Johann Peter Huyett

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Johann Peter Huyett (Hujet)

Birthplace: Achtelsbach, RP, Germany
Death: April 10, 1766 (63-64)
Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
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Father of Anna Catharina Neukirch

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About Johann Peter Huyett

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 had 200 acres of land in Exeter April 5, 1733. 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.

-- as recorded by Harvey Huyett in his history, "Huyett Family in America," found at:

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Johann Peter Huyett's Timeline

Achtelsbach, RP, Germany
December 6, 1742
Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
April 10, 1766
Age 64
Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States