Biographies from Historical and Biographical Annals by Morton Montgomery


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0 Benjamin K. Huntzinger, prominently identified with the fire insurance business of Pennsylvania for upward of thirty years, was born in Lower Heidelberg township, Berks county, May 12, 1846. He was educated in the township schools and brought up on his father's farm. When seventeen years old he became enthusiastic about enlisting in the Civil war and with several school companions of a like age visited a recruiting office in Reading. Picture of Benjamin HuntzingerHaving been accepted, they were given a short furlough and upon their return to camp were sworn into the national service. But they had not yet become fully equipped for active service when Mr. Huntzinger was ordered to report at the official headquarters in citizen's garb, and there to his great surprise he met his father, who had secured his release on account of his being under age. Leaving his companions regretfully he accompanied his father home and there resumed labors on the farm for two years, attending school during the winter months. During this time, however, in February, 1864, he and several companions, ambitious like himself to do something for themselves, went to Schuylkill county to secure work about the mines at Mahonoy City, but failing to get satisfactory employment they tramped through deep snow and dense forests to Shenandoah, reaching there at a late hour of the night, complete strangers. Mr. Huntzinger became a teamster and hauled logs to a sawmill to provide lumber for the then booming town of Shenandoah; but he continued thus only a few months, and when the farming season opened he gladly returned to his father's comfortable home to again take up his accustomed work. In the spring and fall of 1866 Mr. Huntzinger took special courses of study in Brunner's Academy at Reading, for the purpose of becoming a teacher, and passing a successful examination secured a school in Lower Heidelberg township, which he taught for two terms, assisting his father on the farm during the season when school was closed. In the fall of 1866 he began soliciting life insurance and carried on that work while teaching. In 1868 he formed a partnership with a companion, Adam G. Fox, for the purpose of conducting a flourmill near Landingville, Schuylkill county, and they operated the mill until 1870, when the partnership was dissolved and Mr. Huntzinger removed to Reading. While at the mill he also taught the public school near by; and it was there that he began soliciting fire insurance.

Upon locating at Reading, Mr. Huntzinger directed his attention to the life and fire insurance business, which he continued until 1874, when he relinquished the life insurance branch. He had received two special prizes for his great success as a solicitor in the business, and the general agents of his company complimented him very highly for having secured the largest single premium in the history of the company up to that time. He remained at Reading until 1876, when his business connections necessitated his removal to Harrisburg, and at this prominent center he has been most actively engaged in the same business until the present time. In 1889 he advocated the organization of a fire insurance association for millers, so as to secure for them lower rates, and his well-directed efforts in this behalf were so successful that in 1890, an association was established under the name of Miller's Mutual Fire Insurance Company, with office at Harrisburg. Quite naturally the members selected him as their secretary and manager, and he has been filling these positions, by annual re-election, until the present time. However, while at school he had manifested a great fondness and capacity for mathematics and his qualifications in this respect gave him special adaptation for the position which he has filled with marked success for twenty years; and his intelligent management of his company's affairs has won the high esteem of the milling and fire insurance circles throughout the United States. In developing the membership and business of the company he traveled over a great part of the United States, covering the Eastern and Middle States, the Southern to South Carolina, and the Western to the Missouri river, which obliged him to be away from home a considerable portion of his time.

During his extensive travels, Wernersville always appealed to Mr. Huntzinger as the most desirable place for a permanent home, being near his birthplace, in the midst of the surviving friends of his youth. He therefore purchased a finely situated lot of ground on the main thoroughfare in the center of the thriving village, erected a commodious dwelling house with all modern improvements, and located there in 1908, still retaining his position and business connections at Harrisburg, however.

In 1869 Mr. Huntzinger was married to Jane Gonser, daughter of William Gonser, a farmer of Exeter township, Berks county, whose family is mentioned elsewhere in the sketch of John R. Gonser.

Jared Huntzinger, father of Benjamin K., was a farmer of Lower Heidelberg township and is mentioned at length in the sketch of Rev. F. K. Huntzinger, elsewhere.


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Rev. Franklin Krick Huntzinger, pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church at Reading for forty years, was born in West Cocalico township, Lancaster county, near Reinholdsville, June 18, 1844. He is a son of Jared Huntzinger and Leah Krick, his wife, of Lower Heidelberg township, in Berks county.

His great-grandfather, John George Huntzinger, emigrated from Germany in 1749, having taken passage on the ship "Jacob" from Amsterdam and been qualified on Oct. 2d, of that year. He became a resident taxpayer of Brunswick township, beyond the Blue Mountain, then in Berks county, where he carried on farming until his decease in 1802. He had nine children: Six sons--Jacob, George, John, Henry, Michael and Daniel--and three daughters--Rosina, Molly and Catherine. His son Michael located in Heidelberg township, Berks county, and carried on farming near Brownsville until his decease in 1845. He left a widow and seven children: Three sons--Jared, Daniel and William--and four daughters--Anna, Harriet, Catherine, and Mary.

The eldest son, Jared (the Rev. Mr. Huntzinger's father), was born March 27, 1815, in Lower Heidelberg township, near Brownsville, and was there reared on his father's farm. In 1843, he removed to West Cocalico township, Lancaster county, and was there engaged as an undertaker and carpenter for three years, when he returned to Berks county, and purchased a farm near Wernersville, which he cultivated very successfully until his decease, Dec. 27, 1892. He was a liberal-minded man and always showed an active interest in education and other public affairs. In 1840, he married Leah Krick, a daughter of Peter Krick and Anna Hill, his wife, of Spring township, and they had twelve children: Eva m. Reuben T. Landis; Elizabeth m. (first) Richard Brossman, and (second) Jacob Hassler; Amelia; Franklin K.; Benjamin K. (whose sketch and portrait appear in this publication); Mary m. Daniel Hertzog; William became a merchant in Indiana; Amanda m. Daniel Stuber; John m. Mary Krick; Adam K. m. Mary Gensemer; Henry m. Elizabeth Hemminger; Emma m. William S. Fisher. The mother died April 24, 1899, aged eighty-five years. The parents were devoted members of the Lutheran Church at Sinking Spring, in which Mr. Huntzinger filled various offices for a number of years.

The fourth son, the subject of this sketch, was two years old when his father removed from Lancaster county to Berks county. He received his preliminary education in the district school, and at the Reading Classical Academy (which was conducted by Prof. D. B. Brunner) and the preparatory institutions maintained under the auspices of the Lutheran Church for the education of ministers until 1866, when he passed a successful examination and was admitted into the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

He pursued the prescribed course of studies with great earnestness for three years, and was graduated on May 19, 1869, and ordained as a minister a week afterward in Trinity Lutheran Church at Reading.

Shortly before this time, the Trinity Lutheran congregation had organized a Sunday-school in the northeastern section of Reading (Ninth and Green streets) with a view of establishing a congregation there, and the people of that vicinity, having come to appreciate the character and ability of this young minister, invited him to organize a congregation. He accepted this call and the result of his endeavors was very successful, for he founded a church which has flourished until the present time, and of which he has continued to be the devoted pastor, a continuous period of forty years. In 1886-87 a large two-story brick edifice was built in the place of the chapel by the congregation, and in this the members have continued their worship until the present time. The membership is about seventeen hundred. The attendance at the services has always been uniformly large on account of the pastor's popularity. The church services were conducted by him in the German and English languages (Sunday morning in the German, and evenings in the English) until December, 1907, when he began to preach in the German language only every other Sunday morning, on account of the increasing demand for preaching in the English language.

From 1869 to 1881 Rev. Mr. Huntzinger also served as the pastor at Kissingers Church, in Spring township; from 1870 to 1876 at Friedens Church, at Lenhartsville, and at St. Paul's Church, near Hamburg; from 1873 to 1897 at Alsace Church, at the northeastern boundary of Reading; and from 1874 to 1904 at St. Peter's Church (Becker's), in Richmond township. All the congregations of these several churches were served by Rev. Mr. Huntzinger while serving St. Luke's at Reading.

He has baptized over eight thousand children, officiated at nearly four thousand funerals, and solemnized nearly three thousand marriages. He also took great interest in the establishment of the Lutheran Orphans Home at Topton, in October, 1896, and became one of the first trustees, serving since then as such trustee, and also as the president of the board since 1897.

In 1869 Rev. Mr. Huntzinger married Mary M. Hassinger, daughter of John Hassinger and Catharine Birch, his wife, of Reading, and they became the parents of two children: Ida Catharine, who died at the age of twelve years, and Charles Henry, who died at the age of fifteen years. In all Mr. Huntzinger's labors as a clergyman, Mrs. Huntzinger has given him her warmest sympathy and most effective co-operation, to which he attributes a considerable share of his ministerial success. Mrs. Huntzinger's father died in 1876, aged seventy-two years; and her mother (daughter of Charles Birch) died in 1890, aged seventy-nine years.

Picture of Rev. Fanklin K. HuntzingerIn 1887, Mr. Huntzinger's health having become impaired, his congregation granted him leave of absence, and he made an extended trip to Europe for recreation and recuperation during a period of three months. He was accompanied by a personal friend, George Eltz, and they together visited Ireland, Wales, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. In 1897, he made a second foreign tour, visiting the northern and central portions of Germany, the land of his forefathers. In 1902, in company with Mr. Edwin Boone (cashier and vice-president of the National Union Bank of Reading), he spent a month visiting Jamaica, one of the West Indian Islands. In 1905, with Mr. Boone again as a companion, he made a third journey to Europe, covering five weeks, they having visited France, England, Holland and the Rhine country, and they again in 1907, during July and August, traveled abroad, visiting Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. On the fifth day of the trip going (which was a Sunday) Rev. Mr. Huntzinger was invited to conduct religious services, and in appreciation of his most interesting sermon a large audience raised a sum of money which, at his suggestion, was presented to the South Holland Live Saving Association.

Rev. Mr. Huntzinger took a sixth trip abroad by visiting, from Jan. 22d to Feb. 23d, 1909, a number of the West Indian Islands (St. Thomas, Porto Rico, Haiti, Santo Domingo, Grenada, Dominica, the Bahamas, Martinique, Cuba, Jamaica), Venezuela and Panama, where the construction of the canal was going on and in two hours passed from he waters of the Atlantic ocean to the waters of the Pacific. While inspecting the canal he met the distinguished party of President-elect Taft. On his way home he had the extraordinary pleasure of witnessing the Presidential reception of the battle-ship fleet from its cruise around the world at Hampton Roads, the fleet passing his ship, the "Oceana," on both sides within speaking distance. During the homeward journey on the vessel, Mr. Huntzinger was invited to hold religious services on Sunday, Feb. 21st, and on that occasion the audience, comprising over three hundred passengers (who had come to know that he had been pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church at Reading for forty years), openly said that they could well understand how a pastor of such ability and pleasing address should continue his ministration to a single congregation for so long a period of time.


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George H. Huntzinger, a representative citizen of Sinking Spring, Pa., where he has for a number of years been engaged in the cabinet-making business, was born at his present home on Main street, April 2, 1864, son of Daniel and Maria (Heck) Huntzinger.

On Oct. 2, 1742, there landed at Philadelphia, from Germany, two brothers, George and Bernhard Huntzinger, the latter settling in Sullivan county, Pa., and engaging in farming. George went to Schuylkill county, and he, too, became a farmer. He was the father of six sons--Michael, Jacob, George, Henry, John and Daniel--and three daughters.

Michael Huntzinger, son of George, was born March 30, 1789, in Schuylkill county. In young manhood he came to Berks county, and settled near the village of Brownsville, where he improved a good farm. His death occurred June 10, 1845. He married Eva Freiberger, born Dec. 12, 1787, died Nov. 19, 1845, who bore him seven children; Jared, who died Dec. 27, 1892; Daniel; William, a resident of Sinking Spring; and four daughters.

Daniel Huntzinger, son of Michael, was born at the Blue Marsh, Berks county, Nov. 11, 1817, and died Jan 14, 1906, in his eighty-ninth year, being buried at Sinking Spring, where he was engaged in cabinet making the greater part of his life. For about thirty-five years he was also the leading undertaker of the village, and was a highly esteemed and useful citizen. Mr. Huntzinger was also the owner of a fine farm of thirty-five acres, where he lived for twenty-three years during the early part of his life. In religious belief he was a Lutheran and a member of the Sinking Spring Church, of which he was deacon and elder for many years. Mr. Huntzinger married Maria Heck, daughter of John Heck, and to them were born these children: William, who lives in Reading, and works for the Reading Railroad; Mary, unmarried; Sarah, who married Gerson Bickel, a farmer of Heidelberg township; Eve, unmarried; George H.; and Daniel, who died in infancy. Mary and Eve reside on the old family homestead.

George H. Huntzinger obtained a township school education, and when eighteen years of age learned the carpenter's trade from A. L. Crouse, being in that gentleman's employ for four years. He then engaged in the undertaking and cabinet-making business, which he followed twelve years, in 1902 retiring from the latter line to give all of his attention to cabinet-making. He has done all of the wood-work of the Sinking Spring Foundry Company, and still does; he also enjoys a large local trade, which gives him all the work he can do. On discontinuing the undertaking business Mr. Huntzinger took charge of the branch office of Francis F. Seidel, the well known undertaker of Reading. Mr. Huntzinger's fine home in Sinking Spring is situated on Main street, and his shop is located in the rear, he also owning another dwelling house in the town. In 1903, when Sinking Spring Lodge, No. 660, I. O. O. F., was organized, he was elected its treasurer, an office he has held to the present time. He and his family are members of St. John's Lutheran Church, of Sinking Spring, of which he was deacon for two years.

On April 22, 1899, Mr. Huntzinger was united in marriage with Lizzie Hibshman, daughter of John Hibshman. Mr. and Mrs. Huntzinger have three children: Frank K. and Adam H., who died in infancy; and Henry H., born Oct. 3, 1906.


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George F. Huy, station agent and dealer in coal and lumber at Lenhartsville, Greenwich township, where he owns a beautiful residence, was born in Maiden-creek township, Aug. 18, 1849, son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Fegley) Huy, and grandson of Abram Huy.

Isaac Huy, father of George F., was born in 1800 and died in 1853. He married Elizabeth Fegley, who died in 1850, the daughter of the Hon. S. Fegley, who represented his county in the State Legislature continuously from 1837 to 1851. To Mr. and Mrs. Huy there were born five children: Samuel, born in 1841, m. (first) Susanna Rothermel and (second) Isabella Robinson, and lives at Hamburg Pa. Abram, 1843, m. Emma Dunkel and resides at Blandon, Pa.; Catherine, 1845, m. Nathan Fisher and lives at Hamburg; Mordecai, 1847, m (first) Miss Moll and (second) Charlotte Heinly, and lives in Windsor township; and George F.

George F. Huy was educated, in the public schools of his native township, the Keystone State Normal school and Eastman's Business College, from which he was graduated. In 1873 he located at Lenhartsville, where he is the oldest man in point of service on the Berks & Lehigh railroad, having been there since the building of the railroad. At the same time he opened a coal and lumber yard, which he has ever since conducted with much success. When Lenhartsville was incorporated into a borough, Mr. Huy was the first choice of his fellow townsmen for the office of chief burgess. He has for some time been a member of the town council, has served as school director, and in many ways has aided in the progress and development of his township. He is a man of excellent character, and is held in the highest esteem by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance. He is a member of Friedens Lutheran congregation, which worships in the Union Church at Lenhartsville. Mr. Huy's beautiful home at Lenhartsville is surrounded by a large, well-kept lawn.

In 1873 George F. Huy was married to Clara Merkel, born May 11, 1850, daughter of George and Anna (Rann) Merkel. She died Oct. 16, 1881, having been the mother of two daughters: Lizzie Magdalena, born Jan. 28, 1876, who died May 8, 1878; and Mamie, born May 3, 1879, who died Dec. 20, 1885. Mr. Huy was married (second) to Anna W. Adams, born Jan. 10, 1845, daughter of John Adams, of Richmond township, and her death occurred Oct. 1, 1902. Mr. Huy's third marriage was to Anna M. Moll, daughter of A. B. Moll, born at Hamburg in 1874.

HUYETT, D. H. and I. S.

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I. S. and D. H. Huyett, proprietors of the Standard Paper Box Manufacturing Company, which is located at Nos., 441 to 445 Pearl street, Reading, are well known in their community as honest, straight-forward business men. Their success is due to their push and energy, and to their native business ability, and they are considered representative citizens of their native city. They are sons of Amos and Henrietta (Smith) Huyett, the former of whom was for many years a prominent contractor and builder, and also operated a planing-mill, doing much to advance the material growth of Reading. During the Civil war he was one of the first to enlist and he served throughout that struggle. He died in 1891, aged fifty-four years.

Amos Huyett was twice married. He married (first) Henrietta Smith, who died in 1870 at the age of thirty-three years. They were the parents of five children as follows: I. S. and D. H., who are mentioned below; Ella R., Lucy A. and Henrietta. Mr. Huyett married (second) Lydia Rick, who passed away in 1908, at the age of seventy. In religion the family were Lutherans. Fraternally the father was a member of the I. O. O. F. and in politics was a Republican.

I. S. Huyett, senior member of the firm of the Standard Paper Box Manufacturing Company, was born in 1861. On May 12, 1887, he married Jennie L. Heller, daughter of Anthony W. Heller, and one child was born to this union, Amos W., who is now attending school. Mr. Huyett is a member of Vigilance Lodge, I. O. O. F., and the F.P. O. Elks Lodge No. 115. Like the rest of the family he is a member of the Lutheran Church.

D. H. Huyett, junior member of the firm, was born in 1862, and on March 4, 1898, he married Catharine Hull, daughter of Henry Hull. They are the parents of Daniel, Dorothy, and Catharine. Mr. Huyett is prominent in fraternal circles, being connected with St. John's Lodge, F.&A.M., no. 435; Reading Chapter, R. A. M., No. 152; DeMolay Commandery, No. 9, K. T.; Reading Lodge of Perfection; Rajah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; Williamsport Consistory; and Lodge No. 115, B. P. O. Elks, of Reading.

The Standard Paper Box Manufacturing Company was organized in 1895. They manufacture a high grade of paper boxes, cartons and candy boxes and supply shoe, millinery, candy and hardware concerns with their product. The plant, three stories in height and 60X100 feet in dimensions, is equipped with a one hundred horse-power boiler, and gives employment to an average of seventy hands. From a small beginning the business has grown rapidly and now controls a well defined trade throughout this section of the State.


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(This sketch of the Huyett family is written by Harvey T. Huyett, of Shillington, Berks Co., Pa., a son of the late Daniel Huyett, of the same place. Harvey T. Huyett has become quite a student, and has taken some interest in the study of and careful research into the family history. After considerable thought he feels that nearly all--if not quite--of what is contained in this sketch is as near correct as it can be made at present.)

Huyett Family in America. To begin with those who "came over," and to explain away the traditional theory that the Huyetts came from France--which all admit that none of them have been able to prove--it may be said in proof of the fact that the name came from Germany and that their very French branch proves to be the most German of the entire stock. Let us be honest and call it Romano-Germanized-American. There is satisfactory evidence that the quartette of ancestors of whom we find record came directly from the German Palatinate to this country. It does not seem natural to think that the French Huguenots brought the name over and established it in southeastern Pennsylvania, for the simple reason that when 500,000 Huguenots left the borders of France in one year they came over from fifty to one hundred years previous to the Protestant persecution in Germany. Furthermore, they nearly all tended south to the Carolinas and settled North and South Carolina. The constant warfare between Germany and France made so much feeling, that the French would naturally flee from the Germans as soon as the Germans had root. This is a fact of history which is almost self-evident. In what follows we record the Huyetts as they emigrated hither, the lines being given of three who came directly. Several of the others cannot be certainly connected.

(I) Peter Huyett, born in 1702, emigrated in the ship "Samuel," Capt. Hugh Percy, sailing from Rotterdam. He was thirty-five years old, and married. The ship's log plainly says that he was a native of the German Palatinate, and does not mention Huguenots, which it does every time it brought Huguenots over. This seems to be proof enough for all French doubters. This ship "Samuel," last from Cowes, England, arrived here Aug. 30, 1737; 318 passengers. This Peter Huyett is the earliest of the name mentioned in America. His children were: Jacob is mentioned below; Anna Catherine, born Dec. 6, 1742, died Jan. 11, 1818, m. John Heiferichin, born March 10, 1743, died Dec. 25, 1813; Christopher, born in 1744, was unmarried in 1765 (this is the only record there is of him, and he may have been killed in the Revolution); George, born Oct. 6, 1747, was killed in the battle of Germantown, where he was serving as colonel in the Continental army; Catherine died young; Philip, born in 1754, died in 1822, settled in Robeson township in 1794 (his wife's name was Margaret, and among the children of his son Jacob was Vane, who had a son William). The records show that Peter Huyett (1702) had 200 acres of land in Exeter April 5, 1733 (?).

(I) Frantz Carl Huyett, born in 1708 in the Palatinate, emigrated in the ship "Glasgow," Capt. Walter Sterling, from Rotterdam, which arrived Sept. 7, 1738, with 349 passengers. He was thirty years old, and married. There is no name more German than Frantz or Carl, and the compiler does not believe a Frenchman would have used these names at that particular time. From Philadelphia he drifted across the Susquehanna river into Washington county, Md., near Hagerstown. He had a son Ludwig and some daughters.

(I) Michael Huyett, born in 1719, started for England at the age of twenty. At thirty he left England in the ship "Leslie," Capt. J. Balledium, 450 passengers, arrived Oct. 7, 1749, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, England; he was also a native of the Palatinate, from Manheim, Zweibrucken. Michael no doubt went to England in 1738 and tried to settle with the German colony in lower England, about one thousand, where he remained ten years. He become so English that he could scarcely talk German any more. He lived in Exeter township, then in Philadelphia county, until the French and Indian war, when he marched with Generals Braddock and Washington to Pittsburg, to be defeated and killed in 1755, whereupon the Indians became so brave as to drive Frantz and Peter Huyett across the Susquehanna river into Maryland, where Frantz found rich soil and settled; but Peter came back on horseback to Exeter township, which he had helped to organize in 1741 (or 1749), afterward visiting his Maryland brother.

(I) Ambrose Huett must be of this stock, the difference in the form of the name being accounted for by the lack of general education in those days. He came over in the "Peter Bonaventure," from London, England, when twenty-seven years old, arriving April 3, year not known. He was lost in the Revolutionary war.

There was another emigrant, who may or nay not belong to this stock, and who is here mentioned simply for the sake of the doubt. But there are so many Jacobs in the family that it seems reasonable he is one of the Huyetts, and the difference in the spelling of the last name may be only a misprint, as the name was used in many forms then. This emigrant, Jacob Huwitt, emigrated in the "Phoenise," Capt. Reuben Honor, 500 passengers, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, arriving Nov. 22, 1752. We have no further record of him here.

The compiler has further names of others probably connected with the family, and hopes to add to the list by continued research. But it is a very difficult task. So far he has gathered several thousand names, dates, etc., out of more than one dozen States, into which the Huyetts have spread; and in half a dozen counties here in Pennsylvania are found numerous representatives of this good stock.

These Huyetts came from the city of Worms, Germany, and vicinity, out of a district twenty miles west and ten miles east of and along the river Rhine, mostly southwest. They were all thrifty Christians, and for this reason were persecuted there, and even followed here by the same spirit which prevailed at the time.

Some years ago a German who passed through Virginia tracing his name, said that he had traced the name through Germany back to Rome. Therefore we can say that it is a very old name, and has proved to be one of the best wherever found. Many of the best settlers in Pennsylvania came over at the time they emigrated, and the Huyetts have intermarried with the Boones, Hartmans, Bechtels, Beidlers, and Pennepackers. Governor Pennypacker of Pennsylvania is a second cousin to James Pennepacker, of Shillington, Pa., who married Catherine Huyett (second cousin of Daniel Huyett, father of Harvey T.), daughter of Isaac, great-grandson of Peter Huyett (who came over in the ship "Samuel"). This Catherine Huyett's brother, Joseph Huyett, married James Pennepacker's sister. A great-great-great-grandson of the Boone who settled in Exeter, Pa., near Peter Huyett, married a daughter of Cyrus Huyett, first cousin of Harvey T. Huyett.

The emigrant Peter Huyett at one time purchased a large farm from Abraham Lincoln's grandfather, when Lincoln went to Kentucky. Some years afterward the Lincolns rebought the farm, which is still in Lincoln hands. This presumably happened when Peter Huyett became lost. Tradition has it that he was in the habit of visiting his Maryland brother, going by horseback from below Reading, Pa., to Cavetown, near Hagerstown, Md., and while on one of his return trips to Pennsylvania his horse tripped and fell, Peter dashing head first on a rock, breaking his neck. Consequently he was never heard from. The compiler has no wish to set tradition aside, but if there is any guess-work about this circumstance he would like to record his own theory. It is known from the records that Peter Huyett was very actively interested in the political and civic welfare of his district and the Commonwealth. In 1741 he was the first tax collector of his township, and in 1752 he helped to organize the county, and records also show that he was actively connected along these lines up to 1755, when he suddenly dropped out of sight, disappearing completely. Therefore I would suggest that the Indians scalped him, as they did Henry Hartman, H. T. Huyett's grandmother's grandfather. For the French helped the Indians to become very bold in 1755, when they defeated the careless General Braddock at Pittsburg, and Mr. Huyett is convinced that Peter Huyett was one of their victims, thus ending a brave and honorable career.

Mr. Huyett's grandfather, John Huyett, great-grandson of this Peter, married Elizabeth Hartman. Her grandfather, Henry Hartman, came from Germany, not many miles from the town of Worms, in the Palatinate by the river Rhine, and a John Hartman may have been his brother or his oldest son. Henry Hartman's widow said that on Oct. 16, 1755 (other witnesses say Oct. 30th is the correct date), her husband, who was out on the hill working, and his oldest son were murdered by the Indians, but that the daughter was spared her life, but was missing. The two men were scalped by a number of Indians, who were pursued by twenty-six whites. Adam Reed (a white man) found the Hartman bodies with the skin cut off their heads, and buried both of them in one grave on the spot where they were killed, to avoid their being carried away by men or attacked by birds of the air. They were buried Oct. 31, 1755, without removing their clothes or looking at their possessions, according to a letter from Reed to William Parsons on Nov. 1, 1755. These Hartmans lived in Bethel township, the Indians being numerous on the western slope of the Blue mountains, and every fall they would creep over to the eastern valley and carry away the grain crops the white men had raised during an entire season. The Hartmans and Fishers and other whites gradually drew southeasterly, to Muhlenberg and Oley townships.

If we could realize the endurance of our ancestors, and the ordeals through which they had to pass, our hearts' gratitude would surely be theirs. Breaking away from all friends and home ties, with their penny knotted in a handkerchief tied around a limb, they sold themselves to the captain of a ship like so many sheep or oxen. Then the captain gave them free steerage; but at this end of the passage they found another knot had been put in their string, as the captain made auction sale of them, releasing them to the farmers who offered the highest bid, whom they had to serve until the price was earned off; the women had to serve many years. This must have been worse than any hardship the descendants of these courageous people would endure, even for their kith and kin. However, there were means of softening these severe conditions. A particular or close friend already settled here would be requested to meet the newcomer from the Old World when his ship came in, and be sure to bid the highest price for him or her. Otherwise they might be lost to each other forever, by being sold to someone in a distant section.

The Huyetts have had all these trying experiences, but they have prospered and multiplied, the name being well represented in the present generation. We shall now trace the direct line of Harry T. and M. Luther Huyett.

(II) Jacob Huyett, son of Peter, born April 23, 1732, died April 2, 1802. He and his wife, Maria Gegin, born Jan. 4, 1735, died Nov. 22, 1803, had a married life of forty years. They are buried at the Schwartzwald Church. They had nine children, of whom Henry, born April 28, 1759, died Nov. 17, 1816; he married Christiana Beiberer (daughter of Henry), born March 9, 1759, died March 8, 1841. Christian was mentioned in 1767 (no dates, but was unmarried). John, born Oct. 30, 1763, died Nov. 27, 1825; his wife, Sophia, born Feb. 6, 1763, died Oct. 7, 1813 (their children were: William, Christian, Philip and Catherine, born Oct. 1, 1789, died Aug. 9, 1794; of these, Philip, born 1784, married Mary Lash, and their son John had a son Vane Calvin, born Feb. 7, 1859, whose son William lives at Shillington, Berks county). Jacob, born March 8, 1766, married Rosina Bechtel in 1790, and died Jan. 19, 1831; his father sold him a farm of 180 acres in Cumru (adjoining his brother Ludwig's), near the Five Mile House, now owned by one of the Huyett daughters. Catherine, born Nov. 17, 1772, died May 26, 1840, unmarried. Ludwig and Philip are mentioned below.

(III) Ludwig Huyett, son of Jacob, born in 1761, died Sept. 30, 1799, aged thirty-eight. His grave has not yet been located. John Huyett, his brother, signed off, also John Beaver and Christian Gernant. On June 5, 1787, his father sold him a farm of 273 acres in Cumru township, Berks county. He and his brother Jacob had some slaves, and from five to ten cows and sheep. He and his wife Magdalena had children: Catherine m. John Shoup, born Nov. 17, 1790, died May 25, 1840, son of Peter Shoup, the emigrant; Leah; George, born Aug. 18, 1793, died Aug. 25, 1857; John. Of these, George m. Sarah Gicker July 16, 1814, had children as follows: John had a daughter Amanda (m. Henry Matz and had Eve Ann, John, Rose, Daur and Sallie); George went to the war and did not return (he m. Mary Reifsneider and had John, whose son John had Sallie, Cora, Irwin and others; Obediah, who had a son Harry; Mrs. Dr. Ammon, of Reading, and Wellington, who m. a Smith); Jacob, born Jan 17, 1820, died June 26, 1866, unmarried; Polly (or Margaret) married (first) a Mr. Umpenhaur and (second) Isaac Idyl, by whom she had a son Isaac.

(IV) John Huyett, youngest son of Ludwig, born Jan 11, 1798, baptized Sept. 8, 1798, died Jan. 22, 1887. He was a very successful farmer, being able to give a farm to each of his numerous children. He married Elizabeth Hartman, daughter of John Hartman, whose father Henry was the "Bravado."

These are the Hartmans previously mentioned as having suffered at the hands of the Indians. We have the following record of their children:

(V) Garson Huyett, son of John, born March 25, 1823, died July 17, 1890. He became a wealthy farmer, and like all the family a valuable citizen. He m. Eve Gaul (daughter of Christian and granddaughter of Peter, the emigrant), born July 29, 1821, died April 8, 1895. Their children were: Henry m. Catherine Reber and had Thomas (whose children were Minerva, George, and two deceased), Irwin (no children), Harry (one child) and Nora (unmarried); Sarah m. Henry Grill and had Annie and Frank (neither has children); Cyrus m. Annie Kurtz and had children, John (no children), Charles (no children), Ellanora (children, Blanche Viola, Alice Esther and Mary Grace), Cyrus (children, Alice Pearl, Charles Walter and Minerva Ruth), Oscar Kurtz (no children), Ivan (no children), Alvin (no children), Adam Franklin (no children) and Mary Alice (no children); Mary m. Adam Grill, but had no children.

(V) Mary Huyett, daughter of John, born Nov. 16, 1824, died young.

(V) Leah Huyett, daughter of John, born Dec. 2, 1826, is unmarried. She was a great help to her father for many years. She and her sister Sarah lived together.

(V) Sarah Huyett, daughter of John, born Feb. 11, 1828, died Aug. 5, 1909. She m. Daniel K. Zacharias, and they had eleven children, nine daughters and two sons, one of whom died recently; Mary had no children; Emma, Mrs. Hassler, had four children, Irwin, Earl, Eida and Margaret; Elizabeth died young; Carolina m. Allen Schwoyer and had three children, Charles (who has several children), Nora (unmarried) and John (deceased); Amanda m. F. Shalter and had James, Frank (in State of Washington), John, Carrie and Florence; Charles m. Eve Pennepacker and had Minnie (who is m. to Rev. Mr. Raub, a U. B. minister, and has one son); Wellington m. Ella Hornberger and had a daughter Gertrude; Clara m. Adam Ruth and had Adam and Nora; Catherine m. Michael Kintzer and had Chester, Leroy and Charles; Rebecca m. William Krick and had Irwin (who had one child, deceased) and Sallie; Gertrude died in infancy.

(V) John Huyett, son of John, born Sept. 28, 1829, died young.

(V) Elizabeth Huyett, daughter of John, born Sept. 12, 1831, died March 29, 1895, unmarried.

(V) Charles Huyett, son of John, born April 30, 1833, died Aug. 16, 1894. He, too, was a well-to-do farmer. He m. Elizabeth Beidler, and they had: Annie m. John Huyett, son of Joshua, a third cousin, and had a daughter Annie and a son; Evan, of Center county, Pa., had a daughter Lelia and a son; Olean m. Annie Wenrich, of Sinking Spring, Pa., and had a daughter Catherine; Alice m. Oliver Miller and had a son Warren.

(V) Lewis Huyett, son of John, born July 30, 1834, died Oct. 1, 1865, unmarried.

(V) Daniel, son of John, born Aug. 7, 1836, died Dec. 26, 1900; he was buried New Year's Day in Sinking Spring cemetery, and had a very large funeral. In 1860 he m. Lydia Gaul (daughter of William, son of Peter who came over), born Oct. 26, 1830, and still living. They had the following children, all born on the old homestead: (1) Calvin Douglas, born Sept. 13, 1864, died young. (2) Garson McClellan, born June 21, 1863, m. Emma Ruth, of Wernersville, Pa., daughter of Michael Ruth, a wealthy retired farmer, and (second) Susan Hartman, of North Reading, and had three children, Victor (by first marriage), Maple and Lillie. He was licensed to teach, and taught several terms before his marriage, later teaching four terms more; graduated from a business and shorthand school of Reading and obtained a good position as stenographer with the Pennsylvania Railway Company; transferred to Sunnyside, Ark.; where he was superintendent of a large cotton plantation for some years, and is now in the business of building and selling houses, living at Reading. (3) Emma Adeline, born July 19, 1866, m. Morris A. Ernst, of Bernville, and now lives in Shoemakersville, Mr. Ernst having this year retired from farming and built a home in the village, besides which he owns two fine farms, woodland, etc. They have two children, Lincoln (studying medicine at the University of Pennsylvania) and Flora. (4) Martha Madora, born Nov. 27, 1867, m. Jacob S. Hatt, son of Samuel and Carolina Hatt, and had Charles and Irwin (the latter died young). Mr. Hatt is a well-to-do farmer and farmed his large place until several years ago, when he purchased the large grocery and department store in Reading which he has since conducted in connection with the management of his farm. (5) Harvey Tyson and (6) M. Luther are mentioned below.

Daniel Huyett even exceeded his father in local influence and in accumulation of wealth. He was careful, honest, thrifty, fair-minded and possessed of fine judgment. He farmed the finest of the Huyett estates, a property of 108 acres of excellent land (on which is a remarkably fine spring), now owned by his son Harvey. For many years he owned another of the finest farms in the state, 111 acres in Heidelberg township, Berks county, one mile west of Wernersville, which he sold to the state of Pennsylvania for a State sanitarium site; there is also a fine spring on this place. Daniel Huyett always took great interest in the affairs of the community, and was looked up to for his intelligence as well as his sterling uprightness. He was a stanch Democrat, and not only had a reputation as a valuable party man, but was also esteemed for the services he rendered in the locality as school director for many years and juryman; he rendered special services on the grand jury, being well up on points of law and court customs, and well acquainted with the best lawyers, judges and civil officials.

Mrs. Daniel Huyett was a daughter of William Gaul (born June 17, 1780, died March 30, 1857) and his wife Rosina Wenrich (born Jan. 12, 1786, died April 19, 1866). Mr. Gaul was an expert blacksmith, engaged in business near Shillington. Three of his sons went as far West as Ohio, making the journey on horseback. The family were all earnest Christians, and all bore Bible names, John, Joel, Levi, Lydia, Elizabeth, Reuben, etc. William Gaul's uncle married a Huyett, and her father married a sister of this Jacob Gaul. William Gaul's grandfather came over in 1767, and his descendants are now scattered all over the country.

(V) James Huyett, son of John, born Dec. 22, 1839, is still living. He farmed the place which formerly belonged to his father, now his own property, retiring from active work about ten years ago. He was an honest business man and a useful citizen, serving his locality and State well. He is a Democrat, and has done much for his party. He was frugal and successful, at present owning two very good farms and two houses, and has financed a stocking factory. He married Mary Gaul, daughter of Solomon and Catherine Gaul, the latter living to be ninety-six years old. Mr. and Mrs. Huyett had children as follows: Carrie died unmarried; Walter, a veterinary surgeon, m. Sophia Coleman and had Edith and Violet; Alva m. Howard Bender and had Luther H.

(V) Anna Huyett, daughter of John, born Dec. 29, 1843, m. Richard Hain and had sons Franklin (who had a son Richard) and Charles (who had no children). Richard Hain came from the oldest and best Colonial stock in this part of the world. Mr. and Mrs. Hain were well-to-do farming people until they retired some twenty years ago, and they are residing in Wernersville, having erected a mansion on the lower end of their farm. She is a handsome and well built woman. One of her sons is principal of a large school at Cape May; the other manager of a stocking factory in Wernersville.

(VI) Harvey T. Huyett, author of this family sketch, is neither a D. D. nor quite an M. D., never having asked for either degree though he may be deserving of both. He graduated with first and special honors, at the head of a large class, from the Brooklyn Institute of First Aid to The Injured & Diseased, which made him a very active member of the Red Cross Society of Brooklyn's greatest institution. He was born March 17, 1870, on the old 100-acre Huyett homestead, near Shillington, Pa., which farm he now owns, and is living in the famous mansion of his father on Lancaster avenue, Shillington. He received a district school education, after which he took several terms in the Charter Oak Academy, at Sinking Spring, Pa., and several in the Keystone State Normal School. He was licensed to teach district schools by Supt. David S. Keck, but did not engage in the profession. He then entered the Frank Harrison Shorthand College, Newark, N. J., where he graduated with special honors, after which he occupied a splendid position in New York City, and at the same time took three courses in the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, the greatest institution of its kind in the country. He was a stenographer of expert qualities, both in the court and commercial lines of New York City, and occupied several good positions there.

Mr. Huyett married May 21, 1898, in New York City, Catherine Swain, daughter of John Jackson and Anna Barbara (Beyerer) Swain, of Butler, Pa., her father being a tradesman in and about Pittsburg. To this union were born Ruth Washington, John Bryan, Claude Harvey and Grace Catherine. Mrs. Huyett's grandmother was a Brown, either a sister or cousin of the famous John Brown.

(VI) M. Luther Huyett, M. D., one of the rising young physicians of Berks county, whose chosen field of practice is the borough of Shillington, Pa., was born Aug. 7, 1874, on the Huyett homestead in Cumru township, Berks county, son of Daniel and Lydia (Gaul) Huyett. He received his preliminary education in the public schools of his township, taught public school for two terms, graduated from the Interstate Commercial College in 1892, attended Palatinate College, at Myerstown, and Muhlenberg College, and in 1900 graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, later taking a special course in diseases of the ear, nose and throat at the same institution. After graduation Dr. Huyett established himself at Shillington, where he soon built up a large practice, of which many an older practitioner could well feel proud. In 1901 he purchased the well-known Rev. M. L. Fritch estate, which is located at the corner of Lancaster avenue and Miller street, in Shillington, and in 1905 he erected the handsome pebble-dashed residence which is one of the finest in the place. The Doctor is very public-spirited and is an exemplary citizen. He is a Democrat in political matters, and he is fraternally connected with Teutonia Lodge No. 367, F. & A. M., Knights of Pythias Lodge No. 485 at Mohnton, the O. of I. A. (No. 186) at Shillington, and Reading Tent of Maccabees, and is examiner of two of the former orders. He is also examiner for a number of well-known insurance companies. He is connected with the county, state and national medical societies, is at present physician at the County Almshouse, and a member of the Board of Health of Shillington.

On June 9, 1898, Dr. Huyett married Ella N. Bitting, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Worley) Bitting. They have no children.

(III) Philip Huyett, youngest son of Jacob Huyett (1732), married Magdalena Klohs, youngest daughter of John Klohs, son of Thomas Klohs, of Alsace township, Feb. 9, 1794, in presence of Jacob Klohs, in minister's house.

(John Klohs was buried Sept. 23, 1795, by Thomas Klohs, who, born on Dec. 6, 1732, had ten children.) Jacob Klohs m. Catherine Baldy Sept. 13, 1789). Philip and Magdalena Huyett had children: Daniel, born March 11, 1795, died in middle age; Catherine m. a Moyer; Elizabeth; Samuel m. Elizabeth Troop (he was born about 1805, and died in 1854, aged forty-nine years); Margaret (perhaps); Jacob, born Oct. 10, 1810 (sponsors, Henry and Catherine Focht); Mary (born in 1812) m. Jacob Klohs.

(IV) Samuel Huyett, born about 1805, married Elizabeth Troop, and they had children: (1) John, who died when seventy-two years old, was twice married, first to Susan Griffith (sister of his brother Isaac's wife), and second to Sarah Machemer (sister of his brother Augustus' wife). There were nine children by the first union: Samuel, of Gibraltar, Pa.; John, of Reading, Pa.; Israel, of Baumansville, Pa. (he has three children); Harrison, of York county, Pa.; Catherine; Elizabeth; Lydia; Susan; and Harvey, of Turkey Hill, Pa. There were five children by the second marriage: Martin, another son, and three daughters, all of Turkey Hill. (2) Isaac, who died when sixty-two years old, married Maria Griffith, and they had children as follows: August, John, Isaac, Jacob, Annie (who has two children), Emma, Carolina and Cassanna. (3) Jacob, who died in his twenties, went to the Civil war in 1864 under a captain popularly known as "Cheap John of Unchsterdam" and was killed on the battlefield. (4) Samuel, now sixty-six years old, went to Chester county, where he resides with a child. He no doubt had other children. (5) Adam, born in 1845, is still living. He entered the service of the Union in August, 1862, under Capt. Patterson Galt, 122d Pennsylvania Infantry, and saw service in Maryland and Virginia, going on to Fredericksburg. He was mostly on guard duty. When he had been at the front six months he was taken sick with typhoid fever, was four weeks in hospital, suffered with frostbitten finger tips and feet, and was taken to Washington hospital. On account of gangrene he lost both his feet, and though obliged to wear cork limbs he walks as well as anyone, attracting no notice. He married Lovina Behm, and they have had fourteen children, seven dying in infancy. The others are: Barton, Adam, Joshua (a shoemaker, unmarried), Franklin (unmarried), Annie (whose children are Wood, Florence, Susan, Dora and Nellie), Hettie (whose children are William, Charles and Adam), and Dora (who has a son, Howard). (6) Augustus, who died when sixty years old, was twice married, first to Catherine Machemer, by whom he had: Irwin, of Ephrata, Pa. (who has one child, Maple), William (who has had a family of six, Bertha--who died when sixteen years old, Edna, Harry, Annie, Girdie, and Charles, the last named deceased), Vane, Elizabeth, Emma, Catherine and Cora. His second marriage was to Esther Lambert, of Reading, by whom he had two children, Oscar and Charles.

(IV) Sarah Huyett, daughter of Henry (son of Jacob, son of Peter), born April 28, 1782, died Dec. 9, 1866.

(IV) Jacob Huyett, son of Henry, born March 25, 1784, died Feb. 2, 1842. He lived along the Schuylkill river, in Exeter, Pa., and bought and farmed the best farm in the county at the Beaver Creek lands, Hagerstown, Md. On Jan. 10, 1809, he m. Maria Steiner. Their children were as follows: (1) Jeremiah went West fifty years ago, to Montgomery county, Kans., where he homesteaded 160 acres. He had three sons, George, Jacob and Daniel, all of whom own farms, and four daughters, not named. (2) John had children: Jacob (who died at the age of forty-five), Claggett (who died at the age of twenty-eight) and a daughter, also deceased. Jacob is survived by two children, Charles, of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. William Arts, of Hagerstown, Md. Shortly after Claggett's death his wife moved to Illinois; they had several children. (3) Susan, born in 1833, died Feb. 3, 1852. (4) Jacob had a family of seven: Millard, who opened a store four miles west of Hagerstown, Md., where the Green Castle turnpike crosses the old National turnpike, about thirty years ago, and the town has ever since been known as Huyett (he had no children); Franklin, a tradesman of Hagerstown, Md.; Isaac, in Oregon; Daniel, a trucker near Hagerstown Md.; and Mollie, Alice and Susan, all married. (5) Leah was born on Dec. 2, 1826, on the Huyett homestead, on the same day and year as Leah (now living at Shillington, aged eighty-three), daughter of John Huyett, of Cumru township, near Shillington; the coincidence is somewhat remarkable, as the parents were not acquainted at the time. Isaac Huyett, of Exeter, Pa., also had a daughter Leah born the same year, 1826, who died young. Leah Huyett m. J. A. R. Brewer, and lived to be forty-five years old. (6) Elizabeth m. Henry Stough, and lived to be seventy-seven years old. (7) Daniel, born in 1823, died May 31, 1905, was engaged as a farmer, merchant, miller and fertilizer manufacturer. His children were: John B., who had four sons and four daughters, Eugene, Brinham, Jacob, Earl, Zelene, Betty, Bertha and Clara; Huron A., whose children were Daniel G. (manager of the Colorado Telephone Company at Longmont, Colo.), Margaretta S., Virginia, Eva, Maizie, and Dorothy; Luther A., whose children are William (he has 600 acres of the finest land near Winchester, Va.) and Edna; Margaretta O.; and Nettie R. (who had six children, all of whom died in childhood). (8) Mary m. Walter B. McCoy, of Illinois, and lived to be sixty-two years old. (9) Sarah m. her first cousin, Henry Huyett, son of (IV) John.

(IV) John Huyett, son of Henry, of Berryville, Va., born Nov. 2, 1785, died in 1859. His children were: (1) Henry married his first cousin, Sarah, daughter of his uncle Jacob, and they had three sons and two daughters, the sons being Luther R., John (prosperous farmers in Virginia) and Calvin (in San Francisco, Cal., where his Turkish bath-house, valued at $18,000, was destroyed in the recent earthquake). The daughters had some children. (2) Mrs. Myers had children. (3) Mrs. Mary Shawl (or Shall) had Sallie and other children. (4) Samuel, of Shepherdstown, W. Va., died aged fifty-three years, five months, one day. (5) Sarah. (6) John, born June 4, 1804, died Nov. 11, (year not given on tombstone).

(IV) Margaret Huyett, daughter of Henry, born June 11, 1789, died Dec. 11, 1790.

(IV) Abraham Huyett, son of Henry, was born April 5, 1790. On April 18, 1812, he m. Eva Leiss, of Alsace. His children were as follows: (1) Charles, born Dec. 16, 1812, died in the Civil war. He was one of the jury that convicted the famous John Brown. He was twice married, first to Jane Noland and second to Jane Williamson, by whom he had no children. By the first union he had eight children, four of whom married and live in Saline county, Mo.: Angeline married Mr. Brewer, of Hagerstown; Samuel married Ida May Osbourne and had one son; William married a Western woman in Missouri and had two sons; Charlotte did not marry; Emma married Robert Billmeyer; Robert married Molly Kyle and had six daughters; Lulu married Dr. A. A. Wheeler and had one daughter; Maggie married Samuel O'Grady and had two sons and one daughter. (2) Samuel, born in 1814, died in 1892. By his first wife, Sidney Jones, he had children: Charles died unmarried during the Civil war; Eugene m. Maggie Timberlake and had six daughters and three sons, Temple, Ernest and Charles; Laura m. John Jobe and had one son, Eugene; Lucy m. Samuel Quimbly and had ten children. By his second wife, Susan Van Metre, who was born and reared near Martinsburg, Va., he had six children: Frank Morgan m. Nannie Bowman, born April 11, 1864, and had Nellie Neill, Agnes Lee, Frank Morgan and Nannie Bowman; Cora Blanche married A. W. Pitman and had four children; Susan May m. A. T. Myers (no children); Lillie Lee m. A. W. Pitman (no children); Laura Tabb remained unmarried; a son died in infancy. By his third wife, Rebecca Tanquary, there were no children, now were there any by his fourth union, to Maggie Gully. (3) Mrs. Rebecca Whiting, born Nov. 12, 1816, had children: Francis Stribling, George, Lizzie B., Richard H., Evelyn, Hugh and Fenton. (4) Mary Jane, born in 1818, m. Thomas Jones and had six children: Osbourne O., who had Nancie and Raleigh; Harriet R., who had French Brilton, living in Williamsport, Pa.; Charles T., who had Charles E., William T. (in Pennsylvania) and Ernest D.; Matthew W., who had Emma, Thomas, Matthew, Charles, Elizabeth, Bernard and Joseph; Doras H., who had no children; and Ella A., who married Berkley Bowman.

(IV) Elizabeth Huyett, daughter of Henry, born Oct. 21, 1791, died Dec. 10, 1842. She married John Traber, born Oct. 26, 1788, died April 9, 1870.

(IV) Mary Magdalena Huyett, daughter of Henry, was born Feb. 25, 1793.

(IV) Isaac Huyett, son of Henry, born July 12, 1794, died Oct. 15, 1848.

He married Mary Myerly, born July 31, 1802, died Oct. 5, 1876. They had children: (1) Leah Harriet, born March 17, 1826, died young. (2) Henry, born May 20, 1828, had Henry, Joshua and Calvin. (3) John, born Aug. 31, 1830, died Sept. 24, 1856. (4) Frederick, born May 25, 1833, has no tombstone; his grave is close to the cemetery wall. (5) Christiana, born Oct. 24, 1835, died Dec. 9, 1839. (6) Isaac, born Oct. 15, 1837, m. Dec. 14, 1861, Catherine Root, born July 13, 1840. They had: Elmer R. m. Susan Hartranft and had no children; Alvin Harlen had Beulah, Emma, Russel, Marie, Dorothy and Paul; Laura Meade m. Charles S. Rhoads and had Garson H. (born Nov. 25, 1891), Verna Meade, Earl H. (born Jan 7. 1895), Marion Meade (born Aug. 9, 1899), Vernon Lee (born May 10, 1902), Norman Elmer (born Nov. 21, 1905), and Melvin Irvin (born Nov. 21, 1905--died Dec. 9, 1907). (7) Solomon, born Feb. 8, 1840, and his wife Sarah had Olivia (who died aged three years, four months, twenty-seven days) and Isaac (died when one month, twenty-nine days old). (8) Levi, born April 14, 1842, died 1881.

(9) Ephraim, born Nov. 19, 1844, died in 1883. (10) Franklin, born Feb. 13, 1847, died in 1864, aged seventeen years, four months, three days.

(IV) Daniel Huyett, son of Henry, born June 6, 1796, moved to Maryland. His son Peter L. Huyett, born in 1823, moved west to St. Louis, Mo., where he became a noted piano manufacturer. His son, William W. Huyett, is a resident of Funkstown, Washington Co., Maryland.

(IV) Samuel Huyett, son of Henry, born Dec. 27, 1798, died May 28, 1852. On May 12, 1826, he m. Mara Haas, and they had sons: Ephraim, Henry, Levi and John.

(IV) Henry Huyett, son of Henry, born Oct. 11, 1802, died Sept. 6, 1863. He m. three times, his first wife's maiden name being Gaul; the second, Chumacht or Jackson, and the third, Beard. His children were: (1) Mary, born Nov. 1, 1830, m. Amos Faber, and had Henry, Isaac, and Amelia (m. a Quinter and had a daughter, who married and had two sons and one daughter). (2) Amos, born about 1835, m. a widow, Lydia Longfelter (or Longfelder), and they had five children, Irwin, Daniel, Lucie, Ella and Nettie. (3) Charles Gabriel, born Nov. 2, 1839, and his wife Peggy had five children, Alvin (who had Robert and Walter), Jacob (who had Garson and Anna), Huron (who had Emma), Nora (who had a daughter Mary) and Eve (unmarried). (4) Sarah, born Oct. 8, 1841, m. a Rubbert, and had Cyrus, Albert, John, Charles, Emma, Catherine and Mrs. Lutz. (5) Henry, born May 25, 1844, and his wife, Harietta, had Samuel, William, George, Mary and Hannah. (6) Isaac, born in October, 1851, m. a Longfelter, daughter of his brother Amos's wife by her first husband. Both brothers are now deceased, and their widows are paralyzed. Isaac and his wife had Alice (who had one son), a daughter not named, Raymond, and one that died young. (7) Harriet m. a Woertz and had five children, all of whom died young.

(IV) Samuel Huyett, son of Jacob, born Aug. 16, 1794, died Jan. 21, 1874. On July 16, 1815, he m. Susan Hiester. His son Jacob, who died in 1859 at the age of thirty-nine, had children Susan, Adam, and one born April 23, 1854. Susan married a Groh and had one son and two daughters. Adam Huyett m. Leah A. Groh and they had Nora (born March 9, 1876) and Sylvester (born Nov. 28, 1879).

(IV) Jacob Huyett, son of Jacob, born Dec. 21, 1801, died March 10, 1884. He m. (first) Mary Magdalena Hill (whose mother was a Pennepacker), born June 24, 1804, died March 16, 1866. Her mother's brother married Mr. Hill's sister. His second wife was an Umpenhauer. His children were: Mary Magdalena m. Adam Himmelberger, and had children, Elizabeth, Catherine, John, Joshua, Frank, Esther, Laura, Amily, and George. John, born Aug. 15, 1825, died when eighty-one years old, had four children, Jacob (of Illinois), Henry (of Wernersville, Pa.), Mary (of Robeson, Pa., m. to David Gaul) and Catherine. Hannah, born Dec. 8, 1827, died when sixty-four years, two months, five days old, had several children. Joshua, born July 4, 1830, m. Annie Kurtz, and their children were Joshua (who had one child), John (m. Annie Huyett, daughter of Charles, and had one son and one daughter, Annie), Catherine (m. a Hertzog and had three children, a daughter, one deceased, and a son), Jacob (died unmarried), and Franklin (who had two daughters and one son). Jacob, born June 12, 1833, had four children by his first marriage, John, Ray, Harry and Charles, and four by his second, George, Sallie, Olivia and Aedna. Henry, born May 17, 1834, had children, Paul, Christian and Isaac. Lydia was born May 10, 1836. Catherine was born Nov. 16, 1838. Mrs. Jacob Hetting was born Sept. 29, 1844.

(IV) Elizabeth Huyett, daughter of Jacob, m. George Krick. They had a son Benneville Krick.

(IV) Mary Huyett, daughter of Jacob, m. John Krick, brother of George (her sister's husband); they had no children.

(IV) Sarah Huyett, daughter of Jacob, m. July 23, 1815, in Exeter, George Spangler. It seems she lived only a short time, and he m. her sister, as it says George Spangler, widower, m. Catherine Huyett Aug. 25, 1816.

(IV) Catherine Huyett, daughter of Jacob, m. George Spangler Aug. 25, 1816, and they had a son Adam.

(IV) Isaac Huyett, son of Jacob, born April 5, 1805, died Aug 17, 1871. He m. Sarah Gaul, born in 1804, died in 1871, aged sixty-seven years, five months, five days, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Gaul, who crossed the ocean in 1767. Their children were: (1) Joseph m. Mary Ann Pennepacker, sister of James, and their children were Wesley (born in 1854, of Camden N. J.), Robert, and Cora (now in Wilmington, Del.). (2) Elizabeth m. Samuel Reifsneider. (3) Mary m. Jacob Gaul (son of Jacob Gaul, whose father, Peter, was the emigrant ancestor), who died in 1859, at the age of thirty-nine, and she subsequently m. Henry Hettinger. She had three children by the first marriage, Dr. Reese (no children), Rose and Albert, and six by the second, Howard, Calvin, another son, Annie, Cora and Aquilla. (4) Isaac, born June 9, 1833, died Sept. 11, 1872, m. Hannah Lauer, born July 29, 1837, died Aug. 22, 1887, and they had children: Sallie m. Howard Potteiger and had a daughter Nora; Irwin William m. Matilda Reber and had Luke, Irwin, Mary, and another; Tyson L. m. Catherine Mohn and had Nora, Floyd, Robert, Hannah, Arthur, Laur, Grace and Elwood; Catherine m. (first) Douglas Hornberger and (second) Laur Hawk and had two daughters; John did not marry. (5) Sarah m. William Klohs, born in 1837, died 1887, aged fifty years, twenty-three days, and had four children, Sylvester, Albert, Elseworth (who had four children) and Catherine. (6) Catherine Huyett, daughter of Isaac, m. James Pennepacker, brother of Mary Ann Pennepacker who m. Joseph Huyett, her brother, and they had two sons and two daughters, the former both dying in infancy; the daughter Alice did not marry; Cora m. Henry Showalter and had Kathryn.

(II) Ludwig (Ludwich) Huyett, son of Frantz Carl, born Jan. 7, 1739, died April 17, 1828. He married Margaretta Potter, born Feb. 1, 1752, died Feb. 21, 1833. They are buried at Cavetown, Washington Co. Md.; the gravestones are badly weatherworn. A deed of 1785 when he made a purchase, shows him a resident of Washington county, and he was a member of the Reformed Church in Hagerstown. He died at the home of his son Jacob, who was a captain in the militia of 1812. In 1799 he bought an estate of 430 3-4 acres, about six miles east of Hagerstown, which he called "Huyett's Meadows," by which name it is still known. It is at the foot of South Mountain, about two miles south of Cavetown. This he kept until his old age, when, about 1811, he divided it into two sections, selling equal parts to his sons Jacob and Daniel. Daniel's grandchildren to-day own all of his half, and Jacob's grandchildren own most of his half. Ludwig Huyett was a thoroughly honest and extremely energetic man. He and both of the sons named owned quite a number of slaves. The old brick house on Ludwig's original plantation is still standing, in good shape.

(III) Margaretta Huyett, daughter of Ludwig, married William Hogmire, and they had a son, Daniel Hogmire. Mrs. Margaretta (Huyett) Hogmire lived with her brother, John Huyett, during the closing years of her life, and is buried in Huntingdon, Pa., where he lived.

(III) Mary Huyett, daughter of Ludwig, married Henry Knode. Their children were: Joseph, Lewis and Daniel.

(III) Elizabeth Huyett, daughter of Ludwig, married Jacob Tritle, and they had children: Jacob, Lewis, Susan (m. Georg Winter, and their son, Daniel, is a resident of Smithburg, Md.), Margaret (m. Milton Saugarel) and Elizabeth.

(III) Daniel Huyett, son of Ludwig, born June 10, 1786, died May 14, 1869. He was a splendid business man and made a fortune. He married (first) Mary Swope, born Aug. 30, 1788, died Oct. --, 18--, and (second) Martha Gaither. The children of his first marriage were as follows: Peter Lewis (born Dec. 10, 1818), Jacob Henry (born July 18, 1812), William John (born Aug. 11, 1813, m. Catherine Ingram), Elizabeth Margaretta, Samuel Courtney, Daniel Potter, Henry Swope, Martha Ann (m. Edward Ingram) and Edward Augustus. To the second union were born: Elizabeth Julian, born Nov. 8, 1834, died March 23, 1835; and Daniel Gaither, born June 2, 1836, m. Emma Merrick.

(III) Jacob Huyett, son of Ludwig, born Oct. 16, 1783, died Oct. 8, 1840. He was a man of good judgment, and unusually fearless. He served in the war of 1812, enlisting in Captain Barr's Company. He married Elizabeth Ingram, born June 7, 1795, died April 15, 1878. He and his wife, and all his sons and daughters, are buried at Cavetown, Md. On Oct. 8, 1840, at a political demonstration in Cavetown during the Harrison and Van Buren campaign, Jacob and his family were in their carriage when the horses took fright and ran away, Jacob falling under the wheels and never regaining consciousness.

(III) John Grove Huyett, son of Ludwig, left Maryland, moving to Huntingdon county, Pa., in 1795, and settling on the land--Stone Hall Dairy Farm--on which his grandchildren now live.

(IV) John Huyett, son of John Grove, had children as follows: (1) W. W., of Huntingdon, Pa., has the Stone Hall Dairy Farm; he holds the original deeds from his great-grandfather Ludwig to his grandfather John Grove, also the deed from Thomas and Richard Penn, in the time of King George III. (2) Mrs. Benjamin Beck is a resident of Chewsville, Md. (3) Mrs. Dr. Rohred is a resident of Altoona, Pa. (4) M. C., of Detroit, Mich., has two daughters and four sons, one daughter being Mrs. Bertha Sudd, of Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. There are three grandchildren. (5) Joseph R. is of Huntingdon, Indiana.

(IV) William Huyett, son of John Grove, had no children.

(IV) Susan Huyett, daughter of John Grove, married John K. Neff, of Williamsburg, Pa. So far as is known she had no children.

(IV) Joseph Huyett, son of John Grove, was a medical man in the Civil war. His family lived at mills on the Rock river, near Rock Island, Illinois.

(IV) Catherine Huyett, daughter of John Grove, married a Mr. Patton, of Kentucky, who died fifteen years ago, leaving his widow in Washington, D. C. The had three children.

(IV) Lewis Huyett, son of John Grove.

(IV) Daniel Huyett, son of John Grove, originally of Washington county, Md., settled in Ohio, and died fifty years ago, unmarried.

(IV) Jacob Grove Huyett, son of John Grove, was of Washington county, Maryland.

(IV) A daughter of John Grove Huyett married Daniel K. Neff, of Alexandria, Pennsylvania.

(IV) Ellen M. Huyett, daughter of Jacob, born Oct. 19, 1822, died May 23, 1886, unmarried.
(IV) Joseph Lewis Huyett, son of Jacob, born Dec. 14, 1825, died April 12, 1828.
(IV) Benjamin Ingram Huyett, son of Jacob, born April 24, 1828, died March 31, 1885, unmarried.

(IV) Elizabeth Margaret Huyett, daughter of Jacob, born Jan. 14, 1831, died Sept. 13, 1905, was the only one of her parents' family that married. She married Isaac G. Beard. They had children as follows: (1) Benjamin Huyett, born Feb. 12, 1863, died June 13, 1864. (2) William Edward, born Nov. 29, 1864, died Jan 17, 1866. (3) Sarah Allen, born Jan. 18, 1866, died Sept. 10, 1867. (4) Mary Elizabeth m. William F. Shank, and had children: Elizabeth Frances, Raymond Isaac and Robert Huyett. (5) Daniel Santee married Lillie A. Hoover and had Frances Elizabeth. (6) Catherine Amelia, born March 18, 1872, died Sept. 3, 1899. She m. Lloyd K. Hoffman, and had Calvin Beard and Harold Huyett. (7) Emma Virginia, born Feb. 5, 1871, died March 22, 1871.

(IV) Cynthia Ann Huyett, daughter of Jacob, born April 21, 1833, died May 9, 1906.

(IV) Edward Milton Huyett, son of Jacob, born Oct. 18, 1835, died May 3, 1903.

The Yosts, with whom the Huyetts have intermarried, are descended from Jacob Yost, who was born in Germany March 16, 1696, and came over in company with Rev. George Mitchell Weiss, the first regularly ordained minister of the Reformed Church in America, on Sept. 21, 1727. He settled in Whitepain township, Montgomery Co., Pa., and his property is held by his descendents. Rufus Yost m. a Miss Kurtz, and since they have become related in other ways.

The Huyetts have also intermarried with the Boones, the family to which Daniel Boone, the famous hunter and pioneer, belonged, living side by side in Exeter township, with Peter Huyett, his son Jacob and the rest of them and going to the same church. As both families have numerous descendents a mention of the Boones will be of interest here.

[Note: For the biography of the Boone family which was originally included in the Huyett biography, please look under "Boone Family" in the index.}


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Irwin William L. Huyett, late a farmer of Cumru township, Berks Co., Pa., was born there June 14, 1860, and died Oct. 27, 1894, aged thirty-four years, four months, thirteen days.

Isaac Huyett, his grandfather, born in Cumru township April 5, 1805, died Aug 17, 1871, aged sixty-six years, four months, twelve days. He was a farmer and cattle dealer in Cumru township, carrying on extensive operations for many years. He married Sarah Gaul, born Feb. 14, 1804, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Gaul, died July 19, 1871, aged sixty-seven years, five months, five days. They had children as follows: Isaac G., father of Irwin William L. Huyett; Joseph G., who died in 1900; Mary Ann, m. to (first) Christian Gaul and (second) Henry Hettinger; Kate, m. to James Pennypacker; Elizabeth, m. to Samuel Reifsnyder; and Sarah G., born Jan 24, 1837, died Jan. 9, 1872, m. to Henry Close. In religious belief this family were Lutherans.

Isaac G. Huyett, born June 9, 1833, died Sept. 11, 1872, aged thirty-nine years, three months, two days. He was a farmer in Cumru township, where he lived and died. On Oct. 23, 1855, he m. Hannah S. Lauer, born July 29, 1837, died Aug. 22, 1887, aged fifty years, twenty-three days. They had children as follows: Sarah (m. Howard Potteiger), Irwin William L., Tyson (m. Kate Mohn), Kate (m. (first) Douglass Hornberger and (second) a Haak) and John.

Irwin William L. Huyett was reared on the old Huyett homestead in Cumru township, living there with his parents until they died, and after his mother's death obtaining the farm for his own. He remained there until his death, engaged in general farming. The place is near the "Five Mile House." Mr. Huyett was a successful farmer, and though he died when comparatively a young man, left his family in comfortable circumstances.

On Jan. 17, 1888, Mr. Huyett was married to Matilda V. Reber, born Feb. 26, 1862, daughter of Benneville and Mary Ellen (Dechert) Reber, who had a family of five children, namely: Conrad, of Sinking Spring; Sarah, m. to Frank Hartman; Mary, m. to Peter Leinbach; Matilda V., widow of I. William L. Huyett; and Thomas D., of Rockford, Ill., proprietor of the Rockford Lumber & Fuel company. Mr. and Mrs. Huyett had four children: infant, born Feb. 7, 1889, died Feb. 12, 1889; Luke R., born June 28, 1890; Irwin W., born Oct. 27, 1892; and Mary Ellen, born Nov. 29, 1894.

Since her husband's death Mrs. Huyett has resided in her own comfortable residence on Main street, Sinking Spring, where she lived prior to her marriage. Mr. Huyett was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Sinking Spring, and served as deacon. He is buried in the family lot at that church.


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Robert P. R. Huyett, M. D., one of the leading medical practitioners of Reading, Pa., whose offices are situated on North Tenth street, has been engaged in practice in this city since 1893. Dr. Huyett was born in 1854, in Cumru township, Berks county, son of Joseph G. and Mary A. (Pennypacker) Huyett.

Isaac Huyett, grandfather of Dr. Robert P. R., was a farmer and cattle dealer in Cumru township, carrying on extensive operations for many years, and becoming known as a substantial business man and influential citizen. He married a Miss Gaul, by whom he had these children: Isaac; Joseph G.; Mary Ann, m. (first) to Christian Gaul, and (second) to Henry Hettinger; Kate, m. to James Pennypacker; Elizabeth, m. to Samuel Reifsnyder; and Sarah, m. to Henry Close. In religious belief the family were Lutherans, in the faith of which church Mr. Huyett died about 1867, at the age of sixty-one years. His wife died in 1864.

Joseph G. Huyett in his young manhood assisted his father in the cattle business, and later engaged therein on his own account, also operating a farm and mill, to the latter of which he gave his entire attention in later life. About twelve years prior to his death, in 1900, he removed to Chester county. His wife, Mary A. Pennypacker, who survives him, resides in Wilmington, Del., with her daughter. Four children were born to Joseph G. Huyett and wife, as follows: Dr. Robert P. R.; Isaac W., deceased; Joseph and Cora A., m. to A. Ladd, of Wilmington, Del. The family are Lutherans in religious belief.

Robert P. R. Huyett received his preliminary education in the schools of Berks county, the Reading Academy, and Prof. Farr's Commercial Business College, and read medicine under Dr. Christian Hoffman of Sinking Spring, and with Drs. Schomaker and Pancoast, then entering Jefferson Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1879. After taking a post-graduate course in Philadelphia, Dr. Huyett located at Temple, where he remained in practice for eighteen years, and in 1893 came to Reading, where he has since continued in his profession.

Dr. Huyett married (first) Mary A. Brown, a native of Robeson township, who died in 1892. He m. (second) Ida (Grush) Michael. Dr. Huyett is a member of the P. O. S. of A., of the Commandery of that order, and of the Knights of the Maccabees.

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