Manford A. Beeker
Mary Magdalene Stoyker
Enoch Hendrickson
Mary Jane Beasy
(Abt 1846-)
John L. Beeker
Dora Hendrickson
Manford Earnest Beeker


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1. Dena Coopman

Manford Earnest Beeker 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

  • Born: 14 Aug 1898, Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN 4 5 6 8 12
  • Marriage (1): Dena Coopman on 3 Feb 1919 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 1
  • Died: 6 Sep 1971, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA at age 73 4 5 8
  • Buried: 8 Sep 1971, Brookston: IOOF Brookston Cemetery, White, IN, USA 4 8

   FamilySearch ID: LVZK-BHD.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN. 13 The 1900 census recorded renting a farm: Jason L. Beuker [sic, as indexed in census due to poor handwriting by census taker of John L. Beeker], farmer, 30, born Nov 1869, living with wife Dora, 30, Oct 1869; Opal, 6, Oct 1893; Hazle, 5, May 1895; Maggie, 3, Dec 1897; and Manford, 1, Aug 1899. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana.
On the same census page are neighbors Manford Beeker, 59, with his family and on the previous page John L. Beeker, 38, with his family.

2. Census in 1910 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 14 The 1910 census recorded John L. Becker [sic, as indexed because handwriting of Beeker is poor], farmer, 40, living with wife Dora, 40; Opal, 16; Hazel, 14; Magdalene, 13; Manford, 11; and Burnice, 5. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana. John and Dora were married for 17 years and she had birthed 5 children all alive in 1910.

3. Occupation: farming, employer John L. Beeker, Battle Ground, IN on 12 Sep 1918 in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN. 6

4. He was described as medium heigh, medium build, grey eyes, light hair on 12 Sep 1918 in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN. 6

5. Census in 1920 in Prairie Township, White, IN, USA. 15 The 1920 census recorded Manford E. Beeker, farmer, 20, living with wife Dena, 21, and daughter Martha A., 3 months old when the census was recorded on 9 Feb 1920. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana except Dena's parents in Holland.

6. Census in 1930 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 16 The 1930 census recorded owning a $2000 home: Manford E. Beeker, mechanic in own garage, 31, living with wife Dena S., 31; and daughters Martha A., 10, and Doris M., 9. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana except Dena's parents in Holland.

7. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: Manford and Maxine Beeker, Witnesses in Court Trial, 11 Mar 1932, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 17 Evidence of Plaintiff Continues at Trial of Suit Echoing Accident Introduction of plaintiff's evidence in the jury trial of the $10,000 damage suit of John Kern of Brookston against Andrew. J. Clevenger, of near Ash Grove, was nearing a close in the superior court Friday afternoon. Witnesses who testified during the morning were little Martha Beeker, 12, who was riding a bicycle with Kern's daughter, Margaret, 12, when the latter was injured fatally by an auto driven by Clevenger; Leslie Hinea, Lafayette photographer; Coroner M. G. Frasch; Joe Childress, mechanic at Koon's garage, who was still on the stand when court recessed at noon. Witnesses Thursday afternoon were Ed Dreblow, town marshal of Brookston; little Maxine Beeker, a playmate of the dead girl, and Maxine's father, Manford Beeker, and Omer Cottrell, Brookston funeral director. Dreblow and Beeker testified to taking measurements at the scene of the accident, showing that Clevenger drove his car 424 feet after hitting the girl. The little Beeker girl identified the shoes worn by the Kern girl.

8. Residence: on 9 Dec 1937 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 3

9. Census in 1940 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 18 The 1940 census recorded owning an $1800 home on State Road 43: Manford E. Beeker, diesel operator for city light company, 41, living with wife Dena, 41; and daughters Martha, clerk for retail clothing store, 20, and Maxine, bookkeeper for poultry & cream company, 19. All were born in Indiana.

10. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: Martha Beeker Saturday Bride, 10 May 1941, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 19 Martha Beeker Saturday Bride
A wedding of beautiful simplicity was solemnized at St. Boniface church Saturday morning at 8 o'clock, when Miss Martha Beeker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manford Beeker, of Brookston, became the bride of John K. Mugg of Lafayette. Rev. Fridlon Schuster, O. F. M., read the ceremony before an altar adorned with ferns, white lilacs and lighted tapers. The children's choir sang. The bride was attractive in ivory slipper satin, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt tapering to a slight train. Her fingertip veil of tulle and lace fell from a tiara of orange blossoms and lilies of the valley. She carried a single cala lily in a pearl prayer book, from which fell a shower of white rose buds on white satin ribbon. Her only jewelry was a strand of pearls, a gift of the bridegroom. Miss Maxine Beeker, who served her sister as maid of honor, wore blue net and lace over taffeta, and Mrs. Ernest Wisley, bridesmaid, wore pink net and lace over taffeta. Both attendants wore matching shoulder length veils which fell from tiaras of rose buds. They carried roses and wore strands of pearls, a gift of the bride. Joe Mugg served his brother as best man. Ushers were Clyde Fiscus of Mitchill, and Arthur Hege. Breakfast was served at The Embassy. Roses and lighted tapers adorned the table. Immediately after the breakfast, Mr. and Mrs. Mugg departed on a wedding trip through the south. The bride is a graduate of Brookston high school and attended Lafayette Business college. She is employed by the J. C, Penney company and is a member of Psi Iota XI sorority, at Brookston. The groom is a graduate of Battle Ground high school and Purdue university. He is vocational agriculture teacher at Lancaster Central high school, Bluffton.

11. Occupation: Employer: Purdue University, Lafayette, IN on 16 Feb 1942 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 12

12. He was described as 5' 6" 170 lbs. blue eyes brown hair ruddy complexion on 16 Feb 1942 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 12

13. Residence: on 25 Mar 1942 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 2

14. Census in 1950 in Brookston, White, IN, USA. 20 The 1950 census recorded Manford E. Beeker, electrician for state university, 51, living with wife Dena, 51. They were born in Indiana.

15. Newspaper: Journal and Courier: Beekers File Suit To Break Will, 27 Oct 1956, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 21 Suit To Break Will Is Filed
FRANKFORT -- Suit to set aside the will of May B. Black, filed for probate in Circuit court, was instituted Friday by eight persons -- Opal Aper, Hazel Chenoweth, Manford Beeker, Bernice Beeker, Clifford Beeker, Leonard Beeker, John Beeker and Stephen Beeker against Magdeline Hornbeck as executrix of the estate and Magdoline Hornback, Thornton Beeker and Katheryn Shigley as heirs named in the will. The estate includes real estate in Clinton and Tippecanoe counties estimated to be worth $30,000. The will was drawn April 11, 1950. The complaint alleges undue influence in the writing of the will.

16. Newspaper: Daily Herald Journal: Miss Becky Mugg and Norman Shady of Perdue were Sunday evening dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Manford Beeker, 14 Apr 1962, Monticello, White, IN. 22

17. Cause of Death: Manford died at Home Hospital from cardiogenic shock, arteriosclerotic heart disease, 6 Sep 1971, Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 8

18. Occupation: retired from Purdue University on 6 Sep 1971 in Lafayette, Allen, OH. 8

19. Obituary: Journal and Courier: obituary of Manford E. Beeker on 7 Sep 1971 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 7 BEEKER, Manford E. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson-Hartzler Funeral Home, Brookston. Masonic rites there at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral service there at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Duncan MacNab officiating. Burial in IOOF Cemetery, Brookston. Also surviving are six grandchildren.

Manford married Dena Coopman, daughter of Wayburn John Coopman and Anna S. Essling, on 3 Feb 1919 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA.1 (Dena Coopman was born on 9 Sep 1898 in , White, IN,23 24 died on 16 Aug 1979 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 23 24 25 and was buried on 19 Aug 1979 in Brookston: IOOF Brookston Cemetery, White, IN, USA 23 24 25.)


1, Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992, Manford Beeker and Dena Coopman, 03 Feb 1919; citing reference 248; FHL microfilm 2,194,606.

2 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 26 Mar 1942, page 11. Obituary of Dora Beeker.

3 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 10 Dec 1937, page 10, obituary of John L. Beeker.

4 Find A Grave,

5 U.S. Social Security Death Index, Manford Beeker, Sep 1971.

6 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Manford Earnest Beeker, 1917-1918; citing Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

7 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 7 Sep 1971, page 5. Obituary of Manford E. Beeker.

8, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," 71-034995. Manford E. Beeker. Father John Beeker. Mother Dora Henderson. Spouse Dena Beeker.

9, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 034095. Martha Ann Mugg. Father Manford Beeker. Mother Dena Beeker. Spouse John Mugg, deceased. Informant Steven Mugg, son.

10, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 034095 Martha Ann Mugg father Manford Beeker, mother Dena Coopman informant Steven Mugg son.

11 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 12 Mar 2009, page 16. Obituary of Martha A. Mugg.

12, U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 ( Operations, Inc.), Manford Ernest Beeker b. 14 Aug 1898 Battle Ground IN.

13 1900 United States Census, Jason L Beuker, Tippecanoe Township (east part) Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 112, sheet 4B, family 79.

14 1910 United States Census, John L Becker, Tippecanoe, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 183, sheet 10B, family 212.

15 1920 United States Census, Manford E Becker, 1920.

16 1930 United States Census, Manford E Beeker, Brookston, White, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 11, sheet 1B, line 91, family 33.

17 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 11 Mar 1932, page 15.

18 1940 United States Census, Manford E Beeker Brookston IN.

19 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 10 May 1941, page 5. Martha Beeker Bride.

20 "1950 United States Census," Manford E. Beeker Brookston IN.

21 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 27 Oct 1956, page 12. Beekers Suit To Break Will of May B. Black.

22 "Monticello Herald-Journal (Monticello, IN)," 14 Apr 1962, page 4.

23 Find A Grave,

24, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Dena Beeker. Father Wayburn Coopman. Mother Anna Essling. Informant: Mrs. Maxine Frey, sister.

25 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 17 Aug 1979, page 4. Obituary of Mrs. Dena Beeker.

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