An American Family History

Samuel Bachtell, 1777

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

The American Flag was adopted in 1777.

Samuel Bachtell was born during the American Revolution on December 10, 1777 in New Hanover, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Samuel Bachtell and Margaret Coulston.

He married Elizabeth White. Elizabeth was born on April 15, 1780 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were James White and Elizabeth Gibson.

Samuel and Elizabeth's children included:
Margaret Bachtell (1800),
Elizabeth Bachtell (1803-1804),
James Bachtell (1804),
Maria Bachtell (1806),
Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane Bachtell Criswell (1809, married Isaac Criswell),
John Bachtell (1812),
William Bachtell (1816),
David Bachtell (1818, married Susannah V. Davis), and
Marshall Bachtell (1822).

When his father died, he inherited, a 77 acre plantation in Londonderry and an allowance. He was to pay $800 to the estate when his mother died. He also inherited a portion of the remainder of the estate and was the executor.
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.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.




from History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, edited by J. H. Battle

As in area, population, and boroughs, so in the number of its churches, this township [Rockhill] ranks first among the political divisions of the county. . .The ea rliest recorded datum concerning it is a deed executed June 2, 1773, by Samuel Bechtel and wife to George Derstine and Abraham Gehman, trustees, for one-fourth of an acre of ground.

The first meeting-house, built in 1773, was used for sixty-five years. It was built of logs, plank, and light weather boarding, but was quite substantial. . .The above-named Samuel Bechtel was one of the first ministers. He was ordained prior to 1773, probably at the Franconia church, which was popularly known as Bechtel’s, and his name is mentioned in connection with the Funk controversy of 1777. . .
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from History of Chester County, Pennsylvania

Samuel [Bachtell] had a large family of sons, who all left this State, and with their descendants are scattered though almost every State in the Union. The name of Bachtell has become almost obsolete in this section of the country. In Virginia it is Petell; in Maryland Pahell; and in Ohio, Pachtell.

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