RANCK GENEALOGY
Descendants of
Adam Michael Ranck (1850-1922)


ADAM MICHAEL5 RANCK (Adam4, Jacob3, Valentine2, John Philip1) was born in Pennsylvania on 20 February 1850, the son of Adam Ranck and his wife Barbara Resh. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He was active in erecting the Brethren Church at Bird-in-Hand, then fell away from the church.

Adam M. Ranck married CAROLINE5 WENGER (Christian4-3-2-1) on 6 November 1870. She was daughter of Christian S. Wenger and his wife Mary Royer. Caroline was born in Pennsylvania on 22 May 1850, and died in 1941. She lived near Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She always liked to attend the Brethren Church.

Adam died on 10 June 1922. They were both buried in Stumptown Mennonite Church Cemetery, Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Adam M. Ranck and his wife Caroline Wenger had the following children:

  1. SAMUEL W.6 RANCK b. in Pennsylvania on 21 October 1872
  2. AMOS W.6 RANCK
    • b. on 27 April 1874
    • d. on 27 June 1881, cause of death- small pox; Age at death: 7 years, 2 months, 1 day
    • bur. at Stumptown Mennonite Church Cemetery, Leacock Township, Lancaster County, PA
  3. JOHN W.6 RANCK
    • b. on 17 April 1876
    • d. on 6 July 1881 cause of death- small pox; Age at death: 5 years, 2 months, 19 days.
    • bur. at Stumptown Mennonite Church Cemetery
  4. ADAM W.6 RANCK
    • b. on 4 May 1879
    • d. on 5 July 1881 cause of death- small pox; Age at death: 2 years, 2 months, 1 day.
    • bur. at Stumptown Mennonite Church Cemetery
  5. WENGER6 RANCK b. at Upper Leacock Township on 6 March 1881
  6. ANNA W.6 RANCK
    • b. in Pennsylvania on 23 September 1882
    • d. in 1971
    • bur. Stumptown Mennonite Church Cemetery
    • m. JAMES HARSHBARGER
      • b. on 7 January 1882
      • d. in December 1965
  7. CAROLINE W.6 RANCK b. in Pennsylvania on 6 October 1888
Grandson Charlie Ranck shared some memories in an interview on September 26, 1982:

He went bankrupt building the Dunkard Church at Bird-in-Hand. This soured him on the institutional church.
At one point he separated from his wife to go to Williamsport and live with some woman in a hotel. A few years before his death he returned home.
At the funeral, Hershey Groff and Mark Ebersole were asked to preach at the house. Both were noted for being long-winded. Hershey preached and preached and preached. He said that brother Adam had strayed, but in the end he came home. The other preacher kept looking at his watch and trying to get Hershey's attention. He showed his watch to brother Groff, but that didn't deter the preacher. Finally, Hershey asked everyone to stand for the closing prayer, and brother Mark never did get to preach.
Caroline preferred to speak Pennsylvania Dutch, and liked anyone who would speak it to her.
They [or parents?] married at Trinity Lutheran Church on South Duke St., Lancaster.
The old cemetery was there before the church [Brethren Church at Bird-in- Hand]--where the Reshes are buried.
The Church that Adam Ranck built had a bedroom upstairs. They had love feasts that lasted a week--included footwashing. They had old tubs with one handle.
His son Sam went to Williamsport to bring him home--this was 1 1/2 years before he died.


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