John Bicher
Sarah E. Sands
William M. Beicher


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1. Mary E. Schoffstall

2. Phoebe Burgett

William M. Beicher 2

  • Born: 1828, , Lancaster, PA 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Mary E. Schoffstall on 4 Aug 1857 in , Fairfield, OH 1
  • Marriage (2): Phoebe Burgett on 1 Feb 1883 in Watseka, Iroquois, IL
  • Died: 28 May 1890, Milford, Iroquois, IL at age 62 2 4 5
  • Buried: Milford: Maple Grove Cemetery, Iroquois, IL, USA 2

   Other names for William were William Beecher,3 William M. Bicher 4 6 7 and William Bicker.1

  General Notes:

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  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1860 in Bloom Twp., Fairfield, OH. 3 Wm Beecher, farmer, 31, was living with wife Mary E., 24; Edward, 2; and Sarah, 3 months when the census was recorded on 13 Jun 1860. Also with them: Catharine Hunter, 18, and Ally Hunter, 1. William had no real estate value and was living on land owned by Samuel Inohoffstall [handwriting difficult], farmer, 76, and his wife Sarah, 64, suggesting that William was their son-in-law. Samuel's farm was worth $10,000, his personal estate $200, and William's personal estate $600. Samuel was born in Tennessee, his wife and William and his wife in Pennsylvania, and the children in Ohio. The post office was Lithopolis.

2. Military in Jun 1863 in Bloom Twp., Fairfield, OH: Civil War Draft: Bicher, William, 36, farmer, born in Pa. 8

3. Occupation: insurance agent.

4. Probate in Watseka, Iroquois, IL. On microfilm in Box 10 Reel 2 at:
Iroquois County Genealogical Society
Old Courthouse Museum
103 West Cherry Street
Watseka, IL 60970-1524

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6. Census in 1870 in Columbus, Franklin, OH. 9 The 1870 census recorded in the 5th Ward: William M. Bicker [indexed as Bicker or Ricker due to poor handwriting], 41, retail dry goods dealer, living with wife Mary E., 36; Edwin S., 12; Sarah, 10; and George G., 6. The children were born in Ohio and the parents in Pennsylvania. William had no real estate value and his personal estate was valued at $3000. The post office was Columbus.

7. Arrival: 1879, in , , IL. 5

8. Obituary: BICHER, William -- d. May 1890. Children: Edmond, George Bicher. In May 1890 in , Iroquois, IL. 5

9. Cause of Death: rheumatic meningitis, 28 May 1890, Milford, Iroquois, IL. 5

William married Mary E. Schoffstall, daughter of Samuel F. Schoffstall and Sarah Boule, on 4 Aug 1857 in , Fairfield, OH.1 (Mary E. Schoffstall was born about 1833 in , Dauphin, PA 10.)

William next married Phoebe Burgett, daughter of John Burgett and Catharine Henderson, on 1 Feb 1883 in Watseka, Iroquois, IL. (Phoebe Burgett was born on 28 Nov 1833 in , Tippecanoe, IN, died on 12 Feb 1900 in Milford, Iroquois, IL and was buried on 14 Feb 1900 in Milford: Milford Cemetery, Iroquois, IL.)


1, <i>Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013</i>, William Bicker and Mary E. Schafstall, 1857.

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

3 <i>1860 United States Census</i>, Ohio, Fairfield County, Bloom Township, Series: M653 Roll: 960 Page: 150.

4 <i>Iroquois County, Illinois - Death Record, 1878-1901</i>, Family History Center Film 1321549 Item 2.

5 <i>Iroquois County Genealogical Society</i> (, Obit index listing William Bicher.

6, <i>Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953</i>, George Gilmore Bicher, 1949.

7 Bechtold, Madeline Dillman, <i>Dillman-Kelley-Burgett Families of Tippecanoe, IN</i> (

8 <i>U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865</i> (, Ohio > 12th > Vol. 3 of 4. Fairfield County, Bloom Township, Bicher, William.

9 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, William M Ricker, Ohio, United States; citing p. 32, family 251.

10 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Year: 1850; Census Place: Bloom, Fairfield, Ohio; Roll: M432_677; Page: 243B; Image: 235.

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