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  • ID: I6292
  • Name: Jonathan HECKERT
  • Given Name: Jonathan
  • Surname: HECKERT 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 Feb 1816 in pos. Halifax Twp., Dauphin Co., PA or Lower Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland Co., PA 2
  • Death: May 1898 in Allegheny Co., PA
  • Burial: Saint John's Lutheran Church of Highland Cemetery, 311 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh. PA-lot 50
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  • Baptism: pos. St. Peter's (Fetterhoff's) Evangelical Lutheran and German Reformed (now United Church of Christ) Church, Armstrong Valley (Upper Paxton Twp., now Halifax Twp.), Dauphin County, PA 18 Aug 1816
  • Event: Nicolos & Catharina Hetrich Baptism sponsors 18 Aug 1816
  • Event: "Jonathan Heckerd", age 31, with Nancy & 5 children (the eldest 4 by 1st wife) Census 1850 USA 5 Sep 1850 Muddy Creek, Butler Co., PA
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    farmer, real estate valued at $2,000
    The census index listed his name as "Anather Heckert"- a typo that made searching for him difficult.
  • Event: "Jonathan Hickert", age 44, with wife and children, real estate valued at $1,500 Census 1860 USA 1860 Allegheny Twp., Venango Co., PA
  • Event: "Jonathan Heckert", age 54, with wife, 7 children & a farm laborer Census 1870 USA 23 Aug 1870 McCandless Twp, Allegheny Co., PA
  • Note: real estate valued $20,000 & personal property $3570
  • Event: "Jonathan Heckert", age 63, with wife and 5 children, farmer Census 1880 USA 2 Jun 1880 McCandless Twp, Allegheny Co., PA
  • Note: His nephew, Hannes, age 26 lived with him as a farm laborer.
  • Event: Jonathan apparently moved to Columbiana Co., OH before moving to Muddy Creek. Fact 1 Columbiana Co., OH
  • Event: He may have been married to Elizabeth Lutz by then or married her later. Fact 2 Columbiana Co., OH
  • Event: His birth data found in "Genealogy of Some Heckert Families in America 1748-1994" by Glenn & Juanita Scott Fact 7
  • Event: Purchased Mosser's Tavern and renamed it the Oak Grove Hotel. Fact 4 1865
  • Event: The hotel he had owned was called various names by the different owners. Fact 5
  • Event: The site of the hotel is now known as 10490 Perry Hwy., Wexford Twp., PA & is opposite Weller Drive. Fact 8
  • Occupation: farmer and owner of Oak Grove Hotel in McCandless on Perry Hwy. 23 Aug 1870 3
  • Event: pos. Lower Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland Twp., PA Residence 1 1816
  • Event: Residence 2 1838 prob. near Zelianople, Butler Co., PA
  • Event: Residence 3 Abt 1840 Ohio
  • Event: Residence 4 1850 Muddly Creek, Butler Co., PA
  • Event: Residence 5 1860 Allegheny Twp., Venango Co. PA
  • Event: Residence 6 1862 Oil City, Venango Co. PA
  • Event: Residence 7 1865 Wexford, (McCandless Twp.), Allegheny Co., PA
  • Will: 17 Jan 1889
  • Note:

    Will and Testament
    Heckert, Deceased
    person who transcribed the will made numerous errors; the type of errors indicate that he/she was foreign born.]
    all men by this presents that I Jhonothen [sic] Heckert of McCandless Township County of Allegheny State of Pennsylvania Farmer, being in ill health and of sound disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me at anytime her[e] to for made, and as to my worldly estate and all the propperty [sic], realpersonal or mixed, of wich [sic] I shall fie seized and possessed, or to wich [sic] i [sic] shall entitled, at the time of my decease i [sic] devise, bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following: touit [to wit] first, my will is, that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall, by my executors herein after named, to be out of my estate as soon after my dece[a]se as shall found convenient, also Grave Stones to be erected 2) i give and devise to my beloved Wife Nancy Hecket [sic] all my Real estate during her life.
    3 i bequeath to my son John Heckert five hundred Dollars of wich [sic] he has Received four hundred Dollars 4) I bequeath to my Daughter Hecket
    inter maried[sic] with Woods five hundred Dollars [this is probably Mary Anne Heckert since this first group of children were by his first wife, Elizabeth] 5) I bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Hecket [sic] inter marid [sic] with ??? five hundred Dollars.
    6) i bequeath to my son William Hecket five hundred Dollars 7 i beqeath to my son Frank Hecket five hundred Dollars 8) i bequeath to my grand-son David Fetter Four hundred Dollars, to be put on intrest, until he is of age.
    9) i bequeath to my Daughter Matilda Hecket the Piano
    Now my children hereafter named will share and share alike in my estate after it is sold and converted into Cash Elizabeth Hecket William Hecket Margaret Hecket Chatrina {sic, this is probably Rhoda Catherine] Hecket Clara Hecket Evetine [sic Evaline] Hecket and Frank Hecket.
    my parsonal [sic] propperty shall be aprased [sic] and my wife can take of it what she wants and the rest to be sold and evenly divided
    and Lastly i do nomenate and appoint the said Jh.?] Rolohause J.P. to be the Executor of this my last will and Testament.
    in testimony [sic] whereof I the said Jhonathen [sic] have to this my last will and Testament. I have subscribed my name and afixed my seal this 17 day January A.D. One thousand eight hundred and eighty nine.
    J. Heckert (seal)
    signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Jhonathen [sic] Hecket as..."
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    from the web site of Corinne Spencer-McDonnell

    "John Lutz, his immediate family, Jonathan Heckert and John Schaeffer and their families, came first to Columbiana County, Ohio, where they found the fever and miasmas so bad that they returned to Butler County, Pennsylvania, where they settled permanently."

    Butler County is just North of Allegheny County with Pittsburgh and just South of Venango County with Oil City.

    Colonel Edwin L. Drake drilled the first commercially successful oil well on August 28, 1859 in Titusville, PA. Several boom towns sprang up including Oil City where by 1862 Jonathan lived with his family. He may have been there as part of the oil rush or perhaps as a inn keeper to those who were working in the oil business. "The city was partially destroyed by flood in 1865 and by both flood and fire in 1866."- Wikipedia,

    "Jonathan Heckert was listed in 1870 Census in McCandless Twp., Allegheny Co., PA, family #101,. page 85. Jonathan was 54 yrs. old, and living with Nancy 41, Wm. 16, Maggie 13, Mathilda 11, Catherine 10, Clara 8, Evaline 5, and Frank 2. His occupation was farmer and hotel keeper, both parents born in U.S. I have also found Jonathan Heckerd in the 1850 Census, Muddy Creek Township, Butler County, PA., page 267, roll #760, but took no further information from the census record. His first name was listed as Anather in 1850 PA Census index but it is Jonathan in original record."- Tom Barchfeld


    1880 Census for McCandless, Allegheny, Pennsylvania (the first PA beside each name refers to the individual's birthplace, the last 2 are the birthplaces of his/hers parents):

    Jonathan HECKERT Self M Male W 63 PA Farmer PA PA Nancy HECKERT Wife M Female W 51 PA Keeping House PA PA
    Matilda HECKERT Dau S Female W 23 PA At Home PA PA
    Kate HECKERT Dau S Female W 20 PA At Home PA PA Clara HECKERT Dau S Female W 17 PA At Home PA PA Eva HECKERT Dau S Female W 15 PA At Home PA PA Frank HECKERT Son S Male W 12 PA PA PA Hanner? HECKERT Nephew S Male W 26 PA Farm Laborer PA PA

    According to a map of McCandless, printed about 1878, Jonathan lived on a road which was a extension of Perrysville Plank Road. Across the street was was the Oack [sic] Grove Hotel [probably Oak Grove Hotel], which I assume is the hotel referred to. Charlotte Baer Symes (Jonathan's grandson's wife) called the hotel the Heckert Hotel in Ingomar on Perrysville Hwy. The name of the hotel may have been changed or she was just referring to the owners.

    A newspaper article about the hotel he owned in Wexford:
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 12, 1946

    Here's a Place Where George Washington Never Slept Wexford Boasts 126-Year-Old Hotel

    Ever Since 1820 Historic Spot Lives Romance

    By Constance Humphrey Post-Gazette Staff Writer

    For more than 100 years, ancestors of some of the best families in Pittsburgh hitched their horses and spent the night at a small hotel on the Perry Highway in Wexford, Pa. But one thing is sure. As much as the Perry Park Hotel would like to claim that fame, "Washington never slept there." He died 21 years too soon. The hotel has housed, however, since its origin in 1820, a great many people who later made fortunes in then distant Pittsburgh. Some of them had names well known to the public; others had such quaint cognomens as Obadiah Beaver and Peter Bean, whose names appear on early registers of the hotel. Some of the people who stayed at the hotel, as an overnight stop, were driving herds of cattle through from Butler to Pittsburgh. In those old days, the hotel, then known as "Heckert's," provided housing for both cattle and owner. An old landmark, still surviving, is a well, from which the present owner, Charlie Wigley, dump water now and then. Even though it is now modernized as far as its exterior is concerned, a lot of romance has transpired under the roof of the Perry Park Hotel. Originally located on a 126-acre plot, it is now confined to just a few acres, but its interior is just the same as in 1820, when early settlers pulled up on steaming horses to get a glass of ale or a night's rest. "The only difference." said Charley Wigley, "is that today we have 'pink ladies' and 'martinis' to offer and, instead of a fiddler beside a pot-bellied stove, we have a juke box." As far as ladies entering the bar in the good old days a century ago, they did. "History tells us that many a country housewife came in for a bottle of sherry for 'cooking or medicinal purposes,' and my own great-aunt, now 94, and a teetotaller, came in to Heckert's as a 7-year-old girl to get a five-gallon jug of whisky in threshing time. They used to put it in a chip basket so the little girl wouldn't break it," said Mr. Wigley. Once, in the tempestuous history of the inn, an indignant guest riddled the door of one of the 12 sleeping rooms with his double-barreled shotgun. The marks of the pellets can still be seen. But whatever the glorious history of the place has been in the past, Charley Wigley thinks that future history will be even more illustrious. As Charley put it: "Everyone talks of the past, but no one speaks of the future. Some of these ex-soldiers who come in here, have a beer or a sandwich, may end up being President. Who knows?"

    Another newspaper article about the hotel he owned in Wexford:

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 1, 1995, Sunday Magazine Voices North

    Room & Board

    For 133 years, it stood along Route 19 as a landmark hostelry. serving room and board to drovers and stagecoach drivers as well as modern-era travelers and tourists until its demise in 1977. Marshall historian Judith A. Off Oliver takes Voices North readers on a trip into the past to review the history of one of the north suburbs' first hotels which started as Mosser's Tavern, became Heckert's, then the Weller Hotel, Perry Park Hotel and finally the Hightide Restaurant & Bar. Everything is coming north," innkeeper Christian R. Weller said, expPlaining why he purchased l22 acres and an old brick hotel on Route 19 in Wexford. "The south is built up." Considering the phenomenal growth in Pittsburgh's northern suburbs during the last decade, most area residents would not find Weller's remarks surprising until they learred he made them almost a century ago. When Weller paid $10.000 for the property in 1901, Route 19 was still the Perrysville Plank Road, McCandless was farm country, and Weller's friends called him a fool. "Chris," they told him, "you shot your money," according to Welter's daughter, 8o-year-old Pittsburgher Louise Tbompson. Weller knew what he was doing, however. In 1901, Weller was the manager of the famous White House Hotel in Perrysville where he lived with his wife Margaret Hartman and their two children, Christian F and Margaret K. Weller was an experienced innkeeper. He learned the business as a youngster from his aunt who owned a hotel on East Street in Pittsburgh and raised him after his mother died. In January 1902, the notorious killers Jack and Ed Biddle, who with the aid of the warden's wife Catherine Soffel had escaped from the Allegheny County jail, burst into the White House Hotel's bar seeking food and drink. They did not harm Weller or his family before leaving on their ill-fated journey north, but the incident must have been traumatic. Later that year , Welter decided to give up innkeeping and become a farmer. The same year, Weller's 32-yearold wife died of parrot fever contracted from her pet birds. Weller, 34, remarried to 17-year-old Grace Wright on Christmas Eve, 1902. With We1ler's two young children they relocated to Weller's property in McCandless where he had built a farmhouse where H.O.P. Lumber is now located on the west side of Route 19.

    Initially he allowed someone else to manage this historic brick hotel that stood on the east side of Route 19 at the interaction of Reichold Road where Wendy's restaurant is today. At the time Weller acquires the hotel, it had already been serving customers; for more than 50 years.

    Apparently it was Peter Mosser who built the hotel, plus a frarne barn and a frame stable, on 40 acres he purchased for $50 in 1644 at a sheriff's sale. Mosser and his wife Sarah Jane raised heir family of at least six children in the inn that was called Mosser's Tavern. It was ideally located on what was then the Franklin Road, an important north. south route to Pittsburgh four drovers, teamsters, and stagecoach passengers.

    In 1851, Mosser acquired 50 adjoining acres from John and Cathatine Grubbs that Mosser's son John and a hired hand farmed.

    In 1865, Peter acrd Sarah Jane Mosser sold their hotel and 79 acres to Jonathan Heckert. He renamed the facility the Oak Grove Hotel but many old-timers referred to the landmark simply as Heckert's. Like the Mossers, Jonathan Heckert and his wife Nancy raised their family of at least seven children in the old hotel.

    They also purchased 50 adjoining acres in 1886 from John and Susan McKinney and Joseph and Rebecca Jane Kinney that Heckert farmed with the help of his son William and John Deer.

    The bar of the old tavern did a brisk business with walk-in male customers but it was also common in those days for patrons to send their children to bang alcoholic beverages home. McCandless residents Willard W. "Bill" Wigley, the son of a lour owner, said when his great aunt Sarah Gals Marshall was a young girl. she used to be sent to Heckert's to fetch buckets of beer. And Bill's father, the late Charles Wigley, recalled in a 1946 interview that Marshall was also sent to the tavern at threshing time to get a jug of whiskey.

    He said, "'They used to put in a chip basket so the little girl wouldn't break it."

    Jonathan Heckert died in 1898 and the property was sold to Weller in 1901 to settle the estate.

    Christian Weller did not like farming but he stuck it out for almost 10 years during which time his daughter Helen was born. He wanted to get back in the hotel business but his inn was being successfully manned by Lena Deimlinger, who lived in the historic building with her two sons.

    Finally Weller seized an opportunity to manage the famous FiveMi1e House located in Ross at the intersection of Perrysville Avenue and Bellevue Road where he moved his family. His daughter Louise Thompson was born there in 1915.

    Thompson said her father, who was of German ancestry. created a tasty special hamburger for diners at the Five-Mile House. He mixed ground meat, bread and onion and made patties he called 'fricadill'."

    By 1920, Christian and Grace Weller and their two daughters Helen and Louise were back in Wexford living in their own inn that Christian had dubbed the Hotel Weller The "orangey brick' structure had 14 rooms, according to Thompson, with a fireplace in each, except the bathroom.

    She remembered, "The basement had big thick stone walls and a mud floor." Bill Wigley said the basement beams were logs. The bar, double dining roam, living room, and kitchen were on the first floor with eight bedrooms on the second floor.

    There was only one indoor bathroom, also located on the second floor. "I don't know how we did it," recalled Thompson, but ''the bar customers used two outdoor toilets, one for men and one for women, behind the hotel. The hired man scrubbed those every morning."

    Thompson also remembered an old summer kitchen that stood be hind the hotel where a pump forced water from the well to the inn's kitchen and bathroom. She said her mother owned an early washing machine that was kept in the summer kitchen. Thompson liked to watch the washing machine, powered by a belt connected to the pump, chug and shake but her father always warned her away, shouting "Stand back! Stand back!"

    Christian Weller added the distinctive curved porch to the historic inn and fitted the fireplaces with gas stoves to take advantage of fuel provided by two gas wells that had been drilled on the property. One was north of the hotel on the east side of Route19 and the other was in a valley on the west side of the highway.

    Weller was a generous man. Shortly after moving to McCandless, he allowed his neighbor Stephen Michel to build a sawmill on Weller Land on the west aide of Route 19 next to a cider press the Michels operated on their adjoining property. According to Thompson, "There was no rent. It was a friendly thing."

    In the 1930s, he allowed the North dills Polo Club to build a polo field on his flat field south of the hotel where Baierl Chevrolet is presently located.

    At age 76 and with failing health, Christian Weller and his wife Grace sold the historic hotel and about 2 1/2 acres in 1944 to Charles and Lillian Wigley. McCandless required both seller and buyer to agree to a covenant forbidding the construction on any "tourist cabins" on the property. Christian Weller died in 1945.

    Charles Wigley renamed the old inn the Perry Park Hotel "because it was on Perry Highway and close to North Park," according to his son Bill. He added that his father also said he was going to make a park out of the property. In 1946, the Wigleys added a new kitchen and living room on the north side of the building and converted the old kitchen into two restrooms.

    The original outhouses behind the hotel were in use until that year. Bill Wigley recalled the time very clearly. He said the paint on the new restrooms had not yet dried, causing a barroom guest to avail himself of the men's outhouse When he returned, he told Charles Wigley that he had better get the old facility fixed right away because the floor had just given way under him.

    Bill Wigley remembered other interesting details about the historic tavern's stored past, including a hole in one of the bedroom doors reputedly the result of an angry guest's gunshot.

    In 1959, Charles and Lillian Wigley sold the property to is current owner Martha Schieck and her late husband Edward. They gave the old hotel its most recent namethe Hightide Resaurant and Bar, because of seascapes and murals with an aquatic theme painted for the facility by an artist friend, the late Mack McWilliams.

    The Schiecks rented the upstairs rooms by the week and they served lunches and dinners in the dining room that held 15 tables.

    In 1977, the well was filled in and the historic hotel was razed because renovations required by the Health Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would have been too costly to complete, according to Martha and Bernie Schieck of McCandless. Wendy's International leased the property and constructed the existing restaurant on the site.

    Where early drovers and teamsters once paused during their journeys to eat at an old inn, modern travelers stop for a meal."


    I corresponded with Joann Hall, 1126 Waltham Road. Simi Valley, Calif. 93065 who wrote to Saint John's Lutheran Church of Highland and received this reply:

    "Reply from Saint John's Lutheran Church of Highland (5/17/2000) 311 Cumberland Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 364-1606

    Lot # 61 Originally owned by Mrs. Frank Symes (Clara May Heckert Symes) then switched to Jonathan Heckert

    Showing an Audrey Stewart buried there. Four graves are empty

    If these graves will not be used. would you consider giving them back to the church so we may bury someone else in these lots? That is of course if you are the remaining heir to Jonathan Heckert. Or put me in contact with the person that could give us permission to use these lots. Please let us know.

    Lot # 51 Lot #50 below holds Elizabeth Cairns Heckert's parents and her brother James Cairns.

    Owned by Mrs. William H. Heckert Buried there are the following:

    Jonathan Heckert - died in 1898 Nancy McCauley Heckert - died 10/8/1897 William H. Heckert - died 1921 (Jonathan & Nancy's son) William Joseph - died 8/28/1906 ((William H. and Elizabeth's son) Elizabeth Cairns Heckert - died 1941 (William H. Heckert's wife)

    That is all that we seem to have. If you have any more questions, please let me know and I will try to help you. I will keep a copy of your letter in case I find any more information about the unmarked graves in Lot #5

    Thanks for your patience in waiting for a reply. I hope this is information that you were looking for.


    Linda Huffmyer Secretary"

    Father: John HECKERT b: 7 Jun 1773 in near Lower Heidelberg Twp., Berks Co., PA (west of Reading)
    Mother: Catharine WERFEL b: Bet 1779 and 1780 in Jackson Twp. or Halifax Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Lutz b: Abt 19 Feb 1817 in Luzerne Co., PA c: 19 Feb 1817
    • Married: 22 Mar 1838 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Zelienople, Butler Co., PA
    • Change Date: 2 Dec 2014
    1. Has No Children John Heckert b: 25 Mar 1839 in Harmony, Butler Co., PA
    2. Has No Children Mary Anne Heckert b: 25 May 1841 in PA or OH
    3. Has No Children Sarah Heckert b: Abt 16 Nov 1842 in PA c: 16 Nov 1842 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Zelienople, Butler Co., PA
    4. Has No Children Sidney Heckert b: 10 Aug 1844 in PA or OH

    Marriage 2 Nancy McCAULEY b: 1826 in western PA
    • Married: Bet 1846 and 1849 in pos. Muddy Creek, Butler Co., PA
    • Change Date: 2 Dec 2014
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Heckert b: 17 Mar 1849 in Venango Co., PA
    2. Has No Children George Heckert b: Abt 1851 in PA
    3. Has Children William Henry Heckert b: 8 Mar 1852 in of Wexford, PA
    4. Has Children Margaret Jane Heckert b: Aug 1857 in PA
    5. Has No Children Matilda E. Heckert b: 16 Nov 1857 in PA
    6. Has Children Rhoda Catherine Heckert b: Apr 1860 in PA
    7. Has Children Clara May HECKERT b: 3 Aug 1862 in Oil City, Venango Co. PA
    8. Has Children Evaline Heckert b: Abt 1865 in McCandless, Allegheny Co, , PA
    9. Has Children Francis Elmer Heckert b: 1867 in Oak Grove Hotel (Heckert Hotel), Perry Hwy., McCandless Twp., PA

    1. Abbrev: Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania
      Title: Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania
      Author: John W. Jordan
      Source Medium: Book
        Name: vol. 3
    2. Abbrev: correspondence with Roger Davis- Dec 1999, he got info from Scott's book
      Title: correspondence with Roger Davis- Dec 1999, he got info from Scott's book
    3. Abbrev: Map of McCandless-1887 & Charlotte Baer Symes
      Title: Map of McCandless-1887 & Charlotte Baer Symes
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