John Jacob Beacher Sr.
(1812-After 1880)
Angeline Eisenhuth
(1815-1885)
William James Jacobs Sr.
(Abt 1820-1903)
Mary Ann Hough
(1822-1908)
Benjamin Franklin Beacher Sr.
(1845-1922)
Sarah Jane Jacobs
(1846-1886)
Sarah Jane Beacher
(1873-1955)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Elias Mervine

2. George Wilson Blew
3. John William McConnell

Sarah Jane Beacher 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 10 Feb 1873, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11
  • Marriage (1): Elias Mervine
  • Marriage (2): George Wilson Blew about 1896 1
  • Marriage (3): John William McConnell on 26 May 1914 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 2
  • Died: 27 Mar 1955, Stockton: Stockton State Hospital, San Joaquin, CA, USA at age 82 5 6 11 12
  • Crem.: 5 Apr 1955, Stockton: Stockton State Hospital, San Joaquin, CA, USA 12

   Other names for Sarah were Sallie Beacher 9 and Sadie Beecher.3 13 14

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She had a residence in 1909 in Visalia, Tulare, CA. According to elder Beecher family members who spoke to family historian Bruce Franklin Beacher, Sadie (also called Sallie and Sarah Jane) was handicapped in a horse runaway accident as a child and starting about 1880 lived with her uncle, Hiram Beecher, of Mount Carmel. At a young age she fathered a child with Elias Mervine. Her second husband was Hiram's co-worker, Wilson Blew, who was injured with Hiram in a 1908 mine accident. In 1910 they moved to California, including her son, Harry Mervine.

2. Newspaper: Mount Carmel Item: "A party of twelve consisting of Harry Blue, William Beecher, wife and family and H. Beecher left this morning on the Reading for Tulare, Cal. The party will go into the homestead territory and stake up a tract of land they will farm.", 14 Apr 1910, Mount Carmel Twp., Northumberland, PA. 15

3. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 9 Benjamin Beacher (age 35, occupation miner) and living in his household are his wife, Sarah Jane (33); daughters Emma (10), Laura (8), Sallie (6) and Angeline (5), son Benjamin (3),and daughter Mary (1). Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

4. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 4 Hiram Becher, coal miner, 38, was married to wife Henrietta, 31. Living with them: Lilly May, 12; Sarah Jane, 10; Edith, 7; and Willie, 5. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

5. She appeared on the census in 1910 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. 1 The 1910 census recorded at 304 E. Seventh Street: Wilson Blew, coal miner, 40, living with wife Sadie, 40. They were married for 14 years, Wilson's first marriage and Sadie's second marriage. She had birthed 1 child by 1910 who was still alive that year. Next door is Sadie's sister, Edith HIlbert, with her family.

6. She appeared on the census in 1900 in Mount Carmel Twp., Northumberland, PA. 16 Hiram Beecher (age 57, born Jul 1843) is listed in the 1900 Census as a household head living on the west side of Oak Street in Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. His wife is listed as Etta (51, born Sep 1848). Living with them is son Wilhelm J. (24, born May, 1876). Both father and son are employed as coal miners. Henrietta is listed as having given birth to 4 children, all of whom were living in 1900. Living in the same building as a boarder is Sadie Beecher, his daughter, born Feb 1874 and single, occupation servant.

7. She had a residence on 4 Feb 1911 in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

8. She had a residence in 1914 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2

9. Thomas and Sarah obtained a marriage license on 26 May 1914 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2 William Mc Connell
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 54
Race: white
Marital Status: widowed
Number of Marriages: 1
Birthplace: Missouri
Occupation: common labor
Father: William McConnell
Father's birthplace: Virginia
Mother: May Hulbert
Mother's birthplace: Michigan

Sarah Beacher
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 35
Race: white
Marital Status: single
Number of Marriages: none
Birthplace: Shenandoah, PA
Occupation: house work
Father: Benjamin Beacher
Father's birthplace: unknown
Mother: Sarah Jacobs
Mother's birthplace: unknown

10. She appeared on the census in 1920 in O'Neal Twp., San Joaquin, CA. 17 The 1920 census recorded William M. Mcconnell, laborer, 60, born in Missouri, living with wife Sadie J., 35, born in Pennsylvania. William's father was born in Pennsylvania, his mother in Michigan.

11. She resided at On her death certificate it listed her regular address about 1924 was 1400 N. Court St., Visalia, Tulare, California. In 1924 in Visalia, Tulare, CA. 12

12. She appeared on The 1930 census recorded at Stockton State Hospital for Insane: Sarah J. McConnell, inmate, 56, born in Pennsylvania. [Indexed incorrectly as Sarah S. McCornell], census in 1930 in Stockton, San Joaquin, CA. 18

13. She appeared on The 1940 census recorded at Stockton State Hospital for Insane: Sarah J. McConnell, inmate, 66, married, born in Pennsylvania. Census in 1940 in Stockton Judicial Twp., San Joaquin, CA. 19

14. Book: History of the Beacher Family, 1970. 20
The following narrative was typewritten in 1970 by Hazel Horrox Miller, niece of Hiram Beecher: "Sarah Jane or Sallie Beacher [daughter of Benjamin F. Beacher Sr.] never married and lived with B.F. Beacher Sr.'s brother Hiram or Hyle Beacher most of her life in Mt. Carmel. Hyle or Hiram was married and in the 1930's Hyle and his 4 children - Lillian, Sadie, William and Edith, their husbands & children and Ma's sister Sallie all went to Fresno, Cal. They wrote to Ma [Emma Margaret Beacher, daughter of B.F. Sr.] for awhile but nothing has been heard from them in late years."

[Correction by Jonathan Beacher: From birth and census data we know Hiram went to California in 1910, not in the 1930's as Hazel states.]


Sarah married Elias Mervine, son of Philip Mervine and Anna Maria Shearer. (Elias Mervine was born on 16 Mar 1860 in Ringtown, Schuylkill, PA,14 21 22 died on 12 Sep 1929 in Ringtown, Schuylkill, PA 14 22 and was buried on 16 Sep 1929 in Ringtown: St. Paul's Lutheran & Reformed Church (White Church), Schuylkill, PA 14 22.)


Sarah next married George Wilson Blew, son of Edward Blew and Lydia Garber, about 1896.1 (George Wilson Blew was born on 1 Apr 1870 in , , PA,1 23 24 died on 16 Jan 1943 in , Los Angeles, CA 23 24 and was buried in Cerritos: Artesia Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA, USA 24.)


Sarah next married John William McConnell, son of William McConnell and Maria Hulbert, on 26 May 1914 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.2 (John William McConnell was born about 1860 in Yellow Creek Township, Chariton, MO 2 17 and died before 1955 12.)


Sources


1 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: MT Carmel Ward 3, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1383; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0081; FHL microfilm: 1375396.

2 FamilySearch.org, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8Z1-FV6 William McConnell in entry for William McConnell and Sarah Beacher, 26 May 1914; citing p. 114, Los Angeles, California, United States; FHL microfilm 2074113.

3 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, 1 Mar 1979.

4 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255192; National Archives Film T9-1192; Page 501A.

5 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

6 California Vital Records, California Death Index record for Sarah Jane McConnell.

7 Schalk, Adolf W. and Hon. D.C. Henning, editors, History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (State Historical Association, 1907. Found in Pennsylvania State Library, R974.863 Sch. 13 V.2), Volume II, pages 44-46.

8 Bible of Benjamin F. and Sarah Jane Beacher.

9 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255192; National Archives Film T9-1192; Page 7C.

10 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Mount Carmel Borough, Roll 1449 Book 2, Page 98.

11 FamilySearch.org, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Sarah Jane McConnell, death 27 mar 1955 in San Joaquin, born 10 Feb 1874 in Pennsylvania, father Beecher mother Jacobs.

12 FamilySearch.org, California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV37-CWSK Sarah Jane Mcconnell, 27 Mar 1955; citing Death, Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1851094.

13 FamilySearch.org, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8ZK-HDP : Sadie Beacher mother of Harry C Mervine who married Ethel Bahwell, 04 Feb 1911; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2074036.

14 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 94823. Elias Mervine. Father Philip Mervine. Mother Anna Shearer. Spouse Sadie Beacher.

15 Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.), 14 Apr 1910, page 1. To California.

16 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Roll 1449 Book 2, Page 98.

17 1920 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MH4Z-CTH Sadie J McConnell in entry for William M McConnell, 1920.

18 1930 United States Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Stockton, San Joaquin, California; Roll: 212; Page: 30B; Enumeration District: 0050; Image: 301.0; FHL microfilm: 2339947.

19 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9DD-CXQ Sarah J McConnell, Ward 4, Stockton, Stockton Judicial Township, San Joaquin, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-56, sheet 9A.

20 Miller, Hazel Horrox and Horn, Ruth Beacher, History of the Beacher Family (1970, typewritten pages, self published.).

21 FamilySearch.org, California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8ZK-HDP : Elias Mervine father of Harry C Mervine who married Ethel Bahwell, 04 Feb 1911; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2074036.

22 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9054537.

23 FamilySearch.org, California Death Index, 1940-1997, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VP6C-J1M George W Blew, 16 Jan 1943; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

24 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10228045.



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