Emanuel Becher
Elener Chesney
John B. Becher


Family Links

1. Anna Elizabeth Stouffer

2. Mary Elizabeth Mimm

John B. Becher 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 23 Oct 1826, , Lancaster, PA 1 2 3 4 6
  • Christened: 3 Jun 1827, New Holland: Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Anna Elizabeth Stouffer on 5 Feb 1849 in , Lancaster, PA 1
  • Marriage (2): Mary Elizabeth Mimm on 22 Jan 1867 in , Lancaster, PA 1
  • Died: 7 Jul 1906, New Holland, Lancaster, PA at age 79 1 4 6
  • Buried: 10 Jul 1906, New Holland: Zeltenreich Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA 4 6 7

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: 1840, Leacock Twp., Lancaster, PA. 8 In the 1840 Census Manuel Becher is listed with this household:
Males (born)
10-14 (1826-1830) = 1 son John
60-69 (1771-1780) = 1 father Manuel
Females (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840)
50-59 (1781-1790) = 1 mother

The next listing on the same page is Emanuel's son Jacob Becher:
Males (born)
20-29 (1811-1820) = 1 father Jacob
Females (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840) = 1 daughter
20-29 (1811-1820) = 1 mother

2. Census: 1850, Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA. 3 Emanuel Becher, carpenter, 74, was with wife Elloner, 67; and daughter Emma, 34. Emanuel's real estate was valued at $700. With them was probably Emanuel's son, John Becher, tailor, 23; his wife, Ann, 22; and Eliza, 1. Elloner was born in Maryland, the others in Pennsylvania.

3. Bible: The family bible of John Becher (1806-1906) was for sale on EBay on 2 Oct 2013 and Jimmy Kerr graciously provided the following from the bible., 1851, Annville, Lebanon, PA. Holy Bible Old and New Testaments together with The Apocrypha Canne's Marginal Notes and Ref.
Printing Date: 1851
Publisher: John B. Perry
Place where Printed: Philadelphia
Measurements: 12 X 10 X 3 appx.
Purchased in Anneville, Pa.

Millard Fillmore was President of the United States when this bible was printed.

Family Record

John Becher was married to Ann Stouffer February 5th of A.D. 1849
John Becher was married to Mary Elizabeth Mimm January 22th of A.D. 1867

John Becher was born October 23rd 1826
Ann Stouffer was born March 6th A.D. 1827
Eliza Ellen Becher was born August 11th A.D. 1849
Emmanuel Becher was born October 17th A.D. 1851
Emma Becher was born June 7th A.D. 1854
Henry Becher was born March 14th 1857

John Becher was born August 21st A.D. 1859
Benjamin Becher was born the ?? Oct. 1862
Alfred Becher was born the Feb. 16th 1865
Marten T. Becher was born May 1st A.D. 1867
George Howard Becher was born February the 29th A.D. 1872
Jacob Willar or Wallace? Becher was March 2nd 1875

Mary E. Minn was born June 26th A.D. 1845 or 1855 (hard to read) see photos
Marcus F. Beacher Oct. 3rd? 1877 (note name spelling changed ?)
James Garfield Becher was born January 10th 1881
Daniel Becher was born Aug. 10th 1883
Charles Becher was born March 10th 1886

Ann Elizabeth Becher February 23rd 1865
Alfred Becher died August 4th 1865
Marten D. Becher died June 29th A.D. 1867
Jacob Willard Becher died Sept. 4th 1876
John Becker died July 7 1906 aged 70 yrs. 8 mo. 14 days
Mary E. Becher died May 24th 1915 69 yrs. 10 mo. 28 days

Emmanuel Becher born May 21st 1776 and (died? not put in the sentence) June 4th A.D. 1858
Ellen Becher died Apr. 6th A.D. 1861
Emmanuel Becher died July 26th 1878 aged 26 yrs. 9 mo. 9 days.

Was listed for sale on 2 Oct 2013 at:

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4. Census: 1860, Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA. 9 John Becker [handwriting could be Becher], master tailor, 33, was married to wife Ann, 32. Living with them: Eliza, 11; Emanuel, 8; Emma, 4; Henry, 3; John, 10 months when the census was recorded on 15 Jun 1860. Also in the home is Elizabeth Meixel, 45, who has real estate valued at $550 and possessions worth $50. Since John has no real estate value, this implies he was living in Elizabeth Meixel's home.

5. John Becker, tailor, 43, had a household that included daughter Mary Becker, 25; Amos Mull, 7; and Benjamin Beacher, 8. All were born in Pennsylvania. John had no real estate of value, and his possessions were worth $200. 10 John Becher, tailor, 43, was married to Mary, 25. Living will them was Amos Mull, 7; and Benjamin Beacher, 8. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. John had no real estate of value, and his possessions were worth $200. The post office was Gap.

This census is most interesting. It appears John has a new and much younger wife, Mary. From the 1900 Census, we later learn John and Mary were married about 1865, so the child Amos Mull living with them is not theirs, but probably Mary's by her first marriage to a Mull.

Benjamin may have been born illegitimately, since John didn't marry 2nd wife Mary until 1865, three years after Benjamin was born. But Benjamin's first wife, Ann, kept all of her children, who no longer lived with father John in 1870. The fact that Benjamin was living with John in 1870 indicates John's first wife had nothing to do with him; further, the Census curiously lists Benjamin's surname as Beacher while spelling John's name as Becher. It is, of course, also possible John is not the father of Benjamin, but then why would he be living with him?

6. Census: 1880, Reading, Berks, PA. 11 John Becher, saloon keeper, 54, was living with wife Elizabeth, 63; and John, founder, 23. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

7. Census: 1900, Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA. 12 Living on Diller Avenue in New Holland in 1900, John B. Becher, tailor, 73, born Oct 1826, was married for 37 years to wife Mary E., nurse, 54, born Jun 1845. She had given birth to 8 children, 6 still alive in 1900. In their home: Garfield, farm laborer, 19, Jan 1881; Daniel, laborer, 16, Aug 1883; and Charles, laborer, 14, Mar 1886. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania, as was their parents, except John's father was from Germany and his mother from Ireland.

8. Cause of Death: softening of brain, 7 Jul 1906, New Holland, Lancaster, PA. 6

9. Occupation: tailor, 7 Jul 1906, New Holland, Lancaster, PA. 6


John married Anna Elizabeth Stouffer on 5 Feb 1849 in , Lancaster, PA.1 (Anna Elizabeth Stouffer was born on 6 Mar 1827 in , , PA,3 4 died on 23 Feb 1865 in , Lancaster, PA 1 4 and was buried in New Holland: Zeltenreich Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA 4 13.)


John next married Mary Elizabeth Mimm, daughter of Jacob Mimm and Charlotte Caffrey, on 22 Jan 1867 in , Lancaster, PA.1 (Mary Elizabeth Mimm was born on 26 Jun 1845 in , , PA,1 4 10 14 15 died on 24 May 1915 in , Lancaster, PA 1 4 14 and was buried in New Holland: Zeltenreich Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA 4 14.)



1 Family Bible of John Becher (1826-1906).

2 Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania (Note: Some very early records that appear in this church register were from Muddy Creek Lutheran Church in Brecknock Township, before the congregation moved to New Holland.).

3 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Earl Township, Series: M432 Roll: 789 Page: 204.

4 Catalogue of Zeltenreich cemetery, containing a short history of the cemetery along with a family index and a related family index (FamilySearch.org Family History Library Microfilm 0020363 Item 12.).

5 The Gospel Herald (The Mennonite Church USA Archives, Scottdale, PA.
Online at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/MennObits/), Volume LXII, Number 44 - November 11, 1969, page 1000. Obituary of James Garfield Becher.

6 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 64476. John Becher. Father Emanuel Becher. Mother Ellen Chesney.

7 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50709171.

8 1840 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Leacock Township, Series: M704 Roll: 467 Page: 449.

9 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Earl Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1122 Page: 120.

10 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Salisbury Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1359 Page: 301.

11 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Berks County, Reading Ward 4, Series: T9 Roll: 1101 Page: 153.

12 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Earl Township, Series: T623 Roll: 1425 Page: 274.

13 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50709295&.

14 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=50709130.

15 1850 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4HP-CQ6 Jacob Mimm, 1850.

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