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An American Family History

The Kunkel Family

 


 
 
 

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From History of Lehigh County Pennsylvania

Andreas Kunkel (son of George, and grandson of the pioneer) was born April 20, 1781, in Albany township, Berks county, where he lived until his removal to West Penn township, Schuylkill county. There he farmed until 1814 when he traded farms with Peter Ebert who lived in Heidelberg township, Lehigh county, and on this farm (near Germansville) he lived until his death. A log house, built in 1780 by an Ebert, is still standing.

Mr. Kunkel was a cooper and his shop stood where the present residence of Wilson Kunkel now stands. He and family were Lutheran members of the Heidelberg Church, which he served as an elder for many years. He was the constable of Heidelbere for many years. In appearance he was a tall, well-proportioned man possessed of great strength.

Adam Kunkel, a farmer, was born July 15, 1750, and died November 24, 1827. He was married to Maria Margaret Gildner, a daughter of John George and Gertrude (Harter) Gildner. She was born May 15, 1753, and died September 21, 1821. During the Revolutionary War he served from Northampton county, Pa., in the Continental Army. Both of these pioneers are buried in the old graveyard at the Heidelberg Church. They had eight children: Adam, Andrew, Elizabeth, Margaret, Hannah, Maria (born in 1785, died in 1822, married to Andrew Shissler), Magdalena, and Barbara.