Johannes Albert Beyeler of Smithville (1854-1925)

03 September 1854, Schwarzenberg, Wahlern, Bern, Switzerland
26 May 1876, Bern, Switzerland
10 February 1925, Smithville Township, Wayne, Ohio, USA

Johannes Beyeler was born on 03 Sep 1854 in Schwarzenberg, Wahlern, Bern, Switzerland1 to parents Christian Beyeler and Magdalena Hostettler.2 Johannes, better known as John, is listed under multiple last names in his lifetime. Originally, John states his last name as "Beyeler", after immigration he changes it to "Beieler", common misspellings have listed "Beiler" & "Beichler", and finally some children adopted "Beeler".

Magdalena "Mattie" Krenger was born on 24 Jun 1853 in Thurnen, Bern, Switzerland to parents Albert Krenger and Barbara Kunzi.3

John Beyeler married Magdalena "Mattie" Krenger on 26 May 1876 in Bern, Switzerland.A

John departed France and arrived in New York, New York on 3 Feb 1882 aboard the ship St. Laurent.4 He ended up in Ohio where he proceeded to make a life for him and his family in anticipation of their arrival. Mattie arrived two years later in 1883 with five year old daughter Emma.?

John was naturalized in Wayne County, Ohio on 09 Jun 1888. By the time of naturalization Johannes had officially changed his name to John Beieler to “Americanize” himself.5

On 06 Jun 1900, he lived in Wooster Township, Wayne, Ohio with wife, Mattie and 2 children, John & Christ working as a farmer, Rents farm.6

On 20 Apr 1910 John lived in Wayne Township, Wayne, Ohio with wife Mattie and boarder John Kiser. Son John R and his wife live next door, married 3 months prior.7

On 12 Jan 1920, John lived in Smithville, Green, Wayne, Ohio on Milton Street with wife Mattie. Retired.8

Mattie died on 11 Aug 1924 in Smithville, Wayne, Ohio. She was buried on 13 Aug 1924 in the Smithville Cemetery.3

John died on 10 Feb 1925 in Smithville, Wayne, Ohio of Cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried on 12 Feb 1925 in Smithville Village, Green Township, Wayne, Ohio at Smithville Cemetery alongside his wife.1


Christian Beyeler, 02 Jun 1820 - 09 Apr 1904


Magdalena Maria Hostettler, 12 Dec 1825 - 04 Apr 1874


Magdalena Krenger, 24 Jun 1853 - 11 Aug 1924


  1. Alfred Beyeler, 26 Mar 1877 – 26 Mar 1877
  2. Emma Jane Beieler, 24 Jan 1878 – 19 Sep 1955
  3. Ida Rosa Beieler, 03 May 1886 – 11 Oct 1893
  4. John Rudolph Beieler, 03 Feb 1888 – 14 Feb 1965
  5. Christ Albert Beeler , 01 Oct 1889 – 19 Jan 1969




1 Ohio Death Record for John Beiler; "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2014), John Beiler, 10 Feb 1925; citing Smithville, Wayne, Ohio, reference fn 11958; FHL microfilm 1992616.

2 Obituary for Rosina Beyeler; Orrville Courier Crescent Newspaper; Orrville, Wayne County, Ohio; Friday, 28 December 1928; "Mrs. Mishler Dies Suddenly At Smithville"; Wooster Branch of Wayne County Public Library; Microfilm.

3 Ohio Death Record for Magdalene Beiler; "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2014), Magdalene Beiler, 11 Aug 1924; citing Smithville, Wayne, Ohio, reference fn 47337; FHL microfilm 1992603.

4 New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about J Beyler; Year: 1882; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 447; Line: 20; List Number: 130.

5 Naturalization Record for John Beyeler; Probate Court of Wayne County; Wooster Branch of Wayne County Public Library; Family History Collection; Wayne County, Ohio; John Beyeler; Microfilm.

6 1900 United States Federal Census about John Beeler; Year: 1900; Census Place: Wooster, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: 1332; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0162; FHL microfilm: 1241332.

7 1910 United States Federal Census about John Beieler; Year: 1910; Census Place: Wayne, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: T624_1240; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0182; FHL microfilm: 1375253.

8 1920 United States Federal Census about John Beeler; Year: 1920; Census Place: Green, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: T625_1448; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 202; Image: 372.


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