Johann Engel Buecher
George Albrecht Sr.
(Cir 1735-1794)
Anna Maria
John Beecher Sr.
Mary Ann Albrecht
Benjamin Beecher


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1. Margaret Finney

Benjamin Beecher 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 3 Oct 1801, , Chester, PA 1 2 3 6 8
  • Christened: 10 Oct 1802, New Holland: Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA 2
  • Marriage (1): Margaret Finney on 13 Oct 1825 in , Lancaster, PA 1
  • Died: 7 Sep 1878, Peru, Miami, IN at age 76 8 9
  • Buried: Mexico: Old Mexico Cemetery, Miami, IN 8 9

   Another name for Benjamin was Benjamin Bicher.2

   FamilySearch ID: 9KP6-N73.

  Christening Notes:

He is baptized as Benjamin Bicher.

  Burial Notes:

Tombstone: "Father and Mother" "Benj., d. Sep 7, 1878, 76y-11m-3d
Margaret F., wife of B., d. May 17, 1886, 81y-9m-11d"

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He has conflicting birth information of 1797. 10

2. Tax List: 1828 Chester County Tax Index, 1828, West Caln Twp., Chester, PA. 11

3. Census in 1830 in Salisbury Twp., Lancaster, PA. 12 Uncertain if this is this Benjamin or not. Needs research.
In 1830 in Salisbury Township the household of Benjamin Beecher is listed with:
Males (born)
10-14 (1816-1820) = 1 son
15-19 (1811-1815) = 1 son
20-29 (1801-1810) = 1 son
30-39 (1791-1800) = 1 father (Benjamin)
Females (born)
15-19 (1811-1815) = 1 daughter
20-29 (1801-1810) = 2 daughters
60-69 (1761-1770) = 1 mother

4. Benjamin Beecher is listed next to father-in-law Samuel Finney. census in 1840 in Sadsbury Twp., Chester, PA. 13 Name: Benjamin Buker
[Benjamin Becher]
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Sadsbury, Chester, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 6

5. Census in 1850 in West Brandywine Twp., Chester, PA. 14 Benjamin Beecher [handwriting looks like Bucher as the two e's could be a u], age 48, blacksmith, is living with wife Margaret, age 46; Cyrus, 24, laborer; William, 19, carpenter; Catherine, 14; John, 11; Margaret, 9; and Lydia, 7. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

6. Pension in 1854. 15 Following in a copy of a letter from U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, received by Mrs. Harry Kennett McAdams, 309 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY. [Ms. McAdams is a descendent.]

"I advise you that form the papers in the Revolutionary War Pension Claim, S.39982, it appears that John Beecher, or Becher, enlisted in Lebanon, in what was later Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, April, 1788, served as a Private in Captain Meng's Company, Colonel Benjamin Flowers Artillery Artificers Regiment and was discharged April 3, 1779.

"He was allowed a Pension on his application executed November 28, 1818, while a resident of Berne Township, Berks County, Pa., aged over fifty-six years. He died March 22, 1819.

"Soldier's wife, Mary Ann Beecher, died November 11, 1837. Her maiden name and date of marriage not stated.

"In 1854, Jacob Nyswender and Henry Carpenter stated in Columbus, Ohio, that the following were the children and only heirs of said John and Mary Ann Beecher:

"John Beecher, of Berks County, Pa.

"William Beecher and Barbara Nyswender, both of Franklin County, Ohio.

"Margaret Mulliner, of Philadelphia, Pa.

"Benjamin Beecher, Jacob Beecher, and Catherine Paxon, all of Chester Co., Pa.

"Samuel Beecher, of Lancaster Co., Pa.

"Lydia Cook, of Clark Co., Va.

"There is no record in this bureau of land having been granted by the United States, on account of the service of the above named Revolutionary War Soldier, John Beecher, or Becher.

Winfield Scott, Commissioner, Rev. and 1812 Wars Section."

7. Residence: in 1854 in , Chester, PA. 15

8. Residence: in 1856 in , Franklin, OH. 1

9. Census in 1860 in Jefferson Twp., Franklin, OH. 16 William Beecher, 28, carpenter, is found in the 1860 Census in Jefferson Township in Franklin County living with his wife, Julian, age 24; Margaret, 6; Mary J., 2; and Elizah, 1 month old on the 25 of July, 1860 when the census was recorded. Everyone was born in Ohio, except William who was born in Pennsylvania. The value of his real estate and possessions is blank, indicating he was probably renting. The post office listed is Blacklick.

Living next door is his father, Benjamin Beecher, 57, blacksmith, with his wife Margaret, 54; John J., 21, carpenter; Margaret S., 19; and Lydia A., 16. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. He has no value on his real estate or possessions.

10. Residence: in 1861 in , Miami, IN. 1

11. Census in 1870 in Peru, Miami, IN. 17 William V. Beecher, 38, farmer, was living with wife Julia H., 34; Margaret J., 16; Mary J., 12; Elizabeth E., 11; George L., 7; Cyrus M., 5; William, 2; Benjamin, 68; and Margaret, 64. Benjamin, Margaret, and William V. were born in Pennsylvania. George, Cyrus, and young William in Indiana, and the others in Ohio. William's real estate was worth $3800, his personal estate $1240.

12. Book: History of Miami County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc., 1887. 1
William V. Beecher is a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, born December 4, 1831. His parents, Benjamin and Margaret (Finney) Beecher, were both natives of Pennsylvania. The former, Benjamin Beecher, was a son of John and Mary A. (Albert) Beecher, who were natives of Germany, and from thence emigrated to the United States in a very early day, settling in the State of Pennsylvania. They were the parents of fifteen children, viz: George, Samuel, Jacob, William, Benjamin, John, Catherine, Lydia, Barbra, Mary, Margaret, and four whose names have been forgotten.
Benjamin, the father of our subject, was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, October 3, 1801. He was married in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1825, to the above Margaret Finney, who was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1804, and a daughter of Samuel F. and Elizabeth Finney. After their marriage they settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and from thence moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania, and from there to Franklin County, Ohio, in the year 1856, and in 1861 moved to Miami County, Indiana, where they afterward resided until their respective deaths. They were the parents of the following nine children, namely: Cyrus F., Samuel F., Eliza J., William V., Mary A., Catherine M., John J., Margaret S., and Lydia.
William V., our subject, resided in Pennsylvania until 1852, when he went to Columbus, Ohio, where he engaged in the carpenter trade, and was there married, April 3, 1853, to Julia A., daughter of William and Julia A. (Carpenter) Beecher. She was born in Franklin County, Ohio, October 4, 1835. In 1861, Mr. Beecher, removed to Miami County, Indiana, and first settled in Peru Township, where he purchased land and resided until February, 1872, at which time he purchased and settled up on the farm on which he now resides in section 35, Jefferson township. He owns at present 160 acres of fine and well improved land.
He has born to him nine children, viz: Margaret J. born April 7, 1854; Mary J., born January 31, 1858; Elizabeth E., born May 31, 1860; George L., born September 22, 1862; Cyrus M., born January 22, 1865; William C., born March 2, 1868; Ulysses G., born June 22, 1870; Charles W., born December 30, 1872; and Gracie P., born July 23, 1875. Mr. Beecher is an intelligent and enterprising man, and is highly esteemed by all who know him. He is a member of the Odd Fellows' order, and he and wife are members of the M. E. Church.

13. Book: Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records, 1929.
Benjamin married; lived Chester Co., Pa. Born 1797; had 6 children.

Benjamin married Margaret Finney, daughter of Samuel F. Finney and Elizabeth, on 13 Oct 1825 in , Lancaster, PA.1 (Margaret Finney was born on 6 Aug 1804 in , Chester, PA,1 18 19 died on 17 May 1886 in Peru, Miami, IN 18 19 and was buried in Mexico: Old Mexico Cemetery, Miami, IN 18 19.)


1 (Chicago, Brant & Fuller, 1887. Available online at Google Books.), Page 684. Biography of William V. Beecher.

2 (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 , Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Cocalico Township, Series: M19 Roll: 153 Page: 193.

4 Berks County Courthouse, Will of John Beecher, executed March 8, 1819.

5, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 (From originals housed at the Philadelphia City Archives. "Death Records."), Death record for Cyrus F. Beecher.

6 , Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Cocalico Township, Series: M704 Roll: 467 Page: 393.

7, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," William Valentine Beecher. Father Benj. Beecher. Mother Margaret Finney. Informant C. W. Beecher.

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10 McAdams, Mrs. Harry Kennett: compiler and publisher. Sections of Beecher Genealogy compiled with aid of direct descendent Dr. A.C. Beecher in Philadelphia, Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records: Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds and Marriages from Court Houses and records of Old Bibles, Churches, Grave Yards, and Cemeteries. Copied by American War Mothers. (Keystone Printery, Lexington, KY. 1929.), Page 320.

11 (, Chester County Septennial Census Returns Index, Benjamin Beecher,

12 , Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Salisbury Township, Series: M19 Roll: 153 Page: 256.

13 , Year: 1840; Census Place: Sadsbury, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: 453; Page: 122; Image: 259; Family History Library Film: 0020542.

14 , Pennsylvania, Chester County, West Brandywine Township, Series: M432 Roll: 766 Page: 299.

15 McAdams, Mrs. Harry Kennett: compiler and publisher. Sections of Beecher Genealogy compiled with aid of direct descendent Dr. A.C. Beecher in Philadelphia, Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records: Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds and Marriages from Court Houses and records of Old Bibles, Churches, Grave Yards, and Cemeteries. Copied by American War Mothers. (Keystone Printery, Lexington, KY. 1929.), Page 319.

16 , Ohio, Franklin County, Jefferson Township, M653 Roll: 963 Page: 258.

17 , Indiana, Miami County, Peru Township, Series: M593 Roll: 343 Page: 162.

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