John Beecher


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1. Sarah Elizabeth Sands

John Beecher 1 2

  • Born: , Lancaster, PA
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Elizabeth Sands
  • Died: , Franklin, OH

   FamilySearch ID: L61L-HBM.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Relatives To Research: please email for latest info. John is definitely a grandchild of Johann Engel Buecher L8BC-M4C from whom descend today's Beecher, Bicher, Beacher, Biecher, and Beichers.

He and wife Elizabeth are recorded in records of the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church in East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the baptism record of their daughter Eliza b. 10 Jul 1826. The typewritte transcription of the baptism record has their surname as "Buecher." The sponsor of the baptism is Theresa Fichthorn.

The only other record for them are other references from children's later records. Perhaps John and his wife died before the 1850 census.

Likely the surname is mispelled in 1850 census records, because we cannot find an 1850 census for the parents, nor for sons Henry, William, or Peter, which would provide clarity.

However, we can find enough evidence to reconstruct their family with confidence, as follows.

Son William Bicher/Beicher's marriage record to Phoebe Burgett names his parents as John Bicher and Sarah E. Sands.

Son Peter's Kansas death certificate lists his his birthplace as Berks County, PA. and his father as John Beecher and mother Elizabeth Sands/Sanda/Sauda (handwriting not clear on certificate). For a copy email Jonathan Scott Beacher:

The 1860 census in Mifflin Township, OH identifies Peter's siblings, where he is listed a Peter Bigher but we know it's Peter Beecher because his wife and children exactly match his 1870 family and later records in Kansas.

Living in 1860 in Peter's home are John Beecher, 16, and Mary Beecher, 18, too old to be his children so they must be Peter's brother and sister, suggesting their parents died before 1860.

In 1860 next door is Chas. Heyl with wife Eliza, and Charles' marriage and other records idenitfy his wife as Elizabeth Bicher/Beecher b.1827 so she is Peter's older sister.

Charles Heyl is identified as a nephew in his uncle Conrad Heyl's will when he died in 1859 in Mifflin Township, Franklin County, OH. Conrad's will was witnessed by Henry Bicher born abt 1822 in Pennsylvania (see ) indicating Henry is the older brother of Elizabeth Bicher Heyl.

Another valuable clue: Peter Beecher's wife is Elizabeth Ridenour, and in the 1850 and 1860 census other Beechers lived as neighbors to the Ridenour families in Jefferson Township, Franklin, Ohio near today's Beecher Rd. and Ridenour Rd. in Gahanna, OH. Those Beechers are descendants of John Beecher (1757-1819) whose children were baptized in Lancaster County, and then John died in Berks County, PA.

In 1818 Barbara Beecher 2DTP-Q8C arrived with her husband and is buried in Gahanna. Later arrived her brother, William Beecher (1799-1879) LD9K-HDP who in 1850 is in Mifflin Township near George Ridenour, the father of Peter Beecher's spouse.

Barbara and William have a brother John Beecher (1789-1865) LD9K-HHF who remained in Pennsylvania and does not appear to be the John Beecher who married Sarah Elizabeth Sands as he never left Pennsylvania. Therefore, it is like the John Beecher/Bicher we are seeking is not a son of John Beecher (1757-1819) but a descendant of one of his brothers whose father would be the immigrant, Johan Engel Buecher do died in 1778 near Adamstown, PA.

2. Residence: on 3 Feb 1843 in , Franklin, OH.

John married Sarah Elizabeth Sands. (Sarah Elizabeth Sands was born in , , PA.)


1 (Kansas State Board of Health, Office of Vital Statistics., Death certificate 218 1065 for Peter Beecher, 13 June 1924.

2 Bechtold, Madeline Dillman, Dillman-Kelley-Burgett Families of Tippecanoe, IN (

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