Biography of Jacob Shenkel
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Jacob Shenkel, retired, is a veteran of the Civil War and a highly esteemed citizen of East Liverpool. He was born in Pittsburgh, Jan. 1, 1841, and is the son of Nicholas and Catherine (Gross) Shenkel.

Nicholas Shenkel came to this country from Germany at an early age and located in Pittsburgh, where he followed his trade as a shoemaker. In 1847 he removed to East Liverpool and was engaged in the pottery business here until his death. His wife, also a native of Germany, is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Shenkel were the parents of ten children, as follows: Charles, deceased, was a Civil War veteran; Jacob, the subject of this sketch; Albert, deceased, was also a Civil War veteran; William, lives in Kansas; Fred, lives at Whitehall, Ill.; George, lives in Chicago; Josephine, married Thomas Robinson, both deceased; Mary, married Joseph Peterson, a Civil War veteran, both deceased; and two children died in infancy.

Jacob Shenkel attended the schools of East Liverpool and when a young man learned the potter's trade. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Pittsburgh and served with Company L, 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He engaged in the following important battles of the war: Yorktown, Hanover Court House, Mechanicsville, Gaines Mills, Malvern Hill, Harrison's Landing, Second Battle of Bull Run; Antietam, Shepardstown, Chancellorsvills, Gettysburg, Rappahannock, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anne, Petersburg, and a number of minor skirminishes. He was discharged Aug. 15, 1865. He immediately returned to East Liverpool and engaged in the grocery business in partnership with John N. Taylor. In connection with the store was the post office, and Mr. Shenkel was assistant post master to John N. Taylor. In 1881 Mr. Shenkel became interested in the pottery industry in partnership with Noah Frederick, and together they organized the Globe Pottery Company. Mr. Shenkel has lived retired for a number of years.

On Jan. 1, 1867, Mr. Shenkel was married to Miss Anna E. Cowen, of Pittsburgh, who died in June, 1892. They were the parents of five children: Florine, died at the age of 12 years; Mentor, mention of whom is made below; Pearl and Daisy, at home; and Remus, lives in Illinois.

Mentor Shenkel is a native of East Liverpool and a potter by trade. He has three sons: Edwin, served throughout the World War; Milden S., served three years with the U. S. Marines; and Jason.

Jacob Shenkel is a Republican, and has been affiliated with the Masonic Lodge for the past 60 years. He has served as master four years and commander one year. He has been an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic and at present is Adjutant of the local post.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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