William Henry Beecher (1802 - 1889)

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Birthplace: Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Occupation: Minister
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About William Henry Beecher

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

Name: William Henry Beecher

Gender: Male

Birth Place: CT

Birth Year: 1802

Spouse Name: Catherine Edes

Spouse

Birth Place: MA

Number Pages: 1


Residence: Newport, Rhode Island

1850 United States Federal Census

Name: William H Beecher

Age: 47

Estimated birth year: abt 1803

Birth Place: Rhode Island

Gender: Male

Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Chillicothe, Ross, Ohio

Family Number: 711

Household Members: Name Age

William H Beecher 47

Catharine Beecher 47

Robert E Beecher 12

Roxana F Beecher 10

Grace S Beecher 8

Caroline Mitchel 20


1880 United States Federal Census

Name: W. H. Beacher

Home in 1880: Chicago, Cook, Illinois

Age: 78

Estimated birth year: abt 1802

Birthplace: New York

Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)

Father's birthplace: Connecticut

Mother's birthplace: Connecticut

Occupation: Minister

Marital Status: Widower

Race: White

Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age

W. H. Beacher 78

Mary W. Beacher 44

R. Preunesner 38

Bertha Haven 18


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William Henry Beecher

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William Henry Beecher (January 15, 1802 – June 23, 1889) was a dyspeptic minister who was called "The Unlucky" because misfortune attended all his ventures.[1]

Contents [hide]

1 Beecher Family

2 Immediate family

3 The Unlucky or "What shall we do with William?"

4 References


[edit] Beecher Family

William Beecher was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the eldest son of the Calvinist preacher Lyman Beecher and Roxana Foote. He was the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the 19th century abolitionist and writer most famous for her groundbreaking novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Henry Ward Beecher, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational church, and Charles Beecher.

[edit] Immediate family

William Beecher married Katherine Edes on May 12, 1830 in New Haven Connecticut. Of his wedding he wrote:"Was married....No company, no cake, no cards-nothing pleasant about it." William and Katherine had 6 children: Agnes E. Beecher, Mary Ward Beecher, Lyman Beecher, Roxana Foote (Beecher) Prenzner, Robert E. Beecher, and Grace H. Beecher.[2]

[edit] The Unlucky or "What shall we do with William?"

As a child William had a difficult time learning and was not a very good student. He apprenticed as a cabinet-maker and worked as a clerk in stores in Milford and Hartford, Connecticut, as well as New York. He studied theology at Andover but finished his studies under the directions of his father, before being licensed as a minister. He served as the minister of several churches, but each assignment was relatively short and typically ended with some type of discord over salary or a dislike from influential members of the congregation. William served ministered at Middletown, Connecticut, Putnam, Ohio, Batavia, New York, Teledo, Ohio, Euclid, Ohio, and North Brookfield, Massachusetts.[3] He retired to Chicago, where he lived with his daughters until his death on June 23, 1889.

[edit] References

1.^ Time Magazine, Monday, Apr. 02, 1934.

2.^ William Henry Beecher, Ancestry.com

3.^ Lyman B. Saints, Sinners and Beechers, p.138

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William Henry Beecher's Timeline

1802
January 15, 1802
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1830
May 12, 1830
Age 28
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1831
August 10, 1831
Age 29
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1834
January 29, 1834
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1835
1835
Age 32
1839
December 9, 1839
Age 37
Ohio
1840
October 12, 1840
Age 38
New York, United States
1841
August 24, 1841
Age 39
New York, USA
1889
June 23, 1889
Age 87
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
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