Peter Bucher
(Abt 1725-)
John Booher
(Abt 1750-Bef 1820)
Barbara Barnett
(Abt 1755-Bef 1844)
Jacob Booher


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1. Catherine Barnett

2. Elizabeth Barnett

Jacob Booher 1 2 3

  • Born: 3 Mar 1777, Manheim, Lancaster, PA 3
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Barnett about 1798 in , Sullivan, TN
  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth Barnett about 1809 in , Sullivan, TN
  • Died: 29 Jul 1845, , Montgomery, IN at age 68 3
  • Buried: Darlington: Deck Cemetery, Montgomery, IN 3

   FamilySearch ID: L7BL-LWH.

  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.)

Jacob first married Catherine Barnett and second Elizabeth Barnett; they were probably sisters. He had a total of fourteen children by both wives.
2. International Genealogical Index
3. Elizabeth Booher Parrigin story
4. Marjorie O. Paul genealogy
5. Linda Baum, Salt Lake City
7. 1830 Sullivan Co. TN census
8 Indiana Genweb: Dorothy Q Chapter DAR Bible Records -
Gurdianias and Mahala Hampton Booher Bible
9. 1840 Montgomery Co. IN census

!BIRTH: Source-6 p. 44 for date and place

!MARRIAGE: Source-6 pp. 44, 50 for names

!DEATH: Source-6 pp. 44, 50 for date and place; Source-8 confirms date

!BURIAL :Source-6 p. 50 for place which is north of the Lutheran Church, three miles from Darlington IN.

!ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Source-1, p. 105 copied from RECORD OF BOONE, CLINTON, AND HENDRICKS COUNTIES, INDIANA (1895) p. 221 On the 8th day of December 1834 Jacob Booher left TN and came to IN and settled in Montgomery Co. He was a Jacksonian Democrat and belonged to the Lutheran Church. [Different sources have slightly different lists of children. I think I have them sorted out correctly]

1830 Source-7 p. 330
Jacob Booher -- son of John who moved to Montgomery Co. IN
male 50-60 [1770-1780] Jacob, b. 1777
male 20-30 [1800-1810] John M.1808
male 15-20 [1810-1815] Ambrose or Samuel
male 15-20 [1810-1815] Jonathan M., abt 1812
male 10-15 [1815-1820] Jacob jr. b. abt 1815
male 5-10 [1820-1825] Benjamin, b. abt 1821
male 5-10 [1820-1825] Leander, b. abt 1823
female 40-50 [1780-1790] Elizabeth, b. 1779
female 20-30 [1800-1810] Elizabeth, b. abt 1803
female 15-20 [1810-1815] Mehala
female 10-15 [1815-1820] Lucinda, b. abt 1817

!1840 Source-9 p. 177 image 4 Sugar Creek Twp.
Booher, Jacob
male 60-70 [1770-1780] Jacob, b. 1777
male 30-40 [1800-1810]
male 20-30 [1810-1820] Jacob jr, b. abt 1815
male 15-20 [1820-1825] Benjamin, b. abt 1821
male 10-15 [1825-1830] Leander?, b. abt 1823
female 60-70 [1770-1780] Elizabeth, b. 1779

  Medical Notes:

Life span: 68 Years 4 Months 26 Days

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: History of Boone County, Indiana : With biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of old families., 1914. 4
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. His son, Jacob, the father of Benjamin, our subject, was born in Pennsylvania on March 3, 1777, and when a boy of twelve, in 1789, found himself a resident of Tennessee. He there learned the blacksmith's trade, and there married Catherine Barnett, a daughter of Nicholas and Barbara Barnett, and to this, his first marriage, were born five children, named William, Mary, Elizabeth, Guardianas and John M. This lady was called away in due course of time and Mr. Booher married her sister, Elizabeth Barnett, and to this union were born seven children, viz : Catherine, Jonathan, Jacob, Ambrose, Lucinda, Benjamin and Leander. December 8, 1834, Jacob Booher left Tennessee and came to Indiana and settled on one hundred and sixty acres of entered land in Montgomery county, to which he subsequently added by purchase two hundred and forty acres, but not immediately adjoining his entered property. He became a man of much wealth and influence and a representative citizen. He and his wife were faithful members of the Lutheran church, and in politics he was a Jacksonian Democrat. He lived to be sixty-eight years of age, and died July 29, 1845, on his farm in Montgomery county, Indiana, mourned by all who knew him. Benjamin Booher, late of Lebanon, Indiana, with whom this particular sketch has most to do, was born on his father's farm in Sullivan county, Tennessee, September 5, 1821. He received the education usually accorded in the common schools of his early days, but was an apt scholar and quick to learn through self-application to the books that came within his command. He was thirteen years of age when he came to Indiana with his parents, and here he was invigorated both in body and mind through the severe discipline of farm labor. He was married in Boone county on October 20, 1842, to Margaret, daughter of William and Margaret (Hughes) Beeler, and twelve children were born to this genial union. The order of birth is: Martha, Margaret E., William J., Albert L., Benjamin C, Sylvester C, Vando L., Adelaide M., Mark A., Emma R., Daniel B. and Minnie F.Benjamin Booher had been but three years married when he located in what is now Whitestown, Boone county, where he bought ninety acres in the dense wilderness. He cleared it of its heavy timber, and by hard work and thrift increased his possessions to one thousand seven hundred acres, almost all of which was in one body, and of this large property he gave to his children, donating to each of them a comfortable sized farm. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Booher married Mrs. Mary Smith, who had borne the maiden name of Ross. He then moved to Lebanon, and here purchased his substantial and elegant brick residence, retiring from the more active duties of business, but still following his restless activity in giving his attention to the details of some of the more important business of his life until a short time prior to his death, which occurred on December 28, 1910.Mr. Booher was a man of remarkable physical strength as well as intellectual superiority and force of character, and it is stated that at the age of fifty-five years he could easily spring over the back of a high horse. His stupendous labor in the field and untiring industry have given full evidence of his physical endurance. He was entirely self-made as to pecuniary affairs, but his position as an intelligent citizen of high standing before his fellowmen has come through nature alone. He took but little interest in politics, thinking for himself on all matters pertaining to political economy and party affairs, but yet, on one occasion withdrew from his personal business to become trustee of Worth township as a self-imposed duty. He won his high position before his fellow-citizens entirely through his personal exertions.Mr. Booher's mother, Elizabeth Barnett, was born on February 3, 1779, a daughter of Nicholas and Barbara Barnett; they were natives of Pennsylvania and later they moved to West Virginia, where they remained until death. They were farmers and very devoted Christian people and were the parents of the following named children: George, Catherine, John, Adam, Jacob, Peter, Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, Sarah and Nicholas. The father of this family was a man of ordinary means but much respected.

Jacob married Catherine Barnett about 1798 in , Sullivan, TN. (Catherine Barnett was born on 3 Feb 1779 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA and died about 1809 in , Sullivan, TN.)

Jacob next married Elizabeth Barnett about 1809 in , Sullivan, TN. (Elizabeth Barnett was born on 3 Feb 1779 in , , PA,5 died on 6 Nov 1843 in , Montgomery, IN 5 and was buried in Darlington: Deck Cemetery, Montgomery, IN 5.)


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

2 Harden, Samuel, Early Life and Times in Boone County, Indiana (Harden & Spahr, Lebanon, Indiana. May,1887. 566 pgs.), Page 229.

3 Find A Grave,

4 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.

5 Find A Grave,

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