Phoebe (Younkin) Boucher was born on Jan. 12, 1816 in Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Weimer) Younkin.
She was united in wedlock with her first spouse, John W. Bouscher (July 21, 1811-1848), also spelled "Boucher," said to have been the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Wright) Bouscher.
The couple produced five known offspring -- Harmon Bouscher, Elizabeth Boucher, Henry Boucher, Isaiah Boucher and Anna Maria "Ann" Boucher.
After the birth of their eldest son, the Bouchers decided to depart from Somerset County and pursue other fortunes in the west. Sometime between 1836 and 1838, they pushed into Illinois and put down roots on a farm in Jackson County's northern district.
Another Younkin/Bouscher couple living in Jackson County at the time were Albert Madison and Ida May (Griffith) Bouscher (or "Boucher"). She was the daughter of Cyrus Sylvester and Mary (Younkin) Griffiths and he the son of Samuel Wright and Catherine A. (Enos) Bouscher.
Sadly, the Grim Reaper cut away John at the untimely age of 36 on June 18, 1848. His remains were lowered into the soil of his adopted state in Holliday Farm Cemetery in Murphysboro, Jackson County. [Find-a-Grave]
The federal census enumeration of 1850 shows the widowed Phoebe heading a household of their five children in Jackson County.
On Sept. 17, 1851, at the age of 35, Phoebe remarried again to 26-year-old farmer Jacob Lybarger (1825-1876), also spelled "Leibarger." Justice of the peace Richard Dudding officiated at the wedding. Jacob was a fellow Somerset Countian by birth and was some nine years younger than his wife. Jacob stood 5 feet, 11½ inches tall, had a fair complexion, blue eyes and sandy hair.
The Lybargers produced several more children, Samuel Lybarger, Revennia C. Lybarger and Elvira Lybarger.
The 1860 census shows the combined Boucher/Lybarger families on a farm in Jackson County, Township 8, Range 2 West. Weighing in at 200 lbs., Jacob was considered by neighbors Adam Wilson and Giles Butler as "one of the soundest, heartiest and healthiest man of the neighborhood and was regarded as one of the stoutest men we had."
~ Jacob Lybarger's Civil War Service ~
During the Civil War, Jacob joined the Union Army at Murphysboro on Aug. 29, 1861. He was placed in the 27th Illinois Infantry, Company H, commanded by Capt. Mc H. Brooks. He is known to have been assigned to lift heavy cannon at Columbus, KY in March 4, 1862. From the lifting, he experienced severe pain in the spine, head and chest, accompany by a cough. This worsened into bronchitis in July while in St. Louis.
He was sent for treatment to the hospital steamer Stephen Decatur. The ailment developed into tuberculosis ("phthisis") and he was transferred on Aug. 5, 1862 to the hospital boat D.A. January at Paducah, KY. Designated as a convalescent, he then was moved to Convalescent General Hospital at Benton Barracks, MO on Aug. 6 with what was described as pleuritis, a severe inflammation of the lungs. Not getting any better, he was discharged for "spinal meningitis" on a surgeon's certificate on Dec. 8, 1862.
Jacob re-enlisted in the army at Camp Butler, IL on March 19, 1864. He was placed within the Mississippi Marine Brigade, Company A (perhaps also known as the 63rd Illinois Infantry.) While at Vicksburg, MD, he was mustered out of the Army on Jan. 21, 1865.
Upon his return home, wrecked in health, friends Wilson and Butler observed that "he was totally disabled from performing any manual labor" and often "was confined to his house and bed.... He was never able to engage in sawing from his discharge till death." As he aged, Jacob filed paperwork for a Civil War pension as compensation for his wartime disabilities. [Invalid App. #175.011 - Cert. #202.444] It was approved on May 11, 1872.
~ Loss of Two Sons at War ~
While Phoebe's husband as away in the Army, two of her sons also took up the Union cause. Both Henry and Isaiah enlisted on Aug. 12, 1862, and both were placed in the same regiment -- the 81st Illinois Infantry, Company D. The company was commanded by Cornelius S. Ward of Murphysboro until his death in July 1863. By that time, both of the brothers had died.
Henry gave his life first. Having become seriously ill, he was treated at Lagrange, TN and died there on March 11, 1863.
Isaiah followed him into death three months later. He was wounded in battle and surrendered his life on June 13, 1863.
~ Final Years for Phoebe and Jacob ~
Jacob was treated medically in his final years by Dr. Hiram Robinson. He passed away in DeSoto, Jackson County on May 10, 1876, at the age of about 51. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro, Jackson County.
Phoebe survived her husband by a dozen years. As she aged, her hand became so crippled that she could no longer write. She applied to receive her husband's pension, and it was approved in December 1885. [Widow App. #333.637 - Cert. #225.809] The amount of her monthly pension payment was $8.
The Angel of Death gathered in Phoebe just four days after Christmas 1888. Undertaker A.H. Roberts of Murphysboro handled the burial arrangements.
The Bouchers are named in the 1995 Weimer Genealogical Center book Frederick Weimer (1742-1814).
~ Son Harmon Bouscher ~
Son Harmon Bouscher (1836-1885) was born in about 1836 in Somerset County.
As a very young boy, he relocated with his parents to Jackson County, IL.
When the United States Census was made in 1860, he lived with his mother and stepfather in Township 8, Range 2 West in the county.
On Jan. 5, 1868, Harmon was united in holy wedlock with Harriet Almira Rees (Oct. 8, 1853-1890). She was a native of Illinois and the daughter of Reuben Ross and Cyrena (Thompson) Rees.
The couple produced a family of children -- Minnie Bouscher, John Henry Bouscher, Reuben Boucher, Ellen N. Boucher, Phoebe Bouscher, Augustus Bouscher, Mary Bouscher, Kate Freiens, Harmon Ross Boucher and Hattie Lee. Sadly, daughters Mary and Ellen died young, Mary on April 3, 1871 and Ellen on Sept. 8, 1879. The girls sleep side by side in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro.
The surname spellings of "Bouscher" and "Boucher" were used intermittently over the years.
At the age of about 47, Harmon passed into eternity on Feb. 12, 1885. Interment was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro. [Find-a-Grave]
Harriet lived as a widow for another five years. She joined her spouse in death in 1890.
Daughter Minnie Bouscher (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869 in Jackson County, IL.
Son John Henry Boucher Sr. (1870-1924) was born in about 1870 in Somerset Township, Jackson County, IL. On Feb. 4, 1894, when he was about 24 years of age, he was united in holy wedlock with Mollie Nausley (or "Reese") (Sept. 4, 1879-1962), a native of Vergennes and the daughter of John and Mary (Morgan) Nausley. The couple bore a family of nine -- among the known names are Ethel Johnson, Alma G. Button, Almira Boucher, Raymond H. Boucher, John Henry Boucher Jr., Harriet Gerard, William Augustus Boucher, Jessie Lence, Virginia Halstead and Rose Parks. They resided in the Murphysboro area. John supported the family through his work as a laborer. John is known to have belonged to the Lutheran Church and Mollie to the Centenary Methodist Church of Murphysboro. Their home was at 408 Lucier Street. John contracted a serious case of tuberculosis in about 1921. He suffered for three years until death overtook him at the age of 51 on Nov. 26, 1924. Rev. Boatman presided at the funeral service. An obituary in the Murphysboro Daily Independent said he had "removed to Murphysboro when a boy. He had lived here practically all of his life." Mollie outlived him by 38 years and in 1925 lived on Alexander Avenue. She bore the grief of losing her married daughter Ethel Johnson in 1925 and son William in a hunting accident in 1927. Mollie married again to Austin Brumley ( ? - ? ) and Michael Easton ( ? - ? ). She succumbed to death in Murphysboro two days after Christmas in 1962. An obituary in the Southern Illinoisan noted that her survivors included two grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was lowered into eternal repose in Zion Cemetery.
Daughter Phoebe Bouscher (1872- ? ) -- possibly also known as "Alma" -- was born in about 1872 in Jackson County, IL. She appears to have been named for her grandmother, Phoebe (Younkin) Bouscher Leibarger/Lybarger. At the age of 22, on April 21, 1894, "Alma" was joined in marriage with 35-year-old George W. Bast ( ? - ? ), a farmer of Somerset Township and the son of W.A. and Amanda Bast. The nuptials were held in Virgennes, IL, officiated by Rev. W.D. McIntosh.
Son Reuben Bouscher (1875-1882) was born on Aug. 13, 1875 in Jackson County. He died on Dec. 30, 1882 at the age of about seven. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro.
Son Augustus Bouscher (1876- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Jackson County, IL.
Daughter (?) Bouscher (1880- ? ) was born in May 1880 in Jackson County, IL.
Daughter Kate Boucher (1882-1906) was born on Sept. 1, 1882. In 1903, she wedded Edward F. Freiens (Sept. 11, 1878-1950), a Murphysboro native. They bore a son, Howard Boucher Freiens. The couple relocated to California, but their marriage was short-lived. The family was plunged into mourning when Kate died at the age of only 23 on March 5, 1906. Her remains were shipped back to Southern Illinois to rest for all time in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro. Edward outlived his bride and married again in 1910 to Marie Josephine Comte. He was a longtime building contractor. Edward succumbed to death in Murphysboro on April 3, 1950.
Son Harmon Ross Boucher (1884-1936) was born on June 25, 1884 in Murphysboro. He was considred a likeable man with many friends. Harmon was twice-married. He and his wife Fannie Russell (1890-1911) tied the knot in 1918. They were the parents of Floyd Eugene Boucher. Sadly, she died in 1911 at the age of only 21. Harmon was a widower for seven years until 1918, when he wedded his second bride Sara R. (Reichrath/Richrock) Tippett (1891-1974) of Trenton, Clinton County, IL. She was the daughter of Antone and Mary (Schur) Reichrath and may have brought a daughter into the second marriage, Mary E. Stiritz. They resided at 1906 Elm Street and were members of the First Lutheran Church. Harmon was a farmer and coal miner until the onset of the Great Depression. He then worked "here and there, as many men have worked, at anything to be found to do," said a newspaper. On the fateful and frigid day of Feb. 10, 1936, in poor health, he visited at the home of his son Floyd in Harrison, IL. Reported the Murphysboro Daily Independent, "The son asked him back for dinner. Mr. Boucher replied that his wife was away from home a few days and that he might come back for supper. He said he was going home to see about the water pipes. The son testified: 'He told us on leaving that if he didn't return in a day or two that we had better come and see about him'." In fact, upon arriving at home, Harmon went to the basement of his home and fastened a noose on a twisted clothesline and took his own life by hanging. With no heat in the house, the body froze and only was discovered the next day when Sara returned from her work at DuQuoin, IL. The way the noose was fastened, and with his heels "within a few inches of the floor," said the Daily Independent, the county coroner concluded that he must have endured "a horrible lingering death." The body was placed into eternal repose in Zion Cemetery, with Rev. William Boatman preaching the funeral sermon. Sara lived on for another 38 years with the horror of the memory. She died at the age of 83 on March 23, 1974. Her burial was in Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro, with an obituary printed in the Southern Illinoisan.
Daughter Hattie Boucher ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded George Lee ( ? - ? ). The couple established a home in Bayard, Morrill County, NE and were there in 1924-1940. In November 1940, she is believed to have received a visit from her nephew, Howard B. Freiens, who had traveled from his home in Los Angeles.
~ Daughter Elizabeth Boucher ~
Daughter Elizabeth Boucher (1838- ? ) was born in about 1838, the first of the Boucher children to be born in Illinois.
~ Son Henry Bouscher ~
Son Henry Bouscher (1842- ? ) was born in about 1842 in Illinois.
At the age of 18, in 1860, he resided with his mother and stepfather in or around Murphysboro, Jackson County, IL.
Henry married Martha J. ( ? - ? ) in the early 1860s.
After the eruption of the Civil War, Henry joined the Union Army. As with his younger brother Isaiah, he was assigned to the 81st Illinois Infantry, Company D.
He died of disease on March 11, 1863 while at Lagrange, TN. His remains were returned to Murphysboro for burial in Holliday Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
The widowed Martha filed a claim with the U.S. War Department, requesting to receive a military pension as compensation for her loss. [Widow App. #23.723 - Cert. #17.977]. Her petition was awarded on June 5, 1863.
Her fate after that is unknown but will be added once learned.
Henry and his death are listed in the 1901 book Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 5, with his name misspelled as "Bonscher."
At Memorial Day 1925, Henry's name was printed in the Murphysboro Daily Independent in a long list of local Civil War soldiers buried in the community. It was a result of diligent research by Gus Rathgeber of Murphysboro who had "prepared a list of all the civil war dead and their final resting places so far as adequate records go. [He] has each year devoted much time and energy to finding the graves of old soldiers and making it possible that all of them be founded and marked with a flag on Decoration day by the people of the various communities."
~ Son Isaiah Boucher ~
Son Isaiah Boucher (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845 in Illinois. He was only age three when his father died.
He grew up in or around Murphysboro, Jackson County.
Evidence suggests that he served in the Union Army during the Civil War, as a member of the 81st Illinois Infantry, Company D.
He took part in battle on May 21-23, 1863 and then again in June 1863 at Vicksburg, MS. A history of the 81st Illinois reports that "On the 19th the active work of investing the city of Vicksburg began. On the night of the 20th, the Regiment took the position occupied during the siege, just south of the Jackson road. On the 22d, the Regiment participated in the general assault on the enemy's works. Was repulsed, with the loss of 11 killed and 96 wounded."
In the action at Vicksburg, Isaiah received a serious wound. He succumbed to death several weeks later on June 13, 1863. His burial place is not known and may be lost to history.
There is no evidence to suggest that his mother filed a claim to receive a pension as compensation for her loss.
He and his fate are listed in the 1901 book Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, Volume 5, with his name misspelled as "Bonscher."
~ Daughter Anna Maria "Ann" (Boucher) Glasby ~
Daughter Anna Maria Boucher (1847-1905) was born on May 12, 1847 in Illinois.
She grew up in the mixed Jackson County household of her mother, stepfather, siblings and half-siblings, and was unmarried at the age of 22 in 1870.
Anna Maria was joined in holy wedlock with William Edward Glasby (1845-1927).
The couple were the parents of a son, Henry K. Glasby. They grieved at his death at the age of seven in 1884.
Sadly, at the age of 58, she died on June 13, 1905. Interment was in Murphysboro City Cemetery.
William survived his bride by 22 years. He passed into the great beyond in 1927.
Son Henry K. Glasby (1877-1884)
~ Son Samuel Lybarger ~
Son Samuel Lybarger (1853-1920) was born in 1853 in Jackson County, IL.
He grew up on the family farm in Levan Township, Jackson County.
Samuel was married twice and perhaps thrice. His first spouse appears to have been Lizzie Pratz ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of John Henry Lybarger, William D. Lybarger and Phoebe A. Cook. Circa 1876, at the birth of son William, they made a home in DuQuoin, Perry County, IL.
By 1879, Samuel had married again to Revennia G. "Ravenna" Fulton (Oct. 6, 1853-1882).
Their known sons were Oliver "Jacob" Lybarger and George Benjamin Lybarger.
Circa 1880, the federal census enumeration shows the family living as farmers in Somerset Township, Jackson County.
Grief blanketed the family on Dec. 12, 1882 when Ravenna died at the age of 29. She was laid to rest in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro..
After a period of grieving, Samuel married what's believed to have been a third time to Mary Caroline Roberts (1852-1934).
Samuel was swept away by the Angel of Death, at age 67, on Aug. 23, 1920. [Find-a-Grave]
Mary Caroline passed into eternity on July 10, 1934 at the age of 82.
Son John Henry Lybarger (1871-1943) was born in Feb. 1871 (or 1870). He wedded Eva McMillian (1871-1939), the daughter of Nathaniel Matthew and Sarah Frances (Flannigan) McMillian. Sadly, Eva died on May 16, 1939 at age 67. John outlived her by four years. He died in Murphysboro at age 73 on July 2, 1943. Interment was in Lipe Cemetery in Makanda, Jackson County. Inscribed on their grave marker are these moving words: "My love goes with you and my soul waits to join you."
Daughter Phoebe A. Lybarger (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874. She married (?) Cook ( ? - ? ).
Son William D. Lybarger (1876-1940) was born on Dec. 6, 1876 in DuQuoin, Perry County, IL. He married Lula (Feb. 1877- ? ). The children born to this union were Samuel Lybarger, Revenia Pelate, Orville Lybarger and Theodore Lybarger. Federal census enumeration records for 1900 show the young family in Somerset Township, Jackson County, IL, with William working as a miner. Circa 1940, the family dwelled at 717 Bond Avenue in East St. Louis, IL. There, he was employed as a watchman for a coal company. Stricken with heart and kidney disease, William died in St. John's Hospital in St. Louis on Dec. 4, 1940, just two days before his 64th birthday. His remains were sent to Belleville, IL for burial. An obituary was published in the Murphysboro Daily Independent.
Son Oliver "Jacob" Lybarger (1879-1951) was born in August 1879. At the age of 20, in 1900, he was unmarried and lived on the farm of widow Sarah Young in DeSoto, Jackson County, IL, where he provided farm labor. Then in 1904, he was united in holy wedlock with Maranda Jane Leeper (1888-1933), daughter of John and Rachel Jane (Crider) Leeper. Their two sons were Joseph Edgar Lybarger and Sherman Lee Lybarger. Sadly, Maranda passed into eternity at the age of 45 in Perry County, IL on April 15, 1933. Burial of the remains was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in DuQuoin, Perry County.
Son George Benjamin Lybarger (1881-1961) was born on Dec. 20, 1881 in DeSoto, Jackson County, IL. Single at the age of 18, in 1900, he boarded as a laborer on the farm of Charles and Emiline Foster in DeSoto, Jackson County, IL. Eventually he married Della May Fox (1886-1950). The couple produced two sons -- Ray Daniel Lybarger and Charles Walter Lybarger. George died in Carbondale, Jackson County on June 30, 1961, at the age of 79. Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.
~ Daughter Revennia C. Lybarger ~
Daughter Revennia C. Lybarger (1853-1882) was born in about 1853.
She died at the age of 29 on Dec. 12, 1882. Interment of the remains was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Murphysboro.
~ Daughter Elvira Lybarger ~
Daughter Elvira Lybarger (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Jackson County, IL.
She grew up on her parents' farm in Jackson County's Levan Township.