Jacob Settle was born at about 1768, a son of Johannes Settle (Zettle) and Maria Scheit.
Marriage & Children
On February 2, 1790,he married Elizabeth Hochstrasser who was born on January 10, 1768 a daughter of Jacob Hochstrasser and Maria Elisabeth Merseles. Their children:
He was a harness maker by trade, which he followed throughout his active life. His last years were spent in the village of Berne
Settle, Theodore, was born in the village of Berne, February 24, 1846.
The great-grandfather of Theodore Settle migrated to America from Berne, Switzerland, and was one of the pioneer .settlers in the town of Berne (now Knox). Jacob Settle, the grandfather of Theodore, was a native of the town of Knox. He was a harness- maker by trade, which he followed throughout his active life. His last years were spent in the villijge of Berne. He married a Miss Hochstrasser, and they had five children.
The father of Theodore Settle, Jacob Settle, jr.. was born in the town of Berne in 1792. His parents being poor his education was very limited, and when a boy he was apprenticed to a Dr. Hubbell to learn the mercantile business and also was to study medicine; the failure of the doctor to remain in business left him without a place, but he found other employment and in 1811 was taken in as a partner in the store business by Col. Johan Jost Deitz. From 1811 to 1864 he was engaged in the mercantile business, building up a trade second to none in the town. He represented his district in the Assembly, served as supervisor, justice and town clerk, was for thirty-five years postmaster, and several years commissioner and inspector of common schools. May 7, 1818, he was appointed by Gov. De Witt Clinton cornetist of the 5th Regt. Cav. of the State of New York, in 1831 was commissioned as captain, in 1824 was appointed major of the 31st Regt. and in 1825 was raised to the position of lieutenant-colonel. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife was Cornelia R., daughter of Minor Walden, who was one of the pioneers in Berne, coming from Vermont about 1809.
Theodore Settle received his education in the common schools and spent his early life in assisting in his father's store. When nineteen years old he engaged as clerk for his brother Charles, who had succeeded the father in business. After seven years he succeeded his brother and has since done a very successful business. Mr. Settle has served as town clerk two years, postmaster eight years, and was one of the organizers of an Odd Fellows' lodge in Berne, which after twenty years was abandoned. He is treasurer of the Albany, Helderberg and Schoharie Railroad. In 1890 Mr. Settle married Kate L., who was born in Guilderland and is a daughter of Jacob and Alida (Hallenbeck) Mann. They have one child, Howard E.
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