Jacob Biecher
(1782-1812)
Maria Michael
(1781-1861)
Emanuel Meily
(1776-1851)
Elizabeth Spade
(1776-1825)
William Beicher Sr.
(1811-1880)
Susanna Meily
(1812-1883)
William Biecher Jr.
(1834-1915)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Louisa Hartman Embich

William Biecher Jr. 1 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 11 Sep 1834, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 4 9 10 11 12 13
  • Christened: 2 Nov 1834, Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 11 13
  • Marriage (1): Louisa Hartman Embich on 1 Jul 1852 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 1 2
  • Died: 13 Sep 1915, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA at age 81 1 2 3 4 14
  • Buried: 16 Sep 1915, Lebanon: Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA 3 4 14 15

   Other names for William were William Beicher Jr.,16 17 William Bicher Jr. 11 12 14 and Wilhelm Biecher.13

  Christening Notes:

From the bible of Wilhelm 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 Sr.

  Burial Notes:

His tombstone reads: Father - William Biecher 1834-1915 Co K 127 Regt. R.V.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Alt. Name: Christened as surname Bicher (pronouced like Beecher), William later adotped Biecher surname, unlike his father whose tombstone is Beicher., in 1834, in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA.

2. He appeared on the census in 1850 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 12 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.
[Note: Most census indexes list Bicker, not Bicher; the census taker's handwriting can easily be mistaken.]

3. Newspaper: Der Libanon Demokrat, 9 Jul 1852, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 18 A notice appeared announcing his marriage: "Married. On the 1st of this month by the Rev. G. F. Krotel, Mr. William Bicher of Lebanon with Miss Louisa H. Embich of Myerstown."

4. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 10 William Biecher, age 22, is recorded in the 1860 Census in Lebanon living with his wife, Louisa, 23; Ann, 5; and John, 3. His occupation is tinsmith and everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

5. Military from 14 Aug 1862 to 29 May 1863 in , , PA: Civil War: Corporal in Company K, 127th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. 19 20

6. Occupation: 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. 21

7. Military from 2 Jul 1863 to 26 Aug 1863 in , , PA: Civil War: William Biecher. Company I 48th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia. 22

8. Military from 13 Mar 1864 to 1 Jul 1865 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA: Civil War: Co. F 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry 64th Regiment. 17 His record on file shows the following:
Beicher, William Jr.
F - 4C
Muster Roll
Enrolled: 3-31-64 at Hbg., Pa.
M.I. 3-31-64 as Pvt. at Hbg, Pa.
M.O. 7-1-65
Discharged
Age at enrollment 31
Height: 5' 11"
Hair: Dark
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Grey
Occupation: Tim Smith
Residence: Lebanon Co. Pa.

9. He appeared on the census in 1870 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 23 He is listed in the 1870 Census in Lebanon as William Biecher, age 35, tinsmith. Living in his household are Louisa, 35; Annie 16; Edwin 11; Luther 4; Charles 11 months when the census was recorded on June 22, 1870. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

10. He appeared on the census in 1880 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 9 11 The head of the household is William Biecher, blacksmith, age 45. Living with him is his wife, Louisa (45); Charles (12); William (7); Ellen (4); Sarah (2). All are born in Pennsylvania. The listing is in the 1st Ward in Lebanon.

11. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: article about large pumpikins grown by William Beicher, 24 Sep 1889, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 24 Large Pumpkins.

Mr. William Beicher, residing on the southeast corner of Ninth and Walnut streets, has a number of pumpkins growing in his yard which "take the cake" in this section for size. There are five of them, one of which measures almost six feet in circumference. It is as large as a flour barrel and one man could not handle it.

12. He received a pension Civil War on 18 Nov 1890 in , , PA. 11 25 The record was filed by his wife Louisa H. Bicher and shows he served during the war in:
Company K 127 Pennsylvania Infantry
Company F 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Company E 48th Pennsylvania Militia Infantry

13. He appeared on the census in 1900 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 16 William Beicher, age 65, born Sep 1834, is listed in the 1900 Census living at 111 S 8th Street in Lebanon. Living with him is his wife of 48 years, Louisa, born July 1834. She had given birth to 9 children, 6 still living in 1900. Only one is living with them: Sadie E. born Nov 1878, occupation seamstress. William's occupation is blacksmith.

14. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Biecher Family Reunion, 21 Apr 1902, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 26 Family Reunion
Took Place at the Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Biecher
A family reunion was held on Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Biecher, South Eighth street. Charles Biecher, who had been absent from the city for 12 years, returned home the early part of last week, and on Saturday evening J. Edward Biecher arrived from Marion, Ohio, where he has been residing for 21 years. It was a happy meeting of parents, sisters and brothers.

15. Newspaper: Harrisburg Daily Independent: The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. And Mrs. Biecher, of Lebanon, was celebrated yesterday with a family reunion., 2 Jul 1902, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA. 27

16. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: William Miley Here, 13 Oct 1902, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 28 William Miley, or Marion, O., is here, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. William Beecher, at 111 South Eighth street. Mr. Miley is on his way home from Washington, where he attended the G. A. R. encampment. He is well acquainted in Lebanon and has a host of friends here.

17. He resided at Lebanon City Directory: Biecher Wm H, cigarmkr, bds 127 N 8th. Charlotte. In 1911 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 29 The 1911 Lebanon Directoy listed these Biechers:

Biecher Anna L., res 732 N 7th.
Biecher Benjamin P, grocer 1000 Walnut, res 734 Walnut. Mrs. Elizabeth, George R, Helen M.
Biecher Charles E, res 732 N 7th.
Biecher Charlotte E., res 732 N 7th.
Biecher George, cigars, 732 Walnut, h 734 same.
Biecher Wm H, cigarmkr, bds 127 N 8th. Charlotte.

18. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: "J. Edwin Biecher, formerly of this city, now of Marion, Ohio, returned home this afternoon on the 1:05 train, after visiting his parents, Mr. And Mrs. William Biecher, of 817 Strawberry alley.", 20 Sep 1912, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 30

19. Death Certificate: Certificate Number: 86138. William Bicher, 13 Sep 1915, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 14 Place of death: 820 Strawberry Alley, Lebanon, Pa.
Name: William Bicher
Married
Date of brith: 11 Sept 1834
Age: 81 years 0 mos. 2 ds.
Occupation: retired
Birthplace: Lebanon, Pa.
Father: William Bicher, Lebanon, Pa.
Mother: Susanna Meily, Lebanon, Pa.
Date of death: 13 Sept 1915
Cause of death: dilation of the heart
Signed: W. F. Klein M.D. Lebanon, Pa.
Burial: Mt. Lebanon 16 Sep 1915.
Undertaker: P. H. Thompson, Lebanon.
Informant: W. F. Klein, Lebanon.

20. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: obtiuary of Wm. Biecher with photo, 13 Sep 1915, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 2 Wm. Biecher, Aged Veteran, Mustered Out

(photo of William Biecher)

William Biecher, a retired blacksmith, died at eleven o'clock this morning at his home in Strawberry alley, between Eigth and Ninth streets, from a complication of diseases, incident to old age, following an illness of one month. He was 81 years old, being the oldest surviving former member of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church choir. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served as a member of Capt. John Widman's company of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and later, in Company E, Forty-eighth Regiment, Pa. Vols., commanded by capt. John Reinoehl. He was a member of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church for more than 65 years, having been confirmed by Rev. William G. Ernst on Whit Sunday, March 12, 1850, and of the Union Fire Company.

THOSE WHO SURVIVE

He was married on July 1, 1852, to Louisa H. Embich, the ceremony being performed by Rev. G. F. Krotel, then pastor of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church. He leaves his wife and the following children: Mrs. Annie Meily, Marion O.; Edwin Biecher, Marion, O.; Mrs. Ella Keppleman, Reading; Charles Biecher, Philadelphia; Mrs. Sadie Weiser, Reading; William Biecher, Womelsdorf.

21. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: Son-in-Law and Sons Bearers at Biecher Funeral, 16 Sep 1915, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 15 Three sons and a son-in-law this afternoon acted as pall bearers at the funeral of the late William Biecher, of this city. REv. A. W. Leibensperger, junior pastor of the Salem Ev. Lutheran church, conducted services at the house in Strawberry alley, near Eighth street. Burial was made in Mt. Lebanon cemetery.
The bearers were Edward Biecher, Charles Biecher and William Biecher and Edward Keppelman. P. H. Thompson was the undertaker.


William married Louisa Hartman Embich, daughter of John Phillip Embich and Maria Spengler, on 1 Jul 1852 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA.1 2 (Louisa Hartman Embich was born on 6 Jul 1834 in , Lebanon, PA 3 10 11 31 32, christened on 21 Sep 1834 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA,11 died on 4 Nov 1917 in Womelsdorf, Berks, PA 3 11 31 33 34 35 and was buried on 8 Nov 1917 in Lebanon: Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA 3 31 34 35.)


Sources


1 Lebanon Semi-Weekly News (Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.), 13 Sep 1915, page 4. Obituary of Wm. Biecher.

2 Lebanon Daily News, 13 Sep 1915, page 3. Obituary of Wm. Biecher.

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

4 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11708220.

5 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 105474. Mrs. Ella E. Keppelman. Father William Biecher. Mother Louisa Embich.

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 11210-61. William H. Biecher. Father William Biecher. Mother Louisa Embich. Spouse Annie Krumbine.

7 FamilySearch.org, Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6QN-H5G Anna Matilda Meily, 25 Oct 1933; citing Marion, Marion, Ohio, reference fn 58064; FHL microfilm 1,992,980.

8 Lebanon Daily News, 5 Jun 1973, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Clarence Weiser (Sarah E. Biecher).

9 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255145; National Archives Film T9-1145; Page 275C.

10 1860 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, Roll 1128 Book 1, Page 398.

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

13 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.

14 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: 86138. William Bicher. d. 13 Sep 1915.

15 Lebanon Daily News, 16 Sep 1915, page 3. Funeral of William Biecher.

16 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Ward 1, Roll 1428 Book 1, Page 173.

17 Pennsylvania State Archives (http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/BAH/DAM online records.), http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp?view=ArchiveItems&ArchiveID=17&FID=1072778&LID=1072827&FL=B&Page=4.

18 Translated and transcribed by Robert A. Heilman, Marriages Reported by Der Libanon Demokrat, a German language newspaper published at Lebanon, Pennsylvania (Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, c1990), Page 39.

19 National Park Service Soldier's Sailors Database, Biecher, William aka Bicher, William. Co. K 127th Regiment, PA Film M554 Roll 9.

20 Kelker, Luther Reily, History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, with genealogical memoirs (New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1907, 1932 pgs.), Page 1099. William Bicher.

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

22 Pennsylvania State Archives (http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/BAH/DAM online records.), Civil War Veterans Card File. Biecher, William. http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp?view=ArchiveItems&ArchiveID=17&FID=1077728&LID=1077777.

23 1870 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Lebanon Borough, Roll 1361 Book 1, Page 267b.

24 Lebanon Daily News, 24 Sep 1889, page 1.

25 National Archives and Records Administration, Civil War Pension Index ([database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Data indexed and imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. T288, 544 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.).

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27 Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 2 Jul 1902, page 5.

28 Lebanon Daily News, 13 Oct 1902, page 1.

29 Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Lebanon City Directory, 1911, printed page 84, online image 45 of 458.

30 Lebanon Daily News, 20 Sep 1912, page 5.

31 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12673507.

32 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2NG-N47 Louisa Embich, 21 Sep 1834.

33 The Parish Record, Womelsdorf Parish Notes. (Congregations: St. Daniel's, Robesonia; Zion, Womelsdorf; St. John's, Robesonia; Holy Trinity, Robesonia.), 1917 edition. Online at http://berks.pa-roots.com/obits/ObitsBi-Bo.html.

34 Lebanon Daily News, 6 Nov 1917, page 3. Obituary of Mrs. Louisa H. Beicher.

35 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 121922. Louisa Beicher [indexed Biechart]. Informant Wm. Beicher.



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