Jacob Bicher
(1758-1842)
Anna Maria Catherine Hamman
(1747-1830)
Jacob Biecher
(1782-1812)
Maria Michael
(1781-1861)
William Beicher Sr.
(1811-1880)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Susanna Meily

William Beicher Sr. 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 25 Jan 1811, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 2 3 4 7 9 10 11 12
  • Christened: Feb 1811, Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 9 13
  • Marriage: Susanna Meily on 3 May 1831 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 1 2
  • Died: 18 Aug 1880, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA at age 69 3 4 11 12 14
  • Buried: 23 Aug 1880, Lebanon: Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA 3 4 11 14

   Other names for William were William Beacher,15 William Beecher, Wilhelm Bicher,2 3 9 William Bicher Sr.,9 12 William Bicker and Wilhelm Bucher.

  Christening Notes:

Sponsor was Jacob Bicher Sr.

  Burial Notes:

His tombstone reads William Beicher, Jan 25 1811 - Aug 18, 1880 Aged 69 yr 6 mo 24 da.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Alt. Name: Christened as surname Bicher (pronounced like Beecher in PA Dutch county), William's descendants are buried as Beicher or Biecher. We use the name on their tombstone, not birth record., in 1811, in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA.

2. Bible: Family Register in Wilhelm Bicher's bible in possession of John William Beicher, From 1811 to 1860, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 2 From the bible of Wilhelm Bicher, translation from the original German:

Wilhelm Bicher was born into this world on the 25th of January, 1811, in the town and county of Libanon, Pennsylvania. He received the Sacred Baptism from the Reverend G. Lochman. His sponsors were his grandparents Jacob Bicher and his wife Maria Catharina. He also received the Holy Communion at the appropriate age. He entered the state of matrimony with Sussanna Meyli, in the year of 1831 on the 3rd of May.

This above described Sussanna is a daughter of Emanuel Meily and his wife Elissabeth, born Sped. She was born on the 3rd of October, 1812 in the County of Libanon, Pennsylvania, and received the Sacred Baptism from the Reverend G. Lochman. Her sponsors were her father and mother, and she also received the Holy Communion at the appropriate age. And she agreed to tie the nuptial knot with the above mentioned Wilhelm Bicher on the 3rd of May, 1831.

They begotten a child, namely, a son. He saw light of this world on the 17th of January, 1832 and received the Sacred Baptism from the Reverend W. Ernst in the course of which he baptized him Johnn Heinerich. The sponsor was his great-grandfather Jacob Bicher.

Once more they begotten a son. He saw the light of the world on the 11th of September, 1834, and received the Sacred Baptism from the Reverend W. G. Ernst in the course of which he gave him a name of Wilhelm. The sponsor was his grandfather Emanuel Meily.

Jacob was born on the 24th of January, 1837 and he received the Sacred Baptism from the Reverend W. G. Ernst. His great-grandfather Jacob Bicher was the sponsor.

Marian was born on the 2nd of March, 1839 and received the Sacred Baptism from the Reverend Rodroff. The parents were the sponsors.

[Note: another page in the bible has birth records of the later children. These are found in this family tree under each child's listing.]

3. He appeared on the census in 1830 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 16 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. Alt. Name: in 1832,. 9 12 Originally descended from Jacob Bücher, William's children starting in 1832 are baptized under the spelling Bicher in records at Salem Lutheran Church, but his tombstone reads William Beicher when he dies in 1880.

5. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 15 Jacob Beacher appears in the 1840 Census in Lebanon living alone. His age is in category 80-89 (so he was born 1751-1760).

The next listing on this page is his grandson, William Beacher.
Males (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840) = 1
5-9 (1831-1835) = 1
15-19 (1821-1825) = 1
30-39 (1801-1810) = 3
Females (born)
Under 5 (1836-1840) = 1
20-29 (1811-1820) = 1
50-59 (1781-1790) = 1
60-69 (1771-1780) = 1

6. He was buried at the William moved many graves! in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA circa 1850. 17 From "Old Salem in Lebanon : a history of the congregation and town" published in 1898:

At this period the time of the pastor was taken greatly into requisition by the numerous funerals in the various congregations he served, particularly the funerals of children. They often interfered with the regular services, and the matter was brought before the congregation by advice of the Council. The burial grounds also were beginning to be too small for a congregation of our size, and on December 26th, 1821, a Committee was appointed to purchase a suitable piece of ground as a burial plot. The Committee consisted of George Reinoehl, Christian Suavely, Tobias Fernsler, Philip Fischer and Adam Ritscher. The Committee acted, and purchased an acre of ground on the other side of the Quitopahila from Mr. William Moore. They paid $300.00 for it. This was the lot where the "Old Paper Mill" or rather the flour mill that was built by Myers and Showr now stands. But few were buried on the plot. On account of the lowness of the ground the graves frequently became filled with water while they were being dug in wet weather. It was vacated early in the 50's and the remains of those buried there were reinterred in the Salem grave-yard along side the Eighth Street Wall by Mr. William Biecher.*

At the meeting in 1825 the congregation resolved that in the future all strangers and those who had not been living here for six months as well as those who had not paid for their grant for burial purposes according to the constitution, should be buried upon our new (that is the watery) cemetery.

*J. J. Embich.

7. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 18 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 Michael. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Their neighbors are Felix Good, 70, and David Carmany, 56.
[Note: Most census indexes list Bicker, not Bicher; the census taker's handwriting can easily be mistaken.]

8. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 7 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.

9. He worked as a Gopsill's Lebanon Directory, 1863-4: Bicher William, tinsmith, Cumberland n Pinegrove; Biecher William, tinsmith, h E Walnut n Chestnut in 1863 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 19

10. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 20 The 1870 Census in Lebanon lists William Biecher, 58, tinsmith. He is married to Susan, age 57. Living with him is his son, George, 15, who is a shoemaker's apprentice. Everyone is born in Pennsylvania. William had no real estate of value and his possessions were worth $300. The previous census listing is his son, Emanuel.

11. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: neighbors donate food to William Biecher, 22 Feb 1876, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 21 Donation Party.
On Monday evening a pleasant party gathered at a certain house in town and from there proceeded to the residence of Mr. William Biecher, residing on South Ninth street, where they done the grand by presenting to the family a large amount of produce and such things as are required in a large family. The wife has been confined to her bed for many weeks and the head of the family has been for some time out of work, and it was a noble thought which prompted such kindness of heart and such open-handed generosity. The party numbered eight.

12. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 22 William Beacher, age 70, tinsmith, was living with his wife Susan, 68. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania. The record is in the 5th Ward in Lebanon.

13. Newspaper: Marion Daily Star: death notice for William Beicher, 20 Aug 1880, Marion, Marion, OH. 23 DIED yesterday morning, at Lebanon, Pa., Thursday. Wm. Beicher, father of George Beicher, the young man at Wm. Fies' furniture store. The deceased died of cancer of the stomach; he was also a brother of mother Meily, dec'd. George received a telegram announcing the sad news, but circumstances are such as to prevent him from leaving here to attend the funeral.

14. His obituary was published in the Lebanon Courier on 15 Sep 1880 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 14 DIED. Biecher -- In Lebanon, on August 18, William Biecher, aged 69 years, 6 months and 24 days. Buried August 23, on Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.


William married Susanna Meily, daughter of Emanuel Meily and Elizabeth Spade, on 3 May 1831 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA.1 2 (Susanna Meily was born on 3 Oct 1812 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 2 7 9 11 22 24, christened in Nov 1812 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA,9 died on 23 Jul 1883 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 11 24 and was buried in Lebanon: Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA 11.)


Sources


1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 18 Apr 2013), entry for William Bicher, person ID KFJM-J57.

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

4 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11708197.

5 Marion Daily Star (Marion, Marion, Ohio.), Marion Weekly Star, 31 Aug 1912, page twelve, obituary of Emanuel M. Beicher.

6 Lebanon Courier Newspaper (Lebanon Borough, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania), 1 Aug 1883, obituary of Susanna Biecher.

7 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, Roll 1128 Book 1, Page 364.

8 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.), Certificate Number: 3238. Catherine Elizabeth Embich, father Wm Beicher, mother Susan Meily.

9 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.).

10 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255146; National Archives Film T9-1146; Page 325D.

11 Beacher, Bruce Franklin, Beau-Chere, The Beacher Family Newsletter, Issue 1 Jun 1979.

12 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

13 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.), http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/IGI/individual_record.asp?recid=500106545815&lds=1®ion=11®ionfriendly=North+America&frompage=99.

14 Lebanon Courier Newspaper (Lebanon Borough, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania), 15 Sep 1880 edition, page 3.

15 1840 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, Series: M704 Roll: 468 Page: 2.

16 1830 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, page 35.

17 Schmauk, Theodore Emanuel, Old Salem in Lebanon : a history of the congregation and town (Lebanon, Pa.: unknown, 1898, 219 pgs.), Page 171-172.

18 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Boro, Series: M432 Roll: 791 Page: 123.

19 Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Gopsill's Lebanon Directory, 1863-4. Printed page 234, online image 141.

20 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, Roll 1361 Book 1, Page 286a.

21 Lebanon Daily News, 22 Feb 1876, page 1.

22 1880 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon 5th Ward, Series: T9 Roll: 1146 Page: 325.

23 Marion Daily Star (Marion, Marion, Ohio.), Online at Ancestry.com. http://search.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6431&iid=news-oh-marion-mariondlystar.1880_08_20_0004&st=d&noredir=true&rc=697,950,815,992;500,1662,588,1704;1374,5541,1568,5583;3415,1783,3526,1816;3278,4129,3366,4158;3955,2375.

24 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11708184.



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