William Ayers Beecher
Emma Laura Whitman
Samuel Lewis Leighton
Sara Shick
John Earl Beecher
Olive Ethel Leighton
Ethel Leighton Beecher


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1. James Richard Smith

2. Walter Mehlman

Ethel Leighton Beecher 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 28 Jun 1915, Pottstown, Montgomery, PA 2 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): James Richard Smith on 6 May 1942 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs, GA, USA 1
  • Marriage (2): Walter Mehlman
  • Died: 19 Jun 1984, Allentown, Lehigh, PA at age 68 6 7
  • Buried: Northampton: Allen Union Cemetery, Northampton, PA, USA 7

   FamilySearch ID: LKN6-Y9H.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 2 8 The 1920 census recorded Earl J. Beecher, 27, living with wife Ethel O., 27; Robert L., 8; Ethel L., 4; and Esther L., 4. Everyone was and their parents were born in born in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1930 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 9 The 1930 census recorded renting at 359 Laurel Street: Earl Bucher [indexed wrong], picture operator - amusement, 38, living with wife Ethel, 40; twin daughters Ethel, 14 and Esther, 14; and son Robert, 18. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 10 The 1940 census recorded renting at 108 N. 9th Street: Earl J. Bucher [indexed wrong], motion picture projectionist - theatre, 47, living with wife Olive E, 50; and twin daughters Ethel, clerk, single, 24 and Esther, cashier, single, 24. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. In 1935 they were all living in Pottstown, Montgomery County.

4. Newspaper: Morning Call: photo of Corporal and Mrs. James R. Smith, 16 Jun 1942, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1 (photos) CORPORAL AND MRS. JAMES R. SMITH who were united in marriage May 6 in Jeffersonville, Ga. Mrs. Smith is the former Ethel L. Beecher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Beecher, 108 N. 9th St., Allentown. She was employed by the F. W. Woolworth Co. before her marriage. Her husband, who is stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga., is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Smith, 834 Chestnut St. Attending the couple were Technician Sergeant David A. Peterson, Sergeant Albert Baker.

5. Residence: Camp Kohler on 21 Nov 1943 in Sacramento, Sacramento, CA. 11

6. Residence: on 7 Jan 1949 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 3

7. Census in 1950 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 12 The 1950 census recorded at 108 N. Ninth Street: Earl J. Beecher, operator/manager of bicycle sales & repair shop, 58, was living with daughers Esther L. Beecher, partner in bicycle shop, 33, and Ethel L. Smith, 33, and her husband James R. Smith, letter carrier for U.S. post office, 31. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

8. Newspaper: Morning Call: Divorce: James R. Smith, 1851 S. 3rd St., Allentown, from Ethel L. Smith, 1851 S. 3rd St., Allentown., 12 Apr 1967, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13

9. Residence: on 22 May 1980 in Northampton, Northampton, PA. 4

10. Obituary: Morning Call: obituary of Mrs. Ethel L. Mehlman on 21 Jun 1984 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5 Mrs. Ethel L. Mehlman, 68, of 500 Seneca St., Bethlehem, died Tuesday in Allentown Hospital. She was a sales clerk at F.W. Woolworth Co., Allentown, retiring in 1949. Born in Pottstown, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Olive (Leighton) Beecher. Surviving are a daughter, Candice M., wife of Edward R. Potak of Northampton; a sister Esther, wife of Alfred Danas of Allentown, and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Allen Union Cemetery, Northampton. The Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel married James Richard Smith, son of Arthur L. Smith and Grace C. Bleamer, on 6 May 1942 in Jeffersonville, Twiggs, GA, USA.1 The marriage ended in divorce in Apr 1967. (James Richard Smith was born on 21 Nov 1919 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 11 14 and died on 2 Jul 2005 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 14 15.)

Ethel next married Walter Mehlman.


1 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 16 Jun 1942, page 16. Marriage of Ethel Beecher and James Smith with photos.

2 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF1S-XXR Ethel L Beecher in household of Earl J Beecher, Pottstown Ward 5, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 4A, family 81, NARA microfilm publication T625.

3 Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania), 5 Jan 1949, page 3. Obituary of Ethel Leighton Beecher.

4 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 23 May 1980, page 64. Obituary of Earl Beecher.

5 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Jun 1984, page 44. Obituary of Mrs. Ethel Mehlman.

6 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J296-34W Ethel Mehlman, Jun 1984.

7 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37932611.

8 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF1S-XXR Robert L Beecher in household of Earl J Beecher, Pottstown Ward 5, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 4A, family 81, NARA microfilm publication T625.

9 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHZW-YYV Earl Bucher, Pottstown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0119, sheet 6A, family 111, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2084.

10 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQCS-38W Earl J Bucher, Ward 7, Allentown, Allentown City, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-22, sheet 2B, family 44, NARA digital publication of T627.

11 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 21 Nov 1943, page 7.

12 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6X19-8J2Q Earl J Beecher Allentown PA.

13 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 12 Apr 1967, page 44.

14 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 161181335, James Richard Smith, b. 21 Nov 1919 d. 2 Jul 2005, father Arthur L. Smith, mother Grace C. Bleamer.

15 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 4 Jul 2005, page 18. Obituary of James R. Smith.

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