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Our Swiss connection - part 3

Christian and Kristina Bucher

This is the third installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

Christian Bucher was born July 3, 1778, in Langnau Emmental, Canton Bern, Switzerland.

He was the son of Friedrick and Elizabeth (Luti) Bucher who remained in Switzerland. His wife, Kristina Brechbuhl, was born Feb. 8, 1789, in Ruderswil, Canton Bern, Switzerland. His father was Urich and we do not have information on his mother. 

Christian and his wife, Kristina, came to American in 1825 and settled in Holmes County, Ohio. 

The family lived in Holmes County where Christian purchased 40 acres of land for $100. Ten years later they sold the 40 acres for $500 and then came to Allen County, Ohio, and bought 160 acres for $1 per acre. This land is located in the northeast corner of Section 9, Richland Township, Allen County, Ohio.

Christian’s son, John, had a very serious illness resulting in the loss of his eye sight. John’s brother, Frederick, who with several other Allen County families, left the Mennonite Church in Richland Township. They felt it was too liberal and migrated to Waterville Township near Whitehouse, Lucas County, Ohio.

In May 1835, Christian's wife, Kristina, died at the age of 46. Since there was no cemetery at that time, she was buried on the farm. Later Christian was looking for a housekeeper. The story goes that he took his walking stick and went by foot to Wayne County, Ohio. He met Anna Biery, and they were married. The two returned to the rural Bluffton on foot. Christian lived to be 101. Anna died in 1880.

The 160 acres, which Christian bought in 1835, was owned by his descendants until 1948 when the west 80 acres was sold. In 1990 the other 80 acres (east side), then owned by Hiram W. Bucher (great-great-great grandson) was also sold.

The one-room school house, just east of the Bucher farm was called the Bucher School and is owned today by the Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

An interesting story from The Bluffton News dated May 17, 1910, reported this by the German Settlement correspondent:

“Some of the boys are getting the habit of spending Sunday afternoon in playing ball. A few Sundays ago, a crowd gathered at the Bucher school house, where they also played ball. If these boys have the consent of their parents to spend the Sabbath day on the ball ground, they are not to be blamed.

But, we surmise that some of the parents do not know where their boys spend the Sabbath. Would it not be worthwhile to find out?

Christian Bucher
Birth: July 25, 1777, Langau Emmental Bern, Switzerland
Death: Feb. 28, 1879
Burial: Ebenezer Cemetery
Occupation: Weaver and farmer

Father: Friedrich Bucher
Mother: Elisabeth Luti

Spouse: Kristina Brechbuhl
Birth: Feb. 8, 1789, Ruderswil, Bern, Switzerland
Death: May 3, 1835, Richland Township, Allen County, Ohio
Burial: On the family farm

Second spouse: Anna Biery
Marriage: Jan. 19, 1807

Elizabeth Bucher
Birth: May 24, 1808, Langnau Emmental, Bern, Switzerland
Death: March 4, 1938

Christian Bucher
Birth: Nov. 6, 1913, Langnau Emmental, Bern, Switzerland
Death: June 27, 1866
Spouse: Anna Amstutz

Peter Bucher
Birth: May 23, 1816, Langnau Emmental, Bern Switzerland
Death,: May 24, 1914
Spouse: Verna Geiger Fannie

John Bucher
Birth: Dec. 6, 1818, Langnau Emmental, Bern, Switzerland
Death: 1907

Friedrich Bucher
Birth: July 27, 1821, Langnau Emmental Bern, Switzerland
Death: Jan. 11, 1882, near Whitehouse, Ohio
Spouse: Maria Geiger

Jacob Bucher
Birth: Feb. 8, 1823, Holmes County, Ohio
Death: March 3, 1905
Spouse: Barbara Badertscher

(name not available) Bucher
Birth: October 1833, Holmes County Ohio,
Death: August 1858
Spouse: Abraham B. Amstutz