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Free Genealogy Biography of Jacob B. Wentling,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Jacob B. Wentling

Jacob B. Wentling, farmer, P.O. Williamson, was born in Antrim Township, Franklin Co., Penn., October 30, 1840, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Beams) Wentling, natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent, the former of whom, a farmer by occupation, is now living in this county.

Our subject was reared on a farm, and remained with his parents until twenty- one years of age, when he hired out for three years.

In 1861 he was drafted into Company I, Two Hundred and Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served nine months. (Editors Note - the original biography written in 1905 states the wrong regiment. In actuality he was drafted into the 158th Infantry, although he did later serve in the 208th in addition to the 205th.) After the expiration of that time he returned home, remaining there one year.

He then enlisted in Company B, Two Hundred and eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served nine months. He was in the battles of Fort Steadman and Petersburg; was a faithful soldier and always served in the front line of battle.

At the expiration of his time he returned home and rented for thirteen years. In 1881 he bought eighty- five acres of land where he now resides and which he still owns.

He has been twice married: first in 1860 to Catherine Rotz, who bore him one child, now deceased, Mrs. Wentling died in 1861, and in 1865 Mr. Wentling married Mary Carman.

They are the parents of thirteen children, seven of whom are living: Anna E., David B., Catherine, William, Samuel, Ann and Ida. Mr. and Mrs. Wentling are members of the River Brethren Church.

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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