From Book History of Berks Co. Pennsylvania
David S. Wentzel who is engaged in cultivating the old Wentzel homestead in Oley township was born May 27,1842, on his present farm, son of William and Lydia Seyler Wentzel.
Lorentz Wentzel, the ancestor of this old Berks county family, lived in the vicinity of spies's church, where is a tombstone bearing the following inscription: "Lorentz Wentzel war geboren D 22 April 1701 und starb 1780, 14 September- Alt 79 y 4monef 22." On the smae tombstone, below that of her husband is found the inscription of his wife, which reads as follows: "Catharina Wentzelin war gebohren 1708, 1 Jan und starb d 4 Februar 1793. Theres alter 85 yahre und etliche taga." Tradition has it that this couple had a large family. Baltzer Wentzel, of Douglass township, Berks county a son of the ancestor made a will which is on record in Book A page 38. This will made June 14 1781, and probated April 8, 1782,was executed by his wife, Catharine Wentzel, who survived him, and it mentioned "my son-in-law Henry Jorge." The children of Baltzer and Catherine Wentzel were : Johannes, Anna Maria and Catharine.
Daniel Wentzel, the great-grandfather of David S. and probably a grandson of the ancestor Lorentz, made his will May 23, 1811, and it was entered Dec.22 1812 the year of his death, being on record in Will Book A page 602, his wife having preceded him in death their children were: Daniel, who had settled in Oley; John, of Alsace township; and Catharine, who married Matthias Balter.
Daniel Wentzel, Grandfather of David S. was a native of Oley township, where he died in the fall of 1849 aged over seventy years. He was a farmer and tanner by occupation and bought the Wentzel farm from the Schwartz family prior to 1800, the tract then consisting of but eighty acres of land. He left a fair size estate in his will which was made July 7, 1849 and entered Nov. 21,1849 in will Book 9 page 385 the executors being Abraham Wentzel and Daniel Buskirk. His wife, who was a Hoofnagel, bore him these children: Catharine who married Soloman Hollenbush; Jacob and Abraham of Ruscombmanor township; William and Mary who married George Bussler.
William Wentzel, father of David S. was born on his father's farm in Oley township Sept 25, 1797, and died July 27, 1870, being buried a Friedensburg. At the time of his father's deathe he obtained the home farm with $1,000 in money and he followed the occupaion of an agriculturist and tanner thoughout his life. William Wentzel married Lydia Seyler, born Nov 6 1806, Who died Jan 26 1883, and to them there born five children: Maria, born in 1832 who died in 1844; Sarah, who died in infancy; Daniel born in 1829 who died in 1830 Susanna, born in 1840 who died in 1844, and David S.
David S Wentzel was reared to the work of an agriculturist, and also learned the trade of tanner. When about twenty-five years old he engaged in farming and for nearly a quarter of a century also carried on a tanning business, having a helper and disposing of his product at Reading and Philadelphia. In 1897 he disposed of this enterprise to give his entire attention to his farming. The Wentzel tract, one of the fine farms of this locality, consists of 107 acres, the house theron having been built by Mr. Wentzel in 1871, and the barn by his father and grandfather in 1837. In addition he owns four acres of woodland in Ruscombmanor towship, and a tract of 106 acres there in partnership with Samuel Melot. He has been exceedingly sucessful in the various business enterprises in which he has been engaged, and enjoys the reputation of an honest and up right citizen. In political matters Mr. Wentzel is a republican and he has always had the intrests of the comunity at heart, holding various local offices. He and his wife and children are faithful members of Friedensburg Reformed Church.
In 1868 Mr. Wentzel was united in marriage to Mary Ann Angstadt, daughter of Abraham Angstadt, and to this union there were born the following children; Clara, deceased, John Hinkle and had three children-Luella, Alvin and Charles; James of Oley township m. Alice Potteiger and has had four children - Howard (deceased) Mary, Mabel and Eva; William of Oley township, married Sallie hafer and has one daughter Clara; Wilson married Katie Delong and lives with his father; and Charles A.born Dec 11, 1874 married Lydia Angstadt, lives on the Wentzel homestead in Oley township and has these children; Emily and Alva (twins, Leroy, Maggie, Wilson, Floyd, Ira and Luella.
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