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Re: William Z Tunks of Freeport, Illinois
Posted by: Mallory Smith (ID *****3674) Date: May 14, 2005 at 17:29:10
In Reply to: Re: William Z Tunks of Freeport, Illinois by Noohlac of 84

I have a picture of William Z tunks and his third wife....also Albert, and Rose and a couple of their children and a grandchild....McGrath.
One of William's daughters died at age 20...I have her picture.... My gggrandmother Candace Sarah (Emery)Tunks Daniels married William about 1867. He had filed a lawsuit on her behalf seeking return of money loaned to the Fosslers (one had married her daughter). Candace later lived with Albert Tunks in NE before moving to live with her son Henry Brown Daniels in Elwood NE about 1910. William died about 1888 as I recall.

(10) Candace Sarah Emery 28 Sep 1825 Thompson’s Ledge, Geauga Co Oh (1860 Census widow, living in household is Pheobe (Miller) Daniels ae 79, her mother-in-law) (1920 Census living in household of son Henry Brown Daniels Elwood NE) d 6 Mar 1922 Elwood NE bur Elwood Cem = (1) 3 Jul 1844 Rockford IL John Daniels Jr c 6 Jun 1820 NY d 30 Jan 1858 Rock City IL bur Howard Union Cem between Pecatonica and Durand IL (John Daniels Sr = 1796 Phebe Miller) (2) 1867 William Z Tunks 9 Mar 1817 OH d Jul 1888 Davis, IL. (William Z Tunks = (1) 1843 Pauline Winchester d 1849 (2) Armadilla McIntire d 1864 (3) Mrs Candace Sarah Emery Daniels)
“Candis Sarah Tunks was born in Ohio September 28, 1925, deceased March 6, 1922. Early in life she emigrated with her parents to Stevens (Stephenson) County, Illinois.At the age of 23 years (19) she was married to John Daniels, who deceased in 1860 (1858.) To this union were born three sons and three daughters, Albert, Henry and Auserl (Omri); Candis, Fredelia (Fidelia) and Louella Daniels. She was married to William Tunks in 1870. After the death of her second husband (1888) she moved from Illinois to Merrick County, Neb. In December 1910 she came to Elwood and made her home with her son Henry, until her death.Her three sons are living; only Henry B, being able to be present at the funeral services.       
She was converted at the age of 14 years and at this time joining the United Brethern church. After coming to Nebraska she united with the M.E. church. After 82 years of faithful Christian life she is now called to her heavenly home.Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, in charge of Rev. Thomas.” The Elwood Bulletin Elwood NE __March 1922       

In presenting to the public a history of Nebraska, the list would not be complete without having mentioned the name of this gentleman. Mr. Tunks is one of the leading old settlers and prominent agriculturists of eastern Nebraska, having spent the last forty years and more in this part of the state.
Albert Tunks, son of William Z. and Paulina (Winchester) Tunks, was born in Stephenson county, Illinois, January 9, 1847, and was second in a family of five children. He has one sister living in Freeport, Illinois, another in Davis, Illinois, the other children being deceased, as are also the parents, the father's death occurring in 1888, and the mother's in 1849, both in Illinois. Our subject received his education in his home state, and later engaged in farming.
On April 21, 1871, Mr. Tunks was united in marriage to Miss Bell Martin, also of Illinois (Isabell Martin 14 Jun 1851 Philadelphia PA d 6 Jun 1838 Central City NE)(Robert Martin c 1791 IRE= 20 Apr 1828 sally Francis c 1810 E Mile Cross County Down IRE) (. Mrs. Tunks parents are deceased, and she has one brother in Kansas, and a sister residing in Clarks, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Tunks have had four children, three of whom are living: Edith, wife of H. C. McGrath, has five children and lives in North Bend, Nebraska; Elmer, died in infancy in 1875; Ethel, wife of Clare Betts, has two children and lives in Merrick county; and Glen B., a student at state university at Lincoln.
In May of 1871, Mr. Tunks and wife came overland to Merrick county, Nebraska, being three weeks on the way, and homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in section thirty-four, township fifteen, range six, west, where they resided for ten years, when they sold out, and purchased three hundred and sixty acres eleven miles northeast of Central City. Here they resided until 1893 when Mr. Tunks retired from the farm and moved to Central City, where he purchased twenty acres just outside of the city limits and built a good home, where they now live. In the early days Mr. Tunks helped to organize school district number twenty-one. He has served on Central City school board. He also spent one year in the army, enlisting in January, 1865, in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and received his discharge at Springeld [sic], Illinois, in January of 1866. He took part in a number of skirmishes, doing mostly provost duty in Georgia, his military service having all been in that state.
Mr. Tunks has been prosperous and successful, and has pased [sic] through all the trying experiences and hardships incidental to frontier life. He is a man of affairs, and is interested in all pertaining to the welfare of state and county. Mr. and Mrs. Tunks are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Tunks is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Grand Army of Republic. He is a republican in politics.

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