Monday, March 12, 2012

Joseph Sechler 1749-1800


Joseph Sechler
married
Elizabeth Stump
daughter of
"of german ancestry"
Born 1752 in Lehigh County Pa
Died 1846


Children:
Maria Mary (m. Peter Rishel)
 Jacob 1771-1869
 Barbara  1773-1807, m. Francis Reese
 Elizabeth 1775- m. Edward Morrison
Catharine 1776-1866 m. Christian Mauser
 Magdalena 1790-1849 m. Christian Diehl



Occupations - farmer, blacksmith

Time Line:

1749- Birth of Joseph
Birthdate taken from Marriage Record

Had a brother Jacob who never married, according to an article Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill. (1888), p. 296 

1752 - Birth of Elizabeth
Birth year given in marriage record

1770 - Before - Marriage to Elizabeth Stump


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

1784 - Land Warrant
" 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

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

"The maternal grandfather of our subject, Joseph SECHLER, and his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was STUMP, came from Montgomery County, Penn., over 100 years ago to the town of Northumberland. When Danville was yet a small village in Northumberland County they moved to the latter place and purchased 600 acres of land east of the town-Bloom road being the northern boundary of the place for two miles out of town-at two shillings and sixpence per acre. Their children have lived to see some of this original land sold at $225 per acre. Mr. MORRISON's farm is a part of this original purchase. Other small parts of it are yet in the hands of the great-grandchildren.("History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania" Mahoning Township Battle 1887 pg. 213)



Whereas Joseph Sechler of the County of hath requested to take up Four Hundred acres of land aboove and adjoining land granted to Abraham Devitt & adjoining on the south side of Towarndia Creek

In the county of Northumberland (provided the same land is purchased of the Indians) for which he agrees to pay immediately into the office of the Receive General for the?? of this state, at the rate of ten pounds per a hundred acres, in gold, silver, paper money of this state, or certificates, agreeable to an act of assembly, passed the first day of April 1784 interest to commence, from the state hereof, THESE are therefor to authorize and equire you to Survey of case to be surveyed until the laid Joseph Sechler at the palce aforesaid according to the method of townships appointed, the laid quantity of acred, if not already survedyed, as appropriared and to make return thereof into thesecretarys office, in order for confirmation, for which this shall be your warrant.


In witness whereof, the honorable James Ewing Esq, Vice President of the Supremem Executive Council, hath hereunto let his hand and cased the seal of the faid commonwealth to be affixed the first day of July in the year of 1784

1787 - Tax List
Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 about Joseph Sechler
Name: Joseph Sechler
Year: 1787
Town or Ward: Point
County: Northumberland
Archive Rollname: 332

1788 - Tax List
Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 about Joseph Sechler
Name: Joseph Sechler
Year: 1788
Town or Ward: Point
County: Northumberland
Archive Rollname: 332

1800 - Septennial Census
Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 about Joseph Sichlar
Name: Joseph Sichlar
Residence Year: 1800
Residence Place: Mahoning, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA

1804 - Abt - Joseph Died
"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." - Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill. (1888), p. 296 ...

1749+36 years = 1785
    (We still find him in the tax lists in 1788,  & in the septennial census in 1800, so that's unlikely)

BUT...

More hints about the year of Joseph's death:
"Jacob Sechler was but six years old when his father died. "
more about Jacob - "He remained a resident there continuously until his death, Dec. 13, 1869, when he had attained to the ripe old age of seventy years."

So Jacob was born about 1799.  If his father died when he was 6 years old, that would be 1805, roughly.  If Joseph was born in 1749 as his marriage record shows, that would make him 55, not 36, at his death.  At this time, I do not know which record is incorrect.


1846 - Elizabeth Died

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)

Buried Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Danville PA

Research:


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 

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HARMON S. MORRISON, farmer and stock grower, P. O. Danville, was born in Mahoning Township, September 12, 1827, a son of Edward and Elizabeth (SECHLER) MORRISON, the latter a native of Mahoning Township. His father, a native of New Jersey, was born September 19, 1791, and at the age of twelve years came to Mahoning Township, and by occupation was a farmer and cooper. He was a soldier of the war of 1812, and his death occurred in 1868. Harmon S. is the sixth in a family of nine children, was reared in his native township on the far, and attended the common schools. At the age of eighteen he began to learn the mason's trade, at which he served a three years' apprenticeship, and made the trade his occupation for twenty years, engaging also in farming. In 1870 he was appointed foreman of the construction of the brick and stone works at the State asylum near Danville, which position he yet holds, and also superintends his farm which is situated near by. In 1850 he married Martha ICKES, of German-Irish origin, and a daughter of Michael ICKES, of Snyder County, Penn., and they became the parents of four children: Margaret, John, Eugene and William. John having lost his wife lives with his father with two children (twins): Walter and Harmon S. Mrs. MORRISON's death occurred February 7, 1887, aged fifty-eight years. She was a Christian woman being a member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. MORRISON and all the children are members of the Lutheran Church, in which he is an elder. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a member of order of P. of H., and politically is a Republican. Edward MORRISON, the grandfather of our subject, and Sarah LUCAS, his wife (the latter a Quakeress), were born in the same year, 1753, were married in 1775 and lived in the State of New Jersey where all their children (three sons: William, John and Edward, and two daughters, Anna and Sarah) were born. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Joseph SECHLER, and his wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name was STUMP, came from Montgomery County, Penn., over 100 years ago to the town of Northumberland. When Danville was yet a small village in Northumberland County they moved to the latter place and purchased 600 acres of land east of the town-Bloom road being the northern boundary of the place for two miles out of town-at two shillings and sixpence per acre. Their children have lived to see some of this original land sold at $225 per acre. Mr. MORRISON's farm is a part of this original purchase. Other small parts of it are yet in the hands of the great-grandchildren.("History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania" Mahoning Township Battle 1887 pg. 213)
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 The 1749 George Stumpf family in the LeHigh Valley N.E. Berks Co. Pa

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Children:

SAMUEL MORRISON, retired farmer, Danville, was born November 3, 1821, a son of
  Edward and Elizabeth (SECHLER) MORRISON. He was born and reared on the farm
  where he now resides and which has been in the possession of the SECHLER and
  MORRISON families over 100 years. His father was a native of new Jersey, of
  Scotch origin (whose mother, Sarah LUCAS, was a Quakeress of English origin), a
  farmer, and a soldier in the war of 1812. He died in 1868 aged seventy-six
  years, and had come to Montour County when twelve years old. His wife was a
  native of Mahoning Township and of German origin. Her father, 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. Samuel MORRISON is the fifth in a family of nine children;
  was reared on the farm, and from his youth up engaged in agricultural pursuits.
  He was educated at home, his father paying a teacher for the purpose. His farm
  is a beautiful one, well improved, and most of his money has been made by
  dealing in stock and selling milk. In 1852 he married Hannah, daughter of
  Daniel MOURER, a farmer and of German origin. Mrs. MORRISON died in June, 1885,
  a member of the Lutheran Church and the mother of the following children: James,
  married; Anna, wife of Jonathan Rudy, and Wooward. Mr. MORRISON is a member of
  the Episcopal Church; politically a Democrat, and has held several township
  offices.("History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania" Mahoning
  Township Battle 1887 pg. 212)

Maria Mary (m. Peter Rishel), Jacob 1771-1869, Barbara (Froney? 1773-1807, m. Francis Reese), Elizabeth (1775- m. Edward Morrison), Catharine (1776-1866 m. Christian Mauser), Magdalena (1790-1849 m. Christian Diehl).

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