|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1851|
Aged 49 yrs, 10 mos, 24 days.
(Cemetery Records of Pennsylvania, Volume 1, The Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1946 - Hutchison Cemetery Records, pp. 62-67)
Information above provided by Kathie Weigel, who originally created this memorial.
George Pecht was reportedly a respectable farmer near Altoona, Pennsylvania. He was married to Rachel Hartsock (sometimes spelled Hartsough). The family name was alternately spelled Peight. Some of the children of George and Rachel spelled the name Pecht; others spelled it Peight. The couple had nine children:
John Crispin Pecht
Emmanuel (Immanuel) Steele Peight
Jacob E. Peight
Martha Jane Pecht
A family history of the Hartsough/Hartsock family published in the 1960s stated that George Pecht died from drowning while trying to save his daughter who was swimming. This seemed unlikely as the deaths occurred in Pennsylvania in February.
Several newspapers of the time carried reports of the days events. The most complete story I've discovered so far was a summary of what had been printed in the Hollidaysburg Standard, February 19.
George Pecht, a farmer lived between Altoona and Blair Furnace, and according to the newspaper, "has for some time been laboring under partial insanity, caused by religious monomania."
The newspaper reported the events of "Sabbath Last" which would have been February 16, 1851 at three o'clock in the afternoon, he was in the kitchen where his daughter, Mary, was washing dishes. Pecht grabbed an axe and struck her on the forehead with the sharp edge, "cleaving her head in a manner that she died almost instantly."
The article goes on: "The noise brought other members of the family to the kitchen who observed Pecht running from the house. Chase was made as soon as possible."
Pecht ran directly to the forebay of a nearby sawmill, forced himself under the gate and drowned before he could be extricated.
The article concluded: "Pecht always bore a good character, was a temperate man and highly esteemed by all who knew him."
Thomas A. Pecht (____ - 1844)*
Mary Pecht (____ - 1851)*
Isaac Pecht (____ - 1843)*
Allen T. Pecht (____ - 1848)*
John Crispin Pecht (1831 - 1903)*
Maintained by: Susan Petersen
Originally Created by: Zella
Record added: Dec 03, 2011
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