Jacob M. Engle was born and lived in East Donegal, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Gish and they had eleven children. He was elected and ordained elder in the Brethren of Christ Church in 1860 and was widely known and respected.
Dianne Shapiro from PhD dissertation "A Historical Study of The Function of Music Among The Brethren In Christ" by Herbert Royce Saltzman, University of Southern California, 1964
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