Lillie  May Buchholtz/Bucholtz (Johann Christian Jochim Buchholtz, (Martin) Johann Wilhelm Buchholz, Martin Jochim Heinrich Buchholtz, Franz Christian Buchholtz)  was born 11 January 1889 in Circle Hill, Newton Township, Miami County, Ohio and was christened 14 September 1891 in St. John's Lutheran Church, Covington, Ohio by Rev. F. W. C. Wiechen.  She died 8 February 1925 in Covington, Miami County, Ohio and was buried 10 February 1925 in Highland Park, Covington, Miami County, Ohio.

The photo is of Lillie May Buchholtz (left) and her sister, Bertha Buchholtz (right)

Lillie married Lewis Henry Beeman, son of Henry R. and Susanna Rebeeca Hess Beeman, on 16 September 1909 in Miami County, Ohio.  Lewis was born 15 July 1882 in Yorkshire, Darke County, Ohio.  He died 14 March 1972 in Hocking Valley Hospital, Logan county, Ohio and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Covington, Miami County, Ohio. 


Lewis attended the Covington, Ohio schools and was a brakeman and boiler fireman for the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He was a member of the Covington Church of the Brethren, Masons Lodge of Pleasant Hill, Ohio; Royal Arch Masons of Covington, Ohio; and Mason Commandry of Troy, Ohio.


Lillie and Lewis had the following children:

1.   Harold Henry Beeman was born 23 April 1910 and died 5 October 1961.

2.   Ruby May Beeman was born 14 August and died 3 December 1930.

3.   Ila Marie Beeman was born 1912.

4.   Lewis Eugene Beeman was born 30 September 1916 and died 26 April 1968. 

5.   Donald (James) Beeman was born 27 May 1922 and died 22 April 1998.


Lillie's cause of death was pneumonia contributed from tuberculosis, she was 36 years and 28 years old.  Lillie, Lewis and their children lived at 320 N. Pearl St., in Covington, Ohio.







Lillie May Beeman, daughter of John and Anna Bucholtz, was born at Circle Hill, Ohio, January 11, 1889, and died at her late home in Covington, Ohio on February 8, 1925, aged 36 years and 28 days.  She was united in marriage with Louis Beeman, September 16, 1909.  To them were born five children all of whom survive.  They are Harold Beeman, Ilah Beeman, Ruby Beeman, Eugene Beeman and Donald Beeman.  Besides these children and her husband she leaves her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Bucholtz and the following sisters and brother:  Ida, now Mrs. Joseph Apple of Dayton, Ohio; Louis Bucholtz of Casstown, Ohio; Bertha, now Mrs. Charles Beeman of Covington, Ohio; Elsie, now Mrs. Aaron Miller of Bradford, Ohio; Marie, now Mrs. Clifford Miller of Bradford, Ohio; Ella, now Mrs. Louis O'Roarke of Covington, Ohio; Mildred, now Mrs. Charles Cornor of Covington, Ohio. 

Mrs. Beeman joined the Church of the Brethren March 25, 1913 and has been a woman of fine Christian character and greatly devoted to the church she loved.  By her noble life and genial attitude she has won a large circle of friends who mourn her departure.  Mrs. Beeman was a good true wife, an ideal mother and a home maker in the best sense of that term.  Though she had a long seige of affliction she was patient, brave and uncomplainable through it all.  Though she has passed from us, her influence will linger as an inspiration and a benediction to her loved ones whose interest were always first in the thoughtful service.  In her passing the family loses one the value of whose life no words can describe.  In this loss these loved ones have the sympathy of friends, neighbors, the church and entire community.  The family wish to express their deeply felt thanks to their friends and neighbors who have done so much for them in all the months of anxiety and in these latter days of bereavement.



Young Wife and Mother Called

 In her heroic fight for life and health Mrs. Lillian Bucholtz Beeman, wife of Louis Beeman, had the strong sympathy of all her friends and neighbors, the five little ones, ranging in age from three to fourteen years of age, her husband, her parents and sisters making enough of an incentive for any good women to wish to live and help care for her love ones.  But the fight was a ? one, and the frail body, worn by ? of a long disease peacefully slept at the call of the Master in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Funeral services was held at the Church of the Brethren Tuesday at 2 p.m., with Rev. C. F. McKee officiating.  Burial in High Cemetery, George W. Miller, undertaker in charge.

1.  Harold Henry Beeman waas born 23 April 1910.  He died 5 October 1961 in West Milton, Miami County, Ohio and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, West Milton, Miami County, Ohio.


Harold married Lee Ulree Shaw.  Lee was born 1 August 1913.  She died 26 February 1996 in troy, Miami County, Ohio.


Harold and Lee had the following children:

a.  Lillian Beeman

b.  Marlene Beeman

c.  Karen Beeman

d.  Cheryl Beeman


After graduating from high school, Harold enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry on October 15, 1940, during WWII.   He was elevated to the rank of Staff Sergeant.   He was affiliated with the Ohio National Guard and was a member of the Northridge American Legion Post and active in the National Rifle Association.  He worked as a Plant Guard either at the Frigidaire Plant in Dayton, Ohio or Delco Auto Parts in Dayton, Ohio.

2.  Ruby May Beeman was born 15 August in Covington, Miami County, Ohio.  She died 3 December 1930 in Stillwater, Randolph Township, Montgomery County, Ohio and was buried 6 December 1930 in Highland Cemetery, Covington, Miami County, Ohio.



 RUBY MAY BEEMAN - Ruby May Beeman, daughter of Louis and Lillie M. Beeman was born, August 15, 1914 and passed to her "Home Over There", Wednesday, December 3, 1930, aged sixteen years, 3 months and 18 days.  Very early in her life she united with the Church of the Brethren at Covington, Ohio.  She has continued a faithful member of the church she so much loved.  She is survived by her father, Louis Beeman and the following sister and brothers:  Ila Beeman, Harold Beeman, Eugene Beeman, Donald Beeman, all of West Milton, Ohio.

Ruby's mother preceded her in death February 8, 1925.  She is also survived by her grandparents, John and Anna Bucholtz of Covington, Ohio.  Besides her uncles, aunts and cousins she leaves a host of friends who mourn her early departure from our midst.  All her life except the last year has been spent in Covington, Ohio.  For the last year she has lived in West Milton, Ohio.

Ruby was a girl of fine christian character and attractive personality.  By her fine life and genial attitude she had won a large number of friends in the community of which herself and family were a part.  Though a sufferer for a number of recent months, she bore it with courage and without complaint.  The same genial optomistic spirit characterized her life unto the very end.  The entire community join in their expression of the high esteem in which she was held and also in their sympathy for the family in these days of their loss and sorrow.  Ruby passed away from Pulmonary T.B.

The photo is of Ila Marie Beeman.

3.  Ila Marie Beeman was born in 1912.  Ila married William Young.  They had the following children:


a.  William Young

b.  Shirley Young.

4.  Lewis Eugene  "Gene" Beeman was born 30 September 1916.  He died 26 April 1968 in Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Covington, Ohio.

Lewis married Barbara Jean worley on 1 November 1922 or 26 October 1922 in the Parsonage of First Methodist Church, Laura, Ohio by Rev. Robert d. Annand.


Mrs. LEWIS BEEMAN - TROY, OHIO - Marriage vows were taken by Barbara Jeanne Worley daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvel W. Worley, 718 West Market Street, and Lewis Eugene Beeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Beeman, R. R. 1, Laura, Ohio at 3:30 p.m., October 26, in the parsonage of First Methodist church.  Rev. Robert D. Annand officiated.  The bride, wearing a winter white suit with black accessories and a corsage of Talisman roses, was given in marriage by her father.  She was attended by her sister, Miss Marjorie Worley, maid of honor, who wore a grey suit with black accessories and a yellow rose corsage.  Mr. Beeman was attended by George Furnas of Covington, Ohio as best man.  A reception was held in the Worley home with members of the immediate families attended.


Lewis "Gene"  and Barbara had the following children:

a.  Rebecca Louis Beeman was born 30 August 1947.  She died 6 February 1952 in Piqua Memorial Hospital, Piqua, Miami County, Ohio and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Covington, Ohio.  Rebecca died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 4 years old.

b.  Bruce D. Beeman



Gene served in WWII and was stationed in the South Pacific at New Guinea.  He was a 5th grad Tec. Medical Core.  He received the Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Ribbon, a good Conduct Ribbon, and an American Defenses Service Ribbon.  He resumed his life when leaving the military and became a sheet metal worker. and also drove truck for Miami Metal Finishers. 


Gene was a member of Grace Methodist Church, Warren Lodge 24 F&AM, Piqua Chapter 31 RAM, Lafayette Council 93 R& M, Piqua Chapter 93 OES and Unity Shrine WSJ.

5.   Donald (James) Beeman was born 27 May 1922 in Covington, Newberry Township, Miami County, Ohio.  He died 22 April 1998 in Covington Care Center, Covington, Newberry Township, Miami County, Ohio and was buried 25 April 1998 in Highland Cemetery, Covington, Miami County, Ohio.


Donald married Dorothy Stump on 27 January 1944 in Wapankoneta, Ohio.


Donald and Dorothy had the following children:

a.  Gail Ann Beeman

b.  Mary Jo Beeman

c.  James R. Beeman

d.  Donald E. Beeman


Donald served in the United States Army during World War II.  He was a member of the Covington VFW Post #4235, Covington AmVets Post 66 and the Covington Fraternal Order of Eagles #3998.  He belonged to the Church of the Brethren in Covington, Ohio.  He was a former employee of the Westerville Creamery in Covington, Ohio and he had retired from Aervent Fan, Inc.

SOURCES:  St. John's Lutheran Church Records; newspaper articles and obituaries; Betty Beeman Thompson; Virginia Brown and Rosemary Finley.