William Lightner Beecher
Alidia Kinard
John Ryan
(-Bef 1920)
(-Aft 1920)
Parris Epler Beecher
Catherine Ryan
Nora Elizabeth Beecher


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1. Paul Clinton Smith

Nora Elizabeth Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 4 Feb 1909, Coatesville, Chester, PA 2 5
  • Marriage (1): Paul Clinton Smith on 8 Mar 1930 in , Chester, PA 1
  • Died: 27 Apr 2008, Claymont, New Castle, DE at age 99 5
  • Buried: Coatesville: Fairview Cemetery, Chester, PA 5

   FamilySearch ID: LD3D-Z8J.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1920 in West Brandywine Twp., Chester, PA. 4 The 1920 census recorded Paris Beecher, farmer, 63, living with wife Catharine, 50; daughters Ruth Ella, seamstress, 16; Nora Elizabeth, 10, and Edna, 7; and grandson Harold, 3; and son Robert Edward Beecher, furance helper at steel mill, widowed, 34.

2. Census in 1950 in New Castle, New Castle, DE. 8 The 1950 census recorded at 11 Seminole Avenue: Paul C. Smith, operating depot at oil refinery, 41, living with wife Nora E., 41; Joan M., 17; Paul B., 15, and mother-in-law Katherine Beecher, 79, born in Ireland. All others were born in Pennsylvania.

3. Residence: 619 Delancey Place, Claymont, DE on 31 Mar 1987 in Claymont, New Castle, DE. 9

4. Residence: on 21 Apr 1991 in Claymont, New Castle, DE. 6

5. Obituary: on 29 Apr 2008 in Claymont, New Castle, DE. Nora Beecher Smith

Age 99, of Claymont, DE, passed away Sunday morning, April 27, 2008.

Mrs. Smith was a prayer warrior and sister in Christ. Nora was beloved by everyone. She was a wonderful, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt neighbor and teacher. Nora was an angel on earth.

Nora was predeceased by her beloved husband, Paul C. Smith; daughter, Joan Marie Murphy; son, Paul C. Smith, Jr.; mother, Catherine Beecher; sisters, Edna Marsh, Ruth Jackson; brothers, James Beecher, Bob Beecher; and her granddaughter, Catherine Mary Murphy. Nora is survived by her grandchildren, Noreene Elizabeth and her husband, John Campbell, Thomas Patrick Murphy, Jr., Kevin John Murphy and Michael Paul Murphy; 5 great-grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Thomas P. Murphy.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 1, at 12 noon, at the Gebhart Funeral Home, 3401 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home Thursday morning from 10 am-12 noon. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Coatesville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Atonement United Methodist Church, 3519 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.

Nora married Paul Clinton Smith, son of William Thomas Smith and Emma Susan Clinton, on 8 Mar 1930 in , Chester, PA.1 (Paul Clinton Smith was born on 13 Jan 1909 in Coatesville, Chester, PA,1 10 died on 12 Jul 1974 10 and was buried in Coatesville: Fairview Cemetery, Chester, PA 10.)


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFS3-HKD Paul Clinton Smith and Nora Elizabeth Beecher, 1930.

2 Records of Nancy Eitnier, a descendant.

3 Daily Local News, Chester County, PA (West Chester, Chester County, PA), May 15, 1942. Obituary of Norman Beecher.

4 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFTY-SLL Catharine Beecher in entry for Paris Beecher, 1920.

5 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26484486.

6 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA), 24 Apr 1991, page 15. Obituary of Edna Beecher Marsh.

7 FamilySearch.org, Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3SG-P2G Joan Marie Smith m. 1954 Thomas Patrick Murphy at Woodcrest DE.

8 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XL7-DGZ8 Paul C Smith New Castle DE.

9 The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), 1 Apr 1987, page 17. Obituary of Paul B. Smith.

10 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=73972107.

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