TAKEN BY WILLIAM HUFF OF PITTSBURG, PA. ON 3/31/1965
THIS IS THE HOME LAND OF THE
TAKEN ON 8-25-1995 THE FOLLOWING PICTURES AND NARRATIVE BY JEAN DILLON OF READING, PA.
1-8-1727 - 1-2-1796
9-8-1719 - 9-22-1783
David Brecht was the son of Stephan Brecht. Johannes (John) was the only son of David Brecht, David and Sara had 7 daughters. Miss Scheidy is the 8th generation from Stephan by her mother Naomi Bright. She has verified all my information and with her help and genealogy research, has helped me discover that I am the 8th decendant of Michael Brecht of Reading, Pa. by my grandmother Elizabeth Bright. Stephen and Michael were brothers.
In December of 1995, I took my daughter Wendy Burns with me to clean and photograph the Brecht Cemetery, and in this way, another generation knows the location of this old and historical private burial ground.
ANNA MARIA BRECHT JAN/15/1757----MAY/24/1842 AGE---85/4/9
To her left is the marker of her husband, JOHN BRECHT JUNE/2/1747---FEB/9/1834 AGE--86/8/7
In the back row from left to right.
JACOB HIMMELBERGER FEB/26/1780---APRIL/10/1782 AGE--2/2/12 He is the son of Margaret and Philip Himmelberger, and the Grandson of David and Sara Brecht.
Center back SARA BRECHT JAN/8/1727--JAN/2/1796
HIS BURIAL IS AT ( GOD'S ACRE ) NORTH HEIDELBERG CEMETERY. HE IS THE SECOND BURIAL.
THE STONE IS IN GERMAN. FROM BETRICE SHEIDY NOTS.
G B 1692
G S D 24SD
I TOOK THE PHOTO ON 8/25/1995
The house did not have a date stone, the barn to the left of the house had a stone found on the wall with 1796, and the name John Brecht on it.
No Brecht has lived in the house since 1916. Looking at the maps of 1854 and 1876, I don't believe Stephen or David built on this spot. The homestead has its own private burial ground.
You can see the house from the Bright School Raod. The land is not in the Bright family now (1996) and is posted with no trespassing signs.
From Reading, Pa.------183 N. From the traffic light at Upper Van Reed Road, 5.7 miles. On Bright School Road, 1 mile. The farm is on the left side.
I verified my information with Miss Betrice Sheidy of Bernville, Pa. Betrice is the 8th generation of Stephen. I am the 8th generation of Michael Brecht of Reading, Pa.
I photographed the home in the summer of 1995 and again on 1-19-1996. This photograph was taken on April 21, 1996.
In this cemetery are the parents and grandparents of Sara Brecht/Gockley, wife of David Brecht.
Beatrice E. Sheidy, 81, of Bernville R.D. 1, Jefferson Township, died Sunday at 11:23 a.m. in her residence.
Born in Jefferson Township, she was a daughter of the late Calvin T. and Naomi E. (Bright) Sheidy.
Sheidy was a member of St. Thomas United Church of Christ, Bernville, where she was the church's historian.
She was secretary of the Young at Heart Club, Bernville.
Sheidy was a former director of the Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society.
Surviving are several cousins.
The Kirkhoff Funeral Home, Bernville, is in charge of arrangements