Daniel Monroe Beeker
Helen Lunda Cornelison
Preston Jerome Leonard
Julia Ann McCrary
Thomas Jefferson Beeker Sr.
Annie M. Leonard
Pauline Helen Beeker


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1. William Grant Barber Sr.

2. Wayne Regar Charles

Pauline Helen Beeker 1 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 4 Dec 1908, Greensboro, Guilford, NC 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): William Grant Barber Sr. on 3 Jan 1927 in Kernersville, Forsyth, NC, USA 1 2
  • Marriage (2): Wayne Regar Charles
  • Died: 2 Jul 1991, Mission Viejo, Orange, CA, USA at age 82 4 5 6

   FamilySearch ID: LKSL-JSK.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Morehead Township, Guilford, NC, USA. 3 The 1920 census recorded Jefferson F. Benker [sic - indexed wrong, poor handwriting], brakeman, 38, living with wife Annie, 36; Margie, 15; Daniel, 13; Pauline, 11; Clarence, 6; Jefferson, 3 years 9 months; and Leonard, 1 year 3 months. Everyone and their parents were born in North Carolina.

2. Residence: The 1926 Greensboro City Directory recorded: Beeker T Jefferson (Annie M), bricklyr Pauline H Miss h S Elm nr O'Connor in 1926 in Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 9

3. Newspaper: Greensboro Record: Jeff Beeker and daughter Pauline convicted for running house of assignation, 22 Jul 1926, Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 10 THREE GIRLS FOUND GUILTY
Immoral Vagrancy Charges Sustained in City Court After Long Trial
Father Is Convicted
Judgement Continued Until July 27; Much Sordid Evidence Was Offered
After a four-hour trial, replete with evidence of a most sordid nature in city court Thursday, three young white women were convicted of immoral vagrancy and the father of one of the girls of conducting a house of assignation. They will not be sentenced however, until July 27, Judge Collins announced.

The girls gave their names as Pauline Beeker, Rosa Cornelison, and Mildred Cornelison. The man was registered as John Beeker [note error: should be Jeff Beeker], and his residence on South Elm street extended.

The trial was the result of police investigation extending over several weeks following complaints from James O'Connor, a neighbor of the Beekers, that immoral practices were carried on both day and night from the Beeker resident that were constituting a nuisance. Officers Hayworth and Noel were assigned to the case and gathered evidence all last week which they presented Thursday as the bulwark of the State's case.

Mrs. Maggie Causey, owner of the house rented for the past several years by Beeker, was charged with maintaining a nuisance, but was promptly acquitted by Judge Collins on the grounds that she did not know the nature of her tenants.

The Cornelison girls were arrested at the Guilford hotel Saturday night, and the Beeker girl and her father at the house. All cases were tried together.

More than a score witnesses were placed on the stand, including the defendants during the progress of the trial, which was vigorously contested at every juncture by City Prosecutor E. P. Kuykendall against O. L. Sapp and John N. Wilson for the defense.

The State attempted to show that for many months the Beeker house has been a center of immorality, both within the house and as a station where young men could pick up women for automobile rides at all hours of the day and night.

State's witnesses contended that as high as fifty cars a day had come to the house and that at times there was such as rush that the girls changed from one car to another without formality, and the immoral acts were frequent in the house and on the adjoining premises.

A signal system by which an automobile horn was answered with a flashlight telling whether or not the coast was clear, was in operation, according to the State's witnesses, but this was vigorously denied by the defendants.

The defense fought valiantly to break down the State's net of evidence, and brought a different O'Connor family into play in the effort to do this. The second O'Connor contingent branded as false virtually every statement of the State's witnesses. They have Beeker a good reputation, the three girls a good reputation, and declared that they had never seen anything off color about the neighborhood. They faltered, however, under City Attorney Kuykendall's cross-examination, and in some instances were forced to contradict themselves.

Pauline Beeker and Rosa Cornelison both took the stand. Both denied any immoral conduct, claimed that they did not know the meaning of the charges against them until explained by a police officer, and that they were then severely shocked at his language. Rosa claimed she was going to work the Monday after her arrest, and that her mother was footing her bills while she was not working. Pauline Beeker admitted she did not work but claimed that her father supported her. She admitted that her father drank, and evidence was introduced proving that he did not work steadily.

The younger Cornelison girl, claiming to be only fourteen years old, has been here only three weeks, according to the evidence. She is a bright looking young girl with fair features and wavy auburn hair, but her appearance was that of a girl of 17 or 18.

Police state that they believe they have broken up one of the worst places of immoral conduct in the city, and that they have the names of several men and boys of the city who they observed in company with the girls. Three young men were named in court as having been connected with the house, and one married man was named.

4. Newspaper: Greensboro Record: Mrs. Conelison Promises To Banish Her Wayward Daughters, 25 Jul 1926, Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 11 Mother Promises To Banish Her Wayward Daughters - Case Ended
The promise of a solemn featured black-clad mother to take her two wayward daughters away from Guilford county ended the case of immoral vagrancy against Rosa and Mildred Cornelison in City Court Saturday.

Through her attorney, O. L. Sapp, the mother proposed the banishment and Judge Collins accepted it. Both girls were found guilty after a lengthy trial Wednesday and judgement continued.

Today the judgement of the case of Mildred, claiming be only 14 years old and to have resided in Greensboro less than three weeks was changed to "not guilty" and that against Mildred, with a long record here, was continued upon payment of the costs. Both girls are subject to arrest if apprehended within the county within the next two years.

As Mrs. Cornelison, who claims Salisbury as her home, left the courtroom, half of one of the most sordid cases ever tried here was ended, but the other half remains upon the court docket for judgement next week. It comprises the count of immoral vagrancy against Pauline Beeker and that of running an assignation house against her father, Jeff Beeker. Both were adjudged guilty last Wednesday.

Police Officers Hayworth and Noell worked for several days in gathering evidence to convict the individuals suspected of maintaining a nuisance on South Elm street, extended, and believe that they have broken up one of the worst centers of vice in the city.

5. Newspaper: Greensboro Daily News: Jeff Beeker Gets Suspended Sentence, 4 Aug 1926, Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 12 South Elm Case Is Ended With Warning
Jeff Beeker Gets Suspended Sentence - He and Daughter Pay Costs Only.
Jeff Beeker, South Elm street extension, and his young daughter, Pauline, were before the city court for sentence on Tuesday morning, a week or more after they were found guilty, the man for keeping a house of assignation, and the girl for immoral vagrancy. Beeker and his daughter were both freed with payment of the costs.

Beeker was given a suspended sentence of six months and was warned it would go into effect if he did not move his place of residence, leave whiskey alone, and mend his ways.

6. Census in 1930 in Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 13 The 1930 census recorded renting at 500 Mendenhall Street: William G. Barber, radio mechanic, 22, living with wife Pauline, 21; William G., 2; and Samuel R., 1. Everyone and their parents were born in North Carolina. William and Pauline were married when they were 18 years old.

7. Census in 1940 in Chillum, Prince George's, MD, USA. 14 The 1940 census recorded owning a $5000 home at 307 Circle Avenue: William G. Barber, refrigeration service man, 31, living with wife Pauline H., 31; William G. Jr., 12; and Richard S., 11. Everyone was born in North Carolina. In 1935 they were living in District of Columbia.

8. Newspaper: Greensboro Daily News: Family Get-Together Is Held By Beekers, 25 Feb 1941, Greensboro, Guilford, NC. 15 Children of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Beeker, 1521 Lovett street, gathered at their home Sunday for a family reunion.
In the group were Mrs. W. G. Barber, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Beeker and J. C. Beeker, all of Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Miles and children, Teddie and Jean, and Leonard Beeker, of Newport News, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Beeker, Mr. and Mrs. Garland Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Geohegan, Jr., all of Greensboro.

9. Residence: on 13 Jan 1947 in York, York, PA. 16

10. Residence: on 9 Jul 1951 in York, York, PA. 8

11. Residence: on 9 Jul 1956 in York, York, PA. 17

12. Obituary: Orange County Register: Obituary of Pauline Helen Charles on 4 Jul 1991 in Santa Ana, Orange, CA. 6 Pauline Helen Charles, 82, a Mission Viejo homemaker, died Tuesday. Private services and burial arranged by Pierce Brothers

Daly-Bartel-Spencer Mortuary, Anaheim.

Survived by her sons, William Barber of Mission Viejo and Samuel Barber of Long Beach; brother, Leonard Beeker of Anaheim; sister, Lundy Phillips of North Carolina; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pauline married William Grant Barber Sr., son of Rev. Samuel Turner Barber and Annie Palmer Barber, on 3 Jan 1927 in Kernersville, Forsyth, NC, USA.1 2 The marriage ended in divorce. (William Grant Barber Sr. was born on 13 Aug 1908 in Gilmer Township, Guilford, NC, USA,18 19 died on 3 Oct 1963 in Oberammergau, , BY, DEU 19 20 and was buried on 5 Oct 1963 in Greensboro: Green Hill Cemetery, Guilford, NC, USA 19.)

Pauline next married Wayne Regar Charles. (Wayne Regar Charles was born on 7 Jan 1913 in Ephrata, Lancaster, PA,21 died on 26 Nov 1968 in Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA 22 23 24 and was buried in York.: Mount Rose Cemetery, York, PA 23.)


1 Ancestry.com, North Carolina, U.S., Marriage Records, 1741-2011 (Original data: North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. Microfilm. Record Group 048. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.), William Grant Barber and Pauline H. Beeker. 3 Jan 1927 Forsyth NC.

2 Ancestry.com, North Carolina, U.S., Marriage Index, 1741-2011 (North Carolina State Archives. North Carolina County Marriage Indexes. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.), Pauline H. Becker and Wm Grant Barber, 3 Jan 1927, Kernersville NC.

3 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZVD-652 Jefferson F Benker, Morehead, Guilford, North Carolina, United States; citing sheet 43A.

4 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 578347881 Pauline Helen Beeker Charles. Father Thomas J. Beeker. Mother Anne Leonard.

5 FamilySearch.org, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPVH-VH1 Pauline Helen Charles, 02 Jul 1991.

6 Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA), 4 Jul 1991, obituary of Pauline Helen Charles.

7 Washington Post Newspaper (Washington, D.C.), 4 May 1955, obituary of Jefferson Clarence Beeker.

8 Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 10 Jul 1951, page 14. Obituary of Annie Leonard Beeker.

9 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1926 Greensboro, North Carolina City Directory. Printed page 94. Microfilm image 51.

10 Greensboro Record (Greensboro, NC), 22 Jul 1926, page 9.

11 Greensboro Record (Greensboro, NC), 25 Jul 1926, page 20.

12 Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 4 Aug 1926, page 2.

13 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X33H-LKK William G Barber, Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina District ED 32 Sheet 11A Household 237.

14 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7FK-ZHC William G Barber, Sanitary District, Election District 17, Prince George's, Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 17-64, sheet 9B, family 168.

15 Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 25 Feb 1941, page 8. Family Get-Together Is Held By Beekers.

16 Greensboro Record (Greensboro, NC), 13 Jan 1947, page 7. Obituary of Thomas Jefferson Beeker.

17 Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), 10 Jul 1956, page 13. Obituary of Dan Beeker.

18 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLSQ-RWL S T Barber, Gilmer, Guilford, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 100, sheet 2B.

19 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=99015644.

20 The High Point Enterprise (High Point, NC), 17 Oct 1963, page 12. Obituary of William G. Barber.

21 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Wayne R. Charles, wife Pauline Helen Charles.

22 Ancestry.com, U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 (Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.), Wayne Charles d. 26 Nov 1968.

23 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175892195.

24 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 29 Nov 1968, page 53. Obituary of Wayne Charles.

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