2. Dewalt (John Theobald) MECHLING(1) was born on 11 Nov 1731 in Germantown Bucks Co. Pennsylvania. He died on 29 Mar 1816 in Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania. He was buried in Apr 1816 in Feightner's Cemetery Longwood Pennsylvania. He was baptized into the LDS church on 2 Feb 1984 in the Jordan River Utah LDS temple. He was endowed on 23 Feb 1984 in the Jordan River Utah LDS temple. He was sealed to parents on 7 Mar 1984 in the Jordan River Utah LDS temple. He has Ancestral File number LJ27-S1. BIOGRAPHY: MECHLING MECHLIN MACKLIN 1728 - 1989 Volume I COMPILER: Dorothy Hallarn Mercy

Dewalt (John Theobald) Mechling eldest son of Theobald and Anna Elizabeth (Lauer) Mechling was born 11 November 1731 probably in Germantown Pennsylvania He grew up in what was then Bucks County Pennsylvania Around 1756 or 1757 he married Sabilla Kohler daughter of Michael and Sabilla Kohler (Kaler). She was baptized 24 April 1736 in the Great Swamp Church of Northampton County Pennsylvania From his father's estate Dewalt received 260 pounds 13 shillings and 4 pence paid to him by his brother Thomas sole heir of the property at the rate of 25 pounds yearly until the total was paid. On 13 January 1770 Dewalt received a patent of 27 acres and 85 perches and on 30 January 1770 a warrant for 188 acres and 80 perches in Macungie Township Northampton County Pennsylvania This latter grant was patented 18 August 1772 and was known as Mechlinberg. Sometime within the next four years Dewalt left Northampton County and moved westward to Westmoreland County where on 4 January 1774 he was granted a warrant for 300 acres (surveyed March 8 1774 as 296 acres and 80 perches.) It was called "Longsides". The same day he was granted an additional warrant for 300 acres (surveyed March 7 1774 as 328 acres) to be called "Strelitz" and on March 20 1788 a third warrant was granted to Dewalt for 343 acres which was called "Mechlinburg". Also on 25 August 1785 together with Ludwick Otterman Dewalt purchased 302 1/2 acres located on Pokes Run. This property was called Macklin's Retreat. Near the Mechling land was the county seat of Hannastown which was also the pre-Revolutionary capital of western Pennsylvania. It consisted of 20 mud-plastered homes in 1774 when a stockade was erected by General St. Clair. This stockade proved advantageous when on 13 July 1782 Hannastown was attacked by Indians. Some of the settlers had gone to Miller's Station some 2 1/2 miles south of Hannastown to celebrate a wedding but others had remained home to do their daily chores. It was the reapers in the field who first saw the Indian and gave warning thus allowing most of the settlers to reach the fort. The Indians ransacked and burned the cabins then proceeded to Miller's Station where they captured many of the wedding guests. The Indian path led right through the Mechling property and some of those who were killed were buried in the Mechling field. My research had not shown any Mechlings to have been killed or captured in that raid. It was only a few years before that raid that Dewalt had signed a petition from Fort Allen to Governor Morris of Pennsylvania asking for better protection from the Indians. On 9 April 1776 Dewalt enlisted in the Revolution and served as an ensign on the 8th Continental Line of the Pennsylvania Regulars. He was severely wounded at the Battle of Bound Brook in New Jersey. Dewalt was one of 500 men garrisoned in the blockhouse. On the night of 13 April 1777 a British force of 4000 men under Cornwallis surprised the sleeping continentals. Most of them fled but 100 were killed or captured. (Site of this raid is marked by a boulder at Main and East Streets in Bound Brook.) Dewalt was severely wounded resigned three days later and returned home with the other injured soldiers under the command of Col. Daniel Brodhead. Dewalt died 29 March 1816 and is buried with his wife Sabilla in Feightner's Cemetery near Longwood Pennsylvania.

ORDINANCES: Also listed B: 13 Dec 1986 JRIVE E: 6 Jan 1987 JRIVE SP: 8 Jan 1987 JRIVE

He was married to Sabilla KOHLER (daughter of Michael KOHLER and Sabilla (KOHLER)) in 1756/57 in Bucks Co. Pennsylvania. Sabilla KOHLER was born before Apr 1736 in Pennsylvania. She was christened on 24 Apr 1736 in Great Swamp Church Northampton Co. Pennsylvania. She died in Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania. She was buried in Feightner's Cemetery Longwood Pennsylvania. She has Ancestral File number LJ27-BL. Dewalt (John Theobald) MECHLING and Sabilla KOHLER had the following children:

child+10 i. Dewalt MECHLING.
child+11 ii. Michael MECHLING.
child12 iii. Johann Peter MECHLING was born before Mar 1760 in Northampton Co. Pennsylvania. He was christened on 30 Mar 1760 in Zion's Lutheran Church Lower Macungie Northampton Co. Pa.. He died in Northampton Co. Pennsylvania. He has Ancestral File number LJ27-F4.
child+13 iv. Sybilla MECHLING.
child+14 v. Jacob MECHLING.
child+15 vi. Anna Elizabeth MECHLING.
child+16 vii. Frederick MECHLING.
child+17 viii. Barbara MECHLING.
child+18 ix. John MECHLING.
child+19 x. Anna Maria MECHLING.
child20 xi. Catherine MECHLING was born on 17 Jun 1779 in Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania. She was christened on 26 Jun 1779 in Old Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Hempfield Twp. Pa.. SPONSORS: Michael and Franzina Ruch She died in Pennsylvania. She has Ancestral File number LJ27-PH.

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