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Major Christopher BISHIR

Male 1805 - 1883  (78 years)


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  • Name Major Christopher BISHIR 
    Born 1805  Pensylvannia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Dec 1883  Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I704  Family Connections
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2012 

    Father Christopher (or Christian) BISHIR,   b. Abt 25 Dec 1759, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, USA or Alsace Lorraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1847, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      From: Don Worth [mailto:worth@ucla.edu]

      Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 8:51 AM

      To: Dennis Tivel

      Cc: Carley Worth

      Subject: Re: DNA TESTING

      Hi Dennis,

      No, I didn't find any matches to my test yet. But, then, my Worths came to America in the 1920s from England and I know all of the descendants here in America of my branch. So I would need to match someone in England.

      Carley's ancestry goes like this:

      Carley Bisher = Don Worth

      Harold Earl Bisher = Marie Mendenhall (Carley's parents)

      Lee Bisher = Dorothy Mae Taylor (Carley's grandparents)

      Walter Bishir = Cordelia Pitzer

      George Bishir = Delilah Morsman

      Jonathan Bishir = Elizabeth Spickard

      Christopher Bishir (the common ancestor)

      As I understand it, Lorna goes like this:

      Lorna Jane Ivey = Dennis Adrian Tivel

      Clayton Rillston Ivey = Lorna Eunice Boetel

      John Henry Boetel = Mary Louisa Fabian

      William G. Bishir = Wilhelmina M. Kanter

      Jeremiah M. Bishir = Melinda Grace Gillam

      Christopher Bishir (the common ancestor)

      So, Lorna is 4th cousin to Carley's dad - and 4th cousin, once removed to Carley.

      Rob Bishir is the one who did the DNA test for the Jeremiah branch of the family. Here is his connection:

      [names withheld]

      [names withheld]

      Robert Elrick Bishir = Floretta Ruth Stanfield

      Charles C. Bishir = Caroline Catherine Campbell

      George D. Bishir = Mary Almeda Cain

      Jeremiah M. Bishir = Melinda Grace Gillam (common ancestor with Lorna)

      Christopher Bishir

      So Lorna is a 3rd cousin once removed for Rob. (She is his dad's 3rd cousin)

      You can use the search box on our web site to look all these people up and get their dates and such.

      Major Christopher was not in the Civil War (he was too old by then) - he was a Major in the Ohio militia in the 1830s. We call him Major Christopher to keep him straight from his father, Christopher (who we sometimes refer to as "Christly"). Major Christpher is one of 5 brothers we know of - Jacob, John, Jeremiah, (Maj.) Christopher, and Jonathan. Jonathan Bishir, who was Jeremiah's brother, and the fellow Carley descends from, was in the Civil War. Actually his service record is incredible. He started out in the 1st US Dragoons in 1833, served until 1836 when he was mustered out because an army surgeon damaged his right arm with excessive bleeding for a fever. Then, in 1861 at age 52, he signed up with the 24th Ohio Vol. Inf. in the Civil War. He served for a while, was mustered out for "over age and lumbago", he promptly found another unit to join (the 2nd Ohio Cavalry) and got a bounty paid for it. He served with them for a while, was captured during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, and was taken to Andersonville prison in Georgia. He languished there for several months ([name witheld] who also descends from Jonathan Bishir told us he has the bayonet that Jonathan used to escape Andersonville). When Jonathan got out at the end of the war, he went back to Ohio and lived in the old soldier's home in Dayton until his death in 1887 at age 76. What a tough old bird he must have been!

      It looks like Lorna's Bishirs probably were not in the Civil War. Jeremiah was way too old, and William G. was born in 1853 so he would have been only 8 years old when it started. That's kind of the same problem I have. My mother's family were lawyers in Pittsburgh during the war - and they were all either too old or too young to have served. The closest I come is a half-uncle who was in Andersonville too. Except he died 2 weeks after he was released from there.