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Benjamin Noecker
1809 - 1896



BENJAMIN NOECKER
Born : 5 March 1809
Place : Near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co, Pennsylvania
Died : 16 April 1896
Place : Unknown
Father : Christopher Noecker
Mother : Magdalena Leitner

Married (1) : Unknown
Place : Unknown
MARY BAUMGARTNER
Born : Unknown
Place : Pennsylvania
Died : 28 October 1841
Place : Near Planktown, Ohio
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown

Married (2) : 30 July 1844
Place : Richland Co, Ohio
LAVINA VAN HORN
Born : 28 December 1817
Place : Stark Co, Ohio
Died : 12 July 1883
Place : Dallas Twp, Crawford Co, Ohio
Father : B van Horn
Mother : Unknown

Children of BENJAMIN NOECKER and MARY BAUMGARTNER are :

i ELIZABETH NOECKER
Born : About 1833
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown







ii MARY A NOECKER
Born : About 1836
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown







iii HARRIETT NOECKER
Born : About 1837
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown







iv UNKNOWN NOECKER
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown








Children of BENJAMIN NOECKER and LAVINA VAN HORN are :

v REBECCA ELLEN NOECKER
Born : 5 November 1845
Place : Ohio
Died : 1897
Place : Oklahoma

Married : 8 November 1864
Place : Ashland Co, Ohio
JOSEPH COUP
Born : About 1838
Place : Ohio
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : John Coup
Mother : Esther Springer
vi SARAH NOECKER
Born : 15 December 1847
Place : Unknown
Died : Before 1908
Place : Unknown

Married : Unknown
Place : Unknown
THOMAS ROSENDALE
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown
vii ISAAC GRANVILLE NOECKER
Born : 22 June 1850
Place : Unknown
Died : January 1911
Place : Unknown

Married : 9 June 1881
Place : Unknown
ISABEL DICK
Born : 24 July 1856
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Levi Dick
Mother : Katherine A Swartz
viii LAVINA NOECKER
Born : 1 January 1852
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown

Married : 3 October 1882
Place : Crawford Co, Ohio
FRANKLIN P DICK
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown
ix KATHERINE NOECKER
Born : 14 May 1854
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown

Married : Unknown
Place : Unknown
AARON FIKE
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown

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1840 Census, Blooming Grove Twp, Richland Co, OH
Benjamin Noacre,
1 Male 30-40 [Benjamin], 2 Females under 5 [Mary A, Harriet], 1 Female 5-10 [Elizabeth], 1 Female 30-40 [Mary]

1850 Census, Cass Twp, Richland Co, OH
Benjamin Noecker, 40, born Pa [1810]
Lavina Noecker, 34, born Oh [1816]
Elizabeth Noecker, 17, born Pa [1833]
Mary A Noecker, 14, born Pa [1836]
Harriett Noecker, 13, born Pa [1837]
Rebecca A Noecker, 4, born Oh [1846]
Sarah Noecker, 3, born Oh [1847]

1880 Census, Cass Twp, Richland Co, OH
B<<Benjamin>> Noecker, 71, born Pa 1809, Farmer, Father born Pa, Mother born Pa
L<<Lavina>> Noecker, 65, born Oh 1815, Keeps Home, Father born Pa, Mother born Ireland
I<<Isaac>> Noecker, 30, born Oh 1850, Farmer, Father born Pa, Mother born Pa
S<<Lavina>> Noecker, 28, born Oh 1852, Teacher, Father born Pa, Mother born Pa

History of Richland County, Ohio Vol II, Baughman, 1908, p958
Isaac Granville Noecker
Isaac Granville Noecker, who is an enterprising and progressive man, is now operating a fine farm of one hundred and fifty-nine acres on section 27, Cass township, which belongs to his father-in-law, Levi Dick, and he also has another tract of twenty acres situated a half mile east of the home place, so that he is carrying on general agricultural pursuits on quite a large scale.
Mr. Noecker is a native son of Ohio, his birth having occurred on a farm a half mile east of Planktown, in Richland county, June 22, 1850. His father, Benjamin Noecker, was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1809, the day on which President Lincoln was also born. He was first married to Miss Mary Baumgartner, who was also born in the Keystone state, and by that union there were four children. The wife and mother died near Planktown, October 28, 1841, and for his second wife he chose Lavina Van Horn, who was born in Stark county, Ohio, December 18, 1817. Her parents removed to Ohio from the Keystone state. This union was blessed with five children, as follows: Rebecca Ellen, who was born November 5, 1845, and became the wife of Joseph Coup, but is now deceased; Sarah, who was born December 15, 1847, and became the wife of Thomas Rosendale, by whom she had one child, and after his death was married a second time, but is now deceased; Isaac G., of this review; Lovina, who was born January 1, 1852, and is now the wife of Frank Dick, a resident of Crawford county; and Katherine, who was born May 14, 1854, and is the wife of Aaron Fike, of Knox county, Ohio.
Isaac G. Noecker, whose name introduces this record, was reared to farm life, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that befall to the lot of the agriculturist. He was reared near Planktown and acquired his education in the district schools near his father's home. In 1877 he accompanied his parents on their removal to Auburn township, Crawford county, where he remained until the time of his marriage.
That important event in his life occurred on the 9th of June, 1881, when he led to the marriage alter Miss Isabel Dick, who was born on the farm which is now her home, July 24, 1856, a daughter of Levi and Katherine A. (Swartz) Dick. The father was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1826, a son of George and Sarah (Nichols) Dick both of whom were born in the Keystone state in 1796, and at an early day they made their way to Stark county, Ohio, and later removed to Wayne county, while in the year 1832 witnessed their arrival in Richland county. There Levi Dick spent his remaining days, passing away June 28, 1900, when he had reached the age of seventy-four years. He was married twice, his first union being with Katherine Swartz, who was bornin Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1829, whence she came to Ohio with her parents in 1835. By her marriage she became the mother of six children, namely: Mary Jane, the deceased wife of George Bucher; Sarah Helen, the wife of Dan Malone, of Cass township; Isabel, now Mrs. Noecker; George Franklin, who died at the age of two years; Katherine,who died young; and one who died in infancy. The wife and mother passed away March 16, 1893, at the age of sixty-four years, and following her demise Mr. Dick was again married, his second union being with Amanda Behmer, the wedding ceremony being performed December 16, 1897. His widow now resides in Lafayette, Ohio. The father followed farming in this state and became a large landowner, owning at one time four hundred acres.
Following the marriage of Isaac G. Noecker and Isabel Dick they began their domestic life upon a farm in Crawford county, where they made their home until seven years ago, at which time they came to Cass township, Richland county, and took up their abode upon his father-in-law's farm, which has been their home to the present time. This tract comprises one hundred and fifty-nine acres of well improved land, all of which is in a good state of cultivation, and in addition to this Mr. Noecker also operates another tract of twenty acres adjoining. On the place stands a good brick residence and substantial barns and outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. Mr. Noecker is engaged in general farming and stock-raising and both branches of his business are proving a profitable source of revenue to him.
Mr. and Mrs. Noecker have four children: Levi B., born May 14, 1882, married Rosie Schreff and is engaged in painting and paper hanging in Shelby; George Leonard, born November 25, 1883, and agent for the Watkins Medicine Company, married Catherine Pickens, by whom he has one child, Leola, and they reside in Edison, Ohio; and Charles, born May 11, 1888, and Howard Dick, born August 21, 1893, are both at home.
Mr. Noecker gives his political support to the democratic party, having supported its men and measures since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He served as trustee of Cass township for one term and has filled other minor offices. His fraternal relations are with the Knights of Pythias at Tiro. Having spent his entire life in Ohio, Mr. Noecker is familiar with the history of the state and is well and favorably known in many sections. He has ever followed the most honorable methods in his dealings with his fellowmen and all who know him have none but the highest praise and commendation for him.

Crawford County Forum, 13 July 1883
A TERRIBLE AFFAIR
Mistaken for a Burglar and Shot Dead.
Distressing Tragedy in Dallas Township
At an early hour this morning the city was filled with rumors concerning what was variously reported as an accident and a murder in Dallas township. In order to secure the facts, a commissioner of the FORUM visited the scene, and gleaned the details of one of the most unfortunate incidents in the history of the county. The locality is what is commonly known as the "Shay farm", on the Grass Run road, seven miles and a half southwest of the city. Here, in a neat story and a half frame house, in a shaded room, surrounded by sorrowing relatives and friends, clad in the habiliments of death, rested the remains of Lavina Noecker, an aged lady, the victim of a distressing mistake. The family yesterday consisted of Mrs. Noecker, her husband Benjamin, her son-in-law, Frank P. Dick, and his wife, and Leonard Swartz, from whom the farm is rented, and who boarded with the family. Dick and his wife occupied the north bedroom on the ground floor, and the old couple slept in a room on the same floor at the south end of the building. Last night, about eleven o'clock, Mrs. Dick awakened her husband with the remark that she heard someone in the back yard. The latter, suspicious of burglars for the reason that he had recently received a considerable amount of money, sprang from his bed and started to investigate. Standing at right angles to the main building is an addition, used for culinary purposes. Leading from this kitchen to the yard is a door which is ordinarily fastened on the inside by a hook. As Dick passed through the yard he noticed that the door was unfastened, but thought nothing especially of the circumstance, as it might have been forgotten when the family retired. After exploring the yard with reasonable thoroughness, and discovering no one, Dick returned to the house and his bed, fastening the door after him. Soon after he was again aroused by some one endeavouring to open the kitchen door. A window opens from Dick's bed room within perhaps ten feet of the door where the attempt was being made, the walls of the building forming an "L." This window was raised, but the outside blinds were closed. Dick stepped to the window and asked "Who's there?" at the same time turning the slats and peering as best he could into the intense darkness outside. No answer was returned, which can be accounted for by Mrs. Noecker being very deaf and unable to hear the inquiry. Dick, not desiring to be alone in what promised to be a contest with a burglar, called to his father-in-law, and also awakened Swartz, who slept in an upper room. The former responded hurriedly, and in his haste failed to notice the absence of his wife from his side. He came into the room of Dick, and the two noted that the efforts to open the door continued. Dick again went to the window and again demanded to know who was there. Again there was no response, but he saw through the darkness a figure approach, but was unable to tell whether it was a man or a woman, even had he had the slightest suspicion that it was the latter. As the figure approached, Dick reached for a shot gun that was standing in the corner of the room, and opening the shutter far enough for the muzzle to protude, fired. The victim fell dead, without even so much as a groan. Realizing that the shot had been fatal, the family opened the door, when, to their indiscribable [sic] horror and grief they discovered the terrible mistake. There upon the the step lay, weltering in the life blood that welled from a terrible wound in her left breast, the wife and mother. She was dead, and had evidently been killed instantly, perhaps without the knowledge of being injured. The gun was loaded with bird shot, and the charge took effect in the left breast, immediately above the heart, and ranging downward pierced that organ. The distance was not more than six feet, ant the wound was terrible in its nature. The neighborhood was at once aroused, and during the night numbers arrived and offered their sympathies and services to the stricken family.
Coroner Houseburg was notified at an early hour in the morning, and visited the scene, where, after hearing the statements of the members of the family, each of which corroborated the other, he decided not to hold an inquest. The relations of the household were shown to have been unusually pleasant, and all the evidence showed clearly that the affair was the result of a terrible mistake.
The family have been occupants of the farm only since October, having at that time removed to it from Shelby, Richland county. They are honest, hardworking people, not perhaps well provided with worldly goods, but of a peculiarly quiet but earnest disposition, having by their energy and neighborly qualities rapidly made friends among the farmers of the community.
The victim was in her sixty-sixth year, and possessed of many traits of motherly thoughtfulness for the welfare of her children. Dick and his wife have been married less than a year.

<<Is Leonard Swartz "related" to the Noeckers through the Dicks? Isaac Granville Noecker's mother-in-law was Katherine A. Dick (née Swartz). >>

Death Certificate from Crawford County, Ohio
Lavina Noecker died 12 July 1883, aged 65y 7m 3d, in Dallas Twp.
Her place of birth is given as Columbia Co, Ohio, presumably a misprint for Columbiana Co. Fortuitously, although not required, her father's name was recorded as B. Vanhorn. Cause of death - shot accidentally<<!!!>>


Death Certificate from Crawford County, Ohio
Benjamin Noecker died 16 April 1896, aged 87y 1m 11d, in Dallas Twp.
His place of birth is given as Dauphin Co, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Blacksmith

<<In the above-quoted "History of Richland County, Ohio Vol II, Baughman, 1908, p958" Benjamin Noecker's birth date is given as "February 12, 1809, the day on which President Lincoln was also born". Benjamin Noecker's death certificate indicates that he was aged 87 years 1 month and 11 days at the time of his death on 16 April 1896. This gives a date of birth of 5 March 1809 which agrees with the date of birth of Benjamin Noecker son of Christopher Noecker. It would appear, perhaps, that it was common family knowledge that Benjamin was born in the same year as Abraham Lincoln and that over time this got distorted to "born on the same day" as Abraham Lincoln.>>
Benjamin Noecker
1809 - 1896
Lavina van Horn
1817 - 1883
Rebecca Ellen Noecker
1845 - 1897






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