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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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JOHN MECHLING. The founder of the Mechling family in this country came from Germany, settling in Juniata county over a hundred years ago.

Daniel Mechling, the grandfather of our subject, was born in that county in 1772. The early part of his life was spent in milling, the latter in farming, and he was a worthy, good man. During the last years of his life he resided in York county, although he died in Cumberland county, in 1852, aged eighty years.

William Mechling, son of Daniel and father of John, was born in York county, but moved at an early age to Cumberland county. He was a farmer all his life, and died in 1878, aged fifty-three years. His wife was Annie Sheely, daughter of John Sheely, a native of Cumberland county, who died in March, 1903, aged seventy-nine years.

John Mechling was born in Upper Allen township, April 18, 1846, and received a thorough education. At the age of eighteen years he commenced work on a farm. The property he now owns contains about 100 acres, and is in a high state of cultivation. The homestead adjoins his farm, and the entire premises are kept up in a high state of cultivation. In politics, Mr. Mechling follows in the footsteps of his father and is a strong Republican. He is a school director, and a very worthy and trustworthy man. As a member and deacon of the Lutheran Church, he takes a very active part in religious affairs, and has been one of the foremost in giving time and money to furthering the interests of the same.

In 1880, Mr. Mechling married Carrie E. Peterman, daughter of Jacob Peterman, of York county, a descendant of an old German family that originally settled in York county. One daughter has been born of this union, Annie, living at home.

Mr. Mechling is not the only representative of his family, he having two sisters, Elizabeth and Rebecca, living, while William H. Mechling is a prosperous farmer, who has held the office of assessor of his township for a number of years. Their sister Susan ( Mechling) Deitz, is deceased.

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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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