Jacob Wortz
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Henrietta Wortz


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1. Jacob W. Groff

2. William C. Beecher

Henrietta Wortz 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 1 Feb 1820, , York, PA 1 2 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Jacob W. Groff on 23 Jun 1846 in Hanover: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, York, PA
  • Marriage (2): William C. Beecher in 1854 in , York, PA
  • Died: 29 Dec 1903, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA at age 83 4 5 6 7
  • Buried: 1 Jan 1904, Lancaster: City Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 2 4 5 7

   Another name for Henrietta was Henrietta Wurtz.8

   FamilySearch ID: KZGB-88R.

  Burial Notes:

Buried in section 1549 with her husband and his parents.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Manheim Twp., Lancaster, PA. 1 William C. Beecher, age 33, master machinist, is listed in the 1860 Census in Manheim Township in Lancaster County having real estate valued at $4,000 and personal possessions worth $1,000. Living with him is Henrietta, 40; and Laura, 4. Also in the home are David Groff, 13; Louis Groff, 10; Henry Hornstraw, 17; John Stouder, 25; Jacob Landis, 19; Joseph Heuber, 21; and Caroline Sutz, 17, servant. Henry was born in Germany, everyone else in Pennsylvania. We presume these are live-in employees, although the Groff children could be Henrietta's from a first marriage? The post office listed is Oregon.

Also on this census page is Mary Beecher, age 35, occupation "lady". Her real estate is valued at $7,000 and possessions at $400. Living with her must be her son, John, 16; Ellen Reese, 11; Mary Brown, 22, servant; and Samuel Grube, 55, plasterer. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

Living nearby is Samuel Beecher, who is likely the father of William and Mary.

2. Census in 1870 in Manheim Twp., Lancaster, PA. 9 Wm C. Beecher, machinist, [age unreadable], was living with wife Henrietta, 50; Laura, 14; and Bertha, 9. Also with them is David W. Groff, 23, machinist; Benjn Barr, 18, machinist; and Henry Lasity, 18, machinist. All were born in Pennsylvania. His property is valued at $23,000, a large value compared to others. Her personal estate is $6000.

3. Census in 1880 in Manheim Twp., Lancaster, PA. 10 William C. Beecher, age 53, farmer, is living with wife Henrietta, 58; Laura E., 24; and Bertha, 18. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.


4. Newspaper: The Inquirer: Widows' Appraisements. The following appriasements of $300, allowed by law to widows have been filed in Orphans' Court: For Henrietta Beecher, widow of Wm. C. Beecher, late of Manheim twp., deceased., 4 May 1895, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 11

5. Obituary: Lancaster New Era: Death of Mrs. Henrietta Beecher on 30 Dec 1903 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 12 Mrs. Henrietta Beecher, widow of William Beecher, formerly of Eden, died on Tuesday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Conley, of Philadelphia. Her illness was of short duration, and her death was due to pleuro-pneumonia.

Mrs. Beecher was a Miss Wertz before marriage, and although in her eighty-fourth year, was remarkably active and well preserved. She was twice married, and for years was a resident of Eden, this county, in which vicinity she was widely known and universally esteemed. She was a devout member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her surviving children are Mrs. Conley, of Philadelphia; Mrs. Jacob Ranck, Cedar Lane; and Lewis Groff, residing in the West. A twin sister, Mrs. Louisa Forney, of Hanover, also survives. The funeral will be held in Lancaster, but the arrangements have not yet been made.

Henrietta married Jacob W. Groff on 23 Jun 1846 in Hanover: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, York, PA. (Jacob W. Groff was born on 25 Feb 1811 in , Lancaster, PA,13 died on 4 Oct 1851 in , Lancaster, PA 13 14 and was buried in Leola: Groffdale Mennonite Brick Church Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 13.)

Henrietta next married William C. Beecher, son of Samuel W. Beecher Sr. and Eleanor, in 1854 in , York, PA. (William C. Beecher was born on 17 Dec 1826 in East Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA,1 2 5 10 15 16 17 died on 1 Apr 1895 in Eden Twp., Lancaster, PA 2 5 15 16 17 and was buried on 4 Apr 1895 in Lancaster: City Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 2 5 15.)


1 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Manheim Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1124 Page: 352.

2 Lancaster City Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Online at http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/lancaster/cemeteries/lanc-cem-02.txt).

3 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 106124. Laura E. Ranck. Father William C. Beecher. Mother Henrietta Wortz. Spouse Jacob Ranck.

4 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35835636.

5 Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

6 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 (From originals housed at the Philadelphia City Archives. "Death Records."), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VK8J-Q7H Henrietta Beecher, 29 Dec 1903; citing v 2 p 332, Philadelphia City Archives.

7 FamilySearch.org, "Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:H5ZV-JTW2 Henrietta Beecher, 1903.

8 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 (From originals housed at the Philadelphia City Archives. "Death Records."), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JKSM-GJK Henrietta Bertha Conley, 1914.

9 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Manheim Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1357 Page: 489.

10 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255140; National Archives Film T9-1140; Page 272A.

11 The Inquirer (Lancaster, PA), 4 May 1895, page 5.

12 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 30 Dec 1903, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Henrietta Beecher.

13 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=75330765.

14 Ebel, William K. III, A History of 1894 Eden Road and Local Area (November 23, 1985).

15 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35836210.

16 The Lancaster Examiner (Lancaster, PA), 3 Apr 1895, page 5. Obituary of William C. Beecher.

17 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 2 Apr 1895, page 1. Obituary of William C. Beecher.

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