Frederick Ammarell Jr.
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Charles Ammarell


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1. Rebecca Beecher

2. Amanda Machemer

Charles Ammarell 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 17 Jul 1845, Weimar, , TH, DEU 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Rebecca Beecher
  • Marriage (2): Amanda Machemer
  • Died: 4 Mar 1923, Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA at age 77 3 7
  • Buried: Reading: Charles Evans Cemetery, Berks, PA 3

   FamilySearch ID: L6YX-RMV.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Arrival: Arrived on ship Bremen from Bremen, Germany in New York, on 10 Jul 1859, in New York, New York, NY. 4 5

2. Military from 3 Nov 1862 to 30 Jul 1863 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA: Civil War: Private, Co. K, 151st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. 4 8

3. Military from 18 Feb 1864 to 16 Jul 1865 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA: Civil War: Private, Company E, 46th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. 4 9

4. He was naturalized on 13 Sep 1869 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 5

5. Occupation: farmer on 28 Jul 1891 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 5

6. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, grey eyes, brown-greyish hair, on 28 Jul 1891 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 5

7. Book: Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania, 1909. 4
Charles Ammarell, one of the solid, substantial business men of Reading, PA., and an honored veteran of the Civil war, who is engaged in numerous flourishing business enterprises, was born in Weimar, Saxony, Germany, July 17, 1845, son of Frederick and Rosalie (Monz) Ammarell, and grandson of Frederick Ammarell, who died in Germany. Charles Ammarell received his earlier education in the schools in Germany, and later attended in this country. On July 10, 1859, he came to the United States, making the trip on a sailing vessel, the voyage taking six weeks. From New York City he came to Bern township, and until 1862 was engaged in work for the widow Althouse and William Leinbach. On Oct. 14th of that year he enlisted in Company, 151st PA. V. I., a nine month's regiment, with which he served in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He then returned to the farm, but on Feb. 16, 1864, re-enlisted for a term of three years, becoming a member of Company E, 46th PA. V. I., and after going to Chattanooga, joined Sherman's army in their great march to the sea, his corps traveling over 1,500 miles. He was mustered out July 27, 1865, having served two years and three months, and during this whole period he was never sick a day so as to incapacitate him for service. Willing and cheerful, brave and faithful, he made an ideal soldier, and won the respect and admiration of both officers and men. On completing his services to his adopted country, Mr. Ammarell returned to the farm, and later took up agricultural pursuits on his own account in Muhlenberg and Bern townships. He also spent nine years on Judge Stitzel's farm in Muhlenberg township, and in 1896 came to Reading, locating at No. 634 North Front street, where for about four years he was engaged in contracting the hauling for the Carpenter Steel Works. In 1898, in company with W. M. Leinbach, and H. F. Kramer, Mr. Ammerell built the West Buttonwood Street Market House, a building 75x185 feet, located at the corner of McKnight and West Buttonwood streets, and since that time he has been acting as manager and superintendent of this enterprise, positions for which he is eminently suited. Mr. Ammerell began his extensive building operations in 1900, since which time he has erected numerous dwelling and business blocks, including twenty-six houses on Schuylkill avenue, forty houses on Greenwich and North Front streets, and twenty-seven on North Front between Green and Greenwich streets, on the west side. In 1907 he also erected nine houses at Coatsville, PA. He is a director of the Berks Coal Company. With his partner, H. F. Kramer, he owns valuable building property in Reading, and in the real estate, financial and commercial circles of the city is recognizd as a man of great business capacity, sterling integrity, and strict adherence to the principles of right. Mr. Ammerell is a Republican in politics, but he has never cared for political favors, although while a resident of Muhlenberg township he served as school director for one term. His religious connection is with Epler's Chuirch, in which he has filled the vaious offices. He is a popular comrade of McLean Post No. 16, G. A. R. Mr. Ammarell is very fond of travel, and in 1891, with his brother Robert, made a trip to Germany, where he visited old scenes and re-established old acquaintances. With Mrs. Ammarell and Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Kramer, he made a trip of 9,499 miles in 1906, going to Southern California, and spending some time in visit to Yellowstone Park and Canada. In 1866, Mr. Ammarell married Amanda Machemer, dau. of Charles and Mary (Haag) Machemer, agricultural people of Bern township, Berks county, and there were four children born to this union, as follows: Amelia married Morris J. Ulrich, assistant superintendent of the Market House, Reading; Clara married Daniel K. Wanner, a Reading business man; Katie married Irvin K. Kessler, also in business in this city; and Charles, Jr., died when eight years old. The family are highly esteemed by all who have the pleasure of their acquaintance, and they are known to stand for all that represents the best type of citizenship.

8. Obituary: Reading Times: obituary of Charles M. Ammarell on 5 Mar 1923 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA. 7 FALL PROVES FATAL
Charles M. Ammarell, Superintendent, Dies
Charles M. Ammarell, for many years superintendent of the market house on Schuylkill ave. and Buttonwood, died Sunday morning at his home, 526 McKnight st. from pneumonia.
Tuesday morning, February 20, while enroute to the market house from his home, he slipped on the icy sidewalk on the Front st. bridge. Three of his ribs were fractured. He was apparently on the way to recovery when pneumonia developed.
Mr. Ammarell was born in Weimar, Geramy. He was aged 77 years and 7 months. He came to this country when 14 and settled in Bern township, where he followed farming. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in Company K, 151st Pennsylvania Volunteers. He served nine months, participating in the Battle of Chancellorsville.
Returning to his home in Bern township, Mr. Ammarell again took up farming, which he followed until February, 1864. Then he enlisted in Company E., 46th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He served three years during which time he participated in six battles, returning to his home without being wounded.
He moved to Reading 28 years ago and entered into the building business. Among his operations was the erection of the market house of which he became the superintendent, holding the position up to the time of his illness.
He was married to Amanda Machamer, of Bern township, October 14, 1866, and celebrated his golden wedding anniversary, October 14, 1916. Surviving are his wife, Amanda, and two daughters, Amelia, wife of Morris J. Ulrich, and Clara, wife of Daniel Wanner, of this city, two children having preceded him in death. He was a member of the St. Mark's Reformed church and Post 16, G. A. R.

Charles married Rebecca Beecher, daughter of John Beecher III and Susan Schmidt. (Rebecca Beecher was born on 9 Jan 1842 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA 10 11, christened on 22 May 1842 in Bern Twp.: Epler's Church, Berks, PA,11 died on 10 Mar 1905 in Tuckerton, Berks, PA, USA 12 and was buried on 16 Mar 1905 in Bern Twp.: Epler's Church Cemetery, Berks, PA.)

Charles next married Amanda Machemer. (Amanda Machemer was born on 30 Sep 1848 in North Heidelberg, Berks, PA,13 14 died on 8 Jul 1934 in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA 13 14 and was buried on 11 Jul 1934 in Reading: Charles Evans Cemetery, Berks, PA 13 14.)


1 Epler's Church, Bern Township, Berks County, PA (FHC Microfilm 1433080), Page 47.

2 Pennsylvania, U.S., Marriages, 1852-1854 ([database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Secretary of the Commonwealth. Series 26.28, Record and Indexes of Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Microfilm, rolls 668-673. Records of the Department of State, Record Group 26. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Berks > 1887-1888 Seneca Beard and Sallie Ammarell.

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4 Montgomery, Morton L., Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:, Page 1034, Charles Ammarell biography.

5, United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Charles Ammarell, 1891.

6, 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 66211. Sallie A. Beard. Father Charles Ammarell. Mother Rebecca Beecher.

7 Reading Times (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 5 Mar 1923, page 1. Obituary of Charles Ammarell.

8 National Park Service Soldier's Sailors Database, Charles Ammarell.

9 National Park Service Soldier's Sailors Database, Charles Ammarell.

10 1850 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Berks County, Bern Township, Series: M432 Roll: 753 Page: 428.

11 Epler's Church, Bern Township, Berks County, PA (FHC Microfilm 1433080), Page 6.

12 Reading Times (Reading, PA) (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 11 Mar 1905, page 5 . Obituary of Mrs. Benneville Clay.

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14, 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.), Certificate 65770. Amanda Ammarell. Father Charles Machemer. Mother Mary Haag.

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