Ira Bodine Goetchius

23 December 1810–4 April 1893 (Age 82)
Shawangunk, Ulster, New York, United States

The Life of Ira Bodine

When Ira Bodine Goetchius was born on 23 December 1810, in Shawangunk, Ulster, New York, United States, his father, Jacob Heger Goetschius, was 30 and his mother, Ariantje Schoonmaker, was 27. He married Samantha Phelps on 9 January 1834. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. He lived in Brutus, Cayuga, New York, United States in 1892 and Weedsport, Brutus, Cayuga, New York, United States in 1893. He died on 4 April 1893, at the age of 82, and was buried in Weedsport Rural Cemetery, Weedsport, Brutus, Cayuga, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ira Bodine Goetchius
Samantha Phelps
Marriage: 9 January 1834
Clarissa M Gutchess
China M. Gutchess
Olive A. Gutchess
Adaline L. Gutchess
Mary J. Gutchess
Frances Jenett Gutchess

Spouse and Children

9 January 1834


    Clarissa M Gutchess


    China M. Gutchess


    Olive A. Gutchess


    Adaline L. Gutchess


    Mary J. Gutchess


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Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 17

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 22

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

German humanistic name: a Latinate spelling of Goetsch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ira B Gutchess, "New York State Census, 1892"
  • Ira B Gutches, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Ira B Gutches, "New York State Census, 1855"

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