John Jarrett Sr.
(Abt 1695-1755)
Anna Maria
Isaac Jarrett Sr.
(Abt 1728-1790)


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1. Catherine Wetzel

Isaac Jarrett Sr. 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1728, Macungie Twp., Lehigh, PA 2 4
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Wetzel about 1755 in Macungie Twp., Lehigh, PA 1
  • Died: 8 Jun 1790, Macungie Twp., Lehigh, PA about age 62 3

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Military in 1780 in , Northampton, PA: Revolutionary War: private in Capt. George Knappenberger's company, Col. George Breinig's 2nd battalion.

2. He signed a will on 8 Jun 1790 in Macungie Twp., Northampton, PA. 5 His will was executed on 8 Jun 1790 and probated on 17 Jul 1790. It names as heirs wife Catherine with John, eldest child, Daniel, Jacob, Henry, Isaac, Gertrude, and "three youngest daughters." It mentions the lands of Jacob Herman, Lawrence Hern, Matthias Weshego, Jacob Meier, Mathias Equer, Jacob Stephon, Jacobvan Buskirk, and Ferdinand Wertz. Jacob Mohr and Mathia Wesgo witnessed the will.

3. Book: History of Lehigh County: The Jarrett Family, 1914. 6
Jarret Family

In the list of taxables in 1762 of Macungie township appear the names of Isaac, John, Edward and Philip "Jearet". They paid tax which was recorded respectively in pounds as follows: 12, 24, 11 and 6 pounds. The names of William and Robert Jarret appears among the Revolutionary War patriots.

William Jarret enlisted in 1777 for three years. He was a corporal in the Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment in Capt. Nehemiah Stokely's company. (Pa. Archives Third Series Vol III pp 342-348.)

Robert Jarret enlisted Feb 2, 1776 in the Sixth Pennsylvania Battalion under the command of Col. W Irvine (Pa. Archives Third Series Vol II pp 232-234.)

The ancestor of the Jarret family was Isaac Jarret who was of French descent. He died in Macungie township in 1786. His will is on record at Easton, Pa. and mentions his wife Catharine and the following children: John oldest son, Daniel, Jacob, Henry, Isaac and Gertrude.

Edward Jarret, son of Isaac Sr., died in 1802 and was also a resident of Macungie township. The name of his wife was Catharine. The will mentions these five daughters: Catharine, Margaretha, Mary married to Henry Pisk, Regina married to John Huber, and Elizabeth married to Adam Libert of Virginia; also these grandchildren: Paul Remus, John Statler and Elizabeth Yeisley.

Henry Jarret, son of the ancestor, was one of the most prominent men in the Fries Rebellion in 1798 and 1799.

4. Book: Gilbert, Knappenberger, Jarrett & Allied Families, 1990. 7
The Jarretts residing in Lehigh County today [1990] are almost all descendants of John Jarrett's third son, Isaac. Only three of John's eight sons remained in this area. John Jr., the eldest, moved to Chestnut Hill near Philadelphia; Samuel and Daniel both went to North Carolina; William is said to have gone to Virginia; and Sebastian died at the age of 35 near Philadelphia. Of the three sons who remained here - Edward, Philip & Isaac - only Isaac is known to have been survived by sons. Of course, it is possible that Jarretts have come to Lehigh County from other areas and are descended from other lines. The name, or a variation thereof, did appear occasionally even in the eighteenth century, with no connection known to John Jarrett, the early Macungie area settler. Isaac Jarrett had five sons. Three - Daniel, Jacob, Isaac Jr. - left this area. The two who remained were his eldest son, John (bom 1759) and Henry (bom 1771-2). His son Daniel moved his family to Northumberland County, Pa.; his son Jacob went to Snyder County, Pa.; and the youngest son Isaac moved his family to the state of Ohio.

Careful study of available records indicates there were nine daughters and five sons in this family, and that six of the daughters were already married when their father died. The date of Catherine's death is unknown, but she was listed as a baptismal sponsor for her son Daniel's daughter, Catharine, in 1793.

Isaac married Catherine Wetzel, daughter of Conrad Wetzel Sr. and Anna Catharine Bayer, about 1755 in Macungie Twp., Lehigh, PA.1 (Catherine Wetzel was born on 11 Jul 1735 in Emmaus, Lehigh, PA 8, christened on 15 Apr 1759 in Alburtis: Zion Lehigh Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehigh, PA 7 and died in Feb 1796 in Macungie Twp., Lehigh, PA.)


1 Charles F. Kerchner, Jr., P.E, <i>Descendants of Conrad Wetzel</i> (
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2 Dr. Charles E. Jarrett, Elizabeth Jarrett Walton, <i>Jarrett Pennslyvania to North Carolina and Beyond</i> (Family History Publishers, Bountinful, Utah 84010. 2007 second printing. Online version at, Page 21.

3 Dr. Charles Martin Speegle, <i>Heritage of Catawba County, NC</i> (Catawba County Genealogical Society, PO Box 2406, Hickory, NC 28603-2406), Vol. 1, 1986.

4 Dorothy Elsie Worman, <i>Gilbert, Knappenberger, Jarrett & Allied Families</i> (Allentown, Pennsylvania. 1990.), Pages 370, 390.

5 Eyerman, John, <i>Will Abstracts of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1752-1802</i> (c February 1982, Closson Press, 1935 Sampson Dr, Apollo, PA 15613), Page 32.

6 Roberts, Charles Rhodes, <i>History Of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Volume II</i> (Allentown, Pa., Lehigh Valley Pub. Co., 1914. 3 volumes, illustrated, maps. Prepared by a committee appointed by the Lehigh County Historical Society; chapters contributed by various writers.), Page 609, The Jarrett Family.

7 Dorothy Elsie Worman, <i>Gilbert, Knappenberger, Jarrett & Allied Families</i> (Allentown, Pennsylvania. 1990.), Pages 390.

8 Dorothy Elsie Worman, <i>Gilbert, Knappenberger, Jarrett & Allied Families</i> (Allentown, Pennsylvania. 1990.), Page 390.

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