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John Beecher


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1. Martha Ellen Baltimore

John Beecher 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 3 Feb 1843, , Franklin, Ohio, United States 2 3 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Martha Ellen Baltimore on 8 Aug 1869 in Miami, Miami, IN 1
  • Died: 4 Aug 1914, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA at age 71 2 5 7 8
  • Buried: 6 Aug 1914, Chili: Chili Cemetery, Miami, IN 2 5 9

   FamilySearch ID: L78Z-R5Y.

  Burial Notes:

Buried in Section 5, Row 8.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Military in , Franklin, Ohio, United States: Corporal, Company C 151 Indiana Infranty. 2 5

2. Census in 1860 in Mifflin Twp., Franklin, OH. 10 Peter Bigher [as recorded by census taker], farm laborer, 35, was living with wife Elizabeth, 30; Albert, 5; Sarah, 3; Sylvester, 1; Peter's brother John, farm laborer, 16; and Peter's sister Mary, 18, domestic. Peter was caring for them because their father had died in 1851.
Peter and his brother and sister were born in Pennsylvania, everyone else in Ohio. He had no real estate and his personal estates was worth $400, so as a farm laborer he was likely work on Christian's land mentioned below.
Next door is Peter's brother-in-law who married his sister Eliza: Chas Hyle [as recorded by census taker, should be Heyl], farmer, 37, living with Eliza, 30; Esther, 15; John F., 12; Georgeanna, 8; Lavina, 3; and Eliza, 6 months old on 20 Jul 1860 when the census was recorded. Everyone was born in Ohio except mother Eliza in Pennsylvania.
Next door is Chas' father Christian Hyle, retired farmer, 72, with wife Esther, 69, and a domestic servant Elizabeth Pilgrim, 53. Christian was born in Bavaria, Germany, Esther in Pennsylvania, and Ms. Pilgrim in Ohio. Christian's real estate was worth $11,500 and personal estate $2,000, and son Charles has no land and $600 personal estate.

3. Census in 1870 in Richland Twp., Miami, IN. 5 11 The 1870 census recorded John Bucher [indexed wrong]], blacksmith, 27, born in Ohio, living with wife Martha, 30, born in Indiana. His real estate was valued at $700. They were married in August, 1869. They could not read or write. The post office was Chili.

4. Newspaper: Rochester Sentinel, 17 Apr 1875, Rochester Twp., Fulton, IN. 5 Local and Miscellaneous...
We are to have a BEECHER in town. He comes from Chili, Miami County. He has purchased a dwelling on Pearl Street, and will erect a business house near Mother Beck's.

5. Newspaper: Rocheseter Union Spy, 23 Apr 1875, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 PETER ACKERMAN has sold his Madison street property to Mr. BEECHER, who will soon take up his residence in Rochester.

6. Moved: 1876, , Fulton, IN. 5 6

7. Newspaper: Rochester Sentinel, 30 Mar 1878, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 LOCAL and MISCELLANEOUS...
The new residence going up in the vicinity of the depot is being erected by Mr. Beecher the blacksmith.
RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT. To the Memory of William A. DAVIS, member of Rochester Lodge, No. 47, I.O.O.F. ...removed from our midst by death... on March 18th, 1878...that a copy under the seal of the Lodge be furnished the bereaved family, and a copy sent to Plymouth Lodge... Charles JACKSON, Isaac GOOD, John BEECHER, Com.

8. Newspaper: Rochester Sentinel, 5 Apr 1878, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 Spy Reports...
John BEECHER has erected a neat frame residence on Monroe street, near Pearl, which will be occupied by S. H. HOUSTON, proprietor of the Grain Elevators.

9. Census in 1880 in Rochester Twp., Fulton, IN. 5 12 The 1880 census recorded at 290 Madison Street: John Beecher, black smith, 37, born in Ohio, living with wife Martha E., 40, born in Indiana. John's parents were born in Pennsylvania. Martha's parents were born in New York.

10. Census in 1900 in Rochester Twp., Fulton, IN. 3 5 Living on Madison Street: John Beecher, black smith, 57, born Feb 1843, was married for 30 years to wife Martha E., 62, Dec 1837. He was born in Ohio, his parents in Pennsylvania. She was born in Indiana, her father in Ohio, and mother in New Jersey.

11. Newspaper: Rochester Sentinel, 19 Jul 1901, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 Friday, July 19, 1901: C. C. WOLF received a telegram from Chili, this morning, announcing the death of his wife's sister-in-law, Mrs. Geo. AWALT. Mrs. Awalt was also a sister to John BEECHER and Mr. & Mrs. BEECHER drove there this morning. Funeral will be Sunday. Saturday, July 20, 1901: Chas. CAFFYN and Mrs. C. C. WOLF went to Chili this morning to attend Mrs. Geo. AWALT's funeral tomorrow. Mr. Wolf will go this evening.

12. Census in 1910 in Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 13 The 1910 census recorded renting at 911 Madison Street: John Beecher, 67, born in Ohio, living with wife Martha E., 72, born in Indiana. His parents and Martha's father were born in Pennsylvania, and her mother in Indiana.

13. Obituary: Rochester Sentinel on 4 Aug 1914 in Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 6 John BEECHER, for 38 years a resident of this city, and a member of the local post G.A.R., passed away this morning (Tuesday) at his home on Madison street after a long illness. He was past 71 years of age. Death was caused by heart trouble and dropsy. Mr. Beecher was born in Franklin county, Ohio, February 3, 1843.

At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in Co. K, 134th Indiana Infantry and was mustered out three years later as corporal in Co. C, 151st Indiana. After the war he moved to Indiana and on August 9th, 1869, he was married to Martha E. BALTIMORE who survives him. They have no children.

Mr. Beecher leaves one brother and one sister who live in Kansas. Mr. Beecher was a blacksmith by trade and after moving to Rochester worked for some time for Samuel HEFFLEY. Later he started a shop of his own and remained active until two years ago.

14. Occupation: blacksmith on 4 Aug 1914 in Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5

15. Residence: 911 Madison Street, Rochester, IN on 4 Aug 1914 in Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5

16. Newspaper: Rochester Sentinel, 5 Aug 1914, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 6 The funeral of the late John BEECHER will be conducted under the auspices of McClung Post G.A.R., at the residence Thursday morning at nine o'clock, Rev. A. S. WARRINER of the M.E. church in charge. Interment at Chili cemetery, four miles east of Denver.

17. Newspaper: Rochester Sentinel, 10 Aug 1914, Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA. 5 6 Since the death of John BEECHER, who was a member of Co. K, 134th Indiana Volunteers, there are now only four members left, two of whom live in Miami county: A. J. PARKS, of Peru, and Oliver ARMANTROUT of Jefferson township.

John married Martha Ellen Baltimore, daughter of Benjamin Baltimore and Elizabeth Parsons, on 8 Aug 1869 in Miami, Miami, IN.1 (Martha Ellen Baltimore was born on 1 Dec 1837 in Rochester, Fulton, IN, USA,2 3 4 14 died on 3 May 1930 in Chili, Miami, IN 2 4 14 15 and was buried on 5 May 1930 in Chili: Chili Cemetery, Miami, IN 2 4 14 15.)


1 Miami County Indiana Marriages (Online at:, County Courthouse Book C4, page 220.

2 Tombaugh, Wendell C. and Jean C., Miami County, Ind. Cemeteries, Vol. 2: Richland, Jefferson, Erie Townships (1988, Tombaugh House, 700 Pontiac Street, Rochester, Indiana, 46975
Online at:

3 1900 United States Census, Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester Township, Series: T623 Roll: 372 Page: 306.

4, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 16061. Martha Ellen Beecher. Father Benj. Baltimore, mother Eliza Parsons. Spouse: John Beecher. Infomant Mrs. Chas. King.

5, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 139. John Beecher. Parents unknown. Spouse: Martha. Informant John B. Hoover.

6 Tombaugh, Wendell C., Fulton County Indiana Obits / Biogs, The Rochester Sentinel. (Tombaugh House, 700 Pontiac St, Rochester IN 46975-1538. 1993.), 1914.

7 Billion Graves Index,

8 Works Project Administration; Edited and Corrected by Wendell C. Tombaugh, Fulton County Indiana Death Record, 182-1920 (Indiana Works Progress Administration, 1938.
Tombaugh House, 700 Pontiac St, Rochester, Indiana 46975-1538. 1994.).

9 Billion Graves Index,

10 1860 United States Census, Peter Bigher Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township, Series: M653 Roll: 962 Page: 85.

11 1870 United States Census, Martha Bucher in household of John Bucher, Indiana, United States; citing p. 27, family 191, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000545842.

12 1880 United States Census, John Beecher, Rochester, Fulton, Indiana, United States; citing sheet 71D, NARA microfilm publication T9.

13 1910 United States Census, John Beecher, Rochester Ward 2, Fulton, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60, sheet 8B, family 649, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374363.

14 Find A Grave,

15 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 5 May 1930, page 10. Obituary of Mrs. Martha Ellen Beecher.

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