Carville Dickinson Benson
Harriette Cassard Miller
Carvilla Brian Benson


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1. Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher Jr.

Carvilla Brian Benson 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 27 Jun 1906, Halethorpe, Baltimore, MD 2 7
  • Marriage (1): Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher Jr. on 23 May 1927 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 1
  • Died: 9 Nov 1986, McLean, Fairfax, VA, USA at age 80 2 7 8
  • Buried: Arlington: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 8

   FamilySearch ID: 9ZHM-FFW.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. 9 The 1920 census recorded on Sulphur Spring Road: Carville D. Benson, U.S. Congressman, 46, living with wife Harrette C., 45; John I., 23; Carville D. Jr., 21; William H., 18; Harrette L., 16; Carvilla B., 13; and Brian M., 6. Everyone and their parents were born in Maryland.

2. Newspaper: Baltimore Sun: Miss C. B. Benson Weds Ensign W. G. Beecher Jr., 24 May 1927, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. 1 Ceremony Is Performed In Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal Church.

Miss C. B. Benson Weds Ensign W. G. Beecher Jr.

The wedding of Miss Carvilla B. Benson and Ensign William Gordon Beecher, U. S. N. took place last evening at Mount Vernon Place Methodist Episcopal Church. The ceremony performed by the Rev. R. Reid Isaac, Jr., pastor of the Halethorpe Methodist Episcopal Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carville D. Benson. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gordon Beecher.

The maid of honor was Miss Harlette Benson, sister of the bride, and the bridesmaids were the Misses Virginia and Gertrude Beecher, sisters of the bridegroom, Miss Betty Dare Flinn, of New York, and Miss Carylilla Helfrich, cousin of the bride. The best man was Ensign James Stuart Smith Jr. of the U. S. S. Kidder, to which the bridegroom is attached.

The bride wore her grandmother's wedding dress of white satin. The tulle veil caught with orange blossoms, and carried a shower bouquet of yellow roses and lilies of the valley. The maid of honor wore a dress or corn-colored taffeta made in period style and carried a Deesden bouquet.

The bridesmaids wore applegreen taffeta dresses, made in period style and carried Deesden bouquets.

The ushers were Lieut. M. R. Kelley of the Naval Academy, Lieut. W. P. E. Wadbrook, Naval Academy, Ensign W. J. Longfellow, U. S. S. Arizona, Ensign J. H. Griffin, U. S. Pennsylvania, Ensign P. D. Compton, U. S. S. Raleigh, and Ensign L. H. Burkhead, Naval Academy.

3. Census in 1930 in Coronado, San Diego, CA, USA. 10 The 1930 census recorded renting for $50 a month at 416 D Avenue: William G. Beecher Jr., lieutenant in U.S. Navy, 26, living with wife Carvilla, 23, and daughter Virginia, 1 year 11 months. Virginia was born in California and her parents and their parents in Maryland.

4. Residence: Beecher, Wm. G (Carvilla B) USN r 416 D Avenue, San Diego, CA in 1930 in San Diego, San Diego, CA. 11

5. Residence: Beecher Wm G (Carvilla) USN h 1215 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA in 1932 in San Diego, San Diego, CA. 12

6. S.S. Lurline Departing Los Angeles 14 Jun 1935 Arriving Honolulu 20 Jun 1935 Beecher, William 31, Beecher, Carvilla 28, Beecher, Virginia 7, Beecher, Gordon 2 on 20 Jun 1935 in Honolulu, Honolulu, HI. 13

7. SS Lurline, Depart Honolulu, HI 15 Jan 1938 Arrive Los Angeles, CA 22 Jan 1938 Beecher, William, 33, Beecher, Carvilla, 31, Beecher, Virginia, 9, Beecher, Gordon, 4 on 15 Jan 1938 in Honolulu, Honolulu, HI. 14

8. Census in 1950 in Arlington, Arlington, VA. 15 The 1950 census recorded at 1820 N. Hartford Street: William G. Beecher, U.S. Navy, 46, living with wife Carvilla B., 43; Virginia B., 21; Gordon L., 16. Everyone was born in Maryland except Virginia in California. In 1949 they lived in Honolula, Hawaii.

9. Residence: 2500 N. Van Dorn St., Alexandria, VA on 7 Dec 1973 in Alexandria, Alexandria, VA. 16

10. Cause of Death: Carvilla died at Carl Vinson Hall hospital from congestive heart failure, 9 Nov 1986, McLean, Fairfax, VA, USA. 7

11. Residence: 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101 on 9 Nov 1986 in McLean, Fairfax, VA, USA. 7

12. Obituary: Evening Sun: obituary of Carvilla Beecher on 12 Nov 1986 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. 17 BEECHER On November 9, 1986 CARVILLA B. of McLean, Va. widow of William G. Beecher, mother of Virginia B. Scrymgeour and Gordon Lee Beecher. She is also survived by four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Graveside funeral services will be held today at 3 P.M. from the Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Money & King Vienna Funeral Home, Vienna, Va.

Carvilla married Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher Jr., son of William Gordon Beecher Sr. and Mary Gertrude Robertson, on 23 May 1927 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.1 (Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher Jr. was born on 19 Jan 1904 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD,2 18 19 20 died on 7 Dec 1973 in Alexandria, Alexandria, VA 2 19 and was buried in Arlington: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 19 21.)


1 Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), 24 May 1927, page 3. Marriage of Miss C. B. Benson and Ensign W. G. Beecher Jr.

2 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

3 1910 United States Census, Carvilla B Benson in household of Carville D Benson, Election District 13, Baltimore, Maryland; citing sheet 16B, family 346, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374565.

4 The Sentinel (Carlisle, PA) (, 29 Dec 1984, page 4. Obituary of Capt. W. H. Benson.

5, Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988, Gordon Lee Beecher m. 29 Jul 1961 Carolyn Ann Jones Norfolk VA.

6 Dignity Memorial,

7, Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987, Carvilla B. Beecher b. 27 Jun 1906 d. 9 Nov 1986 father Carville D. Benson mother Harriette C. Miller.

8 Find A Grave,

9 1920 United States Census, Carville D Benson Baltimore MD.

10 1930 United States Census, William G. Belcher Jr. Coronado CA.

11, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1930 San Diego Directory, page 1206.

12, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1932 San Diego City Directory, page 1054, image 546.

13, Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959 (National Archives, Washington, D.C.Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes Departing from Honolulu, Hawaii, 12/1957-9/1969. NARA Microfilm Publication A3577 56 rolls. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004, Record Group 85. National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Nara Roll: 156. William Beecher and family.

14, California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948, William and family.

15 "1950 United States Census," William G Beecher Arlington VA.

16, Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987, Certificate 73-038851 William Gordon Beecher Jr. b. 19 Jan 1904 d. 7 Dec 1973 father William Gordon Beecher mother Mary Gertrude Robertson spouse Carvilla B. Beecher.

17 The Evening Sun (Baltimore, MD), 12 Nov 1986 page 54 obituary of Carvilla Beecher.

18 Internet Movie Database (IMDb) (,

19 Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia ( has online gravsite locator.), Section 1 Site 305-B.

20 1910 United States Census, Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore District 1, Series: T624 Roll: 550 Page: 42.

21 Find A Grave,

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