Where does Wilson Lee Bechtel (b: Feb 24 1798, Philadelphia PA) fit into the Bechtel Family Tree?

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in Genealogy Help by Jim Bechtel G2G Rookie (250 points)
Did not find him at familysearch.org or on a Google search.

Do you have any additional informatiion such as the name of his spouse, marriage year and location? Did he live in Philadelphia all his life or would he have moved elsewhere? Do you have his death year and loncation?
As I understand the information my family has given me, Wilson was married to Catharine H Ryan, in Philadelphia, on Dec 20, 1821, and he died on July 9, 1834.  They had a daughter, Sarah, who was born on Aug 25, 1825.

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Sarah Bechtel

United States Census, 1850

Name Sarah Bechtel
Event Type Census
Event Year 1850
Event Place Philadelphia, Middle ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender Female
Age 25
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1825
Birthplace Philadelphia
House Number 737






Catharine Bechtel   F 50 Philadelphia
Ammanda Bechtel   F 22 Philadelphia
Ann Eliza Bechtel   F 20 Philadelphia
Catharine Bechtel   F 17 Philadelphia
Sarah Bechtel   F 25 Philadelphia
Jacob H Bechtel   M 27 Philadelphia
James G Bechtel   M 2 Philadelphia
William Bechtel   M 22 Philadelphia
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

Continuation of above Sarah Bechtel   United States Census, 1850


Charles Donahue   M 33 Philadelphia
James Beuse   M 30 Ireland
Jane Beuse   F 28 Ireland
James C Beuse   M 3 Ireland
Thomas Wallace   M 33 Ohio
Frank Newcomer   M 22 Virginia
John Dolande   M 28 Massachusetts
Lewis Joint   M 30 Kentucky
Ann E Hairk   F 17 Ireland
Ann Kanau   F 14 Ireland
Sarah Thomas   F 28 Philadelphia
Samuel Crow   M 22 Maryland


"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4CV-4CV : 9 November 2014), Sarah Bechtel in household of Catharine Bechtel, Philadelphia, Middle ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 976, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Based on your recent information which I entered at familysearch.org , there was nothing found on Wilson Lee Bechtel married in 1821 and died in 1834.

The closest I found was not very close at all. Maybe someone else can help. 

Gerhart L Bechtel

United States Census, 1870

Name Gerhart L Bechtel
Event Type Census
Event Year 1870
Event Place Pennsylvania, United States
Gender Male
Age 64
Race White
Race (Original) W
Birth Year (Estimated) 1805-1806
Birthplace Pennsylvania
Page Number 39






Gerhart L Bechtel   M 64 Pennsylvania
Christianna Bechtel   F 37 Pennsylvania
Abraham Bechtel   M 12 Pennsylvania
Amanda Bechtel   F 3 Pennsylvania


"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZLL-VFX : 17 October 2014), Gerhart L Bechtel, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 39, family 310, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,807.

Maybe another resource would have it.

Thanks for the effort, and your results.  I will consult with my sister to check for any variations.


There seem to be more with the Bechtel surname in PA than other states, followed by Ohio and Illinois. Most other states show the surname too. 

In England, most Bechtel's seem to occur in London. 

Ships from Europe to New York that had Bechtel passengers follow:

from the New York Passengers List

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Wilson Lee Bechtel *baptized as Bechtel) was my great=great=great=grandfather. He was the son of Jacob and Sarah Bechtel. He married Catherine Ryan and had two daughters—Mary and Sarah. sarah married her cousin (third, we think), Jacob Hortter Bechtel. son of Peter Bechtel and Margaret Rex Hortter Bechtel. Wilson was a shoemaker in Philadelphia (as were many of the Bechtel relatives. Peter Bechtel (Jr.) was Wilson's contemporary. Peter's father, Hans Peter Bechtel. son of Jacob Bechtel.son of Christopher Bechtel, was a papermaker who owned mills on Cresheim creek in Philadelphia (Germantown area)/ My brother is working on a wikitree and I have various documents supporting the lineage.
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Husband of Catherine Ryan, Father of Sarah Bechtel, Who herself married Jacob Hortter Bechtel of Germantown. According to his diary they were cousins. However, whether this was strictly true, or just acknowledgment of their last name being the same I am no longer certain. I don't have any other information on her parents than that. I've posted quite a bit of information on Sarah Bechtel's descendents which is searchable on Ancestry.

I don't know if this ink will work for others

He had one other child, who I've not been able to find.
by Jacob Bechtel G2G Rookie (240 points)

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