Edward Harry Raighn
Mary J. Lester
Edith Olean Raighn


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1. Stephen James Hudzik
2. Howard Francis Beecher Sr.

Edith Olean Raighn 1

  • Born: 30 May 1903, Penns Grove, Salem, NJ, USA 2
  • Marriage (1): Stephen James Hudzik
  • Marriage (2): Howard Francis Beecher Sr. about 1947 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE 1
  • Died: 1 Nov 1996, Wilmington, New Castle, DE at age 93 2

   Another name for Edith was Edith O. Kaighn.2

   FamilySearch ID: L5CK-THM.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: The Morning News, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. The engagement of Miss Jean S. Hudzik, daughter of Mrs. Howard F. Beecher, this city, to Mr. Laird F. Toulson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bayard Toulson, Faulkland.

2. Census in 1930 in Bayonne, Hudson, NJ, USA. 3 The 1930 census recorded renting at 66 W. 50th Street: Steven Hudzik, railroad conductor, 34, living with wife Edith, 28; and daughters Marie, 9, and Jeannetta, 5. Steven was born in Maryland and his parents in Germany. Edith and her parents were born in New Jersey. The children were born in Maryland.

3. Census in 1940 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 4 The 1940 census recorded renting at 202 Market Street: Edith O. Hudzik, 36, living with daughters Marie, saleslady in retail dry goods, 19; and Jeanette, 15. Edith wasn't employed. In 1935 they lived in Bayonne, New Jersey. Edith and Marie were born in New Jersey and Jeannette in Delaware.

4. Newspaper: The Morning News: Mrs. Howard F. Beecher announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Jean S. Hudzik, to Mr. Laird W. Toulson, 19 Sep 1947, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 5

5. Census in 1950 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 6 The 1950 census recorded at 202 Market St. Apt 3: Edith O. Beecher, 47, separated, no occupation. She was born in New Jersey.

6. Newspaper: The Morning News: Court Grants 20 Divorces: Howard Francis Beecher v. Edith Olean Beecher, voluntary separation., 5 Oct 1957, Wilmington, New Castle, DE. 1

Edith married Stephen James Hudzik. (Stephen James Hudzik was born on 3 Mar 1895 in La Plata, Charles, MD, United States 3.)

Edith next married Howard Francis Beecher Sr., son of Walter Cyrus Beecher Sr. and Sara C. O'Donnell, about 1947 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE.1 The marriage ended in divorce on 5 Oct 1957. (Howard Francis Beecher Sr. was born on 16 Aug 1898 in Wilmington, New Castle, DE,7 8 9 10 11 died on 9 Feb 1986 in Elsmere, New Castle, DE, USA 9 10 11 12 and was buried in New Castle: Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE 10 11.)


1 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 5 Oct 1957, page 36. Divorces.

2 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VS5Q-HJ7 Edith O Beecher, 01 Nov 1996.

3 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X46D-K89 Steven Hudzik, 1930, Bayonne, NJ.

4 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRZL-VL4 Edith O Hudzik, Ward 2, Wilmington, Representative District 1, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 4-6, sheet 11A, family 192.

5 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 19 Sep 1947, page 25.

6 "1950 United States Census," Edith O Beecher, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States.

7 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M31G-P3Z Sarah Beacher in household of Walter Beacher, Wilmington Hundred, Precincts 47-48 Wilmington city Ward 9, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing sheet , family 218.

8 Ancestry.com, Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVS-XR4 Walter C Beecher in entry for Howard Francis Beecher, 16 Aug 1898.

9 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JY98-DN1 Howard Beecher, February 1986; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

10 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134119898.

11 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134119898.

12 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 13 Feb 1986, page 36. Obituary of Howard F. Beecher.

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