Monday, March 12, 2012

Joseph Sechler 1748-1804

Joseph Sechler
Died Nov 8 1804
Elizabeth Stump
"of german ancestry"
Born Sept. 12 1761 in Lehigh County Pa
Died Feb. 11, 1846
Buried Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Danville PA

Occupations - farmer, blacksmith


Maria Mary Sechler 
Jacob Sechler 1771 – 1869
Barbara Sechler 1773 – 1807
Elizabeth Sechler 1775 – 
Catharine Sechler 1776 – 1866
Magdalena Sechler 1790 – 1849
Elizabeth Sechler 1795 – 1860

" Joseph SECHLER was an early settler of Danville, having come here when it was only a small village and purchased 600 hundred acres east of Danville at two shillings and sixpence per acre"
- Columbia county Bios

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Elizabeth Stump
Name: Elizabeth Stump
Gender: Female
Birth Year: 1752
Spouse Name: Joseph Sechler
Spouse Birth Year: 1749
Number Pages: 1

Pennsylvania, Land Warrants, 1733-1987 about Joseph Sechler
Name: Joseph Sechler
Acreage: 400
Warrant Date: 1 Jul 1784
Warrant Location: Northumberland

Death Record
Name: Elizabeth Sechler
Event Type: Death
Burial Date: 11 Feb 1846
Burial Place: Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Organization Name: Trinity Reformed Church (United Church of Christ)

All Sechler deaths recorded in the Trinity Reformed Church (United Church of Christ):

The Old Presbyterian Cemetery was turned into a city park in 1907.  The Montour County Genealogical Society has printed a booklet with a thorough list of those buried there that were moved to another cemetery.  There are two Elizabeth Sechlers on the list.  One has a burial date of 4/21/1888, 38 yrs 3 mo 8 days, note:  may be the same as the other Elizabeth, moved to Odd Fellows Cemetery.  The second listing has a birthdate of 02/11/1846 and "mother" on the headstone.  There is a third listing for Elizabeth W. Sechler, died 12/25/1847, 3m28d.  There is no information about where the body was moved, but almost all the others were moved to either Odd Fellows Cemetery or Fairvew Cemetery in Danville.  I hope this helps.

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REV. JOSEPH SECHLER was born in that part of Columbia County which is now Montour County, Pa., Nov. 21, 1822. His father, Jacob Sechler, a native of the same county, was born when that tract was included in Northumberland County. His father, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of Germany, emigrated to America when a young man, and was among the earliest pioneers of Northumberland County, where, in company with his brother Jacob, he purchased a tract of timber land. The latter never married, but proceeded with the improvement of his purchase, and spent his last days upon the land where he first settled. The grandfather of our subject was a blacksmith by trade, but assisted in redeeming the soil from its original condition. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Stump, who was of German ancestry; she was born in Lehigh County, Pa. Mrs. Sechler was left a widow with six children, her husband having died when about thirty-six years of age. She continued afterward on the farm of her brother-in-law, until the death of the latter, when she came into possession of the entire farm, where she reared her children, and spent the remainder of her life.

Jacob Sechler was but six years old when his father died. He had grown to manhood at the time of his uncle’s death, and continued on the farm as its manager and part owner, he having inherited a part of it from his father, and also received by his uncles’ will, his share of the property. He remained a resident there continuously until his death, Dec. 13, 1869, when he had attained to the ripe old age of seventy years. There also he was married and his children were born. His wife was formerly Miss Elizabeth Mench, who was born in the same county as her husband, and was the daughter of Abraham Mench, of German ancestry, and a native of Berks County, Pa. She died on the old home farm in Montour County. She had, like her husband, resided in three different counties without changing her location.

The parents of our subject had ten children, nine of whom grew to man and womanhood. Joseph was the second child and eldest son. When of suitable years, he commenced attending school during the winter season, and was employed on the farm the balance of the time until reaching his majority. Afterward he attended the High School at Danville, and was engaged in teaching one year. In 1855 he left his native State and came to Illinois, reaching Freeport November 13, and soon afterward secured a position as clerk in a general store at Orangeville. Here he was employed the greater part of the following six or seven years. In the meantime he employed his leisure moments in studying and preparing himself for the ministry. The denomination of his choice was the Reformed Church of the United States, in which he commenced preaching as a supply at Cedarville and Lancaster, in 1860. He continued his pious labors for five years, and was obliged to abandon them on account of throat trouble. He afterward engaged in mercantile pursuits at Lena, where he continued until 1882. He then resumed preaching until 1885, when he was appointed a traveling agent of the College of Northern Illinois, and was thus engaged for eighteen months, in the meantime visiting from Michigan to Pennsylvania. When this contract had terminated he resumed his labors in the ministry, and now preaches at Damascus and Harlem Center regularly.

The marriage of Rev. Joseph Sechler and Miss Mary Hartzel took place Oct. 5, 1847. The wife of our subject is a native of Northampton County, Pa., and the daughter of John and Maria (Andrews) Hartzell, both natives of Pennsylvania. Her paternal grandfather was John Hartzell, of Northampton County, and her great-grandfather, Christian Hartzell, of Swiss ancestry, was a native of Switzerland County, Pa., whence he removed to Northampton County during its early settlement, securing a tract of land along the banks of the Delaware, where he cleared a farm and spent the remainder of his life. His wife was the daughter of Frederick and Magdalena (Butz) Andrews. The Butz family were of German origin, and the descendants of both families were widely and favorably known throughout the counties of Bucks and Northampton.

Our subject and his wife became the parents of three children, two now living, namely, Ermina E., who married William Crotzer, a resident of Lena, and Maria Margaret, the wife of A. S. Crotzer.

Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill. (1888), p. 296 

 The 1749 George Stumpf family in the LeHigh Valley N.E. Berks Co. Pa

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