Benjamin Franklin Woomer
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Isaiah Simpson Woomer


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1. Angeline Caroline Beacher

Isaiah Simpson Woomer 3 4

  • Born: 8 Jul 1873, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Angeline Caroline Beacher on 19 Sep 1896 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 1 2
  • Died: 22 Apr 1905, Braddock, Allegheny, PA at age 31 8 9 10
  • Buried: Shenandoah Heights: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 3 4 11

   Other names for Isaiah were Isaiah Franklin Woomer 1 6 11 12 13 14 and Issiah Woomer.5

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 6 Benjamin Woomer, engineer, 37, was living with wife Adeline, 36; William 13, occupation "picking slate"; Clara, 11; Laura, 10; Isaiah, 7; Harriet, 5, and Oscar, 2 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Newspaper: The Evening Herald, 21 Sep 1896, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 1 Isaiah Woomer and Miss Caroline Beacher were married by Rev. Robert O'Boyle on Saturday evening, at the residence of Mr. James Haines, 213 South Chestnut street.

3. Military in 1898 in , , PA: Spanish American War: Isiah Woomer, Co. L, 21st Infantry, Private.

4. Census in 1900 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 7 The 1900 census recorded renting at 237 Oak Street: Isaiah Worner [indexed wrong due to poor handwriting], colliery laborer, 27, born Jul 1873, living with wife Angeline, 23, Oct 1877; daughter Adeline, 3, Feb 1897; and son Benjamin F., 4 months old, born Jan 1900. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. The couple was married for 3 years and Angeline had birthed 2 children.

5. Moved: Isaiah's older brother, William F. Woomer, appears in the Braddock city directory in 1902, and likely encouraged Isaiah to move there for work., Abt 1903, North Braddock, Allegheny, PA.

6. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Mr. And Mrs. Benj. F. Womer Are Agreeably Surprised, 17 Oct 1904, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 15 Benjamin F. Womer, a well known and esteemed resident, formerly engineer at the Brandonville pumping station, was treated to an agreeable surprise last evening at 6 o'clock by the arrival of his sons, William F. and Isaiah Womer, of Braddock, Pa., who located in the thriving town near Pittsburg about four years ago. Mr. Womer was more than delighted to meet his "boys" and he and his good wife remained up until 12 o'clock chatting with them.
His health which has not been of the best lately shows a decided improvement and he slept better last night than at any time for six months. The sons will remain a week. Isaiah is accompanied by his boy, Frank.
William F. Womer is employed as an engineer at Braddock, and Isaiah at his trade of boiler maker. Both are prospering and like Braddock immensely.

7. Occupation: boilermaker in 1905 in North Braddock, Allegheny, PA. 16

8. Cause of Death: Family historian Bruce Franklin Beacher in his May, 1979 family newsletter stated that family stories said Isaiah was killed while working in a steel mill in Pittsburgh, 22 Apr 1905, Braddock, Allegheny, PA. 12 17

9. Newspaper: Pittsburgh Press: Four Workmen Asphyxiated, 23 Apr 1905, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 10 FOUR WORKMEN ASPHYXIATED

Gas Fumes Kill Four at Braddock and Rescuers Are Overcome

Four men were asphyxiated and two others seriously overcome by producer gas at the Edgar Thomson blast furnaces, Braddock, about noon yesterday, while at work In a gas chamber. The dead are Frank Kilgour, aged 28, of 1024 Washington avenue, Braddock. He leaves a wife and an infant four days old. Henry Meredith, foreman, aged 39, of 225 Fourth street, Rankin. He leaves a wife and four children. Frederick Knox, aged 33, of Franklin street. North Braddock, leaves wife and four children. Isaac Womer, aged 31, of Franklin street, North Braddock. He leaves a wife and four children.

Those overcome were Harry Goldsmith, 1108 Talbot avenue, Braddock, overcome while rescuing companions, and Joseph Barlock, 1248 Washington avenue. Both will likely recover.

The men were sent into a new gas chamber during the forenoon to connect the six-foot gas mains from C and J furnaces with the chamber. The mains carry producer gas from the hot blast stoves to the furnace stacks. The gas is not of a rich quality and large mains are used to carry it in great quantities. The new gas chamber is about twelve feet square and constructed of brick. Gas was leaking through the walls from an adjoining chamber and the men were working in relays. The four men who are dead and Barlock were in the chamber. When they did not come out through the manhole at the expiration of their "spell," their companions outside became alarmed. Goldsmith proved himself a hero by going down into the chamber to rescue his fellow workmen. The chamber was filled with gas and he found the five men lying in a heap on the floor. The men above let down a rope and Goldsmith fastened it about the shoulders of Barlock. He was hauled up and the doctors went to work on him. He was still alive. The four others were dead when taken out.

Barlock was revived in half an hour, but he went into violent convulsions from gas poisoning. He was finally revived and will eventually recover.

10. Newspaper: Daily Republican: death of Isaiah Woomer, 24 Apr 1905, Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 9 Isaiah Womer, one of the four men who were asphyxiated in a tunnel at the Edgar Thompson blast furnace, in Braddock, on Saturday is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Womer, of 319 W. Centre St., town, and the announcement was a sad blow for them, as Mr. Womer had been in poor health for some time and was compelled to take to his bed soon after the word was received. The unfortunate man was 31 years of age, and is survived by his widow and four children. He was a member of Henry Horncastle Camp No. 49, Sons of Veterans. The remains were shipped to town and the funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock from the home of his parents. Services will be conducted at the house by Rev. J. G. Jeffries, pastor of the Primitive Methodist church, after which interment will be made in the Odd Fellows' cemetery on the hill.

11. Residence: 575 Hawkins Ave., North Braddock, PA in 1907 in North Braddock, Allegheny, PA. 16

Isaiah married Angeline Caroline Beacher, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Beacher Sr. and Sarah Jane Jacobs, on 19 Sep 1896 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA.1 2 (Angeline Caroline Beacher was born on 15 Oct 1874 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA,17 18 19 20 died on 9 Sep 1930 in South Fayette Township, Allegheny, PA 20 21 22 and was buried on 12 Sep 1930 in Pittsburgh: Cavalry Cemetery, Allegheny, PA 20 21 22.)


1 <i>Library of Congress - Chronicling America Historic Newspapers</i> (,;words=Beacher.

2, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, Isaiah Womer and Caroline Beacher, 1896.

3 <i>Billion Graves</i> (,

4 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

5 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Shenandoah, District 202, Page 7.

6 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Shenandoah, Family History Library Film 1255192, NA Film Number T9-1192, Page 18C.

7 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, Isaiah Worner, Shenandoah borough Ward 4, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 6A, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241484.

8 Schalk, Adolf W. and Hon. D.C. Henning, editors, <i>History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania</i> (State Historical Association, 1907. Found in Pennsylvania State Library, R974.863 Sch. 13 V.2), Volume II, pages 44-46.

9 <i>Pottsville Republican (Pottsville, PA)</i>, 24 Apr 1905, page 3. Shenandoah Screenings. Death of Isaiah Woomer.

10 <i>Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA)</i>, 23 Apr 1905, page 4.

11, <i>Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012</i> (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Isiah Woomer, birth/death dates blank. Spanish American War, Army, Co. L 21st Inf. Private, buried Odd Fellows, Shenandoah.

12 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, <i>Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter</i>, 1 Mar 1979.

13, <i>Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953</i>, ( Isaiah Woomer in entry for Benjamin Franklin Woomer, 1953; citing reference Certificate, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

14, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, Isia Woomer in entry for Fred J Felbinger and Adeline Evans, 1924.

15 <i>The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA)</i>, 17 Oct 1904, page 1.

16, <i>Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1909</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Birth certificates, 1906–1909. Series 11.89 (50 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Herbert Woomer, b. 21 Feb 1908, father Isiah Woomer deceased, mother Angeline Beacher.

17 <i>Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004)</i>.

18 <i>Civil War Pension</i>, Certificate 867890, January 15, 1898, for Benjamin F. Beacher.

19, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, Fred R Gray and Angelina Woomer, 30 Dec 1909; citing , Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 2131381.

20 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

21, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 83180. Angelina Gray.

22 <i>Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA)</i>, 10 Sep 1930, page 31. Obituary of Angeline Gray.

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