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Re: Albert Henry and Amanda Isabella (Wetzel) Dunkelberger
Posted by: John Wetzel (ID *****9240) Date: October 10, 2003 at 08:33:32
In Reply to: Re: Albert Henry and Amanda Isabella (Wetzel) Dunkelberger by Bob Averell of 256


Here's what I can add to your information:

Harriet Nora Dunkelberger married (1) Irvin L. Smink, son of Joseph Smink and Alamanda Snyder. Irvin was born October 2, 1886 and died October 20, 1974. Harriet was born April 9, 1894 and died April 27, 1986. The couple had a son:

Joseph Irvin Smink, Sr., who was born May 20, 1920 and died October 18, 1982. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Battery H, 601st C.A.A.A. in World War II; he received the bronze medal for bravery; he was wounded in Colditz, German and received the Purple Heart; he married (1) Betty Jane Miller, who was born November 30, 1926; they had a son:

Joseph Irvin Smink, Jr., who was born July 26, 1948. He married Jennie Frazier, who was born March 24, 1948. They had a son:

Todd Joseph Smink, who was born April 11, 1969.

Joseph Irvin Smink, Sr. married (2) Renee Caroline Zoretski, who was born December 19, 1921.

Harriet Nora Dunkelberger married (2) Francis J. Murphy, who was born July 12, 1900 and died February 18, 1974.

More on Harriet Nora Dunkelberger:

Her parents were Albert Henry and Amanda Isabella (Wetzel) Dunkelberger. Albert was born January 28, 1853 in PA. He married (1) Amanda Yoder, who was born September 2, 1854 and died in November 1880. The couple had two children. Albert married (2) Amanda Isabella Wetzel. She was born July 13, 1854 in Lower Mahanoy Townwhip, Northumberland County, PA and died November 25, 1925. Besides Harriet, Albert and Amanda had three other children: Susan Jane, Harry Edward, and Carrie Amanda. Albert is buried in Evangelical (Rutz) Church Cemetery. Amanda is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Treverton, Zerbe Township, PA.

According to published accounts, "Life was very hard for Amanda...Albert was a lumberman and worked for Zartman & Lohr Company...He was reported to be one of the strongest men in Cameron Township...Amanda's sister-in-law was an aunt to President Dwight D. Eisenhower."

My Connection:

My connection to this family is that my great grandfather, Aaron Wetzel, was Amanda Isabella Wetzel's sister. Aaron married Susan Eisenhower, the President aunt.

Source Information:

Virtually all of my information comes from email and regular mail communications with Dunkelberger family descedants. Some of it comes from excerpts from the book, Dunkelbergers in America, Copyright 1992, Reading, PA, Second Printing, April, 1993.

Hope this helps.

John Wetzel

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