Johannes Casper Wenderoth
(1705-Abt 1777)
Anna Margaretha Strep
(1711-Abt 1772)
Johann Jacob Winteroth Sr.
Anna Maria Barbara Mayer
Barbara Winterode


Family Links

1. Samuel Beecher

Barbara Winterode 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 13 Nov 1771, Frederick, Frederick, MD 5
  • Christened: 8 Mar 1772, Frederick: Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick, MD 5
  • Marriage (1): Samuel Beecher
  • Died: 7 Jun 1851, Wellersburg, Somerset, PA at age 79 6

   Other names for Barbara were Barbara Beecher,7 Barbara Wenderoth, Maria Barbara Winterode,5 Barbara Winteroth,7 Maria Barbara Winteroth 8 and Maria Barbara Wintrode.

   FamilySearch ID: K231-6KF.

  Christening Notes:

Sponsors were her parents.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She has conflicting birth information of 24 Nov 1770 and Frederick, Frederick, MD. 8

2. Census in 1790 in Germany Twp., York, PA. 9 Samuel Beeher is listed with:
White male over 16 = 1 (Samuel)
White females = 1 (wife Catherine)
Henry Sr. and his sons John and Samuel are each indexed in the 1790 census as follows on images on image 252 Henry Becher; on image 248 his son John Beher; on image 249 his son Samuel Beeher. Sons William and Peter are not found so they were living with Henry Sr. These 1790 census record pages don't identify the township, but we know it is Germany Township because on the same pages are the Klein/Kline/Little family that founded Littlestown as well as families related to the Beechers: Winterode/Winrode, Sell, etc.

3. Census in 1800 in Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 10 Several related families appear on the same Census page in 1800 in Germany Township. (The Beechers were recorded as Beahers.)

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

William Beaher has this household:
Males (born)
16-25 (1775-1784) = 1 (his brother Peter)
26-44 (1756-1774) = 1 William
Females (born)
45 & over (<=1755) = 1 (his mother Catherine)
On the same census page are several allied family surnames that marry the Buecher/Beecher families:

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

4. Property on 24 Jan 1800 in Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 11 To all People to whom these presents shall or may come I Samuel Beeher & Barbara my wife send Greeting, Whereas Jacob Winterode the elder late of Germany township in the County of York Pennsylvania died intestate owner & seized of a tract of Land in the County aforesaid, adjoining lands of Christian Reck, Jacob Rider, Henry Weishler, Jacob Hostetter, Jacob Sherman & James McIhenry, Containing one-hundred and seventy acres, more or less, leaving a widow and eight children to represent him And Whereas the said Samuel Beeher Intermarried one of the daughters of the said Decedant, to wit the aforesaid Barbara And Whereas a certain Frederick Beeker intermarried one other of the said Decedants Daughters named Catherine, who on the ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven by their release under their hands and seals did grant bargain sell release and confirm unto the said Samuel Beeker his heirs and assigns,all their right title interest, claim and demand of in an to & out of, the aforesaid lands and premises of which the said Jacob Winterode died seized of, to be holden of him the said Samuel Beeker his heirs and assigns for ever, as in and by the said release will more fully appear Now Know Ye that I the said Samuel Beeher and Barbara my wife for the consideration sum of one hundred and ninety pounds in gold or silver money of Pennsylvania to me the said Samuel Beeker in hand paid by Jacob Rider before the insealing hereof, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, and the said Jacob Rider his heirs and assigns forever discharged, I the said Samuel Beeher and Barbara my wife, Have Granted, Bargained, Sold, Released and Confirmed and by these presents DO Grant Bargain Sell Release and Confirm unto the said Jacob Rider his heirs and assigns, all and singular the right estate title claim and demand of us, and each of us, of in or to, or out of, the land and premises aforesaid, of which the said Jacob Winterode Decd. seized of, as well the right and title of us, which we hold in our own Right, as the right and title conveyed to us by the Release of Frederick Beeher and Catharine his wife, to be holden of him the said Jacob Rider his heirs and assigns forever so as neither I the said Samuel Beeher and Barbara my wife nor our heirs nor any person or persons claiming by from or under us, or them or any of them shall or may by any ways or means challenge claim or demand any right title or estate of in or to, or out of the land and premises aforesaid or any part thereof with the appurtenances, but of and from all suits actions claims or demands, we and each and every of us shall be forever barred by these presents In Testimony where we have hereunto set our hands and seals the twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred.
Sealed and delivered in our presence
Samuel Beeher (Seal)
Her x mark Barbara Beeher (Seal)
R. McIlhinny
William Beeher
Received of Jacob Rider the sum of one hundred and ninety pounds in full the consideration above mentioned to be paid by him to me
Samuel Beeher
Witnesses present
R. McIlhinny
William Beeher
York County
Before me one of the Justices of the peace for said County came Samuel Beeher and Barbara his wife and severally acknowledged the foregoing Release as and for their Act and Deed that the same may be Recorded, Said Barbara being of full age and was by me examined separate and apart from her husband and out of his hearing, said she well knew the contents of the foregoing Release and that she fully and of her own accord became party to and signed the same without coercion or compulsion of her husband In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty fourth day of January 1800.
Adam Winroth (Seal).

5. Census in 1810 in Germany Twp., Adams, PA. 12 Living in the household of Samuel Beecher:
Males (born)
Under 10 (1801-1810) = 1 son (William)
10-15 (1795-1800) = 1 son (Jacob)
16-25 (1785-1794) = 1 son (Henry)
26-44 (1766-1784) = 1 father (Samuel)
Females (born)
10-15 (1795-1800) = 2 daughters
26-44 (1766-1784) = 1 wife (Barbara).

6. Census in 1820 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 13 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 son (William)
16-25 (1795-1804) = 2 (son Jacob and father Samuel in wrong age bracket)
Females (born)
10-15 (1805-1810) = 1 daughter (Salome)
16-25 (1795-1804) = 1 daughter
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 wife (Barbara)

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

7. Newspaper: Torch Light and Public Advertiser:, 6 Jan 1824, Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 14 A post office ad "List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office" lists Barbara Beecher. This indicates she was no longer in Hagerstown.

8. Census in 1840 in Clear Spring, Washington, MD. 15 Name: John H Fechtig
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Clear Spring, Washington, Maryland
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1 (Barbara Beecher, mother-in-law)
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8.

9. Census in 1850 in Southampton Twp., Somerset, PA. 7 The 1850 census recorded Barbara Beecher, 79, living in the household of John H. Fechtig, farmer, 51 and his wife, Salone, 52 and children: Matilda, 19; Susan A., 12. John and Matilda were born in Maryland, the others in Pennsylvania.

10. Obituary: on 11 Jun 1851 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 6 Hagerstown Herald of Freedom newspaper, 11 Jun 1851, Page 3 column A:

On the 7th inst., at Wellsburg, Somerset Co., Pa. at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. John H. Fechtig, Mrs. Barbara Beecher, in the 80th year of her age.

Barbara married Samuel Beecher, son of Johann Henrich Buecher and Catharine. (Samuel Beecher was born on 16 Dec 1767 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA,8 16 17 18 died on 8 Oct 1821 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD 17 18 19 20 and was buried in Hagerstown: Reformed Congregation, Washington, MD 19 20.)


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 Christ Reformed Church, Littlestown, Adams, Pennsylvania.

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

4 William J. Hinke, Church Record of The Conewago Or Christ Church Congregation Near Littlestown Adams County Pennsylvania 1747-1871 (Online in Books), Page 26.

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

6 Herald of Freedom, Hagerstown, Maryland, 11 Jun 1851, Page 3 A. Copy available from Washington County, MD library newspaper archives.

7 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Southampton Township, Series: M432 Roll: 828 Page: 212.

8 Letter from Craig Bennett (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., March 11, 1972.

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

10 1800 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Germany Township, Series: M32 Roll: 35 Page: 515.

11 "Adams County Courthouse, Gettysburg, PA," Deed Book 1, page 7.

12 1810 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Germany Township, Series: M252 Roll: 44 Page: 62.

13 1820 United States Census, Maryland, Washington County, Hagerstown, Series: M33 Roll: 46 Page: 110-111.

14 The Torch Light, Hagerstown, Maryland (Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. Published 1851 to 1863.), 6 Jan 1824, page 4.

15 1840 United States Census, Year: 1840; Census Place: Clear Spring, Washington, Maryland; Roll: 171; Page: 160; Image: 905; Family History Library Film: 0013186.

16 Baltimore Patriot Newspaper, Baltimore, Maryland, Date: 1821-10-12; Vol: XVIII; Iss: 87; Page: 3.

17 Carroll County Cemeteries (Carroll County Genealogical Society, Westminster, Md.), Vol. 6, Hagerstown District.

18 Find A Grave,

19 Hagerstown Reformed Church, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.

20 Scharf, J. Thomas, 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 (Regional Pub. Co., 1968. Reprint of the 1882 ed. 2 volumes (1560 p.)), Page 1094.

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