Biography of Samuel Bechtel
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SAMUEL BECHTEL, son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Myers) Bechtel, was born in Bucks County, Penn., November 2, 1825. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania and of German ancestry, emigrating to Ohio in 1829, and to Wayne County in 1852, then moving to Whiteside County, Ill., where they both died. Their children were Samuel, Ephraim, Solomon, Helena, Catharine, Mary, Nancy, and three others deceased. The father died about 1855, aged fifty nine, the mother in 1861, aged. seventy three years. Samuel Bechtel was brought up on the farm, where he was engaged till his marriage to Margaret Long, June 24, 1847. He then left his father's home and rented land in Wayne County for several years, moving to Illinois in 1855, to receive an inheritance of 120 acres of land. His father dying without making a will to this effect, he returned to Ohio in 1858, a wiser and a poorer man. In 1860, he purchased forty acres of his present farm, and has since added forty more, besides assisting his son Orren to forty acres. The farm is in a good state of cultivation, valued at $75 per acre. Mrs. Bechtel was a daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Butter) Long, natives of Maryland and of English extraction. Her grandfatherwas a Revolutionary soldier, suffering much privation during his term of service. Her parents are both deceased, and but three of their eleven children are living, viz.: John, Washington and Margaret. Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel are parents of seven children, John, Samuel T., Orren M. and Arilla J. (twins), Barbara, Elmer E., John and Alvin, the two latter deceased. in politics, Mr. Bechtel is a Democrat, and both are members of the Baptist Church.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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