KUNKEL, CHRISTIAN, son of John Christian Kunkel, was born July 10, 1757, in the Palatinate, Germany; died September 8, 1823, in Harrisburg, Pa. His father arrived in Pennsylvania September 23, 1766, subsequently locating at or near York. Christian was brought up to mercantile pursuits. In the war of the Revolution he was commissioned an ensign in Colonel Slagel's battalion of associators, and was in active service during the campaign around Philadelphia in 1777 and 1778. In 1786, in company with his brother-in-law, George Hoyer, he located at Harrisburg. There he at once entered into business, which, with his indomitable energy and industry, proved highly successful. He was one of the prime movers and contributed toward the organization of the first German church in Harrisburg. He was burgess of the borough in 1796, and frequently a member of the council. He was elected, in 1809, one of the directors of the branch bank of Philadelphia at Harrisburg, and the same year appointed by Governor Snyder one of the commissioners for erecting a bridge over the Susquehanna, and was interested in other enterprises. His life was an active and busy one. Mr Kunkel was twice married; married, first, on May 4, 1779, at York, Pa., Catharine Hoyer, born October 31, 1758, in the Palatinate, Germany; died August 27, 1796, at Harrisburg, Pa.
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