Phillip Beecher
(1830-1893)
Maria M. Fleuger
(1830-1906)
Jacob Henry Wolf
(1843-1922)
Elizabeth Ann Creamer
(1845-1935)
Samuel J. Beecher
(1862-1932)
Adaliah Lillie Verene Wolf
(1864-1892)
Samuel Meryl Beecher Sr.
(1890-1979)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Flora Belle Galbraith

2. Emma Jane Moore

Samuel Meryl Beecher Sr. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

  • Born: 3 Jan 1890, Hockersville, Cumberland, PA 5 6 9 16
  • Marriage (1): Flora Belle Galbraith on 18 Dec 1912 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 1
  • Marriage (2): Emma Jane Moore on 21 Sep 1924 in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland, PA 2
  • Died: 21 Aug 1979, Carlisle, Perry, Pennsylvania, USA at age 89 6 12
  • Buried: 24 Aug 1979, Carlisle: Westminster Memorial Gardens, Cumberland, PA 6 12

   Another name for Samuel was Merle Beecher.18

   FamilySearch ID: LH8K-V17.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Penn Twp., Cumberland, PA. 5 John S. Beecher, farmer, 39, born Oct 1860, was married for 13 years to Carrie I., 30, Feb 1870. She had birthed 6 children, all alive in 1900: Mary M., 12, Feb 1888; Priscilla M., 10, May 1890; Ella M., 7, Dec 1892; Edna R., 4, Jul 1895; John R., 2, Feb 1898; and David H., 3 months, Feb 1900. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

On the next page is his brother, Samuel J. Beecher, farmer, 37, Oct 1862; He was married 6 years to Emily R., 27, Feb 1873, and she had birthed no children. Living with them are Samuel's children by his first wife: Harry J., 13, May 1887; Edward C., 10, Sep 1889; and Samuel M., 10, Jan 1890. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren record book (1877-1926) lists on image 26 S. Meryl Beecher as a member. In 1903 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 19

3. Census in 1910 in Penn Twp., Cumberland, PA. 18 Recorded in the 1910 census was Samuel Beecher, farmer, 46, living with wife Emily, 36; and his sons by his first marriage, farm laborers Harry, 23; and Merle, 19. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

4. Occupation: fireman on 18 Dec 1912 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 1

5. Residence: 523 N 15th Street on 18 Dec 1912 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 1

6. Residence: 1917 Harrisburg City Directory: Beecher, Saml., (Flora B.), fireman, h 714 N 18th in 1917 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 20

7. Occupation: railroad engineer for Philadelphia and Reading RR on 5 Jun 1917 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 16

8. Residence: 714 N. 18th St., Harrisburg, Pa. On 5 Jun 1917 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 16

9. Census in 1920 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 4 Living at 714 N. 18th: Samuel M. Beecher, engineer R.R., 30, was living with wife Flora B., 31; Samuel, 4 years 9 months; and daughter Margurite, 1 year 4 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

10. Residence: 714 N. 18th St., Harrisburg, PA on 23 Jul 1922 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 21

11. Residence: 714 N 18th St., Harrisburgh, Pa. On 26 Oct 1922 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 22

12. Newspaper: Evening News: Card of Thanks, 1 Nov 1922, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 23 BEECHER - S. M. Beecher wishes to express his thanks and appreciation to the friends and neighbors, also to the B. of L. F. & E. for sympathy and kindness extended during the illness and death of his wife. S. M. Beecher, 714 N. Eighteenth street.

13. Residence: 1923 Harrisburg City Directory: Beecher, Saml M. Engineer h 1630 Park in 1923 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 24

14. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Realty transfers listed to-day: Samuel M. Beecher to William E. Orr, 714 North Eighteenth street, $5,500.", 20 Mar 1923, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 25

15. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Building Permits issued to-day: Samuel Beecher, one-story corrugated iron garage, rear 1630 Park street, $75.", 26 Mar 1923, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 26

16. Occupation: engineer on 21 Sep 1924 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 27

17. Residence: 605 N. 15th Street, Harrisburg, PA on 21 Sep 1924 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 27

18. Census in 1930 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 28 The 1930 census recorded Samuel M. Beecher, 40, living with wife Emma J., 39; son Samuel M. Beecher Jr., 14; daughter Margaret W., 10; son Wayne G., 7; son Donald E., 4; and daughter Jean L., 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

19. Residence: on 19 May 1932 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 15

20. Census in 1940 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 29 The 1940 census recorded owning a home at 607 Sixteenth Street: Samuel N. Beecher, locomotive engineer, 50, living with wife Emma, 49; son Wayne N., 17; Donald, 14; and daughter James L. [should be Jean], 12. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania and lived in the same house in 1935.

21. Occupation: railroad engineer, Reading RR Co. On 25 Apr 1942 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 30

22. He was described as 5' 11 1/2" tall, 184 pounds, blue eyes, red hair, gunshot mark on right leg and ankle. On 25 Apr 1942 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 30

23. Residence: 607 16th St., New Cumberland, Pa. On 25 Apr 1942 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 30

24. Residence: 607 Sixteenth St., New Cumberland, PA on 7 Apr 1943 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 31

25. Residence: 607 W. 16th St., New Cumberland, PA on 19 Oct 1943 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 32

26. Residence: 607 Sixteenth St., New Cumberland, PA on 3 Oct 1947 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 7

27. Residence: on 13 Jan 1948 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 33

28. Newspaper: Harrisburg Evening News: Beecher Renuion, 26 Aug 1948, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 34 Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Pechart and children, and Edward Beecher, all of Harrisburg, attended the annual Beecher reunion Sunday at Young's Woods, Hanover.
Officers elected were Edward Beecher, York, president; Mrs. Esther Stetter, Hanover, secretary, and Clarence Berkheimer, York, treasurer.
Other attending the reunion included: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rodabaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Beecher and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Pechart and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Wagner and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Kraft, Mr. and Mrs. George Kraft and son, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ruth and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Berkheimer and children, Mr. and Mrs. John Gable, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Kopp, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beecher, Mr. and Mrs. James Frigm, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Myers, Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hoffman and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Stetter and children.

29. Occupation: railroad engineer on 28 Feb 1949 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 35

30. Census in 1950 in New Cumberland, Cumberland, PA. 36 The 1950 census recorded at 607 16th Street: Samuel Beecher, train engineer, 60, living with wife Emma, 59; daughter Jean, operator of electric billing machine for telephone company, 21; and son Donald, gas reader for gas company, 24 with his wife Patricia, renews operator cards for revenue department, 24. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

31. Newspaper: Evening Sun: Beecher Family Elects, 6 Jun 1951, Hanover, York, PA. 37 Officers were elected at the fourth annual reunion of the descendants of the late Philip Beecher held Sunday at Christ church grove, near Littlestown. They are: President, S. Merle Beecher, New Cumberland; secretary, Dorothy Beecher, York; treasurer, Clarence Berkheimer, York, and historian, Harold Beecher, Dickinson. Approximately 130 persons were in attendance. A basket lunch was served and games furnished entertainment. Prizes were awarded.

32. Newspaper: News-Chronicle: Condition of Man Hit By Train is Critical, 21 Jun 1955, Shippensburg, Cumberland, PA. 17 Condition of Man Hit By Train is Critical

Car Driven by Irvin Bowers Collides with Freight

Irvin Bowers, 50, who resides in Brookside on Shippensburg 11. R. 2, remained in critical condition Monday with injuries suffered when his car collided with a train at the Brookside intersection near Walnut Bottom Sunday.

According to Carlisle state police, Mr. Bowers was driving south on legislative route 21007, on which he lives, when his car pulled in front of a Reading railroad freight train going west.

Mr. Bowers was taken to the Carlisle hospital by the Shippensburg community ambulance. The accident occurred Sunday at 9:10 a.m.

Attendants at the hospital said Mr. Bowers suffered a possible fractured skull, multiple cuts of the scalp and face and shock.

Mr. Bowers, who is working as a construction carpenter, is well known in the area. He formerly served as a supervisor in South Newton township.

State police said Samuel Adam Beecher, 65, of 607 16th st., New Cumberland was the engineer of the diesel freight train. Mr. Bowers' auto was completely demolished and the train received an estimated $100 damage.

33. Obituary: The Sentinel: obituary of Samuel M. Beecher on 23 Aug 1979 in Carlisle, Cumberland, PA. 12 Samuel M. Beecher

CAMP HILL - Samuel M. Beecher, 89, 607 16th St., New Cumberland, died Tuesday in Holy Spirit Hospital.

He was a retired engineer with the Reading Railroad, a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 107, Retired Men's Club, New Cumberland, United Transportation Union Local 830, and the D. Floyd Mowery Men's Bible Class of Community United Methodist Church, New Cumberland.

He is survived by three sons, Samuel M. Beecher Jr., Dover, Wayne G. Beecher, Camp Hill, and Donald E. Beecher, Wormleysburg; two daughters, Marguerite McCall, Sanford, Maine, and Jean L. Nace, Mechanicsburg; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Myers-Harner Funeral Home, 1903 Market St. The Rev. William J. Lippert will officiate. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9.


Samuel married Flora Belle Galbraith, daughter of Robert W. Galbraith and Laura J. Seitz, on 18 Dec 1912 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA.1 (Flora Belle Galbraith was born on 31 Aug 1888 in Mount Rock, Cumberland, PA,10 22 38 39 died on 26 Oct 1922 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 10 11 22 39 and was buried on 29 Oct 1922 in Carlisle: Westminster Memorial Gardens, Cumberland, PA 11 22 39.)


Samuel next married Emma Jane Moore, daughter of Parker J. Moore and Martha Elizabeth Yeager, on 21 Sep 1924 in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland, PA.2 (Emma Jane Moore was born on 28 Jun 1890 in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland, PA,40 41 42 died on 8 Nov 1971 in Camp Hill, Cumberland, PA 43 44 and was buried on 12 Nov 1971 in Carlisle: Westminster Memorial Gardens, Cumberland, PA 43 44.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFM8-TPS Samuel M. Beecher and Flora B. Galbraith, 1912.

2 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFSS-T59 Emma Leickley Beecher in entry for Samuel M. Beecher and Emma J. Moore, 21 Sep 1924; citing Mechanicsburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 21200.

3 Records of Sharon Nickol Swope (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=nickol).

4 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, Harrisburg Ward 8, Series: T625 Roll: 1558 Page: 239.

5 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Penn Township, Series: T623 Roll: 1400 Page: 12-13.

6 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90939566.

7 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 3 Oct 1947, page 16.

8 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 20 Oct 1925, page 8.

9 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Samuel Meryl Beecher.

10 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 28 October 1922, page 4. Obituary of Mrs. Flora A. Beecher.

11 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 9 November 1922, page 4. Obituary of Flora Belle Galbraith Beecher.

12 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 23 Aug 1979, page 8. Obituary of Samuel M. Beecher.

13 York Daily Record (York, PA), 2 Jan 1990, obituary of Samuel M. Beecher Jr.

14 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 17 Jan 1974, page 6. Obituary of Harry J. Beecher.

15 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 24 May 1932, page 2. Obituary of Samuel Beecher.

16 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6VF-HPQ Samuel Meryl Beecher, 1917-1918.

17 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 21 Jun 1955, page 1.

18 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MG84-739 Merle Beecher in household of Samuel Beecher, Penn, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; citing sheet 12B, family 290, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375348.

19 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 284. PA > Adams > Mount Pleasant > Church of the Brethren. Online image 26.

20 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Boyd's Harrisburg City Directory, 1917, Printed page 149. Online image 79.

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22 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.), Certificate 94260. Flora Beecher. Father Robert W. Galbraith, mother Laura Sites.

23 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 1 Nov 1922, page 20.

24 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Boyd's Harrisburg City Directory, 1923, Printed page 453. Online image 234.

25 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 20 Mar 1923, page 2.

26 Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA), 26 Mar 1923, page 2.

27 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFSS-T59 Parker J. Moore in entry for Samuel M. Beecher and Emma J. Moore, 21 Sep 1924; citing Mechanicsburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 21200.

28 1930 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XH91-6T5 Samuel M Beecher Jr. in household of Samuel M Beecher, New Cumberland, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0031, sheet , family 563.

29 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: New Cumberland, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3479; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 21-40.

30 FamilySearch.org, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQFZ-NLM Samuel Meryle Beecher, 1942.

31 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 7 Apr 1943, page 18. Photo of Pvt. Wayne G. Beecher.

32 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Donald Eugene Beecher b. 19 Oct 1925.

33 Shippensburg News-Chronicle (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 13 Jan 1948, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Emily R. Beecher.

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36 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6X19-WBT3 Samuel Beecher New Cumberland PA.

37 The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) (Hanover, York, Pennsylvania.), 6 Jun 1951, page 2.

38 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3S3-T5V Flora B Galbraith in entry for Robert W Galbraith, 1900.

39 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=90939571.

40 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3SS-FRZ Parker J Moore in household of Mathew Landen, Mechanicsburg borough Ward 3-5, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet , family 253, NARA microfilm publication T623.

41 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFSZ-SD9 Donald Eugene Beecher and Patricia Ann Spong, 06 Jun 1948; citing Dauphin Pennsylvania, United States, p236; FHL microfilm 21229.

42 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Emma Jane Beecher.

43 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 11 November 1971, page 6. Funeral of Mrs. Emma J. Beecher.

44 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (www.cumberlink.com), 10 November 1971, page 6. Obituary of Mrs. Emma J. Beecher.



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