Jacob Harter Family
Jacob Harter was the youngest of 16 children born to Andreas and Cathrina Harter of Wurttemberg, Germany. The Wurttemberg church records list his birth as 16 May 1745. Nine of his brothers and sisters died soon after birth.
Andreas, Cathrina and their seven children immigrated to America in 1750, sailing from England to Pennsylvania aboard the ship Osgood. Jacob Harter was only five at the time.
Jacob was probably raised in a Quaker home in Pennsylvania. His memories of Germany were probably scarce because of his young age, but he would have likely spoken clear German in addition to English. The early Quaker settlements in PA retained much of their German heritage.
Jacob Harter was a resident of South Carolina by the end of the American Revolution. If he fought in this war is not known for certain and neither is the exact date for his migration from PA to SC. He did have several children with an unknown wife, the first born in 1786 in SC. Jacob Harter died in 1812. He and several other relatives/descendants are buried in the Harter Family Cemetery in Barnwell County, SC.
A granddaughter of Jacob Harter named Miley Ann Harter married Preston L. Williams. My great, great grandmother, Rebecca Ann Williams, was their daughter.