RIEGEL, SAMUEL, was born in Dauphin county, Pal., July 15, 1842 ; son of Jacob and Matilda (Hummel) Riegel. His paternal grandparents were natives of Pennsylvania. The grandfather's occupation was hat manufacturer. On the maternal side the grandparents were Susan and John Hummel. Jacob Riegel, father of Samuel Riegel, was born in Dauphin county on May 6, 1810, and died October 22,1883, aged seventy three years, five months and sixteen days. He was educated in the schools of the county and was for forty years a blacksmith, but late in life engaged in farming in South Hanover township. He was married to Miss Matilda, daughter of John and Susan Hummel, also a native of Dauphin county. They had ten children, six of whom are living: Catherine, wife of John M. Lowe; Mary, wife of Jacob Dimler; Samuel, William, Jacob, and David. Their deceased children are: Silas, died November 5,1853, aged six years and nine days; John, died October 8, 1853, aged three years and eighteen days; Caroline Ida, died June 16, 1869, aged five years and eight months, and one that died in infancy, Elizabeth Riegel, died 1860, aged six months and twenty-two days.
Jacob Riegel was a Democrat and held various offices; he was twice elected tax collector and inspector in Lower Paxton and South Hanover townships; in the same townships he had the rank of captain of militia. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Riegel were members of the Lutheran church. He died October 22, 1883, aged seventy-three years; Mrs. Riegel died August 1, 1880, aged sixty-one years, eleven months and twenty-three days.
Samuel Riegel received his education in the schools of Lower Paxton and South Hanover townships and worked with his father until he was twenty-one. He enlisted February 6, 1865, in company C, One Hundred and Ninety-second regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, for one year's service and was discharged August 24, 1865, the war having ended. From this time for two years he continued farming. In 1868 he took up carpentry, at which he worked for three years. He was then for five years in the service of the Reading Railroad Company, and since 1872 has been engaged in farming. While in the army Mr. Riegel learned the business of auctioneering, which he has followed for the past twenty years in connection with farming. He is a member of James Henderson Post, No. 443, G. A. R., Hummelstown, Pa. Mr. Riegel was married, April 7, 1863, to Miss Sarah, daughter of George Washington and Catherine Cassel. They have had seven children, of whom two are living: Emma L., born April 6, 1867, wife of Harry Snyder; Harry A., born December 14, 1877. Their deceased children are: John W., born July 19, 1864, was killed on the railroad March 2, 1888; Mary E., born November 6, 1865, died January 13, 1882; Catherine, born August 25, 1868, died September 9, 1868; Jacob, born December 12, 1871, died April 12, 1872; David M., born January 15, 1875, died April 4, 1875. Mr. Riegel is a Republican. The family are members of the Lutheran church.
Emma L., daughter of Mr. S. Riegel, was married. October 26, 1889, to Harry E. Snyder. They have four children: Annie, born January 17, 1888; Harry H., July 27, 1891; John F., October 4, 1892, and Meade S., March 11, 1896.
Mrs. Samuel Riegel was born April 19, 1841. Her parents were both natives of Dauphin county. Her father, George W. Cassel, was born November 2, 1806, and was a farmer and butcher. He was married, May 22, 1834, to Miss Catherine, daughter of Jacob and Sallie (Ewing) Cassel. Their children are: Sarah, Mrs. Riegel; Sophia, born in 1843, wife of George Bowman; Kate, born July 30, 1845, died August 2, 1846; Elizabeth, December 27, 1847, wife of D. H. Bashore; Louisa, January 15,1853, wife of Jacob Gingerich. The mother died October 3, 1865. Mr. Cassel was married again, and his wife, who survives him, resides in Harrisburg. Their one child was May Rebecca, born March 24, 1867. Mr. Cassel died September 11, 1876, aged seventy years, eleven months and nine days. Mrs. Riegel's grandfather, Jacob Cassel, was a native of Dauphin county.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Robert Demy email@example.com for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – http://maley.net/transcription.
Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001
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