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Christopher Bishir

Male 1759 - 1847  (87 years)

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  • Name Christopher Bishir  [1, 2, 3
    Born 25 Dec 1759  Alsace Lorraine Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Birth 25 Dec 1759  Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Died 2 Apr 1847  Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Person ID I664  Carley Bisher's Ancestry
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 

    Family Hanora Laman 
    +1. Margaret Bishir,   b. 1790, Pennslyvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Jacob Bishir,   b. 17 Oct 1796, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1868, Dodson Twp., Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     3. Elizabeth Bishir,   b. 1795-1800
    +4. John Bishir,   b. 17 Jul 1798, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Winter 1860, Warren Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +5. Jeremiah M Bishir,   b. 13 Jun 1800, York, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1875, Monticello, White, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Mary Byshar,   b. 1801-1810
     7. Unknown Bishir,   b. 1801-1810
     8. Unknown Bishir,   b. 1801-1810
    +9. Major Christopher Bishir,   b. 1805, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1883, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +10. Jonathan Bishir,   b. Abt 1811, Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1887, Lynchburg, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    +11. Simeon Jacob Beishier,   b. Abt 1816, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1882, Webster Grove, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • With his wife and several small children, Christopher Bishir set out from Westmoreland Co., PA in 1805 for Ohio. They stopped around 1810 in Campbell Co., Kentucky, where their youngest son, Jonathan, was born and then stayed for a time at the mouth of the Crawfish River, near present-day Cincinnati, and Warren Co., Ohio in the early 1820s before moving to Highland Co. in the late 1820s. In 1833, they moved into a wilderness cabin on the east side of the road to Allensburg. Their home on the Bradford Survey was No. 917 and was one mile south of Lynchburg.

      It has come down in the family (from several directions) that Christopher's ancestry is of Alsace-Lorraine. Also, a family bible indicates that he served in the War of 1812, although no military record has been found to corroborate this.

      Our list of Chrisopher’s children is somewhat conjectural, however only John, Simeon and Jeremiah are not specifically mentioned either in a family bible or the Ayers and Klise biographies. Because Jacob and John married sisters (Elizabeth and Angelina Coddington), John’s connection to the family seems probable. Jacob sold land to Jeremiah in 1826 and Jeremiah appears in the Warren Co. tax rolls, along with John (and a Frederick Bysher) as late as 1832. (We infer from this that Jeremiah continued to own property in Ohio subsequent to his move to Indiana.) Y-DNA tests have also proved that descendants of Jeremiah, Simeon and Jonathan share a common paternal ancestor. Based on these considerations, it seems highly likely that all of the Bishirs in the Warren Co. records during the 1820s were closely related as was Simeon, and probably all are Christopher’s children.


      We have found the following information on people who may be connected to our Christopher Bishir. (Arranged chronologically):

      --- 1710 ---
      Johan Beyscher, 1710, New York, New York, Wife & 4 children. From Some Residents of Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., N.Y., 1816-1823, by Gail Breitbard, 1985.

      --- 1716 ---
      There is a Hans Jacob Basehore (or Boeshaar) naturalized in New York 31 Jan 1716. He was a cooper (maker or repairer of barrels and casks). Hans Jacob Böshaar is also called Jacob Böshaar (Hunter List Nbr 72) and John Jacob Böshaar (Hunter List 73). Born 1647 in Zweibrücken, Rheinland-Pfalz. In NY, the Palatines were expected to work for the British authorities, producing naval stores (tar and pitch) for the navy in return for their passage to NY. They were also expected to act as a buffer between the French and Natives on the northern frontier and the English colonies to the south and east. He died before 6 Dec 1719 in Kingston, Ulster Co., NY.

      --- 1720 ---
      There is a family of French Huegenots whose earliest ancestor was Jacque Milne La Baisseuir. They immigrated to Pennsylvania about 1720. More about them in our database.

      --- 1732, 1733 ---
      From: Joan Benton
      Copied from a passenger list of immigrants from the Palatinates:

      Christophel Beser arr U.S. 11 Oct 1732. Palatines imported in ship "Pleasant" from Rotterdam. J. Morris, master.

      Christian Bausser, 29 Sep 1733 from Palatines. Left on ship "Pink Mary" of Dublin. Boarded in Rotterdam. James Benn, ship's master.

      --- 1735 ---
      Jacob Beshar appears in Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance as follows:
      Name: Jacob Beshar,
      Ship: MERCURY
      Captain: WILLIAM WILSON
      Place: ROTTERDAM
      Date: MAY 29, 1735

      --- 1739 ---
      Benedict Bisser arr 3 Sep 1739 on ship "Friendship." Wm. Vittery, master.

      --- 1709 ---
      In the 1709 Landschreibereirechnun (LA Speyer, B 3, 449) it was noted that "the cooper Boshaar of this place (Zweibrucken) who has moved to America has to pay (the 10% tax on exported goods) according to ths specification approved by the Court (2fl-10bz-8d). 


      --- 1710-1713, 1723, 1739, 1749 ---
      From Israel Rupp’s “A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776, with a Statement of the Names of Ships, Whence they Sailed….”.

      p. 467: “Names of Early settlers in Tulpehocken, Berks and Lebanon Counties: As early as 1723, 33 families of Germans, who came to New York in 1710, settled in Schoharie 1713, left there and located on Tulpehocken Creek; among these were:” Christoph Besher.

      p. 135: “Sept 3, 1739 - Palatines imported in the ship Robert and Alice, Walter Goodman, Commander, from Rotterdam, last from Deal - 78 men, 57 women, and 88 children - in all 213” including Benedict Bisser.

      p. 205: “Sept 15, 1749 - foreigners from Zweibrucken, Nassau, Wirtemberg, and Palatinate - Ship Phoenix, John Mason, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes - 550 passengers” including Sebastian Bissahr.

      --- 1748 ---
      A ship’s manefest includes Sigfried Matthes Bescher: Arrived 15 Sep 1748 in Philadelphia, Ship’s name Judith, Captain James Talt, From Rotterdam by way of Cowes.

      --- 1759 ---
      According to various family records (bible etc.) Christopher Bishir was born 25 December 1759. His birth location is not always given. Mary Ann Garman’s genealogy and the Christopher Bishir Jr. bible lists Alsace-Lorraine.

      --- 1761 ---
      A Matthias Bysher was naturalized in Pennsylvania 10 Sep. 1761. He was from York County.

      --- 1768 ---
      From First Reformed Church of Easton, PA church records: 1768. January 31. A child was baptized named Christian. Born Dec. 26, 1767. Parents, Jacob Beisher and his wife Anna Elizabetha. Sponsors, Christian Best and Mrs. Elizabeth Brotzman. [from “Some First Settlers of the Forks of the Delaware and Their ...”

      --- 1778 ---
      A Jacob Bisher is listed as having taken the Oath Of Allegiance to the State of Pennsylvania in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., on November 3rd, 1778.

      --- 1780/82 ---
      A John Nichman appears in U.S. Tax and Exoneration Lists for Reading Twp., York Co., PA.

      --- 1785 ---
      Catherine Mickley is born, who later marries a Jacob Beisher. She died in Bedminster, Bucks Co., PA in 1864. (OneGreatFamily.com)

      --- 1786 ---
      Came into court Frederick Jacob Beisher aged Sixteen Years and upwards one of the orphaned minor children of Jacob Beisher late of Warrington Township [York Co.] deceased, and prayed to be permitted to choose a Guardian to take care of his person and Estate and being asked by the court choses John Nitchman of the Township aforesaid to be his guardian. [York Co. PA Orphans Court records, Book F, 22 March 1786]

      --- 1789 ---
      There is a Christian Pysher listed in 1789 in the Monaghan Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania Tax and Exoneration records (1768-1801).

      --- 1790 ---
      A Jno Bisher (Besher?) appears in the 1790 census for Cadoris Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania with a wife and no children.

      A daughter of Johannes Bentz (1744-1804) of West Manchester & Dover Twps., York Co., PA married ______ Beisher, probably around 1790. Johannes’s daughters were Mary, Elizabeth, Susan and Caty. [Early German Settlers of York County Pennsylvania, Keith A. Dull, VCGS Library]

      --- 1793 ---
      On the 7th day of August 1798 Christian Beusher was duly affirmed before me deposing that about February in the year 1778 he saw John Nitchman pay unto George Schweyer of Northumberland County the Sum of Twenty four pounds of Money in discharge of a Note given by Nitchman to Shweyer for an horse purchased of Schweyer. Coram Jno. Moris Noty Publick. [Notary Docket of John Morris, Esquire of Borough of York, York County, PA 1792-1809, Family History Library] Note reference to John Nitchman in 1786 above with the Beisher spelling.

      --- 1795 ---
      Christian Bisher is listed in 1795 tax records, Monaghan Twp., York Co., 25 acres, 1 horned cattle, 1 horse, value 12 pounds, tax 1 pound, 2 shillings. [from index card in Bisher Family File at York Co. PA Heritage Center, York, PA]

      --- Oct 1796 --- Jacob Bishir born

      --- 1796 ---
      A Christopher Bisher is listed as a patron of Dill’s Tavern in 1796, in Monaghan Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania.

      --- JUL 1798 --- John Bishir born

      --- 1798 ---
      Christian Buysher appears in the Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, October 1798, Monaughan Twp., York Co as leasing land to Nicholas F. Shittow. He is also listed as owning land on which he lives there in the same year under the name Christ’n Buysher. John Nichman also appears in the direct tax lists for Monaughan (see 1786 entry for Nitchman).

      Christopher Beysher and Hannah Beysher are each listed in the York Co, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts Quarter Session Dockets for September 1798 with criminal cases and a charge of Larceny. Book 1794-1799, Page 233, 236, 238. Christopher is listed along with Sebastian Hounshell - both posted a bond.

      John Besher is listed in Straban, York Co., Pennsylvania in the U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798.

      --- JUN 1800 --- Jeremiah born, York Co., PA

      --- 1800 ---
      A Christian Bisher also appears in the 1800 census for Monaughan, York, Pennsylvania. There are 3 males under 10 (Jacob 4, John 2 and Jeremiah 0?), a male 26 to 44 (Christopher would be about 41), 3 females under 10, and a female 45 and over (wife?).

      He is also in the Pennyslvania, Septennial Census 1779-1863 as Christian Bishar.

      --- 1804 ---
      A will was proven in Washington Twp., York Co., PA for John Pentz. His granddaughter is listed at Betsy Beisher. [York County, Penn. Wills, 1749-1819, Ancestry] John Pentz was buried in the Asper Buring Ground, Dillsburg, York Co., PA (Monaghan Twp.) [Early German Settlers of York County, pp. 177-178, thanks Bob Signaigo!] gives more details. Bentz, Johannes, b. 14 Jan 1744. Married Philibina, daughter of Andreas Palli, 10 Jan 1769 at STR. Will written 4 Aug 1804 and probated 20 Oct 1804. One daughter married Beisher, Mary, John, George, Elizabeth, Henry, Jacob, Susan, Caty, David.

      --- 1805 --- Christopher Bishir, Jr. born, Westmoreland Co., PA

      --- 1806 ---
      Francis Bitner, born 24 Dec 1806, baptised 17 May 1807, York, York, PA. Father: Joh Bisher, Mother: Elis Bisher. Trinity United Church of Christ.

      --- 1808 ---
      Elizabeth Beisher (Betsy?) of Washington Twp., York Co., PA assigned to Abramham Smith of that township as her guardian.

      --- 1809 ---
      Orphan’s Court, York Co., PA, 14 Feb 1809, The petition of Elizabeth Besheir aged seventeen years daughter of Frederick Besheir deceased, was read praying to be permitted to choose a guardian in the room of Abraham Smith who diclined serving, and named John Nitchman. Whereupon the court appoint the said John Nitchman guardian of the person and estate of said Elizabeth, in the room of said Abraham Smith.

      --- 1811 --- Jonathan Bishir born, Newport, Cambell Co., Kentucky

      --- 1810, 1811, 1812, 1813 ---
      Campbell Co., Kentucky
      Cristly Bysher appears in the 1810 census in Campbell Co., Kentucky with 3 males under 10 (Christopher Jr 5, Jeremiah 10), 2 males 10-15 (John 12, Jacob 14), and one male 45 and over (Christopher was 51), 3 females under 10 (Mary? and ?? and ??), 1 female 10-15 (Elizabeth?), 1 female 16-25 (Margaret?), and one female 45 and over (wife?).

      Campbell Co., KY Tax Records
      (No Bishirs found 1805-1809)
      1810 (Tax Records missing)
      1811 BYSHAW, Crisby, leasing on Ohio River, 2 males over 21, 4 horses
      1811 BISHARE, Zachariah, leasing on 4 Mile Creek, 1 male over 21, 3 horses
      1812 BYSHERE, Cristey owns 153 acres on 4 Mile Creek, 1 male over 21, 6 horses
      1812 (Zachariah not found)
      1813 BYSHERE, Crisley owns 153 acres on Licking Creek, 1 male over 21, 6 horses
      1813 BASHEARE, Zacharia leasing on Bank Lick, 1 male over 21, 2 horses
      (No Bishirs found 1814-1830)

      There doesn’t appear to be a slot for Zachariah in Christopher’s household in the 1810 census, so he may have been a cousin, nephew or part of an unrelated family.

      Other than these references, a professional genealogist we hired was unable to find any other records for the family in Campbell Co., Kentucky. She searched: Campbell County Deed Index, Campbell County Deed Books B – E, 1798-1821, Campbell County Will Abstracts, Bk. A, 1795-1822, Early Campbell County Land Patents & Boundaries, Campbell County Court Order Books A – B, 1791-1822, History of 4-Mile, Campbell, KY, KY Obituaries, 1787-1854, Family Files.

      --- 1812 ---
      A Jacob Beisher served as a private in the War of 1812, 1 Battalion Riflemen (Uhle’s), Pennsylvania Vols.

      --- 1816 ---
      Hamilton County, Ohio:
      10 Sep 1816 - Bill of Sale in which Crisley Bisheer, of Springfield Twp., Hamilton Co. OH, sells “all and singular” his property to Jacob Bisher for $800. The agreement is signed “in Dutch” (probably old German script). Chrisley was leasing land from Ziba Stibbens.

      --- 1818 ---
      Simeon Jacob Beishir born (date approximate) - probably in or near Cincinnati, Ohio.

      --- 1820 ---
      We have not been able to locate Christopher Bishir in the 1820 census. In addition to using indicies, we searched the Warren County 1820 Census page by page for the following townships:

      Ohio, Warren Co., Clear Creek (12 pages)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Deerfield (9 pages)
      B. Basore (p. 7)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Franklin (13 pages)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Hamilton (7 pages)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Lebanon (6 pages)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Salem (7 pages)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Shakers (1)
      Ohio, Warren Co., Springboro (2 pages)

      Ohio, Hamilton Co., Columbiana (12 pages)
      Ohio, Hamilton Co., Springfield Twp. (13 pages)
      John Barshar

      (There appear to be townships missing from the Ancestry.com census images.)

      It seems likely that at least Jacob was still in Hamilton County in 1820 - see land purchase below.

      --- 1820 ---
      Mary BARSHEAR married Stephen WARD, 24 August 1820, Warren Co., Ohio. Could she be another daughter of Christopher Bishir?

      --- 1820 ---
      August, 1820. Lawsuit filed by Chrisly Byshar against Patrick Shaw for libel over his accusation that Byshar stole his valuable knife. Later judgement found that Byshar did, in fact, steal the knife.

      November 1820, Charges filed against Samuel Hall (Hale) in the Warren Co., OH Court of Common Please for assault and battery on Hannah Bysher.

      --- 1822 ---
      A Margaret Barshear married John Lakin on 31 January 1822 in Ohio Twp., Cleremont Co., Ohio. She and her husband appear together in the 1850 census in Monroe Twp., Cleremont Co., OH. She was born about 1790 in Pennsylvania, he was born about 1797 in Kentucky. This makes her 28 years old when married. She is a bit old to be Christly’s daughter (the oldest son we know about was born in 1794). But she could be his or Frederick’s daugther or her age in 1850 could be a bit off.

      --- 1824, 1827 ---
      York Co., PA. [Poor Children on Tax Lists 1811-1844, 974.84 B4S No35, thanks Bob Signaigo!] p. 36, 1824, Frederick Beisher, George 11, Hanah 8, Harriet 6 (x-out); p. 37, 1827, Frederick Bisher, Hannah 11, Harriet 8.

      --- 1821-1832 ---
      Warren County, Ohio:
      1 March 1821 Marriage of Jacob Bysow & Elisabeth Codington.
      6 August 1821 Jacob Bishaw purchases land in Warren Co., OH
      Jacob is listed as “of Hamilton County Ohio”
      18 Oct 1821 Marriage of Elizabeth Byshear & Chas. Thompson
      25 Feb 1826 Jacob sells land to Jeremiah
      Jacob is listed as “of Highland County Ohio”
      14 March 1826 Marriage of John Byshar & Angelina Coddington
      1826 Jeremiah Byshear, duplicate tax rolls
      1 Nov 1827 Marriage of Jeremiah Byshar & Hester Millet
      1827 Jeremiah Bishir purchases land in Warren Co., OH
      1827 Jeremiah Bysher/Bisher in Tax lists, Deerfield Twp.
      1827 Jeremiah Bisher property tax rolls
      1827 Jeremiah Bysher, duplicate tax rolls
      1828 Jeremiah Bisher, duplicate tax rolls
      1830 Jeremiah Byshar/Bisher tax rolls
      1830 Jeremiah Bisher sells land in Warren Co., OH
      1831 Frederick Bishir, duplicate tax rolls
      1831 Jeremiah Bishir, duplicate tax rolls
      1832 Jeremiah Bisher property tax rolls
      1832 Frederick Bysher tax rolls
      1832 John Bysher tax rolls

      --- 1822-1830 ---
      Highland County, Ohio:
      1822 Crisly Bishar, Jacob Bishar, Union Twp. Tax Rolls
      1823 Chrisly Bisher, Jacob Bisher, Union Twp., Tax Rolls
      1824 Chrisly Bisher, Jacob Bishar, Union Twp., Tax Rolls
      1826 Christopher Bisher Tax Rolls, Union Twp.
      March 1827 Christopher Bishir Jr. m. Susannah Hart
      29 Jan 1828 Christopher Bisher land purchase (Sr or Jr?)
      1828 Jacob Bisher land purchase, 105A.

      The Bishirs appear in the tax rolls from 1830 on.

      Christopher (Sr?) appears 1830-1832 in Liberty Twp.
      Chrisopher (Jr?) appears 1836-1860 in Dodson Twp.
      Jacob appears 1835-1860 in Liberty Twp.
      John appears 1834 and 1835 in Dodson Twp.

      --- 1830 ---
      1830 Census:

      Christopher Bishire - Union Twp., Highland Co., OH. 2 males under 5 (Andrew James and John Henry), 1 male 15-19 (brother Jonathan?), 1 male 20-29 (Christopher Bishir Jr.), 1 female 20-29 (Susannah Hart Bishir).

      Frederick Bershir - Deerfield Twp., Warren Co., OH. 1 male 60-69 Frederick), 1 female 5-9, 1 female 10-14, 1 female 10-14, 1 female 15-19, 1 female 40-49.

      John Bishere - Liberty Twp., Highland Co., OH. 1 male under 5 (Joseph), 1 male 30-39 (John), 1 female under 5 (Hannah), 1 female 30-39 (Angelina Coddington Bishir).

      Jacob Bishere - Union Twp., Highland Co., OH. 1 male 5-9 (Samuel), 1 male 30-39 (Jacob), 1 male 60-69 (Christopher Sr.?), 1 female under 5 (Louisa), 1 female 5-9 (Sarah), 1 female 30-39 (Elizabeth Coddington Bishir).

      Jeremiah Bishere - Fairfield Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN. 2 males under 5 (Miles and ???), 1 male 30-39 (Jeremiah), 1 female 30-39 (Ester).

      --- 1831 ---
      A Jacob Bysher appears in the 1831 Cincinnati Directory, page 28: “Bysher, Jacob (Laborer) James Bryant, Board, Cincinnati, Ohio (Male)”

      --- 1840 ---
      Crisley does not appear in the households of Jacob, Chrisotpher Jr., or Jonathan in Highland Co., Ohio in the 1840 census, nor is he with Jeremiah. There are TWO Johns (Bisher and Bysher) in Hanover, Shelby Co., Indiana in 1840 (on the same census page with John and Ezra Coddington). Both have a 60-70 year old man living with them (Crisley would have been 81 by 1840). The man could not be John’s father-in-law since he died in 1833. One of the Johns is 30-40 and the other is 40-50 (John was 42 in 1840). Who is the other John? Where is Crisley? Is one of the elderly men Frederick and/or Chrisley? A Christian Bicher (age 15-19) is listed with an older female (40-49) in the 1840 census for Cincinnati, Ohio. He is to young to be Jacob Simeon and she seems to young to be Hannah.

      --- 1847 ---
      According to Mary Ann Garman and the Jacob Bishir family bible, Christopher Bishir died 2 April 1847 near Hillsboro, Highland Co., OH.

      --- END OF CHRONOLOGY ---

      -------- LOOSE ENDS ----------

      Frederick Bishir

      A Frederick Bishir appears on the tax lists for Warren Co., Ohio with the other Bishirs. Frederick also appears in the 1830 census for Warren Co., Ohio with a much younger wife and four daughters. He is between 60 and 70 at that time, so perhaps he was Christopher Sr’s younger brother. We can’t find him in 1840 - he may have died and his wife remarried. Frederick last appears in the 1832 tax rolls and that is the year John and Jeremiah did as well - and moved to Indiana. Frederick probably moved to Indiana with them. It is interesting to note that Frederick appears with John and Jeremiah in Warren Co. records, but does not appear in Highland Co. records at all. Could he be the elderly fellow with John in Shelby Co., Indiana. Could Frederick be John and Jeremiah’s father, not Christly?

      There is also a Frederick Bisher in Cocalico, Lancaster, Pa in the 1810 census. And there is the Jacob Frederick Beisher, age “16 and upwards” in Warrington Twp, York Co., PA in 1786 whose father, Jacob Beisher, had died and he was assigned to a guardian (see above). Could Jacob Beisher be the father of both Chrisly and Frederick?

      Zachariah Bishare/Basheare

      Zachariah appears with Christopher Bishir in the tax rolls in 1811 and 1813 for Campbell Co., Kentucky in the same township (4 mile creek). He does not appear in the 1810 census with Christopher. Small DNA matches to folks who have a Zachariah Broshar/Brashears family of Prince George, Maryland and other locations include Karen Graham & Vicky Bell. There seem to be connections to this family in Indiana and Maryland and possibly Quebec (descendants of Benoit Brasseur).

      Hannah Bisher and the Laman family

      In a letter to J. Benson Bishir in 1953, Mary Anna (Bishir) Garman, the preeminent Bishir researcher of the mid-20th century, said she had a photo of “Aunt Hannah” and thought she might be another child of Christopher’s. As mentioned earlier, Christopher Beysher and Hannah Beysher are each listed in the York Co, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts Quarter Session Dockets for September 1798 with criminal cases and a charge of Larceny. And there is a Hannah Bisher in the 1836-37 Cincinnati City Directory Page 20: “Bisher, Hannah, Mrs.) Race bw Canal and 12th, Cincinnati, Ohio (Female)”.

      There is a marriage record in St. Louis, Missouri in 1879 for a Simeon Beishier and Margaret Stevens (nee Wilkerson) that lists Simeon’s parents as Christopher Beishier and Hanora Laman. Simeon was born 1818 in Ohio, appears in an 1840 Cincinnati city directory, and his descendents claim his family was from Alsace-Lorraine and that they were barrel makers. If the Hannah Beysher listed in the 1798 criminal case is the same person as Hanora in the 1879 marriage record, she could be the mother of all of Christopher’s children, including Simeon Beisheir. DNA (see below) has confirmed his connection to the family.

      There is a Peter Laman on the tax lists of 1798 in Mongahan Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania. Also, C. Bishir appears as a witness on a will for Jacob Laman (d. 1852), proven in Highland Co., Ohio on Feb 19, 1858. Jacob Layman was a German Baptist preacher, who was active in Clinton, Brown, Highland and Clermont Counties in Ohio. He came from Tennessee to Ohio. (RootsWeb)

      There is a baptism for a Hannah Lemon 19 May 1776, Reform Record Church of Adams Co., PA. Hannah, daughter of William Lemon and Susanna, sponsors. [Pennsylvania, Church Records - Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881, Ancestry.com] However, some trees on Ancestry have her marrying a man named Grapes, but they show her born in Virginia which doesn’t tally with the baptism and there is a marrage for a Grapes in Frederick Co., VA. One person with such a tree has a DNA match to a Bishir descendant, so who knows?

      Grandma Luce

      Also, “Grandma Luce” might be another daughter. This seemed likely since there were 5 female children living with Crisley’s family in 1810 and we have only been able to (probably) indentify two, Mary and Elizabeth. Further research indicates that Margaret Coddington (sister of Elizabeth and Angelina) had a daughter, Sarah (b. 1824, Warren Co. Ohio), who married Solon Luce. She may have been “Grandma Luce”.

      Canadian Pyshers

      There is a Zachariah Pysher living in Louth, Lincoln, Canada (near Buffalo, NY) who was born in 1791 in the US. Also, a Frederick Pysher, born in Pennsylvania, is listed on his daughter’s death certificate there. Could Frederick and Zachariah have moved to Canada in the 1830s? If so, how did Frederick have a daughter who was born in 1835 in Pennsylvania?

      Christian Bisher and Nancy Martin

      There is a marriage between Christian Bisher and Nancy Martin in Clinton County, Ohio on 26 January 1836. We have been able to trace three potential candidates for children of this union: James Barshear/Byshire/etc. - b. 1838 (who may, instead, be Jonathan Bishir’s son); Sarah E. Bysher - b. 1840 (married John D. Moon); Catherine - b. 1842. Could this be a late marriage for Christly? All three of these “children” are living with other familes in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, which might indicate that Christian and Nancy were both dead by then. We have scoured the Clinton County probate records but can find no sign of them or of Martins that are obviously related.

      It is also possible (and perhaps more likely) that Christian was the father of Jacob Bisher of Madison Co., Ohio who could have been Sarah’s brother (they were in close proximity in the census). If so, Jacob’s being born in Bavaria in 1831 and Sarah in Ohio in 1840 would indicate that Christian emigrated from Germany in the early 1830s and married Nancy Martin in 1836.

      DNA Analysis

      Y-DNA analysis:

      Thor Bisher, a descendant of Jonathan Bishir, and Rob Bishir, a descendant of Jeremiah Bishir, have tested Y-DNA 43 markers (at Ancestry.com) and match with a genetic distance of 2. Mike Beishir, a descendant of Simeon Beishir, has a Y-DNA 37 match (genetic distance 4) to Thor Bisher. This would prove that there is a paternal genetic connection between these three branches of the Bishir family.

      Autosomal DNA analysis:

      There was a DNA circle for Christopher Bishir Sr on Ancestry.com that contained:

      sherricow - descendant of Jacob Bishir
      bkime421 - descendant of Jacob Bishir
      rdhook1 - descendant of Jeremiah Bishir
      B.W. (Bill Whirl) - descendant of Jacob Bishir
      Carley Worth - descendant of Jonathan Bishir
      JoanBe - descendant of Jeremiah Bishir
      LGilmore - descendant of John Bishir
      Kathleen Beishir Signiago - descendant of Simeon Bishir

      Other Bishir descendants not yet in the circle (probably because of the lack of a public tree on Ancestry or differences in spelling or dates):

      Diane Varela - descendant of Simeon Bishir
      55Koi - descendant of Simeon Bishir
      Martha Ninneman - descendant of Maj. Christopher Bishir, Jr.

      Kathleen has a match to sherricow and to LGilmore. LGilmore matches Carley also. LGilmore and Kathleen both match 55Koi. Kathleen matches a cousin, Diane Varela, who shares a match with Kathleen and Carley named JoanBe.

      This “web” of Bishir matches would seem to greatly strengthen the case that Simeon is the youngest son of Christopher Bishir Sr. and that his wife was Hannorah Laman.

      Carley Bisher Worth (www.bishir.org)
      Updated 13 July 2019 [8, 9, 10, 11]

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    4. [S861] .

    5. [S405] .

    6. [S1429] .

    7. [S879] .

    8. [S1144] .

    9. [S1462] .

    10. [S1418] .

    11. [S1174] .