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Ludwig Runkle



Ludwig Runkle, The Ohio Runkles
the first Johannes, Anna Catharine Behler (Bailor)
Johann Ludwig (Lewis) Runkle, the oldest living son of the York County immigrant, Jacob Runkle (1724-1794), was born January 23, 1752 and baptized May 7, 1752 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover, PA, which was founded in 1743. Ludwig Runkle married Barbara Craumer (Barbara Kramer) (1755-1835). She may have been the daughter of Helfrich (Helfer) and Eva Kramer who stood for the baptism of Ludwig Runkle II in 1785 at St. David’s (Sherman’s) United Church of Christ. Helfrick Kramer is listed with Jacob Runkle on the land grant for St. David’s Church in 1775.
Ludwig Runkle bought 233 acres of land on August 5, 1777. On March 31, 1783, “Ludwick Runckel of Manheim Township, blacksmith, and wife Barbara: (sold) to Daniel Utz: for £465: 218 acres 56 perches in Manheim Township (less 3 acres 60 perches previously sold), bought from Jacob Krouse on Ag 5 1777.” That was all that was known about the oldest child of Jacob Runkle and Anna Maria Albright, Ludwig (Lewis) Runkle, when this manuscript was begun. Children of Ludwig and Barbara Kramer Runkle while they were in Manheim Township are: Catharine, born September 13, 1776; Christina, born October 28, 1778; Daniel, born May 10, 1783; Ludwig, born March 16, 1785; and Anna Maria Elizabeth, born February 21, 1787. Catharine and Christina were christened at Emanuel Reformed Church in Hanover; Daniel, Ludwig and Anna Maria Elizabeth were christened at St. David’s (Sherman’s) Church. It appears Ludwig and Barbara also had a son, John Runkle, born in Virginia on July 9, 1789, who died in Hancock County, OH on October 3, 1861; a son, George Runkle; and perhaps a son, Jacob Runkle, born ca 1780—between Christina and Daniel. Some of this information was filed in the Ohio Genealogical Society in the 1970s by Mrs. John Wild of Iowa. Lewis Runkle’s wife, Barbara (Kramer) died on September 28, 1835 at age eighty in Bloom, Fairfield County, OH.
In August, 1998 Donna L. Overholt of Tiffin, OH visited the Historical Society of York County and her name was given to your writer. Correspondence followed and, by coordinating Donna’s information with information received from Al Freathy of Florida, Walt McFatridge of Arkansas, Ron Surmon of California, Steve Murco of Maine and Jacquelyn Mills, we present here what we believe to be the family of Ludwig Runkle, who died in 1821 in Bloom, Fairfield County, Ohio and is buried there with his wife, Barbara.
On the Roll of the Jennings Gap, VA Congregation 1799, we find Samuel Runckel, Elder (the father of Jeremiah Runkle); Jakobus Runckel, Jeremias Runckel, Ludwig Runckel, Jakob Behler, Johannes Dieford (Teeford) and Peter Reinhart, who are known to be directly connected with the Runkles. Ludewig Runckel is a deacon. Then from Confirmands Jennings Gap, September 30, 1800: Daniel Runckel, age 17; Jakob Behler, 20; Jakob Runckel, 20, husband of Katherine Runckel; Susanna Runckel, 16; and Katharina Runckel, 18, wife of Jakob Runckel. On Confirmands Jennings Gap, 10 May 1804 (Ascention Day) we find: Ludw. Runkel 19 (son of Ludwig); and Eliz. Runkel, 17 (daughter of Ludwig). Then on Confirmands Jennings Gap 4th Sunday in October 1813: Georg Behler, 22 since Dec.; Jakob Behler, 21 since Sept.; Elies. Behler, 18 since Febr.; and Cathar. Behler, 15 since May. This confirms that Ludwig Runkle and his sister, Catharine Behler (Bailor) are in Jennings Gap, VA by 1799. It is interesting to note that there are six Scherman (Sherman) children confirmed at Jennings Gap also. Remember the Shermans owned the land around St. David’s (Sherman’s) Church.

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