Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday's Child - Children of Elsie (Rodenberger) & John Beamer

Elsie Maud Rodenberger and John Archibold Beamer married 4 October 1888 in Cherokee Co, Kansas.  They had seven children.  Three died very early in life:  Baby Daughter, John Harland, and Maurice Christopher Beamer.  All three are buried at McKee Cemetery, Hallowell, Cherokee Co, Kansas.

The John Archibold Family by Lucy Beamer
"The next baby, a little girl, was stillborn.  They always thought her death was caused by a fall Elsie had shortly before term.  The next two little boys, Harlan and Morris died in their second summers of the scourge of early childhood, "summer complaint".  The death of these babies cast a deep shadow over the family.  Raymond came to associate large bouquets of flowers with funerals and to his own death he never enjoyed large arrangements of cut flowers.

I have heard my mother say she thought she never saw so sad a woman as Elsie after the loss of their two little boys.  It remained a cloud over her life.  When some years later Florence was born, she never spoke of the future without saying, 'If we raise her'."
[The Lucy Beamer Memoirs on ray beamer dot com]

Infant Daughter Beamer
Dau of Elsie and John
[Photo by Mary Parmele on FindAGrave]

John Harland Beamer, the 5th child of John and Elsie, was born 9 February 1899 and died 22 July 1901. 

The John Beamer Family
Elsie, John, Raymond, Nellie, Lora, Harland
Lucy Beamer's Beamer Family Album
[Courtesy of Ray Beamer]


Lucy Beamer's Beamer Family Album
[Courtesy of Ray Beamer]

John Harland Son of
John & Elsie Beamer
Died July 22, 1901
Aged 2y., 5m. &13d.
Our Baby
[Photo by Mary Parmele on FindAGrave]


Maurice Christopher Beamer, the sixth child of John and Elsie, was born 28 June 1904 and died 28 April 1906.
Lucy Beamer's Beamer Family Album
[Courtesy of Ray Beamer]
Maurice Christopher
Son of
John & Elsie Beamer
Died Apr. 28, 1906
Aged 1y.10m.
Our Baby
[Photo by Mary Parmele on FindAGrave]

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