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Rachel Melinda Shunk

Rachel Melinda Shunk[1]

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  • Name Rachel Melinda Shunk  [2
    Born 13 Feb 1854  ,Mifflin,Pennsylvania,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 Sep 1935  Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Mrs. Karen (Strong) McKellar writes: "My grandmother, Rachel, had been sent to work for a family who were very mean to her, When the Shunk family decided to come to Michigan (for reasons unknown), her father wanted to leave her in Pennsylvania, however; Barbara dug in her heels and said unless she came (Rachel) she would also stay. On the way to Michigan, Rachel became very ill with fever.  She survived but never grew after this illness and therefore was very short.  I have two of her chairs which almost appear to be children's chairs.  A doctor also told them she would never be able to bear any children- - boy did she fool them.  When her sister, Clarissa died, her mother told her she was taking her to Ohio to care for the children, that she would stay two weeks and at the end of that time she was to marry James and raise her sister's children.  She was obedient and did, but also bore him eleven more.  Soon after their marriage they moved the family to St. Joseph County to be near her family".
    Person ID I7390  Rgstrong Family genes. | Descendants of Samuel Strong, I7180
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2016 

    Father Ancestors Samuel E. Shunk Married: 4x4x ,   b. 10 May 1822, ,,Pennsylvania,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1897  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Ancestors Barbara Ann Knepp,   b. 1 Apr 1825, ,,Pennsylvania,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Nottawa,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 11 Mar 1845  ,,Pennsylvania,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors James Frederick Strong Married: 2x2x ,   b. 26 Jan 1849, Armagh Township,Mifflin,Pennsylvania,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1922, Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1875  ,Miami,Ohio,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Albert B. Strong,   b. 3 Feb 1877, ,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1887, Near Three Rivers,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)  [Natural]
    +2. Perl Brown Strong,   b. 27 Dec 1878, Mendon,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1969, Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [Natural]
    +3. Earl James Strong,   b. 28 Mar 1880, Mendon,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943, Great Falls,Cascade,Montana,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Natural]
    +4. Etta May Strong Married: 2x2x ,   b. 24 Jul 1882, Mendon,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1941, ,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [Natural]
    +5. Fanny Irene Strong Married: 3x3x ,   b. 19 Feb 1884, Nottawa,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1945, Toledo,Lucas,Ohio,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [Natural]
     6. William E. Strong,   b. 6 Jan 1886, Leonidas,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1935  (Age 49 years)  [Natural]
     7. Ernest L. Strong,   b. 25 Aug 1887, ,,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1889, Bethany Township,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [Natural]
    +8. Dennis F. Strong,   b. 28 May 1889, Pine River,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1950, Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [Natural]
     9. George D. Strong,   b. 15 Nov 1891,   d. 3 Dec 1892  (Age 1 years)  [Natural]
    +10. Leo Emit Strong,   b. 10 Feb 1894, ,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1954, Gladwin,Gladwin,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)  [Natural]
    +11. Sidney Dennis Strong, I,   b. 15 Jul 1896, Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1963, Merrill,Saginaw,Michigan,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [Natural]
    Documents
    STRONG Family Bible
    STRONG Family Bible
    James F. and Clarissa Shunk Strong Family Bible Pages listing grandparents and children. Very torn and in disrepair.


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    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F2702  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Feb 1854 - ,Mifflin,Pennsylvania,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Aug 1875 - ,Miami,Ohio,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Albert B. Strong - 3 Feb 1877 - ,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Perl Brown Strong - 27 Dec 1878 - Mendon,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Earl James Strong - 28 Mar 1880 - Mendon,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Etta May Strong - 24 Jul 1882 - Mendon,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Fanny Irene Strong - 19 Feb 1884 - Nottawa,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - William E. Strong - 6 Jan 1886 - Leonidas,St. Joseph,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ernest L. Strong - 25 Aug 1887 - ,,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Dennis F. Strong - 28 May 1889 - Pine River,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Leo Emit Strong - 10 Feb 1894 - ,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sidney Dennis Strong, I - 15 Jul 1896 - Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Sep 1935 - Saint Louis,Gratiot,Michigan,United States Link to Google Earth
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    Rachel Melinda Shunk Strong
    Rachel Melinda Shunk Strong

    Documents
    STRONG Family Bible
    STRONG Family Bible
    James F. and Clarissa Shunk Strong Family Bible Pages listing grandparents and children. Very torn and in disrepair.


    Click on the names on the sheet to go to the persons page.

  • Sources 
    1. [S294] Strong Family Histories, Vol. 5, by The Strong Family Assoc. of America, Inc., SFAA Update Committee, Lyle A.Strong, member; Robert S. Strong, member, (Strong Family Histories Volume V, Recorded Material through 1995 by THE STRONG FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC) (Reliability: 3).
      entered from this source originally.

    2. [S941] <JFStrong group, message list, Karen McKellar, "Samuel E. Shunk Children," >, Jul 16, 2002 6:30 pm (JFStrong@yahoogroups.com : accessed 16 Jul 2002). (Reliability: 3), 15 Jan 2007.
      Here are the names of the children of Samuel E. Shunk and Barbara Knepp

      Hannah Margaret b. 7 Jan 1846 M. Alva West
      Minerva Jane b. 9 April 1847 (Jane) M. George Harman 2nd Jonathan Snook
      Elizabeth Catherine b. 13 June 1848 m. Samuel Harmon
      Clarissa Ann (also called Annie or Anna) b. 12 Oct 1849 M. James Strong
      Frances Marian b. 7 March 1851 (Fanny) m. Samuel P. Harman
      Samuel Rueben b. 16 August 1852 (Rueben)
      Rachel Melinda b. 13 Feb. 1854 m. James F. Strong
      Mariah Jane b. 9 Sept 1855 m John Glossop
      Nancy Matilda b. 5 June 1857 (died young 1859)
      James Calvin b. 23 Jan 1859 (Calvin)
      Mary Brown b. 21 May 1861 M. Dr. White 2nd Jacob H. Osborne (no children)
      Alice M. b. 9 Sept 1863 died 1883 (no children noted)

      Samuel E. Shunk was also married to: Sarah Fry 11 July 1878 (this date comes from his military records. Sarah applied for a pension on his service). She has a number of children with surname Knight. Her father's name is given as Cronk. She died in 1913 and is the "Crazy Sally" referred to by the Strong boys.

      He also married Mahala Rupp on 18 August 1881 in St. Joseph County, MI. She is buried on the same lot as Barbara Knepp Shunk.

      He also married Sara Bony (he must have liked this name) on 11 March 1885 in Miami County Ohio. Sara was the widow of his brother Jacob. I do not have a death date for her. She left a number of Shunk children including a Samuel.

      There are two dates for the marriage of Samuel to Sarah Fry - 11 July 1878 and 11 July 1890. One from the military records and one from Gratiot County.

      I believe the 11 July 1890 date to be correct and the affidavit in the military records to be incorrect.

      This would position his marriages as follows:

      Barbara Knepp 1845 - 1875 The mother of all of his children.
      Mahala Rupp 1881 - They were divorced in St. Joseph County.
      Sarah Bony Shunk 1885 - ?
      Sarah Cronk Fry - 1890 - 1897 (Samuel's death). Sarah survived until at least 1913.

      I think it is possible he married Sarah Shunk before divorcing Mahala. Somewhere I have the divorce date, but can't put my fingers on it right now....... I think it may have been 1887.

      Samuel's Siblings were:

      Johannes ? b. 1809 (probably was known by his middle name)
      Catherine b. 1811
      Johan George b. 1813 (would have gone by George)
      Elizabeth b. 1816
      John b. 1818
      William b. 1819
      David b. 1820
      Jacob b. 1825 and
      possibly Abraham (no date).

      There may have been others.

      These birth dates are taken from the Lutheran Church records in Aaronsburg as well as vital dates for William & Jacob. William was the father of Eliza Ann Shunk (better know as "Mam Kiter." She married Corneilus Kiter and had a very large family that lived near the Strongs in Coe Township. Some of the Kiters used to attend the Strong reunions. Frank Kiter was my father's age and a very very good friend.

      Karen