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* Dwight David Atcher Genealogy Home Page*

Updated December 18, 2000

My name is David Atcher and I have been researching my family's ancestors for a good part of my life. Hopefully, this home page will unify other attempts to trace ancestry of the Atchers. The biggest mystery that I have not been able to solve is who were the parents of Christopher and Cornelius Atcher. Christopher and Cornelius Atcher were brothers who left Loudoun Co., Virginia between 1810 and 1820, with Christopher settling in Hardin Co., Kentucky and Cornelius settling in Fayette Co., Ohio. Many theories abound about the Atcher name, with the most popular being that Atcher came from "Hatcher", with the "H" dropped "in the Cockney English fashion." There is recent suspicion that Atcher came from "Oatyar", a probable German name. Children of a Peter Oatyar who lived in Loudoun Co., Va. in the late 1700's had last names spelled "Etcher" and moved to Fayette Co.,Ohio where Cornelius Atcher is known to have settled which only suggests they may have know each other. As boys, Christopher and Cornelius lived with the family of Abraham Slack, and it is not known what became of their parents. Contemporaries in Loudon Co. who could could have been related were Peter, George, and Jannahh, and possibly a John(Jno?). The mystery continues!

Dwight David Atcher
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