Thomas W. Beecher
(1746-)
Phebe Sanford
(1755-)
Nathan Niles
(1755-1838)
Irene Russell
(1760-1848)
Honorable John Orrin Beecher
(1784-1859)
Clarinda Niles
(1786-1881)
Orson Beecher
(1815-1902)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Angeline Zimmerman

Orson Beecher 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 15 Jul 1815, Nelson Twp.: Beecher's Island, Tioga, PA 1 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Angeline Zimmerman on 30 Mar 1849 in Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA
  • Died: 19 Jun 1902, Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA at age 86 1 3
  • Buried: Pine Grove: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Occupation: farmer. 1

2. Book: Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, 1893. 2
ORSON BEECHER, a highly respected citizen of Pine Grove, this county, is a son of John and Clarinda (Niles) Beecher, and was born July 15, 1815, in Tioga county, Pennsylvania.

Samuel Beecher, grandfather, was born in Massachusetts, but became one of the pioneer settlers in Tioga county, Pennsylvania, where he located at what was then called Cowanisco. He later removed to St Louis, Missouri, where he died about 1825. He was married to a Miss Sanford, and had a family of five children: three sons and two daughters.

John Beecher, father, was born May 24, 1785, in Middletown, Massachusetts, and came when a young man with his father to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, and thence removed to Williamsport, where he died June 5, 1859. During his early life he was engaged in the lumber business, but went into the mercantile business at Wellsboro, Tioga county, where he lived engaged in that business a number of years, when he removed to Williamsport, Lycoming county, and for two years kept a hotel, when he retired.

Politically, he was a very prominent democrat, and served in the following offices in Tioga county: commissioner, county treasurer, sheriff and assembly.

Hon. John Beecher married in February, 1807, Clarinda Niles, a Connecticut lady born August 16, 1786, and died September 2, 1881 ; to them were born six children.

Orson Beecher was educated in Wellsboro Academy, and was appointed to a cadetship in West Point Military Academy, where he remained two years, but was compelled to give up the course on account of failing health. He then returned to Wellsboro, where he resided until 1838, engaged in speculating in various lines. In the latter year he went to Williamsport with his father, thence in 1858 to Camden, New Jersey, and for fifteen years was in the employ of the Camden and Atlantic Railroad as conductor.

In 1873 he removed to King William County, Virginia, where he purchased two farms, one of 400 acres from Robert E. Lee, Jr., son of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and another of 500 acres. He lived there eight years operating these farms, when he came to Pine Grove, this county, where he has since lived a retired life.

He married Angeline, a daughter of William and Catharine Zimmerman, of Pine Grove, in 1849. To them were born three children: John W. (see sketch), Ella C, and Orson Jr.

3. Newspaper: Altoona Tribune: "PINE GROVE, August 15 -- The barn of O. Beecher was struck by lightening this evening and entirely consumed together with its contents. One horse and several other animals perished. Loss $3,000.", 16 Aug 1894, Altoona, Blair, PA. 6


Orson married Angeline Zimmerman, daughter of William Zimmerman and Catharine Kline, on 30 Mar 1849 in Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA. (Angeline Zimmerman was born on 14 Feb 1833 in Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA,1 3 7 died on 19 Jan 1908 in Pine Grove, Schuylkill, PA 1 3 7 and was buried on 22 Jan 1908 in Pine Grove: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 3 7.)


Sources


1 Shaw, James, <i>Beecher Family Genealogy</i> (Rootsweb:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=billjim).

2 Wiley & Ruoff, <i>Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1893</i> (1893), Page 625.

3 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=59750346.

4 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 100574. J W Beecher. Father Orson Beecher. Mother Angeline Zimmerman. Spouse Sarah Augusta Kline.

5 <i>The West Schuylkill Press and Pine Grove Herald (Tremont, PA)</i>, 5 Dec 1947, page 3. Obituary of John W. Beecher.

6 <i>Altoona Tribune (Altoona, PA)</i>, 16 Aug 1894, page 1.

7 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.), Certificate 5330. Angeline Beecher. Father William Zimmerman. Mother Catherine Cline. Informant: Miss Ella Beecher.



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