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Re: Jeremiah Bishir of York Co. PA?
Posted by: Don Worth Date: February 01, 2001 at 20:22:59
In Reply to: Jeremiah Bishir of York Co. PA? by Lori Myers of 10


I don't know if you saw this on the Bishir forum at, but this is some info we found on early Bishir's in Highland County, Ohio - who also came from PA. If you can link your Indiana Bisher's to ours that would be great. There was also an Aaron Bisher in upstate Ohio, I believe.

My wife, Carley, descends from Jonathan Bishir, son of Christopher Bishir in Highland. Jonathan was born in PA abt. 1811.

Here is something I found in a local history:

Jacob Bishir, whose descendants moved into Hillsboro, was born in 1789 and was buried in the cemetery {Olive Branch Church and Cemetery} in December, 1864.

The Bishir family originated with Christopher Bishir of Westmoreland
Co., PA. With his wife and several small children, he set out for Ohio
in the early 1800s. They stopped over for some time at the mouth of the
Crawfish River, arriving in Union Twp. in our County in 1810. In 1833,
they moved into a wilderness cabin, on the east side of the road of
Allensburg. Their home on Bradford Survey No. 917 was one mile south
of Lynchburg.
Jacob Bishir, son of the pioneer, Christopher Bishir, was born in PA
in 1797 and died in Dodson Twp., Jan 30, 1868. His wife, Elizabeth,
born in 1798, survived until Apr 23, 1875. A son, Jacob, Jr., born in
1830, died in 1861.
Christopher, named for his father, Christopher Bishir, Sr., was born
in the Westmoreland Co. home of his parents in 1805. He acquired the
title of Major through his association with the State Militia. When
he reached his majority, he married Susan, daughter of the pioneer,
Joel Hart. He passed away in 1839, she survived until Christman Eve in
1883. Andrew, 1828-1911, son of Christopher Bishir, Jr., married Piety
Ann, 1832-1921, daughter of Calvin and Matilda (Wilson) Turner. He
served as a Sergeant in the 192nd Reg., O.V.I. during the Civil War.
They were the parents of seven children: Alonzo, James W., Emma,
Mollie, Arthur A., Isodore and Lizzie Bishir. Andrew and Piety Ann
Bishir lived to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary in 1910.

Andrew Bishir learned the cooper trade from his father and continued
to operated a shop on the farm. He was foreman of Freiburg and Workum
Distillery for eighteen years. Jonothan and William Bishir, 1841-1934,
both served in Co. I, 24th Reg., O.V.I. [Carley's Jonathan served in Co. I, 24th OVI
so this is him. Can't quite figure out from the context whether he is a brother
to Christopher, Jr. - must be, the dates are about right.]

Daniel F. Rhoads, 1819(married Sarah, daughter of Jacob Bishir).


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