Johann Michael Beeler

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Johann Michael Beeler (Bühler)

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Birthplace: Hemberg, Toggenburg, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Death: August 15, 1753 (72)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States (Drowned)
Place of Burial: Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Georg Bühler or Beeler; Johann George Buehler; Margaretha Beeler; Anna Dorothea Buhler and Anna Dorthea Buehler/Buhler
Husband of Maria Rosina Beeler; Anna Waltz Beeler and Maria Buhler (Schneck)
Father of Ulrich Von Beeler; Ulrich Beeler; Anthonius Buhler; Jane Elizabeth Beeler or Margaret Elizabeth Beeler; Christian Buhler and 5 others

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About Johann Michael Beeler

Immigrated: Sept. 30, 1727 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


JOHANN MICHAEL1 BÜHLER (an umlaut appears over the U in Bühler) was born 23 November 1680 in either Switzerland or what is now Germany. Derivations of Bühler are Buehler, Bealor, Beelor, Biler, Bihler and Beeler. There is conflicting information on which country he came from. Reliable geneologists have so far been unable to provide proof which of those places he called home. He came to America 30 September 1727 arriving aboard the ship Molley in Philadelphia from Vestenburg, Germany, via Rotterdam. The ship’s master, John Hodgeson, listed his name as Johannas Pealer. Prior to 1871 what is now called Germany was a number of separate states whose boundaries frequently changed as a result of war or other disruption. That Johann Michael may have arrived from Vestenburg does not prove he resided there. He could have migrated from the Rhine Valley in Switzerland, as did thousands of others. He most likely was a Palatine, an inhabitant of The Palatinate, the lands owned by a secular prince of the Holy Roman Empire. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the term Palatine was used in America to describe immigrants of The Palatinate and other adjoining German-speaking areas, such as Switzerland. During the War of the Grand Alliance (1689-97), the troops of the French monarch Louis XIV ravaged the Rhenish (Lower) Palatinate, causing many Germans to emigrate. Many of the early German settlers of America (the Pennsylvania Dutch) were refugees from The Palatinate. During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, The Palatinate lands on the west bank of the Rhine River were incorporated into France, while its eastern lands were divided largely between neighboring Baden and Hesse. After the defeat of Napoleon (1814-15), the Congress of Vienna gave the east bank lands to Bavaria. These lands, together with some surrounding territories, again took the name of Palatinate in 1838. It is important to remember that most people were illiterate in the 1700s. It was because of that that so many different spellings of Beeler occurred. Johann Michael arrived in America likely with his wife and some children. His first son, ULRICH, arrived 23 September 1734, seven years after his father. Ulrich was 29 years old. Records of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster County, PA., list Johann’s children and note that he died from drowning 15 August 1753 and is buried in the church’s cemetery.

Johannes fell into a well and drowned. SOURCE: BOOK: "A RECORD AND HISTORY OF THE PEELER FAMILIY" COMPILED BY: J.W. PEELER, ROWAN CO., NC.; PUBLISHED 1935.

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Johann Michael Beeler's Timeline

1680
November 23, 1680
Hemberg, Toggenburg, St. Gallen, Switzerland
1700
1700
Sigriswil, Kanton Bern, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
1703
1703
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
1705
September 1705
Wangan, Zurich, Switzerland
1705
Germany
1708
January 29, 1708
Verrerie, Meuse, Lorraine, France
1753
August 15, 1753
Age 72
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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