Maria Michael
(1781-1861)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Jacob Biecher

Maria Michael 2

  • Born: 11 Apr 1781, , , PA 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Jacob Biecher on 17 Apr 1808 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 1
  • Died: 18 Apr 1861, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA at age 80 4 5
  • Buried: Lebanon: Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA 1

   Other names for Maria were Mary Beicher,5 Maria Biecher,4 Maria Meikel,6 Mary Meikel 7 and Mary Michal.1 4

  Burial Notes:

Her grave is aligned in Mount Lebanon Cemetery with her son William's descendents, whose family name became Beicher or Biecher, depending on the branch.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Der Freymuthige Libanoner, 20 Apr 1808, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 6 Marriage notices: Mr. Jacob Biecher with the lovely Maria Meikel, both of this city. Married by the Rev. Mr. Lochman, on Sunday evening last.

2. She appeared on the census in 1810 in Lebanon, Dauphin, PA. 8 The 1810 census recorded Jacob Beker with this household:
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 4

3. She appeared on the census in 1830 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 9 Jacob Beicher is listed in Lebanon Borough on page 35 in the 1830 Census. Living in the household are:
Males (born)
Under 5 (1826-1830) = 2 great grandsons ?
15-19 (1811-1815) = 1 grandson (William or Jacob?)
70-79 (1751-1760) = 1 Jacob
Females (born)
40-49 (1781-1790) = 1 ?? (Mary Michael?)
80-89 (1741-1750) = 1 wife Catherine

This appears to be the household of Jacob Bucher born 1758. His age would be 72 in 1830, and his wife Catherine 83, explaining the two elderly household heads perfectly.

Since his son, John Jacob (born 1782 who would be 48 in 1830) had died of an accident with a sickle, the 15-19 year old male could be either grandson Jacob (born 1812) or William (born 1811). Likely the older William age 19 was already off living on his own, as was Lydia age 21, and this is Jacob.

The female 40-49 could be Mary Bicher (nee Michael), wife of John Jacob (born 1782), since her husband died in 1812.

4. She appeared on the census in 1850 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 3 William Bicher, age 39, tinner, is living with Susanna, 38; John, 19, shoemaker; William, 17, tinner; Elizabeth, 10; Emelia, 7; Sarah, 5; Emanuel, 2; and Mary Bicher, 70, who we presume is William's mother, nee Michal. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Their neighbors are Felix Good, 70, and David Carmany, 56.

5. She appeared on the census in 1860 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 10 William Biecher, age 50, appears in the 1860 Census in Lebanon living with his wife, Susan, age 48; Amelia, 17; Sarah, 14; Emanuel, 12; George, 4; and Mary, 79. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. William is employed as a tinsmith. Mary, who is William's mother, does not appear in a later census so we can assume she died between 1860 and 1870.


Maria married Jacob Biecher, son of Jacob Bicher and Anna Maria Catherine Hamman, on 17 Apr 1808 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA.1 (Jacob Biecher was born on 18 Oct 1782 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 11 12 13, christened on 17 Nov 1782 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA,11 13 died on 7 Jun 1812 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 12 and was buried in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 12.)


  Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Jacob Bicher Sr. and wife. 11

Sources


1 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

2 Bicher, Wilhelm, Bible of Wilhelm Bicher (1811-1880) (Family bible of Wilhelm Bicher (1811-1880) son of Jacob Bicher and Maria Michael, in possession of John William Beicher.), Bible copies provided by Sue Beicher Livingston.

3 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Boro, Series: M432 Roll: 791 Page: 123.

4 Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania (Church records available from Lebanon County Historical Society and also by renting these microfilms from the Catalog at FamilySearch.org: Film 933974 Births/Christenings 1763-1876, computer printout. Film 1434022 Baptismal Registers and Burial Records, 1773-1876, typewritten transcription. Film 1033984 Marriages 1794-1876, typewritten transcription. Film 1434022 has been transcribed onto the FamilySearch.org site and can be searched online by entering the Film # into the search form.), Burial Records, 1773-1876. Page 155.

5 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39000070.

6 Heilman, Robert A, Marriages and Deaths Reported by Der Freymuthige Libanoner, a German Language Newspaper Published at Lebanon, Pennsylvania..

7 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 19 Sep 2013), entry for Mary Michel, person ID KFN1-YL3.

8 1810 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH27-34M Jacob Beker Lebanon, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: 54; Page: 742 1/2; Image: 00029.

9 1830 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, page 35.

10 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, Roll 1128 Book 1, Page 364.

11 Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania (Church records available from Lebanon County Historical Society and also by renting these microfilms from the Catalog at FamilySearch.org: Film 933974 Births/Christenings 1763-1876, computer printout. Film 1434022 Baptismal Registers and Burial Records, 1773-1876, typewritten transcription. Film 1033984 Marriages 1794-1876, typewritten transcription. Film 1434022 has been transcribed onto the FamilySearch.org site and can be searched online by entering the Film # into the search form.).

12 Egle, William Henry, 1830-1901, History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania : Geographical and Genealogical (Philadelphia : Everts & Peck, 1883
360 p., 63 p. of plates : ill., maps), Page 140.

13 Humphrey, John T, Pennsylvania Births, Lebanon County, 1714-1800 (Washington, D.C. : Humphrey Publications, 1996.), Page 31.



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