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Johann Michael (Buchele) Beeghly (1739 - 1812)

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Johann Michael (Michael) Beeghly formerly Buchele
Born in Eutingen, Baden, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Bucks County, PA USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County, PA USAmap
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<SORRY about the mess here... sources need to be sorted out; I'm working on it>

Source 0 (H. Harvey): Family legend according to the late Fred Beachy is that Michael immigrated to US with his sister and parents in mid-1700's. His mother received word that she needed to return to Germany because her father was either seriously ill or to tend to matters pertaining to her father's recent death. Their ship bound for Europe was overtaken by pirates, The mother was murdered, Michael escaped, and what happened to his sister was unknown. Michael was taken in and raised by Indians, and married one.

Source 1:

Notes for Michael Buchele:

The church record gives him as "begotten by whoring," simply means Mennonite Parents. Arrived in America 09/14/1751 on ship "Saint Andrew."

When his mother decided to return to the homeland to claim her diary, and the ship was overtaken by pirates, Michael was taken captive and held for two years. One night, in the Philadelphia harbor (some accounts give it as Baltimore harbor) he jumped overboard and swam to shore, and made his escape, and returned to German town, Pennsylvania.

After 2nd marriage he moved to Elklick Twp. , then Brothervalley Twp., Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

In 1776, Michael acquired 50 acres of land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

More About Michael Buchele: Date born 2: January 21, 1741/42, Eutingen, Province of Baden, Germany. Burial: Unknown, Elias Cover Cemetery, S. Berlin, Pennsylvania. Christening: January 22, 1741/42 Occupation: Minister / Elder.

More About Michael Buchele and Barro Inken: Marriage: 1762

Children of Michael Buchele and Barro Inken are:

+Joseph Beeghly, b. January 19, 1770, Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania, d. April 20, 1852, Accident Maryland.

Source 3: TITLE: Elder OCCUPATION: Farmer, German Baptist Brethren minister and Elder RELIGION: German Baptist Brethren BIRTH: 2 Feb 1739, Eutingen, Baden, Germany DEATH: 12 Aug 1812, Brothersvalley Twp, Somerset County, PA BURIAL: Buried near Beachdale, PA, Gravestone: M. B. 1812

Supposedly, Johann came to this country from Germany in company with his five brothers, Joseph, Jacob, John, Abraham and Mchael. [1]

Michael Buechley's children were: Jacob, John, Joseph, Abraham, Elizabeth, Susanna, Maria, Catherine, Barbara, and tMichael, Jr. Michael, Jr. was the child of Barbara Zug/Zuck; the other 10 were children of Barro Inken. [2]

SOURCE: Somerset Co. burial records listing


SOURCE: "Amish & Amish Mennonite Genealogies", Gingerich & Reider, 1986 page 12

1798 Glass Tax. had 1 barn 45' x ?,200 acres, total $500

"The Peter Leibundgutt Journal" by Lois Ann Mast, p. 35: he pd. Peter Livengood 19 shillings in 1773. On 17 March 1774, Michael sold a qt of whiskey and 2.5 bushels of flaxseed to Peter Livengood.

Richard Neimiller - "Our Home" (Maple Manor in Myersdale): bought Maple Manor

From the book, Two Centuries of Brothersvalley by Austin Cooper:

"The Beeghly family descends from a German Noble family, by the name of Buechele, this Nobleman, having married a morganatic wife, (a man of Royal rank marrying a woman of inferior rank, whose children are legitimate but cannot inherit their fathers rank or possessions). When the Nobleman is ready to inhabit his palace, then he must get rid of this morganatic wife, and marry a wife of his own rank. Generally in an instance as this the morganatic wife was sent somewhere out of the country by the man of higher rank. This being the case in the Buechle family, this nobleman was about to take his castle, in the Province of Baden, and therefore he sent his wife and on son to America. The name of this son was Michael Joshua Buechele, who was born near the town of Baden, Germany, on February 2, 1739. It was sometime during the year of 1750, that this Nobleman sent his morganatic wife and her son to America. They landed in the colony of Pennsylvania, and settled at German town, PA.

They resided here a short time (about six months) when they received word from the motherland, Germany, that this mother had fallen heir to a large fortune in Germany. The rules of Germany were that in a case of this kind the mother and all her children had to come back to Germany to claim it. At this time traveling over the ocean was very hazardous, and also dangerous, and therefore they pondered for a while whether they should return to Germany. Finally making up her mind to return, they started the return journey in the year 1751 or 1752. The ship they were traveling on was boarded by sea-pirates, by whom this mother was killed and her son Michael, a lad of twelve or thirteen years of age was taken captive by the pirates. This son remained a captive of these pirates for about two years. One night while the ship of these pirates was anchored in the Philadelphia harbor, this lad, Michael Buechele, made his escape, and returned to Germantown, Pa., where he was reared by a German family there.

In the year 1762, he took to himself to be his lawful wedded wife, one named Barro Inken, who was born and raised in Bucks County, Pa. He then made his home in Bucks County, Pa., where there were born to them three sons, namely, Jacob, John and Joseph. Michael Buechele was member of the Amish faith, as to whether he united with this faith in Germany or after he settled at Germantown, I cannot ascertain, but am inclined to believe that after he was at Germantown."

There is still more of this story written in the book Two Centuries of Brothersvalley by Austin Cooper beginning on page 408. No more info is currently available for Johann Buchele. Can you add to his biography? [source 1]

Source 2:


1 * The Zugs (

2 *

3 Janice Devan's Genealogy

4 * "Casselman River Amish-Mennonite Settlers in The Late 1700's; Part I - Beeghley, Livengood, Folk, and Gnagey Settlers." by Joe Horner in The Historian, Volume 14, No. 4, October 2002, pp. 3-4 [1]

  1. Blackburn: p. 401.
  2. Brethren: pps. 460-461.


Blackburn, E. H. History of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania, Vol. III
Brethren. Two Centuries of the Church of the Brethren in Western Pennsylvania, 1751-1950


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On 3 Sep 2015 at 23:37 GMT Edwin Priest wrote:

Find A Grave memorial has DOB of Jan. 21, 1742. [1]


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