Henry Bucher
(Abt 1792-1842)
Elizabeth Mantz
(Abt 1792-After 1842)
Martin E. Bucher
(1821-After 1900)
Lucy Ann Arnold
(Abt 1821-Bef 1900)
Charles J. Bucher


Family Links

1. Sarah Elizabeth Bowen

Charles J. Bucher 1 2

  • Born: 13 Aug 1850, Sunbury, Northumberland, PA 1 2
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Elizabeth Bowen
  • Died: 2 Mar 1934, Sunbury, Northumberland, PA at age 83 1 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA. 4 Martin E. Bucher, postmaster, 39, is living with wife Lucy A., 39; Henry, laborer, 17; George D., clerk, 16; Mary J., 12; Charles J., 9; and Martin Jr., 1. Martin has no real estate value, so he is probably renting.

2. Census in 1870 in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA. 5 In the East Ward in Sunbury we find two Bucher families on the same 1870 Census page:

George Bucher, shoemaker, 51, is with wife Elizabeth, 48, and daughter Elizabeth, 14. His real estate is valued at $1800 and possessions $200. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

Martin E. Bucher, county commissioner, 57, is living with wife Lucy, 57; George, R.R. clerk, 25; Elizabeth, 26, "in the family"' Charles, 19, "at home"; and Martin, 11. Martin has no real estate value, so he is probably renting; his possessions are worth $200. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1880 in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA. 2 Charles J. Bucher, age 27, occupation R.R. messenger, is living with Sarah, 26; Luly K., 6; Rosetta D., 4; and Mary E., 1. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.

4. Obituary: the Sunbury Daily Item newspaper on 2 Mar 1934 in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA. 3 Headline: Chas. J. Bucher, Retired County Attache Is Dead

Subhead: Member of Pioneer Family, Long Prominent in Political Affairs Passes Away at Hospital At Advanced Age

Charles J. Bucher, former, attache of the Northumberland county court house, and a member of one of Sunbury's oldest families, died at 8:45 o'clock this morning at the Mary M. Packer hospital. He was 83 years of age.

He had been apparently in fair health up to a week ago, and on Thursday night, February 22, attended the annual Washington's Birthday banquet of the Washington Fire Company, of which he was one of the oldest members. He was taken ill after the banquet, and removed to the hospital Monday. He was operated upon for intestinal obstruction at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It was then found he suffered more serious complications and no hope was held out for him. He lingered less than a day until death ensued.

Mr. Bucher was the son of Martin Bucher, who served a term as postmaster of Sunbury and also as commissioner of Northumberland county.

In his younger years he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad. After his retirement he secured employment with the county, where he was engaged for many years. He was special deputy sheriff for a number of terms, regardless of the politics of the incumbent of the office. He later was engaged as watchman and janitor at the building. He made his home with his son, Stewart J. Bucher of 155 Church street.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Bowen, member of a prominent third ward family, who passed away at the time of the birth of her son, Albert C. Bucher, now a resident of 316 S. Front street.

He was one of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bucher, of whom but one survives, Martin, Jr. who resides with his nephew, A. C. Bucher. The others who are now deceased were: George and Henry and Mrs. Thomas Malone.

The family had a strong leaning toward politics. George Bucher followed in his father's footsteps in county office, serving as prothonotary, and being engaged in other capacities. His son, the late John D. Bucher, for many years was deputy county controller, until his demise.

The family was closely identified with the Washington Hose Co. and aided in its organization and development. Martin Bucher now ranks as one of the two oldest members.

Four children survive, Carrie, wife of Edward Herb, of Shamokin; Margaret, wife of Harry Achenbach, Shamokin; Stewart J. Bucher, and Albert C. Bucher, of this city. Fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive; together with one brother Martin, and a sister in law, Mrs. Mary Rohrbach, of Penn street.

Funeral services will be announced later, after members of the family from Shamokin arrive here.

Charles married Sarah Elizabeth Bowen. (Sarah Elizabeth Bowen was born about 1854 in , , PA 2.). The cause of her death was Childbirth: son Albert C. Bucher.


1 Gearhart, Heber G, <i>Heber G. Gearhart Collection</i> (Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.), Bucher families of Pennsylvania and Maryland, call slip FC BU.

2 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255164; National Archives Film T9-1164; Page 528D.

3 <i>The Daily Item (Sunbury, PA)</i>, March 2, 1934 Edition.

4 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Sunbury Boro, Series: M653 Roll: 1149 Page: 609.

5 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Sunbury East Ward, Series: M593 Roll: 1385 Page: 469.

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