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EGLE, VALENTINE, was born October 27, 1756, in Bern township, Berks county, Pa.; died November 23, 1820, at Harrisburg, Pa. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in Captain Ross' company, Col. William Thompson's battalion of riflemen, subsequently enlisting for one year in the First regiment of the Pennsylvania Line of the Revolution, and subsequently was lieutenant in Eighth battalion, Lancaster county militia. He learned the trade of a hatter, and settled in Harrisburg, Pa., where he established himself in business and was a gentleman universally respected and esteemed. He died suddenly from nervous shock and over-exertion, caused by the complete destruction of his property by fire a few months prior. He married, in 1796, by Rev. Anthony Hautz, pastor of Frieden's Kirche, in Cumberland county, Pa., Elizabeth Thomas, born May 2, 1772, in Londonderry township, Lancaster, now Lebanon county, Pa.; died August 5, 1867, at Harrisburg, Pa. She was the daughter of Martin Thomas and Ursula Muller. Her father was a soldier of the Revolution, and her mother's father, John George Muller, was a lieutenant, subsequently captain, in the Provincial army, serving in the Forbes and Bouquet expeditions to the westward. Said a contemporary at the time of her decease: "During her long and eventful life she was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was an eye-witness of many interesting scenes, not only in frontier times, at a period when the red man was occasionally to be seen revisiting his old hunting grounds, but during he struggle for liberty -- the war of the Revolution." She was indeed a remarkable woman, and the incidents of her life were such as few persons have experienced. She was a devoted Christian, and her good deeds are the heritage of her descendants.

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