Peter Bicher
Susanna Pennebacker
(from 1775/1784-Bef 1839)
Benjamin Biecher
Ellen Weidner
Benjamin Beecher


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1. Elizabeth Ann Patterson

Benjamin Beecher 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 30 Aug 1832, , Lancaster, PA 4 7 9
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Ann Patterson on 5 Aug 1856 in Chillicothe, Ross, OH 1 2
  • Died: 5 Jun 1922, Ponca City, Kay, OK at age 89 7
  • Buried: 7 Jun 1922, Le Mars: City Cemetery, Plymouth, IA 7

   Other names for Benjamin were Benjamin Bicher 1 and Benjamin Biecher.

   FamilySearch ID: LWJB-72L.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1850 in Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 10 Benjamin Bicher is listed in the 1850 Census as a single carpenter living in the household of Henry Shaeffer, also a carpenter. Shaeffer's household is listed next to those of Elizabeth Embrich, age 55, and John Embrich, 23.

2. Newspaper: Der Libanon Demokrat, the German language newspaper, 29 Aug 1856, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 1 August 29, 1856.
Married. On the 5th of this month, in Chillicothe [Ohio], by the Rev. Carson, Benjamin Bicher, formerly of this city [Lebanon], with Libbia A. Patterson, of Camp Charlotte, Pickaway County, Ohio.

3. Census in 1860 in Pickaway Twp., Pickaway, OH. 9 Benjamin Bicher, carpenter, 27, is living with wife Elisabeth, 26; Clara, 3; George, 2; and John M., 2 months old on 25 July 1860 when the census was recorded. Benjamin's home was worth $2,600 and possessions $400. Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania, everyone else in Ohio. The post office was Camp charlotte. The next door neighbor is Elisabeth Patterson, 63, born in Pennsylvania, living with Robert Sagen, 74, from Ireland. Her home is worth $1,800 and possessions $300.

4. Census in 1870 in Chatsworth, Livingston, IL. 11 The 1870 census recorded Benjamin Beecher, carpenter, 38, living with wife Elizabeth, 36; Clara A., 13; Eva L., 8; Geo H., 7; and John M., 1. Everyone was born in Ohio except Benjamin in Pennsylvania.

5. Census in 1880 in America Twp., Plymouth, IA. 12 The 1880 census recorded Benjamin Bucher [indexed wrong], carpenter, 48, living with wife Elizabeth A., 47; Clara A., 23; Eva Leola, 18; Elizabeth E., 8, blind in left eye; and Daisy, 6. Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth E. in Illinois, Daisy in Iowa, and the others in Ohio.

6. Iowa State Census census in 1885 in America Twp., Plymouth, IA. The 1885 Iowa State Census recorded Benjamin Beecher, mechanic, 57, living with wife Elizabeth, 57; Clara, 28; and Eva, 22.

7. Iowa State Census census in 1895 in America Twp., Plymouth, IA. 13 The 1895 Iowa State Census recorded Benjamin Beecher, 62, living with wife Elisabeth A., 61; and Clara A., single, 37. Benjamin was born in Pennsylvania, and the others in Ohio.

8. Census in 1900 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA. 4 Benjamin Beecher, carpenter, 67, born Aug 1832 in Pennsylvania, widowed, was living with daughter Clara, 48, born Feb 1857 in Ohio, single. Benjamin's parents were from Pennsylvania; Clara's mother was from Ohio.

Next door is his daughter, Eva L. born Aug 1862, living with her husband, carpenter Robert Gralapp, born Oct 1862. He was born in Wisconsin, and his parents in Germany. Eva and her mother was born in Ohio, her father in Pennsylvania. Three children are in their home: Elizabeth, born Dec 1893; Benjamin, born Mar 1895, and Emma born Jul 1898. All children were born in Iowa, their father in Wisconsin and mother in Ohio.

9. Newspaper: LeMars Sentinel, 19 Aug 1909, Le Mars, Plymouth, IA. 14 B. Beecher has sold his house on South Main Street to Peter Nemmers. Mr. Beecher and his son-in-law, R. Gralapp, will leave the last of the month for their new home near Ponca City, Oklahoma, where Mr. Gralapp has purchased a fine quarter section of land.

10. Census in 1910 in Cross Township, Kay, OK. The 1910 census recorded Robert F. Gralapp, farmer, 47, living with wife Eva L, 47; Elisabeth A., 16; Benjamin H., farmer, 15; Emma M., 11; and father-in-law Benjamin Beecher, widowed, 77. Robert was born in Wisconsin, his parents in Germany. Eva and her mother were born in Ohio and her father in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth, Benjamin H. and Emma were born in Iowa. Father-in-law Benjamin and his parents were born in Pennsylvania.

11. Newspaper: Lebanon Daily News: "Lebanon Folk To Share In The Estate Of John Biecher, Who Died Recently at Sterling, Illinois", 12 Apr 1915, Lebanon, Lebanon, PA. 15 Lebanon Folk To Share In The Estate Of John Biecher
Who Died Recently at Sterling, Illinois
Left $20,000 Estate
Thomas Stains and Benjamin Biecher Some of Heirs
Tomas Stains, formerly a hotel man of the city and now engaged as a clerk at the Hotel Willow, and his cousin, Benjamin Biecher, the Tenth and Walnut street grocer, will leave on Wednesday morning for Sterling, Illinois, to take the necessary steps to claim part of a small fortune which is coming to them and other relatives hereabouts.


The estate was left by the late John Biecher, an Illinois farmer, who left Lebanon county when he was quite a boy and lived on the farm until a few years before his death. He left an estate of something over $20,000, which is now about to be distributed, and an audit hearing will be held on Friday of this week at the county seat, at which time the heirs can be present to make objections if there be any. In this case it is expected there will be no trouble in the ajudication of the estate and Messrs. Stains and Biecher will merely be present to take note of the proceedings, and to represent the several heirs located in this region.


The decedent left his town house to his housekeeper, and left only $300 to a son whose present whereabouts are unknown. The rest of the real and personal property, including the farm, etc., is divided by the will into a number of shares -- about five, one of which goes in its entirety to a brother living in the west, and the others to Biecher and Stains here.


Thomas Stains, Millard Stains, and Mrs. Milton Hershberger, are children of the late Mrs. Sarah Stains, who was a sister to John Biecher, the decedent, and Benjamin Biecher is a son of the late George Biecher, who was a brother of the decedent.

John Biecher left this region many years ago, as he was engaged in farming in Illinois for over forty years, and he was therefore remembered only to the older generation in this locality.

12. Census in 1920 in Cross Township, Kay, OK. 16 The 1920 census recorded Robert Gralapp, farmer, 57, living with wife Eva L, 57; daughter Elisebett, 26; son Bengaman, farm laborer, 24; daughter Emma, 21; and father Bengamin Beecher, widowed, 87. Robert was born in Wisconsin, his parents in Germany. Eva and her mother were born in Ohio and her father in Pennsylvania. Elesebett was born in Ohio, and the other two children in Iowa. Father Benjamin and his parents were born in Pennsylvania.

Benjamin married Elizabeth Ann Patterson, daughter of John S. Patterson and Elizabeth Ann, on 5 Aug 1856 in Chillicothe, Ross, OH.1 2 (Elizabeth Ann Patterson was born on 19 Sep 1833 in Pickaway Twp., Pickaway, OH,9 17 died on 8 Apr 1900 in Le Mars, Plymouth, IA 17 18 and was buried on 10 Apr 1900 in Le Mars: City Cemetery, Plymouth, IA 17 18.)


1 Translated and transcribed by Robert A. Heilman, Marriages Reported by Der Libanon Demokrat, a German language newspaper published at Lebanon, Pennsylvania (Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, c1990), Page 64.

2 Marriages, 1810-1952 ; index, 1810-1994 Pickaway County (Ohio). Probate Judge (Film 0288394, Family History Center Library

3 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998).

4 1900 United States Census, Iowa, Plymouth County, America Township, Series: T623 Roll: 453 Page: 4.

5, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, Robert Frederick Gralapp and Eva Leola Beecher, 14 Dec 1892; citing Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa, United States; FHL microfilm 1404991.

6 Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania.), 26 Nov 1913, page 4. George Biecher Dead.

7 Find A Grave,

8 Ephrata Review (Ephrata, PA), 19 Mar 1915, page 1. Obituary of John Beecher of Sterling, Illinois.

9 1860 United States Census, Ohio, Pickaway County, Pickaway Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1023 Page: 242.

10 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, South Lebanon Township, Series: M432 Roll: 791 Page: 136.

11 1870 United States Census, Ben T Beecher, Illinois, United States; citing p. 39, family 300, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000545746.

12 1880 United States Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: America, Plymouth, Iowa; Roll: 359; Family History Film: 1254359; Page: 119C; Enumeration District: 174; Image: 0528.

13 Iowa State Census, Benjamin Beecher, Plymouth, Iowa, United States; citing p. 18, 1895, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,022,093.

14 Le Mars Sentinel (Le Mars, Plymouth County, Iowa.), August 19, 1909. See

15 Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA), 12 Apr 1915, page 1.

16 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Cross, Kay, Oklahoma; Roll: T625_1466; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 126; Image: 626.

17 Find A Grave,

18 Iowa 1930's Graves Registration Survey (WPA - Work Projects Administration,

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