H. Beecher, blacksmith, Palestine, was born 1829, in Vincennes, Ind. He is a son of Alva Beecher, born March 31, 1793, in Massachusetts; he was a patent right dealer by occupation, having come to Palestine at an early date. He was married to Miss Achsah Bloss, born in 1794, in Massachusetts. She is the mother of ten children, four boys and six girls. Mr Beecher went to school in Vincennes, Ind. He learned the blacksmith trade, which he has followed all his life. In 1841, he came to Palestine, where he was married, in 1849, to Miss Elizabeth Leatherman, born February 18, 1827, near Montezuma, Ind. She is a daughter of David and Catharine Leatherman. Mr. and Mrs. Beecher are members of the Christian Church. He is a Republican, and is known as an honest, hard-working man. Zelim Beecher, who was born, 1815, in Pennsylvania, is living in Palestine, where he was married to Charlotte Leatherman. She is the mother of five children now living: Catharine, Emma J., Sarah E., Will W. and Ida.