Jacob H. Beecher
Josephine E. Dawson
Benjamin Franklin Beecher
Nettie Salome Stevens
Melvin Henry Beecher Sr.


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1. Evelyn Hennecke

2. Pauline Rhoda

Melvin Henry Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 4 Jul 1912, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 1 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Evelyn Hennecke
  • Marriage (2): Pauline Rhoda
  • Died: 20 Jun 1975, Wilmington, New Castle, DE at age 62 3 4 6
  • Buried: 23 Jun 1975, Millersville: Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 4 6

   FamilySearch ID: LD7D-NWV.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 1 Renting a home at 729 Rockland St. in Lancaster in the 1920 Census is Benjamin Beacher, age 29, with his wife Nettie, 25; Melvin, 7; and Jerrold, 6. Also with them is Benjamin's father, Jacob, 63, widowed. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. Benjamin is a foreman in a linotome? plant and Jacob is a laborer in an electrical plant.

A block away at 430 Chester Street [on census page 80] we find Catherine Beacher, age 10, granddaughter, living with her grandfather William Orem, age 60, and his wife, Anna E., 68, and their son Howard B., 31, single. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. William is a wagon driver, and Howard is a packer in a tobacco house.

2. Census in 1930 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 7 In the 1930 census in Lancaster, Benjamin F. Beecher, 39, was living with wife Nettie S., 35; son Melvin H., 17; son Gerald F., 16; son Donald A., 10; daughter Selma B., 7; and Benjamin's father Jacob H., 73. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1940 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 8 The 1940 census recorded at 135 E. Lemon Street: Melvin H. Beecher, 27, living with wife Evelyn E., 26; and son Kenneth H., 3. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Melvin's occupations: clerk for linoleum, and inspector for manufacturer.

4. Military from 30 Dec 1943 to 12 Jan 1946 in , , Pennsylvania, USA: World War II: Army Co. L 405th Inf. Regiment, 102nd Division, PFC. 6

5. Newspaper: Lancaster New Era: Man Hurt In Fall, 11 Apr 1963, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 9 Melvin Beecher, fifty-one, 404 N. Prince St., cut his head when he collapsed in the Melrose Hotel, 404 N. Prince St., Wednesday night. Police took him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was held for observation.

Melvin married Evelyn Hennecke, daughter of Robert Clarence Hennecke and Ethel Nellie Johnson. (Evelyn Hennecke was born on 24 Nov 1914 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 8.)

Melvin next married Pauline Rhoda. (Pauline Rhoda was born in 1938,10 died in 1994 10 and was buried in Millersville: Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 10.)


1 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Lancaster Ward 7 Series: T625 Roll: 1584 Page: 66.

2 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Newspaper (Lancaster, Lancaster County, PA), 5 Dec 2005.

3 Social Security Death Index, "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VS2V-M6F Melvin Beecher, June 1975; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File.

4 Billion Graves (http://www.BillionGraves.com), http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/MelvinHBeecher/1580877.

5 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 18205. Melvin H. Beecher. Father Melvin H. Beecher. Mother Evelyn Henecke.

6 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012 (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Melvin H. Beecher. 1912-1975.

7 1930 United States Census, "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHQ7-WQZ Jacob H Beecher in household of Benjamin F Beecher, Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; citing enumeration district (ED).

8 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQFG-P7G Melvin H Beecher, Ward 6, Lancaster, Lancaster City, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 36-72, sheet 25A, family 524.

9 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 11 Apr 1963, page 18.

10 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=67100513.

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