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52 Ancestors: Week 8: The Shinkle Brothers in the Revolutionary War

The Shinkles have been in America since 1752. They have had 6 children: 3 girls (1 died as an infant, and the other may have died as a child) and 3 boys:  Philip Jacob (b. 1747 in Edenkoben, Germany), Han and Christian (b. 1753 and 1756 in Heidelberg, PA).

We are related to both Philip Jacob AND Christian.

In early 1775, because it was founded by Quakers, Pennsylvania did not have a military.  However, some of its citizens organized themselves into local volunteer “associations” that were eventually sanctioned by the State of Pennsylvania and formed into 53 battalions that fought in the Revolutionary War.  All three Shinkle boys joined one of these associations: they were privates in the 1775 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia, Heidelberg Company under Captain George Hudson. Their ages were 28, 22 and 19.

“The Heidelberg Company of Associators, commanded by George Hudson was called into actual service and was paid for such service by Pennsylvania.  (However), the company did not p…

52 Ancestors: Week 7: Carl Schenckel

Edenkoben, Germany is known for its wine festivals.  You can also hike along forested mountain trails, visit the ruins of ancient castles, and enjoy sunny days exploring medieval towns.  It is located in Europe’s largest forest, The Palatinate Forest.  In fact, Bavaria’s King Ludwig I, liked it so much that he built his summer castle, Schloss Ludwigshöhe, on the slopes overlooking Edenkoben, which he called "the most beautiful square mile of my realm."

So what does this have to do with our family tree on my dad’s side?  Well, believe it or not, family members (I know I was surprised) we have German Ancestors!  We also have an immigration story!

In the 18th century, those living in Edenkoben and the surrounding region, were serfs or peasants.  To be released from their serfdom, they were required to pay a fee, usually 10% of their property.  Serfs who were too poor to pay the fee, were sometimes granted emancipation anyway.  This is the case for our ancestor Carl Schenckel.�…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 6: William L Murphy

William L Murphy is a civil war hero.  
He was born in 1831 in Tennessee.  At age 23, he is in Dade County, Missouri (in the southwest corner of the state).  William  marries Ann Wingfield and tragically, she dies within the year of their wedding.  But luckily, he finds love again the following year in 1855 and he marries Sarah Ann Shinkle.  They are married by Wilson Murphey (possible relation) in the home of her father, Elijah Shinkle, who is himself a minister and a landowner.  His wife and (the mother of the bride) Malinda had died 4 years earlier, possibly in childbirth.
William and Sarah have baby Susan in 1857 and two years later baby Isaac in 1859.  Then they move to Arkansas.  William is farming old man James Williams’ farm.  Sarah’s younger sister Barbara (age 20) is living with them, probably helping with the children.  Baby Maggie is born there on 1 Dec 1860.
Father-in-law Elijah has remarried and they (along with Elijah’s two youngest children) are living nearby, farmi…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 5: My Grandma Helen's other Grandmother: Nancy Cooper North Pausner

This is one that I have spent many hours (days) researching, only to come up short.  Nancy has a couple of family myths attached to her.  One is that we are descendants of the Cherokee Tribe, and the second is that we have Irish roots on this side of the family.

I believe Nancy’s mom is Ann(a) Wilson.  Nancy says her mom was born in Missouri on 4 different US censuses. I found Ann and Nancy on the 1876 Missouri State Census in Benton, Missouri which is on the trail of tears traveled by the Cherokee in 1838. 
“So in the early 1800′s we have documented proof of a rather large group of Cherokees some 4000 did indeed reside in the area that would later become the States of Arkansas, Northeastern Oklahoma and Southern Missouri.”   Read more:
But that is about as close as I can get.  I can’t find any more information on Ann Wilson: no birth or death or marriage certificate, and only one census in 1865. 
However, I…