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Manatant, an 18th-century geographical designation for a territory which covers a portion of the eastern section of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The term is evidently a variant form of Manatawny, the name of a huge tract of land of more than 20,000 acres, sold by William Penn to John Henry Sprogel. By 1715 Sprogel had set aside about three acres within the limits of the present borough of Pottstown for burial purposes, and in this Sprogel cemetery many Mennonites were buried in the 18th century, including Bishop Martin Bechtel (1710-1786). 
Bishop Martin Bechtel was the son of Mennonites, Hans Jacob Bechtel and Elizabeth Rickert Hoch. Martin emigrated from Germany to Chester County, Pennsylvania. Martin, brother George and children attended the Coventry Mennonite Meeting House in Chester County, about 2 miles from Pottstown.
Martin married Elisabeth Reiff, born 1714, in Germany, died in Chester Coutny, Pennsylvania. The inscription on her gravestone reads: "Hear lays the body of ELISABETH BECHTLE from the [generation] of Reifer and the wife of Martine Bechtle." https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=99081094&PIpi=69174750
Martin's property encompassed nearly all the land in South Pottstown. He also operated a ferry over Schuylkill River. At his death, the land became the property of his son Jacob.
Martin died August 25, 1786 and was buried in the former Sprogel's graveyard and later re-interred in the cemetery of the East Coventry Mennonite Church. 
This person was created through the import of Rodney Timbrook Ancestors and Relatives_2010-09-10.ged on 10 September 2010.
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