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1. Burton Charles Beeker

Frances Elayne Snyder 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 24 Sep 1911, , Davidson, NC, USA 3
  • Marriage (1): Burton Charles Beeker on 22 Oct 1938 in Martinsville, Martinsville, VA 1
  • Died: 4 Feb 1995, Lexington, Davidson, NC, USA at age 83 3 4
  • Buried: 7 Feb 1995, Reeds Crossroads: Reeds Baptist Church Cemetery, Davidson, NC, USA 3 4

   Another name for Frances was Elayne Snyder.

   FamilySearch ID: L7J1-LSV.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Greensboro Daily News: photo of Frances Beeker, Dollmaker., 23 Dec 1941, Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 7 (PHOTO OF Frances Beeker with dolls)
SALISBURY, Dec. 20 -- Like the hobby-turned-profession of many another fond parent, Mrs. Frances Beeker's doll shop in Rowan county found its origin in the persuasiveness of a child.
Last year little Miss Beeker wanted a doll for Christmas. Furthermore she craved it badly enough to show her mother a doll pattern in a volume from the Rowan county bookmobile, a division of the Carnegie traveling library. Never a person to damper Christmas spirit, Mrs. Beeker gave in. At her home in the Mill Bridge community she gathered together a pile of cotton, cut out the pattern and created a Christmas doll.
The experiment turned out so successfully that the doll maker decided to use it in disposing of her Christmas gift problem. Fifteen nieces in four states received magnificent rag dolls for Christmas. Before many days had passed friends began to place orders, and suddenly Mrs. Beeker was in the business.
She makes two kinds of dolls, one about 12 inches and the other several feet high. The larger dolls "walk" with proper assistance. Every doll has hair of yarn, embroidered facial features, three fashionable outfits, and oil-cloth shoes. Several are adept at standing on their heads.
Mrs. Beeker takes care to develop a distinctive individual in each creation. Thus her friends often see themselves depicted in facial embroidery. Usually her model turns out the be Joan crawford. Once in the creation of a bridal couple, Mrs. Beeker gave the bride a "pouting" expression and no amount of redesigning would erase it. Friends say it all depends on the artist's mood as to what sort of disposition her rag children inherit.

2. Census in 1950 in Tyro, Davidson, NC, USA. 8 The 1950 census recorded Burton Beecher, loom fixer in textile mill, 30, living with wife Elayne, 38; Ruth, 9, and Charline, 3. Everyone was born in North Carolina. Living nearby on the same census page is Burton's parents, Elmo and Alice Beeker, his brother Harold, and sister Lula Tussy with her husband.

3. Obituary: Greensboro News & Record: Obituaries: "Elayne S. Beeker. LEXINGTON -- Mrs. Elayne S. Beeker, 83, of Lexington died Saturday, Feb. 4, 1995. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. At Reeds Baptist Church. On 5 Feb 1995 in Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 4

Frances married Burton Charles Beeker, son of Elmo Lee Beeker and Alice Myrtle Myers, on 22 Oct 1938 in Martinsville, Martinsville, VA.1 (Burton Charles Beeker was born on 13 Aug 1919 in Lexington, Davidson, NC, USA,2 9 10 died on 28 Mar 2015 in Lexington, Davidson, NC, USA 2 9 and was buried in Reeds Crossroads: Reeds Baptist Church Cemetery, Davidson, NC, USA 9.)


1 Ancestry.com, Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014 (Original data: Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.), Elayne Frances Snyder m. Burton Beeker 22 Oct 1938 Martinsville VA.

2 Davidson Funeral Home (301 North Main Street, Lexington, North Carolina 27292. http://www.davidsonfuneralhome.net/), Obituary of Burton Charles Beeker https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/home/index.cfm?action=public:obituaries.view&o_id=3018597&fh_id=10540.

3 Find A Grave, http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18685338.

4 Greensboro News & Record (Greensboro, NC), 5 February 1995, obituary of Elayne S. Beeker.

5 Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 9 Sep 1971, page 45. Obituary of Mrs. E. A. Snyder.

6 Davidson Funeral Home (301 North Main Street, Lexington, North Carolina 27292. http://www.davidsonfuneralhome.net/), 2 Mar 2023, obituary of Charlene Beeker Swicegood.

7 Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 23 Dec 1941, page 16.

8 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6FM9-591K Burton Beeker Tyro NC.

9 Find A Grave, http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=144294632.

10 FamilySearch.org, North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VHJ7-W4X Charlie Burton Beeker, 13 Aug 1919 citing vol. 6, p. 1??, Davidson, North Carolina, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.

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