Originating in New England, one particular 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 Yale-educated 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.
The following is a brief family tree of the Lyman Beecher family, and its many notable members :
- i. Catharine Esther Beecher (1800–1878) was an educator and women's-rights activist
- ii. William Henry Beecher (1802–1889), a Congregational minister in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts
- iii. Edward Beecher (1803–1895) helped organize Illinois' first anti-slavery society, Yale graduate; married Isabella Jones
- iv. Mary Foote Beecher (1805–1900), married Thomas Clapp Perkins (1798–1870) in 1827; Perkins was the brother-in-law of Roger Sherman Baldwin
- 1. Frederick Beecher Perkins (b. 1828), library director in Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA, and author; married Mary Ann Fitch Westcott. They had four children including
- 2. Emily Baldwin Perkins (1829–1912), married Edward Everett Hale in 1852 and had eight sons and one daughter, Ellen Day Hale (1855–1940), an artist
- 3. Charles E. Perkins (b. 1832),
- 4. Catherine Beecher Perkins (b. 1836), married William Charles Gilman. They had four children, including
- i. George Houghton Gilman
- v. Harriet Beecher (1808–1808)
- vi. George Beecher (1809–1843) Yale graduate, married Sarah Buckingham in 1837
- vii. Harriet Elizabeth Beecher (1811–1896), wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin; married Calvin Stowe (1802–1886) in 1836
- viii. Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887), married Eunice White Bullard (1812–1897) in 1837; namesake of Beecher, Illinois.
- ix. Charles Beecher (1815–1900) married Sarah Leland Coffin (1815–1897) in 1840. Their son, Lt Frederick H Beecher, died at the Battle of Beecher Island, Beecher Island being posthumously named after him.
By his second wife Harriet Porter (1790–1835), whom he married in 1817:
- x. Frederick C Beecher (1818–1820)
- xi. Isabella Holmes Beecher (1822–1907), married John Hooker (1816–1901) in 1841
- xii Thomas Kinnicut Beecher (1824–1900), a Congregational minister in Elmira, New York, married Olivia Day (1826–1853), the daughter of the president of Yale, Jeremiah Day, in 1851, and after her untimely death married her cousin Frances Juliana Jones (1826–1905), one of the granddaughters of Noah Webster, in 1857.
- xiii. James Chaplin Beecher (1828–1886), colonel of the 35th United States Colored Troops
Lyman Beecher (1775–1863)
Catharine Beecher (1800–1878)
Edward Beecher (1803–1895)
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)
Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)
Isabella Beecher Hooker (1822–1907)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)
- Beecher family. Finding Aid
- FamilySearch: Lyman BEECHER (AFN: P68M-48)
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- Harrison, Bruce. Descendants of Sir Robert Drake, p.181
- Lane, Ann J. To Herland and Beyond; p.27
- U.S.Army Historical Register 1789-1903, vol.1 p.457
- Pages in the History of Elmira
- 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.
- An American Family: The Beecher Tradition—an exhibit at the William and Anita Newman Library curated by Professor Sandra Roff, Archivist/Reference Librarian
- Beecher-Stowe family Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Charles Rollin Brainard (1900). "Beecher, Lyman". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography.