An American Family History

Martin and Elizabeth Bachtell

  Germany or Switzerland
New Hanover, Montgomery (was Philadelphia) County, Pennsylvania
Bachtell is also spelled: Bachtel, Baghtel, Baghtol, Bechold, Bechtel, Bechtle, Bechtolt, Bechtold, Beghtel, Beghtol, Buchtel, Pachtel, and Petell.
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

Bishop Martin Bachtell was born on January 26, 1709/10 in Europe. His parents were Hans Jacob and Eliza Bachtell.

He came to Pennsylvania with his parents in 1720.

His wife was named Elizabeth. They were Mennonites.

Jacob Bachtell was born about 1729.

Daniel Bachtell was born about 1731.

Joseph Bachtell was born about 1733.

Anna Bachtell was born about 1735.

Martin Bachtell was born about 1737.

In 1738 Martin inherited 214 acres and 32 perches.

Christian Bachtell was born about 1739.

He was ordained as a minister in East Vincent, Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1739. He settled in that area in 1739. Martin owned nearly all the land in South Pottstown and he operated a ferry over the Schuylkill River. The ferry went to Chester County and to the church and graveyard in East Coventry. The boundary between Philadelphia (later Montgomery) and Chester Counties was drawn at the middle of the Schuylkill River.

Samuel Bachtell was born about 1741.

David Bachtell was born about 1745.

Elizabeth Bachtell Krause was born about 1747.

January 3, 1749 he acquired by deed from Martin Orner.

Martin was ordained as a bishop in 1758.

He bought 100 acres adjoining the graveyard from John Wagner on May 31, 1762     

On June 25, 1771 his nephew gave him a cartway and a small piece of land connected with it that his father had wanted him to have.

The 1781, the Philadelphia County tax list included Martin Bechtel, farmer.

Martin wrote his will on July 18, 1786.

Martin died in Pottstown on August 24, 1786. When he died, he owned 140 acres adjoining the land of George Bechtel, Nicolas Miller, Jacob Malsberger and Isaac Bechtel. He also owned 60 acres adjoining George Bechtel, Berlinger's and Nicolas Miller.

Martin's will was probated on August 28, 1786 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The executors were Christian Bliem, Isaac Bechtel, and John Barkley, Sr.

Jacob inherited 100 acres, and all the upgrades to this land. He was to pay 330£.

Daniel inherited the home farm of 200 acres with upgrades and crops included. He was to pay 470£.

Joseph inherited 73 acres adjoining the land of Jacob Gross, George Bechtel, Isaac Bechtel, and John Missimer, upgrades, and crops. He was to pay 140£. He also inherited part of the remainder of the estate.

Daughter Anna inherited 70£ due to her poor health.

The remainder of the estate went to Jacob and Martin's children: Christian, David, Joseph, Mary, Samuel, Elisabeth and Anna.

First printed in Boston 1745
Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.

The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool equal to 5 1⁄2 yards.

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.

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.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.




from The Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies by Frederick Lewis Weis

Bishop Martin Bechtel, b. Jan. 1710, son of Bishop Hans Jacob and Elizabeth Bechtel;
came to Pa. with his parents 1720;
Ord. (minister) East Vincent (Chester) Pa., 1739; sett. there 1739-1786;
Phoenixville (Chester) Pa., 1750-1786;
Ord. (Bishop), 1758;
d. Pottstown, Pa., 24 Aug 1786, a. 76.


Will Abstract:
Bachtel, Martin. New Hanover. July 18, 1786. August 28, 1786. 1.92
To son Jacob, farm, 100 acres and he to pay 330 pds.
To son Daniel, home farm 200 acres and to pay 470 pds.
To son Joseph, farm 73 acres and he to pay 140 pds.
To daughter Anna, 70 pds.
Rem. to 10 children, Jacob, deceased son Martin's children, Christian, David, Joseph, Mary, Samuel, Elisabeth and Anna.
Execs: Christian Bliem, Isaac Bechtel, John Barkley Sr.


The Will of Martin Bechtel
July 18, 1786.
probated August 28, 1786 at Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Jacob his son got 100 acres, and all the upgrades to this land.

His land he dwelled on at the time of his death was 140 acres, to his adjoining land of George Bechtel, Nicolas Miller, Jacob Malsberger and Isaac Bechtel's land with other tract of about 60 acres adjoining George Bechtel, Berlinger's and Nicolas Miller , together in the whole 200 acres.

I do give to my son Daniel, upgrades and crops included.

Joseph gets 73 acres adjoining land of Jacob Grob, George Bechtel, Isaac Bechtel, and John Missimer, upgrades, and crops.

Daughter Anna got money due to her poor health.

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