Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 1912
Sechler Family Biography
This family is of German ancestry, the emigrant being David Sechler, born in Germany. After his emigration and settlement in Eastern Pennsylvania he came to Milford township, Somerset county, where he settled on a farm and lived until death, leaving issue: Henry, Andrew, Joseph, of whom further; Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah.
(II) Joseph, son of David Sechler, was born in Milford township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, where he was educated and reared to man's estate on the home farm. He learned the cooper's trade and also owned a farm in the township. He followed both occupations all his life in Milford and Turkeyfoot townships, Somerset county. He was an industrious hard-working man and stood well in the opinion of his neighbors. He married Ellen, daughter of Joshua Rhoads, of Milford township. Children: Daniel; Mary; Ross, born August 7, 1851, married (second) Elizabeth (Folk) Livingwood, a widow and sister of his first wife; Joshua; Marcellus; Charles, of whom further.
(III) Charles, youngest child of Joseph and Ellen (Rhoads) Sechler, was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, February 18, 1857, died March 1, 1908. He was a farmer and stock raiser of his native county, later a settler in Preston county, West Virginia, where he continued the same business. He married Martha B. Moss, born in Preston county, West Virginia, March 12, 1859. Children: Arthur J., born October 11, 1880; Susan Anna, September 26, 1882; David R., of whom further; Harvey J., February 6, 1887; Charles M., January 22, 1889; Scott D., December 23, 1891; Myrtle M., November 30, 1893, died November 5, 1895; George W., October 30, 1895; Lucy May, May 25, 1897, died May 28, 1897; Dewey W., May 25, 1898.
(IV) David R., son of Charles and Martha B. (Moss) Sechler, was born in Preston county, West Virginia, April 25, 1885. He was educated in the public school, and grew to manhood on the home farm, remaining until 1907. He then came to Fayette county, Pennsylvania, locating at Fairchance, where he established a profitable livery business, which he still owns. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Uniontown Lodge, Junior Order of American Mechanics. Politically he is a Republican, and in religious faith a Methodist. He is unmarried.
Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.
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