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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JACOB CARL, whose portrait is presented in connection with this biographical notice, is a prosperous tobacco grower and real estate owner of Hatfield, Mass., where he has made his home upward of forty years. He was born in Walldorf, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany, August 20, 1834, son of Christian and Maria (Hirsh) Carl. Mr. Carl’s parents were thrifty farming people, who emigrated to the United States in 1855, and resided in Hatfield during the remainder of their lives. Christian Carl died at the age of sixty-two years. He was the father of the following children: Catherine, Dorothy, Jacob, Margaret, Minnie, Frederick, Philip, and John.

Jacob Carl was educated in Germany, and in 1854, when about twenty years of age, came to the United States. He settled in Hatfield, where he and his brother Frederick purchased the farm which the latter now owns. Industrious, painstaking, and capable, he realized good pecuniary results from his labors; and ten years later, selling his interest in that property, he bought the Amariah Strong farm situated near the Hatfield station, which he improved by building a new barn and remodelling the other buildings. He resided there for twelve years, during which time he was successful in the cultivation of tobacco and did a great deal of teaming. He finally sold the Strong farm and bought the T. Bagg property, which consists of fifteen acres, and is considered one of the best farms for the raising of tobacco in Hatfield. He devotes ten acres annually to the cultivation of tobacco, and is looked upon as producing the finest crops in the Connecticut valley.

He was an inspector of tobacco for F. C. Linde, Hamilton & Co., acting as their agent for twenty-two years; but in 1895 he resigned in favor of his son, who is now filling his place. In 1893 Mr. Carl erected a handsome residence, enlarged his tobacco sheds, and increased his storage facilities. He deals largely in leaf tobacco, buying from the farmers and shipping it to market. He has invested to a considerable extent in real estate; and, besides possessing several pieces of valuable farm property, he owns the G. Waite house on Main Street, a new and handsome residence.

On February 26, 1864, Mr. Carl was united in marriage to Abbie Partenheimer. She was born in Germany, daughter of Wendell Partenheimer, a weaver by trade, who emigrated to the United States and settled in Leeds, Mass. He became a respected citizen, and died at an advanced age. Mr. and Mrs. Carl are the parents of three children, as follows: Nellie A., who married George Belden, and resides in North Hatfield; Henry W., who assists his father and is an inspector of tobacco; and Emma L., an accomplished musician, who resides at home. Mr. Carl’s success in life is due to patient industry and sound judgment in the management of affairs. He is a thoroughly competent farmer, an intelligent and useful citizen, possessing the esteem and confidence of his fellow-townsmen. He is a Republican in politics and liberal in his religious views.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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