Frederick Ammarell Jr.
Rosalie Manz
John Beecher III
Susan Schmidt
Robert Ammarell Sr.
Catherine Beecher
John Beecher Ammarell


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1. Catharine Rebecca Fisher Matz

John Beecher Ammarell 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 25 Aug 1862, Bern Twp., Berks, PA 2 3 4 6
  • Christened: 2 Nov 1862, Hamburg: Trinity Lutheran Church, Berks, PA 6
  • Marriage (1): Catharine Rebecca Fisher Matz on 3 Jun 1882 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA 1
  • Died: 13 Dec 1934, Bernville, Berks, PA at age 72 3 4
  • Buried: 17 Dec 1934, Bern Twp.: Epler's Church Cemetery, Berks, PA 3 4

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  Noted events in his life were:

1. Occupation: teacher on 3 Jun 1882 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA. 1

2. Book: Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County: biography of John B. Ammarell, 1909. 2 3
John B. Ammarell, a well known and highly esteemed resident of Bern Township, Berks Co, Pa., who is acting in the capacity of organist at Epler's Church, was born at Reeser's Mill, in Bern township, Aug. 25, 1862, son of Robert and Catherine (Beecher) Ammarell.

Frederick Ammarell, grandfather of John B., was a son of Frederick Ammarell, Sr., who died in Germany. The grandfather was born April 16, 1809, at Weimar, Saxony, Germany, and was educated in the schools of his native county, where he also learned the trade of a carpenter. He came to America in August, 1854, landing at New York after a voyage of eight weeks in a sailing vessel. For a short time he remained with relatives in that city, and then came to Northampton county, Pa., where he was engaged in boat-building, later, however, coming to Berks county and locating at Felix's Dam, in Bern township. He died at the home of his son in Bern township, Jan 3, 1886.

Frederick Ammarell married Rosalie Manz, who died in Germany when about sixty-five years of age, and to them the following children were born: Louisa m. a Mr. Beck, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Robert; Charles died in infancy; Charles (2) of Reading, PA.; Lena m a Mr. Danz; and Alma m Draugott Hot.

Robert Ammarell was born Jan. 3, 1840, at Weimar, Saxony, Germany, and accompanied his father to America in August, 1854. In Newark, N.J., the youth learned the saddler's trade, but did not immediately take up that occupation. He traveled to Reading, Pa., walking part of the way and finishing the journey by rail, and soon thereafter became a canal-boat driver. He made only one trip, however, this consuming two weeks, after which he settled in Bern township, taking up his residence at the home of the widow of Samuel Althouse, where he lived for five years. He then lived for two years with George Zacharias, and on Sept. 14, 1861, was married to Catherine Beecher, who was born Aug. 9, 1838, in Bern township, daughter of John and Susan (Smith) Beecher.

After his marriage, Mr. Ammarell worked for Jonathan Reeser for three years, when he engaged in farming for himself for two years on a tract near Stouchsburg, in Marion township. The next quarter of a century, Mr. Ammarell spent on the Althouse farm in Bern township, and at the end of this long period of faithful, industrious effort, he took up residence on his own six-acre tract in Bern township, at Epler's Church, where he still lives. Since 1898 he has been conducting and operating a cider press at the "Leinbach Hotel," and during this season has a large and lucrative trade.

A Democrat in politics, Mr. Ammarell has served for nine years as school director, and has been supervisor for thirteen years. He is a Lutheran member of Epler's Church, in which he has served in all offices and is now acting in the capacity of elder.

He and his wife became the parents of the following children: John B.; Kate, born Oct. 22, 1864, m. James Reeser, and is living at Reading; George, born May 25, 1867, m. Emma Shadel, and resides in Ontelaunee township; Emma, born April 20, 1868, m. Mayberry Mengel, and lives in Reading; Mary, born Aug. 30, 1870, m. Lawrence Wagman, and lives in Muhlenberg township; Robert, born Dec. 25, 1871, m. Lillie Olinger, and is a railroad man of Reading; Harrison, born Aug. 25, 1874, m. Mamie Leib, and is now teaching Stoudt school, in Bern township; and Frederick, born Dec. 3, 1877, m Nora Aulenbach, and is a rural free delivery mail carrier, in charge of route No.2, from Reading.

John B. Ammarell received his preliminary mental training in the public schools, later spent two terms at the Kutztown State Normal School, and also attended the Mine Hole Summer School in Bern township for a time. Until twenty years of age he worked for his father, and 1880 received his license to teach from County Superintendent S. A. Baer. In 1882, under Prof. David S Keck, then county superintendent of schools, he received his professional certificate. In all he taught five terms, having charge of the Mine Hole, Mechanicsville and Epler schools in Bern township, and he then left the profession to take up farming, at which he was occupied for five years.

In 1890, Mr. Ammerell came to his present place, where he has charge of the church property, a tract of about ten acres, and is also engaged as organist of Epler's Church, Gernant's in Ontelaunee township, and Hinnershitz Church in Tuckerton. Mr. Ammerell's enterprise has extended in various directions, and he is engaged in the monument business, hiring three skilled workmen at his yard at the church. He belongs to the Lutheran denomination. He is secretary of the church, and is also secretary of the board of trustees of the cemetery.

In political matters Mr. Ammerell is a 'Democrat' and he has served very acceptably as township auditor, and school director for six years, part of which time he was secretary. He served as delegate to the State Democratic Conventions at Altoona and Harrisburg. In 1908 he was appointed clerk in the Berks county recorder's office, his duties being to transcribe old indexes, which in addition to being a very important task is a very large and tedious one. Fraternally he is connected with Camp No. 165, P.O. S. of A. at Leesport, which he has represented as State delegate several times; Leesport Castle No. 503. K.G.E.; and Leesport Camp, No. 9284, Modern Woodmen of America.

In 1882 Mr. Ammerell was united in marriage with Catherine R. Matz, daughter of John and Susan (Fisher) Matz, of Bern township, and three children have been born to them, namely: Winfield H., Raymond R. and John S.

Winfield H. Ammarell, M. D. , who has recently been elected resident physician at the Reading Hospital, is a senior in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. He was born Jan. 10, 1886, in Bern township, and attended the schools there until 1900, when he entered Keystone State Normal School at Kutztown. In the spring of the first year he received his first provisional certificate, under Prof. E. M. Rapp, and for two successive years he taught the Mine Hole school in Bern. In the spring of 1902 he entered the middle year class of the Keystone State Normal and was graduated from that institution in 1904. The following year he taught the Mechanicsville school in Bern.

While a student at Normal, Dr. Ammarell took great interest in Y.M.C.A. work. He was a delegate of the organization to Lebanon, Bucknell University, and to the Northfield, Mass., Students Conference in the spring of 1903. For two years he served as 'Eagle' correspondent at the Normal, doing excellent work. During the spring of 1905 he taught at the Perkiomen Seminary, Pennsburg, at the same time studying subjects along the medical line. In the fall of 1905 he entered the Freshman class of the University of Pennsylvania, Medical Department, at which institution he is now a member of the senior class. He is a member of the Omega Upsilon Phi fraternity, of the Charles K. Mills Neurological Medical Society, and is secretary of the Berks County Club of the U. of P. He is also a member of the Kappa Phi fraternity.

Raymond R. Ammarell, , a member of the sophomore class of Muhlenberg College, was born July 29, 1887, in Bern township, and attended its schools until 1903, when he was granted a township graduation diploma by Prof. E. M. Rapp. In the same spring he entered the junior class of Keystone State Normal and was graduated from that institution in 1905. While a student at Normal, Mr. Ammarell was a member of the Keystone Literary Society and an ardent supporter of the Y.M.C.A. In 1905 he served as a delegate to the State convention of the Y.M.C.A. held in Johnstown, Pa. After graduation, Mr. Ammarell taught the school at Mechanicsville, Bern township, for one year. The following year he was called to East Catasauqua, Hanover Township, Lehigh county, where he taught the grammar school very successfully for one year. In the spring of 1907 he was awarded his teacher's master diploma by the Normal School. While a teacher and during the summer months, Mr. Ammarell did special work in German and Greek. In the fall of 1907 he entered the Freshman class of Muhlenberg College at Allentown. He is a member of the Euterpea Literary Society and secretary of the Keystone Club.

John S. Ammarell, born March 1, 1898, in Bern township, is a student in Stoudt's Union School.

3. Residence: on 25 Apr 1912 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA. 5

4. Cause of Death: carcinoma of prostate gland, 13 Dec 1934, Bernville, Berks, PA. 4

5. Occupation: organist at Epler's Church on 13 Dec 1934 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA. 4

6. Residence: on 13 Dec 1934 in Leesport, Berks, PA. 4

7. Obituary: Reading Times: obituary of John B. Ammarell on 14 Dec 1934 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 8 DEATH CLAIMS J. B. AMMARELL

Justice of the Peace at Epler's Church Had Active Career

John B. Ammarell, 72, justice of the peace and member and secretary of the Bern township school board, died in his home at Epler's church, last night.

Active for many years in the civic, political and religious affairs of his community and Berks county, Mr. Ammarell was widely known. Besides being justice of the peace and school board official, Mr., Ammarell also was, at the time of his death, superintendent and sexton of Epler's church cemetery, member of Ontelaunee grange, Reading Automobile club, and Pennsylvania Magistrate's association, former president Berks School Directors' association. He was a member of the Leesport Fire company, Berks County Historical society and member and director of the Berks County Agricultural association and Reading Fair association. He was prominent in Democratic party affairs, having held many important committee places.

He was particularly interested in church affairs, being organist and choirmaster of both Gerr ant's and Epler's churches for 45 years, secretary of the Lutheran congregation of Epler's church and of the union church councils, treasurer of the Lutheran congregation, of the Sunday school, the tenth district of Berks County Saobath School association and the Lutheran Missionary society of Epler's church, teacher of the adult Bible class of the Sunday school and member of the missionary societies of both Epler's and Gernant's churches.

He is survived by his wife, Catharine (Metz); three sons. Dr. Winfield H. Ammarell, Birdsboro; Raymond R., of Hawthorne, N. J., a teacher in Newark High school, and Dr. John S. Ammarell, of Downingtown, and six grandchildren. The remains will lie in state in Epler's church Monday, from 12 to 2 o'clock, for public viewing. Undertaker Seidel has charge of funeral arrangements.

John married Catharine Rebecca Fisher Matz on 3 Jun 1882 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA.1 (Catharine Rebecca Fisher Matz was born on 6 Oct 1861 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA,1 died on 20 Nov 1950 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA 7 and was buried on 22 Nov 1950 in Bern Twp.: Epler's Church Cemetery, Berks, PA 7.)


1, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, John B Ammarell and Katie Rebecca F. Matz.

2 Montgomery, Morton L., Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:, Page 929.

3 Find A Grave,

4, Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1968 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates. Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Death Certificate 110395. John B. Ammarell. Father Robert Amarell. Mother Cath. Beecher.

5 Reading Times (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 27 Apr 1912, page 2. Obituary of Catharine Ammarell.

6, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, Pennsylvania > Berks > Hamburg > Trinity Lutheran Church. Baptism of John Ammarell, 25 Aug 1862, parents Robert and Catharine Ammarell.

7 The Mercury (Pottstown, PA), 21 Nov 1950, page 14. Obituary of Mrs. Catharine R. Ammarell.

8 Reading Times (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 14 Dec 1934, page 2. Death of J. B. Ammarell.

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