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Honorable Philemon Beecher 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 19 Mar 1776, Oxford, New Haven, CT 2
  • Christened: 5 May 1776, Oxford: Congregational Church, New Haven, CT 3
  • Marriage (1): Susan Gillespie in Sep 1804 in , , Pennsylvania, USA
  • Died: 30 Nov 1839, Lancaster, Fairfield, OH at age 63 2 4
  • Buried: Lancaster: Elmwood Cemetery, Fairfield, OH 4

   Other names for Philemon were Philomon Beecher and Philloman Bucher.1

   FamilySearch ID: LCVH-7TM.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 2
BEECHER, Philemon, a Representative from Ohio; born in Kent, Litchfield County, Conn., in 1775; received a classical education; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Lancaster, Ohio, in 1801 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1803 and 1805-1807, serving as speaker in 1807; unsuccessful candidate in 1807 for election to the United States Senate, and also as judge of the Ohio Supreme Court; major general in the State militia; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1820 to the Seventeenth Congress; elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1829); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; engaged in the practice of law in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, until his death there November 30, 1839; interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

2. Book: History of Fairfield and Perry Counties, Ohio. 5
The first advance to better educational facilities in Lancaster was in the erection of the brick Academy, on Wheeling street, by a number of the most wealthy citizens, and which is the present modernized resi- dence of Andrew Bauman. This building was erected shortly before 1820. It was the enterprise of Philomon Beecher, Elnathan Schofield, William Irvin, Robert F. Slaughter, John Noble, Thomas Ewing, Gotlieb Steinman, John Creed, Hugh Boyle, and a few others.

3. He was elected as Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus, Franklin, OH.

4. Moved: 1801, Lancaster, Fairfield, OH. 2

5. Tax List: 1806, Hocking Twp., Fairfield, OH. 1

6. Property on 5 Mar 1825 in Lancaster, Fairfield, OH. Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman was born in 1820 in Lancaster at a time when his father, Charles R. Sherman, was in financial trouble needed the help of a friend, Philemon Beecher. Charles owed money to the U.S. Government so his lands were sold at Sheriff's Sale: Lot 12, Square 13 on which today the historic Sherman House stands, lots 5 & 6 also in Square 13, his share of all the lands that were inherited by him from his father. The lands in Fairfield County, Lancaster, Ohio's Square 13 were bought by Philemon Beecher for $450 a pittance compared to the $38,659.07 that Sherman owed the government. (Fairfield County Recorder. Deed Book O, p. 139, 5 Sep 1821, recorded 5 March 1825.) While this deed was finalized in March of 1825, the Shermans never moved out of their home. By 20 June of 1833, Beecher had sold the lot and house back to Mary Elizabeth Sherman for $400 (Fairfield County Recorder's Deed Bk. V, p. 189). [Note: there is no indication that there was a mortgage on the Sherman House between the time it was sold at Sheriff's sale in 1821 until Beecher sold it back to Mary in 1833. What happened in the period 1821-1825 is unknown. Philemon Beecher was a friend of the Sherman family and familiar with their financial situation so they probably lived there rent fee.]

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Philemon married Susan Gillespie in Sep 1804 in , , Pennsylvania, USA. (Susan Gillespie was born in 1785 in West Brownsville, Washington, PA,6 died on 29 Jul 1854 in Lancaster, Fairfield, OH 6 and was buried in Lancaster: Elmwood Cemetery, Fairfield, OH.)


1 Fairfield County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society,

2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (1974-Present, Washington, D.C.,

3 Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven (Rome, N.Y. and New Haven, Conn., 1922-1932.), Vol. 1, Page 179.

4 Find A Grave,

5 Graham, A. A., History of Fairfield and Perry Counties, Ohio (1883.).

6 Find A Grave,

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