John Beecher
(1757-1842)
Elizabeth Keplinger
(1755-1845)
Jacob Gilbert
(1756-1831)
Anna Margaretha Fox
(1769-1838)
David Beecher
(1793-1880)
Anna Maria Gilbert
(1797-1887)
Samuel M. Beecher
(1820-1904)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sarah Ann Matilda Wagoner

Samuel M. Beecher 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

  • Born: 5 Mar 1820, Beechersville, Adams, PA 9 10 11 12 13 20 21
  • Christened: 25 Apr 1820, Gettysburg: St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Adams, PA 13 21
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Ann Matilda Wagoner on 6 Jul 1843 in Westminster, Carroll, MD 1 2 3 4
  • Died: 1 Apr 1904, Altoona, Blair, PA at age 84 13 22
  • Buried: Altoona: Fairview Cemetery, Blair, PA 23

   Another name for Samuel was Samuel Bücher.20 21 24

  Christening Notes:

Sponsors were Peter Littel and Lydia.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Alt. Name:,. Many of Samuel's children appear in the baptism records at Arendtsville Union Church as surname Bucher, not Beecher, as transcribed onto microfiche at the Family History Library. This may be an interpretation of handwriting, as the swirls of two e's can appear as a single u, or vice versa. Examination of the actual handwriting on the original church records is suggested.

2. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Butler Twp., Adams, PA. 10 David Beecher, merchant, 56, was living with wife Mary, 53. Also with them was Archibald Wilson, clerk, 63; and Mary Weigle, 19. His real estate was worth $20,000 making him wealthy by comparison to others. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

His next neighbor is John Hoover, tanner, 37, living with Sophia, David Beecher's daughter, 28, and their children: Amelia, 9; daughter Georgeanna, 6; son Lisle, 4; and Mary, 1. Also in their home is Sarah Rufsell, 20, and Samuel Blythe, 7.

The next neighbor is David Beecher's son Samuel Beecher, laborer, 29; wife Matilda, 25; Calvin, 5; David, 3; Charles, 1 month old when the census was recorded on 13 Aug 1850. Also living with them: David Geyer, manufacturer, 23; and Sara Lower, 16. Samuel has no real estate value suggesting he is living on his father's land. Everyone in all families were born in Pennsylvania.

3. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Butler Twp., Adams, PA. 11 David Beecher, 66, was living with wife Mary, 63. David's real estate was worth $5,000 and personal estate $4,500. Both were born in Pennsylvania.

Listed just above them on the census page is the household of Samuel Beecher, 40, paper maker, living with wife Sarah A. M., 35; Mary E., 16; George C., 14; David H., 11; Charles F., 11; Clara J., 8; Samuel B., 5; Sarah A., 1. Also in the home is Mathias Waller, 23, occupation "hireling", and Amanda Bunnell, 18, help. Samuel's real estate was worth $4,000 and personal estate $400. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

Also on the page is David's daughter, Lucy A., living with husband Henry Weigle and their children.

4. Court: Bankruptcy: paper mill in Apr 1869 in , Adams, PA.

5. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Franklin Twp., Adams, PA. 25 Samuel Beecher, 50, works in paper mill, was living with wife Matilda, 45; David, 21, works in paper mill; Clara, 18; Sarah, 11; and Anna, 6. Samuel had no real estate and his personal estate was worth $240. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Arendtsville.

6. Moved: Apr 1873, Altoona, Blair, PA. 9

7. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 20 Samuel Bucher, age 60, laborer, is living with wife Sarah A. M., age 55, and daughter Annie, 16, employed as a dress maker. Living with them is Henry Shank, a nephew, age 24, cigar maker. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

8. Residence: in 1890 in Altoona, Blair, PA. Listed in Clark's Directory for the City of Altoona, 1890:
Beecher Adam, carpenter, owns home 44 Fourth Ave
Beecher James, laborer, home 1518 Twentieth Ave
Beecher William, laborer, rents house 1518 Twentieth Ave, Oakton
Beecher Anna J. Miss, dressmaker, boards 419 Seventh Ave
Beecher Samuel, laborer, rents house 419 Seventh Ave

9. Newspaper: Altoona Tribune: Samuel Beecher, of 419 Seventh avenue, who is visiting in York at the residence of his son, David Beecher, is now confined to his bed by serious illness., 27 Oct 1892, Altoona, Blair, PA. 26

10. Newspaper: Altoona Tribune: Fifty Years Married, 7 Jul 1893, Altoona, Blair, PA. 3 FIFTY YEARS MARRIED.
An Interesting Event Worthily Celebrated Last Night.

It is always interesting to note the joining of two hearts in the sacred bonds of marriage, and when two lives thus blended How on through fifty years of time, encountering and weathering life's joys and sorrows, bringing up at the half century mark with the youthful love still in their hearts but mellowed and chastened by memories of many happy as well as many sad hours shared together, the golden wedding anniversary when it arrives is all the more interesting and worthy of note. Fifty years ago last night, Mr. Samuel Beecher was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ann Matilda Wagner, by Rev. Philip Willard, a minister of the Lutheran church. The wedding took place at Westminster, Md., the groom being a resident of Beechervrlle, Adams county, this state, and the bride a native of Carroll county, Md.
In April, 1873, Mr. and Mrs. Beecher became residents of Altoona, and for many years Mr. Beecher has been an employee of the Pennsylvania railroad company, being engaged in No. 2 planing mill under Foreman Freet. Here the majority of their friends live and here also they have a host of friends who love and respect them for their Christian worth. While Mr. and Mrs. Beecher were not unmindful of the fact that yesterday was the anniversary of their wedding they never dreamed of making any special celebration in its honor, but their children thought differently, and accordingly the house of Mr. and Mrs. Cavander, with whom they reside at 419 Seventh avenue was placed in proper order for a golden wedding jubilee last night, but all without the knowledge of the bride and groom.
It was about 8.30 o'clock when the conspirators who had gathered at the home of Mr. John G. Kline marched in upon the unsuspecting couple. Mr. Beecher had been thinking of going to bed, but when surrounded by his children, grandchildren and neighbors he was well enough pleased to stay, although he did not realize the full import of the occasion until he and his wife were requested to take their places in the center of the floor when they were brought face to face with Rev. I. P. Truxal, who proceeded to congratulate them upon their long and useful married life and also while holding their marriage certificate in his hands, reminding them that it was fifty years since they had first stood hand in hand and promised to love and cherish one another through life, a promise that has been faithfully kept through all the years that have intervened. In conclusion Rev. Truxal presented them with a silken purse of gold, the gift of their children and friends.
Too much surprised and moved to more than express their thanks the aged couple were then surrounded by their offspring and manly men and true women tendered their sincere congratulations while prattling babes expressed their love and appreciation of grandpa and grandma by kisses. Of course a good supper was a feature of the occasion and this was heartily enjoyed by all present, and when this was over the evening was most pleasantly passed in social family reunion until a seasonable hour when the festivities came to a close and al1 retired.
Mr. and Mrs. Beecher were the parents of ten children, six of whom are dead. Of the living and their descendants there present Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Cavender and wife and one child; Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Gobrecht and wife and five children, of this city; Mrs. Calvin Beecher and four children, and David H. Beecher and two children, of York, Pa. Mr. Beecher is 73 years of age and looks to be good for many more years of life. He is a second cousin of the late Henry Ward Beecher and is a good citizen, as are all his descendants. Mrs. Beecher is five years her husband's junior and is as sprightly as a school girl. She entered into the spirit of the occasion with great zest and greatly enjoyed the surprise given by her friends.

11. Residence: in 1895 in Altoona, Blair, PA. Listed in C. B. Clark's Altoona City Directory...
Beecher Samuel, laborer, rents house 419 Seventh Av
Beecher Christina B. Mrs., widow Adam, owns house 54 Fourth Av
Beecher Emery, laborer, home 54 Fourth Av

12. He appeared on the census in 1900 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 12 Samuel Beecher, boarder, 80, born Mar 1820, was living with wife Sarah, 75, born May 1825. They were married 57 years and she had birthed 10 children, 4 still alive in 1900. They were living in the home of son-in-law Edward Cavender, 40, Dec 1859, who was married for 21 years to Samuel's daughter, Sallie M., 40, May 1860 [should be 1859] who birthed 2 children, one living: their son George E., 13, Feb 1887. Also with them was Edward's mother Lydia, widowed, 78, Dec 1821, who had 12 children, 2 living. Lydia and her parents were born in Delaware. Everyone else was born in Pennsylvania, as were the parents of Samuel and Sarah. Edward owned the home at 407 Sixth Avenue.

13. Obituary: Altoona Mirror on 2 Apr 1904 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 27 Samuel Beecher, whose death was briefly mentioned in yesterday's Mirror, was the son of David and Anna Mary Gilbert Beecher, and was born in Beechersville, Adams county, Pa., March 5, 1820. He was married to Sarah Ann Matilda Wagoner, of Westminster, Maryland, July 6, 1843. Ten children were born to this union, six of whom have preceded their father into rest---Mary E., Charles F., Samuel, Edward W., Annie I. and Emma Iona. The bereaved wife and four children survive---George C. and David H.G., of York, Pa., Clara J. Gobrecht and Sallie A.M. Cavender, of this city; also fifteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy A. Weigle, of Harrisburg, Pa. Mr. Beecher was a resident of Altoona, Pa., since April, 1873, and was an employee of P.R.R. mill No. 2, until compulsory retirement of employees at the age of 70 years first went into effect some years ago. He was a kind father, an esteemed citizen and faithful in his church relations. He quietly waited his appointed time and strong in faith and hope, he has entered into that rest that remains for the faithful people of God. Funeral services will be held at the Second Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment in Fairview cemetery.


Samuel married Sarah Ann Matilda Wagoner, daughter of Jacob Frederick Wagoner and Elizabeth Blulach, on 6 Jul 1843 in Westminster, Carroll, MD.1 2 3 4 (Sarah Ann Matilda Wagoner was born on 10 May 1825 in Westminster, Carroll, MD 2 12 20 28 29 30, christened on 10 Jul 1825 in Gettysburg: St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Adams, PA, died on 20 Jun 1910 in Altoona, Blair, PA 2 28 29 30 31 and was buried on 23 Jun 1910 in Altoona: Fairview Cemetery, Blair, PA 2 28 29 30.)


  Marriage Notes:

Rev. Philip Willard.

Sources


1 Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA), Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 10 July - from Adams Co. card file.

2 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 21 Jun 1910, page 9. Obituary of Mrs. Sarah A. Beecher.

3 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 7 Jul 1893, page 1.

4 FamilySearch.org, Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q298-Q27C Samuel Beacher and Sarah Matilda Wagner, 05 Jul 1843 FHL Microfilm 1,320,680.

5 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of November 13, 2005).

6 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of December 2, 2005).

7 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of December 2, 2005), Batch #: C504751, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 1433124 IT 6, 8, Printout Call #: 0883654, Dates: 1819 - 1875.

8 Records of Sharon Swope (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=nickol).

9 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), Saturday, April 2, 1904 edition.

10 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Butler Township, Series: Series: M432 Roll: 743 Page: 12.

11 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Butler Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1057 Page: 3-4.

12 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona Ward 8, Series: T623 Roll: 1381 Page: 42.

13 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=89827473.

14 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 76040. George C. Beecher. Father Samuel Beecher, mother Matilda Wagner.

15 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. 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 119461. David Henry Gilbert Beecher. Father Samuel Beecher. Mother Sarah Wagner.

16 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. 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 2696. Clara Jane Gobrecht. Father Samuel M. Beecher. Mother Sara Anna May Waggoner. Spouse Neander A. Gobrecht.

17 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 671. PA > Adams > St. James Evangelical Lutheran. Baptism of Mary Elisabeth, daughter of Samuel Beecher and Matilda.

18 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. 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 22197. Sallie A. Cavender. Father Samuel Beecher. Mother Matilda Wagner. Spouse Edward W. Cavender.

19 Research of Marcia S. Wilson, great grandaughter of Mary Jane Beecher Gibson (http://marciasandmeyerwilson.com and emails from Macia S. Wilson), Telephone call on 30 Mar 1997 between Lorraine Beecher Fiece and Marcia Sandmeyer Wilson, recorded in notes in the Beecher surname file at Adams County Historical Society library.

20 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255102; National Archives Film T9-1102; Page 38D.

21 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985, Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 671. PA > Adams > St. James Evangelical Lutheran. Baptism of Samuel Bücher, father David, mother Maria.

22 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), April 2, 1904.

23 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49974084.

24 Arendtsville Union Church (Zion Lutheran and Trinity Reformed; Arents Church), Adams County, Pennsylvania.

25 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Franklin Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1289 Page: 128.

26 Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania.), 27 Oct 1892, page 4.

27 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), Saturday, April 2, 1904.

28 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=89828322.

29 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 55274. Sarah M. Beecher. Father Jacob Wagner. Mother Elizabeth Blulach.

30 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. 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 55274. Sarah M. Beecher. Father Jacob Wagner. Mother Elizabeth Blulach. Informant: Mrs. Ed Cavender.

31 Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA), Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 29 June from Adams Co., card file.



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