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:
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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