Peter Bucher
(Abt 1725-)
John Booher
(Abt 1750-Bef 1820)


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1. Barbara Barnett

John Booher 1

  • Born: Abt 1750, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
  • Marriage (1): Barbara Barnett on 30 Jan 1770
  • Died: Bef 19 Dec 1820, , Washington, VA

   Other names for John were John Boogher and John Bucher.

   FamilySearch ID: LHR4-XZV.

  General Notes:

The Bucher Y-DNA project has tested descendants of this ancestor and matching Y-DNA samples show that Booher/Bougher/Bucher families in VA, TN, KY and IN are directly related to the Bucher/Bougher families that were living in the 1700's near Fredericksburg, Lebanon County, PA (at that time it was Lancaster County). For an up-to-date listing of related ancestors please see G-001 family on our DNA research sites:

A surprise results of our DNA testing: three descendants of Jacob Booher (1777-1845 who was the son of the John Booher d.1820) have Y-DNA that does not match the Y-DNA of the other males related to this line, suggesting that Jacob was fathered by a non-Booher. We are conducting further research to determine who Jacob's father is.

If you are a male with surname Bucher, Booher, Bougher, Bugher or other variant spelling you can take a simple Y-DNA test at home that proves you are related to this line (or any of the other Bucher and Booher lines we have also tested that aren't related to this family.)

1. Irene Williams
2. Jerry H. Barrett
3. Elizabeth Booher Parrigin story
4. Washington Co. VA Personal Property Tax List
6. Will of John Booher
7. 1820 Washington Co. VA census

!BIRTH: Source-5 p. 44 for date and place

!MARRIAGE: Source-1 and Source-5 p. 44 for name of spouse

!DEATH: Source-5 p. 44 for date

1804 Booher, John, 1 white male over 16, 2 horses, 1 cow
1805 1 white male over 16
1806 1 white male over 16

1820 Source-7 p. 209
Booher, John
male 45+ [bef 1775]
male 26-45 [1775-1794]
female 45+ [bef 1775]
female 26-45 [1775-1794]

  Medical Notes:

Life span: 70 Years

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Moved: 17 Mar 1818, , Washington, VA. He was living previously in Sullivan County, Tennessee.


2. He signed a will on 26 Nov 1820 in , Washington, VA. In the Name of God Amen. I John Booher of Washington County and State of Virginia being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say.
First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth and after my just debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows
ITEM first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Barbara Booher during her natural life the tract of land whereon I now live with the appurtenances thereunto belonging and at my wifes decease it is my desire that my son Isaac Booher shall have the above tract of land with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to him or his heirs, it is further my desire that my son Isaac shall maintain my son Henry Booher during his natural life and further my desire that the said tract of land shall not be sold during my son Henry's life.
ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Barbara Booher my negro woman Polly also her child Celia and her infant child during her natura life. It also is my desire that my wife shall have choice of two horses also two cows and one heifer also choice of four sheep and one breeding sow. It is further my desire for my wife to keep all my household and kitchen furniture. It is further my desire for my wife to keep all my grain now on hand either growing or gathered - and at her decease it is my desire that all the moveable property and also the three aforesaid negroes with their increase shall be sold at public sale on a credit of twelve months and the profits arising from said sale to be equally divided amongst all my children.
ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Booher my negro boy Jefferson and it is my desire that my son Isaac shall act as Guardian for my son Henry and apply the proceeds of ? negro boy for the benefit of my son Henry.
ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac Booher him and his heirs the aforesaid tract of land at my wifes decease with the appurtenances thereunto belonging.
ITEM: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Booher my negro girl Teressa (?) - also my bay mare called Phillis provided she marries CONSENTABLY to her mother.
ITEM: It is further my desire that all my lands in Sullivan County______________ ____________ sold twelve months after my decease to the best advantage by my Executors hereafter mentioned and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided between Jacob Booher -- Polly Booher wife of John Booher, William Booher and Benjamin Booher and John Booher and Frederick Booher them and their heirs.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Jacob Booher and my son Benjamin Booher to be sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Testimony thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 26th day of November 1820.
John Booher S.S.
Signed sealed published and declared by John Booher Senr., the above named Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Joseph Gray, Henry (X his mark) Mumpower
George Burkhart, Wallace Willoughby
At a court held for Washington County the 19th day of December 1820.
The last Will and Testament of John Booher deceased was exhibited in Court and proven by the oath of Joseph Gray and Henry Mumpower two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Jacob Booher and Benjamin Booher the Executors their named who took the oath of an Executor prescribed by law and entered into and acknowledged their bond in the sum of five thousand dollars with Joseph Gray, Jacob Zimmerlie and Henry Mumpower their securities conditioned as the law directs -- A Certificate is therefore granted them for the probate of the said Will in due form.
Jacob Lynch ______.

3. Letter: 1901, Albany, Clinton, KY. 2 In an interview by Benjamin F.. Booher, Elizabeth stated her family history as follows, also reported at the 1902 family reunion in Darlington, Indiana.

"My name is Elizabeth Parrigan and I was the youngest Daughter of John Booher. I was born in Sullivan County, Tennessee 11 Jan 1797, and if I live till my next birthday I will be one hundred and five years old.

My father John Booher was of German Parentage. My Grandfather came from Germany to Pennsylvania but my father and mother were born in this country.
My grandparents died when I was a child and my father went back to get his legacy when I was about 10 years old. Martin was my father's brother. My father had ten children, eight sons and two daughters. They were Jacob, Mary "Polly", William, Benjamin, Jehu (died in infancy), John, Frederick, Twins Isaac and Henry, and Elizabeth."

We moved to four miles of Bristol, Tennessee when I was nineteen years old from Washington County, Virginia, Abington being the county seat. We moved to Clinton County Kentucky, one mile from where we now live, on 17 Oct 1858."


4. Book: History of Boone County, Indiana : With biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of old families., 1914. 3
Benjamin Booher, for years one of the wealthiest residents of Boone county, and one of the most energetic and business-like farmers of his township, intelligent and self-made, descended from good old Pennsylvania German stock, and was well worthy of a prominent place in any volume of biographical record. His grandfather, John Booher, on coming from Germany to America, first located in the Keystone state and there married a native of Germany, and to this union were born the following named children: Jacob, Mary, William, Benjamin, John, Frederick, Isaac, Henry and Elizabeth. All of them, imbued with the stamina of their origin, grew to maturity, emigrated to the farming lands of Virginia and Tennessee and reared families to add to the wealth of the nation through their incessant toil. John Booher, the grandfather, finally found a home in Sullivan county, Tennessee, in the early settlement of that section, but still retained his farm in Washington county, Virginia. He was a slave owner and a well-to-do planter of considerable influence in both states.

John married Barbara Barnett on 30 Jan 1770. (Barbara Barnett was born about 1755 in , , Pennsylvania, USA and died before Dec 1844 in , Washington, VA.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. They have conflicting marriage information of Abt 1776.


1 Grider, Barbara M., Barbara Grider Booher Database (Louisville, Kentucky. 2008.).

2 Elizabeth Booher Parrigan, Statement by Elizabeth Booher Parrigan (Report at Booher Family Reunion, 1902, Darlington, Indiana.).

3 Leander Meade Crist, "History of Boone County, Indiana : With biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of old families." (1914 : Indianapolis, Ind. : A.W. Bowen), Page 1006-1009.

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