- Beecher family
New England, the Beecher family in the 19th century was a political family notable for issues of religion, civil rights, and social reform. Notable members of the family include clergy (Congregationalists), educators, authors and artists. Many of the family were Yaleeducated and advocated for abolitionism, temperance, and women's rights. Some of the family provided material or ideological support to the Union in the American Civil War. The family is of English descent.
Locations named after persons of this family include:
Beecher, Illinois, named after Henry Ward Beecherand Beecher Island, named after Lt. Fredrick H. Beecher.
Events named after persons of this family include the
Battle of Beecher Island, named after Lt. Fredrick H. Beecher.
The following is an approximate family tree of the Beecher family: [ [http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/col/msrg/mancol/ms0509r.htm Beecher family. Finding Aid ] ]
David Beecher(1738–) a blacksmith, married Esther Hawley Lyman[http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fox2&id=I121449 RootsWeb] ]
Lyman Beecher(1775–1863), married Roxana Foote(1775–1816) in 1799 and had 9 children; married Harriet Porterin 1817 and had 4 children; Yalegraduate
*** Catharine Esther Beecher (1800–1878) was an educator and women's-rights activist
William Henry Beecher(1802–1889) married Katharine Edesin 1832, had 6 children
Edward Beecher(1803–1895) helped organize Illinois' first anti-slavery society, Yalegraduate; married Isabella Jones(1807–1895) in 1829, had 11 children
Frederick W. Beecher
Mary Foote Beecher(1805–1900), married Thomas Clapp Perkins(1798–1870) in 1827; Perkins was the brother-in-law of Roger Sherman Baldwin
Emily Baldwin Perkins(1829–1912), married Edward Everett Halein 1852 and had one child
Ellen Day Hale(1855–1940), artist, never married, but her constant friend and companion was Gabrielle DeVeaux Clements, also an artist
Frederick Beecher Perkins, married Mary Ann Fitch Westcott
Charlotte Perkins Gilman(1860–1935), feminist; married Charles Walter Stetsonin 1884 and had one child, divorced in 1894; married her first cousin George Houghton Gilmanin 1900 (see below)
Katharine Beecher Stetson(1885–1975)
Catherine Beecher Perkins, married William Charles Gilman
George Houghton Gilman, married his first cousin Charlotte Perkinsin 1900 (see above)
*** Harriet Beecher (1808–1808)
George Beecher(1809–1843) Yalegraduate, married Sarah Buckinghamin 1837
*** Harriet Elizabeth Beecher (1811–1896), wrote
Uncle Tom's Cabin; married Calvin Stowe(1802–1886) in 1836
****Frederick William (1840–)
****Samuel Charles (1848–1849)
Henry Ward Beecher(1813–1887), married Eunice White Bullard(1812–1897) in 1837, had 9 children; namesake of Beecher, Illinois.
**** Harriet Beecher
**** Henry Beecher
Charles Beecher(1815–1900) married Sarah Leland Coffin(1815–1897) in 1840, had 6 children
Harriet Porter Beecher(1790–1835), married Lyman in 1817 and had 4 children
Frederick C Beecher(1818–1820)
*** Isabella Holmes Beecher (1822–1907), married John Hooker (1816–1901) in 1841
Thomas Kinnicut Beecher(1824–1900), married Olivia Day(1826–1853) in 1851, married Frances Juliana Jones(1826–1905) in 1857; adopted 4 children
James Chaplin Beecher(1828–1886), married Frances Johnson(1832–1903) in 1864
Lydia Beals Jackson Beecher(1789–1869), married Lyman in 1836
The first known
New Worldsettlers from this family: [ [http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/beecher-family-crest.htm Beecher Family Crest ] ]
Thomas Beecherwho settled in New England in 1630
Christian Beechersettled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635
*French, Earl A. and Diana Royce. "Portraits of a Nineteenth Century Family." Hartford, Connecticut: The Stowe-Day Foundation, 1976.
*Hooker, John. "Some Reminiscences of a long life with a few articles on moral and social subjects of present interest." Hartford, Connecticut: Belknap and Warfield, 1899.
*Rugoff, Milton. "The Beechers: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century." New York: Harper & Row, 1981.
*Van Why, Joseph S. "Nook Farm." Hartford, Connecticut: The Stowe-Day Foundation, 1975.
*Caskey, Marie. "Chariot of fire: religion and the Beecher family." New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1978.
*Stowe, Lyman Beecher. "Saints, Sinners and Beechers." Indianapolis, Indiana: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1934.
* [http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu/digital/2001/beecher/default.htm An American Family: The Beecher Tradition] —an exhibit at the William and Anita Newman Library curated by Professor Sandra Roff, Archivist/Reference Librarian
* [http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL:sch00049 Beecher-Stowe family Papers.] [http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles Schlesinger Library,] Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
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