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History of Cambria County, V.3

260 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
ment service as a soldier of the Civil war, and this was not by any means the least arduous of his work, as will be seen from what is said in a later part of this sketch.
    Mr. Wendell is a son of the late Charles Wendell, of Richland township, Cambria county The elder Wendell was born in Hamburg, Germany, and served six years in the German army, as the military regulations of that country required of its subjects. He was about twenty-five years old when he left the service and soon afterward came to America. He had fallen in love with a young German woman, Katherine Haynes, whose parents were wealthy and opposed her marriage with the young soldier. Thus situated, and determined to marry regardless of the parental objection, Charles and Katherine ran away from home and sailed for America. In due season they arrived at the port of New York, where they were at once married. This interesting event took place in 1833. After they had married, Charles Wendell and his wife came to Pennsylvania and found work on a farm in Bedford county. They lived in that vicinity several years, and in 1837 removed to Somerset county, where they lived four or five years. Soon after this he brought his family to Richland township, in Cambria county, and was a farmer there until the time of his death, in 1878. His widow survived him nearly fifteen years and died in 1892. Their married life extended through a period of fifty-five years of agreeable companionship, and they raised to maturity a large family of children. One sister of Mr. Wendell followed him to this country, and afterward married Philip Koehler. His life was ended in an accident on the Pennsylvania railroad and his wife was a victim of the Johnstown flood, May 31, 1889. Children of Charles and Katherine (Haynes) Wendell: Charles Wendell, one of the oldest employes of Cambria Iron Company; married Elizabeth Noon, and had seven children. Philip Wendell, married, first, Mary Paul; married, second, Miss Shirey; lives in Goshen, Indiana. Jacob Wendell, married, first, Barbara Paul; married second, Elizabeth Paul; married, third, a Horner; married, fourth, a widow Reynolds, whose family name is Kooster; Mr. Wendell lives at Dunlo, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Wendell, married Jacob Stowe; both are, now dead. Mary Wendell, married John Stiffer, and is now dead. John Wendell, died in Kansas about 1896; he was a soldier of the Nineteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in the Civil war. Katherine Wendell, married Jacob Schaeffer; she is dead. David Wendell, married Sarah Noon, and lives at Meadowvale, Pennsylvania. Lavine Wendell, married Frank Varner, and is now dead. Rebecca Wendell, married Jacob Stineman, and lives at Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. William Wendell, married a Miss Rohrabach, and lives at Altoona, Pennsylvania.
    Charles Wendell was born at Shellsburg, in Bedford county, on the 13th of January, 1835, and was two years old when his parents came to Cambria county and settled on a farm in Richland township. He was sent to the district school during the winter seasons of his youth, and when twelve years old was bound out to a farmer in the neighborhood of his home, with an agreement that his father should receive twelve bushels of wheat for his service, and the boy to be allowed two months schooling during the first year. The second year the father received twenty-four bushels of wheat and the son was given the same time in school as before. After this he worked out for different farmers in the township, but in the course of a few months came to Johnstown and found employment in the rail mill of Cambria Iron Company.
    Having worked for the company four years, Mr. Wendell married and for the next three and one-half years turned his attention to farming


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