Joseph Bucher
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Joseph Witwer Bucher


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1. Anna Shenk

2. Catherine Snyder Risser

Joseph Witwer Bucher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 20 May 1820, , Lancaster, PA 3 4 5 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Anna Shenk
  • Marriage (2): Catherine Snyder Risser
  • Died: 3 Feb 1894, , Lancaster, PA at age 73 5 7 8 9
  • Buried: Lititz: Hess Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 7 9

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1850 in Penn Twp., Lancaster, PA. 3 Two Bucher families lived side by side on this census page:

Jonas Bucher, farmer, 67, was with wife Susanna, 62. His real estate was valued at $3,0000.

Joseph Bucher, farmer, 30, was with wife Catherine, 28; Franny, 8; Christian, 5; Joseph, 2; Susanna, 3 months. Also in the home was Barbara Schenk, 21.

Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Census in 1860 in Warwick Twp., Lancaster, PA. 4 Jonas Bucher, occupation "gentleman", 77, was living with Susanna, 74. His real estate was worth $1,800 and possessions $250. At the same property was the household of Joseph Bucher, farmer, 40, and his wife Catherine, 37; Fanny, 18; Christian, 15; Joseph, 12; Susanna, 10; and Jacob, 7. Joseph's real estate was worth $12,000 and possessions $2,000. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The Brubakers and Reists were neighbors. The post office was Lititz.

3. Census in 1870 in Warwick Twp., Lancaster, PA. 10 Joseph Bucher, farmer, 50, was living with Catharine, 48; Jacob, 17; Susan, 20; Henry, 8; Catharine, 6; and Barbara, 4. Also living with them: domestic servants Barbara Shank, 41, and Isaac Carpenter, 19. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. The post office was Rothsville. Joseph's real estate was valued at $25,000, one of the richest in Lancaster County, and his possessions worth $2,000.

4. Census in 1880 in Warwick Twp., Lancaster, PA. 11 The 1880 census recorded Joseph Bucher, farmer, 60, living with wife Kate, 58; Susan, 30; Henry, 18; Kate, 16; Barbara, 14. Also in the home was William Williams, 16. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

5. Obituary: Herald of Truth on 1 Mar 1894. 5 BUCHER.-On the 3d of Feb., 1894, near Litiz, Lancaster Co., Pa., Joseph Bucher, aged 73 years, 8 months and 13 days. He was confined to bed eight days, without any pain, from a touch of paralysis at the heart and tongue. He was a faithful member in the Mennonite church for over fifty two years. He leaves an aged bereaved widow, four sons and four daughters, thirty-nine grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren to mourn his departure, but still with a good hope to meet him in that happy home with Jesus. His remains were taken to the burial ground at Hess' meeting house on the 7th, where a very great number of friends and neighbors assembled to sympathize with the bereaved, and show their love and respect. Funeral services were conducted by B. Lehman, Bish. J.N. Brubaker and Bish. M. Rutt. Text, Psa. 37:37.
"Farewell, my wife so dear, farewell,
Adieu, farewell to thee;
Children and grandchildren, all,
Farewell, farewell, to you.
Our father is gone and we are left,
The loss of him to mourn;
But we may hope to meet with him,
With Christ before God's throne."

Joseph married Anna Shenk, daughter of Joseph Shenk and Veronica Ober. (Anna Shenk was born on 27 Jan 1820 in , , PA,3 8 12 died on 1 Mar 1842 in , Lancaster, PA 8 12 and was buried in Warwick Twp.: Bomberger's Burial Ground, Lancaster, PA 12.)

Joseph next married Catherine Snyder Risser, daughter of Christian Risser and Maria Longnecker Snyder. (Catherine Snyder Risser was born on 17 Sep 1821 in Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster, PA,4 9 13 14 died on 22 Aug 1901 in Warwick Twp., Lancaster, PA 9 14 and was buried in Lititz: Hess Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, PA.)


1 Wenger, Samuel S., and Earle K. Sr. and Helen I, <i>The Wenger Book: A Foundation Book of American Wengers, Including Variant Spellings, such as Winger, Wanger, Whanger, Wegner, Wengert, Wengerd, Wingart, Wingard, Wingert, Wangerd, Wengar, Wencker, and Names Spelled with "V" rather than "W."</i> (Lancaster, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Heritage History, 1978, 1989, 1997 reprint. 1588 pp. $49.50 (cloth).).

2 Brubacher, Jacob N, <i>The Brubacher Genealogy in America</i> (Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite Pub. Co., 1884, 241 pgs.), Page 19.

3 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Penn Township, Series: M432 Roll: 789 Page: 299.

4 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Warwick Township, Series: M653 Roll: 1120 Page: 481.

5 <i>Herald of Truth</i> (The Mennonite Church USA Archives, Scottdale, PA.
Online at, Vol. XXXI, No. 5, March 1, 1894 - pp 77-79.

6 Bucher, Jonas Hess & Bucher, Ada Mae, <i>Bucher Family History 1715-1981</i> (Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, PA.).

7 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

8 Knorr, Lawrence, <i>The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey</i> (Sunbury Press, 2005. 572 pages.), Page 86.

9 <i>Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage</i> (Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602-1499
Phone: (717) 393-9745, October, 1980. Hess, Clark E. Page 29.

10 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Warwick Township, Series: M593 Roll: 1359 Page: 384.

11 1880 United States Census, ( Kate Bucher in entry for Joseph Bucher, 1880.

12 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

13 Witwer, George, <i>Witwer Genealogy of America</i> (1909. 256p. Online at, Page 49.

14 <i>Find A Grave</i>,

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