I was looking at all of the Blank info you guys have and since there are so many posts on George Blanks I decided to just post what I have in case it helps anyone.The info I have is from the line of George Adam Blank IV going back to Hans Adam Blanck.The following is on George Adam Blank born 1821 and married to Katharine Weiler.The following info is quite long so forgive me if you can't read it all!
George Adam Blank III
George Adam Blank III was born in Pennsylvania on December 31, 1821 to George A. Blank II and Sara Moyer.On April 13, 1848 he was married to Katherine Christena Weiler in Greenfield, Wisconsin.George and Katherine had four children including their son George A. Blank IV, daughter Sarah, and son John Caleb.Their daughter Sarah died of Typhoid fever before George III.George Adam Blank III was an Evangelical Lutheran preacher. He was a presiding Elder in Wisconsin and a Sweedenborgian follower.There are many variations on the last name Blank.The German spelling was Blanck.
The following is an obituary and biography of George Adam Blank III which was translated from German, as printed in a Waukesha Wis. Paper:
Biography of George Adam Blank III
His birth and conversion
Brother George Adam Blank was born in 1822, January the first, in Berks County, Pa. Later on his parents moved to Erie County, in the vicinity of Greenville, Pa.
A new period of life of our departed brother began at the age of eighteen, in the year 1839. In the same year, in the month of August, a camp meeting was held in Columbiana County, Ohio, on the farm of the widowed Mrs. Kern. Brother Blank attended this meeting at which time he was so molested - and tried (moved by the spirit of God) by the enemy (Satan) that he did not choose to remain. The enemy tried his best, to chase him home; however, he could not find his saddle and was forced to stay that evening.
During the evening service while standing toward the back under a large tree, listening to the powerful Sermon of the Sainted Brother Baumgartner, the arrow of God's truth pierced his heart, so he like the soul of Tarsus fell to the ground crying, "What must I do"?. Faithful brethren prayed with him all the night, till at least his Soul found peace in the wounds of his savior. A blessed change had taken place in him' he felt that God had become his Father and His Child. He joined the Evangelical Church and went home rejoicing.
His call to the Ministry, Beginning and Work as a Travelling Missionary.
Soon after his conversion he felt at heart a strong love toward his fellowmen, who especially at that time in his territory were like lost and wandering sheep, and many of the so called pastors were Godless and corrupt. Bro. Blank recognized and soon felt a Special inward call that God would use him in his vineyard, hesitated however to obey, partly because of his own feeling of incapability and partly because of the fear that the call to this important and responsible force would in the end not prove genuine. At last he was ready to consecrate himself to the Lord and His work with body and Soul.
As much as I was able to find out he received his permit or license to preach in November of the y ear 1841 and traveled about under his elder T.T. Kopp, in the district of Bristol until the meeting of the next Ohio Conference which took place in Walnut township, Pickeway, Co. Ohio, in May 1842, where upon examination he became a member of the Traveling Mission. The he and Fred Wahl served the district Des Plain in Illinois which covered the entire northern part of Illinois and also the South Eastern part of Wisconsin.
In the year 1843 he and Daniel Kern served the Fort Wayne Mission which had its headquarters in the State of Indiana and covered approximately eight or nine counties, where in spite of many hardships and wants and self sacrifices they carried on a blessed work, so that there were many happy conversions and the mission increased its membership by sixty to seventy new members.
In May 1844 at the time when the Ohio Conference was divided into different sections and the Ill Conference was founded, he was ordained Minister of the Gospel at a conferences held in the Lafayette assembly, where upon he entered the Illinois Conference and again served the Fort Wayne Mission with SA Tobias. The latter took ill and consequently he was compiled to serve the Mission alone.
In 1845 he again traveled through the Des Plains District and was ordained as elder in 1846 at the Illinois Conference meeting in Germantown, Indiana, and later served the Eacine Mission in the year 1847, the Chicago in 1848, the Weiswasswe district in 1849, the Cedar Creek district.
Finally in 1850 he was elected presiding elder and appointed to the Wabash district which he served faithfully for two years, up to the time when the ILL conferences was divided in 1852 and the Indiana Conference had been founded. Since it was his desire to remain in the Ill conference he resigned as presiding elder upon the advice of his brethren and again worked in the Cedar Creek district as traveling missionary. In 153 he served the Napierville district and in 1854 the Racine station. In 1855 he was elected presiding Elder and appointed to the Milwaukee district. In 1856 when the Ill conference was divided, and the Wisconsin Conference founded, Brother Blank also entered the Wisconsin district and served the Milwaukee district for three years. In 1859 he was again elected presiding elder and appointed to the Madison district, where he served until he fell a hero on the walls of the Zion. He served uninterruptedly over 19 years as a traveling missionary of the Evangelical Church, and almost eight years as a presiding elder.
Brother Blank is considered a pioneer of the West, who under the great exertions and hardships which sometimes would endanger his life, traveled through the wilderness of the west, preaching in the name of God, Christ the Crucified as a power not salvation. Many hundreds led the Christ through him and especially in the last few years, when his work as presiding elder was abundantly blessed. Some of them already glorify and praise his name in heaven when they sing Praise to thee, my life and my soul thou hast saved for me"
He shall constantly be remembered by those who had known him and especially by his co-workers with whom with he had often shared sorrow and joy and whose spirits had often been quickened by his powerful and convincing sermons.
He as endowed with a clear and sharp mind, and above all possessed excellent gift of speech. As a writer he was inferior, but as a speaker he excelled all others of his time, often holding the attention of his listeners in spell bound awe and admiration.
On the 13th of April 1848, in the town of Greenfield, Milwaukee, Wis. he was united in Holy matrimony to Sister Katherine Weiler, whom he now leaves behind, a deeply grieved widow besides three children. His daughter Sarah preceded him in death.
His Illness, Death, and Funeral:
He had the feeling that a disease would at sometime overtake him and at times he would remark to his wife that in case the same fever of which his daughter had died would attack him, he was assured it would prove fatal.
When notifying me of the quarterly meeting, he wrote to me as follows: "Dear Brother, do not anticipate too strongly my coming since I fear I shall not be able to complete the work in my district, and it is my wish that you or someone else would relieve me of the same." Like manner he is said to have written to others; and how true his words proved to be.
Shortly thereafter, on the eight of January, he was taken by Typhoid fever. He suffered patiently and totally submitted himself to the will of God.
At one time when I visited him, he said to me; write to Bro. Koch, that I was not ashamed to have preached the gospel of Christ, for the same is a power unto Salvation."
Often he talked with Bro Hammetter who was at the side of his sickbed most of the time, concerning the Christian hope which he cherished in his heart. At one time he said to him, Bro. Hemmeter, we want to be like David of Jonathan."
The last days of his life he could talk but very little and departed form this life into the life beyond in his home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the fifth of February 1861, at the age of 39 years, 1 month and 5 days. It was thus the hero of Israel, fitted out in the arrow of faith, passed wary from this earthly life.
His departure is greatly felt by his bereaved wife and children, as well as his great circle of friends and especially the Wisconsin conference. The inhabitants of Waukesha also were deeply saddened by his death.
The announcement of his death was rapidly made know by means of telegraphy: in this way the district conference held in Chicago was also notified and thus it was made possible for the Brethren TT Escher, Christophe Augenstein and George Vetter of the IL conf. to attend the funeral, which was held on February the Eight.
In all there were present 18 preachers; Bro TT Escher delivered the most touching and edifying sermon on Daniel 12-13.
- E.A. Schnacke (author of german article)