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Bucher Families in Colonial Pennsylvania

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This website has thousands of records for Bucher and similar surnames, complete with source documentation.

Thanks to the Bucher Y-DNA project begun in 2003, we’ve been able to identify the unique Bucher family in colonial Pennsylvania.  If you are a male with Bucher or similar surname, by taking a simple saliva test and mailing it to our Bucher research at FamilyTreeDNA.com you can prove which Bucher ancestors you are and are not related to, helping the accuracy of your genealogy research.

Below are the pioneer Bucher families who settled in Pennsylvania with links to their family trees. Some important things to know about this table…

  • Each Bucher family is a unique family, not related to the others, unless the notes indicate otherwise.
  • These are the Bucher elders; click on his name below to find descendants in our online tree.
  • Locations are where they are today (e.g. Lebanon county although it was Lancaster county at that time) except census locations are as they were then.
  • Email your Bucher questions or ancestor info. Everyday we help people find their connection.

Hans Martin Bucher (1715-1779)

 

 

Bucher Family Location Comments
Hans Martin Bucher Lancaster County Hans Martin Bucher and father-in-law Christian Bomberger were the earliest settlers in Lancaster’s Warwick Township. More details on Hans Martin Bucher. View his family in our tree.
Nicolaus Bucher
York County 1727 immigrant Nicolaus Bucher of Switzerland settled in York county, his descendants moved to Adams County and Virginia.  Partially in our online tree, more coming.
Johan Dietrich Bucher Montgomery County John Dietrich Bucher immigrated in 1732 to raise his family in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County. Success follows his descendants, as the son of Mary Lydia Bucher becomes a Civil War hero and then Governor of Pennsylvania! Our tree has the most accurate and complete picture of this family on the Internet, based on fine research from the noted genealogist William E. Hocker, to which we added so many descendants. Note to researchers: Some branches starting in the 1800’s use the surname Buchert, and some Burkert.
Jacob Bucher Montgomery County Arriving in 1735 on the ship Mercury is Jacob Bucher, a shoemaker from Bachss, Switzerland as part of Reverend John Henry Goetschy’s Colony that settled in Goshenhoppen, Montgomery County. From their journals read what it was like to sail from Switzerland down the Rhine to America. Not in our online tree yet. We have found evidence suggesting he is the same as the next Jacob.
Jacob Bucher Durham Township, Bucks County Jacob Bucher settles on the border of Bucks and Northampton counties on Bucher Hill, a mountain along the Delaware River today known as Bougher Hill. His sons Abraham and John marry daughters of famous Revolutionary War Captain George Heinlein who lives next door. Abraham Bougher’s sons stay in this area, but John Bugher heads west to the wilderness of Fayette County. Here the Bugher family builds steamboats and operates their lines on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers between New Orleans and Pittsburgh. They become wealthy citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio, the estates of Long Island, Washington D.C. They marry the McLean family that owned the Cincinnati Enquirer, Washington Post, and the Hope Diamond. Their Bugher Foundation funds millions in cardiovascular research through the American Heart Association. Descendants also found in Ohio and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. View his family in our online tree.
Hans Bucher
(1681-1762)
Lancaster County, Cocalico Township The prominent Hans Bucher from Wurzershaus, Schwarzenburg, Bern, Switzerland immigrated on the ship Mercury in 1735 at age 54 with his wife Christina and his sons Johan (John), Benedict, and Christian. A fourth son Isaac was born in Pennsylvania. These first settlers of Denver, Lancaster County, served as a family of doctors and preachers for many generations. Descendants also settled in Cornwall, South Lebanon Township. More details on Hans Bucher. View his family in our online tree.

Johan Engel Bucher

(? -1778)

Lancaster County, Cocalico Township The earliest known ancestor in my Bucher line, Johan Engel Bucher died 24 Feb 1778 in Cocalico Township. We believe he is the Johan Engel Bucher who immigrated in 1751 on the Neptune with a Johan Henrich Bucher, perhaps a brother or father? Engel’s wife Elizabeth sired at least two sons mentioned in his will: Johan Jacob Bucher born 1 Dec 1758 who lived in Lebanon Borough as a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church and was buried there as Jacob Bicher; and another John Bucher, about whom little is known. Engel’s daughter, Elizabeth, was married at Muddy Creek Church in 1766. Two other marriage records identify sons of Engel: Peter Bucher of Adamstown and Heinrich Bucher of Cocalico. Jacob’s sons split into the Bicher family remaining near Lebanon today and the Beacher family who ventured to the wilderness of Schuylkill County. Peter and Henry became the Bicher families found in the 1800’s near Reamstown and Bowmansville in Lancaster County. More details on Engel Bucher. His family is in our online tree.
Emanuel Bucher Lancaster County Arrives on the ship Nancy in 1750 and settles in Lancaster County, later known as Emanuel Beecher and his descendants are Beecher families in Berks County; Chester County; Franklin County, Ohio; Harrison County, Kentucky; Clark County, Virginia; and Michigan. Evidence suggests a relationship to Engel Bucher above. In our online tree, with more to come.
Dr. David Bucher Lancaster County, Cocalico Township A mystery man is Dr. David Bucher, about whom little is known other than he appears to have existed in Cocalico Township in Lancaster County on February 6, 1752. That’s the day he and Henry Walter served as executors of the will of Henry Greyder (should by Kreyder) who was married to an Elizabeth. It’s logical to assume this Doctor is associated with Dr. Hans Bucher’s family of doctors (above) but if so, how? To add to the mystery, on another will abstract, the executor’s name appears as John Bucher, suggesting there is no such David, or he is a John David? However, we can find mentions of David Bucher on old Lancaster tax lists. An examination of the actual will is needed!
Casper & Conrad Bucher Montgomery later Dauphin County Two Bucher brothers arrive from Neunkirch, Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1750. These fellows are from the same tiny Swiss village as the
next entry, John Conrad Bucher, and we suspect a relationship. Some
researchers have them linked as sons of Dietrich Bucher (above) but we are searching
Swiss records now for more proof. View Casper Bucher’s
family.
Reverend
John Conrad Bucher
Cumberland & Lebanon County The famous Reverend John Conrad Bucher from Neunkirch, Schaffhausen, Switzerland arrived in 1755 (ship uncertain) as a mercenary soldier. He became a Captain during the French and Indian War and served in the Revolutionary War. In 1763 he began preaching west of Harrisburg in Carlisle, Cumberland County, then moved in 1768 to Lebanon County, where he preached among several congregations. His son George Bucher (1766-1843) lived in Lebanon. Another son Jacob Bucher (1764-1827) moved to Harrisburg, Dauphin County and with his son John Conrad Bucher were leaders in local and state government, even serving as U.S. Congressman. Descendants found in Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, and elsewhere. View his family in our online tree. More details on John Conrad Bucher. Review the
Dauphin County Deed Index where his sons are often mentioned.
Peter Bucher &
Johan Henrich Bucher (John Henry)
Fredericksburg, Lebanon County Visit our special Fredericksburg Bucher Research Page full of facts about these fellows, who have many children baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County, starting in 1774. We are researching them heavily. View Peter or Henry in our online tree.
Henry Bucher Nockamixon Township,Bucks County In 1782, this Henry Bucher appeared on the tax list in Nockamixon Township, where he died in May 1800, leaving a will that named wife Hannah and children George, Henry, Hannah, Andrew, Jacob, Barbara and Anna, and a grand daughter Sara Bucher. We haven’t added much about this family to the tree yet. We believe this Henry Bucher is the 1735 immigrant who arrived with father Jacob on the Mercury, and his father is the above Jacob in Durham Township, Bucks County.
Peter Bucher(s) Berks & Lebanon County Are these Peter Bucher baptismal records the same person, two, or three? Is it one of the Peters who immigrated in 1722, 1738, or 1739, or was he born in Pennsylvania?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
17 Jun 1744 Jacob Pawlitz’s house in Allemangel,
Albany Township, Berks County. Goshenhoppen St. Paul’s Mission Church
Peter Bucher Anna Barbara Elizabeth Bucher
1 Aug 1746 Rev. John Casper Stoever, Swatara
Reformed Congregation, Jonestown, Bethel Township, Lebanon County
Peter Bucher Not mentioned Martinus Bucher
28 Dec 1747 Swatara Reformed Congregation, Jonestown,
Bethel Township, Lebanon County
Peter Bucher Anna Maria John Henry Bucher
14 Jan 1754 Rev. John Casper Stoever, Swatara
Reformed Congregation, Jonestown, Bethel Township, Lebanon County
Peter Bucher Barbara Sabina Bucher
Johan Henrich Bucher Lancaster County,Cocalico Township Who is this John Henry Bucher from Cocalico? Is he the John Henry who immigrated in 1751 with Engel Bucher (above)? Or is he the Henry who was a son of Benedict (who was a son of Hans Bucher)?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
7 Oct 1759 Rev. John Waldschmidt, Swamp Congregation Johan Henrich Bucher of Cocalico Not mentioned Johan Henrich Bucher
Henrich Bucher Lancaster County Can you tell us more about Henry and Anna Bucher?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
23 Sep 1749 Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster Henrich Bucher Anna Susanna Bucher
24 Aug 1751 Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster Henrich Bucher Anna Elizabeth Bucher
14 Oct 1757 Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster Henrich Bucher Anna Henrich Bucher
Martin Bucher Lancaster County Is this one Martin Bucher or two? Can you tell us more about him? And who is the John who also baptizes a child at the same time?

Born Where Baptized Father Mother Child
14 Oct 1774 Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster Martin Bucher Catherine Christian Bucher
5 Dec 1775 Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim Martin Bucher Catherina Martin Bucher
20 Apr 1777 Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim Martin Bucher Catherina Maria Bucher
23 Mar 1779 Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim Martin Bucher Catherina John Bucher
14 Oct 1780 Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim Martin Bucher Catherina Peter Bucher
31 July 1785 Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim Martin Bucher Catherina Maria Bucher
5 Feb 1786 Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim John Bucher Catherina Johan Matthew Bucher

Note: At Zion Lutheran Church, Martin, Maria, and John are all baptized on 7 May 1780, Peter on 10 Dec 1780. A second Maria appears in 1785.

Note: One researcher believes all children belong to one Martin, namely the Martin born 1 Aug 1746 son of Peter Bucher of Lebanon (see earlier above). The theory is Martin and his brother John move to Tennessee where he’s known as Martin Booher. We are searching for firm proof and haven’t accepted this yet, but review this Tennessee Martin Booher to draw your own conclusions.

Martin Bucher Lebanon County Can you unravel these mysterious Martin Bucher(s) in Lebanon? Is the same Martin as at Zion Lutheran above?The first four baptisms may be related to the same father. Of course, Tabor Reformed was one place where the Reverend John Conrad Bucher preached until his death in 1780, so is this Martin
related to John Conrad? (FYI we have no records of Conrad having a son Martin, so is he a younger brother?)The last baptism we believe is not the same Martin, since the child is another Elizabeth. Also, Salem Lutheran is where Jacob Bucher, son of Engel Bucher, was a prominent member, so is this Martin related to him?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
10 Jan 1787 Swatara Reformed Congregation, Lebanon Martin Bucher Not mentioned Catherine Bucher
19 Apr 1788 Tabor Reformed Church, Lebanon Martin Bucher Catherina Johan Adam Bucher
17 Apr 1793 Tabor Reformed Church, Lebanon Martin Bucher Not mentioned Elizabeth Bucher
17 May 1797 Tabor Reformed Church, Lebanon Martin Bucher Catherina Magdalena Bucher
17 Jan 1791 Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon Martin Bucher Not mentioned Elizabeth Bucher
Johan Adam Bucher Swatara Township, Lebanon County Can you tell us more about this Adam Bucher?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
15 May 1793 Bethel Moravian Church,Swatara Township Johan Adam Bucher Maria Magdalena Bohne Maria Barbara Bucher
4 Nov 1794 Bethel Moravian Church,Swatara Township Johan Adam Bucher Maria Magdalena Bohne Lameche Bucher
28 Jul 1796 Bethel Moravian Church,Swatara Township Johan Adam Bucher Maria Magdalena Bohne Johannes Bucher
9 Sep 1798 Bethel Moravian Church,Swatara Township Johan Adam Bucher Maria Magdalena Bohne Friedrich Bucher
12 Apr 1799 Bethel Moravian Church,Swatara Township Johan Adam Bucher Maria Magdalena Bohne Elizabeth Bucher
Benjamin Bucher Lancaster County Who were Benjamin and Elizabeth Bucher of Lancaster County? Were they related to the other two Bucher families below who had their children also baptized by Reverend Illing? Illing served congregations
at St. Peter’s (Lutheran); Middletown, and Caernarvon (Episcopal). Which one did Benjamin live near?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
19 Jan 1795 Reverend Traugott F. Illing Benjamin Bucher Elizabeth Anna Maria Bucher
23 Sep 1796 Reverend Traugott F. Illing Benjamin Bucher Elizabeth Catherine Bucher
John Bucher Lancaster County Who were John and Mary Bucher of Lancaster County?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
24 May 1782 Reverend Traugott F. Illing John Bucher Maria Elizabeth Bucher
17 Dec 1785 Reverend Traugott F. Illing John Bucher Maria Samuel Bucher
9 Jan 1796 Reverend Traugott F. Illing John Bucher Maria Jacob Bucher
Henry Bucher Lancaster County Who were Henry and Susan Bucher of Lancaster County? Could this child Elias Bucher be the same Elias Biecher (in our tree) who appears in the 1860 Census in Lebanon as being born in 1797?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
20 Jul 1797 Reverend Traugott F. Illing Henry Bucher Susan Elias Bucher
Conrad, Johannes, & Benjamin Bucher New Holland, Lancaster County These Bucher families all had children baptized at the same
church in New Holland, so do you think they are related? Is the first
father Conrad the previous generation and father of Johannes and Benjamin?
Is this the Conrad who immigrates in 1750?

When Where Baptized Father Mother Child
Nov 1750 Trinity Lutheran Church,New Holland Conrad Bucher Anna Böstrunk Maria Margaretha Bucher
9 Nov 1790 Trinity Lutheran Church,New Holland Johannes Bucher Maria Georg Bucher
16 Jun 1792 Trinity Lutheran Church,New Holland Johannes Bucher Maria Maria Bucher
15 Nov 1799 Trinity Lutheran Church,New Holland John Bicher Maria Wilhelm Bicher
24 May 1800 Trinity Lutheran Church,New Holland Benjamin Bicher Elizabeth Johan Bicher
More coming soon
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