Jacob Beacher Sr.
(1812-Aft 1880)
Angeline Eisenhuth
William James Jacobs Sr.
Mary Ann Hough
Hiram Beecher
Henrietta Jacobs
William Jacob Beecher Sr.


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1. Emma A. Youst

William Jacob Beecher Sr. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

  • Born: 24 May 1876, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 5 6 7 12 13 14 15
  • Marriage (1): Emma A. Youst on 15 Dec 1900 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA 1 2 3
  • Died: 17 Feb 1951, Monterey, Monterey, CA at age 74 5 7
  • Buried: Pacific Grove: El Carmelo Cemetery, Monterey, CA 1 7

   Another name for William was William J. Beacher.16

   FamilySearch ID: 9C6N-GZL.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 17 Hiram Becher, coal miner, 38, was married to wife Henrietta, 31. Living with them: Lilly May, 12; Sarah Jane, 10; Edith, 7; and Willie, 5. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. The 1890 census was destroyed in a fire, but a directory compiled from it before it was lost shows the following: Beacher, Etta. Brandonville. Edith, William J., 16. census in 1890 in Brandonville, Schuylkill, PA. 18

3. Newspaper: Evening Herald: "William Beacher of Brandonville, a driver at Ellengowan Colliery, was kicked in the side by a mule yesterday and it is thought he has internal injuries.", 20 Nov 1896, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 19

4. Census in 1900 in Mount Carmel Twp., Northumberland, PA. 5 Hiram Beecher (age 57, born Jul 1843) is listed in the 1900 Census as a household head living on the west side of Oak Street in Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. His wife is listed as Etta (51, born Sep 1848). Living with them is son Wilhelm J. (24, born May, 1876). Both father and son are employed as coal miners. Henrietta is listed as having given birth to 4 children, all of whom were living in 1900. Living in the same building as a boarder is Sadie Beecher, his daughter, born Feb 1874 and single, occupation servant, in the housholed of Lewis Hilbert and his wife, Edith (Hiram's daughter.).

5. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Item: "K.G.E. Officers. The following officers of the Mt. Carmel Council No. 324 Knights of the Golden Eagle were installed: Past Chief, Thomas Morris. Noble Chief, Edward Perry; Vice Chief, W. J. Beacher", 22 Jan 1902, Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 20

6. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Daily News: Wm. J. Beecher Was Injured this A. M., 24 Feb 1903, Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 21 Wm. J. Beecher was injured at the Reliance colliery at about 9:30 this morning by a premature blast. Mr. Beecher had prepared a shot but upon its failing to go off after a certain length of time he returned and was about to place in a squib when the explosion occurred. He received the full force of the blast in face and neck. Several small cuts are scattered around over his face and one very severe one on the forehead above the left eye in which Dr. Harple, the attending physician, placed seven stitches. His body is also slightly bruised.

7. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Item: Ad: "Lost. A watch charm, with K. of P. badge on one side and K. of G. E. badge on the other. Reward for return to W. J. Beecher, 50 So. Market st.", 20 May 1904, Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 22

8. Residence: 131 E. 3rd Street, Mount Carmel, PA on 1 Apr 1908 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 23

9. Occupation: miner on 24 Nov 1909 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 11

10. Residence: 131 E. 3rd St., Mt. Carmel, PA on 24 Nov 1909 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 11

11. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Item: William Beecher helps firefighters, 29 Jan 1910, Mount Carmel Twp., Northumberland, PA. "To bring a sad accident to lifht again we are compelled to state that the body of the late Mrs. Joseph Hinkel was discovered by George B. Morris, of the Antracity Fire Company, and by the assistance of William Beecher and Chief of Police Morgan was carried into a neighbors house. Some persons will persist in distoring the facts in all cases, and this explanation is made to rectify the impression that has been created in the minds of many, that the fireman did not do their duty."

12. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Item: "A party of twelve consisting of Harry Blue, William Beecher, wife and family and H. Beecher left this morning on the Reading for Tulare, Cal. The party will go into the homestead territory and stake up a tract of land they will farm.", 14 Apr 1910, Mount Carmel Twp., Northumberland, PA. 24

13. Census on 4 May 1910 in Tulare, Tulare, CA. 13 Renting at 373 King St: William J. Beecher, 33, was married for 9 years to wife Emma, 26. She had given birth to 7 children, 6 alive in 1910. Living with them: Edith, 8; Anne, 7; Willie, 6; Arthur, 5; May, 3; John, 2; and William's father, Hiram, 68, widowed. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. No one had an occupation.

14. Newspaper: Visalia Times-Delta, 16 Nov 1914, Visalia, Tulare, CA. 25 -----
W. J. Beeher Swears Out Complaint Charging Vile Acts.
A complaint was sworn out before Judge Bagby today against Toy Jaw, a Chinaman who was placed in the county jail Saturday evening by Sheriff Collins. W. J. Beecher, who swore out the complaint, charges vile acts on the part of the Chinaman and the criminal mistreatment of Mr. Beecher's little daughter Edith. The case is one of the most reprehensible of any that have come to the attention of the authorities for some time past.

15. Newspaper: Visalia Times-Delta, 18 Nov 1914, Visalia, Tulare, CA. 26 -----
Toy Jaw Will Be Given His Preliminary Next Week; J. S. Clack Retained.
Toy Jaw, the cook of the Mineral King fruit ranch, who was arrested by Sheriff Collins last Saturday, was arraigned before Justice E. A. Dagby this morning on a felony charge, on conviction of which he may lie sentenced to state's prison from one to 99 years.
The Chinaman's arrest was at the instigation of W. J. Beecher, who charged that he committed certain lewd acts in the presence of his little daughter. Toy Jaws bond was fixed at $3,000, in default of which he was remanded to the county jail.
The preliminary examination has not been set, but will he held some time next week. Attorney James S. Clack has been retained to represent the defendant.

16. Newspaper: Visalia Times-Delta, 26 May 1915, Visalia, Tulare, CA. 27 -----
Little Edith Beecher on the Stand all Morning.
Case Will Likely Go Over Until Morning.
The Toy Jaw case is proceeding slowly this afternoon and it is hardly probable that it will be finished this evening. Little 11 year-old Edith Beecher, the complaining witness, was on the stand the most of the morning. In a straightforward manner she told the story of the terrible indignities heaped upon her by the Chinese cook at the Mineral King ranch house, and the rigid cross-examination to which she was subjected by Attorney Irwin for the defense did not shake her in the least. The little one is an exceptionally, pretty child with light brown hair and blue eyes which did not waver when she told the jury the story of her wrongs.
The testimony of the mother was taken yesterday afternoon and several other witnesses have been called. Testimony for the defense seems to show that Toy Jaw had always borne an excellent reputation and was held in high esteem by his countrymen and employers.
The following is the jury selected to hear the evidence in the case: H. S. Ewing, James A. Chambless, A. L. Lynham, Jerome Prothero, Dan Clubb, T. R. Evans, J. H. Clack, M. A. Bennett, W. O. DeWherst, D. E. Simons, W. E. Hunsaker, R. E. Fitzsimmons.

17. Newspaper: Visalia Times-Delta, 28 May 1915, Visalia, Tulare, CA. 28 -----
Next Tuesday Set by Court as Day on Which Chinaman Will Learn Fate.
"Melican jury got no mercy on Chinese boy", said Toy Jaw, Chinese cook accused of a statutory crime against eleven year old Edith Beecher, when the jury in the case brought in a verdict of guilty after being out only long enough to take two ballots last evening. The Chinese will be sentenced next Tuesday.
The charges against Jaw were sworn out last November by the father of the little girl and the trial has been going on before Judge W. B. Wallace all the week. The contention of the defense was to the effect that the Beecher children had entered the Chinaman's kitchen without his knowledge and that when he found them there he hustled them out in a very unceremonious manner, at which the children took umbrage and "framed up" the story they told their parents.
This defense evidently did not get very far with the jury, considering the short time they took in returning a verdict of guilty. The trial was one of the quietest heard in Tulare county courts tor some little time. It is felt that counsel for the defense will file a motion for a new trial on Tuesday, in the meantime Jaw is boarding at Hotel de Smith.

18. Newspaper: Visalia Times-Delta, 10 Jun 1915, Visalia, Tulare, CA. 29 -----
Cooks Are Scarce and the Chinaman Will Get an Easy Berth.
Deputy Sheriff Robt. Pool returned home this morning from San Kan Quentin after taking there Toy Jaw, the Chinese cook recently sentenced to serve eight years by Superior Judge Wallace for making improper proposals to a little girl on a ranch where he was employed near this city.
The Chinaman made no trouble on his journey. He seemed to be impressed by the size of the prison upon his arrival. It is probable that Toy Jaw will shortly be given a job as cook in the home of one of the San Quentin officers. Cooks seem to be shy at the state prison now and Toy Jaw is said to be a very good one. It is probable, however, that he will be given a course in the jute mill before getting back to his old occupation.

19. Military on 12 Sep 1918 in Hanford, Kings, CA: World War I Draft Registration Card. 30

20. Occupation: laborer for W. J. Vaughn, Hanford, CA on 12 Sep 1918 in Hanford, Kings, CA. 30

21. He was described as medium height, slender, blue eyes, light hair, lost eye. on 12 Sep 1918 in Hanford, Kings, CA. 30

22. Residence: on 12 Sep 1918 in Hanford, Kings, CA. 30

23. Census in 1920 in Castroville, Monterey, CA. 31 William J. Beecher, laborer in salt works, 43, was living with wife Emma, 36; William J., 16; Arthur, 14; May, 13; John L., 11; and Benjamin Franklin, 10. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. William was renting his home, and had served in World War I.

24. Residence: on 26 Feb 1923 in Monterey, Monterey, CA. 32

25. Census in 1930 in Monterey, Monterey, CA. 33 The 1930 census recorded owning a $2500 home at 561 Broadway: William Bucher [indexed wrong, handwriting is Beecher], laborer in fish cannery, 53, living with wife Emma, 47; son William Jr., machinist in fish cannery, 25; daughter-in-law Mary, 23; and grandson William 3rd, 4. The child and his mother were born in California, the others and their parents in Pennsylvania. Mary's father was born in Nevada and mother in Texas.

26. Census in 1940 in Monterey, Monterey, CA. 34 In the 1940 Census William J. Beecher, 64, was living with wife Emma, 57. Both were born in Pennsylvania.

27. Residence: on 11 Aug 1942 in Monterey, Monterey, CA. 6 In 1942 on his application for a delayed birth certificate William listed his address: Route 1 Box 215A, Monterey, California.

28. Census in 1950 in Oakland, Alameda, CA. 35 The 1950 census recorded at 9A 8th Street: William J. Beecher, welding pipe at steel window factory, 44, living with wife Mary E., 43; sons Jack J., paperboy, 15; and Stanley J., paperboy, 12. William was born in Pennsylvania, Mary and Stanley in California, and Jack in Oregon.

29. Census in 1950 in Seaside, Monterey, CA. 36 The 1950 census recorded at 1427 Mingo Avenue: William J. Beacher [sic], 73, living with wife Emma, 66. They were born in Pennsylvania.
Living next door at Mingo & Darwin is Charlotte C. Beecher, divorced, houseworker in private homes, 42; her daughter Kathleen M. Cardinelli, 20; and granddaughter Margaret L. [surname originally recorded as Cardinelli but crossed out and replaced with Beecher], 4. They were born in California.
Next door on Darwin is crossed out: Arthur L. Beecher, 43, born in Pennsylvania, occupation "inmate in prison" followed by his wife, who is not crossed out: Viola P. Beecher, 34; her daughter Arlene M. 12; son Arthur L., 7; and son William E., 6. All were born in California.

30. Newspaper: The Wm. Beechers are 50 Years Wed, 15 Dec 1950, Seaside, Monterey, CA. [newspaper name unknown, not on article clipped]

The Wm. Beechers are 50 Years Wed

Mr. and Mrs. William Beecher, 142 Mingo Avenue, observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary last Friday, Dec. 15. Owing to the illness of Mr. Beecher, any formal celebration had to be omitted.

The couple was married in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania.

Coming to Seaside when there were only one other residence on the hill area, they have occupied their present home for 32 years and still retain some 20 lots.

For this Golden Wedding anniversary there were remembrances from the four sons, Bill in Oakland; John in the San Joaquin valley; Ben in San Francisco, and Arthur in Seaside, away from home at present. Of the two daughters, Mrs. Edith Kelly was unable to be down from San Bruno; Mrs. Louis (Mae) Lopez of San Francisco bringing the anniversary and Christmas gifts from the family. Accompanying Mrs. Lopez was her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bill Naro, and three-months-old Linda, the fifth great grandchild of the William Beechers, who saw Linda for the first time on this 50th wedding anniversary. The other great grandchildren are Margaret Beecher, Kathy and Peggy Huckaby, of Monterey Peninsula, and Dorothy Thompson of San Bruno. There are also 15 grandchildren, including five living in local communities. A daughter-in-law, Mrs. Arthur Beecher, was present for the day, and living nearby is able to assist in caring for her father-in-law.

Earlier in the year the Beecher family had planned a Golden Wedding reception for their parents, with guests invited from the large circle of friends made during the long residence here. Greetings have been received from many who were aware of the anniversary date.

31. Letter: Stanley James Beecher Sr. to Dianne Beecher, 23 Jun 2008. "He took his wife Emma Beecher and 6 kids by train to California, in the 1900's. The family came to Cal. because of an ad in the paper for a explosive expert to do work in Calif. He got the job and helped level land at Fort Ord and the Presidio of Monterey."
"Grandfather William Jacob Beecher was blind in one eye that was white, and he said that it happened in the PA coal mines working with explosives....my grandfather and his family came to California and some of them worked picking fruit."

William married Emma A. Youst, daughter of Henry N. Youst and Johanna Derr, on 15 Dec 1900 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA.1 2 3 (Emma A. Youst was born on 1 May 1883 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA,13 37 38 died on 17 Jul 1952 in Monterey, Monterey, CA 37 38 and was buried in Pacific Grove: El Carmelo Cemetery, Monterey, CA 1 38.)

  Marriage Notes:

They were married by Rev. F. Weiss according to the marriage certificate. 15


1 Beecher, Dianne, Interview with Dianne Beecher, wife of William E. Beecher, son of Arthur L. Beecher. (June 11, 2008).

2 Northumberland County Courthouse, Northumberland County, PA, Marriage certificate of William J. Beecher and Emma Youst.

3 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VF9P-QGS William J. Beacher and Emma Youst, 15 Dec 1900; citing , Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 961098.

4 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, 1 Mar 1979.

5 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Mount Carmel Boro, Series: T623 Roll: 1449 Page: 43.

6 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Birth Certificate (http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=168&Q=229939
Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 656-3100), Delayed birth certificate of William Jacob Beecher Sr. (1876-1951) applied for on 17 Aug 1942.

7 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39415179.

8 FamilySearch.org, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K82R-D91 William Jacob Beecher and Mary Ella Huckaby, 10 Dec 1923; citing p. 254, San Joaquin, California, United States; FHL microfilm 1841869.

9 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 15 Jan 1942, page 6. Obituary of Henry N. Youst.

10 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), William Jacob Beecher, SSN 572141133.

11 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1906-1914, Certificate 181008, Bennie Beacher, b. 24 Nov 1909, Mount Carmel, PA, father William J. Beacher, mother Emma Yost.

12 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Roll 1449 Book 2, Page 98.

13 1910 United States Census, California, Tulare County, Tulare Ward 2, Series: T624 Roll: 111 Page: 92.

14 California Vital Records.

15 Northumberland County Courthouse, Northumberland County, PA, Marriage license of William Beecher and Emma Youst.

16 Northumberland County Courthouse, Northumberland County, PA, Marriage license of William Beacher and Emma Youst. (His named is spelled Beacher, not Beecher.).

17 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255192; National Archives Film T9-1192; Page 501A.

18 Ancestry.com, A Directory of the eleventh census of the population of Schuylkill County : giving the names and ages of males and females (Lebanon, Pa.: E.E. Schartel, 1891, c1889.).

19 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 20 Nov 1896. Republished 20 Nov 1971 in "75 Years Ago - 1896" column.

20 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 22 Jan 1902, page 1.

21 Mount Carmel Daily News (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania), 24 Feb 1903, page 1.

22 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 20 May 1904, page 1.

23 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1906-1914, Unamed Beacher b. 1 Apr 1908, father William Beacher, mother Emma Youst, Mt. Carmel PA.

24 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 14 Apr 1910, page 1. To California.

25 Visalia Times Delta (Visalia, CA), 16 Nov 1914, page 1.

26 Visalia Times Delta (Visalia, CA), 18 Nov 1914, page 1.

27 Visalia Times Delta (Visalia, CA), 26 May 1915, page 1.

28 Visalia Times Delta (Visalia, CA), 28 May 1915, page 8.

29 Visalia Times Delta (Visalia, CA), 10 Jun 1915, page 8.

30 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.), William Jacob Beecher, b. 24 May 1876.

31 1920 United States Census, California, Monterey, Castroville, Series: T625 Roll: 122 Page: 85.

32 Visalia Daily Times (Visalia, CA), 27 Feb 1923, page 6. Obituary of Hiram Beecher.

33 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Monterey, Monterey, California; Roll: 179; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 0028; Image: 860.0; FHL microfilm: 2339914.

34 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K94Q-MNB William J Beecher, Monterey Judicial Township, Monterey, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 27-34, sheet 28B, family 734.

35 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XGN-JWM6 William J Beecher Oakland CA.

36 "1950 United States Census," William J. Beacher, Seaside, Monterey, CA.

37 California Vital Records, Death Certificate of Emma Beecher born 05/01/1883.

38 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39415158.

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