SHENK, Samuel
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SHENK, SAMUEL, was born in Conewago township, Dauphin county, Pa., February 12, 1849; son of Henry Shenk. John, the grandfather, was born in Dauphin county, and was a farmer. He married a Miss Buck, by whom he had four daughters and two sons. He died in Conewago township, and his wife survived him some years. Henry, the father, was also born in Conewago township, June 18, 1805, was educated in the district school, grew to manhood, and was married, in Derry township, to Miss Mary Kellar, native of Dauphin county. He settled on a farm of one hundred and fourteen acres in Conewago township, which he had bought previous to his marriage, and farmed there for some years. His wife died and he went to live with his son, where he died, in 1894. Their children are: Josiah, Columbia, Pa.; John and Henry, died young; Jacob, Lebanon, Pa.; and Samuel R., educated in the district schools of his native township and grew to manhood on his father's farm. He was married, in Derry township, where he was temporarily residing at the time, to Miss Mary E. Shenauer, born in Upper Swatara township, Dauphin county, daughter of George and Kate Gingrich, both natives of Dauphin county. To this marriage there is no issue. He has been previously married to Lizzie Farver, who died, having born two children: Kate, died in infancy, and Lavinia Alice. After marriage he took up his residence on the farm of one hundred and fourteen acres, bought from his father, which he occupied for about sixteen years. In 1892 he rented the farm and moved to his present place, which contains seventeen acres of land, and has a fine house, barn and all modern improvements. Mr. Shenk is a strong Republican in politics and has been school director and filled other minor offices. Mrs. Shenk lived at home with her parents until her marriage. She is one of seven children: Mary, Mrs. Shenk; Annie; Martin; Emma, died young; Adam; John, died in infancy; and Mina.