I'm tracking a John Biechler who first shows up in the 1810 census of Centre Twp, Northumberland Co,PA, a blacksmith. I think he's from a line through Berks Co, PA in the 1770's, but I don't have the source records to back that up.
Anyway, his signature looks like Johannes Bugler (with the umlaut marked on the 'u';what should be transcribed as 'Buechler'.His estate documents have various Bichler, Biechler, & Beichler.
I was wondering if, as a blacksmith in this generation, he might have been from a line of stirrup-makers, Buegler.I don't have any information relevant to the consideration at this time, but I don't think the craft had any strong structure this late in America, did it?
Since I find it a more interesting trade, I also wonder whether they might have those who ran the beech-nut oil business, Buecheler.
Part of the question would be the real story of that umlaut across whatever part of Germany at the point the family entered the public record.I don't have the expertise, but I had a German professor at Stanford who would have been able to tell me fairly exactly.