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Hunsaker Family
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Wilcox, David. Quincy and Adams County History and Representative Men. Chicago: Lewis, 1919, pp 271-273.

The Hunsaker family is well represented in Adams County. They are of German origin, and probably came from Switzerland. In the year 1730 Hartmann Hunsaker came to America with his wife and one son John, who was born in the old fatherland May 22, 1728. They settled down in Pennsylvania where the following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hartmann Hunsaker: Verena, wife of John Roth; Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Guth; Orschel (Ursula), who was married twice, her first husband's name being Landis, the second Kopf; Marie, wife of Caspar Roland; Anna, wife of Louis Mohler. Half-sisters were: Catherine, wife of John Birg; Eva, wife of John Weldy; Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Birg. This would indicate that Hartmann Hunsaker was married twice.John Hunsaker, who came to this country with his father in 1730, was married to Miss Magdalena Birg, May 15, 1750; she was the eldest daughter of Nikolaus Birg and was born January 3, 1732. The children of John and Magdalena (Birg) Hunsaker were: Abraham, John, Barbara, Nikolaus, Hartmann, Jacob, Joseph, George, Catherine, Magdalena, Andrew and Samuel. On July 27, 1788, occurred the death of Barbara Birg, nee Miller, the mother of Magdalena Hunsaker, nee Birg, in the eighty-first year of her life, leaving 120 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The data given in this story concerning Hartmann Hunsaker and his descendants was gleaned from the old family Bible, printed in Philadelphia in 1818, and in possession of Robert Hunsaker, a son of Samuel Y. Hunsaker, and born in this county (Adams) in 1855.

While John Hunsaker, the second son of the before mentioned John and Magdalena (Birg) Hunsaker, with his wife and child were traveling overland from Pennsylvania to Illinois, they were killed by Indiana. This occurred April 18, 1792, while they were on their way to Union County, Ill. The wife was Elizabeth, a daughter of Andrew Huber.

Samuel Hunsaker, the youngest son of John and Magdalena (Birg) Hunsaker, was born in Pennsylvania November 22, 1777, and was married to Hannah Rhoades (Rohde), who was born January 4, 1786. Their children were: John, Rachel, Andrew, Hiram, Margaret, Daniel, Susannah, Elizabeth, Katherine, Samuel Y., and Joseph. Samuel Y. Hunsaker being the father of the abovementioned Robert Hunsaker.

John Hunsaker, born in Pennsylvania, December 17, 1794, moved to Kentucky, where a son was born to him October 16, 1824, who was named Alexander. In the fall of 1829 the family came to Adams County, where they settled in Liberty Township. Here Alexander grew up and in 1845 married Mary L. Freeman, a native of New York. At the age of sixteen Alexander Hunsaker began learning the blacksmith's trade at Liberty, and worked at it until 1864, when owing to impaired health he abandoned his trade and engaged in general mercantile and milling business, conducting what was known as Havana Mills in Melrose Township. While the subjects of this sketch have departed this life, a number of descendants are still among the living.

Daniel Wilson Hunsaker, born September 25, 1820, in Union County, Illinois, at an early age with his parents moved to Jefferson County, Missouri, in 1830. In 1834 the family came to Adams County, Illinois, where they located in Fall Creek Township. July 3, 1850, he married Frances Shuart, a native of South Bend, Indiana. March 27, 1904, Mr. Hunsaker died and April 18, 1906, his wife followed him in death. George Hunsaker, the only son of Daniel Wilson and Frances (Shuart) Hunsaker, was born in Fall Creek Township January 15, 1854, and for sixteen years was a telegraph operator on the railroad between Quincy and Louisiana, Mo., serving at every station of the railroad known as the Louisiana branch on the C. B. & Q. road. He also worked in the same capacity on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in Colorado. In later years he was town collector of Melrose. Elijah Hunsaker celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of his birth August 19, 1909, at the old settlers' reunion, Clayton, Adams County; he died several years ago.

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