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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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CHARLES E. DELCAMP, M. D., who is successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Lehighton, occupies an enviable position among his professional brethren in Carbon County, his skill and ability winning him a high reputation. A native of Schuylkill County, Pa., he was born February 26, 1844, and is a son of Peter and Sarah (Willdermontb) Delcamp, who were also natives of Schuylkill County. The Delcamp family is of French origin, and was founded in America by the great-grandfather of our subject, a native of France, who with others emigrated to the American shore, where he and all his comrades were captured by the Indians. The others were all shot, he alone escaping with his life. For several years, however, he was forced to live with the redmen, but after a time succeeded in getting away from them. It is said that he afterward returned to the Indians and married one of the Indian maidens.

The grandfather of the Doctor was Philip Delcamp. His son Peter was a well educated man and a prominent instructor, who for many years was Superintendent of the college at Mt. Carmel. By the marriage of the latter with Miss Willdermonth, there were born twelve children, five sons and seven daughters, ten of whom grew to mature years, married and had families of their own.

Dr. Delcamp, who is the fourth in order of birth, passed his youth in his native county, being reared in his parents’ home. He began his education in the district schools of the neighborhood and afterward attended the Schuylkill Seminary. He began fitting himself for his chosen profession in the office of Dr. Benjamin Barker, of Schuylkill County, with whom he read medicine for a time, and then entered the Hahnemann Homeopathic Medical College of Philadelphia, from which institution he was graduated in the Class of ‘75. He at once commenced practice in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pa., and afterward removed to Danville, Montour County, where he was engaged in general practice for several years.

The year 1887 witnessed the arrival of Dr. Delcamp in Carbon County and saw him located in Lehighton, where he has since made his home. He now has a good office and general practice, and the liberal patronage which he receives attests his skill and ability and indicates the confidence and trust reposed in him by the public.

In 1882 Dr. Delcamp was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Faust, daughter of Peter Faust, one of the prominent and representative citizens and successful business men of Montour County. The Doctor and his wife now reside on their fine farm, pleasantly located three miles distant from Lehighton. He there has one of the most beautiful country homes in the valley, supplied with all the comforts which go to make life worth the living. Upon the place he has a fine quarry, which turns out slate of a superior quality. He also owns an excellent and valuable farm in Montour County. He belongs to the Lehigh Medical Society and to the Knights of the Golden Eagle, and is a prominent and highly respected citizen, well deserving of representation in this volume.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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