Bücher
(Cir 1700-)
Henry Beecher Sr.
(Cir 1728-After 1795)
Catharine
(Bef 1752-After 1820)
Samuel Beecher
(1767-1821)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Barbara Winterode

Samuel Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 16 Dec 1767, , , PA 7 8
  • Marriage (1): Barbara Winterode
  • Died: 8 Oct 1821, Hagerstown, Washington, MD at age 53 3 4
  • Buried: Hagerstown: Reformed Congregation, Washington, MD 3 4

   Other names for Samuel were Samuel Beaher,9 Samuel Beeker, Samuel Boucher, Samuel Bücher,10 11 Samuel Buecher,12 Samuel Buger and Samuel Büger.8

  Birth Notes:

Event Description: Death noticed in the Baltimore Patriot newspaper
Died, at Hagerstown, Mr. Samuel Beecher, merchant, at an advanced age.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Alt. Name: Original surname Bücher with umlaut above u pronounced as Beecher which became the surname used by descendants, in 1767,.

2. Property in 1783 in Germany Twp., York, PA. 13 Samuel Beeher & Barbara of Petersburg, Germany Twp. sold land to Michael Depert. N side of King St. / W bounded by Lot #48 / N by land of Mathias Baker / E by 16' alley / Known on plat as 49 & 50.

3. Census in 1790 in Berwick/Cumberland, York County, PA. 14 Samuel Beeher is listed with 1 white male over 16, 0 white males under 16, and 1 white female.

4. In 1791 in Littlestown: Christ Reformed Church, Adams, PA. Samuel appears in church records for the baptisms of his children.

5. Tax List: Henry, Samuel, and William Beecher appear on 1793 enumeration list for Germany Townshp, York (now Adams) county, 1793, Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 5

6. Tax List: Samj. Beecher appeared as Wintrott's Hiers on 1798 tax list., 1798, Germany Twp., York, PA. 15 126. Sam Beecher, Winrott's Hiers, 1 dwelling house, 20 x 25 feet, construction: log, 1 story, 3 windows, 12 lights, 2 acres, adjoining Jas. McSherry. Assessed 275. On same property: Widow Winrott. Wintrott's Hiers, 1 dwelling house, 20 x 30 feet, construction log, 1 story, 4 windows, 12 lights, 2 acres.

7. He appeared as a sponsor at a baptism on 24 Nov 1798 at Littlestown: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Adams, PA. Samuel Bücher and Barbara were sponsors for the baptism of Samuel Rek [Reck], son of Christian and Sophia, b. Sep 28 1798. 16 17

8. Tax List: History of Adams County, 1799, Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 18 In the History of Adams County book appears the tax assessment list for Germany Township for 1799. Included on the list:
William Beeher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100
Lewis Beeher . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . $267
Samuel Beeher . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . $110
And under single men:
William Beeher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1

9. Census in 1800 in Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 9 Several related families appear on the same Census page in 1800 in Germany Township.

A Samuel Beaher is listed with this household:
Males (born)
Under 10 (1791-1800) = 1 son
26-44 (1756-1774) = 1 father Samuel
Females (born)
Under 10 (1791-1800) = 3 daughters
26-44 (1756-1774) = 1 wife

William Beaher has this household:
Males (born)
16-25 (1775-1784) = 1 son
26-44 (1756-1774) = 1 William
Females (born)
45 & over (<=1755) = 1 wife

On the same census page are several allied family surnames that marry the Bucher/Beecher families:

Barbara Wintrode married Samuel Bucher, and Catherine Wintrode married his brother Frederick. On this page we find their father, "Jacob Winterode Capt." and the households of a younger Jacob Winterode, Adam Winterode, and Barbara Winterode.

10. Newspaper: Adams Sentinel: Samuel Beecher mentioned as a deputy in the Federal Party, 16 Sep 1807, Gettysburg, Adams, PA. 19 IN pursuance of Public Notice, the Deputies from the several townships in the county of Adams met, at the Court house in the borough of Gettysburg, on Monday the 21st of September, 1807, in order to fix upon and recommend suitable persons to be run at the ensuing election - John Morrow was appointed Chairman, and John McConaughy Secretary of the meeting - and, having taken the matter into consideration, do recommend the following persons to their fellow citizens, for their support at the next general election, as men well qualified to service in the several offices.

ASSEMBLY.
JOHN EDIE,
JAMES McSHERRY.
COMMISSIONER.
JOHN ARNDT.

Deputies present - from
Gettysburg - John McConaughy.
Cumberland - Hugh Dunwoody, David Horner.
Liberty - John Morrow, Peter Carpenter.
Hamibltonban - Amos Maginly, esquire, William McMillan.
Mountjoy - Wilhelmas Hooghtalin.
Franklin - Nathaniel Paxton, David Neuman.
Straban - John Dickson, esq. Wm. King.
Conowago - Henry Bernhard.
Huntington - Daniel Funk, Daniel Shaffer.
Latimore - John Bonner, esquire, James Robinette.
Berwick - Sebastian Hafer, David Slagle, Henry Lilly.
Tyrone - James Neely.
Germany - Frederick Keefer, Samuel Beher.
Mountpleasant - James Horner, Moses Lockhart.

JOHN MORROW, Chairman,
JOHN McCONAUGHY, Sec'ry.

11. Census in 1810 in Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 10 Living in the household of Samuel Beecher:
Males (born)
Under 10 (1801-1810) = 1 son
10-15 (1795-1800) = 1 son
16-25 (1785-1794) = 1 son
26-44 (1766-1784) = 1 father Samuel
Females (born)
10-15 (1795-1800) = 2 daughters
26-44 (1766-1784) = 1 wife

12. Census in 1820 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 20 In 1820 the William Beacher household had:
Males (born)
Under 10 (1811-1820) = 2 sons
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 father William
Females (born)
26-44 (1776-1794) = 1 wife

On the next census page 111 are two more Beachers:

Samuel Beacher's household had:
Males (born)
10-15 (1805-1810) = 1 sons
16-25 (1795-1804) = 2 [too young to be Samuel]
Females (born)
10-15 (1805-1810) = 1 daughter
16-25 (1795-1804) = 1 daughter
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 wife (Barbara Winterode)

Catherine Beacher's household had:
Females (born)
26-44 (1776-1794) = 2 daughters
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 catherine

13. Newspaper: Torch Light: "DIED Yesterday afternoon, at an advanced age, Mr. Samuel Beecher, merchant, a respectable and worthy citizen of this place.", 9 Oct 1821, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 21

14. Newspaper: Baltiomore Patriot: "DIED At Hagerstown, Mr. Samuel Beecher, merchant, at an advanced age.", 12 Oct 1821, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. 22

15. When Samuel died without a will, Washington Co. MD bound Jacob Beecher, Samuel Eckleberger and Frederick Rohaer for $5000, as administrator's of Samuel's probate, the bonded sum to be voided when they submitted the estate accounts. On 17 Oct 1821 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 23

16. Court gave Jacob Beecher, administrator, permission to sell Samuel Beecher's merchandise inventory on 6 Nov 1821 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 24 On application of Jacob Beecher Administrator of Samuel Beecher, It is ordered by the Court that he sell at private sale all the merchandise returned in an Inventory to this Court if practicable, if not then at Public Sale with the rest of the property contained in said Inventory on a credit of six months and that he give three weeks notice thereof, He is also permitted to sell at private sale a Negro Gril for not less than the Appraised Value.

17. Newspaper: The Torch Light: Estate notice for Samuel Beecher, 13 Nov 1821, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 25 PUBLIC SALE
I will sell, on Wednesday, 5th December next, at the late store of Samuel Beecher, deceased, adjoining the Swan tavern, and opposite the store of Messrs. Neill & Swope, in Hagers-town, on the credit of six months,
THE
ENTIRE STOCK,
Consisting of
Super and Common Cloths, Cassemeres, Coatings, Flannels, Blankets, Cottons, Calicoes, Silks, Muslins,
&c. &c. &c.
Hardware, Queenware
and
GROCERIES;
--ALSO--
At his late residence, all the
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Of said deceased, consisting of a variety of Household and Kitchen Furniture, among which are one Eight Day Clock, Side-board, Secretary, Bureaus, Tables, Chairs, Beds, Bedsteads, several Ten Plate Stoves.
One HORSE and COW;
And a variety of other articles too numerous to insert.
Sale will commence at 9 o'clock, A. M. -- Due attendance given, by
JACOB BEECHER, Adm'r.
November 13

---------------------
NOTICE
IS HEREBY GIVEN,
THAT the subscriber, of Washington county, hath obtained from the Orphan's Court of said county, in Maryland, Letters of Administration on the personal estate of Samuel Beecher, late of said county,deceased. All persons having claims against the said deceased, are hereby warned to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subscriber, on or before the 14th day of May next : they may otherwise, by law, be excluded from all benefit of the said estate. Given under my hand, this 13th day of November, 1821.
JACOB BEECHER, Adm'r.
November 13
N. B. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment.

18. Hagerstown Torch Light newspaper: William Beecher's notice to settle accounts for deceased Samuel Beecher on 2 Jul 1822 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 26 Notice
ALL persons indebted to the Estate of Samuel Beecher, deceased, are requested to call & settle their accounts immediately, otherwise they will be given into the hands of an officer for collection.
And those who purchased at the sale of said deceased, are informed, that their Notes have become due, and immediate payment is expected.
WILLIAM BEECHER, Agent.
June 11. 32--3w.

19. Jacob Beecher filed his 1st account of the estate of deceased father Samuel Beecher. List online at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYMK-NPF?i=124&wc=SNY8-K6D%3A146536101%2C146584001%3Fcc%3D1803986&cc=1803986 on 3 Nov 1823 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 27

20. Newspaper: The Torch Light: "Notice. I have appointed Mr. John H. Fechtig my Agent, and hereby authorise him to settle all accounts relating to the estate of the late Samuel Beecher, deceased, during my absence. Jacob Beecher, Adm'r.", 4 Nov 1823, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 28

21. Jacob Beecher filed his 2nd account of the estate of deceased father Samuel Beecher. List online at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYMK-NPF?i=124&wc=SNY8-K6D%3A146536101%2C146584001%3Fcc%3D1803986&cc=1803986 on 1 Jun 1825 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 29

22. Newspaper: 18 Jan 1854, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 30 Hagerstown Herald Freedom & Torch Light newspaper, 18 Jan 1854, Page 3 column B:

TRUSTEES SALE.

By order of the Circuit Court for Washington County, sitting as a Court of Equity, resigned, as Trustees, will sell at public auction at the Court House in Hagerstown,
Tuesday the 31st day of January, 1854,
at 10 o'clock, A. M., the following property, of which Samuel Beecher, late of Washington county, died, seized, to wit: The west half of Lot No. 125, on the plat of Hagerstown. This property is situated in East Washington Street, and adjoins the premises of Samuel Newman. The improvements consist of a comfortable ONE STORY
WEATHER BOARDED HOUSE,
with a BACK BUILDING, a LOG STABLE, a Well of excellent Water with a Pump in it, a Spring House, and some Fruit Trees. It is now in the possession of Mr. Daniel Feigley. Also, Lot No. 25, on the page of Hagerstown. This property is situated on East Church Street, and is now occupied by Mr. Steinbuck and Catherine Hayden. The improvements on it consist of TWO SMALL LOG HOUSES, some Fruit Trees, &c.
The Terms of Sale as prescribed by the Decree, are: -- One-third of the purchase money on the day of sale, and the residue in two equal annual installments with interest thereon from said day, the deferred payments to be secured by the notes of the purchaser or purchasers, with sureties to be approved by the Trustees. On the payment of the whole purchase money, the Trustees will by good and sufficient deeds convey the property said, to the purchaser or purchasers.
January 18, '54.
THOMAS HARBINE,
WILLIAM MOTTER,
Trustees.

23. Evidence: 4 historic Geburt and Taufschein fracturs for Samuel Beecher's family, 1972, Charleston, Charleston, SC. 8 Proof of Samuel's family history is preserved in four historic Geburt and Taufschein fracturs, a PA Dutch tradition of hand painting commemorative papers to celebrate a birth, death or other occassion. The following letter written in 1972 and on file at the Adams County Historical Society describes them. The author mentions surname "Büger" but probably wasn't aware than in 1700's German handwriting a "ch" combination appears like a "g":

March 11, 1972

Letter to V. Adm. W. Gordon Beecher
2500 N. Van Dorn St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Dear Adm. Beecher:

Recently in clearing out some things in my mother's house I found four Geburt und Taufschein fractures that were listed as being from the Beecher side of the family and I thought you would be interested. They in a way give some lead as to where the family may have come from.

Listed below are the names and dates on several I have.

Samuel Büger son of Heinrich and Cathariun Büger
December 14, 1766 [might be Dec 16, 1767]
[Handwritten note on back: Samuel Beecher d. Mon @ 1PM.]

Maria Barbara Winteroth daughter of Jacob and Maria Barbara Winteroth
November 24, 1770

Salome Bücher daughter of Samuel and Barbara Bücher
February 27, 1797
Sponsor Elizabeth Winteroth

Catharina Bücher daughter of Samuel and Barbara Bücher
January 21, 1793
Sponsor Grandmother, Latharina Bücher
[note attached at the foot records birth as January 23, 1798 and death as death as March 15, 1798.]

It is easy to understand how a wrong date or spelling might have occurred in the light of history of such items in that period of the Pennsylvania Germans. They are all in German I might add. In light of finding these papers it seemed to me that the family might very well have been German. That the name might well have been Büger/Bücher, and then Beecher, with no connection with the New England family of Beecher at all.

Sincerely,

Craig M. Bennett
31 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401

[Note: In another letter, Bennett stated the following: "He [Samuel Bücher] is said to have died October 8, 1821 according to a pen and ink note on the reverse side. This fractur along with three others of the family seem to have been painted about 1800 and seem to be the work of "the Adams County Artist".]


Samuel married Barbara Winterode, daughter of Johann Jacob Winteroth Sr. and Anna Maria Barbara Mayer. (Barbara Winterode was born on 13 Nov 1771 in Frederick, Frederick, MD 31, christened on 8 Mar 1772 in Frederick: Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick, MD 31 and died on 7 Jun 1851 in Wellersburg, Somerset, PA 32.)


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1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of November 17, 2005).

2 <i>Christ Reformed Church, Littlestown, Adams, Pennsylvania</i>.

3 <i>Hagerstown Reformed Church, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland</i>.

4 Scharf, J. Thomas, <i>History of Western Maryland; being a history of Frederick, Montgomery, Carroll, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties from the earliest period to the present day; including biographical sketches of their representative men</i> (Regional Pub. Co., 1968. Reprint of the 1882 ed. 2 volumes (1560 p.)), Page 1094.

5 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863</i> (Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.), York, 1793, image 42 of 69, Henry Beecher, William Beecher, Samuel Beecher.

6 <i>History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania.</i> (Chicago. Waterman, Watkins & Co. 1884.), Page 584, bio of S. C. Fechtig M.D.

7 <i>Baltimore Patriot Newspaper, Baltimore, Maryland</i>, Date: 1821-10-12; Vol: XVIII; Iss: 87; Page: 3.

8 <i>Letter from Craig Bennett</i> (On file at the Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg, Adams County, PA.
Mar 11 1972 letter from Craig M. Bennett, 31 Meeting St, Charleston Sc 29401, to Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher of Alexandria, VA, describing the antique hand-painted fracturs cica 1800 proving birth of Samuel to father Henry Büger in possession of Craig, a descendent.
http://www.emmitsburg.net/achs/), March 11, 1972.

9 <i>1800 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Germany Township, Series: M32 Roll: 35 Page: 515.

10 <i>1810 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Germany Township, Series: M252 Roll: 44 Page: 62.

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14 <i>1790 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, York County, Berwick/Cumberland Townships, Series: M637 Roll: 9 Page: 464.

15 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798</i> (United States Direct Tax of 1798: Tax Lists for the State of Pennsylvania. M372, microfilm, 24 rolls. Records of the Internal Revenue Service, 1791-2006, Record Group 58. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.), York County, Germany Township, Sam. Beecher, online image 121.

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20 <i>1820 United States Census</i>, Maryland, Washington County, Hagerstown, Series: M33 Roll: 46 Page: 110-111.

21 <i>The Torch Light, Hagerstown, Maryland</i> (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Published 1851 to 1863.), 9 Oct 1821, death notice of Samuel Beecher.

22 <i>Baltimore Patriot Newspaper, Baltimore, Maryland</i>, 12 Oct 1821, page 3. Death of Samuel Beecher.

23 FamilySearch.org, <i>Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999</i> (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803986 are online document images), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYM6-53D?i=33&wc=SNYZ-PTG%3A146536101%2C146726701%3Fcc%3D1803986&cc=1803986 Administration bonds 1821-1827 vol C page 59, Samuel Beecher.

24 FamilySearch.org, <i>Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999</i> (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803986 are online document images), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893Z-CQZP?i=195&wc=SNYV-168%3A146536101%2C149214901%3Fcc%3D1803986&cc=1803986 Minutes and proceedings 1806-1833 Vol 1806. Page 118 Jacob Beecher.

25 <i>The Torch Light, Hagerstown, Maryland</i> (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Published 1851 to 1863.), 13 Nov 1821, page 4.

26 <i>The Torch Light, Hagerstown, Maryland</i> (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Published 1851 to 1863.), 2 Jul 1822, page 1. Estate Notice by William Beecher, agent.

27 FamilySearch.org, <i>Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999</i> (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803986 are online document images), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYMK-NPF?i=124&wc=SNY8-K6D%3A146536101%2C146584001%3Fcc%3D1803986&cc=1803986 Administration accounts 1820-1824 vol 6 page 248. Jacob Beecher, adm. of Samuel Beecher 6 Nov 1823.

28 <i>The Torch Light, Hagerstown, Maryland</i> (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Published 1851 to 1863.), 4 Nov 1823, page 4.

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30 <i>Herald of Freedom & Torch Light Newspaper</i> (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Copies may be ordered online through the Washington County Library Newspaper Archive.), 18 Jan 1854, Page 3 column B, Trustees Sale of land of Samuel Beecher.

31 Fogel, Patricia A, <i>Baptisms of Evangelical Reformed Church in Frederick, MD</i> (This book is from translations by Wm. Hinke in 1941.), Page 26.

32 <i>Herald of Freedom, Hagerstown, Maryland</i>, 11 Jun 1851, Page 3 A. Copy available from Washington County, MD library newspaper archives.



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