Henry Beecher Sr.
(Cir 1728-After 1795)
Catharine
(Bef 1752-After 1820)
John Peter Herr Sr.
(1757-1845)
Susannah Weiss
(1762-1841)
William Beecher
(1769-1835)
Elisabeth Herr
(1793-1874)
William Herr Beecher Sr.
(1811-1875)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Elizabeth Mary Coleman

2. Elizabeth Mary Sites

William Herr Beecher Sr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

  • Born: 9 Sep 1811, Hagerstown, Washington, MD 2 9 11
  • Christened: 24 Nov 1811, Hagerstown: Zion Reformed Church, Washington, MD 2 11
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Mary Coleman on 8 Sep 1835 in Reading, Berks, PA
  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth Mary Sites on 7 Nov 1865 in Pottstown: Trinity Reformed Church, Montgomery, PA 1
  • Died: 27 Feb 1875, Pottstown, Montgomery, PA at age 63 1 9 12
  • Buried: 28 Feb 1875, Pottstown: Edgewood Cemetery, Montgomery, PA 1 9

   Another name for William was William Bücher.2 11 13

  Death Notes:

He died of dropsy.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1820 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 14 In 1820 the William Beacher household had:
Males (born)
Under 10 (1811-1820) = 2 sons William & Samuel
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 father William
Females (born)
26-44 (1776-1794) = 1 wife

On the next census page 111 are two more Beachers:

Samuel Beacher's household had:
Males (born)
10-15 (1805-1810) = 1 sons
16-25 (1795-1804) = 2 [sons, too young to be Samuel]
Females (born)
10-15 (1805-1810) = 1 daughter
16-25 (1795-1804) = 1 daughter
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 wife (Barbara Winterode)

Catherine Beacher's household had:
Females (born)
26-44 (1776-1794) = 2 daughters
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 Catherine

2. Newspaper: Pihladelphia Ledger: Bankrupts.--Petitions for the benefit of the bankrupt law filed on Saturday: William Beecher, merchant of the late firms of Beecher and Coleman, and W. And D. H. Beecher, Berks county;, 17 Jan 1843, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 15

3. Newspaper: Philadelphia Public Ledger, 16 Feb 1843, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 16 $20 REWARD -- LOST, on Tuesday morning, Feb 14, at the Auction Store of Messrs. Thomas, Funces, & Co, a small POCKET WALLET, containing D. H. Beecher's note, to the order of Wm. Beecher, dated July 1st, 1842, at 8 mos., for $292.50; D. H. Beecher's note, to the order of A. H. Raguel & Co., for $214; two notes drawn by Wm. H. Cooper, to the order of A. H. Rarguel & Co.,; Wm. S. Green's note, drawn to order of G. W. Deweese, for $100; also, Daniel Hunter's due bill for $9.52, together with several Notes and Memorandums (payment of all of which has been stopped,) of no use to any person but the owner. The finder will receive the above reward, by leaving the Pocket Book and Contents at the Store of S. M. BUNN, No. 74 NORTH THIRD Street.

4. Newspaper: Daily Pennsylvanian: Bankruptcy. Petitions passed to a decree yesterday -- Wm Beecher., 18 Feb 1843, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 17

5. Baptism on 1 Jan 1845 in Reading: First Reformed Church, Berks, PA, USA. William & Elizabeth Beecher baptized 3 children on the same day: Emily Susan Coleman Beecher b. 19 Jun 1841; William Herr Beecher b.31 Jan 1843; Coleman Nagle Beecher b. 30 Nov 1844 18

6. Newspaper: Philadelphia Public Ledger: ad for William Beecher's dry goods store, 9 Nov 1848, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 19 WILLIAM BEECHER would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally that he has removed his place of business from 81 1/2 North Third Street, to the N. E. corner of EIGHTH and ARCH Streets, where he will continue to receive from New York and Philadelphia Auctions, and from the largest importing houses, a large and desirable assortment of FANCY and STAPLE DRY GOODS, and will continue to sell as usual, very cheap, either wholesale or retail, and particularly invites his friends and merchants to call.

7. Newspaper: Philadelphia Public Ledger: ad for William Beecher's dry goods store, 15 Nov 1848, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 20 CALL AT THE NEW STORE, North-east corner of EIGHTH and ARCH, and see the cheap Goods just received from the Auctions -- some very beautiful rich satin strip Paris Poult de Soie; Chamelon and Ture Satins; real Mohair Satin Stripe Lustre; rich Paris Printed Cashmere de Laines; Frence Merinoes, Thibet Cloths, Flannels, Muselins, &c., all astonishingly low. Shawls, Ribbons, &c., cheap. WILLIAM BEECHER

8. Newspaper: Philadelphia Public Ledger: ad for William Beecher's dry goods store, 25 Nov 1848, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 21 GREAT CENTRAL ATTRACTION FOR CHEAP DRY GOODS. -- Constantly receiving new and cheap Fancy and Staple Dry Goods from the large Auction Sales. Also, from the Importers, to which the attention of buyers is particuraly invited, at the New Store, Northeast corner of EIGHTH and ARCH Street.
WILLIAM BEECHER

9. Census in 1850 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 22 William Beecher, merchant, 35, was living with wife Elizabeth M., 27; Mary E., 12; Rebecca, 10; Emily, 8; William, 7; Coleman, 5. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

10. Newspaper: Philadelphia Public Ledger: ad for William Beecher's dry goods store, 5 Oct 1850, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 23 WANTED -- All the ladies to call at the Store, N. E. corner of EIGHTH and ARCH Streets -- the great central attraciton for cheap DRY GOODS. Just received, a large assortment of New Fall Goods, consisting of Silks, Cashmeres, De Laines, Merinoes, &c. Also, a large lot of elegant Shawls, all particularly cheap.
WILLIAM BEECHER

11. Newspaper: Philadelphia Public Ledger: ad for William Beecher's dry goods store, 21 Dec 1850, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 24 WANTED -- All the Ladies to know that we are selling off REMNANTS and the balance of Winter Stock at uncommonly low prices. Call at the Northeast corner of EIGHTH and ARCH Sts. A lot of SHAWLS just received, cheaper than ever. Buyers will please call soon. WILLIAM BEECHER

12. Census in 1860 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 13 William Bucher [as indexed in 1860 census but handwriting is Beecher], occupation merchanidse, 48, was living with Elizabeth M., 39; William H., 16; Coleman H., 15; Myers C., 9; Alice A. H., 4; and domestic Henrietta Pierce, 18. William was born in Maryland, the others in Pennsylvania. His real estate was worth $7,000 and personal estate $300. The post office was Pottstown.

13. Residence: in 1865 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 1

14. Census in 1870 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 25 William Beecher, wholesale spice merchant, 55, was living with Elizabeth, 25; Myers, 21, farm laborer; Alice, 14; Martha H., 3; Bertha M., 1. Also: Coleman Beecher, 24, farmer, and Ellen, 21, who had been married in May of this year according to the census. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. William's real estate was worth $20,000 and personal estate $1,000. The post office was Pottstown.

15. William's death record at Trinity Reformed Church states names of his parents, two wives, etc. On 27 Feb 1875 in Pottstown: Christ Episcopal Church, Montgomery, PA. 12 From church record book:
William Beecher of William Beecher and Elizabeth.
Born: 11 Sep 1811.
Marriages: 1st Elisabeth Coleman, 2nd W. Elisabeth Sites on 7 Nov 1865.
Children: by Elisabeth Coleman: 3 sons, 4 daughters; by Elisabeth Sites: 2 sons, 2 daughters.
Died: 27 Feb 1875, 63 years 5 months 16 days.
Text: Psalms 127.2.
Burial: Edgewood Cemetery.

16. Church: Burial record at Trinity United Church of Christ, 28 Feb 1875, Pottstown, Montgomery, PA. 26 Burial Record:
William Beecher of William Beecher and Elizabeth. Born Sept. 11 1811, married 1st time to Elisabeth Coleman 3 sons, 4 daughters
2. Time Nov & 1865 to Elisabeth Sites, 2 sons, 2 daughters.
died Feb 27, 1875. Age 63-5-16. Psalms 127.2. Dropsy. Interment Edgewood Cemetery.

17. Newspaper: Reading Times: "To-morrow the William Beecher farm on the turnpike near Pottstown, will be sold at auction at Shuler's Hotel.", 10 Apr 1876, Reading, Berks, PA. 27


William married Elizabeth Mary Coleman, daughter of Nicholas Coleman and Rebecca Nagel, on 8 Sep 1835 in Reading, Berks, PA. (Elizabeth Mary Coleman was born about 1821 in Reading, Berks, PA,22 died on 5 Jan 1864 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA 28 29 and was buried on 7 Jan 1864 in Reading: Charles Evans Cemetery, Berks, PA 28.)


William next married Elizabeth Mary Sites, daughter of John Sites and Henrietta B. Herr, on 7 Nov 1865 in Pottstown: Trinity Reformed Church, Montgomery, PA.1 (Elizabeth Mary Sites was born on 16 Sep 1843 in Antrim Twp., Franklin, PA,30 31 32 33 34 died on 25 Aug 1925 in Pottstown, Montgomery, PA 33 34 35 and was buried on 29 Aug 1925 in Pottstown: Edgewood Cemetery, Montgomery, PA 33 34.)


Sources


1 <i>Trinity Reformed Church, Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania</i>.

2 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of December 17, 2005), Batch #: C507751, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 0014145, Printout Call #: 1002748, Dates: 1807 - 1849.

3 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985</i>, Montgomery > Pottstown > United Church of Christ > Trinity United Church of Christ, church book page 594, online image 297 of 419.

4 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 28840. Myers C. Beecher, father Wm. Beecher, mother Elizabeth Coleman.

5 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 15 Jan 1916, page 3. Obituary of William H. Beecher.

6 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 9 Aug 1879, page 4. Marraige of H. C. Feger and Mrs. Elizabeth Beecher.

7 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 107915. Bertha M. Prizer. Father William Beecher. Mother Mary Sites. Spouse Harry W. Prizer.

8 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985</i>, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 586. PA > Montgomery > Pottstown > Trinity United Church of Christ. Printed page 373, online image 201.

9 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=139891407.

10 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 80849. Emanuel H. Beecher. Father Wm Beecher. Mother Elizabeth Site.

11 <i>Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995</i> (www.FamilySearch.org), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F4ZT-SRM William Bucher, 9 Sep 1811, Zion Reformed Church, Hagerstown, MD. Father William Bucher, Elizabeth.

12 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985</i>, Montgomery > Pottstown > Episcopal > Christ Episcopal. Church record page 588, online image 292.

13 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pottstown: M653 Roll: 1145 Page: 489.

14 <i>1820 United States Census</i>, Maryland, Washington County, Hagerstown, Series: M33 Roll: 46 Page: 110-111.

15 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 17 Jan 1843, page 2.

16 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 16 Feb 1843, page 3.

17 <i>Daily Pennsylvanian (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 18 Feb 1843, page 2.

18 Jacqueline B. Nein, <i>First Reformed Church, Reading, Pennsylvania, an alphabetized compilation of baptisms, marriages, and funerals from 1771-1905</i> (Jacqueline B. Nein, 4701 Saint George Street, Reading, PA 196060 1988. Book viewable online at LDS family history centers.), page 8.

19 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 9 Nov 1848, page 3. Classified ad for William Beecher.

20 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 15 Nov 1848, page 3. Classified ad for William Beecher.

21 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 25 Nov 1848, page 1. Classified ad for William Beecher.

22 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Philadelphia South Mulberry Ward, Series: M432 Roll: 815 Page: 218.

23 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 5 Oct 1850, page 3. Classified ad for William Beecher.

24 <i>Philadelphia Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA)</i>, 21 Dec 1850, page 3. Classified ad for William Beecher.

25 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Pottsgrove Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1378 Page: 254.

26 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985</i>, PA > Montgomery > Pottstown > Trinity United Church of Christ. Burials. William Beecher. Online image 292.

27 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 10 Apr 1876, page 4.

28 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=130785113.

29 <i>Reading Adler Newspaper (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania.), 12 Jan 1864, Obituary of Elizabeth M. Beecher.

30 <i>Trinity Reformed Church, Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania</i>, Her marriage record records her nativity as Franklin Co. Pa.

31 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, Year: 1860; Census Place: Antrim, Franklin, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1111; Page: 71; Image: 76; Family History Library Film: 805111.

32 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3QP-GZN Mary E Feger in household of Hiram Feger, Pottstown borough Ward 5, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet , family 183, NARA microfilm publication T623.

33 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 82343. Mary Elizabeth Beecher Feger. Father John Sites. Hettie Herr.

34 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=139891463.

35 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, <i>Pennsylvania Death Certificate</i> (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA 16101 (724) 656-3100 http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=168&Q=229939), Certificate 82343 for Eliz. B. Feger, died in Pottstown, 25 Aug 1925.



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