William K. Griesemer
(1853-1917)
Agnes L. Drumheller
(1857-1940)
Lizzie Griesemer
(1879-1929)

 

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Spouses/Children:
William Benjamin Beecher

Lizzie Griesemer 1 3

  • Born: 4 Oct 1879, Griesemersville, Lehigh, PA 1 3
  • Marriage: William Benjamin Beecher on 26 Aug 1905 in Oley, Berks, PA 1 2
  • Died: 24 Apr 1929, Reading, Berks, PA at age 49 3
  • Buried: 27 Apr 1929, Reading: Laureldale Cemetery, Berks, PA 3 4

   Another name for Lizzie was Elizabeth Griesemer.2

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: 26 Aug 1905, Reading, Berks, PA. 5 From the Reading Eagle newspaper:

Weddings.
Beecher - Griesemer.
William B. Beecher, of the Farmers' Hotel, Fifth and Washington, son of Reuben and Emma Beecher, and Miss Lizzie Griesemer, daughter of George Friesemer, Yellow House, were married at 4 p.m. at Friedensburg. The groom is a hostler employed at the Farmers' Hotel.

2. She had a residence on 26 Aug 1905 in Yellow House, Berks, PA. 1

3. Newspaper: Reading Tiems: Marriage Licenses: William Benjamin Beecher, hostler, son of Reuben and Emma Beecher, Fifth and Washington streets, and Lizze Griesemer, daughter of George Griesemer, Yellow House.", 28 Aug 1905, Reading, Berks, PA. 6

4. She appeared on the census in 1910 in Reading, Berks, PA. 7 The 1910 census recorded William B. Beecher, 34, living with wife Lizzie, 30, and James C. Grisemer, 23. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

5. She appeared on the census in 1920 in Reading, Berks, PA. 8 The 1920 census recorded Lizzie Beecher, 35, married but living as a boarder at 615 Franklin Street. without her husband William. Her occupation is "house work - goes out washing".

6. Newspaper: Reading Times: Judges Fix Support Orders in Domestic Relations Court: In the case of Elizabeth G. Beecher against Benjamin Beecher, order reduced to $4 per week, 21 Dec 1925, Reading, Berks, PA. 2

7. Cause of Death: acute dilation of the heart, chronic myocarditis, 24 Apr 1929, Reading, Berks, PA. 3

8. She worked as a cook at Thomas Jefferson Tea Room on 24 Apr 1929 in Reading, Berks, PA. 3

9. She resided at 634 Penn Ave, Reading, Pa. On 24 Apr 1929 in Reading, Berks, PA. 3

10. Newspaper: Reading Times: Deaths: Lizzie G. Beecher, 27 Apr 1929, Reading, Berks, PA. 4 BEECHER -- In this city, on the 23d inst., Lizzie G. Beecher, aged 49 years, 6 months, 19 days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, without further notice, from the residence of her mother, Mrs. Agnes Griesemer, 730 Pear St., Saturday, at 2 p. m. Services at the house. Interment in Laureldale cemetery.

11. Newspaper: Reading Times: Court: Letters Granted -- Lizzie G. Beecher, deceased, to Thoams C. Griesemer, administrator, cum testamento annexo, personally $750, realty none, O.M. Wolff, attorney., 4 May 1929, Reading, Berks, PA. 9


Lizzie married William Benjamin Beecher, son of Reuben R. Beecher and Emma Yocum, on 26 Aug 1905 in Oley, Berks, PA.1 2 The marriage ended in divorce. (William Benjamin Beecher was born on 24 Jan 1876 in Wernersville, Berks, PA 1 10 11 12 13 14, christened on 19 Apr 1876 in Hamburg: Trinity Lutheran Church, Berks, PA,15 died on 22 Jun 1941 in Reading, Berks, PA 12 13 16 and was buried on 25 Jun 1941 in Sinking Spring: Sinking Spring Cemetery, Berks, PA 12 13.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFMC-KBJ Reuben Beecher in entry for William Benjamin Beecher and Lizzie Griesemer, 1905.

2 Reading Times (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 21 Dec 1925, page 3.

3 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. 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 44438. Lizzie Beecher. Father Wm K Griesemer. Mother Agnes Drumheller.

4 Reading Times (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 27 Apr 1929, page 20.

5 Reading Eagle (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19050826&id=5IctAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TZwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3129,4008125 [ Marriage notice of William Beecher and Lizzie Grisemer ].

6 Reading Times (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 28 Aug 1905, page 3.

7 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGHK-3M3 William B Beecher, Reading Ward 6, Berks, Pennsylvania; citing sheet 10B, family 260, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375327.

8 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Reading Ward 4, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1536; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 63; Image: 973.

9 Reading Times (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 4 May 1929, page 21.

10 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3MP-PP4 William Beecher, ED 57 Precinct 1 Reading city Ward 5, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 21, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241378.

11 WWI Civilian Draft Registrations, Registration State: Pennsylvania; Registration County: Berks; Roll: 1909283; Draft Board: 1. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

12 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. 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 54761. Wm Benjamin Beecher. Father Reuben Beecher. Mother Anna Yocum.

13 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=132246314.

14 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), Benjamin William Beecher, SSN 196055468.

15 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985, Berks > Hamburg > Trinity Lutheran Church, church record book page 211, online mage 331 of 495.

16 Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania, Death Indices (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA, 16103. Online at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 .), 1941, page 98. Wm B. Beecher, Reading 6-22-41, death certificate 54761.



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