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The Beagle family of Hancock County, Ohio, appears to have been part of the German Bechtel (or Beachtel) family of Frederick County, Md.

Updated: May 2013

JOHN and MATILDA BEAGLE
    John Betchel (later known as Beagle) was born about 1797 in Frederick County, Md.  His parents may have been Georg and Esther (Eller) Betchel. (1)
    John married Matilda Selsom on Sept. 10, 1825, in Frederick County. (2)
    Children: (3)
    Martin, born Aug. 5, 1826 in Ohio.
    Eli.
    Alva, born about 1830 in Ohio.
    Eliza, born about 1832 in Ohio.  Married Samuel J. Bash and later married
Joel Tracy.
    John, born about 1834.
    Elizabeth, born Jan. 31, 1833.  Married a man named French.
    Sarah, born about 1838 in Ohio.  Married A.W. Waltermire.
    Hester, about 1840.  Married a man named Shearer.
    David, born May 17, 1846.  Served with the 133rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War.
    George Thomas, born Oct. 11, 1849.
    A child died in infancy.
    John appears to have been part of the German Bechtel (or Beachtel) family of Frederick, Md.  Some researchers have linked him to Georg Bechtel Sr. and his wife Esther Eller. (4)
    Soon after their marriage in 1825, the Bechtel family moved to Ohio.  At that point, the family name begins appearing as “Beagle.”  It is unclear whether this change was intentional or whether John, like many Germans, had his name Anglicized for him by his new neighbors.
    The family appears to have lived in Muskingum County, Ohio, from at least 1832 until 1850. (5)  John is listed as a farmer in Newton Township, Muskingum County, in the 1850 Census.  His household contained Matilda, age 44; Alvah, age 21; Eliza, 18; John, 16; Elizabeth, 14; Sarah, age 12; Hester, 10; David, 4; and George, 1.
    Sometime before 1860, the family moved to Hancock County, Ohio.

    In the 1860 Census of Jackson Township, Hancock County, John C. Beagle is listed as a 62-year-old farmer who owned real estate valued at $5,000 and personal property valued at $100.  His household contained: Matilda, age 51, born in Maryland; Hester, age 19, a servant; David,14; and George T., 10.
    The 1870 Census of the same township lists John C. Beagle as a 73-year-old retired farmer who owned real estate valued at $8,000 and personal property valued at $200.  His household contained: David, age 23, a farmer who owned personal property valued at $500, and David’s wife Maria and son, Frank.
    An account in “History of Hancock County, Ohio,” which was published in 1886, gives a brief account of the Beagles’ migration. It mentions that David Beagle “was born May 17, 1846, in Muskingum County, Ohio, son of John and Mathilda (Selson) Beagle, natives of Frederick County, Md., and who, after living twenty years in Muskingum County, Ohio, came, in 1852, to Jackson Township, this county, and purchased a farm on which they resided until their death.”
    Matilda died April 20, 1861 and John died Jan. 10, 1874.
    (1) Much of the information in this item comes from “History of Hancock County, Ohio,” by Warner, Beers & Co., page 788.  This account, which focuses on John’s son David, says that John died in 1874, in his 78th year.  See information on Georg Bechtel in footnote 4.  Census records indicate a birth around 1797 in Maryland.  (2) “Marriage Licenses of Frederick County, 1811-1840,” by Margaret E. Myers, page 210. Birth dates of some children listed in Mormon’s International Genealogical Index.  (3) Children and women’s married named are mentioned in “History of Hancock County.”  Martin’s birth date, father’s name and birth place, Ohio, is listed in his birth certificate, filed June 29, 1921, in Hancock County, Ohio.  Elizabeth’s birth date and husband’s surname is listed in her death certificate, filed Dec. 29, 1912, in Seneca County, Ohio.  David’s birth date and parents are listed in his death certificate, filed Sept. 22, 1933, in Hancock County.  George’s birth date and parents are listed in his death certificate, filed Oct. 4, 1910 in Hancock County.  Other birth years and birth places come from the 1880 Census of Hancock County, Ohio, where Alva, Eliza and Sarah’s households listed near each other.  (4) Georg Bechtel married Esther Eller on March 18, 1794, according to “Maryland German Church Records, Vol. 6, Records of the Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, 1790-1828,” translated by William. J. Kinke and edited by Frederick S. Weiser, page 7.  Georg died sometime before 1803, when Esther Bachtell married Martin Rohrer on Sept. 5 in adjoining Washington County, Md., according to “Washington County Maryland Marriages, 1799-1860, Vol. 3: C-R,” by Dale W. Morrow and Deborah J. Morrow, page 29.  (5) David and Elizabeth’s death certificates say they were born in Muskingum County.


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