Francis A. Gibson
(1853-1935)
Alice Hicks
(1853-1922)
Ora S. Gibson
(1878-1974)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. John Mullin Batten Beecher

Ora S. Gibson 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 1878, Spring Twp., Perry, PA 2 3
  • Marriage (1): John Mullin Batten Beecher on 18 Oct 1905 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA 1
  • Died: 1974 at age 96 3
  • Buried: Paxtang: Paxtang Cemetery, Dauphin, PA 3

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Spring Twp., Perry, PA. 7 The 1880 census recorded F. A. Gibson, merchant, 24, living with wife Alice, 22, and daughter Alice, 1. Also in the home is father Robert C. Gibson, 63. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

2. Newspaper: Harrisburg Daily Independent: wedding announcement, 10 Oct 1905, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 8 Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Gibson ahve issued invitations for the wedding of their daughter, Miss Ora Lee Gibson, to Mr. John Mullen Batten Beecher, at their home, 1523 North Second street, on Wednesday evening, October 18, at 7.30. A reception from 9 to 11 will follow the ceremony. The bride is a popular young lady, a graduate of the High school, also a graduate of the musical department of Perkiomen seminary. The groom is a former resident of Pittsburg and is now draughtsman for the P. R. R. company at this place.

3. Newspaper: Harrisburg Patriot: Beecher-Gibson, 19 Oct 1905, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 9 A pretty home wedding was solemnized last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street, when their daughter, Miss Ora Lee Gibson was united in marriage to John Mullin Batten Beecher, draughtsman for the Pennsylvania Railroad Cmopany. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Henry Harms, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The ring service was used.
At 7.30 the bridal party entered the parlor to the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march, played by Miss Elizabeth Orth. The bride attended by Miss Mayme Kelley, of Allentown, as maid of honor; Miss Edith Hemler, of this city, Miss May Carscaden, of Williamsport, as bridesmaids, and Miss Doris Rothert and Miss Anna Schroeder as ribbon girls. Robert S. Beecher, brother of the groom, was best man.
The bride wore a beautiful gown of white net over white silk and carried a large bouquet of bridal roses. Miss Kelley, maid of honor, wore pink crepe de chine; the bridesmaids wore white point D' Esprit over pink silk and the flower girls wore dainty costumes of white mousseline.
The home was handsomely decorated with ferns, palms, pink and white roses and pink and white ribbons being the color scheme. A reception followed the ceremony after which Mr. and Mrs. Beecher left on a two weeks' tour to southern cities. On their return they will reside at 1525 North Second street..
Miss Gibson was a graduate of the local High School and also of the musical department of Perkiomen Seminary. She is a great favorite in social circles and an accomplished musician. The grrom was a former resident of Pittsburg. Guests attended the wedding from Altoon, Williamsport, New York and Chicago.

4. Newspaper: Altoona Tribune: "J. B. Beecher and wife, of Harrisburg, are visitng at the home of Mrs. Beecher's grandmother, Mrs. Anna Heicks, 703 Chestnut avenue.", 25 Dec 1905, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 10

5. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mr. And Mrs. Beecher are visiting Mrs. Anna Hicks, Altoona.", 26 Dec 1905, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 11

6. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mr. And Mrs. J. M. B. Beecher, Philadelphia, are visiting Mrs. Beecher's parents, Mr. And Mrs. Gibson, North Second street.", 6 Jul 1906, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 12

7. Newspaper: The Courier: "Mrs. John Beecher, who has been the guest of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, for several weeks, was called to Philadelphia on Wednesday, by the serious illness of her husband, at their home in that city.", 13 Jul 1906, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 13

8. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mr. And Mrs. John Beecher, of Philadelphia, are visiting Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street.", 29 Dec 1906, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 14

9. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mr. And Mrs. J. M. Beecher, formerly of this city, have taken a house in West Philadelphia. Mrs. Beecher was formerly Miss Ora Gibson, of this city.", 15 Feb 1907, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 15

10. Newspaper: The Courier: "Mrs. John M. Beecher, of Philadelphia, who was Miss Ora Gibson, of this city, before her marriage, visited her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street, during the holidays.", 5 Jan 1908, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 16

11. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street, left to-day to spend a week with Mr. And Mrs. John M. Beecher, in Philadelphia.", 3 Oct 1908, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 17

12. She appeared on the census in 1910 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 18 In the 1910 Census in Philadelphia Ward 46 is listed John M. Beecher, 30, married to Ora, 30, living with daughter Elaine, 1. They are their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

13. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson and Mrs. John M. Beecher, 27 Jun 1910, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 19 Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, of North Second street, and Mrs. John M. Beecher and little daughter Elaine, of Philadelphia, motored to Philadelphia to-day. Mrs. Beecher will attend the commencement exercises of Perkiomen Seminary while away.

14. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mrs. Frank A. Gibson and daughter, Mrs. John Beecher, have returned from York where they were guests of ex-Mayor Gibson and family, for a few days.", 31 Jul 1911, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 20

15. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mrs. Ora Gibson Beecher and daughter, who spent the past two months with the former's parents, Mr. And Mrs. Frank Gibson, left for their home in Philadelphia and from there will go to Pine Beach, N.J. To spend the month of August.", 8 Aug 1911, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 21

16. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, of 1525 North Second street, have gone to Philadelphia to spend the holidays at the home of their daughter, Mrs. John M. Beecher.", 23 Dec 1911, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 22

17. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mrs. John Beecher and little daughter Elaine, of Philadelphia, are guests of Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street. Mrs. Beecher was formerly Miss Ora Gibson, of this city.", 11 Jun 1912, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 23

18. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mrs. John M. Beecher Is Here For The Holidays", 24 Dec 1913, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 24 Mrs. Frank F. A. Gibson, of 1525 North Second street, has returned from Philadelphia, where she has been spending some time. Her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Beecher, accompanied her home and will remain during the holiday season.

19. Newspaper: Harrisburg Daily Independent: "Mrs. John M. Beecher and daughter, Elaine, of Hammond, Ind., are visiting the former's parents, Mr. And Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street.", 22 Sep 1916, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 25

20. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: Motor to Philadelphia, 29 Sep 1916, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 26 "Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Gibson, of North Second street, will start on an automobile trip to Philadelphia tomorrow, taking home their daughter, Mrs. John M. Beecher and granddaughter Miss Elaine Beecher, who have been their guests for some time on the way back from Evanston, Ill., where they spent the summer."

21. She resided at 11 Mason St., Hammond, IN on 12 Sep 1918 in Hammond, Lake, IN. 5

22. She appeared on the census in 1920 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 2 In the 1920 Census in Philadelphia is listed John M. B. Beecher, 39, married to Ora, 39, living with daughter Elaine G., 10. They are their parents were born in Pennsylvania. Also in the home is Henry Hill, 44, born in India, and John Edwards, 23, born in Virginia.

23. She resided at 714 N. 18Th St., Harrisburg, PA on 23 Jul 1922 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 27

24. Her obituary was published in the Evening News: Funeral of Mrs. S. M. Beecher on 28 Oct 1922 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 28 The funeral of Mrs. Flora A. Beecher, 34, of 714 North Eighteenth street, who died at the Polyclinic Hospital Thursday night, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the home, with burial in Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle. The Rev. H. F. Rhoades will officiate. Mrs. Beecher leaves a husband and three children.

25. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mrs. Ora Beecher and Miss Elain Beecher, Wilmington, N. C., are visiting F. A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street.", 19 Jun 1925, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 29

26. Newspaper: Gettysburg Times: "Mrs. Harry Beecher, Detroit, Michigan, has returned to her home after spending some time with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Powers Pittenturf, West High street.", 2 Jun 1926, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 30

27. Newspaper: Harrisburg Telegraph: "Mrs. John Beecher, has returned to Newark, N. J., after visiting her father, F. A. Gibson, 1525 North Second street.", 11 Jun 1926, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 31

28. Newspaper: Harrisburg Evening News: Mrs. John Beecher, of East Orange, N. J., spent some time recently here as the guest of her father, Frank Gibson, 1525 North Second street., 23 Jan 1929, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 32

29. Newspaper: Evening News: $18,000 Gibson Estate Goes to Two Relatives, 20 Aug 1935, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 33 A daughter and granddaughter are named heirs to the $18,000 estate of Frank A. Gibson, late of this city, the will disclosed today when filed in the Dauphin County Courthouse.
The daughter, Ora Gibson Beecher, of 1525 North Second street, is named executrix of the estate, which includes $13,000 personal property and $5000 in real estate. The granddaughter is Elaine Beecher.

30. She resided at 308 Sheridan Ave., Pittsburgh, PA on 4 Dec 1940 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA. 34

31. She resided at 21 Summit Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ on 27 Apr 1942 in Cedar Grove, Essex, NJ. 4

32. She resided at 296 N. Arlington Ave., East Orange, NJ is the corrected address Ora ammended to her husband's death certificate. On 17 Sep 1946 in East Orange, Essex, NJ, USA. 35

33. She resided at 500 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood, PA on 17 Sep 1946 in Wynnewood, Montgomery, PA, USA. 6


Ora married John Mullin Batten Beecher, son of Jacob Henry Beecher and Susan Catherine Oberlin, on 18 Oct 1905 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA.1 (John Mullin Batten Beecher was born on 15 Jul 1879 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA,3 4 5 6 35 36 37 38 39 died on 17 Sep 1946 in Wynnewood, Montgomery, PA, USA 3 6 40 and was buried on 20 Sep 1946 in Paxtang: Paxtang Cemetery, Dauphin, PA 3 6.)


Sources


1 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFMD-FT4 John M. B. Beecher and Ora Gibson, 18 Oct 1905; citing Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States; FHL microfilm 21175.

2 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXMY-3TT John M B Beecher, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; citing enumeration district (ED) , sheet 7A, family 172, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821646.

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45343924.

4 FamilySearch.org, United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRWV-SP1 John Mullin Batten Beecher, 1942; citing ARC identifier 2555983, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C; FHL microfilm 2371017.

5 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZ2S-49G John Mullin B Beecher, 1917-1918; citing Lake County no 2, Indiana, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509.

6 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 79254. John M. B. Beecher. Father Jacob Henry Beecher. Mother Susan Oberland. Spouse Ora S. Beecher.

7 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWN1-5CB Ora Gibson in household of F A Gibson, Spring, Perry, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 197B, NARA microfilm publication T9.

8 Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 10 Oct 1905, page 11.

9 The Patriot (Harrisburg, PA), 19 Oct 1905, page 4. Beecher-Gibson Wedding.

10 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 25 Dec 1905, page 8.

11 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 26 Dec 1905, page 4.

12 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 6 Jul 1906, page 3.

13 The Courier (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania), 13 Jul 1906, page 2.

14 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 29 Dec 1906, page 3.

15 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 15 Feb 1907, page 3.

16 The Courier (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania), 5 Jan 1908, page 2.

17 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 3 Oct 1908, page 3.

18 1910 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGZ5-QK9 Ora Beecher in household of John M Beecher, Philadelphia Ward 46, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; citing sheet 8B, family 207, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375426.

19 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 27 Jun 1910, page 3.

20 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 31 Jul 1911, page 4.

21 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 8 Aug 1911, page 4.

22 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 23 Dec 1911, page 2.

23 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 11 Jun 1912, page 4.

24 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 24 Dec 1913, page 4.

25 Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 22 Sep 1916, page 3.

26 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 29 Sep 1916, page 8.

27 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 2 Aug 1922, page 5.

28 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 28 Oct 1922, page 11.

29 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 19 Jun 1925, page 6.

30 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.), 2 Jun 1926, page 2.

31 (Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 11 Jun 1926, page 8.

32 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 23 Jan 1929.

33 Harrisburg Evening News, Harrisburg, PA, 20 Aug 1935, page 9.

34 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 109382. Durwood O'Connell. Father Daniel O'Connell born in Ireland. Mother Elizabeth Duncan born in Scotland. Spouse Frances Beecher.

35 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.), Corrections made by Mrs. J.M.B. Beecher on 1 Nov 1946 to Death Certificate 79254 for John M. B. Beecher. Corrected residence address and age of deceased.

36 1900 United States Census, Iowa, Ida County, Corwin Township, Series: T623 Roll: 437 Page: 158.

37 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2V6-9YN.

38 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MW6K-M8W Henry Beecher, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 14C, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-1093.

39 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), John Mullen Beecher, SSN 059074043.

40 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 .), Death Certificate 79254. John Beecher.



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