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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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JAMES O. BERLIN, M. D., a representative and leading physician and surgeon of Bath, Northampton County, has risen by his own merit and inherent good qualities. He is numbered among the first practitioners of the Lehigh Valley, and has succeeded in building up a fine practice in this locality. Since his earliest years he has been identified with the progress and development of the county, for his birth here occurred September 30, 1847. The Berlin family have long been known in Pennsylvania, and his grandfather, Isaac V. Berlin, was one of the early settlers of Northampton County, the village of Berlinsville having been named in his honor, or perhaps after his father, it is not positively known which.

Charles and Mary A. (Brown) Berlin, the parents of our subject, were natives of Northampton County, and highly esteemed citizens. The father was a mechanic, and pursued his trade formerly in Lehigh Township, this county. The Doctor was reared to man’s estate in Lehigh Township, and received his education in the public schools. His primary education was supplemented by a course of instruction at Freeland Seminary at Freeland, Pa., and later he attended the Palatinate College at Myerstown for some time. For the four years following he successfully taught school in Lehigh Township, at Kuntz’s Ford, which has since been re-named Treichler’s. Deciding to devote his life to the practice of medicine, he next entered Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, graduating therefrom in 1874, after a three-years course.

On commencing his active practice, Dr. Berlin located at Chapman’s Quarry, in this county, and continued to pursue his profession there until 1886, when, owing to ill health, he retired for a short time from active life. On recovering his health he removed to Bath, where he has since been engaged in practice. He has been successful in his field at this place, haying succeeded in building up a large and remunerative practice. He is a member of the Northampton County Medical Association, of the Lehigh Valley Medical Association, and also belongs to the State and National Medical Societies. He continues a wide and general course of reading, though particularly devoted to medical studies, and it is his constant aim to keep thoroughly posted on everything pertaining to the science of medicine and surgery.

The marriage of Dr. James O. Berlin and Miss Lillie M. Insley, a native of Northampton County, was celebrated May 23, 1876. The lady, who is well educated and cultured, is a daughter of Isaac B. Insley, of Bath, who was formerly a resident of East Allen Township. To the Doctor and his estimable wife has been born one son, Charles I. Dr. Berlin is a member of the Presbyterian Church in good standing, and always favors any movement for the uplifting and progress of society. Fraternally he belongs to Monocacy Lodge No. 413, F. & A. M.

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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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