Abraham N. Bracht
Catherine Elizabeth Wolf
Catherine Elizabeth Bracht


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1. Jacob Franklin Beecher Jr.

Catherine Elizabeth Bracht 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 16 Oct 1825, Bainbridge, Lancaster, PA 3 6 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Jacob Franklin Beecher Jr. on 23 Mar 1844 1
  • Died: 19 Oct 1912, Elizabethtown, Lancaster, PA at age 87 3 7 9 10
  • Buried: 24 Oct 1912, Philadelphia: South Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA 3 7 9 10

   Other names for Catherine were Catherine Elizabeth Bracket 11 and Catherine Elizabeth Brought.7 9

   FamilySearch ID: L6P8-X8B.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 8 The 1860 census recorded Jacob Becher [sic], clerk, 36, living with wife Catharine Becher, 34; Abram Becher, 15; and Horace Beecher, 10. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. They were living in the 20th Ward (North of Master Street) in Philadelphia.

2. Residence: in 1867 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 12 Beecher Jacob F., drygoods, 629 Market, h 1539 N 12th.

3. Census in 1870 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 13 Jacob Beecher, 47, occupation salesman, is living with his wife, Catherine, 45; son A. C. W., 26, physician; and a domestic. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. His real estate is valued at $11,500 and possessions at $1,000.

4. Census in 1880 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 14 The 1880 census recorded at 1912 N. 12th Street: Jacob F. Beecher, salesman, 57, living with wife Catherine, 55; and servant Mary Page, 20. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

5. Newspaper: Daily New Era: Golden Wedding Anniversary of J. F. Beecher, 29 Mar 1894, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 15 -----
An Estimable Couple of Manheim Celebrate A Notable Event.
Mr. J. F. Beecher and his most estimable wife, Mrs. Catharine Elizabeth Bracht Beecher, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the Summy House, Manheim, on Wednesday evening. The occassion was a brilliant one, and in their happy celebration the aged couple, both enjoying unusual health for people of their years, were joined by a large number of friends, who, after a short and fitting address by the Rev. Enck, of the United Brethren Church, extended to the bride and groom of fifty years their hearty congratulations.
Mr. Beecher and his bridge, a daughter of the late Abraham Bracht, were married at the home of the latter at Bainbridge, this county, on the 28th of March, 1844. At that time Mr. Beecher was in the employ of W. W. May, a merchant whose services he had entered when only thirteen years of age. Subsequent to their marriage they moved to Columbia, where Mr. Beecher was for some years employed by the late Peter Haldeman. In 1852 they moved to Philadelphia and he entered the employ of Sieger, Lamb & Co., a dry goods firm operating extensively on Third street. In 1865 Mr. Beecher started to work for the wholesale dry goods firm of Hood, Bonbright & Co., with whom he remained in several capacities for twenty-three years. By dint of hard work he arose in the house, and during the last three years of his stay there was a member of that then well-known firm. About six years ago, after the loss of two sons, Mr. Beecher retired from active business life, and since then has made his home at Landisville and Manheim, thus, after a successful business career, returning to the county of his nativity.
Mr. and Mrs. Beecher have traveled in nearly all the States and territories, the last extensive trip having been made in 1890 in company with their only remaining child, Dr. Abraham C. W. Beecher, then a prominent practicing physician of Philadelphia. On this trip they traveled through the South, Mexico, and returned home by the way of California, Oregon, Washington state, and the Yellowstone Park.
In the fall of last year their last son was stricken with apoplexy while engaged in work in Corinthian Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, in Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, and died the following day.
After the reception the party retired to the dining room of the hotel, where a most inviting table had been prepared, beautifully decorated with plants and cut flowers, furnished by Schroyer, while the cake, confections, &c. were furnished by Joseph R. Royer, of this city. After the party had been arranged about the table Mr. Beecher read a poem of sixteen verses, which he himself had written for the occassion, after which short and appropriate addresses were made by a number of guests. the affair was throughout a most enjoyable one, and the happiness of the hosts made double happy the guests.
Among those present were: Dr. W. H. Webb and wife, Frank H. Hersh and wife, Philadelphia; Mr. John S. Weand and wife, Pottstown; Mr. D. W. Schum, wife and daughter, York; Mrs. S. B. Minnich and wife, Landisville; Mr. Charles G. Strickler, Lancaster; Rev. Enck, Mr. George H. Banner and wife, Mr. Aaron Danner and wife, Mr. E. F. Hostetter, wife and daughter, Mr. Abraham Summy and wife, Mr. B. F. Hershey and wife, Mr. Howard Gingrich and wife, the Misses Meixels, Professor John H. Schenk, John Becker, Mr. Harry Stauffer, Mr. William Schefler, Mr. Fernheisen, of Manheim.
Mr. Beecher has passed his seventieth year and Mrs. Beecher is now past sixty-eight years.

6. Census in 1900 in York, York, PA. 6 Jacob F. Beecher, age 76, born Sep. 1823, is living with his wife, Catherine E., age 74, born Oct. 1825. They were married for 56 years and had three children, none of them living in 1900. They and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. They are living at 436 Lincoln Street in the city of York, Pa.

7. Newspaper: Lancaster New Era: Mr. And Mrs. J. F. Beecher 61st Anniversary, 29 Mar 1905, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 16 WEDDED SIXTY-ONE YEARS. Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Beecher, of Manheim, Celebrate an Unusual Anniversary.
Manheim, March 29. -- Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Beecher, who have made the Rummy House their home for the past twelve- years, celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary on Tuesday evening. Mr. Beecher was born in 1823, in the Pequea Valley, and Mrs. Beecher was born in 1825, in Bainbridge. Mr. Beecher's parents died when he was quite young, and at the age of twelve and one-half years he was indentured to Mr. May, of Bainbridge, after a year's trial, for seven years, to act as a clerk in a general store. After serving his apprenticeship with Mr. May he shortly afterward was married and then, engaged with Mr. Peter Haldeman, of Columbia, who conducted a general store in that place. Later he went to Philadelphia. He finally became a member of the firm of Hood, Bonbrlght & Co., Philadelphia. The Beecher family while living at Philadelphia were blessed with three sons, Horace, Franklin and Howard. Clarence died when young, and Dr. S. E. W. Beecher, who was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, died about seven years ago while practicing medicine in Philadelphia. Mr. Beecher retired from active business in 1889 and since then he and Mrs. Beecher have spent a great deal of time in travel, passing through every State and Territory in the Union except Arkansas. At the conclusion of the evening a banquet was served by Caterer Long. Rev. M. H. Nichols made an address. The guests present from Manheim were: Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Hostetler, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Metzler, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Danner, Mr. and Mrs. Wein Ensmlnger, Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Gingrich, Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Hershey, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Stauffer, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Danner, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Farmer, Dr. and Mrs. J. Francis Dunlap, Mrs. Harriet Dunlap, Miss Elizabeth Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kline, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Stauffer, Misses Mary Meixel, Lizzie Meixel, Sue Stroh, Mrs. Emma Zook, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Hamaker, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Shenck, Dr. J. D. Kendig, Misses Barbara and Kale Haslett, Mr. H. C. Gingrich, Mr. Chas. Dunlap, Miss Tillie Stehman and mother, Mr. Abram Hostetter. The out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hall and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Herst, Philadelphia; Mr. and Mrs. John Baker, Carlisle; Mrs. Amos Rutter, Miss Lillie Rutter, New Holland; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Kersey, Elizabethtown; Mr. and Mrs. George R. Rogers. Baltimore, Md.; Mr. Thos. B. Himes, Mt. Joy; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kilborn, Brooklyn; Misses Lottie and Sue Paxson, Atglen; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rich, Marietta.

8. Cause of Death: senile debility, old age., 19 Oct 1912, Elizabethtown, Lancaster, PA. 7

Catherine married Jacob Franklin Beecher Jr., son of Jacob Franklin Beecher Sr. and Catherine Braun, on 23 Mar 1844.1 (Jacob Franklin Beecher Jr. was born on 13 Sep 1823 in Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA 6 8 13 17 18, christened on 10 Mar 1829 in West Caln Twp.: St. John's Episcopal Church, Chester, PA,18 died on 23 Jan 1906 in Manheim, Lancaster, PA 17 19 20 and was buried on 26 Jan 1906 in Philadelphia: South Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA 17 19.)


1 Records of Nancy Eitnier, a descendant.

2 Audrey Gates Snyder, Conoy Township: The History and the Mystery, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (2013. Publisher, Jane Andrews Sweigart. 500 pages.).

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=149425320.

4 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), 5 Apr 1867, page 5. Obituary of Horace F. Beecher.

5 Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), 2 Mar 1868, page 2. Obituary of Howard Clarence Beecher.

6 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, York County, 11-Ward York, Series: T623 Roll: 1503 Page: 221.

7 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.), Certificate 92888, Catherine E. Beecher, father Abraham N Brought, mother Elizabeth Wolf.

8 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1171; Page: 548; Image: 556; Family History Library Film: 805171.

9 Humphrey, John T., Philadelphia Births, Philadelphia County, 1644-1765 (1994. Humphrey Publications, Washington D.C.), FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JXMW-49V Catharine E. Beecher, 1912.

10 Ancestry.com, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 (From originals housed at the Philadelphia City Archives. "Death Records."), FHL Film 1421349, Catherine E. Beecher, d. 19 Oct 1912, father Abraham N. Brought, mother Elizabeth Wolf.

11 McAdams, Mrs. Harry Kennett: compiler and publisher. Sections of Beecher Genealogy compiled with aid of direct descendent Dr. A.C. Beecher in Philadelphia, Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records: Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds and Marriages from Court Houses and records of Old Bibles, Churches, Grave Yards, and Cemeteries. Copied by American War Mothers. (Keystone Printery, Lexington, KY. 1929.), Page 313.

12 A. McElroy & Co., McElroy's Philadelphia city directory (Philadelphia : A. McElroy & Co.), 1867 edition.

13 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia 28-Ward 91-District, Series: M593 Roll: 1445 Page: 222.

14 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWVM-3WC Jacob F. Beecher, 1880.

15 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 29 Mar 1894, page 1, Golden Wedding Anniversary of J. F. Beecher.

16 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 29 Mar 1906, page 2. 61st Anniversary J. F. Beechers.

17 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.), Certificate 3494, J. F. Beecher, father Jacob Beecher, mother Catherine Epler.

18 Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 (Ancestry.com. Original data: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.), Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 565. Saint Johns Episcopal Church, Compass, Chester, PA. Baptism of Jacob Franklin, Pariz Epler and Kezia Allworth Beecher.

19 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 (From originals housed at the Philadelphia City Archives. "Death Records."), https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12325-75029-31?cc=1320976&wc=MMRX-VBR:n816044481.

20 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), 25 Jan 1906, page 7. Obituary of Jacob F. Beecher.

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