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Jacob Bertels was born in 1807 at Lansdale, Montgomery Co., Pa., and died at Quakertown, Bucks Co., Pa., December 19, 1886, aged seventy-nine years.
He was a resident of Luzerne county, Pa., from 1840 to 1863.
Served in the Civil war, in three months' service as captain of Company D, Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry; then organized Company D, Ninth Regiment P.V.C., of which he was captain two years, when he resigned on account of disability.
He spent five years in Germany for his health, and returned to Wilkes-Barre in 1870, remaining until 1875, when he removed to his father's farm near Quakertown, residing there until his death.
Prior to the war he was proprietor of the "Old Wyoming House," and was also engaged in the mercantile and lumber businesses.
His children were Elvira (Mrs. Sam Emery), Rebecca (Mrs. Fred Schrauder), Clementine (Mrs. Henry Brodhun), Isabella (Mrs. Henry Wilcox), Mary (Mrs. Abram Wildermuth), Magdalena (Mrs. James Brady), Henry, and John (killed in front of Petersburg, Va., in Civil war), and Arnold, engaged in lumbering in Wilkes-Barre.