William J. Thompson
Celeste Jane Chambers
Ethlyn M. Thompson


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1. Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher

Ethlyn M. Thompson 1

  • Born: 9 Aug 1872, Burlingame, Osage, KS, USA 1 2 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher on 25 Dec 1901 in Anderson, Madison, IN
  • Died: 28 Oct 1954, Kokomo, Howard, IN at age 82 2 4 5 6 7
  • Buried: 31 Oct 1954, Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 1 2 4

   Other names for Ethlyn were Ethelyn M. Thompson,2 7 Linnie M. Thompson,3 Lynn Thompson,8 Lynnie M. Thompson 9 10 and Lynnie T. Thompson.11

   FamilySearch ID: LDHJ-2SV.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Wayne Twp., Bartholomew, IN. 12 The 1880 census recorded W. J. Thompson, school teacher, 30, with wife Celeste J., 28; daughters Ethlyn, 8; and Bessie, 2; and son James H., 2 months old when the census was recorded in June, 1880. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana except Ethlyn in Kansas, and Celeste's father in Kentucky.

2. Census in 1900 in Columbus, Bartholomew, IN. 3 The 1900 census recorded living at 1005 Fifth in Columbus: William Thompson, school teacher, 50, born Feb 1850, with wife Celeste, 43, Dec 1851; and daughters Linnie M., 28, Aug 1872; Bessie, 23, Jul 1877; and Alva, 13, July 1887. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana except Linnie in Kansas, and Celeste's father in Kentucky.

3. Census in 1910 in Peru, Miami, IN. 13 The 1910 census recorded at 174 W. Third Street: Grant Beecher, ticket agent railroad, 39, living with wife Lynnie, 37; Kent, 7; and Bazier, 5. Everyone was born in Indiana except Lynnie in Kansas. Her parents were born in Indiana. Grant's father was born in Pennsylvania and mother in Ohio.

4. Census in 1920 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 11 The 1920 census recorded living at 1125 N. Courtland: Grant Beecher, ticket agent railroad, 49, with wife Lynnie T., 47; Kent F., 16; and Branier K., 14. Everyone was born in Indiana except Lynnie in Kansas. Her parents were born in Indiana. Grant's father was born in Pennsylvania and mother in Ohio.

5. Census in 1930 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 14 The 1930 census recorded at 1125 N. Courtland Avenue: Grant Beecher, clerk railroad, 59, living with wife Lynnie, 57.

6. Newspaper: Kokomo Tribune: "Mr. And Mrs. Grant Beecher will spend Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio, with their son, Kent Beecher. Mrs. Beecher will remain there for a few days and will also visit in Barberton, Ohio, with another son, Brazier Beecher.", 24 Oct 1931, Kokomo, Howard, IN. 15

7. Census in 1940 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 16 The 1940 census recorded at 1125 N. Courtland Avenue: Grant Beecher, clerk Nickel Plate Railroad, 69, living with wife Lynne, 66.

8. Residence: 1125 N. Courtland Rd., Kokomo, IN on 16 Feb 1942 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 17

9. Census in 1950 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 18 The 1950 census recorded at 1125 N. Courtland Street: Grant Beecher, 79, living with wife Lynnie T., 77. She was born in Kansas and he in Indiana.

10. Newspaper: Kokomo Tribune: photo of Mr. And Mrs. Grant Beecher: Observe Golden Wedding Date, 22 Dec 1951, Kokomo, Howard, IN. 19 (photo)
Christmas Day will have more than usual significance this year for Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beecher, 1125 N. Courtland Ave., for it will marke the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. The ceremony took place Dec 25, 1901 at Anderson, Ind.
Celebration of the event will not be held until the following Sunday, Dec. 30, when an open house for the couple will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Main Street Christian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Beecher have been active members of the church throughout their residence in this city. For 26 years Mrs. Beecher was the teacher of the Beecher class of the Sunday School.
Mr. Beecher who is a native of Miami county is 81 years old. His wife, the former Miss Lynnie Thompson, who is 79, was born at Columbus, Ind.
For 42 years Mr. Beecher was a railroad employee, retiring in 1948. He came to Kokomo in 1912 to take the position of ticket agent at the local station of the Nickel Plate Road, a post he held at the time he retired.
Mr. and Mrs. Beecher are the parents of two children, Kent of Kokomo and Brazier of Wyandotte, Mich. There are four grandchildren.

11. Cause of Death: Ethlyn died at St. Joseph Hospital from surgery for gall bladder removal., 28 Oct 1954, Kokomo, Howard, IN. 1

12. Residence: 1125 N. Courtland, Kokomo, IN on 28 Oct 1954 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 1

13. Obituary: Kokomo Tribune: Obituary of Mrs. Grant Beecher on 29 Oct 1954 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 5 Ethelyn M. Beecher, 82, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the St. Joseph Hospital after several years of ill health. Her condition became critical Wednesday morning and she was taken to the hospital. She had lived at 1125 N. Courtland Ave., since April, 1917.
The deceased was born Aug. 9, 1872, at Burlingame, Kan., daughter of William J. and Celesta Jane near Columbus, Ind., when a young girl.
She has been a member of the Christian Church since she was 11. She was a member of the choir at Columbus and a teach er of the Beecher Sunday School class of the Main St. Christian Church for 26 years.
She met Grant Beecher when he was a student at Indiana University and they were married Christmas day, 1901.
Surviving are the husband and two sons, Kent Beecher, Kokomo, and Brazier Beecher, Wyandotte, Mich.; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one sister, Mrs. Elva Wilson, South Bend. One brother and one sister are deceased.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fenn Funeral Home, with the Rev. H. Randel Lookabill officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Ind. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday.

14. Obituary: Pharos-Tribune: Mrs. Beecher Dies on 30 Oct 1954 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 6 PERU, Ind. - Rites for Mrs. Ethelyn Beecher, 82, Kokomo, who died at St. Joseph's hospital in Kokomo Thursday, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Fenn mortuary there. Burial will be in Greenlawn cemetery at Mexico.

Ethlyn married Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher, son of William Valentine Beecher and Julia Ann Beecher, on 25 Dec 1901 in Anderson, Madison, IN. (Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher was born on 22 Jun 1870 in Chili, Miami, IN,7 9 20 21 22 23 died on 22 Mar 1956 in Wyandotte, Wayne, MI, USA 7 9 21 23 and was buried on 25 Mar 1956 in Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 21.)


1 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 30361. Ethlyn M. Beecher. Father Wm J. Thompson. Mother Celesta J. Thompson. Informant Grant Beecher.

2 Billion Graves Index, http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/EthelynBeecher/1573591.

3 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMBC-G52 Linnie M Thompson in entry for William Thompson, 1900.

4 Find A Grave, http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=101951851.

5 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 29 Oct 1954, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Grant Beecher.

6 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 30 Oct 1954, page 16. Mrs. Beecher Dies.

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

8 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 022385. Brazier Kirby Beecher. Father Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher. Mother Lynn Thompson. Informant Alfred E. Beecher.

9 FamilySearch.org, Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FH3N-82R Ulysses Simpson Grant Beecher, 22 Mar 1956.

10 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 81-009180. Frederick Kent Beecher. Father Grant Beecher. Mother Linnie Thompson. Spouse/informant Jennie Hale Beecher.

11 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF72-VJP Grant Beecher, 1920.

12 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHMD-XZV Celeste J. Thompson in entry for W. J. Thompson, 1880.

13 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MK53-ZC5 Grant Beecher, 1910.

14 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHMP-NS8 Grant Beecher, 1930.

15 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 24 Oct 1931, page 3.

16 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V1TC-TG2 Grant Beecher, 1940.

17 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Frederick Kent Beecher b. 6 Mar 1903 Denver IN.

18 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XLH-P5PL Grant Beecher Kokomo IN.

19 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 22 Dec 1951, page 4. Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beecher.

20 1900 United States Census, Indiana, Miami County, Jefferson Township, Series: T623 Roll: 393 Page: 136.

21 Billion Graves Index, http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/GrantBeecher/1573299.

22 History of Miami County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc. (Chicago, Brant & Fuller, 1887. Available online at http://books.google.com/books?id=GETWAAAAMAAJ Google Books.), Page 684. Biography of William V. Beecher.

23 Find A Grave, http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=101951880.

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