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James Templin, a cabinet maker of Reading, who for some years prior to his death lived retired at No. 351 South Fifth street, was born in Robeson township, Berks County, January 5, 1834, son of Isaac and Mary (Yoder) Templin. He learned the cabinet making trade in 1871, and was employed at the Philadelphia & Reading railroad shops as carpenter and cabinet-maker until 1898, when he retied. He made his home with his sister and brother William. Mr. Templin was loyal to the principles of the Republican Party. His religious faith was that of the Baptist Church, and he was fraternally connected with Birdsboro Lodge, No. 479, F. & A. M.

Levi Templin, grandfather of James, was an early settler of Caernarvon township, where he operated a farm and where he died in 1813, in the prime of life, form the effect of an injury received in a runaway. His wife died in 1840, aged seventy-two years. They were the parents of two children, namely; Isaac; and Charlotte, who died in young womanhood. Politically Levi Templin was a Whig.

Isaac Templin was born in Caernarvon Township, where he received his literary education and learned the shoemaker’s trade. He later turned his attention to farming, carrying on that occupation in Robeson Township until within four years of his death, when he removed to Reading, and died in 1871. Isaac Templin married Mary Yoder, daughter of Daniel Yoder, and seven children were born to this union, as follows; Caroline, who died in 1900; Julia, m. to Joseph Rogers; Eveline, m. to Robert A. Gilmer; James; Anna, deceased; William; and Mary E., m. to William H. Senderling. Mr. Templin was a consistent member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in the faith of which Mrs. Templin died in 1869, aged about sixty-eight years.

William Templin, son of Isaac and Mary, was employed as a conductor in the service of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1863 until 1885, since which latter date he has been engaged very successfully in contracting and building. Mr. William Templin is very highly esteemed in his community, as a good, useful citizen. He is a member of Reading Lodge No. 62, F. & A. M., Reading; Royal Arch Chapter, No. 152, Reading; Reading Commandery, No. 42, K. T.; and Rajah Temple. A. A. O. N. M. S. He belongs to Christ Episcopal Church, and in politics is a stanch Republican.


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