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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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PETER N. REMMEL fills the responsible position of Justice of the Peace of Northampton, and there are few men in this county more worthy of honorable mention. He is likewise the agent representing several reliable insurance companies, and in this business is meeting with an unusual degree of success. He is the owner of considerable real estate in the village, which he handles in a profitable manner, and also transacts business in this line for other parties. He is a native of Monroe County, this state, and was born March 21, 1847, to Peter and Fanny (Houser) Remmel, also natives of the above county, to which place the grandfather emigrated from Northampton County. Peter Remmel, Sr., during the active years of his life followed farm pursuits, but when his son, the subject of this record, was a lad of twelve years, suffered a great misfortune, losing his eyesight. Thus being thrown upon his own resources, and having a fair knowledge of agriculture, Peter N. worked out on farms until reaching his nineteenth year. Then securing a school, he taught in Monroe County a number of terms, and also followed that occupation after coming to this county, teaching for two terms in Slatington and for twelve years in Northampton. He is mainly self-educated, having been permitted to attend school but a short time.

Mr. Remmel has always taken an active part in local affairs, and in 1883 was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Governor to fill an unexpired term, elected in 1884, and on the expiration of that term was again called upon to fill the office of which he has been the incumbent continuously since 1883. He represents the American Fire Insurance Company of Philadelphia, the Northern of London, England, the Mutual Fire Insurance of Lehigh County, and the Home Mutual, also of that county. He is a thorough business man, and since embarking in the insurance line has reaped good results, both for himself and the companies for which he works.

January 1, 1871, Peter N. Remmel was married to Miss Hannah, daughter of Jacob and Christiana (Frankenfield) Marsh, the former of whom is deceased, and the mother is living in Northampton. A son has been born to them, Howard A., now deceased. They are performing the part of parents to an adopted son, who bears the name of Charles G. Haupt.

In political matters Mr. Remmel is a strong Democrat. He has been Elder in the Lutheran Church for some time, and aids very materially in the support of the congregation in this place. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Malta, belonging to Harmony Commandery, Lodge No. 144, of which he is the present Commander. His interest in school affairs has led his fellow townsmen to place him on the board, in which position he is now serving in Allen Township as Secretary.

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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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