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Vera Amelia (Kocher) Sierer (abt. 1888 - 1927)

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Vera Amelia Sierer formerly Kocher
Born about in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 18 Sep 1908 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvaniamap
Died in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Vera Amelia Kocher was born on 20 July 1888,[1] in Lykens, Pennsylvania,[2] the daughter and only child of Milton H. Kocher and Mary R. (Long) Kocher.

The 1900 U.S. Census recorded 11-year-old Vera A. Kocher, born July 1888, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the household of Milton Kocher, age 35, a flanger in an Iron Works, and Mary R. Kocher, age 30. Her parents had been married 12 years, and Vera was their only child.[3]

Vera Amelia Kocher was married to Harry A. Sierer on 18 September 1908 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[4]

The 1910 U.S. Census recorded Harry A. Sierer and Vera A. Sierer, both age 22, in Harrisburg in the household of Milton H. Kocher and his wife Mary R. Kocher, listed as their son-in-law and daughter. Harry was an assistant foreman in an iron works. Harry and Vera had been married two years and had one child, listed in the census record as 13-month-old Mary M. Sierer, granddaughter of the head of household. United States Census, 1910.[5]

In January 1920 the 1920 U.S. Census recorded 31-year-old Harry Sierer as a head of household in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County. He owned his home and was a farmer on a "general farm." His wife Vera A. Sierer was recorded as 36 years old. Their household included two daughters: 11-year-old Marry M. Sierer and 4-year-old Eleanor J. Sierer. [6]

Vera Sierer died from cirrhosis of the liver on 15 July 1927 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was buried in East Harrisburg Cemetery in Harrisburg.[7]


  1. Her birthdate is not certain. The 1900 U.S. Census recorded her as age 11 and born in July 1888; she was reported to be 21 years old at her marriage in September 1908 (indicating birth in 1886 or 1887; was her age exaggerated to avoid having to get her father's written permission?); the 1910 Census recorded her age as 22 (indicating birth in 1887 or 1888); the 1920 U.S. Census listed her as age 36 (indicating birth in 1884); and her death certificate listed her birthdate as July 20, 1881 (meaning she was 45 years old at her death) and her age as 40 y, 11 m, 25 d (consistent with birth in July 1886).
  2. Pennsylvania Certificate of Death for Vera Amelia Sierer
  3. United States Census, 1900. Enumeration sheet for Harrisburg Ward 9, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Accessed at
  4. Dauphin County Orphans Court, Application for Marriage License, No. 258. Accessed at Data: Full name of the man: Harry A. Sierer. Full name of the woman: Verra Kocher. No relation by blood or marriage. Age of the man: 19. Age of the woman: 21. Both residents of Harrisburg, Pa.. Parents' names -- man: Jacob F. and Matilda Sierer. Parents' names -- woman: Milton and Mazie Kocher. Neither has been married before. Both White. Man's occupation: Laborer Consent of parents of man: Yes, filed. Date of application: 18 September 1908. License issued and marriage performed that same day, in Harrisburg.
  5. Enumeration sheet for Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, Harrisburg Ward 9; 175 North 15th St. Accessed at
  6. United States Census, 1920. Enumeration sheet for East Hanover, Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1557; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 52; Image: 782. Accessed at
  7. Pennsylvania Certificate of Death for Vera Amelia Sierer, No. 69163, 1927. Accessed at Data: Dauphin County, City of Harrisburg. Vera Amelia Sierer. Address: 1523 Walnut St., 9th ward. Female, white, married. Date of birth: July 20 1881 [EDS note: Year appears to have been altered (possibly with White-Out!). This date is inconsistent with the age on death certificate and all ages on census records.] Date of death: July 15, 1927. Age: 40 y, 11 m, 25 d. [Note by Ellen Smith: This indicates birth in 1886. If she was born in 1888 as indicated elsewhere, she was only 38 y 11 m 25 d.] Housewife. Birthplace: Lykens, Pa. Father: Milton Kocher, born Pa. Mother: Mary Long, born Pa. Informant: Harry Sierer, 1523 Walnut St., Harrisburg. Cause of death: Cirrhosis of liver. Burial: East Harrisburg Cemetery, July 18, 1927.

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