Johann Engel Bücher
Balthasar Hamman
(Abt 1722-1755)
Anna Margaretha Zimmerman
Jacob Bicher
Anna Maria Catherine Hamman
Maria Magdalena Bicher


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1. Henry Nickolas

Maria Magdalena Bicher 2

  • Born: 27 Jan 1780, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Henry Nickolas on 5 Apr 1801 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 1 2
  • Died: 8 Aug 1812, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA at age 32 2
  • Buried: 1812, Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA 2

   Another name for Maria was Maria Magdalena Bücher.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1790 in Lebanon, Dauphin, PA. 3 The 1790 census recorded in Lebanon township Jacob Beacherd with this household:

Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 2 (sons Jacob and William)
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1 (father Jacob)
Free White Persons - Females: 2 (daughter Maria and mother)
Number of Household Members: 5

2. Cause of Death: consumption, 8 Aug 1812, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 2 Her burial record at Salem Lutheran Church reads: "Sept. 26, 1812 Nickolas nee Bicher Mar. Magd. Bicher, born January 27, 1780. Confirmed. Married Henr. Nickolas April 5, 1801. Had 2 children. Both dead. She died of consumption. Aged 32 years, 8 months and 31 days.

3. Tombstone: Tombstone read: Maria Magdalena Bicher Jan 27, 1780 Aug 8, 1812., 8 Aug 1812, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 2

4. She has conflicting burial information of Graves moved to Mount Lebanon Cemtery, Nov 1898 and Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. The old Salem Lutheran Church yard cemetery was just behind the Salem Lutheran Church on the corner of 8th and Willow Streets and set apart for burial purposes in 1765.

Unfortunately, when the cemetery land was needed by the church for new Memorial Chapel and parking lot, the old cemetery graves were reinterred in September-November 1898 to Mount Lebanon Cemetery in a single vault with no indentification. The church notes for the graves show some of the tombstone inscriptions were unreadable. Luckily, the tombstone inscription was described years earlier in Egle's History of Lebanon County published in 1883. The tombstones read according to Egle:

Jacob Bicker b. Dec 1, 1758 d. Feb 23, 1842
Johan Jacob Bicker b. Dec 18, 1782 d. 1812
Maria Catharina Bicker Sep 25, 1747 Dec 8, 1830

In addition the church records show this tombstone existed:
Maria Magdalena Bicher Jan 27, 1780 Aug 8, 1812.

Note that Egle listed the names as Bicker whereas the church records record them as Bicher, which is consistent with the church christening records.

Another list of burials is in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church; Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania; burial records, 1773-1876 by Frederick Weiser, published in 1969.

Maria married Henry Nickolas on 5 Apr 1801 in Lebanon: Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA.1 2

  Marriage Notes:

Witnesses were Jacob Bucher and Henry Siech. 1


1 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 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 site and can be searched online by entering the Film # into the search form.).

2 Family History Library Film 21544 DGS 8139244 - Item 1 - Burial records of the Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon, Lancaster County, now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, 1773-1876 (translated by Samuel A. Louser), Page 35, Burial of Maria Magdalena Nickolas nee Bicher.

3 Roberts, Charles Rhodes, History Of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Volume III (Allentown, Pa., Lehigh Valley Pub. Co., 1914.
3 volumes, illustrated, maps.
Prepared by a committee appointed by the Lehigh County Historical Society; chapters contributed by various writers.), Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, Lebanon Twp, Roll M637_8, Page 87, Image 400.

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