Conrad Becher
(Abt 1780-)
Conrad Beacher
(1820-1880)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Catharine Brosius

2. Unknown
3. Catherine Hoff

Conrad Beacher 2 3 4

  • Born: 11 May 1820, , , , DEU 2 3 5 6 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Catharine Brosius on 26 Aug 1849 in , Schuylkill, PA 1
  • Marriage (2): Unknown
  • Marriage (3): Catherine Hoff about Dec 1870 in , Schuylkill, PA
  • Died: 3 May 1880, Tremont, Schuylkill, PA at age 59 8 9 10

   Other names for Conrad were Conrad Becher,1 8 10 William Becher,5 Conrad Beecher 2 7 9 11 and William Beecher.12

   FamilySearch ID: 9KGY-QRP.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1850 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA. 13 The 1850 census recorded Conrad Becher, stone mason, 38, born in Germany, living with wife Kitty, 33, born in Pennsylvania; George, 10, born in Germany; and Conrad Becher Sr., 70, born in Germany.

2. Census in 1860 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA. 3 Conrad Beecher, 41, mason, was with wife Cath., 36; Margaret, 7; and Fanny, 5. His real estate was worth $2,000 and personal estate $200. His birthplace was Hessen; the others were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1870 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA. 2 Conrad Beacher, age 50, appears in the 1870 Census in Tremont, which indicates he was born in Germany. He appears to have no wife as living with him are Margaret, age 19 who is attending school, and Fannie, age 16, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania.

4. Fact: About Preacher William H. Craumer who recorded Conrad Becher's brith/death dates, 1880, , Schuylkill, PA. In the notes of William H. Craumer of United Brethren in Christ, York Circuit, Manchester Circuit, Liverpool Circuit, is a handwritten note "Conrad Becher was born May 11 1820 Died May 3 1880 Aged 56 years 11 months 22 days." Although his circuits are in southern PA, in the 1880 census Rev. William H. Craumer appears in the census as Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. This leads us to conclude this note pertains to Conrad Becher of Tremont, Schuylkill County. For more on Craumer see http://www.familyroberts.net/p35.htm.

5. He signed a will Probate: Last Will of Conrad Beacher, Deceased, dated 22 Mar 1880, but not filed unto 17 Apr 1906 on 22 Mar 1880 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA. 14 Last Will of Conrad Beacher, Deceased
In the name of God, Amen. I Conrad Beacher of Tremont County of Schuylkill State of Pennsylvania being in poor health of body but of sound disposing mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner following that is to say I order that all my funeral expences and charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied and after payment thereof and every part thereof I give and bequeath to Catherine my Beloved Wife One Lot No. 83 on town Plot Situated on Laurel Street in the Borough of Tremont To hold the same or to dispose of the same for her support and the support of my son Wallace and the child that she is now pregnant with. In case she does not dispose of said lot to fall back to my two Children wich I and my wife Catharine had together also a certain half Lot Situated in the Borough of Temont on Line Street numbered on town Plot No (3) I bequeath my beloved wife Catharine for her use and for support of my two children Wallace and the one she is now pregnant with that she can lease or sell the same as she sees proper.
I give and bequeath all my personal property unto my beloved wife Catharine to hold the same through her natural life and after her death my Secretary to belong to my Son Wallace and the Sofa to belong to the child wich my Wife is no pregnant with. Should either of them die, the Surviving one to have both. The remainder of my furniture to be for the benefit of my two children wich I had to my wife Catherine after her death. In case my wife sells the lot on Laurel Street to she shall buy my her daughter Margaret shall have the sum of One dollar out of my estate and my daughter Fanny shall have the sum of One Dollar out of my estate. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Catharine my beloved wife of temont and County of Schuylkill and State of Pennsylvania executor of this my last will hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I, the said testator Conrad Beacher have to this my last will and testament set my hand and
Seal, the 22 day of March A D 1880. Conrad Beacher (SEAL)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Conrad Beacher as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Witness present.
William Hoff (SEAL)
H. W. Pinkerton (SEAL)

State of Pennsylvania
Schuylkill County

Be it remembered that on the 10th day of May A.D. 1906 before me the subscriber, Register of the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for said county, personally came H. O. Haag and Charles H. Graver To Me Known, who being by me duly sworn according to law, did depose and say, the they knew William Hoff and H. W. Pinkerton now deceased, that they were well acquainted with the signatures of the said William Hoff and H. W. Pinkerton deceased, that they verily believe the names signed to the above instrument of writing to be the genuine signatures of the said William Hoff and H. W. Pinkerton, and further saith not.
Sworn and subscribed
before me this 10th day of May A.D. 1906
H. H. Seltzer, Register
Filed April 17th, 1906. Registered and Examined.

6. Cause of Death: consumption, May 1880, , Schuylkill, PA. 10

7. Occupation: stone mason in May 1880 in , Schuylkill, PA. 10

8. Court: an insurance claim, following his death in 1880 on 10 Dec 1884 in , Schuylkill, PA. 9 From the Juiniata Sentinel and Republican newspaper:

Among the old people who experienced no difficulty in getting a certificate from the Prudential was Conrad Beecher, or Tremont. Although his days were almost numbered he secured the policy November 3, 1879, and in consideration of professional services rendered Beecher to the amount of $43 he immediately transferred the policy to Dr. G. Y. Lehr, a practicing physician of Tremont. On the 5th of December the same year Dr. Lehr gave Beecher a receipt in full "by having his life insured." Six months later Beacher died and in accordance with the rules of the company Dr. Lehr forwarded the policy to the Prudential for collection. Three months afterward Lehr received from the company on account of the certificate $2,579.98 and on the 11th of April the remainder, $88.51, was paid. Beecher's widow, who was in very poor circumstances, thought she should come in for at least a share of the proceeds. Lehr refused to divide the spoils other than bear the funeral expenses. One year ago the administrator of the Beecher estate brought suit against the doctor for the recovery of so much of the proceeds of the certificate of insurance as the difference between the actual expenditures of Lehr, including the original debt, premium paid, funeral expenses, etc. and the amount received on the policy. The case came up for trial on Monday last and today a verdict was rendered in facor of the plaintiff for $2,997.79, over three hundred dollars more than proceeds of the policy, the interest making the difference.

9. Evening Herald: list of land that Schuylkill County commissioners will sell on 12 Dec 1899 unseated land lots it owns including in Tremont borough the 1/2 lot of Conrad Beacher. On 11 Nov 1899 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 15


Conrad married Catharine Brosius on 26 Aug 1849 in , Schuylkill, PA.1 (Catharine Brosius was born about 1824 in , , PA 3 7 and died before 1870.)


Conrad next married.


Conrad next married Catherine Hoff, daughter of William B. Hoff and Esther Kimmel, about Dec 1870 in , Schuylkill, PA. (Catherine Hoff was born on 25 Jan 1837 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA,5 16 17 18 died on 17 Dec 1921 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA 18 and was buried on 20 Dec 1921 in Tremont, Schuylkill, PA.)


Sources


1 Die Stimme des Volks (Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. German Language Newspaper.), http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/schuylkill/newspapers/marrorwig3.txt Conrad Becher and Catherine Brosius 26 Aug 1849.

2 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Tremont, Roll 1448 Book 1, Page 579a.

3 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Tremont Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1181 Page: 1105.

4 United Methodist Church Cemetery, Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Row 22.

5 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004), Letter from George W. Beacher, 1978.

6 United Methodist Church Cemetery, Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

7 1860 United States Census, 1860 Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Tremont Township. Page No. 15, Visit 116.

8 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, Historical Society of PA; Philadelphia. Historic PA Church and Town Records; Reel: 284. PA > Franklin > York > Church of the Brethren. Conrad Becher. Online image 11 of 490. Notes of Preacher William H. Craumer, York, Manchester, Liverpool Circuit.

9 Library of Congress - Chronicling America Historic Newspapers (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86053634/1884-12-10/ed-1/seq-2/;words=Beacher.

10 Ancestry.com, U.S., Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880 (Ancestry.com Operations Inc), 1880, ID 197_19551. Conrad Becher.

11 Reading Times (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 29 Nov 1900, page 6. Historical Sketch of the Bright Family (President Green's Paper Before the Historical Society of Berks.).

12 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 51826. George W. Beacher Sr. Father William Beacher.

13 1850 United States Census, Year: 1850; Census Place: Tremont, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_826; Page: 466A; Image: 615.

14 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, Wills, Vol 014-017, 1906-1911. Conrad Beacher. Filed 17 Apr 1906.

15 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 11 Nov 1899, page 5. List of lots to be sold by Schuylkill County.

16 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Tremont, Roll 1652 Book 2 Page 166b.

17 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Darby Boro, Series: T623 Roll: 1405 Page: 231.

18 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 119403. Catherine Beecher. Father William Hoff. Mother Esther Kimmel.



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