William Beecher
Sarah Anna Reifsnyder
George Yocum
Catharina Hemmig
Reuben Reifsnyder Beecher
Emma Yocum
William Benjamin Beecher


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1. Lizzie Griesemer

William Benjamin Beecher 1 3 4 5

  • Born: 24 Jan 1876, Wernersville, Berks, PA 1 3 4 6 7 8
  • Christened: 19 Apr 1876, Hamburg: Trinity Lutheran Church, Berks, PA 9
  • Marriage (1): Lizzie Griesemer on 26 Aug 1905 in Oley, Berks, PA 1 2
  • Died: 22 Jun 1941, Reading, Berks, PA at age 65 3 4 10
  • Buried: 25 Jun 1941, Sinking Spring: Sinking Spring Cemetery, Berks, PA 3 4

   Another name for William was Benjamin William Beecher.8

  Christening Notes:

Sponsor was Emma Grant.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Sinking Spring, Berks, PA. 11 The 1880 census recorded George Yocum, 76, living with his daughters, Amanda, 46, and Emma, 36, widowed, and Emma's son William Beecher, 4. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1900 in Reading, Berks, PA. 6 The 1900 census recorded William Beecher, single, hostler, living alone as a renter in a hotel. He was 24 years old, born Jan 1876 in Pennsylvania where his parents were also born.

3. Residence: on 26 Aug 1905 in Reading, Berks, PA. 1 On his marriage license William Beecher recorded he was living at the Farmers Hotel, 5th and Washington Streets, in Reading.

4. He was employed on 26 Aug 1905 in Reading, Berks, PA. 1 His occupation in 1905 was "hostler" on his marriage license.

5. Newspaper: 26 Aug 1905, Reading, Berks, PA. 12 From the Reading Eagle newspaper:

Beecher - Griesemer.
William B. Beecher, of the Farmers' Hotel, Fifth and Washington, son of Reuben and Emma Beecher, and Miss Lizzie Griesemer, daughter of George Friesemer, Yellow House, were married at 4 p.m. at Friedensburg. The groom is a hostler employed at the Farmers' Hotel.

6. Newspaper: Reading Tiems: Marriage Licenses: William Benjamin Beecher, hostler, son of Reuben and Emma Beecher, Fifth and Washington streets, and Lizze Griesemer, daughter of George Griesemer, Yellow House.", 28 Aug 1905, Reading, Berks, PA. 13

7. Newspaper: Reading Times: article about Benjamin's dog catching rats, 27 Sep 1905, Reading, Berks, PA. 14 Ratter With Record
Seventy-two rats in four hours is the record of the bull dog belonging to Benjamin Beecher, assistant stable boss at the Farmers Hotel.
The stalbes were infested with rodents when Mr. Beecher secured his present position. He immediately deteremined to get rid of them and brought his dog to the stable the other day with the above result. The dog is known by the name of Jack and is nine years old.
His master stated that he was far better at catching rats several years ago, but in a fight with several other dogs he lost an eye.

8. Residence: in 1909 in Reading, Berks, PA. 15 The 1909 Reading City Directory recorded William B. Beecher, occupation coachman, living at 741 Pear.

9. Census in 1910 in Reading, Berks, PA. 16 The 1910 census recorded William B. Beecher, 34, living with wife Lizzie, 30, and James C. Grisemer, 23. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

10. Newspaper: Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Stole Large Sum, 24 Aug 1910, Williamsport, Lycoming, PA. 17 Stole Large Sum -- The parable of the Good Samaritan proved the undoing of Benjamin Beecher, of Reading, and for following the Biblical injunction he is minus $340 with which the stranger made his disappearance.

11. He served in the military on 12 Sep 1918 in Reading, Berks, PA. 7 Indexed at Ancestry.com as Benman William Beecher, this certainly was William Beecher who registered and signed as Benman William Beecher, a twist of William Benjamin Beecher. He wrote his birth date as January 24, 1876. His address is on the registration as 712 ? in Reading, hard to read the street name on this scanned copy. His occupation was butcher. Nearest relative was George L. Beecher [which confirms his William is the son of Reuben Beecher and Emma Yocum.]

12. Census in 1920 in Reading, Berks, PA. 18 The 1920 census recorded Benjamin Beecher, no occupation, 43, married but living without his wife as a boarder at 133 1/2 Cedar Street in Reading in the home of Anna McNutt, cigar maker, widowed, 42, and her brother, Edward Geiger, shipper in cigar factory, 33. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

13. Newspaper: Reading Times: Judges Fix Support Orders in Domestic Relations Court: In the case of Elizabeth G. Beecher against Benjamin Beecher, order reduced to $4 per week, 21 Dec 1925, Reading, Berks, PA. 2

14. Cause of Death: William died at the Homeophathic Hospital from cardiac decompensation due to portal cirrhosis., 22 Jun 1941, Reading, Berks, PA. 3

15. Occupation: laborer, George Dobbins Hotel on 22 Jun 1941 in Reading, Berks, PA. 3

16. Residence: 140 S. 6Th Street, Reading, Pa. On 22 Jun 1941 in Reading, Berks, PA. 3

William married Lizzie Griesemer, daughter of William K. Griesemer and Agnes L. Drumheller, on 26 Aug 1905 in Oley, Berks, PA.1 2 The marriage ended in divorce. (Lizzie Griesemer was born on 4 Oct 1879 in Griesemersville, Lehigh, PA,1 19 died on 24 Apr 1929 in Reading, Berks, PA 19 and was buried on 27 Apr 1929 in Reading: Laureldale Cemetery, Berks, PA 19 20.)


1 FamilySearch.org, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFMC-KBJ Reuben Beecher in entry for William Benjamin Beecher and Lizzie Griesemer, 1905.

2 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 21 Dec 1925, page 3.

3 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 54761. Wm Benjamin Beecher. Father Reuben Beecher. Mother Anna Yocum.

4 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=132246314.

5 FamilySearch.org, <i>Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994</i> (Images of court probate book pages online at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196 .), PA > Berks > Estates 1850-1915 will of Emma Beecher https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-29151-3001-14?cc=1999196&wc=9P97-829:268499201,283517502.

6 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3MP-PP4 William Beecher, ED 57 Precinct 1 Reading city Ward 5, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 21, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241378.

7 <i>WWI Civilian Draft Registrations</i>, Registration State: Pennsylvania; Registration County: Berks; Roll: 1909283; Draft Board: 1. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

8 Ancestry.com, <i>U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007</i> (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Benjamin William Beecher, SSN 196055468.

9 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013</i>, Berks > Hamburg > Trinity Lutheran Church, church record book page 211, online mage 331 of 495.

10 Pennsylvania Department of Health, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Indices</i> (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA, 16103. Online at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 .), 1941, page 98. Wm B. Beecher, Reading 6-22-41, death certificate 54761.

11 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWXM-4M7 William Beecher in household of George Yocom, Sinking Spring, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 297A, family 3, NARA microfilm publication T9-1100.

12 <i>Reading Eagle (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19050826&id=5IctAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TZwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3129,4008125 [ Marriage notice of William Beecher and Lizzie Grisemer ].

13 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 28 Aug 1905, page 3.

14 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 27 Sep 1905, page 3. Ratter With Record.

15 Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

16 <i>1910 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGHK-3M3 William B Beecher, Reading Ward 6, Berks, Pennsylvania; citing sheet 10B, family 260, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375327.

17 <i>Williamsport Sun-Gazette</i> (Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania.), 24 Aug 1910, page 8.

18 <i>1920 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M61X-2MG Benjamin Beecher in household of Anna Mcnutt, , Berks, Pennsylvania; citing enumeration district (ED) , sheet 8A, family 190, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821537.

19 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 44438. Lizzie Beecher. Father Wm K Griesemer. Mother Agnes Drumheller.

20 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 27 Apr 1929, page 20.

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