Join us this month to learn little known facts about the Amish and early American History!
History Fact #17
The site of the Jacob Hochstetler home was very close to an Indian trail near Northkill. Supposedly, Jacob’s wife, while in a bad mood, had once turned away a party of hungry Indian hunters. The Indians were offended by her refusal and did not forget it.
On September 20, 1757, Jacob Hochstetler had invited young people in for an evening of paring and slicing apples for drying. In the night, one of Jacob’s sons was awakened by the growling of the family dog. Opening the door, he was shot in the leg by a group of Indians, led by a white Frenchmen, who stood about the bake oven in the yard, warming themselves. Joseph and Christian, the wounded boy’s brothers, quickly prepared their guns to rout the Indians but were prevented by their father, who steadfastly adhered to the non-resistant faith.
The Indians set the Hochstetler’s log house on fire. The family fled to the cellar and stayed until they thought all the Indians had left. One young Indian brave lingered behind to gather peaches from a tree. He saw the family emerge from the cellar window and called after his fellow warriors to return. Jacob Hochstetler’s wife, daughter and son were killed and scalped. Jacob and two sons were taken captive. After five years, Jacob managed to escape his captors. His sons were released after seven years.
The Hochstetler massacre left a deep, lasting impression on Amish communities.
Plus, click here to enter to win an Amish Beginnings Set (Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer) by Suzanne Woods Fisher!
Source: Unser Leit, The Story of the Amish