An American Family History

Elizabeth Bachtell Reece

Bachtell is also spelled: Bachtel, Baghtel, Baghtol, Bechold, Bechtel, Bechtle, Bechtolt, Bechtold, Beghtel, Beghtol, Buchtel, Pachtel, and Petell.

The First Barbary War (1801–1805) was between the United States and the Barbary States of Tripoli and Algiers.

Elizabeth (Betsey) Bachtell Reece was born the same year as the Boston Tea Party on January 16, 1773 in New Hanover, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Samuel Bachtell and Margaret Coulston.

She married Henry Reece [Rees, Reese] about 1801.

Henry Reece/Rees and Elizabeth's children included:
Margaret Reece/Rees Edwards (1803, married William Edwards),
Samuel B. Reece/Rees (1805),
Henry Coulson Reece/Rees (1807-1816),
John Hood Reece/Rees (1809), and
Jacob Reece/Rees (1813, married Fracina Dickey and Alverda Maloney).

In 1830, Henry (Henery Reese) was in Penn Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of a man and a woman between 50 and 59, a woman between 20 and 29, two boys between 15 and 19, and a boy between 10 and 14.

In 1840 they were still in Penn Township. At that time, the household consisted of a man and a woman between 60 and 69, a man and a woman between 30 and 39, a man between 20 and 29, and a boy between 10 and 14.

Henry died on August 19, 1841 and Elizabeth on September 16, 1847. They are laid to rest together at Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Cochranville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
The Pennsyvania Gazette
New Hanover Township, Montgomery (was Philadelphia) County, Pennsylvania was a section of the Frankfort Land Development Company in the early eighteenth century. It was called Falkner's Swamp because it was controlled by Daniel Falkner. He ceded to John Sprogell in 1708. Sprogell ousted many first settlers claiming that their titles were not legal. In spite of this fraud, Sprogell kept control of 22,000 acres. Many settlers were forced to buy back their own land. The villages in the township included Swamp, Fagleysville, New Hanover Square, and Pleasant Run.
Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.

Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created in 1682.



Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Henry Reece, grandfather of Coulson Reece, was united in marriage to Elizabeth Bechtel, who was born January 16, 1773, a daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Coulson) Bechtel. Samuel Bechtel was born in 1741, a son of Martin Bechtel, and married, April 16, 1708, Margaret Coulson, who was born in March. 1744.

The following named children were born to Henry and Elizabeth (Bechtel) Reece:
1. Margaret, who married William Edwards, and their children were: Margaret, Fracina. and William Henry Edwards.
2. Mary.
3. Henry Coulson.
4. Jacob, who married for his first wife, Fracina Dickey, and for his second wife, Alverda Maloney.
5. Samuel B., father of Coulson Reece.
6. John Reece.

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