MG 220 - Kunkel, Christian Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the estate papers of Christian Kunkel including the listing of real estate and the conditions of sale, the articles of agreement, 1824-1828; stock certificates for the Harrisburg and Middletown Turnpike Road 1815, 1818, 1820; stock certificates for the Downingtown, Ephrata and Harrisburg Turnpike Road, 1805, 1818; a deed between Christian Kunkel and Daniel Stine for a house and lot on Market Street, being part of No. 156; draughts of land surveys, 1798, 1800, 1842; miscellaneous legal papers: an agreement between J. M. Bowes and Margaret Kepner, the power of attorney issued by Adam Kalbach to John Kalbach in 1828, and a note from A. Martin of Martin & Garman to Henry Gilbert, 1848.

The collection includes nine ledgers: daybooks kept by Christian Kunkel from 1790 to 1808; daybooks of George Kunkel from 1810 to 1814; and two administration account books of George Kunkel and David Hummel, executors of the estate of Christian Kunkel. Also included in this collection is correspondence to other members of the Kunkel family: a letter written to the Hon. John C. Kunkel concerning bonds for the Steubenville and Indiana Railroad Company in 1854; letters to Rachel Kunkel congratulating her on her engagement to John Fox, 1907; and a typed letter from John C. Kunkel, member of the U. S. House of Representatives, to Frank L. Stokes concerning his ancestor, Robert Whitehill, 1943.


CHRISTIAN KUNKEL was born in Germany in 1757; he died 1823 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He served in the War of the Revolution and located at Harrisburg in 1786 with his brother-in-law George Hoyer. He was successful in the mercantile business and contributed to the organization of the first German church in Harrisburg. He was a burgess of the borough and served as a member of the council. He was elected a director of the bank of Philadelphia at Harrisburg and was appointed by the governor to be a commissioner for erecting a bridge over the Susquehanna River. He was married twice; married first to Catharine Hoyer who died in 1796 (5 children), and second to Anna Maria Weltzhoffer (8 children).

GEORGE KUNKEL, eldest son of Christian and Catharine Hoyer Kunkel was born in York in 1784. He was a prosperous merchant in Harrisburg for many years. He died in Harrisburg in July, 1850. He married Catharine Ziegler in November, 1814; they had six children.

RACHEL KUNKEL FOX is descended from Samuel Kunkel, the eighth child of Christian Kunkel and his second wife, Anna Maria Weltzhoffer.

Date(s): 1790-1943

Extent: 1 carton, 1 ledger, 87 enclosures