See: Saint-Victor, J. B. de (Jacques-Benjamin), 1772-1858
In 1799 Beecher married Roxana Foote, the daughter of Eli and Roxana (Ward) Foote. They had nine children: Catharine E. , William , Edward , Mary, Tommy, George, Harriet Elizabeth , Henry Ward , and Charles . Roxana died on September 13, 1816. The following year, he married Harriet Porter, and fathered four more children: Frederick C., Isabella Holmes , Thomas Kinnicut , and James Chaplin . After Harriet died on July 7, 1835, he married Lydia Beals born 17 Sept 1789, died 1869 daughter of Samuel Beals, previously married to Joseph Jackson 1779-10 Dec 1833 but had no more children.
Chicago- Michals, Debra. "Catherine Esther Beecher." National Women's History Museum. 2015. /education-resources/biographies/catharine-esther-beecher.
Beecher strongly supported allowing children to simply be children and not prematurely forcing adulthood onto them. She believed that children lacked the experience needed to make important life decisions and that in order for them to become healthy self-sufficient adults, they needed to be allowed to express themselves freely in an environment suited to children. It was these beliefs that led to her support of the system of kindergartens.
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