Person:John Seidel (1)

John Jacob SEIDEL
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Name John Jacob SEIDEL
Gender Male
Birth? 1786 Hamburg, Berks, PA
Occupation? Hotel Proprietor on old Philadelphia Pike
Death? 1847
Religion? Lutheran - Zion’s Church


His emigrant ancestor was Johann Heinrich Seidel, who came to the United States from Alsace-Lorraine in the early part of the seventeenth century and settled in the vicinity of Shoemakersville, Berks county, where he became very prosperous, owning much land. One of his descendants, Jacob Seidel, was born in Hamburg, receiving his education in the district schools of Berks county. Upon reaching his majority he visited Germany, whence he brought a large amount of money, and many family heirlooms. Settling in the northern part of Berks county, he engaged in agricultural pursuits also carrying on a mercantile business. Jacob Seidel in addition was the proprietor of a hotel on the old Philadelphia Pike, where many noted personages partook of good old-fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch dinners, prepared by Jacob's wife, who was noted for her excellent cooking. Jacob and Elizabeth (Bossler) Seidel were the parents of these children: Benjamin, Jacob, Solomon, Henry, David, Daniel, Sarah, Mary, Eliza and Amelia. In religious belief the family were Lutherans. The male members of the family were divided in their political belief, some being Whigs and others Democrats.