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Isaac Beecher


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Isaac Beecher 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 7 Aug 1806, , Lancaster, PA 2 4
  • Christened: 8 Nov 1806, New Holland: Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA
  • Marriage (1): Mary Amanda Shaw on 5 May 1826 1
  • Died: 1873, Lima Twp., LaGrange, IN at age 67 3 5

   Other names for Isaac were Isaac Becher, Isaac Becher and Isaac Becker.8

   FamilySearch ID: LHT7-RXM.

  Christening Notes:

Sponsors were the parents.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: Kelly Selcher, a descendant of the Shaw family that married Isaac, writes the following:.

In 1838, Isaac and Mary Shaw Beecher traveled with their nine children: Alexander Washington, John William, Nellie E., Anna Ellen, Anthony Robert, Gustavius N. (or Augustus), Amanda M., James H., Jennie M., and Isaac Newton Beecher. Mary Ann Renfrew Shaw also made the journey at the old age of seventy-six, still in her usual good health. Crossing the Appalachians, Isaac Beecher wrote, "The slow murmer of the waters and majestic rocks and lofty mountains...it would cause a meditation on the enquiring mind." They traveled through the counties of Franklin, Bedford, Somerset, Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Beaver, and after crossing the Ohioan border, they journeyed through Colombiana and Stark counties. The principle cities they stopped in were "Chambersburge, Cainelstown, Louden, Bedford, Schellsburge, Stoystown, Youngstown, Greensburge, Adamsburge, …sonville,Pittsburge, Allegheny, Economy, Bridgewater, Beaver, New Lisbon, New Garden, Paris, O……gh, Canton, Massillon, Brookville and East Greenvill where we are at present." The Beecher family arrived in East Greenville on October 13, 1838. Arriving in East Greenville, Isaac Beecher had no money and no one would buy his wagon and horses. Isaac could not obtain a job, so he sold his horse because he "wanted money badly," as he had to buy supplies for the coming winter.

Methodism was the principle religion in East Greenville. During the winter of 1838, there was "a great revival...{a} number added to the church and amongst the number was ...Mary Beecher your Aunt and a great many backsliders reclaimed and myself one of the number." Isaac remembered the last words Susanna Landes Shaw had spoken with him about his "soul salvation." With his new-found faith in Jesus Christ, Isaac wrote, "I hope and trust that if we should never meet again in this world that we will meet in heaven where pain and sorrow has no place where the is peace love joy and praising God and lallabyes to the lamb for ever and ever to all Eternity \endash May the lord Bless you all and be with." Eight people signed a petition to form a temperance society, even though there were a great many enemies of it in East Greenville, including many Methodists. Isaac Beecher wrote in a letter in February 1840 to his nephew, William, that East Greenville had temperance lectures so far.

Land was much cheaper in Ohio. Isaac wrote in 1839, "If a person comes out here and has a little money he may do much better than he can in Pennsylvania." Isaac wrote of the prices of goods in Ohio, "wheat is selling at $1.25c per bushel Corn 75cts Oats 15cts flour six dollars per barrel Porkham 12cts per pound Shoulder and flesh 10ct per pound Butter 16ctsper pound Eggs 9cts per dozen." During the summer of 1839, Isaac began "barking trees for a tanner and other jobs until hay and wheat harvest commenced." During the long hay season, Isaac received seventy-five cents a day helping with the hay harvest and one dollar a day for working others' wheat harvests. In the winter of 1839, Isaac was employed with sugar-making. Isaac wrote his nephew that with vegetables in abundance, it was "a fine time for poor people to live cheap." Isaac answered William's enquiries on the prospects of a tailor in Ohio, pointing out that land and everyday goods besides "good furniture" and feathers could be bought cheaper there.

Around 1842, Isaac Beecher experienced more financial difficult. He wrote his nephew, William: "Times are hard here, I must Confess that I never had a hard times in my life as I experience here no money and very dull Sale for anything if you have it for Sale We have been all in tolerable good health Since we have been in this place Except your Aunt Mary has been very much afflicted with the Rheumatic pain in her head, we have had one child born since we have been in this State it did not live long it has gone to its long home." Later in the letter, he wrote of possibly moving further west and then described how his children were growing:

It is probable that I might be in the State of Indiana in the latter part of this summer \endash as one of our neighbors are going out on a pedaling excursion with rifles. John William is growing very stout Amanda Mary is going to be very stout and tall Alex is slim and tall and very delicate Anna El…… will make a very smart child Anthony B is very lusty and hearty the have been very little help to us yet as there is no employ to be got for them and I have very little of my own for them \endash Every thing is very low for Housekeepers here but no money to be got \endash if I was once able to be …… owner of a track of land I might have Constant Employ for my children

John William Beecher wrote his cousin a note in the same letter that, "I have been going to school last winter and have been studying…geography." Alexander W. Beecher added, "I…have been going to School all winter. I have been reading and writing and Studying Arithmatic."

Isaac Beecher did not hear from his nephew, William, for five years. During that time, Mary Shaw Beecher "was taken down with fever" while "I was out west on my road homeward...I was taken very poorly, and with great difficulty arrived at home and to my surprise found Mary confined to her bed laying in a fever." Both feeling sick, Isaac and Mary "were confined to our beds for upwards of four weeks." They both recovered. Isaac wrote of the following fall, "I exposed myself too much, took cold and it settled in one of my lungs...I was confined to my bed and house for five months and caused hard times as to supporting my family." He eventually recuperated. Isaac described his children in 1846: "William is in his nineteenth year, and is very stout. He is considerable heavier than I am. Amanda M. was married on the 28th day of May to a gentleman named Paul Rhoads or Westmoreland County, Pa. Alexander Washington is in his fourteenth year. I intend to put him to the Taylor Trade, he favors the Shaws more than any of my family. Ann Ellen is in her twelfth year. Anthony Robert is in his ninth year...quite a stout hearty boy. James Harvey was born June 6th 1846...a remarkable fine child...weighed Eleven pounds when born. Two are no more...Isaac Newton by name is in the Methodist graveyard in New Holland, Lancaster {County}...one in the state of Ohio, Stark {County}.

In 1845, the growing season "was remarkably dry in this section of our County." The year had "very poor" wheat, corn, oats, and potato crops and trees with "no fruit at all." The following year, the crop trend went in the other extreme. Isaac Beecher wrote, "it is supposed that {there} has never been such a crop of wheat in the State of Ohio." He listed the food prices as: "flour per barrel $3 wheat 54cts bushel Oats 15 cts." In August 1846, the weather was dry and warm. Isaac further wrote, "This has been the season for the locust…they done considerable damage to fruit trees and others, it has been Seventeen years since they were here last."

Unfortunately, the once flourishing religion in East Greenville that Isaac had wrote about five years back, was now declining. At the Methodists peak, their membership was "upwards of eighty," but had since in five years been cut in half. Isaac cited pride, popularity and slavery as the issues responsible for the church's demise. At a time in our nation's history when there were few people openly against slavery, some the Shaw family members were abolitionist. Isaac wrote, "Slavery is another evil…it will have to be put away or Methodism will never flourish again." He added, "I believe it is a sin resting upon our Nation, we as a free and enlightened people {not to rail against} such an existing Evil in a land of Freedom." What must have seemed as a shock to William Shaw, Jr., Isaac wrote:

It is something like four years since I left the Methodist Church, my reason was at that time they have much haring and haggling amongst themselves that I saw plainly it would never do…there was no union among them. Those that as Wealthy looked down upon the poor class and did not do them any kind of justice. Mary left at same time I did…We have united ourselves, to the society called united Brethren in Christ. I have one of their papers laying before me intitled Religious Telescope Published in Circleville Ohio. They don't tolerate slavery in their church. Slavery in every sense of the word is prohibited. Free Masonry and other Secret Societies whatever name or order in every sense of the word is totally discountenanced and in no wise tolerated in our Society. The first conference was held in Baltimore Md in the year 1789. They are quite numerous in some parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana. I find more vital piety among them than among the Methodist in this day and age of the world. I did think at one time some years back that the Methodist was a favoured people of God, but they have strayed far from true piety and virtue. Although I am fully convinced there is hundreds and thousands amongst the Methodist that are truly pious, but as I have said before pride and popularity both in preachers and members have crept into the church and unless it is abolished they can never flourish as they did in former days… Temperance is a new link in the chain of Piety, for my part I am a teetotaler, abstain from everything that will intoxicate. I am a member of the Washingtonian Total Abstinence Society and have been Secretary of the Same and could be if I wanted it. We ought to use all our influence in favor of temperance in every sense of the word.

2. Relatives To Research: Please email searchtrees@gmail.com if you are related to get current information on his father. The following are relatives we cannot link into the same tree with Isaac for lack of evidence. If you can link them please email jonathan@seachtrees.com:

James G. Beecher b.abt.1832 Oh
Living in LaGrange, IN in 1870 so he must be related.
Believe James' son Henry b.1859 in Ohio is the Henry mentioned on Isaac's page Tehama County Pionerrs archives compiled by Keith Lingenfelter as being in Tehama County, California.

Abraham Beecher b.abt.1832 OH
Living in LaGrange, IN in 1860 so he must be related.

3. Residence: about 1813 in East Greenville, Stark, OH. 5 This move in 1813 is reported in a biography published in 1891 in "Memorial & Biographical History of Northern California" but conflicts with birth information in census records that state Issac's children into the 1830's were born in Pennsylvania.

4. Census in 1840 in Tuscawarus Twp., Stark County, OH. 9 In 1840 the household of Isaac Beeker [Beecher] had:
Males (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840) = 1 son Anthony Robert
5-9 (1831-1835) = 1 son Alexander Washington
10-14 (1826-1830) = 1 son John William
30-39 (1801-1810) = 1 father Isaac
Females (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840) = 1 daughter Nellie
10-14 (1826-1830) = 1 daughter Mary Amanda
20-29 (1811-1820) = 1 wife Mary Amanda
70-79 (1761-1770) = 1 mother or mother-in-law

On the same census page in 1840 the household of David Beachler [Beecher] had:
Males (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840) = 2 sons
30-39 (1801-1810) = 1 father David
Females (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840)
5-9 (1831-1835) = 2 daughters
20-29 (1811-1820) = 1 wife.

5. Census in 1850 in Tuscawarus Twp., Stark County, OH. 8 Isaac Becker, tailor, 40, was living with wife Mary, 39; Alexr, 19; Ann, 15; Anthony, 12; James, 4; and Augustus, 1. Also in the home: Ann Shaw, 85 [mother-in-law]; and Rudy Harris, 23. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania except Ohio for James and Augustus.

6. Census in 1860 in Lima Twp., LaGrange, IN. 10 Isaac Beecher, day laborer, 54, was living with wife Amanda, 50; James, 14; Gustavius, 11; Margaret, 8. Isaac and Amanada were born in Pennsylvania, the children in Ohio. Isaac had no real estate value; his possessions were worth $163.

Living on the same page: James Beecher, 31, boot & shoemaker; his wife Maryann, 27; Louisa L., 8; Daniel B., 6; and Henry M., 1. James' real estate was worth $200 and his personal possessions $150. Everyone was born in Ohio.

On the next page: Alexander W. Beecher, clerk, 28; his wife Adalaid P., 23; Charles H., 3; and Edward, 1. Alexander was born in Pennsylvania, his wife and children in Indiana. His real estate was worth $600 and personal possessions $250.

7. Census in 1870 in Lima Twp., LaGrange, IN. 4 A.R. Beecher, butcher, 32, was living with wife Margaret, 27; and Geo. C., 1. A. R. was born in Pennsylvania, the others in Indiana.

Next door is Isaac Beecher, cigar maker, 64, was living with Mary A, 60; and James H., clerk in store 24. James was born in Ohio, the others in Pennsylvania. Also in the home is granddaughter Ida B. Rhoads, 12, born in Indiana, whose mother Amanda Mary Beecher, Isaac's daughter, died in 1861.

8. Book: Tehama County Pioneers, 1979. 3
From the family history research records compiled by Keith Lingenfelter:

Born Ohio, died Lima, Indiana 1873 married Mary
Shaw born Pennsylvania 1802 living in 1891
Ohio 1849 married Jennie (*) born Ohio
1852, Tehama 1870 census, Red Bluff
1880, Red Bluff rancher 1872
2. HENRY BEECHER born Ohio 1859 died
intestate Jan 30, 1915, listed sister only
heir, nephew of Mrs George Champlin
3. FANNY BEECHER born Ohio 1862
married George Lee Guffey born 1861
1857. Red Bluff laborer 1880
B. NELLIE BEECHER born Lancaster Co,
Pennsylvania Sept 9, 1835 died Red Bluff
June 27, 1908 married San Francisco Nov 24,
1867 George Champlin born Rhode Island.

GEORGE CHAMPLIN born Providence, June
14, 1827 died intestate Vina Aug 19, 1903
married San Francisco Nov 24, 1867 Nellie
Beecher born Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania
Sept 9, 1835 died Red Bluff June 27, 1908,
daughter of Isaac Beecher born Ohio died
Lima, Ohio 1873 and Mary Shaw born
Pennsylvania 1802 (alive in 1891). George to
Calif 1849, Tehama Co 1860, deed 1861,
Tehama 1870 census, Red Bluff 1880, 2

Isaac married Mary Amanda Shaw, daughter of Alexander Shaw and Mary Ann Renfrew, on 5 May 1826.1 (Mary Amanda Shaw was born on 25 Apr 1810 in Strasburg, Lancaster, PA 1 2 5 11 and died on 20 Nov 1894 in Lima Twp., LaGrange, IN 5 11 12.)


1 Statement from Mary Shaw Beecher (Family story with photograph of Mary Amanda Shaw Beecher and son Alexander Washington Beecher, shared by Selcher1 on Ancestry.com), Photo inscribed "Aunt Mary Beecher, Lima, Indiana. Original photo by J. A. Wilson, New Albany, Ind."

2 1860 United States Census, Indiana, LaGrange County, Lima Village, Series: M653 Roll: 274 Page: 649.

3 Lingenfelter, Keith, Keith Lingenfelter Genealogy and Research Collection (Special Collections Department, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico. Online at: http://www.csuchico.edu/lbib/spc/lingenfelter/toc.htm), Page 6.

4 1870 United States Census, Indiana, LaGrange County, Lima, Series: M593 Roll: 333 Page: 250.

5 Memorial & Biographical History of Northern California (The Lewis Publishing Co., 1891), Biography of George Champlin at http://www.calarchives4u.com/biographies/tehama/teh-cham.htm.

6 History of Northeast Indiana (Chicago & New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1920), Page 418.

7 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 13. Alexand W. Beecher. Father Isaac Beecher. Mother Mary Shaw. Informant Charles H. Beecher.

8 1850 United States Census, Ohio, Stark County, Tuscarawas Township District 138, Roll: M432_731; Page: 172.

9 1840 United States Census, Ohio, Stark County, Tuscarawas Township, Series: M704 Roll: 427 Page: 140.

10 1860 United States Census, Indiana, LaGrange County, Lima Village, Series: M653 Roll: 274 Page: 649-650.

11 LaGrange County, Indiana Health Department.

12 Records of Linda Meyers (Linda Meyers, descendant of Gustavous Beecher), Email 15 Jul 2008.

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