Mathias Reitenauer
Katherine Herval
John Starrett
Mary Latta
George Ridenour Sr.
Mary Starrett
Elizabeth A. Ridenour


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1. Peter J. Beecher

Elizabeth A. Ridenour 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 30 Apr 1825, Mifflin Twp., Franklin, OH 3 4 6
  • Marriage (1): Peter J. Beecher on 12 Feb 1854 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States 1
  • Died: 15 Feb 1900, West Bolton Township, Cowley, KS, USA at age 74 1 6 7 8
  • Buried: 18 Feb 1900, Arkansas City: Hope Cemetery, Cowley, KS 6 8 9

   Another name for Elizabeth was Elizabeth Reitenauer.

   FamilySearch ID: M4YD-ZYY.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1850 in Mifflin Twp., Franklin, OH. 4 George Ridenour, farmer, 58, was living with wife Mary, 50; Daniel, farmer, 27; Elizabeth, 25; David, farmer, 19; William, farmer, 16; Reuben, 13; James, 10; Mary, 6. Also with them is Mary Starret, 82. George's farm was worth $3,500. The next household is John Ridenour, farmer, 23, and his wife Anna, 21. His farm has no value so he is living on father George's land. George was born in Maryland, John in Ohio, and everyone else in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1860 in Mifflin Twp., Franklin, OH. 10 Peter Bigher [as recorded by census taker], farm laborer, 35, was living with wife Elizabeth, 30; Albert, 5; Sarah, 3; Sylvester, 1; Peter's brother John, farm laborer, 16; and Peter's sister Mary, 18, domestic. Peter was caring for them because their father had died in 1851.
Peter and his brother and sister were born in Pennsylvania, everyone else in Ohio. He had no real estate and his personal estates was worth $400, so as a farm laborer he was likely work on Christian's land mentioned below.
Next door is Peter's brother-in-law who married his sister Eliza: Chas Hyle [as recorded by census taker, should be Heyl], farmer, 37, living with Eliza, 30; Esther, 15; John F., 12; Georgeanna, 8; Lavina, 3; and Eliza, 6 months old on 20 Jul 1860 when the census was recorded. Everyone was born in Ohio except mother Eliza in Pennsylvania.
Next door is Chas' father Christian Hyle, retired farmer, 72, with wife Esther, 69, and a domestic servant Elizabeth Pilgrim, 53. Christian was born in Bavaria, Germany, Esther in Pennsylvania, and Ms. Pilgrim in Ohio. Christian's real estate was worth $11,500 and personal estate $2,000, and son Charles has no land and $600 personal estate.

3. Census in 1870 in Bourbon, Marshall, IN. 11 Peter Beeker [index in census as Beeker but the handwriting looks like Beecher], farmer, 37, was living with wife Elisabeth, 44; George A., 15; Sarah, 13; James F., 8; and Emma A. 6. Also with them is Wm Rillenour, 35, physician. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, James and Emma in Indiana, and everyone else in Ohio. Peter's farm is worth $2,000 and personal estate $350. On the next census page is Elisabeth's sister, Mary C. (Ridenour) Bell with her husband Aaron Bell.

4. Census in 1880 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 3 Peter Beecher, carpenter, 49, was living with wife Elizabeth, 55; son George A., carpenter, 25; Frank J., laborer, 19; Emma A., 16. Also with them: niece Serena M. Bell, 5; and brothers-in-law William S. Ridenour, physician, 46, and James Ridenour, jeweler merchant, 39. Peter and his parents were born in Pennsylvania. Frank, Emma, and Serena were born in Indiana. Everyone else was born in Ohio. Elizabeth, William and James Ridenour's father was from Maryland, their mother from Pennsylvania.

5. Newspaper: Arkansas City Republican: Robert Baird has purchased the Beecher carpenter shop on North Central Avenue., 1 Mar 1884, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 12

6. Kansas State census in 1885 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 13 Peter Beecher, gardner, 53, was living with Elizabeth, 58; G. A. 29 carpenter; R. F., 22, stone man; Daughter, 20, miliner; S. M. Bill, 10, and W. S. Ridenaur, 50, vineyardist. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth and W.S. in Ohio. [The column to indicate where they were living before Kansas is blank.].

7. Census in 1895 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 14 Peter Beecher, 63, was with Elizabeth, 69; Emma, 31; and S. May Bell, 20. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth in Ohio, and the others in Indiana. Everyone's occupation was farmer and all came to Kansas from Iowa.

Next door is G. A. Beecher, 40; Sadie P., 33; Carl A., 5; and Maggie, 2. G.A. was born in Ohio, Sadie in Illinois, and the children in Kansas. G.A. was a carpenter who came from Iowa. Sadie came to Kansas from New Mexico.

The post office Arkansas City. The township is Bolton.

8. Newspaper: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: "The funeral services of the late Mrs. Peter Beecher will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Beecher farm home, one mile west of this city. The interment will be at the Mercer cemetery.", 17 Feb 1900, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 9

9. Obituary: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Beecher on 17 Feb 1900 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 8 DIED -- Thursday night at 10:30 o'clock, of old age, Mrs. Ellizabeth Beecher, aged 74 years. The funeral will be held from the residence of the deceased in West Bolton township tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock with interrment in Mercer cemetery. Mrs. Beecher has, with her husband, lived in this community for years and they were one of the oldest settlers. She was highly respected by all and has many friends who will mourn her death.

10. Obituary: Gate City Journal and Arkansas City Enquirer on 23 Feb 1900 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. DIED -- At her home in Bolton township, Thursday night, February 15th, Mrs. Elizabeth Beecher, aged 74 years, wife of Peter Beecher. The funeral took place at the family residence on Sunday, at 2 o'clock, with interment in Mercer cemetery. Mrs. Beecher has been a resident of this locality for many years, and was a lady held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. the heart-felt sympathy of the friends is extended to the aged husaband and family.

11. Book: Genealogy of the Ridenour Family, 1908.
George, third son of Mathias and Catherine Ridenour, born 1792, died 1865, aged 73 years. Born at Hagerstown, Md., a farmer by occupation. He lived on Big Walnut Creek, Franklin county, Ohio, died at Invood, Ind. He married Mary Sterrett. She died in 1856. They were the parents of nine children: Daniel; John, born 1830, died 1864; Elizabeth, died 1899; George, born April 26, 1829, died Nov. 2, 1898; David, born 1831, died 1900, aged 69 years; William; Reuben, born 1838, died 1859, aged 21 years; James, died 1893; Mary, died 1885.
Elizabeth, daughter of George Ridenour, married Peter Beecher. She was the mother of three children: Albert, lviing in Ashton, Kansas, R. F. D.; Frank, living a 703 South C St., Arkansas City, Kansas; Emma, living in Arkansas City, Kansas, R. F. D.
Albert Beecher, son of Elizabeth, married, two children: Carl Albert, Maggie.

Elizabeth married Peter J. Beecher, son of John G. Bicher and Sarah Elizabeth Sands, on 12 Feb 1854 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States.1 (Peter J. Beecher was born on 14 Oct 1831 in , Berks, PA,3 15 16 17 died on 13 Jun 1924 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS 16 17 and was buried on 16 Jun 1924 in Arkansas City: Hope Cemetery, Cowley, KS 16 17.)


1 Ridenour, Melvin Otho, Ancestors Are Forever, a Ridenour Collection from 893 AD to 2000 AD (17 September 1991, p 144. online).

2 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of January 1, 2006), Batch #: M513353, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 0285144 V. 6-7, Printout Call #: NONE, Dates: 1853 - 1862.

3 1880 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Arkansas City, Family History Library Film 1254377, NA Film Number T9-0377, Page 482C.

4 1850 United States Census, Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township, Series: M432 Roll: 680 Page: 85.

5 Peter Darcuss Ridenour (1831-1909), Genealogy of the Ridenour family (Published 1908. Online in Books at, Page 29.

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8 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, KS), 1900 Feb 17, page 5. obituary of Elizabeth Beecher.

9 Arkansas City Traveler (Arkansas City, KS), 1900 Feb 17, page 2. Funeral of Mrs. Peter Beecher.

10 1860 United States Census, Peter Bigher Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township, Series: M653 Roll: 962 Page: 85.

11 1870 United States Census, Indiana, Marshall County, Bourbon Township, Series: M593 Roll: 342 Page: 24.

12 Arkansas City Republican (Arkansas City, KS), 1 Mar 1884.

13, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Cowley County, Creswell Township, Roll KS1885_28 Line 9 Family 100 Page H7.

14, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Roll: v115_29 Page 25.

15 1900 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Series: T623 Roll: 476 Page: 82.

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17 Kansas Death Certificate (Kansas State Board of Health, Office of Vital Statistics., Death certificate 218 1065 for Peter Beecher, 13 June 1924.

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