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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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TILGHMAN ODENWELDER. This successful citizen of Palmer Township, Northampton County, was born May 1, 1844, at the old homestead near the corporate limits of Easton. The family was represented among the early settlers of Palmer Township. His parents, Jacob B. and Mary A. Odenwelder, were natives of Northampton County, and here spent their entire lives. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, was also for a short time the proprietor of the Forest House in Palmer Township, which he had erected. During his later years he lived in retirement from business cares, and passed away April 15, 1884, at the age of seventy-four. After the organization of the Republican party, he affiliated with it, giving his support to its principles.

Early trained to familiarity with farm work, our subject grew to manhood in Palmer Township. His elementary education was obtained in the public schools of the district, and he was also for a time a student in the private and public schools of Easton. Establishing home ties, he married Miss Emma E., daughter of David and Sabina Edelman, of Palmer Township, and two sons, Jacob D. and Harry T, have been born of the union.

The Republican party is the one to which Mr. Odenwelder gives his support, and he has been prominent in the public affairs of his community. He has served as Election Inspector of Palmer Township, and has held other positions of trust. A man of public spirit, he has in every way possible aided the progress of his locality. With his three brothers he donated ten acres to a well known manufacturing firm, and also sold at half price the lot on which the Easton Boot and Shoe Factory is located. In this and other ways he has endeavored to promote the material welfare of the township, and to him as much as to any other citizen is due the growth of the community.

For some years actively engaged as an agriculturist, Mr. Odenwelder now lives to a large extent retired from active work, his home being near the city limits of Easton. He has been successful financially, and is the owner of one hundred and forty acres of farm land in Warren County, N. J., as well as about seventy acres in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County. His success represents the results of a great deal of hard work, and is justly merited by his energy, perseverance and business capability.

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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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