabella W. Hawk

Abram Philemon Beecher 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 16 Jan 1834, Litchfield, Litchfield, CT 5 6 7 8 9
  • Christened: 1 Jul 1834, Kent: First Congregational Church, Litchfield, CT 10
  • Marriage (1): May Anna Draper on 1 Nov 1860
  • Marriage (2): Isabella W. Hawk on 9 Apr 1873 in Trenton, Mercer, NJ 1
  • Died: 5 Aug 1913, Wilmington, New Castle, DE at age 79 5 8
  • Buried: 8 Aug 1913, Wilmington: Riverview Cemetery, New Castle, DE, USA 5 8

   Another name for Abram was Abraham Philemon Beecher.6 7 10 11

   FamilySearch ID: KCFB-GQL.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1870 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 6 The 1870 census recorded Abraham Beecher, photographer, 36, born in Connecticut, living with daughter Emma M., 9, born in Pennsylvania Also in the home was Elizabeth Draper, 55; Pennsylvania, and domestic servant Mary Strand, 27, Virginia. Abraham's real estate was valued at $15,000.

2. Census in 1880 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 12 The 1800 census recorded at 218 West Ninth Street: A. P. Beecher, photographer, 46, living with wife Isabella W., 31; daughters Emma M., 18; Philomena, 6; and Mabel, 5. Also in the home is servant Tillie Wright, 18, black. A. P. was born in Connecticut and his parents in New York. Isabella, her parents, and Emma were born in Pennsylvania. Philomena and Mabel were born in Delaware.

3. Newspaper: Philadellphia Times: In Wilmington: "The following Republican Councilmen were elected: W. F. Robinson, A. P. Beecher, E. C. Moore, Charles W. Talley, A. P. Bailey, D. R. Smith.", 9 Sep 1880, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 13

4. Occupation: Beecher Studio, photography, 315 Market Street, Wilmington, DE in 1889 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE.

5. Newspaper: Philadellphia Times: "A. P. Beecher and family are at Hotel La Pierre, Ocean Grove." [NJ], 1 Jul 1894, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 14

6. Census in 1900 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 9 The 1900 census recorded owning at 218 West Ninth Street: Albert C. Beecher [sic], 66, born Jan 1834, living with wife Isabella W., 52, Nov 1848; and daughters Philomena, 26, Feb 1874, and Mable, 25, Apr 1875. They were married for 27 years and Isabella had birthed 2 children, both alive in 1900. Albert and his parents were born in Connecticut. Isabella and her parents were born in Pennsylvania. Their daughters were born in Delaware.

7. Newspaper: Brooklyn Daily Eagle: marriage of Charlotte May Smith and Robert Morris Treadwill, 19 Sep 1908, Brooklyn, Kings, NY. 15 TREADWELL SMITH. Miss Charlotte May, daughter of Major and Mrs. C. W. Smith, was last evening married to Robert Morris Treadwell, at the Edgehill Church, Spuyten Duyvil, N. Y., by the Rev. Alexander Allison, jr., of Wilmington, Del., assisted by the Rev. David Baines-Grifflths of Spuyten Duyvil. <snip> Among the guests, besides the parents of the bride and the bridegroom, were the bride's grandfather, A. P. Beecher of Wilmington, Del., and his two daughters, the Misses Philomena and Mabel, aunts of the bride.

8. Obituary: in 1913 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. Abram P. Beecher, a resident of Wilmington, for nearly fifty years, died suddenly Tuesday, August 3.
The deceased was born in Litchfiled county, Conn., January 10th, 1834, and was one of the old family of that name, being related to the late Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. When quite young he went to Buenos Ayres, S. A., remaining a few years and then going to New York, from where he went to Philadelphia, and was one of the pioneers in the photographing business, having originated the schema of photographing both sides of the green back currency. He was in the photographing business also, in Wilmington until his retirement in 1911. He was a life member of Eastern Star Lodge, A. F. of A. M., of Philadelphia, and also, of many organizations in Wilmington, having at one time been a City Coucnilman.
He is survived by three daughters, Emma May, wife of Major Clarence W. Smith, of New York; Philomena, wife of Rev. J. Field, of Wilmington; Mabel, wife of Rev. William H. Briggs, of Zion, Md., also one granddaughter, daughter of Mrs. Smith, Charlotte May, wife of Robert M. Treadwell, of Arlington, N.J.

9. Cause of Death: cirrhosis of liver, 5 Aug 1913, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 5

10. Residence: 302 West 24th Street, Wilmington, DE on 5 Aug 1913 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 5

Abram married May Anna Draper on 1 Nov 1860. (May Anna Draper was born about 1842 and died on 28 Oct 1869 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 16.)

Abram next married Isabella W. Hawk, daughter of Capt. Joseph J. Hawk and Mary Jane, on 9 Apr 1873 in Trenton, Mercer, NJ.1 (Isabella W. Hawk was born in Nov 1848 in , , PA,9 12 17 died on 19 Apr 1903 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 17 18 19 and was buried in Wilmington: Riverview Cemetery, New Castle, DE, USA 17.)


1 New Jersey, Marriages, 1678-1985 (www.FamilySearch.org), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FZN6-44V A.P. Beecher and Isabella W. Hawk, 09 Apr 1873.

2 Ancestry.com, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLJL-1J8 Mabel Beecher, 29 Apr 1875.

3 Ancestry.com, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLJL-1JX Philomena Beecher 27 Feb 1874.

4 FamilySearch.org, Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FNTW-GHY Philomena Beecher Field, 26 Aug 1946; citing Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States, Hall of Records, Dover; FHL microfilm 1,944,091.

5 FamilySearch.org, Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961, Death Certificate 12. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FNTX-GH8 Abram P. Beecher, 05 Aug 1913; citing Delaware, United States, Hall of Records, Dover; FHL microfilm 1,944,032.

6 1870 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ5K-HYT Abraham D Beecher, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 88, family 716.

7 Family Bible of Leman Beecher - Cahterine Shew (http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.beecher/269/mb.ashx).

8 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17694220.

9 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M31L-HW3 Albert C Beecher, Wilmington Hundred, Precinct 52 Wilmington city Ward 5, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing sheet 5B, family 87.

10 Ancestry.coms, Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 (Original Data: Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut.), Vol. 55, Kent. Online image 17. Abraham Philemon Beecher s.Leman & Catharine.

11 William H. Beecher IV and Jim Shaw, Descendants of John Beecher 1594-1637 (On Rootsweb at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=billjim), http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=billjim&id=I178.

12 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware; Roll: 119; Family History Film: 1254119; Page: 289C; Enumeration District: 012; Image: 0058.

13 Philadelphia Times (Philadelphia, PA), 9 Sep 1880, page 4. Lively Times in Delaware.

14 Philadelphia Times (Philadelphia, PA), 1 Jul 1894, page 13. Travel and Diversion.

15 Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, Kings, New York.), 19 Sep1908, page 7. Marraige of Charlotte May Smith and Robert Morris Treadwell.

16 Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), 1 Nov 1869, page 2. Obituary of May Anna Beecher.

17 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17694547.

18 Wilmington Morning Star (Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware), 26 Apr 1903, page 6. Death of Isabelle W. Beecher.

19 FamilySearch.org, Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FNP3-7M8 Isabelle W. Beecher d. 19 Apr 1903 in Philadelphia, PA.

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