This record gives evidence to the following facts:
- There was a Berks County resident named Michael Hummel
- In 1778, he was old enough to be Jacob Hummel's father
- Even if he served in the militia (he's listed as inactive), he still may have been home long enough for his wife to conceive Jacob (born Feb. 4, 1778)
Though I have found very few records, anywhere, of a Michael Hummel who would be of a suitable age to be Jacob's father, this still may not be him. But at least it's a strong lead.
Earlier in the week, cousin Ann found that Jacob Hummel's will is on file with the Berks County Register of Wills Office. It is a very long will, 29 pages in length. I ordered a copy, and hope to receive it later in the week. Hopefully it will, as many wills did in that day, contain a narrative of important periods of his life givs us some important details of his life and his family.