|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1760|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1847|
He was a member of Von Heers Light Dragoons. An article in the Altoona Tribune on Dec. 31, 1937, states that Von Heer's "Independent Troop of Horse" served as the bodyguard of Gen. Washington and had been recruited from "men of property" of "German" areas such as Berks County Pennsylvania. A roll list of Captain Von Heer's Dragoons State of a troop of light dragoons, having been raised in the Pennsylvania State, and commanded by Capt. von Heer, September 16, 1780, at Tappan, New York finds Michael Sechler: 1781; discharged at Philadelphia, December31, 1783; residing in Lycoming Co., 1825.
From The History of Lycoming County By Meginness 1892 Biographies Chapter LIII :
MICHAEL SECHLER was one of George Washington's body-guards during the, Revolutionary war. His father immigrated from Germany to Chester County Pennsylvania, where he reared a family, two of whom, Jacob and Michael, located in Northumberland county Pennsylvania, about the year 1798. Michael Sechler married Rebecca Lowe, and in 1802 they settled on a farm where the borough of Montgomery is now located. During the "Big Runaway" Rebecca Lowe was among those who escaped by canoes from their homes along the Susquehanna river, and found protection at Fort Augusta. Michael and Rebecca (Lowe) Sechler were the parents of eight children who grew up: William; Abraham; Antis; Rebecca; Mary; John; Catherine, and Olivia. Mr. Sechler was a potter by trade and manufactured crockery on his farm. He also served as a justice of the peace for many years. His second son, Abraham Sechler, was a farmer by occupation, and was a justice of the peace for Lycoming county several years. He married Sarah Bower, and to them were born twelve children: William; John, deceased; Michael; Elizabeth, deceased; Antis; Joseph, deceased; Rebecca, deceased; Mary; James; Abraham, deceased; Dallis, deceased, and Sarah. In 1854 Abraham Sechler removed with his family, excepting Michael, to White Rock, Illinois, where Abraham and his wife died in the Baptist faith.
Rebecca Lowe Sechler (1779 - 1855)*
Abraham Sechler (1799 - 1874)*
Antis Sechler (1805 - 1882)*
Clinton Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Leanne Keefer Bechdel
Record added: Feb 11, 2005
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