Lulu & Emanual Beecher

Emanuel & Lulu Beecher from Pottstown, PA

This is probably a wedding picture for the Beechers based on the dress, but not known for certain. This photo, along with several others in a group, is for sale on eBay for a few more days. Luckily there is some great documentation on this couple online.

They are Emanuel Beecher and Lulu Hughes. Emanuel was born in Pennsylvania in 1871 to Elizabeth Site and William Beecher (according to his death record). He married Lulu around 1889, lived most of his life in Philadelphia working as a printer. He died young, at the age of 40 in 1911. He was buried in Pottstown, PA.

Lulu was born in 1871/72 in Washington D. C., where one of her parents was from, it’s not clear which one. Her mother was Jennie Hughes, her father unknown. After Emanuel’s death Lulu worked as a housekeeper to support her children. But she does not appear in a later census and likely died before 1930.

It should be easy to find out more about this couple; the evidence is plenty. This photo will hopefully be framed in a relatives home soon.

Update: Grandmother Moffatt + the Weeks Sisters

Thanks to a generous ancestry.com member, I now have more information on the connection between the Weeks sisters and Grandmother Moffatt:

“Grandmother Moffatt” is Henrietta Shearer (1829-1906) who married John Henry Moffatt (1829-1864) in Scotland, moved to PA, (where he was a house builder) and bore him five children. After his death in 1864, she married his cousin James W. Moffatt and bore him three more children, the youngest of whom was Marion “Effie” Moffatt (1876- ), who married Herman T. Weeks (1864- ) and is the mother of the “Weeks Sisters” Anna Y Weeks (1902-1937) and Isabel C. Weeks (1907-1999). She also had a son, (their brother) Frank H. Weeks (1904-1971).

Thanks Bart for this great information!