Peter Biecher 1
Another name for Peter was Peter Bicher.2
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Record in the Muddy Creek Reformed church book, burial by Rev. John Christian Wilms: 1791, Nov 25, died, Peter Biesser, age 61 yrs 7 mos 17 d.
Noted events in his life were:
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2. He immigrated on the ship Edinburgh on 30 Sep 1754 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 2 The complete passenger list:
Fredk. Wm. Frick
Jurg Eberhard Mill
Joh. Henr. Phiefer
Joh. Conrad ShiblerJohann Henrich Pfeiffer
Joh Henry Blecker
Johan Peter Wolf
Jurg Henry Rung
Johans. Do ("? Haubt) * Samuel Haubt
Nichs Do ("? Haubt)Johannes Haubt
Jacob Do ("? Rable)Christoph Reble
Christophel Do ("? Grui)Johann Chruy
Johans Do ("? Krim)Johannes Grim
Jurg Do ("? Krim) Jeorg Grimm
Peter Do ("? Dickel) * Werner Dickol
Philip Rorich, on board * Phillip ( ) Rorich, on board * Philip ( ) Roorig, sick
Johannes Cappies, sick * Johannis ( ) Cappias, on board * Johanes ( ) Kopins, sick
Henry Mengin* name crossed outPetter Derdter
Gothard Do ("? Albon) * Gotthardt Allwohn
Christofel Do ("? Hellrich) * Christn (X) Helrich Christoff (X) Hellerich
Jurg Do ("? Renner)Gorg Gottfridt Volcker
Casper Do ("? Becker) * Johannes Schmeh
3. A lot on Eighth St. Near Cumberland St. In 1759 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 1 Peter Biecher was among the first to purchase a land lot in Stites Town, which became Lebanon.
From the book Old Salem in Lebanon : a history of the congregation and town:
The year 1759 was a busy year for Stites and his little town, and at this time he gave deeds for many of the most valuable and prominent sites in the place. The lot diagonally opposite the Farmer's Flotel, where Charles B. Rauch now resides, he deeded to George Beetrich. This was evidently the year in which the lots along Eighth street were sold. The corner lot, with the old house on it, belonging to Geo. Krause & Co., was deeded by Stites to Martin Light on February 28, 1759. The witnesses to this transaction were George Reynolds and two others who signed their names in German.
It was numbered lot 54. No. 53, the lot on which Boger's Drug Store now stands, was also sold shortly afterward by Stites to Martin Light. On the 4th of March Stites sold the lot at Eighth and Willow streets, where John Henry Miller's property now stands, just opposite the Salem church, on Willow street, to George Hats. Less than a week later John Huber buys from Stites lot No. 48, where the Court House now is, at a rent of six shillings annually. Not so long afterward this Court House lot came into the possession of Jacob Stieb, one of the first members of Salem church. Lot No. 47, the central one on the Court House block, was sold to Philip Gloninger, and with lot 46, was finally sold to Charles Greenwald and the County Commissioners. In this same year lots No. 28, 29 and 30, beginning at Eighth and Cumberland streets, and running from the Central Hotel and First National Bank to the hardware store, Stites sold to Jacob Shofner. Lot No. 27, further down, was sold to Peter Biecher. The P. O. S. of A. Hall property, on the opposite side of the street, Stites sold in the same year to Philip Ollinger. Lots No. 31 and 32, now the properties of Dr. Mease and the Colonial Hotel were also sold this year.
4. Tax List: 1772, Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. 3 Three relatives are listed in the 1772 tax list for Cocalico Township:
Beaker, Peter 70 acres clear & 80 acres of woodland, 2 horses and 2 cows, tax 8 pounds
Bicher, Henry 10 acres clear & 40 acres of woodland, 1 horse and a cow. Tax 4 pounds
Inmates: Engle Beiger, tax 2 pounds
[Note: an "inmate" is someone who owns no property, living in a relative's home or renting.]
5. Tax List: Peter Beecher [indexed as Beeher], 150 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, total value 324, hard money tax 5, state money tax 4 1 6, 1779, Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. 4