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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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IRA D. BERTOLET, of Philadelphia, a member of the well known Bertolet family who are descended from Jean and Susanna Bertolet, French Huguenots who came to this country in 1726 and settled in Oley township, Berks county, is engaged in the importation of aniline dyes, chemicals, etc. He is a son of Ezra Bertolet, whose wife was Eleana Knipe. He was born January 8, 1865.

Mr. Bertolet was born at Weissport, Carbon county, Pennsylvania, but his parents removed to Philadelphia when he was a child, and he obtained his education in the public schools of that city. On relinquishing school studies he learned the trade of a dyer. After working at the trade about five years he engaged with the firm of Andreykovics & Dunk as a salesman of aniline dyes. He was very successful, and continued in this capacity from 1887 until 1898, when he became a member of the firm, and has since been identified with it.

Mr. Bertolet married, in 1889, Miss Johanna Kinkley, daughter of John Kinkley. The couple have two children-Marion and Ira D., Jr. In politics Mr. Bertolet is a Republican. He is a member of the Masonic order. He and his family attend the United Evangelical church.

Jean Bertolet had five children born in the city of Berne, Switzerland, whence they emigrated to America-Abraham, Maria, John, Esther and Susanna; and one, Frederick, born in America. The children of Abraham were Daniel, Samuel, Mary, John, Elizabeth and Esther. Daniel Bertolet, youngest son of Samuel, was born April 20, 1796, and died February 28, 1868. He married Catharine Gabel, of an old Berks county family. She was born in 1803, and died in 1887. Their children: Elizabeth, married Elias Fagley; Esther, married Jacob Bliem; John, married Elizabeth Borneman; Ezra (father); Susanna, married H. B. Nace; Daniel, married Eleanor Dunn; Abraham, married Amanda Moore; Benjamin, married Amelia Heberling (see his sketch elsewhere in this work); Maria, married Michael Diehl; Samuel, married Mary Barndt, and (second wife) Mary Bornemen; Abner, married Maggie Davidson. (Much information in reference to the early history of the family is given in the sketch of Benjamin Bertolet.)

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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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