History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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SAVACOOL FAMILY. The paternal and pioneer ancestor of the SAVACOOL family of Hilltown and South Perkasie was Jacob SAVACOOL (or SABELKOOL, as the name was then spelled), who was born in Germany, in the year 1713, and emigrated to Pennsylvania at the age of eighteen years, arriving in Philadelphia on board the ship "Brittania," Michael FRANKLIN, master, September 21, 1731. Like all the other early German settlers of Upper Bucks he made his way into Bucks through the present county of Montgomery. The earliest record of him is his purchase on June 14, 1742, of 102 1/2 acres of land in Rockhill township, near the present site of Sellersville, of Michael DURSTINE, the pioneer ancestor of that family, whose descendants still reside on a part of the same tract, one mile south of Sellersville, at the station bearing their name. Here Jacob SAVACOOL lived and reared a family of six children,-two sons, William and Isaac; and four daughters,-Catherine, Eleanor, Susanna, and Elizabeth. He was a member of the Mennonite congregation of Rockhill, to whom he devised a legacy of ten pounds. His widow, Elizabeth, survived him. William SAVACOOL, the eldest son of Jacob and Elizabeth, was born at Derstines, Rockhill township, but on his marriage located on a farm in Hilltown purchased for him by his father in 1772, and devised to him by his father in 1782, Isaac, the second son, being devised the Rockhill homestead. William married Elizabeth MILLER, and they were the parents of seven children: Michael; Catharine, wife of George JENKINS; Susanna, wife of John COPE; John; Henry; Maria, and Jacob. William, the father, lived to a good old age, dying in 1832.

Jacob SAVACOOL, youngest son of William and Elizabeth (MILLER) SAVACOOL, was born on the old homestead in Hilltown in the year 1803. Early in life he learned the wheelwright trade, which he followed until after the death of his father in 1832, when he purchased the old homestead and conducted it until his death in 1878. He married Lydia SNYDER, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (YOST) SNYDER, of Hilltown, (whose ancestry is given elsewhere in this work), and they were the parents of fourteen children, three of whom died in infancy; those who survive are: Enos B., born January 18, 1831, of South Perkasie; Aaron, a sketch of whom follows; Elizabeth, wife of Leidy SCHOLL; William B., see forward; Lydia; Amelia, wife of Benjamin ALTHOUSE; Caroline, wife of John SHERM; Jacob A., see forward; Emma, who married Tobias CUFFEL, of Lansdale, and is now deceased, leaving nine children; and Elias, deceased. The old homestead still remains in the family and is occupied by Jacob A. SAVACOOL, the youngest son.

Test taken from page 290-291 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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