Emigrated to America and settled in Germantown, Pa. in 1726.
Figures prominently in the colonial history of Pennsylvania in the religious
movement to unite all German sects and denominations into one ecclesiastic
body, and in his connection with the early era of Pennsylvania bibliography,
made famous through the imprints of Franklin, Bradford and Sauer.
In 1742 he compiled a catechism designed for all who were in union with
the movement above referred to, which was printed by Benjamin Franklin.
This was translated into English and Swedish, and all editions are now
exceeding rare. Bechtel's project having failed, and being attracted
by the preaching of Count Zinzendorf, he, with his family, united with
the Moravians, and in 1746 removed to Bethlehem PA.
Taken from the book
Weygandt Family Record found in the Marx Room of the Easton Library.