Peter Bicher Jr.
(Bef 1770-)
Baltzer Schnader
Barbara Kitzmiller
John Bicher
Catharina Schnader
Lydia Bicher


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Lydia Bicher 1

  • Born: 22 Feb 1817, , Lancaster, PA 2 3 4
  • Christened: 25 Apr 1818, East Cocalico Twp.: Muddy Creek Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA 3
  • Marriage (1): Henry Redcay
  • Died: 6 Aug 1898, Adamstown, Lancaster, PA at age 81 2 4
  • Buried: Adamstown: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 4

   Other names for Lydia were Lidia Bicher 2 and Lydia Biecher.3 5

   FamilySearch ID: 9C6N-P6B.

  General Notes:

She is somehow related to William Bicher, whose property is shown in downtown Adamstown the 1864 Bridgen's Atlas of Lancaster County near these Redcays: Benneville, Elias, Henry, and William.

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  Christening Notes:

Sponsors were the parents.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Adamstown, Lancaster, PA. 1 Henry Redcay, master butcher, 47, is living with wife Lydia [nee Bicher], 42; Sarah, 17; Catherine, 15; Louisa, 13; Elizabeth, 11; Lydia, 8; Anna, 6; and Mary, 4. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Henry's real estate is worth $700 and possessions $300. A few lines above on the same census page is her brother Henry Bicher, age 30.

2. Obituary: Reading Eagle on 8 Aug 1898 in Reading, Berks, PA. 6 Adamstown: Lydia, widow of Henry Redcay, died, aged 82 years. Her husband died 8 years ago. Deceased was bedfast only a few days.Two brothers, William Bicher, of Adamstown, and Henry Bicher, of Lebanon county, and the following children survive: Lizzie Miller and Emma Siegfried, of Adamstown; Sarah Mohn, Lydia Slote and Louisa Stauffer, of Reading, and Mary Mohn, of Mohnsville. Deceased was a member of the United Evangelical church. Funeral on Wednesday afternoon from her late residence. Interment in the Adamstown cemetery.

3. Book: Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, 1909. 7

Elias Redcay, son of Elias, was born Dec. 28, 1782, in Robeson township, Berks county, and died at Adamstown, Jan. 28, 1867. He assisted his father with the farm work until his marriage. On Jan. 29, 1809, he married Sarah Harner, a daughter of Heinrich and Catharine Harner of Exeter. The year after his marriage he farmed for himself, and in 1810 he moved to Exeter, where he carried on farming operations until 1821. On March 31st of the last named year he bought the hotel stand of Jacob Swartz in Adamstown, Lancaster county, on the Lancaster pike, between Reading and Lancaster. The Lancaster pike was a much used highway and of all the old hostelries in the town "Redcay's" was the most patronized by the travelers between the two points. This hotel was operated by Mr. Redcay until 1846, in which year he sold out and purchased a tract of land in the lower end of the town, where he erected a hotel which he owned until the time of his death. Mr. Redcay was twice married. He m. (first) Sarah Harner, by whom he had the following children: (1) Henry, born Aug. 9, 1809, died June 9, 1890. He m. Lidia Bicher, who was born Feb. 22, 1811, and died Aug. 6, 1898. (2) Charles, born Jan. 1, 1811, and died Nov. 29, 1887. He m. Mary Pennebecker, who died Feb. 8, 1888. (3) Lidia, born Dec. 13, 1812, m. John Young. (4) Harriet, born Dec. 21, 1814, died March 19, 1875. She m. Isaac Fichthorn. (5) A daughter, born Oct. 21, 1816, died young. (6) Nicholas, born Aug. 21, 1818, died May 25, 1895. He m. Ann Kegerise, born Dec. 19, 1824, and died March 21, 1891. (7) Benneville, born ----- 29, 1820, died Feb. 3, 1873. He m. Polly Bulman, born April 5, 1820, died ----- ----- -----. (8) William, born Oct. 15, 1822, is still living; he m. his cousin, Susan Redcay, who is also living. On July 16, 1826, Mr. Redcay m. (second) Elizabeth Strauss, and by her he became the father of Elias Redcay.

Lydia married Henry Redcay, son of Elias Redcay III and Sarah Harner. (Henry Redcay was born on 9 Aug 1809 in Exeter Twp., Berks, PA,2 8 died on 9 Jun 1890 in Adamstown, Lancaster, PA 2 8 9 and was buried in Adamstown: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 8.)


1 , Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Adamstown, Series: M653 Roll: 1124 Page: 3.

2 Montgomery, Morton L, Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:, Redcay Family, p. 667.

3 Hinke, William J. (translation), Muddy Creek Reformed Congregation, East Cocalico Twp Lancaster Co. PA (Copied September 1916. Microfilm 0020346 Family History Center Library. Vol. 1 (1743-1770). Vol. 2 (1766-1810).), Item 9 Page 78.

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5, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 37427. Mary B. Mohn. Father Henry Redcay. Mother Lydia Biecher.

6 (Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.), 8 Aug 1898, obituary of Lydia Redcay.

7 Montgomery, Morton L, Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:, Page 667.

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9 (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 11 Jun 1890, page 4. Death of Henry Redcay.

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