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Emma A. Beecher 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: Feb 1864, Bourbon, Marshall, IN 1 2 3 6
  • Died: 24 Oct 1939, Arkansas City, Cowley, KS at age 75 3 5
  • Buried: 26 Oct 1939, Arkansas City: Hope Cemetery, Cowley, KS 3 5

   FamilySearch ID: LDQC-75X.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1870 in Bourbon, Marshall, IN. 2 Peter Beeker [index in census as Beeker but the handwriting looks like Beecher], farmer, 37, was living with wife Elisabeth, 44; George A., 15; Sarah, 13; James F., 8; and Emma A. 6. Also with them is Wm Rillenour, 35, physician. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, James and Emma in Indiana, and everyone else in Ohio. Peter's farm is worth $2,000 and personal estate $350.

2. Census in 1880 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 1 Peter Beecher, carpenter, 49, was living with wife Elizabeth, 55; son George A., carpenter, 25; Frank J., laborer, 19; Emma A., 16. Also with them: niece Serena M. Bell, 5; and brothers-in-law William S. Ridenour, physician, 46, and James Ridenour, jeweler merchant, 39. Peter and his parents were born in Pennsylvania. Frank, Emma, and Serena were born in Indiana. Everyone else was born in Ohio. Elizabeth, William and James Ridenour's father was from Maryland, their mother from Pennsylvania.

3. Kansas State census in 1885 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 7 Peter Beecher, gardner, 53, was living with Elizabeth, 58; G. A. 29 carpenter; R. F., 22, stone man; Daughter, 20, miliner; S. M. Bill, 10, and W. S. Ridenaur, 50, vineyardist. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth and W.S. in Ohio. [The column to indicate where they were living before Kansas is blank.].

4. Census in 1895 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 8 Peter Beecher, 63, was with Elizabeth, 69; Emma, 31; and S. May Bell, 20. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth in Ohio, and the others in Indiana. Everyone's occupation was farmer and all came to Kansas from Iowa.

Next door is G. A. Beecher, 40; Sadie P., 33; Carl A., 5; and Maggie, 2. G.A. was born in Ohio, Sadie in Illinois, and the children in Kansas. G.A. was a carpenter who came from Iowa. Sadie came to Kansas from New Mexico.

The post office Arkansas City. The township is Bolton.

5. Census in 1900 in Bolton Twp., Cowley, KS. 6 George Beecher, farmer, 45, born Jan 1855, was married for 13 years to wife Sadie, 38, Sept 1863. She has birthed two children, both alive in 1900: Carl A., 10, Oct 1889; and Maggie, 8, Apr 1892. George and his mother was born in Ohio, his father in Pennsylvania. Sadie was born in Illinois, her father in Ohio and mother in Indiana. The children were born in Kansas.

Living next door is George's father, Peter Beecher, farmer, widowed, 68, born Oct 1831 in Pennsylvania where his parents were born. He is with his daughter, Emma A., 36, born Feb 1864 in Indiana. Her mother was from Ohio.

6. Census in 1910 in Bolton Twp., Cowley, KS. 9 Peter Beecher, 78, widowed, was living iwth daughter Emma A., 46. He and his parents were born in Pennsylvania, she was born in Indiana and her mother in Ohio. Peter's occupation is "Fruit Farm", which he owned.

7. Census in 1920 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 10 Living at 509 N Fifth in a home he owned was Geo A. Beecher, occupation "builder, house", 64, widowed. He was living with his sister Emma, 55, single; father Peter, 88, widowed; and two lodgers. George was born in Ohio, Emma in Indiana, and Peter in Pennsylvania.

8. Census in 1930 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 11 The 1930 census recorded owning a $5000 home at 509 Fifth St.: George A. Beecher, contractor, 75; his daughter Maggie, 37, single; and George's sister, Emma A. Beecher, 66, single. George and his mother were born in Ohio and his father in Pennsylvania. Maggied was born in Kansas, her father in Ohio and mother in Illinois. Emma was born in Indiana, her father in Pennsylvania and mother in Ohio.

9. Obituary: Arkansas City Daily Traveler: obituary of Emma A. Beecher on 24 Oct 1939 in Arkansas City, Cowley, KS. 5 Emma A. Beecher, Old Resident, Dies
Had Been Resident Here For 60 Years; Funeral Rites To Be Held on Thursday
Miss Emma A. Beecher, 75, a resident of Arkansas City and immediate locality for 60 years, died at 7:25 Tuesday morning at the home of her brother, Al Beecher, northeast of the city. She had been ill for two years.
Miss Beecher was a charter member of Pilgrim Congregational church of this city. She was a native of Indiana. Miss Beecher was widely known here for her church activities in years past.
Miss Beecher and Mrs. W. E. Moore, 305 North A street, have the distinction of being the only charter members of the Congregational church who have been members since its organization, 52 years ago. The late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Beecher, parents of Miss Beecher, were also charter members of that church.
Surviving relatives are the brother and a niece, Miss Maggie Beecher, who is the daughter of Al Beecher. Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Congregational church.
The Rev. Charles E. Henry will officiate. Interment will be in Hope cemetery. Oldroyd is in charge.
The casket will not be opened after the services and friends may pay respects Wednesday and on Thursday morning at the Oldroyd chapel.


1 1880 United States Census, Kansas, Cowley County, Arkansas City, Family History Library Film 1254377, NA Film Number T9-0377, Page 482C.

2 , Indiana, Marshall County, Bourbon Township, Series: M593 Roll: 342 Page: 24.

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4 Peter Darcuss Ridenour (1831-1909), Genealogy of the Ridenour family (Published 1908. Online in Books at, Page 29.

5 , 24 Oct 1939, page 1. Obituary of Miss Emma A. Beecher.

6 , Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Series: T623 Roll: 476 Page: 82.

7, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Cowley County, Creswell Township, Roll KS1885_28 Line 9 Family 100 Page H7.

8, Kansas State Census (Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.), Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Roll: v115_29 Page 25.

9 , Kansas, Cowley County, Bolton Township, Series: T624 Roll: 435 Page: 100.

10 , Kansas, Cowley County, Arkansas City Ward 4, Series: T625 Roll: 527 Page: 264.

11 , Year: 1930; Census Place: Arkansas, Cowley, Kansas; Roll: 697; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 1009.0; FHL microfilm: 2340432.

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