Jacob Bucher
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Jacob Bucher


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1. Jemimah

Jacob Bucher 1

  • Born: 1 Sep 1725, Buchss, , Zurich, CHE
  • Marriage (1): Jemimah
  • Died: 1809, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA at age 84 1
  • Buried: Durham Twp.: Bucher Hill, Bucks, PA 1 2

   FamilySearch ID: LZDK-DB5.

  General Notes:

This Bucher family grew up on what was known as Bucher's Hill, at the border of Bucks and Northampton counties along the Delaware River. Today's maps show Bougher Hill Road at this location and the United States Geological Survey shows the name Bougher Hill for the summit. See a map of Bougher Hill at http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=40.6078&lon=-75.2122

Tax and military records in the 1780's indicate an Isaac, John, and Abraham Bucher existed in Williams Township at the time.

When this Jacob dies in 1809, his will is filed in Philadelphia County. It's possible he is another Jacob in our data in the 1790 Census in Philadelphia at: http://www.searchtrees.com/tree/11368.htm and note that Jacob has possible realtives living nearby named Isaac and James, given names used in the later in the Williams Township descendants.

We suspect the Jacob who died in 1809 is the son of the immigrant Jacob found at:
http://www.searchtrees.com/tree/4515.htm . A reason for that: this immigrant Jacob arrived 1735 at age 39 on the Mercury, with a son Jacob age 10 (born 1725), and a son Henry, 8. We believe this Henry is the one living in Noximixon Township which is near Bougher Hill: http://www.searchtrees.com/tree/4246.htm

Others part of this family but not yet connected for lack of proof:
Johann Bucher http://www.searchtrees.com/tree/4879.htm
Jacob Bucher http://www.searchtrees.com/tree/3212.htm
Maurice Bougher http://www.searchtrees.com/tree/13290.htm

Researchers should note that some later branches of this Bucher family are found using surname Bougher, Bugher; Bower or Bowers; and Bousher.

The 1820 Census for Williams Township lists a William born before 1776, old enough to be a son of Jacob (or even his brother) and too old to be the William grandson of Jacob through Abraham. Since Jacob's will mentions no son William, it's possible the 1820 William was categorized in the wrong age column and he is son of Abraham. We did not find an elder William born before 1776 in the 1790, 1800, or 1810 census in Williams.

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  Noted events in his life were:

1. He immigrated on the ship Mercury with his father, Jacob on 29 May 1735 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 1 3

2. Property on 12 Sep 1775 in Durham Twp., Bucks, PA. 1 4 5 Sale of lot #37 (206 acres & 98 perches) by George Clise, house carpenter, to Jacob Bucher, yeoman, and his wife, Jemimah. Jacob was granted the land on September 12, 1775; it was mortgaged on March 9, 1776 for 174 pounds. The property transaction was witnessed on March 11, 1776 and recorded on April 18, 1776.

3. Tax List: 1780, Williams Twp., Northampton, PA. 1 Jacob Bucher is recorded.

4. Tax List: 1785, Williams Twp., Northampton, PA. 1 6 Jacob Bucher is listed with 170 acres and one horse, and paid 15 pounds in the 1785 tax list for Williams Township. Isaac Bucher had 10 acres, 1 cattle, and paid 2 pounds 6 shillings.

5. Fact: They were named in the will of George Heinlein., 5 Jul 1804, , Bucks, PA. 1 7 An abstract of the will:

7.114. George Heinlein, Durham Twp., yeoman. July 5, 1804. Proved October 9, 1805. Wife Sarah, son William and William Long of Durham exrs. Wife 5 Acres of the land purchased of Jacob Bucher, balance of land to be sold, notice to be given in "Easton English and German Newspapers." Proceeds to Dau. Margaret, wife of Nicholas Prutzman, 1/13 part. Dau. Eleaner wife of John Bucher, 1/13 part. Son Lawrence Heinlein 1/13th part. Dau. Sarah wife of Abraham Bucher 1/13th part. Son James 1/13th part. Son George 1/13th part. Dau. Catharine 1/13th. Son William 1/13th part. Son Reading 1/13th part. Dau. Ann 1/13th Son John 1/13th part. Wife 2/13th parts to keep son John as long as she lives. Wits: John Boyar, Margid Stam.

6. He signed a will on 14 Sep 1809 in , Philadelphia, PA. 1 8 Book 2 page 542
Bucher, Jacob.
Written September 14, 1809. Proved September 18, 1809.
To daughter by law Margaretta Hansel.
To daughter Ann and five sons John, Abraham, Daniel, Isaac and Jacob.
Exec: Daughter by law Margaretta Hansel.
Wit: Zachariah Endress, Christian Becker.

[Note: need to prove this is the right Jacob but son's names match. This is likely Jacob the son of the immigrant Jacob who arrived on the Mercury in 1735.].

7. Book: History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1905. 1 2
HEINLEINS and MORGANS of Durham township, Bucks county. All the Heinleins in America are descendants of Matheis Heinlein, who with his wife, son George, and daughters Sarah and Eva, took passage in the ship "Bannister." Captain John Doyle, from Amsterdam, and qualified at Philadelphia, October 31, 1754.

He settled in Durham township on a tract of land on the southern slope of Bucher Hill. A farm now belonging to B. F. Fackenthal was part of this tract, the other portion reaching over the hill into Northampton county.

George Heinlein was a very popular man and became captain of the Durham township militia, served all through the war, and afterwards secured additional land and pursued farming. He always took an active part in public affairs, and at the time of his death, which occurred October 2, 1805, at the age of sixty-three, he was the possessor of the entire east end of Bucher Hill.

He was buried with great honors in the family burying ground on the plantation. This quarter acre lot is along the road at the extreme end of Mr. Fackenthal's farm, and through neglect is fast becoming obliterated. In it are buried all the first generations of Heinleins, Longs, Buchers and others. His family consisted of eleven children: Margaret, wife of Nicholas Brotzman; Eleanora, wife of John Bucher; Sarah, wife of Abraham Bucher; Lawrence, James, George, William, Reading, John, Ann and Catharine.

Jacob married Jemimah.


1 Social Security Death Index.

2 Davis, W. W. H., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania : from the discovery of the Delaware to the present time (New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1905, 1881 pgs.), Vol. 3, Page 308.

3 Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Edited by William John Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania German pioneers : a publication of the original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808
(View online at https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2049299), Pages 147-149.

4 Records of Barbara Bougher Scavello, a descendant.

5 Bucks County Courthouse, Pennsylvania, Deed of grantor George Clise to grantee Jacob Bucher, recorded April 18, 1776.

6 Egle, William Henry, editor, Pennsylvania Archives: Third Series (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania State printer, 1894-99. Description v. pl., maps. 22 cm.), Vol. XIX, Page 85.

7 Bucks County Courthouse, Pennsylvania.

8 Philadelphia County Courthouse, Will Book 2 page 542, Will of Jacob Bucher.

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