In the name of God amen I William Becklehymer of the County of Clermont and State of Ohio being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and b



I would like to thank the many Behymer researchers who I have corresponded with over the last 35 years.  The information in my database, a portion of which, is displayed on my web page came from literally hundreds (perhaps thousands) of different sources.  They are too numerous to mention individually.  However, a few are deserving of special recognition (if I have left anyone out please forgive me).  They are:


·         Ralph Behymer

·         John Wayne Picklesimer

·         John Walter Picklesimer

·         Rob Dupuy

·         Sallye (Gundy) Martin

·         Edith (Beach) Sipple

·         Lu Wagner

·         Ruth Erhardt

·         Richard Russell

·         Rick Phillips

·         Margie Thomas

·         Michael Tabor

·         Dan Morrison

·         Kathy Payne


Noted Behymer historian, Ralph Behymer got me interested in this family in the first place and was very helpful in getting a relative novice off to a good start.  John Wayne and John Walter Picklesimer provided all of us a monumental and groundbreaking analysis of the early Virginia records.  Their book: “The Picklesimers of Eastern Kentucky” is an absolute must have for any serious Behymer researcher.  Rob Dupuy helped me establish my direct line through Joseph Bechtelheimer and Christina Lazena.  Rob has amassed a monumental amount of data on Behymers, in general.  Other than Rob and myself, Sallye (Gundy) Martin is the only other person I am aware of who is researching Behymers, in general, i.e., not limiting herself to just her direct line.  Sallye provided me with an extensive set of family group sheets documenting her many years of research.  These filled in many gaps in the early generations as well as providing a significant amount of information on the later generations that I did not have.  Much of the latter data does not appear on my web page because it is limited to only 5-generations from our common ancestor so as to avoid listing information on living descendants.  Edith (Beach) Sipple and Lu Wagner are two researchers with whom I have corresponded many times over the years.  They have furthered our knowledge of the Behymer family through the books that they published: Deep Roots and Family History of Michael Jackson Behimer, respectively.  Ruth Erhardt and Richard Russell provided me with a significant amount of information on the descendants of my direct line, through Joseph Bechtelheimer and Christina Lazena.  Rick Phillips and Richard Russell shared many brainstorming sessions with me in an attempt to determine what all the data means and what conclusions may be drawn from it.  Rick and Richard have an excellent knowledge of the early records and both have good genealogical insight.  Margie Thomas is one of the movers and shakers of Clermont County genealogy, having transcribed key genealogical records and published numerous books, among them the T P White funeral home and Green Mound Cemetery records.  In the case of the former, it so happens that the actual funeral home records in many cases contain more information than what Margie summarized in her book.  Margie was kind enough to look up many of these for me.  As a result, I was able to determine how many more of the individuals contained therein fit into the Behymer family tree.  Thank you, Margie!  Michael Tabor and Dan Morrison provided information on the descendants of Anna Beckelhymer (wife of Stephen Tabor) and Elizabeth Peck Snidow (wife of Arphaxed Key and daughter of Jacob Snidow and Sarah Beckelhymer), respectively.  Kathy Gilbert has spent countless hours researching Behymer records in the Cincinnati area.  We are all indebted to her for her dedicated research efforts.  Although I have not met Theodore Thatcher Lawshe III, we Behymer researchers are seriously indebted to him for writing the definitive genealogy of the Lawshe family: “Twigs and Springs from the Lawshe Tree.”  This book thoroughly documents the descendants of Abraham Lawshe and Margaret Bechtelsheimer.  I have drawn from it heavily in my own research and web page documentation.  Lastly, I would like to thank the various members of the Behymer mailing list who have shared their information freely.  It is through our combined efforts that we have and will continue to gain an understanding of the history of the family Behymer.


John Charles Tippet