Elias Beecher
Francis Anna Mary Snyder
John A. Zinn
Mary A. Schroeder
Daniel Levi Beecher
Laura E. Zinn
Henry Ward Beecher Sr.


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1. Beatrice Elizabeth Rambo

Henry Ward Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 8 Jul 1893, York, York, PA 1 2 3 4 6
  • Marriage (1): Beatrice Elizabeth Rambo on 2 Aug 1922 in Media, Delaware, PA
  • Died: 21 Aug 1973, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA at age 80 1 2 4
  • Buried: Drexel Hill: Arlington Cemetery, Delaware, PA 2

   FamilySearch ID: L6FH-S9T.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in York, York, PA. 7 The 1900 census recorded at 224 Main Street: John G. Mauer, undertaker, 37, living with wife Laura E., 32; sister-in-law Nellie R. Zinn, 16; son John C. Mauer, 13; daughter Eleoner Mauer, 8; daughter Bertha S. Mauer, 6; stepdaughter Isabel Beecher, 9; and stepson Henry W. Beecher, 7. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, except John's parents were Germany.

2. Census in 1910 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 8 The 1910 census recorded renting at 5917 Chestnut Street: John G. Maurer, funeral director, 46, living with wife Laura E., 44; Eleanor, telephone operator, 18; Bertha S., 14; Glenfield Geo., 9; Gertrude L., 6; stepdaughter Isabel M. Beecher, hat band trimmer, 18; and stepson H. Ward Beecher, plumber, 16. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except John G.'s parents in Germany.

3. Newspaper: York Daily: news about Ward Beecher, sister Isabelle, and grandmother Mrs. Henry Gressly, 20 Aug 1913, York, York, PA. 9 Ward Beecher and sister Isabelle, of Philadelphia, are spending several weeks in this city, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. William McIlvain, South Penn street. Both are former Yorkers and this is the first trip to this city for Mr. Beecher since leaving 17 years ago. Miss Beecher visited here but once in that time. Before returning home they will visit their grandmother, Mrs. Henry Gressly, who formerly resided on West Market street, and is now living in New Friendship, Md.

4. Residence: 5939 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. On 5 Jun 1917 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 3

5. Occupation: chauffeur with Stawbridge & Clothier, Philadelphia on 5 Jun 1917 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 3

6. Census in 1920 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 10 The 1920 census recorded renting at 5939 Chestnut: John Mauer, undertaker, 55, living with wife Laura, 51, and their children: Elenore, operator telephone co., 27; Bertha, operator skirt mfg. co., 24; Glenfred, real estate office, 19; Gertrude, 16. Also with them: stepdaughter Isabell Beecher, cutter hat band mfg., 28; and stepson Henry Ward Beecher, chauffer retail clothing, single, 26. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania except John's parents in Germany.

7. Census in 1930 in Upper Darby, Delaware, PA. 11 The 1930 census recorded renting at 1225 Harding Drive: Henry W. Beecher, ice dealer, 36, living with wife Elizabeth, 27. Also in their home: Phyllis Dupille, ward, 3; cousin Harry Hackman, 33, ice dealer, single; and boarder Norris Price, mailman, 36, married.

8. Census in 1940 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 12 The 1940 census recorded renting a home at 217 Millcek Street in Philadelphia: Henry W. Beecher, church sexton, 46, living with wife Beatrice, 43; Virginia, 7; and Henry W., 4.

9. Census in 1950 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 13 The 1950 census recorded at 6150 Chancellor Street: Henry Ward Beecher Sr., salesman for coal & oil company, 56, living with wife Beatrice, 53; daughter Beatrice V., credit department in retail store, 17, and son Henry Ward Jr., 14. Also in the home is father-in-law William Rambo, widowed, unemployed baker at baking company, 75. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

10. Obituary: in Aug 1973 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. H. Ward Beecher, 80, of 6150 Chancellor St Philadelphia, Pa died Tuesday at home

He was born in York, Pa on Jul. 8, 1893, son of the late Daniel and Laura Beecher.

He enlisted in the US Army May 10 1917 and was a Sergeant when discharge Apr 17 1919

He had a Ice Business in 1930 in Upper Darby moved to Philadelphia about 1934 was Sexton at Richardson Memorial Presbyterian Church. About 1942 he started to work for the Victor Coal & Fuel Co. He was there 25 years

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Beatrice Elizabeth Rambo, daughter and son-in-law Beatrice V. (Ginny) Joseph Pilling Philadelphia, son and daughter-in-law Henry and Iva Beecher Ardsley, Pa seven grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held Aug 24 1973, at the Spencer T Videon Funeral Home. Drexel Hill, Delaware, PA Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery. Drexel Hill, Delaware, PA.

Henry married Beatrice Elizabeth Rambo, daughter of William Morris Rambo and Amy May Whitman, on 2 Aug 1922 in Media, Delaware, PA. (Beatrice Elizabeth Rambo was born on 24 Mar 1897 in Kingston, Luzerne, PA,14 died on 3 Apr 1977 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 14 15 and was buried on 5 Apr 1977 in Drexel Hill: Arlington Cemetery, Delaware, PA 14 15.)


1 Research Papers of Hank Beecher.

2 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26760983.

3 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6K6-TG4 Henry Ward Beecher, 1917-1918.

4 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JY7M-DNR Henry Beecher, Aug 1973; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

5 Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home (Montrose, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.), Obituary of Henry W Beecher http://www.danielreganfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2392755&fh_id=12390.

6 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HFCC-MMZM Henry Ward Beecher b. 8 Jul 1893 father Daniel L Beecher mother Laura.

7 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3HH-WWC Isabel Beecher and Henry Beecher in entry for John G Maurer, 1900.

8 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 46, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1413; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 1174; FHL microfilm: 1375426.

9 The York Daily (York, PA), 20 Aug 1913, page 2.

10 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 46, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Enumeration District: 1770; Description: Philadelphia, Ward 46, Tract A T 7 (part) bounded by Market, 59th, Chestnut, Cobb's Creek.

11 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Upper Darby, Delaware, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2034; Page: 30A; Enumeration District: 161; Image: 269.0; FHL microfilm: 2341768.

12 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3748; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 51-1960.

13 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XBG-6SFC Henry Ward Beecher Sr Philadelphia PA.

14 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26761020.

15 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA), 5 Apr 1977, page 31.

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