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1. Mary Ann Stauffer

2. Margaret Gleason

Samuel William Beecher Jr. 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 1821, , Lancaster, PA 3 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Mary Ann Stauffer on 20 Dec 1842 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA 1 2
  • Marriage (2): Margaret Gleason on 27 Apr 1877 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 3
  • Died: 23 Oct 1895, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA at age 74 6 7 8
  • Buried: 25 Oct 1895, Lancaster: City Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 7

   Another name for Samuel was Samuel Becher.7

   FamilySearch ID: M58W-NY9.

  Burial Notes:

Buried in section 1616. His age at death was 73.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He has conflicting birth information of <1830> and , Lancaster, PA. 9

2. Newspaper: Der Liberale Beobachter: --druch den Ehrw. Hrn. J. C. Bucher, am 20. Dec., Hr. Samuel W. Beecher mit Miss Mary Ann Stauffer beide von Lanc. C'ty., 27 Dec 1842, Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 1 Translation:
-- by the honorable J. C. Bucher on the 20th December, Mr. Samuel W. Beecher with Miss Mary Ann Stauffer, both of Lancaster County.

3. Book: An Authentic History of Lancaster County,, 1860. 10

Of the early history of Paper-making in Lancaster county, we have very little definite information. Fifty years ago, the late Mr. John Triewitz, of this city, had a paper mill at Ephrata. At that time he was manufacturing "pasteboard"' by the old and tedious hand-process. He also manufactured print paper, and in later years supplied Mr. Baer with paper for the Volktfreund. Of course, the paper was all made by the old fashioned hand-process. The mill was subsequently converted into a saw-mill. About thirty years ago B. B. Eshleman was engaged in the manufacture of handmade paper, at what was for many years known as Eshleman's Mill, on the West Branch of the Octoraro, in Bart township. We are unable to fix the exact date of the enterprise. The manufacture, however, was earned on only in a small way, and was not a financial success.

In December 1854, Juo. R. Bitner, C. A. Bitner, Baltzer Lipp, Wm. C. Beecher, and Samuel Beecher purchased the old "Fulling Mill," on the Conestoga, at Eden, from D. Q. Swartz, and commenced remodeling it for a paper mill. They procured a new cylinder paper machine from Nelson Gavitt. of Philadelphia, and had their rag engines constructed at the mill. In the fall of 1855, they commenced operations, Mr. Lipp being Superintendent. The mill was calculated for a production of 1500 Ibs per day, but it was soon found that the power was inadequate for such a result. On the 31st of March 1856, one half of the interest of the Messrs. Bitners was sold to Dr. J. II. Kurtz, and shortly after the concern passed into the hands of Kurtz & Lipp, the Bitners and Beechers withdrawing. In 1859 the enterprise failed, and in I860, the mill was purchased by Emanuel Shober, who ran it very successfully for six or seven years, his being the first pecuniary success in paper-making in this county. He supplied the deficiency in water-power with a steam engine and thus doubled the production. During most of this time George Ehrhart was foreman of the mill, and John A. Shober business manager.

4. Census in 1860 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 11 The 1860 census recorded Saml. W. Beecher, machinist, 36, living with wife Margaret, 20; and son Wm., 5 months old when the census was recorded on 28 Jul 1860. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

5. Residence: 1862 Philadelphia Directory: Beecher, Samuel., machinist, 3 Butler pl. in 1862 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 12

6. Residence: 1863 Philadelphia Directory: Beecher, Samuel., machinist, Judson ab Hare in 1863 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 13

7. Residence: 1866 Philadelphia Directory: Beecher, Samuel, machinist, 746 Judson in 1866 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 14

8. Census in 1870 in Wisconisco Twp., Dauphin, PA. 15 Samuel Beecher, 47, machinist (woodwork), was living with Margaret, 35; son William, 11; and Malinda, 5. All were born in Pennsylvania.

9. Residence: 1874 Philadelphia Directory: Beecher, Samuel W., machinist, h 260 N 15th in 1874 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 16

10. Residence: 1875 Philadelphia Directory: Beecher, Samuel W., machinist, h 260 N 15th in 1875 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 17

11. Residence: 1877 Philadelphia Directory: Beecher, Samuel W., machinist, h 205 N Juniper in 1877 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 18

12. Census in 1880 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 9 Samuel Beecher, machinist, 50, is living with wife Margaret. He and his parents were from Pennsylvania. Margaret was born in New York, her father in Ohio, and her mother in Connecticut.

13. Residence: 1884 Harrisburg City Directory: Samuel W. Beecher, machinest, 1263 Bailey in 1884 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 19

14. Residence: 1886 Reading Directory: Beecher, Samuel W., machinist, h 343 N 9th in 1886 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 20

15. Residence: in 1895 in Eden Twp., Lancaster, PA. This was according to his brother Wiliam's obituary.

16. Obituary: Semi-Weekly New Era: BEECHER, October 23d, 1895, in this city, Samuel W. Beecher, in his seventy-fourth year. on 26 Oct 1895 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA.

17. Obituary: The Inquirer: BEECHER, Oct. 23, in this city, Samuel W. Beecher, aged 74 years. on 26 Oct 1895 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 6

18. Book: A History of 1894 Eden Road and Local Area, 1985. 21

The earliest known owner of the surrounding area on the East Lampeter side of the Conestoga was David Binkley. His properties were centered upon his grist and saw mill at the present day site of the Eden Paper Mill. In 1789 he built a beautiful stone arch bridge on this site. Subsequently the local Post Office was called Binkley's Bridge. The bridge collapsed in 1857. Its old approaches can still be traced.
In 1808 David Binkley sold a 130 acre "plantation" to Abram Zook. This land included the site where two mills were later constructed and much of the surrounding land north toward the New Holland Pike. The deed recognized the existence of water power on the property, and it included water rights ("the right to go through and over the lands of Christian Rohr to repair the dam"). But the deed contained a special clause prohibiting the construction of a grist or saw mill. Binkley undoubtedly inserted this clause to prevent competition with his own grist and saw mill.
By 1815 Abram Zook had built two mills. In 1818 Joseph Zook inherited the property from his father. Sometime before 1834, the Zooks sold the two mills to Andrew Swartz, retaining most of their farm, however. Their dwelling is shown on maps in a location which is very likely the present day Ahl's house. This Zook family is part of the clan after which Zook's Corner is named.
For a time, Andrew Swartz ran the two mills as a "woolen and fulling mill and a card manufactory." The card manufactory was the downstream building and it got its power by means of a mechanical linkage from the upstream building. In 1834 Swartz sold the downstream building to Israel Groff along with rights to continue using the mechanical linkage. Israel Groff turned the card manufactory into a foundry and machine shop. In 1848 Israel Groff built the Eden Covered Bridge and then sold it to the County. He died in 1853.
In 1853 William C. Beecher, Samuel W. Beecher Jr. and Benjamin Harnish bought the foundry from Israel Groff's estate. The property is described as a "factory, machine shop and foundry, dwelling, stable and other improvements," having 1.5 acres. They undoubtedly modernized the foundry's power supply, because they sold their rights to the adjacent mill's mechanical power in 1855. In 1859 Sam Beecher sold his interest to the other two partners. In 1870 William C. Beecher bought Harnish's interest making him the sole proprietor of the Eden Iron Works which had previously been known as Beecher and Harnish Iron Works. The present building (apartments) probably dates around 1865.
Andrew Swartz continued to operate his woolen mill until around 1854 when he sold it to Emanuel Shober who turned it into a paper mill. The Beecher brothers were part of a venture in 1854 which purchased Binkley's Mill and converted it to a paper mill. That paper mill failed in 1860 and was reorganized in 1865. Emanuel Shober was still operating his paper mill at Eden in 1864. By 1868 Benjamin Harnish, Beecher's partner in the foundry, purchased Shober's mill and converted it to a grist mill. In 1881 he sold the grist mill to Jacob K. Umble. A Samuel Harnish, probably Benjamin Harnish's son, was the foreman at Eden Iron Works. He lived on Eden Road.
The two lots or purports which make up 1894 Eden Road originally came from a 99 acre tract which was claimed or "warranted" by James Marshal in 1733. Marshal never paid the Penn government for it and so he sold his claim to Robert Patten in 1761. Patten quickly resold it to Sebastian Graffe in 1762. The farm remained intact, but the identities of its owners are unknown until Michael Shallenberger sold the "99 acre tenement or plantation" to Christian and Elizabeth Rohr in 1801. It was passed to son John Rohr in 1835, and to his son Abram in 1848. Both John Rohr and his son Abram sold off parts of the farm around its edges for individual dwellings. These included all of the properties on the south side of Eden Road between Conestoga Creek and New Holland Pike.
The two tracts which make up present day 1894 Eden Road were sold from the Rohr's farm at different times. John Rohr sold the first purport to Jacob Groff in 1847. Abram Rohr sold the second purport to the Beechers in 1867.
Abram Rohr continued to live on this farm at least until 1899 when he still owned 70 of the original 99 acres. The "old farm road" which still can be traced from the base of the front steps toward Jones' house undoubtedly accessed Rohr's farm before John Rohr sold this land in 1847. It was then replaced with the "bicycle trail" which was used as principal access to the farm after Abram Rohr moved his dwelling to a site very near the corner of the 1894 Eden Road property. (See Maps.)
Jacob Groff was Henrietta Beecher's first husband, also a "machinist." In addition to the tract bought from John Rohr in 1847, Jacob and Henrietta Groff owned and probably lived in the house which was on the site of the present day pumping station. (It was torn down in 1959.) When Jacob Groff died in 1855, Henrietta assumed ownership. Around 1847 Henrietta Groff married William C. Beecher.
William C. Beecher appears for the first time in Manheim Township tax records in 1849 as a "machinist" and "singleman." His father, Samuel W. Beecher, Sr., owned a nine acre farm near the present day intersection of Eden Road and Euclid Drive. William C. Beecher resided there in 1850. He is repeatedly listed as a machinist throughout the 1850's. He probably worked at Israel Groff's foundry before buying it in 1853.
His brother, Samuel W. Beecher, Jr., was listed in the tax records as a machinist until 1851 when he is listed as "innkeeper." In the 1850 tax records for Manheim Township, in the taverns section, is a note the S. W. Beecher "intended an application in January 1850." This confirms that Samuel W. Beecher, Jr. built the Eden Hotel. Tax records indicate that he sold the hotel in 1854. He had a wife, Mary.
In 1857 W. C. Beecher is listed for the first time as a property owner in Manheim Township. Almost surely the same dwelling in which Jacob and Henrietta Groff lived, Beecher acquired the property (on the pumping station site) through his marriage. William and Henrietta Beecher either lived here or across the road on "purport one." They sold the property on the pumping station site to George Leaman in 1864.
In 1867 William and Henrietta Beecher purchased the 2nd purpart of "1 acre, 30 perches" from Abram Rohr, which, together with the 1st purpart of "1 acre, 20 perches" already owned by Henrietta Beecher, made the present day configuration of 1894 Eden Road. 1867 tax records confirm this, indicating that W. C. Beecher "bought 2 ½ acres" and listing his occupation as "gentleman." (Although Beecher would already have owned purpart 1 by common law through his marriage, he probably never recorded this information until her purchased purpart 2 and combined the two purports into one property.)
Purpart 2 was probably the land to the rear of the present day house, used mostly for open space. Purpart 1 contained buildings in 1853 which seem dissimilar to the present layout. (See map.) Whether the Beechers built anew on this property or altered existing buildings is unknown. If the 1853 map is correct, they built a new "mansion house" there sometime between 1853 and 1867, probably some years after their marriage in 1857. There is no doubt, however, that Beecher supplied the ornamental iron work for the house and erected the barn in 1873.
In 1868 Beecher repurchased the little house (on the pumping station site) and the white double house (where Jesse lives.) He bought both of these Emanuel Shober, owner of Shober's Paper Mill. Shober had purchased the white double house from Jacob Groff prior to his death in 1855. He had purchased the other house (on the pumping station site) from George Leaman.
In 1870 Beecher purchased a 6 acre property for $1170. It was located upstream on the Conestoga around its junction with Landis Run. So, by 1870, Beecher owned 4 contiguous properties in Manheim Township.
Several facts suggest that Jacob Groff was related to Israel Groff: 1) their anmes are the same; 2) Jacob Groff was a machinist, probably working at Israel Groff's foundry; 3) Jacob and Henrietta Groff lived across the road from Israel Groff (see map 1853); 4) deed research indicates that Jacob Groff owned the property listed as "Israel Groff Estate" on 1853 map\emdash this was the tract (purpart 1) John Rohr sold to Jacob Groff in 1847.
If they are related, Israel Groff was father-in-law or brother-in-law to Henrietta Beecher, and she was related through both her husbands to the "ironmaster." She was certainly the most enduring individual to live at 1894 Eden Road. She lived in the house on the pumping station site by 1853, or before. She lived in the "mansion house" until her death in 1903. She outlived William C. Beecher who died in 1897, and she passed the property on to her daughter Laura Ranck, who lived there until 1914. In 1899 she sold the house on the pumping station site to Abram Kreider.
Abram Kreider bought 1894 Eden Road from Laura Ranck in 1914. He owned it until 1938 when he lost it along with 8 other properties to the Conestoga National Bank in a mortgage foreclosure. While he owned the property, Kreider made several additions to the buildings. He added the service stairs on the north of the house, he enlarged the dining room on the west, and he installed the old central furnace. On the barn, he added a garage to its south side.
John and Edna McNinch bought the property in order to improve it and resell it. Their improvements were mainly in the nature of painting and cleaning up. According to Harris Arnold, Sr., improvement was much needed because Abram Kreider, in his later years, had taken very poor care of the property, even letting farm animals wander through the house. When the bank came to foreclose, Kreider removed everything of value from the house, including the iron fence that was on top of the front wall. Harris Arnold might well have known. He was the attorney for Conestoga National Bank who handled the foreclosure.
When Arnold bought the property, he installed all new electrical wiring, plumbing, bathrooms and hot water heat. He added a new chimney to the south end of the house for a new colad furnace, as well as the laundry room (now kitchen dining) and the bathroom above. In what was the original large kitchen, he carved out a smaller modern kitchen, powder room, front closet and library. In the barn, he converted stable into a second garage.
Helen Arnold was a prolific gardener, and the Arnolds did a generous amount of landscaping on the property. They relocated and rebuilt the front walk, planted hemlock trees to the north of the house, and added the large patio and terracing on the southwest corner of the house. In 1957, Arnolds added the screened-in porch and modernized the kitchen.

From James Marshal to Wm. K. Ebel, Jr.
1733: James Marshal 99a "warranted"
1761 |
Robert Patten
1762 |
Sebastian Graffe
1801 | 99a "tenement or plantation" $2241
Christian and Elizabeth Rohr
" " "
John Rohr
| 1847, 1 acre, 20 p. $227
| Jacob Groff and Henrietta
| d. 1855 1855, 1 acre, 20 p.
| Henrietta Groff
| m. 1857? 1857?, 1 acre, 20 p.
| Wm. and Henrietta Beecher
| |
Abram Rohr | 1 acre, 30 p., $370
1867 | |
Wm. and Henrietta Beecher
d. 1897 2 ½ acres
d. 1903 2 ½ acres
Ranck 2 ½ acres, $3399
1914 |
Abram Kreider
| 2 ½ acres, plus 9 other properties for the
satisfaction of a $26,000 mortgage
National Bank
1939 |
John and Edna McNinch 2 ½ acres, $12,250
1939 |
Harris and Helen Arnold
1971 |
Wm. K. Ebel, Jr.

Mill Owners:
David Binkley
1808 | 130 Acre "plantation," incl. water rights
Abram Zook
1818 | "
Joseph Zook
Pre-1834 | 3 a, 2 mills
Andrew Swartz--------------------------------------------
Abt 1854 | Woolen Mill 1834 | Card Manufactory
Emanuel Shober Israel Groff
Abt 1868 | Paper Mill 1853 | Foundry
Benjamin Harnish Beecher, Beecher & Harnish
1881 | Grist Mill 1859 | Foundry
Jacob K. Umble Beecher & Harnish
1870 | Foundry
Wm. C. Beecher

County Atlases: 1864, 1875, 1899
1853 map of Manheim Township (Lancaster Co. Historical Society)
Warrant Map of Manheim Township (Archives, Lancaster County Courthouse)
Manheim Township Tax Records (Lancaster County Historical Society)
Deed research (Lancaster County Courthouse)
Deed References:
1971: Arnold to Ebel I, 34, p. 95
1939: McNinch to Arnold A, 34, p. 145
1938: Kreider to Conestoga N.B. W, 33, p. 136, see purpart #9
1914: Ranck to Kreider W, 21, p. 179
This deed includes references to:
1867: Abm Rohr to Henrietta Beecher\emdash 1 acre, 30 perches
1847: John Rohr to Jacob Groff\emdash 1 acre, 20 perches
1848: John Rohr to Abram R, 7, p. 168
1835: Christian Rohr to John E, 7, p. 200
This deed includes references to:
1834: Swartz to Is. Groff A, 6, p. 359

Samuel married Mary Ann Stauffer, daughter of John Stauffer Sr. and Susanna Christine Martin, on 20 Dec 1842 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA.1 2 (Mary Ann Stauffer was born on 18 Jun 1820 in Eden Twp., Lancaster, PA,5 22 23 died on 5 Dec 1864 in , Lancaster, PA 5 22 23 and was buried in Manheim Twp.: Landis Valley Mennonite Cemtery, Lancaster, PA 22 23.)

Samuel next married Margaret Gleason on 27 Apr 1877 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.3 (Margaret Gleason was born in Feb 1835 in , , , IRL,24 25 26 died on 30 Jan 1904 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 24 26 and was buried on 3 Feb 1904 in Philadelphia: New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA 24 26.)

  Marriage Notes:

The marriage record states Samuel W. Beecher was born in Lancaster Co. Margaret Buchanan was from Bucks Co. 27


1 Der Liberale Beobachter und Berks, Montgomery und Schuylkill Caunties Allgemeine Anzeiger (Reading, Pennsylvania) · (Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania.), 27 Dec 1842, page 3. Marriage of Samuel W. Beecher and Mary Ann Stauffer.

2 The Lancaster Examiner (Lancaster, PA), 28 Dec 1842, page 3. Marriage of Samuel. W. Beecher and Mary Ann Stauffer.

3 Marriage returns, 1860-1885, filed by person performing the ceremony, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). (Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). Board of Health. Microfilm of original records at the Philadelphia city archives. Film 1769063 at Family History Center Library.).

4 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of June 21, 2008), Film #: 1769063, Batch #: M748746, Source Call #: 1769063, Printout Call #: NONE, Dates: 1877 - 1878.

5, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S., Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014, Samuel U. Beecher m. Mary Ann Stauffer. Father John Staffer, mother Susanna Martin. Landis Valley cem. MRJ 1965 p. 24.

6 The Inquirer (Lancaster, PA), 26 Oct 1895, page 5. Obituary of Samuel W. Beecher.

7 Lancaster City Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Online at

8 The Semi-Weekly New Era (Lancaster, PA), 26 Oct 1895, page 8. Obituary of Samuel W. Beecher.

9 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Lancaster Ward 6, Family History Library Film 1255143, NA Film Number T9-1143, Page Number 151D.

10 Mombert, Jacob Isidor, An Authentic History of Lancaster County, in the State of Pennsylvania (Lancaster, PA. 1860. J. K. Bare & Co. Book available online via Google Book Search.), Page 493.

11 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 15, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1165; Page: 618; Image: 624; Family History Library Film: 805165.

12, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1862 Philadelphia City Directory, Image 45 of 497.

13, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1863 Philadelphia City Directory, Image 41 of 508.

14, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1866 Philadelphia City Directory, Image 54 of 524.

15 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, Wisconisco Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1335 Page: 747.

16, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1874 Philadelphia City Directory, Image 89 of 776.

17, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1875 Philadelphia City Directory, Image 92 of 909.

18, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1877 Philadelphia City Directory, Image 89 of 776.

19, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1884 Harrisburg City Directory, Samuel W Beecher.

20, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1886 Reading City Directory, Image 52 of 285.

21 Ebel, William K. III, A History of 1894 Eden Road and Local Area (November 23, 1985).

22 Harmon, Dr. Shirley A., Cemetery Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Closson Press, 257 Delilah St Apollo PA, 15613-1933. (724) 337-4482.), Volume 3, page 35.

23 Find A Grave,

24, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 (From originals housed at the Philadelphia City Archives. "Death Records."), Margaret Beecher, 30 Jan 1904; citing cn 3201, Department of Records; FHL microfilm 1003723.

25, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, New Cathedral Cemetery, 2nd and Butler Streets. Online Image 1052. Beecher, Margaret, age 65, buried section K 9 16 on 3 Feb 1903.

26 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), 2 Feb 1904, page 7. Obituary of Margaret Beecher.

27 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia Ward 20, Series: T9 Roll: 1179 Page: 78.

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