Re: M.V. PLANK, HENRY & JOSIAH PLANK
If you got email me a detailed bio, I would appreciate it.
My GGgrandfather was Israel Plank. His father was Henry Plank, Henry's father was Conrad.
His obituary in the Kansas Star was interesting; but vague. I haven't been able to verify yet.
" He was a Pioneer Israel Plank Travels in the West and his Distinguished Ancestry.
Israel Plank who died last week at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Carriker (Willa R. Carriker Plank) was a representative of the "Sons of the American Revolution." Five of his uncles, the Verpalnk brothers fought under Washington, and several were members of Washington's body guard.
His father (Henry) was a small boy and the only son left at home. Hearing of an engagement for the next day, he concluded to be present and care for his brothers in case one was wounded. He climbed from a windoe at night, and the next morning found they found him at the camp. One of his brothers(George, Willaim, John, Jonas, Daniel, Jacob, Jesse or David?)gave him a spanking and sent him home.
The family was the best the German fatherland could produce, and the name VonPlank, but upon becoming Anglicied became VerPlank, and later Plank.
Mr Plank was a descendent of the Guise family of Alsace-Lorraine, many of whose descendants still reside in Pennsylvania.( Henry Plank married Magdalena Guise. My great uncle and my brother John both have Guise as their middle name).
Mr Plank traveled the western plains during the border ruffian war, in company with a party of Indianians. He reached Concil Buffs, know then as Kanesville, and crossed the river to the site of Fort Omaha. He often loved to tell
how he was advised to buy land affording the present site of Kanasa City and other cities of the West as he carried a
great deal of gold in his belt. But his companions dissuaded him, declaring that it would take a century of civilization to make strides so far West.
Mr Plank was companionable, and well read, and possessed a remarkable memory of important events."