John H. Bucher, whose death on May 26, 1885, caused deep regret throughout the community, was one of the prominent and honored agriculturalists of Perry township. He was a native of Virginia, born April 15, 1814, a son of Jacob Bucher, and when thirteen years of age was taken by his parents to Fairfield county, Ohio, where his father's death occurred. His mother passed away at the home of her daughter in Illinois.

In early life, Mr. Bucher learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for some time in Fairfield county. There he wedded Margaret Kiger, a daughter of William Kiger. She was born June 21, 1818, and in the fall of 1845, came with her husband to Wood county, locating on land which her father had entered in Section 6, Wood county. Four children graced that union--JOSIAH, who was born in Fairfield county, February 4, 1844, and died in Perry township when a young man; William, who was born in Wood county, December 4, 1845, and died in Perry township, in January, 1863; Christy W., who was born February 5, 1848, and died in September, 1854; and George S., who was born December 29, 1849, and now makes his home in Defiance county, Ohio. The mother of the family died in September, 1854, and was laid to rest in Millgrove cemetery.

In January, 1857, Mr. Bucher was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Mary J. Kelley, widow of Lorenzo D. Kelley, by whom she had two children--John A. and Eleanor W., both of whom died while young. Mrs. Bucher was born in Richland county, Ohio, July 28, 1833, and is the eldest child of Justus and Sarah (Davis) Stearns, who were married March 1, 1832, and in the spring of 1834, became early settlers of Montgomery township, Wood county. Her father, who was born July 8, 1810, was twice married, Mrs. Bucher being a child of the first union. He was a successful farmer, extensively known throughout Wood county. In the fall of 1850, he removed to Perry township, and he died in Bowling Green, September 8, 1888.

By his second marriage, Mr. Bucher became the father of four children, as follows: Camillus, who was born December 8, 1860, and died in infancy; Anna M., who was born February 22, 1866, and is now Mrs. W.P. Hall, of Perry township; and Orrin L., born March 18, 1868, and Ella J., born October 16, 1877, both at home. In politics the father was an unswerving Republican, and was honored with several local offices in the school district, and also served as township clerk. He left a good farm of eighty-six acres, which he had cleared, and by the management of that place Mrs. Bucher has proven herself a good business woman. She has many friends and acquaintances throughout Perry township, where she has made her home for so many years, and by all who know her she is held in the highest esteem.



Commemorative Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio; J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1897