Johann Engel Buecher
Elizabeth Catharina
John Keyser Pennebacker
(1733-Bef 1805)
Magdalena Porter
Peter Bicher
Susanna Pennebacker
(from 1775/1784-Bef 1839)
John G. Bicher


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1. Sarah Elizabeth Sands

John G. Bicher 1 2

  • Born: 8 Aug 1800, Adamstown, Lancaster, PA 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Elizabeth Sands
  • Died: 3 Aug 1851, Jefferson Township, Franklin, Ohio, United States at age 50 2 3
  • Buried: Gahanna: Peace Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Franklin, OH 2 3

   Another name for John was John Beecher.3 4 5

   FamilySearch ID: LD9K-S24.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Biography. John Bicher was born 8 Aug 1800 in Adamstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the son of Peter Bicher (1765-1858) and Susanna Pennebacker. John was the grandson of 1751 immigrant Johann Engel Buecher whose descendants today use surnames Bicher, Beecher, Biecher, Beicher, and Beacher.

John remained in Adamstown but in the 1830's moved to Franklin County, Ohio, where two of his uncle John Beecher's sons had moved: William Beecher (1799-1879) and Benjamin Beecher (1801-1878) as well as their sister Barbara Beecher Neiswender (1791-1858). The Beecher's settled in Gahanna where today's Beecher Road is found.

John married Sarah Elizabeth Sands, her surname identified in a biography about their son William Beecher, and on their son Peter J. Beecher's death certificate as surname Sanda (handwriting unclear.)

Their first child J. Henry Bicher was born about 1822 in Adamstown and he married Sarah A. Weiser on 23 Aug 1858 in Fairfield County, Ohio. Henry witnessed the will of Charles Heyl, the uncle of Charles Heyl who married Henry's sister Elizabeth.

Daughter Elizabeth was born 10 Jul 1826 and baptized on 10 Apr 1827 in the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church near Adamstown. The sponsor for the baptism was Theresa Fitchtorn, who could be a relative. Elizabeth married Charles W. Heyl on 25 Jun 1844 in Columbus, Ohio where they are buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, her tombstone date matching her baptism birth record found in Adamstown.

Son William M. Beicher was born in 1818, married Mary E. Schoffstall on 4 Aug 1857 in Fairfield County, Ohio, and after her death married Phoebe Burgett on 1 Feb 1883 in Watseka, Illinois. He is buried in Milford, Illinois with a tombstone engraved "William Beicher".

Son Peter J. Beecher, a carpenter, was born 14 Oct 1831 "near Reading, Pennsylvania" per his Kansas death certificate and died 13 Jun 1924 in Arkansas City, Kansas. His wife, Elizabeth A. Ridenour (1825-1900), is part of the Ridenour family who were the early settlers in this area and lived as neighbors with John Bicher's relatives near Gahanna on today's Ridenour Road.

Daughter Mary was born about 1842 and son John 3 Feb 1843, both in Franklin County, Ohio. John married Martha Ellen Baltimore (1837-1930) and they are buried in Chili Cemetery in Miami County, Indiana, where John Bicher's uncles also died.

John died young at age 50, and is buried with tombstone engraved "John Bicher" at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Gahanna where some of his uncle John Beecher's relatives also lie.

==Researched and written by Jonathan Scott Beacher, author of "One Y-DNA Family Tree: Beecher, Beacher, Beicher, Biecher, Bicher, Beechert, Beeker, Beher, Buecher, Bücher"==.

2. Census in 1810 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. 6 Peter is indexed as "Riether" due to poor handwriting and appears near other residents of Adamstown with this family:
Males (born)
10-15 (1795-1800) = 2 (sons Benjamin & John)
26-44 (1766-1784) = 1 (Peter)
Females (born)
16-25 (1785-1794) = 1 (Susanna).

3. Census in 1820 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, PA. 7 The 1820 Census shows Peter Bicher or Bicker's (handwriter unclear) with:
Males (born)
Under 10 (1811-1820)
16-25 (1795-1804) = 2 sons Benjamin & John
45 & over (<=1775) = 1 father Peter
Females (born)
16-25 (1795-1804) = 1 daughter (Magdalena)
26-44 (1776-1794) = 1 wife (Susanna)
Peter's neighbors are Steofel Kern, Henry Regart, Peter Groff, John Rohrer, Jacob Hemberger, Mary Getz.

4. Census in 1840 in Jefferson Twp., Franklin, OH. 8 The 1840 census recorded John G. Berker [as indexed incorrectly] with this household:
Males (born)
5-9 (1831-1835) = 1 son (Peter J.)
10-14 (1826-1830) = 1 son (William M.)
15-19 (1821-1825) = 1 son (J. Henry)
40-49 (1791-1800) = 1 father (John)
Females (born)
5-9 (1831-1835) = 1 daughter
10-14 (1826-1830) = 1 daughter (Elizabeth)
40-49 (1791-1800) = 1 mother (Sarah Elizabeth)
They were living next door to John's cousins, William Beecher (1799-1879) and Barbara Beecher Neiswender (1794-1879).

5. Residence: on 3 Feb 1843 in , Franklin, Ohio, United States.

6. Fact: Not in census in Jefferson, Mifflin, Plain Twps, 1850, , Franklin, Ohio, United States.

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


1, Pennsylvania, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, PA > Lancster. Will Book W. Page 483. Online image 250. Will of Peter Bicher.

2 Find A Grave,

3 Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church (Cemetery listings at

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

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

6 1810 United States Census, Indexed as Peter Riether due to poor handwriting. East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA.

7 1820 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County, Cocalico Township, Page 26.

8 1840 United States Census, John G. Bicher Jefferson Township, Franklin Co OH.

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