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Free Genealogy Biography of John Doebler,
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John Doebler

John Doebler, saloon-keeper, Chambersburg, was born in Chambersburg, this county, January 25, 1825; eldest son of Louis and Agnes (Nitterhouse) Doebler. Louis Doebler was a native of Lebanon County, Penn., born about 1794. He was a soldier in the war of 1812 from that county, and came to Franklin County, Penn., about 1815. He engaged in the manufacture of sickles for a number of years but afterward became an employee in a paper-mill, where he continued until his death, February 14, 1846. He raised to maturity a family of five children, of whom one daughter and two sons survive.

John Doebler was educated in the public schools of Chambersburg. In 1842 he commenced an apprenticeship to the coach-makerís trade, which lasted four years, then worked as journeyman for various firms until 1858, when he engaged in saloon-keeping till the breaking out of the Rebellion.

He responded to the first call in 1861 (was first lieutenant of a militia company at the time) and was appointed captain of Company B, Second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served three months. See History of 2nd Regiment

He then raised Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and with it took part in all the engagements up to the battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, when he was disabled and was an inmate of Seminary Hospital, at Georgetown, for some months.

He returned home, after regaining his strength, in 1863. He was elected director of the poor for a term of three years, and while filling that office (in 1865) was elected sheriff of the county for a term of three years.

In 1871 Mr. Doebler became a partner of P.H. Peiffer in the coach-making business, and continued a member of the firm of Doebler & Peiffer a little over three years; then embarked in the restaurant business in his present location on North Second Street, and here has a successful trade.

Our subject was married in 1851, to Adeline Susan, daughter of Daniel Hull, a former well known resident of Chambersburg, Penn. They are the parents of one son, Daniel L., a machinist by trade, employed by the Cumberland Valley Railroad Company. Mrs. Doebler is a member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Doebler is a Mason and a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the G.A.R. He served as a member of the town council from the North Ward in 1864 and 1865, and was burgess of the borough for three continuous years, commencing in 1868. In politics he is a Republican.

Source: Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens; Chicago. Genealogical Pub. Co.. 1905. Notes: Prepared in part by George O. Seilhamer.

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