Clipped From The Newark Advocate
Newark (O.) Advocate Fri., Oct. 6, 1967 ' Remember, I Remember1 Schmuckers Early Residents By Minni Hite FIFTH OF SIX PARTS Apparently the early Schmuckers of Franklin Township were uncles of the Hon. Isaac Smucker, long a resident of Newark, and prominent citizen. Mr. Smucker was born Dec. 14, 1807, in Shenandoah County, Va., which was the family seat of the Rev. Peter Schmucker, one of the founders of St. John's Lutheran Church on the Linnville Road, and also of the Rev. Nicholas Schmucker, pastor of the Lutheran church in Woodstock, Va., from the time Peter Muhlenberg so dramatically abandoned the pulpit to answer the call of his country. After the Rev. Andrew Henkel resigned at St. John's in 1824, it was the Rev. Peter Schmucker, then living in Newark, who for the two years St. John's had no regular pastor, supplied the needs of the St. John's pulpit, conducting funerals and generally responding to the essential calls of the congregation. Andrew Henkel's brother, the Rev. Charles Henkel of Somerset, then in charge of Lutheran churches in Perry County, also aided the church in this manner. Isaac Smucker came to Newark in 1825 at the age of eighteen. An extended sketch of his life, work and writings appears in Hill's "History of Licking County." That account gives a comprehensive report on the services of the Schmucker family to the Lutheran faith. One brief but pertinent excerpt says: "The ancestor of Mr. Smucker (that is, the Hon. Isaac Smucker) of the second generation before him crossed the Atlantic in 1785; was at that time the father of five sons, all born in Hesse Darmstadt, and soon after he reached America, settled in the Shenandoah Valley. Three of those sons entered the Lutheran ministry, and one (George, the eldest) removed to Pennsylvania, became distinguished in the pulpit during his ministry of more than half a century, and also as an author." Isaac Smucker in turn was a distinguished author, contributing to the history of Licking County, as well as to the foremost magazines of the day. To my mind, his unsigned contributions to the historical volumes published by Dr. Benson Jonathan Lossing are among the most important bits of Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania history. Depending heavily on Loosing's writings over the years, I was past 50 years' old when accidentally, among the fine print of a preface, I came onto Mr. Smucker's name as collaborator and was at last enlightened as to how and why Dr. Loosing could appear so knowledgeable about certain parts of the country with which he had no connection. This fact about Isaac Smucker seems little known, and I am happy to have the chance to pay him this word of tribute. Of the handful of founding families of St. John's Lutheran Church, Linnville Road, there is more to be said than can appear in this six-day series. The background of George Ernst 19? I mi Moody the Valley of Virginia, as did most of the others. The Ernst family In what became Page County, Va., is closely identified with the Page County family of Hites, of whom so many descendants settled in early Fairfield County, Ohio. One of these days I hope to write more about the Ernsts, for they deserve more than this casual paragraph. One of their Atlanta descendants, James E. Warren Jr., has written a good pamphlet history of the family, based on his visit to their ancient fortified home on the Swiss-German border. For facts on the Burner family, I am indebted to Robbins Hunter Jr. The first of the American Burners was Arhart Burner, who came from Germany and settled in Virgina. Of his seven children, the eldest, Henry Burner Sr., born Aug. 28, 1768, married Magdalene Cullers. These were the great-great-grandparents of Mr. Hunter. Magdalene and Henry Burner Sr., in turn were the parents of seven children, of whom Abraham Burner married Barbara Stover; Henry Burner Jr., married Catherine Wilkin (Mr. Hunter's great-grandparents); Catherine Burner married Jacob Wilkin; John Burner married Mary Coulter; Rebecca married Jonathan Tracy; Sarah married Isaac Wilkin, and Mary married Josiah Ward. As usual, with these old families, the repetition of given names makes for confusion. And if you aren't already confused, wait till tomorrow when I tackle the Wilkin family! TODAY IN WISTORT Today is Friday, Oct. 6, the ipied Tripoli. 279th day of 1967. There are 86 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1683, the first German settlers in America ar rived in Philadelphia. , On this date Tn 1470, King Henry VI of Eng land was released from the Tow er of London. In 1820, singer Jenny Lind, often called "the Swedish nightin gale," was born. In 1890, a Mormon church con ference in Salt Lake City, Utah, abolished polygamy. was Swiss, though he came to St. John's valley by way of in 1911, Italian marines occu In 1927, the era of talking tures b" 1 with the opening "The Jazz Singer" starring Jolson. In 1958, the U-S nuclear submarine Seawolf surfaced New England after being submerged a record 60 days. Ten years ago Rep. Sterling Cole, R-N.Y., was in as director of the international Atomic Energy Agency. One year ago 15 major manufacturers of plumbing fixtures were indicted on charges of conspiring to fix prices.