Peter Beecher Sr.
(Abt 1790-Aft 1850)
Catherine Cashman
(Abt 1792-1855)
William Beecher
Nancy Jane Brandt
John William Beecher


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1. Hannah Rebecca Heiser

John William Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

  • Born: 24 Nov 1852, Walker Twp., Juniata, PA 2 3 7 10 11 12 13
  • Marriage (1): Hannah Rebecca Heiser on 8 Jan 1878 in Mexico, Juniata, PA
  • Died: 26 Nov 1924, Grant Twp., Tama, IA at age 72 6 7 12 13
  • Buried: Reinbeck: Grant Twp. Cemetery, Tama, IA 7 12 13

   Another name for John was John Wesley Beecher.14

   FamilySearch ID: KL4P-NT7.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Walker Twp., Juniata, PA. 2 William Beecher, hotel keeper, 40, was living with wife Jane, 35; Mary C., 14; Elizabeth J., 10; John M., 7; Elmira A., 3; and David P., 3 months when the census was recorded on 6 Jun 1860. Also in the home: Samuel Beecher, 24, laborer; William Patterson, 57, laborer; and Ephraim Kauffman, 23, carpenter. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. William's real estate was worth $1000 and personal estate $900. The post office was Mexico.

2. Census in 1870 in Walker Twp., Juniata, PA. 15 The 1870 census recorded John Beecher, farm laborer, 18, living on the farm of Frances Buckwalter, 42. They were born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Mifflintown.

3. Census in 1880 in Delaware Twp., Juniata, PA. 4 John W. Beecher, 27, blacksmith, was living with wife Hannah R., 20; and William F., 1. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

4. Newspaper: Juniata Seninel and Republican: Letter for East Salem, 17 Feb 1886, Mifflintown, Juniata, PA. 16 Letter for East Salem

East Salem, Feb 12, 1886

Editor Sentinel and Republican
Sir: --
In reading over the columns of your paper we find news from nearly all parts of the county, but, seldom do we find anything from our town, namely, East Salem. We deem it necessary to write a short letter, and give you some of the news of our town and vicinity.

Sleighing is over for the present.

John Beecher is our boss blacksmith.

D.B. Dumm has his ice-house filled with the best of ice.

The tie hauling has almost stopped owing to the bad roads.

Prayer meeting every Saturday evning the U. B. church.

Our school is progressing nicely under the instruction of M. E. Kinzer.

The taffy party that was held at Spichers a few nights ago was a success.

Do you want your photos taken? If so stop on the hill. Ira is the artist.

We should have a butcher here. Who will volunteer? Shaffer step in, now is the time.

We had a lecture a few evenings ago on the "Origin of the Black Race," delivered by W. H. Griffith (co'ored).

Our merchants, Winey and Schlegel, are kept busy. The streets on Saturdays puts one in mind of Market street, Philadelphia.

5. Newspaper: Juniata Sentinel and Republican:, 22 Sep 1886, Mifflintown, Juniata, PA. 17 The Democratic County Convention met on Monday afternoon to count up the vote that was cast in the several townships on Saturday, for the respective candidates. The judges were as follows...
J. W. Beecher -- Delaware.

6. Newspaper: Juniata Seninel and Republican: "East Salem Items: John Beecher, our good blacksmith is not able to do his work.", 27 Mar 1889, Mifflintown, Juniata, PA. 18

7. Newspaper: Juniata Sentinel Republican: "East Salem: J. W. Beecher and family were at Mexico last Sabbath attending the funeral of his mother.", 16 Sep 1891, Mifflintown, Juniata, PA. 19

8. Newspaper: Juniata Sentinel and Republican: Sale Register. Of live stock and farming implements. March 16 - J. W. Beecher, near East Salem, 6 Mar 1895, Mifflintown, Juniata, PA. 20

9. Moved: 18 Mar 1895, Dinsdale, Tama, IA. 3

10. Census in 1900 in Dinsdale, Tama, IA. 21 John W. Beecher, blacksmith, 47, born Nov 1852, was living with his wife Hannah R., 39, born Sep 1860. They were married 22 years and she had given birth to 7 children, all still living in 1900. Living with them: Matilda J., 18, Aug 1882; Ira, 13, born Oct 1886; and Merle E., 8, born Mar 1892. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

11. Census in 1910 in Grant Twp., Tama, IA. 22 The 1910 census recorded John Beecher, blacksmith, 56, living with wife Hanna, 48; Charles, salesman lumber yard, 28; Merell, railroad agent, 20; and Homer, 9. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania except Homer in Iowa.

12. Census in 1920 in Grant Twp., Tama, IA. 23 John W. Beecher, 67, no occupation, was living with wife Hannah R., 60; Homer R. son, 19, bank clerk; and Tillie Fleming, mother in law, 78, widowed. John, Hannah, and Tillie and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. Homer was born in Iowa.

John married Hannah Rebecca Heiser, daughter of John Heiser and Matilda Delilah Spade, on 8 Jan 1878 in Mexico, Juniata, PA. (Hannah Rebecca Heiser was born on 2 Dec 1860 in Greenwood Twp., Juniata, PA,10 21 24 25 26 died on 13 Jun 1957 in Dysart, Tama, IA 14 26 27 and was buried on 17 Jun 1957 in Reinbeck: Grant Twp. Cemetery, Tama, IA 14 26 27.)


1 Records of Sharon Nickol Swope (

2 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Walker Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1119 Page: 859.

3 Records of Richard Beacher (510 Toledo St, Traer, IA 50675).

4 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Delaware Township, Family History Library Film 1255137, National Archives Film Number T9-1137, Page Number 381B.

5 Shull, William F., The Lineage of Christian Kersheman 1774-1893 (1893. Original copy in possession of Arthur Weaner, 145 Weaner Rd, Gettysburg PA 17325-8118.).

6, Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992, John W Beecher, 1924.

7 Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (,

8, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Merrill Edgar Beecher.

9, Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939, Homer Roscoe Beecher, 09 Nov 1902, Dinsdale, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing reference ID 93473, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines; FamilySearch digital folder 101693742.

10 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255137; National Archives Film T9-1137; Page 381B.

11 Beecher Family Bible.

12 Iowa 1930's Graves Registration Survey (WPA - Work Projects Administration,

13 Find A Grave,

14 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 14 Jun 1957, page 8. Obituary of Rebecca Beecher.

15 1870 United States Census, Year: 1870; Census Place: Walker, Juniata, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1353; Page: 519A; Image: 457; Family History Library Film: 552852.

16 Juniata Sentinel and Republican (Mifflintown, Juniata, Pennsylvania), 17 Feb 1886. Page 3.

17 Juniata Sentinel and Republican (Mifflintown, Juniata, Pennsylvania), 22 September 1886, page 3.

18 Juniata Sentinel and Republican (Mifflintown, Juniata, Pennsylvania), 27 Mar 1889. Page 3.

19 Juniata Sentinel and Republican (Mifflintown, Juniata, Pennsylvania), 16 Sep 1891, page 2.

20 Juniata Sentinel and Republican (Mifflintown, Juniata, Pennsylvania), 6 March 1895, page 3.

21 1900 United States Census, Iowa, Tama County, Dinsdale: Grant Township, Series: T623 Roll: 460 Page: 76.

22 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Grant, Tama, Iowa; Roll: T624_424; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0156; FHL microfilm: 1374437.

23 1920 United States Census, Iowa, Tama County, Grant Township, Series: T625 Roll: 513 Page: 240.

24 Iowa State Census, 1925. Grant Township, Tama County, Iowa. Roll IA1925_1956, line 2. Indexed as Hannah Beecker [Beecher], father John Heiser, mother Tillie Spade.

25 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Greenwood, Juniata, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1119; Page: 622; Image: 154; Family History Library Film: 805119.

26 Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (,

27 Find A Grave,

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