Berks Co., PA to Montgomery Co., OH; 1803
I am not researching these people, just entering information from the book "Early Settlers of Montgomery Co., Ohio" by Shirley Keller Mikesell:
"In 1803..Philip Gunckel, Christopher Emrick, David Miller and John George Kern, all natives of Berks Co., PA, came to Ohio on a prospecting tour.Encountering problems, they returned home but with 'western fever.'Twenty-four families decided to return to Ohio in the spring, 'all natives of Berks County, but a few of them..then living in Center County, in and around Aaronsburg..'Philip Gunckel heade3d the expedition, first by wagon to Pittsburgh, then to Cincinnati by river boats.They arrived 20 June 1804.Moving north, the group found their new home; land for farms and for Gunckel, Big Twin Creek, a branch of the Great Miami River, to build his grist mill.Since Gunckel was the only member of the party fluent in English and the others greatly dependant upon him, the mill site was a determining factor.Both his cornmeal and his good will would be needed to survive in the new country.pp 48-51 - from 'Twin Valley, Its Settlement and Subsequent History' by J.P. Hentz, 1891(?)"
Also from the same book: "The Gunckels.There were three, Philip, Daniel and a nephew of these two, also named Daniel..Philip Gunckel..a few years previous to his removal to Ohio, went to Center County (PA) with his family..from here he immigrated to the Twin Valley.He was then in his thirty-ninth year.Gunckel invested in land in German township.After his mill was built and provided a center around which a community could grow, 'he lay out his tract of land into a town.'With the income from the mill, the sale of land and other investments, Philip Gunckel became 'the richest man in the township.'He also held public office as an Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, as a delegate to one of the constitutional conventions of the state and as a representative in the Ohio State Legislature.Philip Gunckel 'married thrice, but left no issue except by his first wife, Catherine Schaeffer..She was the mother of eight children, of these, John, Michael, Catherine, Philip, Jacob and Sarah were born in Pennsylvania whilst David and Elizabeth were forn in Ohio.Catherine became the wife of Lewis Shuey.Sarah was married to Henry Zeller, and Elizabeth to Dr. C.G. Espich..Having been born in Tolpehocken Township, Berks Co., PAon the 7th April 1766, and died in Germantown, 24 May 1848.Philip gunckel attained the age of 82 years and 17 days.His wife, Catherine, born in the same locality on 12 July 1766, died August 2, 1836.Both are buried in the Germantown Cemetery. pp 68-73" (same book as above)
"Daniel Gunckel was a brother of Philip and came to the Twin Valley in 1811..He built a fulling mill on Mud Lick, where at present stands the distillery of David Rohrer..Daniel Gunckel, the nephew.. came to the Twin Valley at a still later period.Like his uncles, he was a miller.pp 73, 74" (same book as above)
There are other listings for members of this family in the index of this book.It is available for purchase from Heritage Books in Bowie, MD.However, I believe they are now located in Westminster, MD.