EPLER, JACOB R., Londonderry township, was born where he now lives, March 31, 1846. His great-grandfather, Peter Epler, was a native of Germany, and was one of the old settlers of Berks county, Pa. He was the father of three sons: John, Christopher, and Abraham. John Epler was born in Berks county in 1774, and came to Dauphin county in 1812. He married Miss Barbara Moyer, of Lancaster county, by whom he had ten children, all deceased: John, Elizabeth, Jacob, Abraham, David, Daniel, Barbara, Mary, Christopher, and Jacob. Two of his sons were named Jacob. His son David M., father of Jacob R., was born in Lancaster county, December 2, 1810. He came to Londonderry with his parents in 1812, and acquired his education in the public schools. His mother died in 1820. In 1826 he left home and began to work for himself. He was married, February 5, 1835, to Miss Catherine, daughter of Henry Rothrock, of Dauphin county. They had these children: John Henry, Eliza Ann, Margaret, Mary, Barbara, Jacob, David, Abraham, Catherine, Lydia H., and Laura E. He was a farmer by occupation and took an active part in politics, in connection with the Republican party, and held many of the township offices. He was for sixty years a member of the Lutheran church. He died January 31, 1892, at the age of eighty-one years.
Jacob R. attended the public schools, and acquired a good education. He lived at home until he became of age, in 1867, when he established a home of his own, and began business for himself. He is a stockholder in the Farmers' Bank, of Middletown. He has been a director of the Londonderry Live Stock Insurance Company since its organization in 1887. He purchased the farm upon which he now lives in 1889. He is a Republican, and takes an active interest in politics; he has held many of the township offices. He and his family are connected with the Lutheran church of Elizabethtown. He was married, July 14, 1867, to Miss Catherine, daughter of Joshua and Barbara (Welker) Kaylor, of Londonderry township. They have one child, Simon L. Epler, born August 26, 1867; living at home.
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