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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman 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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BENJAMIN I. BERLIN is one of the most highly esteemed residents of Pennsville, Northampton County, which he has served as Auditor. He was born in this county November 29, 1849, and is the son of William and Esther (Kuntz) Berlin, also natives of this county and residents of Berlinsville, which place was named in their honor.

William Berlin was a blacksmith by trade, as was also his father before him. Benjamin I. was reared under the parental roof, and attended the common schools until a lad of seventeen years, when he was taught his father’s trade, and worked as a smith for two years in his native place. He then left home and began as a journeyman blacksmith, continuing to travel around until 1870, when he established a shop of his own in Pennsville, which he has conducted ever since.

The marriage of Benjamin I. Berlin with Miss Camillia, daughter of James Keck, took place at Pennsville in 1870. Mrs. Berlin departed this life in 1882, leaving two children, Harvey E. and Bertha M. Our subject chose as his second companion Sarah A. Hummel, the ceremony being performed in 1883. They have become the parents of a son, Arthur R.

Mr. Berlin has been a prosperous man and is one much liked throughout his community for his sterling worth and integrity. He has been School Director of Lehigh Township, and in 1886 was elected Auditor of Northampton County, entering upon the duties of his office in 1887. He was subsequently elected for a period of two terms, and has thus been the incumbent of that position for six years. He is a Democrat in politics, and works faithfully for the success of his party. In religious matters he worships with the United Brethren Church, with which he has been con- nected for many years. Socially he is a prominent worker in the Order United American Mechanics, at Slatington.

Mr. Berlin has been very successful in raising poultry, having erected on his place, for their accommodation, a shed 90x16 feet, to which he has lately made an addition 90x50 feet in dimensions. he sheds are divided off into sections, and will accommodate three hundred chickens. He is making this feature of his business a practical success, and is one of the largest poultry raisers in the county.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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