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Elisabeth M. Herr 2

  • Born: 17 Dec 1793, Hagerstown, Washington, MD 1 3 4 5
  • Christened: 19 Jan 1794, Hagerstown: Reformed Congregation, Washington, MD 4 5
  • Marriage (1): William Beecher on 12 May 1810 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD 1
  • Died: 26 Dec 1874, Pottstown, Montgomery, PA at age 81 2 6
  • Buried: Pottstown: Edgewood Cemetery, Montgomery, PA 2

   Other names for Elisabeth were Elisabetha Herr 4 5 and Elizabeth Herr.1 3

   FamilySearch ID: MTT5-HQP.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Residence: Elisabeth Beecher is listed as a member of the German Reformed congregation in 1829. in 1829 in Greencastle, Franklin, PA. 7

2. Census in 1840 in Greencastle, Franklin, PA. 8 The 1840 census recorded J. B. Harr [sic, as indexed on] with this household:
Home in 1840 Greencastle, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 80 thru 89: 1 (John Peter Harr)
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1 (daughter & widow Elizabeth Beecher)
Free White Persons - Females - 70 thru 79: 1 (wife Susanna)
Total Free White Persons: 3.

3. Newspaper: 17 Oct 1849, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 9 Legal Notice published on 17 Oct 1849 in the newspaper Herald of Freedom, Hagerstown, MD:

No. 1080

George M. Irwin, Mary Irwin, his wife
Samuel Herr and wife,
William Herr and wife,
Daniel Herr and wife,
Conrad Herr and wife,
Elizabeth Beecher,
John Herr and wife.

In Washington County Court, sitting as a Court of Equity.

The object of the suit is to procure a decree for a sale of certain real estate, lots and houses, of which John P. Herr died siezed and possessed.

The Bill states that said John P. Herr in the year 1844, departed this life in Franklin County, in the State of Pennsylvania, intestate, seized and possessed of certain lots and houses, (described in the bill and accompanying exhibit,) situate in Hagerstown, in Washington County, in the State of Maryland, leaving the said Complainants and Defendants as his heirs at law; that the said Samuel Herr and Susan Herr, his wife; William Herr, whose wife's Christian name is unknown, reside in the State of Ohio, or elsewhere beyond the jurisdiction of the Court; Daniel Herr, whose wife's Christian name is unknown, Conrad Herr and Catharine Herr, his wife; Elizabeth Beecher, widow, formerly Elizabeth Herr, reside in the State of Pennsylvania; Peter Herr, who departed this life, intestate, and unmarried, in Pennsylvania, in the year 1848; and John Herr and Sarah Herr his wife, reside in Williamsport, in Washington County, in the State of Maryland. That the Complainants and Defendants are seized as tenants in common in fee of said real estate, and this it would be for the interest and advantage of the Complainants and Defendants that said real estate should be sold and the proceeds divided accordign to the respoective interest of the said parties. The bill further charges that John Herr has been the recipient of the rents of said real estate since the decease of said John P. Herr, and calls upon him for an account thereof to be taken under the direction of Washington County Court, as a Court of Equity.

It is thereupon adjudged and ordered that the Complainants, by causing a copy of this order to be inserted in some newspaper published at Hagerstown, once a week for one month before the 17th day of November next, give notice to the said absent Defendants of the object and substance of this bill; and warn them to appear in this Court in person or by solicitor, on or before the 18th day of February 1850, to answer the premises, and shew cause if any they have why a decree ought not to pass as prayed -- otherwise said bill will be taken pro confesso against said Defendants.

True copy -- Test:
Issac Nesbitt, Cl'k.
October 17, 1849.

4. Census in 1850 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 3 Elizabeth Beecher, 56, was living with Daniel H., 31, merchant. Also with them: Daniel Wingert, 26, merchant; Sarah M. Cane, 14; William Auchenbach, 18, merchant; Elizabeth Gilbert, 25; and Lyman Beecher, 8. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

5. Census in 1860 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 10 Daniel H. Beecher, 42, dry good merchant, was living with Elizabeth, 67; Lyman Beecher, 17; and Mary Ruffe, 13 and Sallie Keyser, 36, domestic. Daniel and Elizabeth were born in Maryland, the others in Pennsylvania. Daniel's real estate was worth $10,000, his personal estate was $11,000.

6. Census in 1870 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 3 11 Daniel H. Beecher, 52, retired merchant, was living with his mother Elizabeth, 77. Also with them was Eliza Kulp, 21, domestic servant. Daniel and Elizabeth were born in Maryland. His real estate was worth $25,000 and personal estate $25,000. Elizabeth's real estate was worth $8,000 and personal estate $1,000.

7. Obituary: Dayton Daily Journal: Died. Elizabeth Beecher, died December 26, age 82, only sister of Rev. W. Herr of Dayton, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. on 28 Dec 1874 in Dayton, Montgomery, OH. 6

Elisabeth married William Beecher, son of Johann Henrich Buecher and Catharine, on 12 May 1810 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD.1 (William Beecher was born on 20 Oct 1769 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA,12 13 14 15 died on 1 May 1835 in Greencastle, Franklin, PA 9 13 15 and was buried in Greencastle: German Reformed Cemetery, Franklin, PA, USA 13 15.)


1 Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp., Maryland Marriages, 1667-1899. (Provo, UT:, 2000-. Original data.).

2 Find A Grave,

3 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pottstown Boro, Series: M432 Roll: 799 Page: 115.

4 Hagerstown Reformed Church, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, FHL US/CAN Film 14145 Item 1 Church records of Zion United Church of Christ, 1766-1807 [Hagerstown, Maryland].

5 Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 (, Elisabetha Herr, 17 Dec 1793.

6 Dayton Daily Journal (Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio), Lookup at 28 Dec 1874, page 1 col. 7, Elizabeth Beecher, died December 26, age 82, only sister of Rev. W. Herr of Dayton, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

7 Zion German Reformed Church (Greencastle, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States), Zion German Reformed Church and East Conococheague Church Records, 1818-1864, Family HIstory Library Microfilm 382822.

8 1840 United States Census, J B Harr, Greencastle, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 163.

9 Herald of Freedom, Hagerstown, Maryland, 17 Oct 1849. Page 3, Column 3.

10 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pottsville, Series: M653 Roll: 1144 Page: 796.

11 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pottstown 270th District, Series: M593 Roll: 1378 Page: 294.

12 1800 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Germany Township, Series: M32 Roll: 35 Page: 515.

13 Find A Grave,

14 1810 United States Census, Maryland, Washington County, Hagerstown, Series: M252 Roll: 16 Page: 236.

15 John F. W. Pflueger, Tombstone Inscriptions of Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Chambersburg, Pa., Petticoat Press, 1985. 24 vols.), Vol. 5, Greencastle Cemeteries: German Reformed Cemetery.

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