William S. Snyder
(1834-1909)
Harriet Eisenhart
(1839-1901)
Elias Smith
(1833-1904)
Passila Riegel
(1836-1857)
Henry Calvin Snyder
(1857-1940)
Lizzie Ann Smith
(1856-1908)
Bertha Priscilla Snyder
(1885-1959)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr.

Bertha Priscilla Snyder 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

  • Born: 11 Jun 1885, Frackville, Schuylkill, PA 1 3 5 12
  • Christened: 1885, Frackville, Schuylkill, PA 1
  • Marriage (1): Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr. on 10 May 1905 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 2
  • Died: 5 Jan 1959, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA at age 73 1 7 12 13
  • Buried: 9 Jan 1959, Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 1 7 12

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She appeared on the census in 1900 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5 The 1900 census recorded renting a home at 930 Allen Street: Henry C. Snyder, stationary engineer, 43, born Nov 1857, living with wife Lizzie, 44, Oct 1856; children Maud, 19, Apr 1881; Elias, 17, Jun 1883; and William, 15, Jun 1885; his twin sister Bertha, 15, Jun 1885, and Blanch, 10, May 1890. Maud, Elias, William, and Bertha were all employed as workers at a silk mill.
Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. The census states Henry and Lizzie were married for 21 years and she had birthed 9 children, 5 alive in 1900.

2. Newspaper: Allentown Leader: "Pennsburg: Miss Bertha Snyder of Shenandoah and her sister, Miss Maude Snyder of Allentown, were the guests of Mr. And Mrs. Charles Dickert.", 27 Aug 1902, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 14

3. Minister: 10 May 1905, Shenandoah: United Evangelical Church, Schuylkill, PA. Reverend William Schieffly of the Shenandoah United Evangelical Church performed in Allentown, Lehigh County, the wedding of Benjamin and Bertha Beacher.

4. She appeared on the census in 1910 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 15 16 The 1910 census recorded owning the home and candy store at 35 North Main Street: Benjamin F Beacher, confectionery merchant, 33, living with wife Bertha, 25; daughter Ruth, 4; and son Paul, 1. Also in the home was his father Benjamin Beacher, Sr., 65, and Cora Smith, an 18-year-old servant. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

5. Baby Died at Birth: 1912, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 3

6. She appeared on the census in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 16 17 The 1930 Census in Allentown recorded Benjamin F. Beacher, age 53, living with his wife, Bertha P., 45; daughter Ruth E., 24, occupation piano teacher; and sons B. Donald, 16; John H., 13; Bruce F., 10;, and Robert L., 5.

7. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Central Body to Send Letter to Incoming Official, 2 Dec 1931, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 18 Today members of the Central Woman's Christian Temperance Union, meeting yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Bertha Beacher, 224 South Sixteenth street, unanimously commended Mayor-elect Fred E. Lewis for his decision to close speak-easies in the city of Allentown, and authorized Mrs. Elda J. DeBelle to express their opinion of "what they term this worthy, splendid move" in a letter to Mr. Lewis, which will be mailed today. The hostess, who is also vice president, was in charge of yesterday's meeting in the absence of the president, Mrs. Lizzie Church. Mrs. Church, who had been on a road to recovery, is a patient in the Haff Hospital at Northampton. A fine program was enjoyed by the members yesterday afternoon, following their business session, when Mrs. Joseph L. MacNeal, of this city, read a number of her own poems. Her talk and poems yesterday were thoroughly enjoyed. The meeting opened with scripture reading by Mrs. Laura Fabian and prayer, offered by Mrs. DeBele and Mrs. Charles Leh.

8. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Beacher Family Entertains, on 30 Jan 1932, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 19 19 The Men's Bible class of Grace E. C. church, Fifteenth and Turner streets. Rev. H. E. M. Snyder, pastor, sponsored an unusual supper party and program in the social rooms of the church last evening. It was called a "Family Night" and was attended by almost 100 persons, members of the class with their wives. So successful was the affair that it will be a regular event at intervals throughout the year. John I. Baker, president of the class, was a capable toastmaster during the dinner program, which featured two addresses by William Thomas and Rev. D. G. Reinhold. Mrs. H. C. Pottelger entertained with vocal solos. Following the dinner, there was an entertainment program staged by the Beacher family, which includes: Mr. and Mrs. B. Beacher, Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn and Donald, John, Bruce and Bobby Beacher. The group formed an orchestra and offered instrumental numbers; there were also a number of songs, piano duets and solos, etc. The program concluded with a demonstration of various types of Indian war dances, performed by the Beacher boys in costume.

9. She appeared on the census in 1940 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 20 The 1940 Census recorded at 224 16th Street in Allentown Benjamin F. Beacher, 62, living with wife Bertha P., 54; and sons John H., 23; Bruce F., 20; and Robert L., 15. Benjamin owned the home valued at $10,000. Benjamin had completed 4 years of high school, his wife and Robert 2 years. John and Bruce had completed 4 years of college. Benjamin was employed as a utility man in an office. Bruce was a soil technician with the Department of the Interior.

10. She resided at 224 S. 16Th St., Allentown, PA on 9 Jun 1943 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9

11. witnessed the obituary of Jonathan Scott Beacher on 25 Feb 1949 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA: Morning Call: The John H. Beachers Have Second Son. 21 21 The John Henry Beachers Parents of Son
Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Beacher of Teaneck, N. J. became the parents of their second son, Jonathan Scott, on Feb. 14 in the Holy Name hospital, Teaneck. The infant weighed 8 pounds. His 3-year-old brother David is visiting the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury, 26 N. West St., and the paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Beacher, 1935 Green St. The mother is the former Isabel Bury.

12. She resided at 1935 Greenleaf St., Allentown, Pa. On 22 Apr 1950 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 4

13. She resided at 1948 Allentown City Directory: Beacher Benj F (Bertha P) r 1024 Chew in 1948 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 22

14. Newspaper: Morning Call: David Beacher born, on 30 Jan 1946, in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 23 23 Mr. and Mrs. John Beacher of 54 E. Main St., Newark. Del., became the parents of their first child, a son, born at 11 p. m. Sunday in the Woman's General hospital, Wilmington, Del. Grandparents of the boy, who weighs five pounds, seven ounces, and will be named David, are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St., and Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Beacher of 224 S. 16th St.

15. She resided at 1935 Greenleaf St., Allentown, PA on 6 May 1950 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9

16. Newspaper: Morning Call: At Birthday Party, 16 Jun 1950, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 24 Mrs. Ruth Beacher Horn entertained at a turkey dinner Saturday night at her home, 1024 Chew St., in honor of her mother, Mrs. Bertha P. Beacher, 1935 Greenleaf St., and her uncle, W. H. Snyder, 1233 Walnut St., who observed their 65th birthday anniversaries last Sunday. They are the twin children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Snyder of Frackville.

Attending were B. Donald Beacher, manager of Westinghouse Electric Co. of the Williamsport area, Mrs. Beacher and children Beverly Ann, Dennis, Duane, Douglas and Darryl; John H. Beacher, entomologist for Allied Chemical Co. of New York, Mrs. Beacher and children David and Jonathan of Teaneck, N. J.; Bruce F. Beacher, chief of soil resourses in the Department of Interior, Washington, D. C., his wife and son Brent from Silver Spring, Md.; Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Beacher and daughter Nancy of Fayetteville, Ark. Dr. Beacher is head of the research department in agronomy at University of Arkansas. All four brothers were graduates of Allentown High school and were active in scouting circles in Allentown. Mr. and Mrs. Alden Horn and children Anne and John Alden. Mrs. Horn is the organist at Grace E. C. church.

17. She witnessed the obituary of John Henry Beacher on 22 Feb 1953 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA: Morning Call: John Beachers Parents of Daughter. 25 25 Mr. and Mrs. John Beacher of Teaneck, N. J. are the parents of a daughter, Martha Isabel, born at the Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck. The Beachers are also the parents of two sons, David Randall and Jonathan Scott. Mrs. Beacher is the former Isabel Bury, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bury of 26 N. West St. Mrs. Bertha B. Beacher of 1935 Greenleaf St., is the paternal grandmother.

18. She resided at 856 West Ave., Springfield, Pa. On 5 Jan 1959 in Springfield, Delaware, PA. 7

19. Cause of Death: Bertha died at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital due to aortic stenosis due to ASCVD. Fracture of right hip., 5 Jan 1959, Darby., Delaware, PA. 7

20. Newspaper: Allentown Morning Call: Annual Election, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 26 Annual Election
Mrs. Bertha Beacher Again Selected Head of Central Body
Mrs. Bertha Beacher, who was acting president for a year and a half and was elevated to the presidency last spring, following the death of President Mrs. Lizzie Lerch, was unanimously chosen president of the Central Women's Christian Temperance union at that group's annual meeting and first business session of the autumn yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Minerva Egge, 214 North Fifteenth street. The hostess was re-elected secretary of the union for her sixth term and Mrs. Laura Fabian was re-elected treasurer for her third term. Miss Isabel Butz was named the new vice president and Mrs. Warren Schuler the new corresponding secretary. Departmental appointments for the year were made as follows: Mrs. Elda J. DeBelle, legislation and prison work, Mrs. DeBelle having been active in the latter for more than a quarter of a century; Mrs. Hannah Romig reappointed Sabbath observance after thirty years in the office: Mrs. B. A. Beauchner, the new director of evangelism; Mrs. Esge, publicity and director of the Temperance Light Bearers; Mrs. Charles Leh, flower missions, and Miss Isabel Butz, director of the Loyal Temperance Legion. Mrs. Beacher and Miss Butz were chosen to represent the Central Union at the state W. C. T. V. convention, which will be held next month at York. Delegates chosen for the county convention, which will be held next Tuesday in Grace E. C. Church, include: Mrs. Charles Leh, Mrs. Warlen Schuler, Mrs. Ed Clymer, Mrs. Beauchner and Mrs. Herman Long. Mrs. M. M. Horlacher, who is president of the county union and will preside at next week's conclave, is a member of the Central union. Mrs. Egge served delicious refreshments at the conclusion of yesterday's meeting and announcement was made that next meeting will be held on Tuesday afternoon, October 4, at two o'clock at the home of Mrs. Harry Kleckner, 613 South Sixth street.

21. Her obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call: obituary of Bertha P. Beacher on 8 Jan 1959 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 27 BEACHER Mrs. Bertha P. (Snyder). 73 years 4 months 24 days, of 85 West Ave., Springfield, Delaware County, Jan. 5. 1959, in Philadelphia; widow of Benjamin F. Beacher. Services 10:30 a m. Friday. J. S. Burkheieer Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Hamilton St., Allentown. Interment Grandview Cemetery, Allentown.


Bertha married Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr., son of Benjamin Franklin Beacher Sr. and Sarah Jane Jacobs, on 10 May 1905 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 2 (Benjamin Franklin Beacher Jr. was born on 7 Feb 1878 in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA,1 6 16 28 29 30 31 died on 23 Dec 1949 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 6 16 30 31 32 and was buried on 27 Dec 1949 in Allentown: Grandview Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 1 6 16 31.)


Sources


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

2 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.

3 Bertha Priscilla Snyder, Bible of Bertha Priscilla Snyder.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Batch Control Number 15122, Robert Lincoln Beacher.

5 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M33T-4N6 Henry C Snyder, District 2 Allentown city Ward 8, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 6A, family 121, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241429.

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 106651. Benjamin F. Beacher. Father Benjamin Beacher. Mother Sarah Jacobs. Spouse Bertha F. Snyder.

7 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 3905. Bertha P. Beacher. Father Henry C. Snyder. Mother Lizza A. ?. Spouse Benjamin F. Beacher. Informant B. D. Beacher.

8 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 63637. Ruth Horn. Father Benjamin F. Beacher. Mother Bertha Snyder. Spouse Alden K. Horn.

9 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Box Title : Bayne, James J - Beane, John C (Box 43). Bruce Franklin Beacher Service No. 37346274 Serial O-2064205.

10 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.), Certificate 113828. Paul Beacher. Father Benjamin Beacher. Mother Bertha Snyder.

11 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 6 Jun 1940, page 22. Obituary of Henry C. Snyder.

12 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=113810287.

13 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 .), Beacher, Bertha P., age 74, died Darby 1/5/1959, file 003905, hospital 23, county of residence 238.

14 The Allentown Leader (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 27 Aug 1902, page 3. Pennsburg.

15 1910 United States Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Shenandoah Ward 2, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; Roll: T624_1419; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0086; FHL microfilm: 1375432.

16 Zitkus, Mae Beacher (15 May 1978 Letter to Bruce Beacher).

17 1930 United States Census, Enumeration District 37-38 Visit 430 Sheet 17A.

18 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 2 Dec 1931, page 5.

19 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jan 1932, page 7.

20 1940 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQDF-TMJ Benjamin F Beacher, Ward 13, Allentown, Allentown City, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 39-56, sheet 9B, family 195.

21 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 25 Feb 1949, page 24.

22 Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, 1948 Allentown City Directory, printed page 57, online image 31.

23 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 30 Jan 1946, page 6.

24 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 16 Jun 1950, page 28.

25 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 22 Feb 1953, page 47.

26 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 24 May 1931, page 5. Wedding of Ruth Beacher and Alden Horn.

27 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 8 Jan 1959, page 18.

28 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255192; National Archives Film T9-1192; Page 7C.

29 1900 United States Census, Enumeration District 168 Visit 128 Ward 3.

30 Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.), SSN 177128194 Benjamin F. Beacher.

31 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=113810452.

32 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 24 Dec 1949, page 16. Obituary of Benjamin Beacher.



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