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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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EZRA BERTOLET was born in Frederick township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1827. He was educated there in the public schools, and in a private school in Norristown. On leaving school he engaged in the iron business, with a view to mastering its details, and conducted it in different lines for more than forty years. At the present time he is living a retired life, being interested only in the sand filtering business in Philadelphia. He left Montgomery county on engaging in the iron business, and has since lived in Philadelphia. He resides in Kensington, where he has a pleasant home at No. 1232 Marlborough street.

Mr. Bertolet married, March 18, 1856, Miss Elena Knipe, daughter of Conard Knipe, of Philadelphia. They have had the following children: Conard, deceased; Charles E., deceased; William H. and Ira D. In politics Mr. Bertolet is a strong Republican, although he has never held office. In religious faith they adhere to the United Evangelical church. He is a man of excellent judgment, and has prospered in all his undertakings.

The Bertolet family are one of the oldest in eastern Pennsylvania. Their ancestor was Jean Bertolet, who came to Pennsylvania in 1726, and became the ancestor of a numerous and influential body of descendants.

Daniel Bertolet (father) was the youngest son of Samuel and Elizabeth Bertolet, was born April 20, 1796, and died February 20, 1868. He married Catharine Gabel, born 1803, and died in 1887. Their children were: Elizabeth, married Elias Fagley; Esther, married Jacob Bliem; John, married Elizabeth Borneman; Ezra, subject of this sketch; Susanna, married H. B. Nace; Daniel, married Eleanor Dunn; Abraham, married Amanda Moore; Benjamin, married Amelia Heberling; Maria, married Michael Diehl; Samuel, married Mary Barndt, and second wife, Mary Borneman; Abner, married Maggie Davidson.

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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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