Phillip Beecher
Maria M. Fleuger
Ephraim Stambaugh
Catherine Matilda Kessler
Edward F. Beecher
Lovie Alice Stambaugh
Alverta May Beecher


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1. Ira Claude Kraft

Alverta May Beecher 1 2 3

  • Born: 24 Aug 1889, Spring Grove, York, PA 1 2
  • Marriage (1): Ira Claude Kraft on 2 Dec 1916 in , York, PA
  • Died: 3 Dec 1959, Hanover, York, PA at age 70 1 2
  • Buried: 6 Dec 1959, Jefferson: Jefferson Cemetery, York, PA 1 2

   FamilySearch ID: LHTT-9VN.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Jackson Twp., York, PA. 4 The 1900 census recorded Edward F. Beecher, paper mill finisher, 35, born Sep 1864, living with wife of 12 years, Lovina A., 32, Dec 1868; Alvertie M., 11, Aug 1889; Orma E., 9, Apr 1891; Clara M., 7, Jan 1893; Edna R., 6, Aug 1894; Mary V., 4, Mar 1896; and Alice R., 2, Aug 1898. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1910 in Jackson Twp., York, PA. 5 The 1900 census recorded Edward F. Beecher, paper mill finisher, 46, iving with wife Alice., 42; Alverta, 20; Stella, 19; Clara, 17; Edna, 15; Mary, 14; Alice, 12; Ester, 9; and Edward, 6. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

3. Newspaper: York Daily: Ira Kraft and Miss Alverta May Beecher Married Saturday Evening, 5 Dec 1916, York, York, PA. 3 Porters, Dec. 4 -- Ira Kraft, a well-known young miller, son of William G. Kraft, proprietor of the Heidelberg grist mill, of near this place, and Miss Alverta May Beecher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beecher, residing north of Spring Grove, in Jackson township, were married on Saturday evening. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W. H. Ehrhart, pastor of the bridegroom, at the Jefferson Lutheran parsonage, at Glenville. The wedding was witnessed by Miss Mary Beecher, a sister of the bride, and George Bollinger, of Porters, who accompanied them in an automobile. Mr. and Mrs. Kraft will go to housekeeping next spring in a tenant house on the Kraft homestead.

4. Newspaper: Harrisburg Evening News: Beecher Renuion, 26 Aug 1948, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 6 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.

5. Residence: on 14 Jan 1954 in Spring Grove, York, PA. 7

6. Obituary: in Dec 1958 in York, York, PA. Alverta May Kraft, wife of Ira C. Kraft, Porters Sideling, died in the Hanover Hospital on Dec. 3, 1958, after a brief illness. Her age was 69 years. Daughter of the late Edward and Lovie Stambaugh Beecher, she was a faithful member of Trinity Church. Surviving besides her husband, are two sons, George W. and Glenn B. Kraft; six grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Sherman Ruth, Mrs. Clarence Berkheimer, Mrs. George Hoffman, and Mrs. William Boyer; and one brother, Edward Beecher. Her funeral was held on Dec. 6 at Wetzel Funeral Home, Hanover. Her body was laid to rest in the Jefferson Cemetery.

7. Cause of Death: Alverta died at Hanover General Hospital from hypertensive heart disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cardiac failure, 3 Dec 1958, Hanover, York, PA. 2

8. Residence: R.D. #3, Spring Grove, PA on 3 Dec 1958 in Spring Grove, York, PA. 2

Alverta married Ira Claude Kraft, son of William Grant Kraft and Emma J. Garrett, on 2 Dec 1916 in , York, PA. (Ira Claude Kraft was born on 16 May 1889 in Heidelberg Twp., York, PA,8 9 died on 30 May 1973 in Porters Sideling, York, PA 8 9 and was buried in Jefferson: Jefferson Cemetery, York, PA 9.)


1 Find A Grave,

2, 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.), Death Certificate 116974. Alverta May Kraft. Father Edward Beecher. Mother Lovie Stambaugh. Spouse Ira C. Kraft.

3 The York Daily (York, PA), 5 Dec 1916, page 2. Marriage of Ira Kraft and Alverta May Beecher.

4 1900 United States Census, Edward F Beecher, 1900.

5 1910 United States Census, Edward F Beecher, 1910.

6 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 26 Aug 1948, Beecher Reunion.

7 The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) (York, York, Pennsylvania.), 14 Jan 1954, page 30. Deaths and Funerals, Mrs. John E. Gable.

8 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

9 Find A Grave,

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