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Re: Mathew Puntch/Punch,Sarah Brady NC/MO
Posted by: Cletis Ellinghouse Date: December 02, 2001 at 18:52:56
In Reply to: Mathew Puntch/Punch,Sarah Brady NC/MO by Shirley Colvin of 73

As a retired weekly newspaper editor in Bollinger, Wayne and Stoddard Counties in Missouri, I have come across the Punch name on numerous occasions. In fact one from the Punch family in Bollinger had a Killian spouse, which family I descend from, so I could be distantly related to some in the family. I have written about PUNCH LAKE, which is spring-fed, that is just south of the dam at Lake Wappapello in southeast part of Wayne County. About 15 miles north of it in the same county is what is known as PUNCH BOWL, which I have only read about. It is said to be about 20 feet across and shaped like a bowl, its depth measured to 150 feet but bottom never found. I am sure Punch Lake took its name from one of the Punch settlers (likely Matthew), and that is surely the case with Punch Bowl. If you have any information about either of these landmarks, I'd sure like to hear from you. As I recall, MATTHEW PUNCH owned land very near Punch Lake, so he likely gave his name to the lake, now privately owned. One from this Punch family was an elected county official in Stoddard, where I now live. Others from the family lived in Puxico, my hometown, also in Stoddard, which adjoins Wayne and is about nine miles from Lake Wappapello. The surname is not found in these counties today. Best wishes.


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