John Beecher Sr.
Mary Ann Albrecht
Samuel F. Finney
(Abt 1790-from 1830/1840)
Benjamin Beecher
Margaret Finney
William Valentine Beecher


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1. Julia Ann Beecher

William Valentine Beecher 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

  • Born: 4 Dec 1831, West Caln Twp., Chester, PA 1 4 5 6 15 17
  • Marriage (1): Julia Ann Beecher on 3 Apr 1853 in Columbus, Franklin, OH 1 2
  • Died: 23 Sep 1900, Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN at age 68 6 9 15 17
  • Buried: 25 Sep 1900, Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 6 15 17

   FamilySearch ID: LD92-1XM.

  Death Notes:

Section 4, Row 32.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1850 in West Brandywine Twp., Chester, PA. 4 Benjamin Beecher [handwriting looks like Bucher as the two e's could be a u], age 48, blacksmith, is living with wife Margaret, age 46; Cyrus, 24, laborer; William, 19, carpenter; Catherine, 14; John, 11; Margaret, 9; and Lydia, 7. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Residence: in 1853 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States. 3

3. Court: Franklin Probate Court: Consent for Marriage or Julian A. Beecher to William V. Beecher on 2 Apr 1853 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States. 2 To the Probate court of Franklin County, Ohio
I, William Beecher, the father of Julian A. Beecher who is under the age of eighteen years, hereby consent to the marriage of my said daughter with William V. Beecher
(signed) William Beecher, tanner
(signed) Julian Beeccher

Theodore Jones, April 2, 1853
The state of Ohio Franklin County SS.
I, Theodore Jones, make solem oath that I saw William & JUlian Beecher, father + mother of Julian A. Beecher above named sign the above and that they consented to the marriage of their said daughter with William V. Beecher, above named.
(signed) Theodore Jones

Sworn to and subscribed before me in the open court his 2d day of April AD 1853
(signed) Wm F. Wheeler
Dept. Clerk Prob Court



This 2d day of April A.D. 1853 personally came Theodore Jones and made oath that William V. Beecher is twenty-one years of age, and that Julian A. Beecher is a resident of this county; that both said last named persons are unmarried, and that there is no legal impediment to their being joined in marriage.
(signed) Theodore Jones

Subscribed and sworn to before me the day and year above named.
(signed) Wm F. Wheeler
Dp Clk Probate Court of Franklin Co.

4. Census in 1860 in Jefferson Twp., Franklin, OH. 18 William Beecher, 28, carpenter, is found in the 1860 Census in Jefferson Township in Franklin County living with his wife, Julian, age 24; Margaret, 6; Mary J., 2; and Elizah, 1 month old on the 25 of July, 1860 when the census was recorded. Everyone was born in Ohio, except William who was born in Pennsylvania. The value of his real estate and possessions is blank, indicating he was probably renting. The post office listed is Blacklick.

Living next door is his father, Benjamin Beecher, 57, blacksmith, with his wife Margaret, 54; John J., 21, carpenter; Margaret S., 19; and Lydia A., 16. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. He has no value on his real estate or possessions.

5. Residence: in 1861 in Peru, Miami, IN. 1

6. Census in 1870 in Peru, Miami, IN. 19 William V. Beecher, 38, farmer, was living with wife Julia H., 34; Margaret J., 16; Mary J., 12; Elizabeth E., 11; George L., 7; Cyrus M., 5; William, 2; Benjamin, 68; and Margaret, 64. Benjamin, Margaret, and William V. were born in Pennsylvania. George, Cyrus, and young William in Indiana, and the others in Ohio. William's real estate was worth $3800, his personal estate $1240.

7. Residence: in Feb 1872 in Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN. 1

8. Census in 1880 in Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN. 20 William Beecher, 48, farmer, is found in the 1880 Census in Jefferson in Miami County living with his wife, Julia A, age 44; Mary J., 22; Elizabeth E., 20; George L, 17; Cyrus M., 15; William C.; 13; Grant U.S., 10; Charles W., 7; and Gracie P., 4; plus Margret Beecher, mother, age 75. William and his mother were born in PA; Julia, Mary and Elizabeth in OH; and all other children in IN.

9. Book: History of Miami County, Indiana: biography of William V. Beecher, 1887. 1
William V. Beecher is a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, born December 4, 1831. His parents, Benjamin and Margaret (Finney) Beecher, were both natives of Pennsylvania. The former, Benjamin Beecher, was a son of John and Mary A. (Albert) Beecher, who were natives of Germany, and from thence emigrated to the United States in a very early day, settling in the State of Pennsylvania. They were the parents of fifteen children, viz: George, Samuel, Jacob, William, Benjamin, John, Catherine, Lydia, Barbra, Mary, Margaret, and four whose names have been forgotten.
Benjamin, the father of our subject, was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, October 3, 1801. He was married in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1825, to the above Margaret Finney, who was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1804, and a daughter of Samuel F. and Elizabeth Finney. After their marriage they settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and from thence moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania, and from there to Franklin County, Ohio, in the year 1856, and in 1861 moved to Miami County, Indiana, where they afterward resided until their respective deaths. They were the parents of the following nine children, namely: Cyrus F., Samuel F., Eliza J., William V., Mary A., Catherine M., John J., Margaret S., and Lydia.
William V., our subject, resided in Pennsylvania until 1852, when he went to Columbus, Ohio, where he engaged in the carpenter trade, and was there married, April 3, 1853, to Julia A., daughter of William and Julia A. (Carpenter) Beecher. She was born in Franklin County, Ohio, October 4, 1835. In 1861, Mr. Beecher, removed to Miami County, Indiana, and first settled in Peru Township, where he purchased land and resided until February, 1872, at which time he purchased and settled up on the farm on which he now resides in section 35, Jefferson township. He owns at present 160 acres of fine and well improved land.
He has born to him nine children, viz: Margaret J. born April 7, 1854; Mary J., born January 31, 1858; Elizabeth E., born May 31, 1860; George L., born September 22, 1862; Cyrus M., born January 22, 1865; William C., born March 2, 1868; Ulysses G., born June 22, 1870; Charles W., born December 30, 1872; and Gracie P., born July 23, 1875. Mr. Beecher is an intelligent and enterprising man, and is highly esteemed by all who know him. He is a member of the Odd Fellows' order, and he and wife are members of the M. E. Church.

10. Census in 1900 in Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN. 5 William Beecher, farmer, 68, born Dec 1831, was with wife Julien A., 64, Oct 1835. They had been married 47 years. She had birthed 9 children, 8 alive in 1900. Living with them: son Grant, school teacher, 29, Jun 1870. Grant was born in Indiana, his mother in Ohio , and his father and all grandparents in Pennsylvania.

Living next door is a son William Beecher, farm hand, 32, born Mar 1868. He was married for 9 years to wife Merry, 32, Apr 1868. She had one child born: Dwight, son, 7, Sep 1892. All were born in Indiana, including Merry's parents. William's father was born Pennsylvania and mother in Ohio.

11. Cause of Death: esophageal diverticulum , pulmonary congestion, 23 Sep 1900, Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN. 15

12. Occupation: carpenter and farmer on 23 Sep 1900 in Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN. 15

13. Obituary: South Bend Tribune: W. V. Beecher, a prominent citizen of Miami county, died at his home in Mexico, Ind., at the age of 69 years. on 26 Sep 1900 in South Bend, St. Joseph, IN. 21

William married Julia Ann Beecher, daughter of William Beecher and Julia Ann Carpenter, on 3 Apr 1853 in Columbus, Franklin, OH.1 2 (Julia Ann Beecher was born on 4 Oct 1835 in Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA,1 5 12 22 23 died on 14 Jul 1915 in Peru, Miami, IN 12 22 23 and was buried on 16 Jul 1915 in Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 12 22 23.)


1 History of Miami County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc. (Chicago, Brant & Fuller, 1887. Available online at Google Books.), Page 684. Biography of William V. Beecher.

2, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, William V. Beecher and Julian A. Beecher, 03 Apr 1853; citing Franklin, Ohio, United States, reference v6 p24; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 285,144.

3 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of January 1, 2006), Batch #: M513353, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 0285144 V. 6-7, Printout Call #: NONE, Dates: 1853 - 1862.

4 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Brandywine Township, Series: M432 Roll: 766 Page: 299.

5 1900 United States Census, Indiana, Miami County, Jefferson Township, Series: T623 Roll: 393 Page: 136.

6 Billion Graves Index,

7, Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995, Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher, 22 Mar 1956.

8, Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952, Grace Beecher Woolpert, 30 Jan 1928; citing Ferndale, Oakland, Michigan, United States; 02262; FHL microfilm 1973053.

9 Miami County INGenWeb Project (, Miami County Deaths.

10 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 22 Mar 1956, page 2. Obituary of Ulysses S. Grant Beecher.

11, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 61-033629. Charles Wilson Beecher. Father William Beecher. Mother Julia A. Beecher.

12, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 139. Julia A. Beecher. Father Wm Beecher. Mother Julia A. Carpenter. Spouse Wm V. Beecher.

13, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 136. George Lincoln Beecher, Father William Beecher. Mother Julia Beecher. Spouse Sarah C. Beecher (informant.).

14, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Mary J. Ault. Father William Beecher. Mother Julia A. Beecher.

15, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," William Valentine Beecher. Father Benj. Beecher. Mother Margaret Finney. Informant C. W. Beecher.

16, "Indiana, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999," Will of Julia A. Beecher d. 1915, Will Book 7 Page 310, online image 191 of 325.

17 Find A Grave,

18 1860 United States Census, Ohio, Franklin County, Jefferson Township, M653 Roll: 963 Page: 258.

19 1870 United States Census, Indiana, Miami County, Peru Township, Series: M593 Roll: 343 Page: 162.

20 1880 United States Census, Film T9-0298, Page 461B.

21 South Bend Tribune (South Bend, IN), 26 Sep 1900, page 5. Obituary of W. V. Beecher.

22 Billion Graves Index,

23 Find A Grave,

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