Adam Runkle

ADAM RUNKLE (c. 1720s-1800)

Excerpted from: Ben Van D. Fisher, 1899, The Runkle Family, T.A. Wright, Publisher and Printer, New York
This page was last updated on:  30 May 2015

Adam Runkle was of German descent, and Fisher stated that Adam's ancestry was probably related to the Runkels who lived in the Lahn Valley of Germany in the Middle Ages.  It is supposed that, when Adam was about sixteen sometime between 1735 and 1745, he emigrated from Germany to America.  Nothing much is known about Adam until about 1749, when Adam, already married to Mary YOUNGBLOOD, is found living with her on his father-in-law's farm in Old Amwell, New Jersey (near Wertsville).  Mary was the daughter of John YOUNGBLOOD, a prosperous farmer.  We have some information about John from his estate papers.

Sometime between 1755 and 1765, the Adam Runkle family moved to a farm in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  The deed to this 225 acre property, between Mahlon KIRKBRIDE and his wife Mary, of Makefield, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Adam "RUNCLE", was dated 15 Dec 1761.  A transcription of this deed is found in Fisher's book.  Their home still stands near Annandale.  See photos of the house Here.

Adam and Mary had eight children:

To see details about these children and their descendants, click Here

Adam died sometime in the Fall, 1800.  His  will was dated 5 Jul 1791, the inventory of the estate was made 17 Nov 1800 shortly after his death, and the will was probated on 4 Feb 1801.  A transcription of this will is found in Fisher's book.  Mary survived Adam by about five years, and they were buried side by side on the hill to the north overlooking their home, the graves covered by unmarked flat field stones.


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