Johann Engel Bücher
Benjamin Beecher
John Beecher


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John Beecher 1

  • Born: 24 May 1800, Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster, PA 1 2
  • Christened: 2 Dec 1801, New Holland: Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Keziah

   Other names for John were John Becher 3 and Johann Bicher.2

  Christening Notes:

He is listed as Johann Bicher, not Bucher, parents are Benjamin Bicher and wife Elizabeth. Sponsors were the parents.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Occupation: Tavern Owner in 1828 in Churchtown, Lancaster, PA. 4 John Bicher applied for a liquor license to operate a tavern. Lately occupied by Davis Evans. Petition granted. April term. Signers of Petition: Edward Davis, John Huston, John Zell, Cyrus Jacobs.

2. Newspaper: Lancaster Intelligencer and Journal, 30 May 1828, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 5 -----
THE Volunteers and Militia, composing the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, P. M. are hereby notified, that on the 1st Monday in June next, being the 2d day of the month between the hours of 10 in the forenoon and in 6 in the afternoon, an ELECTION will be held within the several battalion bounds of the Militia of said Brigade, for the election of the following Officers, viz:

One Brigadier General, and one Brigade Inspector, for the Brigade;
One Colonel, and one Lieutenant Colonel, for each regiment of said Brigade;
And one Major for each Battalion of said Regiments.

And that the Elections will be held at the following places, viz: In the 18th Regiment -- the first battalion, at the house of John Hanna, innkeeper, in the village of Manheim; and the second battalion at the house of John Kauffman, innkeeper, in Lititz.

In the 51st Regiment -- the first battalion at the house of Jacob Diffenderfer, innkeeper, in New Holland; and the second battalion at the house of John Bicher, innkeeper, in Churchtown.

3. Newspaper: Lancaster Reporter, 25 Sep 1828, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 6 TURNPIKE ELECTION.
An election for a President, Treasurer and twelve Managers of the Morgantown, Churchtown and Blueball turnpike road company, will take place on the first Monday (the 6th) of October next, at the public house of John Bicher, in Churchtown, Caernarvon township, between the hours of 2 and 4 o'clock, P. M.

4. Tax List: 1829, Salisbury Twp., Lancaster, PA. 7 Jacob Beecher "labour, no horse, 1 cattle, taxed 0.12"
John Beecher "labour (no house), 1 cattle, tax 0.25"
Benjamin Beecher "freeholder. 116 acres 3rd rate land, 4 horses, 3 cattle. Assessed value $3090, tax 4.02 p."

5. Census in 1830 in Churchtown, Lancaster, PA. 8 The 1830 Census recorded:
Name: John Bicher
[John Bicker]
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free Colored Persons - Females - 10 thru 23: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 4
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total Free Colored Persons: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 10

6. Occupation: Innkeeper in 1832 in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster, PA. 9 John Bicher applied for a liquor license. Owned by John Bicher. Known as the Mount Vernon Inn. Petition granted. Signers of Petition: James Clemson, Davis Clemson, James Hunter, Morris Dickinson, John Fulton, Jacob R., Joseph Dickinson, Moses Whitson, Reuben Haines, William McKowan

7. Newspaper: Lancaster Intelligencer: Ad for John Bicher re: horse stolen from tavern, 19 Oct 1832, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 10 Strayed or Stolen,
From the Mount Vernon Tavern, on the Lancaster and Philadelphia turnpike, in Salisbury township, on the night of the 29th September a YOUNG HORSE, 5 years old, dapple gray, with a touch of the strawberry roan; has remarkably small ears; the top of his neck rubbed with the collar, and the skin has been recently rubbed off his right hind leg. He has been recently altered and the cuts are not yet healed. Whoever returns said horse to the subscriber, or gives such information as will enable him to get him again, shall be suitably rewarded.
John Bicher

8. Census in 1840 in Honey Brook Twp., Chester, PA. 11 Uncertain if this is this Benjamin or not. Needs research.
Two Beecher households are listed adjacent on the 1840 census in Honey Brook:

In the household of John Beecher:
Males (born)
30-39 (1801-1810) = 1 father John
Females (born)
30-39 (1801-1810) = 1 wife

In the household of Benjamin Beecher:
Males (born)
40-49 (1791-1800) = 1
50-59 (1781-1790) = 2
Females (born)
40-49 (1791-1800) = 2
60-69 (1771-1780) = 1

Neighbors are: Philip Kurts, Jacob Kurts, Caleb David, Susanah Russel

9. Census in 1850 in Honey Brook Twp., Chester, PA. 3 The census recorded John Becher [sic], laborer, 50, living with Keziah, 47; and E Moore, 13. She was born in Virginia, the males in Pennsylvania. John had no real estate value. Next door is James Moore, farmer, 65, with real estate worth $3500, and since E. Moore is living in the Beecher's household it suggests that John may have been working on the farm owned by James.

10. Census in 1860 in Honey Brook Twp., Chester, PA. 1 John Beecher, age 60, laborer, is listed in Honeybrook Township in Chester County with real estate valued at $300 and possessions at $150. Living with him is housewife Keziah, age 52, and no children. He was born in Pennsylvania, and she in Virginia. The post office is Coatesville.

11. Census in 1870 in Honey Brook Twp., Chester, PA. 12 The 1870 census recorded John Beecher, works on farm, 70, living with wife Kazia, 68. John was born in Virginia and Kazia in Pennsylvania. His real estate is valued at $150 and personal estate $100. The post office is Talbotville.

John married Keziah. (Keziah was born about 1808 in , , VA 1.)


1 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Chester County, Honeybrook Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1093 Page: 197.

2 <i>Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania</i> (Note: Some very early records that appear in this church register were from Muddy Creek Lutheran Church in Brecknock Township, before the congregation moved to New Holland.).

3 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Chester County, Honeybrook Township, Series: M432 Roll: 766 Page: 40.

4 <i>Lancaster County Historical Society</i>, Tav 1828 F03 I01. See

5 <i>Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Newspaper</i> (Lancaster, Lancaster County, PA), 30 May 1828, page 3.

6 <i>Lancaster Reporter (Lancaster, PA)</i>, 25 Sep 1828, page 4.

7 <i>Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004)</i>, Obtained at Lancaster County Historical Society.

8 <i>1830 United States Census</i>, 1830 US Census; Census Place: Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Page: 183; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 153; Family History Film: 0020627.

9 <i>Lancaster County Historical Society</i>, Document Tav 1832 F24 I01. See

10 <i>Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Newspaper</i> (Lancaster, Lancaster County, PA), 19 Oct 1832, page 3.

11 <i>1840 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Chester County, Honey Brook, Series: M704 Roll: 453 Page: 17.

12 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, John Beecher, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 26, family 186.

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