An American Family History

George Bachtell, 1708

Bachtell is also spelled: Bachtel, Baghtel, Baghtol, Bechold, Bechtel, Bechtle, Bechtolt, Bechtold, Beghtel, Beghtol, Buchtel, Pachtel, and Petell.
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

George Bachtell was born about 1708 in Europe. His parents were Hans Jacob and Eliza Bachtell.

He appeared on the list of those Naturalized in 1730 in Pennsylvania.

He married Magdalena Kolb on May 3, 1730. She was the daughter of Martin Kolb (Kolp) and Magdalena Van Sintern.

They made their home in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Magdalena and George's children included:
Magdalena Bachtell Corel (1730, married Johannes Corel),
Jacob Bachtell (1733),
Martin Bachtell (1735, married Anna Riesser),
Isaac Bachtell (1739, Sophia Bittings),
George Bachtell (1741, married Maria Bitting),
Abraham Bachtell (1743, married Ester Friedt) and
Maria Bachtell Fritz (1746, married Johann Fritz).

George died on August 28, 1768 and Magdalena died on April 10, 1786. George and Magdalena are buried in Sprogell Mennonite Cemetery near Pottstown.

Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.

Mennonites are Christians who reject infant Baptism. In the early 18th century about 2,500 Mennonites fled to Pennsylvania from persecution in the Palatinate. They opposed the Revolution, resisted public education, and did not approve of religious revivalism. They supported separation of church and state, and opposed slavery.




from The Luzerne Legal Register, Volume 12 by George Brubaker Kulp

Martin Kolb, another brother of Henry, was likewise a dispenser of the gospel according to the doctrine of the Mennonites, and one of the most active of his day. He came to Pennsylvania, in 1707, with his brothers, Jacob and John,and Henry, as has heretofore been stated. Count Zinzendorf, in his journal, says:

January 22, 1742. Rode as far as Skippack. January 24. At Martin Kulp's house had an interview with heads of the Mennonites, and discussed with them their doctrine and practice.

This was some months before Count Zinzendorf visited the Wyoming Valley.

Martin Kolb married May 19, 1709, Magdalena, daughter of Isaac Van Sintern, greatgreat-granddaughter of Jan de Voos, a burgomaster, at Handschooten, in Flanders, about 1550 a genealogy of whose descendants, including many American Mennonites, was prepared in Holland over a hundred years ago


from History of the Mennonites by Daniel Kolb Cassel

Martin Kolb, born 1680, married May 19th, 1709, in the house of his bride's father, Magdalena, daughter of Isaac Van Sintern, born September 4th, 1662, and was a great-grandson of Jan de Voss, a burgomaster at Handschooten, in Flanders, about 1550. He-married in Amsterdam, Cornelia Claassen, of Hamburg, and came to Pennsylvania with four daughters after 1687. He died August 23d, 1737, and is buried at Skippack. Martin Kolb had seven children, five daughters and two sons— Dielman and Isaac.


from A Genealogical History of the Kolb, Kulp or Culp Family by Daniel Kolb Cassel

Magdalena Kolb, b. May 19, 1710; m. George Bechtel, on May 3, 1730, and d. Apr. 10, 1768. Children: Magdalena, Jacob, Martin, Isaac, George, Abraham and Maria.

Children of Magdalena Kolb (Bechtel), of Martin of Dillman.
Magdalena Bechtell (Corel), b. Feb. 19, 1730; m. Johannes Corel; had eight children.
Jacob Bechtel b. Jan. 17, 1733; m. — Longenecker, daughter of Johannes Longenecker ; had five children.
Martin Bechtel, b. Jan. 2, 1735; m. Anna Riesser; had six children.
Isaac Bechtel, b. May 19, 1739; m. Sophia Bittings; had three children.
George Bechtel, b. Aug. 2, 1741; m. Maria Bitting; had four children.
Abraham Bechtel, b. Aug. 31, 1743; m. Ester Friedt; had nine children.
Maria Bechtel, b. 1746; m. Johann Fritz; had two children.
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