Egle, Casper, born October 16, 1725, in the city of Zurich, Switzerland; died September 3, 1804, in Harrisburg, Pa. He was the son of Marcus and Elizabeth Egle, who emigrated to Pennsylvania prior to 1740. His father was the twelfth in descent from Ulric Egle or Egli, who was a citizen of Zurich in 1386, coming down in direct line to Marcus Egle, the emigrant. Casper Egle was brought up on his father’s farm, a winegrower; received a good education, and with the other members of his family, came to America prior to 1740. His father, as before stated, located in Cocalico township, Lancaster county, Pa., but the son settled in Alsace township, Berks county. He was naturalized in October, 1762, as appears by the Pennsylvania Archives. In 1770, he was engaged in merchandizing at Reading, while in 1774 he established a brewery at Lancaster. He took the oath of allegiance August 24, 1777, served as a private in Capt. John Hubley’s company, and performed several tours in the militia during the struggle for independence. He remained at Lancaster until 1794, when he and his wife removed to Harrisburg, Pa., where they both died at the residence of his son Valentine. Casper Egle was twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Mentges, born about1730; died January 3, 1760; the daughter of Francis Mentges, Sr., a Swiss-Huguenot. His second wife was Catharine Bintling, b. 1738; d. 1811, at Harrisburg, Pa. There were children by both marriages.
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