|Johann Engel Bücher
Other names for Johann were Emanuel Becher, Engel Becher,8 Johan Engel Becher,9 Johan Engel Becher,8 Emanuel Beecher,7 Engel Beicher,10 Emanuel Bicher, Imanuel Boger, Engel Bucher, Engelbracht Bucher,11 Engle Bucher, Englehard Bucher, Johan Engel Bucher,12 Johann Engel Bucher, Johan Engel Bücher,9 Emanuel Buecher, Engel Buecher and Englebert Buecher.13
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Noted events in his life were:
1. Fact: Y-DNA testing has proven Engel is not born in 1700 in Switzerland as reported in most trees at Ancestry.com. See http://www.searchtrees.com/engel for more on this.
2. Fact: Engel Bücher signed his surname with an umlaut -- two dots -- above the u which in German is identical to Buecher, which explains why all his descendants have surnames prnounced like Beecher, not Boo-kur or Book-er.
3. Relatives To Research: Y-DNA testing proves he is related to other ancestors in 1700's Pennsylvania. For current info please read http://www.SearchTrees.com/beecher and contact jonathan@SearchTrees.com.
4. Alt. Name: Various records record his given name as Engle; however, the correct spelling would be Engel, which in German means "angel." Other records have him as Englebrecht, which is "bright angel.",,.
5. Baptism in 1722 in Burbach, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DEU. 14
6. Unproven: He may be the Johan Engel Becher baptized in 1731 in Prussia. 8
7. Occupation: shoemaker. A tax list as well as Engel Bucher's list of possessions filed after he died indicate he was a shoemaker by profession.
8. He immigrated on the Ship Neptune, James Wier, captain, from Rotterdam, last by Cowes, Isle of Wright, England on 23 Sep 1751 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 2 12 15 Among the passengers on the Neptune in 1751 was a Joh. Engel Bucher as well as Johan Henrich Bucher, as recorded in Rupp's Thirty Thousand Immigrants. In the version of the list published by Strassberger in Pennsylvania German Pioneers the spellings are Johann Engel Bücher and Johann Henrich Bücher.
9. He appeared as a sponsor at a baptism on 14 Oct 1759 at East Cocalico Twp.: Muddy Creek Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA. It is possible that Jacob Frey married Engel's daughter? Also, a Jacob Frey arrived with Engel on the ship Neptune in 1751. 16 17
10. He was naturalized in 1763 in , Philadelphia, PA. 18 A Johan Engel Becker appears on a 1763 naturalization list in Pennsylvania Archives Series 2, Vol. 17 on page 455. This probably is not a match since there is evidence that Engel had settled in Lancaster County before this date.
11. He had a residence on 21 Jan 1766 in Brecknock Twp., Lancaster, PA. 19 His daughter's marriage record states "Bucher, Elisabeth, daughter of Engel, of Brecknock". They were married at the Muddy Creek Church in Cocalico Township.
12. Tax List: 1770, , Lancaster, PA. 20 The list shows:
13. He appeared as a sponsor at a baptism on 20 Aug 1771 at , Lancaster, PA. The records of Rev. Waldschmidt show Engel Becker and wife were sponsors at the baptism of Maria Margreth of Johannes Kuntz. 21 22
14. The Lancaster County Historical Society conducted a search for deeds in the historic records of Lancaster County and found no deeds in the name of Engel Bucher. However, Engel's will leaves a house and acreage to his wife so he must have owned property.
15. He signed a will on 24 Feb 1778 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. 1 23 24 In the Name of God Amen
16. He had an estate probated Will Book C Page 520. On 19 Mar 1778 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. 25 Engle Bucher Deceased
17. On 11 Apr 1779 in Stouchsburg: Christ Lutheran Church, Berks, PA. 11 The record for Johan Jacob Bucher's marriage to Catherine Heckedorn at Christ Lutheran Church shows on 11 Apr 1779 that Johan Jacob's father was Engelbracht Bucher deceased.
18. Issue: Engel's will indicates he had 10 children., 24 Feb 1778, Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. We can deterine Engel Bucher's children because Engel Bucher is mentioned in the marriage records of his daughter Elizabeth and sons Peter, Jacob, and Henrich. His will mentions there were ten children but only mentions sons Jacob and John by name (as well as wife Elizabeth.) We have not yet identified the other five children, but we can speculate they should have the given names that were used repeatedly in succeeding generations, such as Peter, William, Benjamin, George.
19. Book: Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records, 1929. 7
Johann married Elizabeth.1
1 Wright, F. Edward, Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills (Westminster, Md. : Willow Bend Books, c1998), Pages 16 and 182.
2 Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Edited by William John Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1966), Pages 466-467.
3 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=117281229.
4 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2WF-1QS6 Hans Peter Beck and Elisabeth Bucher, 21 Jan 1766; citing New Holland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, various churches and archives, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 1,305,845.
5 Egle, William Henry, Commemorative biographical encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania : containing sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early Scotch-Irish and German settlers (Chambersburg, Pa.: J.M. Runk, 1896, 1223 pgs.).
6 Lancaster County Registrar of Wills, Book C-1 Pages 520-521.
7 McAdams, Mrs. Harry Kennett: compiler and publisher. Sections of Beecher Genealogy compiled with aid of direct descendent Dr. A.C. Beecher in Philadelphia, Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records: Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds and Marriages from Court Houses and records of Old Bibles, Churches, Grave Yards, and Cemeteries. Copied by American War Mothers. (Keystone Printery, Lexington, KY. 1929.), Page 318.
8 FamilySearch.org, Germany, Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NVZS-CQ.
9 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 23 Apr 2013), entry for Engel Bucher, person ID L8BC-M4C.
10 Lancaster County Historical Society, Will of Engel Beicher. Administrator account 1778 F001 B.
Weiser, Frederick S. (translated and edited by), Records of Pastoral Acts at Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Part II (Birdsboro, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1990
Note: Part II: Baptisms 1820-1835; Marriages 1744-45, 1748-52, 1771-1851; Burials 1748-54, 1771-73, 1811-1851; Confirmations and Communicants, 1743-1789, Other records, 1743-1758).
12 Rupp, Daniel, A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727 - 1776 (I. G. Kohler, Philadelphia, 1876), Page 260.
13 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 8 May 2013), entry for Engel Bucher, person ID L8BC-M4C.
14 FamilySearch.org, Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/ND5G-C7L.
15 Egle, William Henry, editor, Names of Foreigners Who Took The Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol 17, Harrisburg, PA 1890), Page 341.
16 Muddy Creek Reformed Church, East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
17 Wright, F. Edward, Church records of the 18th century, Lancaster County, Pa. (Westminster, MD Family Line Publications 1994), Volume 1, Page 95.
18 Egle, William Henry, editor, Names of Foreigners Who Took The Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol 17, Harrisburg, PA 1890), Page 455.
19 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.), Page 237.
20 Gary T. Hawbaker and Clyde L. Groff, A New Index, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before the Federal Census: Volume 5, Index to the 1770 Tax Records (1989).
21 Waldschmidt, Rev. John, Baptismal and marriage records, Rev. John Waldschmidt, 1752-1786 (In Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Vol VI. Also available on Ancestry.com or download PDF at https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/183430).
22 Wright, F. Edward, Church records of the 18th century, Lancaster County, Pa. (Westminster, MD Family Line Publications 1994), Vol. 5, Page 200.
23 Eleanore Jane Fulton and Barbara Kendig Mylin, An index to the will books and intestate records of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, 1729-1850, with an historical sketch and classified bibliography (Lancaster, Pa. : Intelligencer Printing Co., 1936), Page 6.
24 Lancaster County Registrar of Wills, Book C-1 Pages 520-521. Also Book Y Vol. 2 Page 35.
25 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 (Images of court probate book pages online at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1999196 .), Will Book C. page 520, online image 269 of 555.See online image at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-28757-20698-1?cc=1999196&wc=M99F-4KT:n1053568381 .