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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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D. MELVIN ALLEBACH, a prominent farmer of Worcester township, was born in Skippack township, December 30, 1869. He attended the common schools until he was seventeen years of age, when he became a clerk in the general merchandise store of J. F. Bean, at Creamery, remaining there for three years. He then was employed as a clerk by A. F. Scheetz, of Doylestown, for two years, and by J. S. Geller, of Lansdale, for seven years. At the end of that time he bought his farm in Worcester township, which consists of nineteen and one-half acres, and where he now lives. He has a good dairy and is a successful farmer. He and his wife are members of the Schwenkfelder church.

In 1893 D. Melvin Allebach married Alice, daughter of Mahlon H. and Lydia K. (Meschter) Cassel. She was born July 12, 1871, and had three sisters, as follows: Minnie M., born November 27, 1868, married M. B. Benner; Flora, born March 26, 1870, married S. S. Yeager; and Martha, born May 8, 1873, is deceased. The children of D. Melvin and Alice (Cassel) Allebach are: Iva, born September 29, 1894, attending the Metz school; Claude, born August 22, 1896, attending school; and Harold, born November 1, 1901. Mrs. Alice Allebach died April 7, 1902. D. Melvin Allebach married for his second wife Susan Kriebel, May 21, 1904. Mr. Allebach is a Republican but not an office seeker.

David H. Allebach (father) married Sarah S. Kulp, and they had five children: H. Wilson Allebach married Minerva, daughter of William Gerges, of Lansdale, and resides at North Wales, having previously been a clerk at Lederachsville. They have three children. Maggie Allebach is deceased. Esther married Sylvanus Clemens, a farmer in Hatfield, and they have three children. Phares is deceased. D. Melvin is the youngest.

Henry M. Kulp (maternal grandfather) had six children, two deceased: Mary Ann, who married Peter R. Clymer, a grocer at No. 532 Susquehanna avenue. Sarah S. (mother); Margaret Jane, wife of Benjamin W. Markley, of Towamencin, who is a farmer by occupation, and they have four children; Sadie, wife of Professor H. G. Landis, principal of the Lansdale high school, and they have had three children, of whom two are deceased; Ella May, wife of Frank Landis, of Worcester township, a farmer by occupation, and they have one child ;Verna, who married Howard Ruth, of Towamencin township, a farmer by occupation and they have one child; and Jennie, unmarried, attending the west Chester school.

David G. Allebach (grandfather) was born in Montgomery county in 1801, and died in 1888. He was a farmer.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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