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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical 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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C. EGBERT BRINDEL, of Mechanicsburg, is one of the progressive young business men of that borough, where he was born Sept. 30, 1870, a son of Abner C. and Mary E. (Egbert) Brindel.

Abner C. Brindel was born Sept. 17, 1837, in Monroe township, Cumberland county, and died at his beautiful home on West Main street, Mechanicsburg, Sept. 21, 1898. He was a son of John and Mary (Baker) Brindel, the former of whom was a prominent farmer and a son of George Brindel, a native of Lancaster county. The latter came to Cumberland county and married Elizabeth Bricker, and settled in Monroe township prior to 1796, this being the date of their deed to their farm there. The children born to George Brindel were: Susan, John, George, Peter, Elizabeth and Solomon.

John Brindel of the above family, married Mary Baker, and they had the following children born to them: John, Daniel, George, Elizabeth, Peter, Elias, Jesse, Mary, Leah, Rebecca, Susan and Abner C. They were consistent members of the German Baptist Church.

Abner C. Brindel was reared on the homestead farm and secured his education in the public schools. Until 1863 he was engaged in farming, teaching and clerking, going then to Philadelphia to accept a position there with a wholesale tobacco house. Mr. Brindel was a man of character and the high estimation placed upon his abilities was shown when, in 1864, he was appointed teller in the First National Bank of Carlisle, and in the following February was appointed teller of the First National Bank of Mechanicsburg. In November, 1868, he was elected cashier, which responsible and honorable position he held until the time of his death, in 1898. Mr. Brindel was not only a prominent business man, but he was a most loyal citizen also, and in 1862 was one of the first to respond to the Governor’s call for troops. In 1863 he enlisted in the 49th Pennsylvania State militia, under Capt. John Murphy, and was mustered out at Philadelphia in September, 1863. Abner C. Brindel was a stanch Republican and of great influence in the councils of his party in this locality. Few men have been more highly esteemed for uprightness of life and stability of character, and he was universally recognized as a true type of the best of American citizenship.

On Dec. 3, 1868, Mr. Brindel married Mary E. Egbert, of Perry county, Pa., daughter of J. R. and Sarah (Carver) Egbert, of that county, but natives of Montgomery county. Two children were born to this marriage, the one survivor being Charles Egbert, whose name opens this sketch. The latter is a great-great-grandson of Peter Bricker, who was born in 1735, in Lancaster county, and who married Mary Barr. He was a son of Peter Bricker, who came to America from Switzerland about 1711, settling in Lancaster county.

Charles Egbert Brindel was given excellent educational advantages, and after completing the common school course became a student at the Shippensburg State Normal School and Dickinson Seminary, at Williamsport, Pa. Then he entered upon the study of medicine with Dr. J. B. Spangler, of Mechanicsburg, later taking a business course and graduating in 1891 at the Iron City Commercial College, at Pittsburg. Since that time Mr. Brindel has resided at Mechanicsburg, where his mother also lives, in the beautiful family home on West Main street. Mr. Brindel is very prominently identified with public matters and business enterprises in this vicinity, and sustains a reputation he gained in early manhood for stability of character and good citizenship.

On Oct. 26, 1893, Mr. Brindel was united in marriage with Miss Grace Irene Hockman, daughter of Jacob and Amanda Hockman, most highly esteemed residents of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

Like his father Mr. Brindel has been very active in the ranks of the Republican party and has taken a prominent position in its councils and deliberations in Cumberland county for a considerable period, showing all the elements which may, in the future, make him a tactful and shrewd party leader. He has been the most efficient secretary of the Cumberland county Republican committee for some time. Mr. Brindel has also been a leader in fraternal circles and is prominently connected with the order of O. U. A. M., Lodge No. 197, of Mechanicsburg; with the Knights of Pythias, No. 83; Knights of St. John and Knights of Malta, No. 95, of Mechanicsburg, taking an active interest in the work of all and being a valued comrade. The family and its connections have been long prominent in this part of the Keystone State and in our subject find a very worthy representative member.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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