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William Adelbert Strong

Elizabeth Catherine Shunk

Elizabeth Catherine Shunk

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  • Name Elizabeth Catherine Shunk  [1
    Born 13 Jun 1848  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
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    Person ID I7726  Rgstrong Family genes.
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2013 

    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 Samuel Harmon,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2006 00:28:00 
    Family ID F4927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [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.