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SHEPLER, Jacob H., merchant, Middletown, Pa., was born in Lancaster county, Pa., February 18, 1840; son of Samuel and Regina (Albert) Shepler, natives of that county. The father came to Dauphin county with his family in 1850, and engaged in farming in Middle Paxton township, where he continued until his death. His children are: John, of Middle Paxton township; Sarah, Mrs. Eli Salzer, of Middle Paxton township; Jacob H.; Mary, Mrs. Amos Parker, of Hanover township; Elizabeth, Mrs. Thomas Hinkle, of Chicago, IL; William, and Isaac, both of Middle Paxton township.

Jacob H. was educated in the public schools, and learned the trade of plasterer and also of wood worker. In 1861 he enlisted in the United States army and served until 1865, having re-enlisted as a veteran in 1863 in the same company, and having been commissioned as captain of his company. At the battle of Chancellorville he was taken prisoner and was confined in Libby prison for four months. After serving two years with the Army of the Potomac he was transferred to the western army under General Sherman, participating in the triumphant battles and marches of that great army and going with it to the sea. After his discharge fromthe military service he was employed at different times by the Harrisburg Car Company, the Middletown Car Works, the Furniture Company and other companies. In1893 he engaged in mercantile business in Middletown, in which he has continued until the present time. Mr. Shepler is a member of the Order of United American Mechanics and of Simon Cameron Post, G.A.R. In politics he is a Republican. He was married, in 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Hughes, daughter of Jacob Hughes, of Hanover township, and to this marriage there is no issue. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and holds the offices of steward and class leader of the same.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Miriam Smith or for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

Date of Transcription: 2 March 2001

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