|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1839|
|Death: ||Sep. 28, 1920|
When David was about ten years old his parents, Samuel and Anna Schenck Beachdel built their brick home from bricks that his father and uncles made from the fields soil. The very soil that their ancestors had cleared. He and his brothers William Brooks and John
were cared for by Rachel Baker Haines who stayed with the Bechdels after her parents Jacob and Mary Baker had died. Her daughter Emmaline would later marry Joseph Bechdel a second cousin to David.
At about 1880 or so David found a young boy William H Jacobs age 10 living in an old abandoned barn in Millheim in 1877. David brought Bill home to live, and he help work the Bechdel farm. David and Bill slept together until David married Ida Traister in 1885. Bill didn't appreciate losing his bed. This story was told by Lena Bechdel Clark, (David's daughter) to Bruce Bechdel. Frederick W., David's son, later buried Bill Jacobs at Schencks Cemetery right next to him and his wife Mabel Confer Bechdel. David and Ida Traister were married in 1884. They had Samuel, Elaine, Fred, Harris George and Lydia.
Ida Traister Bechdel (1860 - 1920)
Samuel I Bechdel (1886 - 1948)*
Elena B Clark (1889 - 1982)*
Frederick William Bechdel (1891 - 1948)*
Harris George Bechdel (1895 - 1968)*
Created by: Leanne Keefer Bechdel
Record added: Nov 27, 2005
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