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Was born in Cambria county, Pa., June 19, 1838, of parents, Wm. and Sarah (Wissinger) Shank, deceased. He was married Sept. 27, 1860, in this county to mary Stull, who was born here May 30, 1839; her parents, both of whom have been numbered with the dead, were Martin and Martha (Speicher) Stull. By this marriage there are six children, Lavina J., Izora A., Abner F., Orlando J., Minnie E. and Sadie E. Comrade Shank was engaged in farming when he was drafted into the late service; he was enrolled when 27 years of age March 17, 1865, at Hollidaysburg, Pa., as a private in Co. A., 56th Pa. V.I. June, 1865, he was confined in Regtl. Hospital near Washington, D.C., five days with diarrhea. Owing to the lateness of his enlistment and the close of hostilities so soon thereafter, he did not take part in any battles and was honorably discharged July 1, 1865, at Washington, D.C. His brothers, Samuel and John, served in the late war; the latter was killed at the battle of the Wilderness; his wife's brothers, John and Joseph, also served in Pa. Regts.; the latter was killed in battle. Comrade Shank has been supervisor, assessor one year, tax collector one year and school director; he is one of the progressive and advanced farmers of this county and his address is Salix, Pa.


Samuel Shank was born in Cambria county, Pa., July 6, 1841, of parents, William and Sarah (Wissinger) Shank, no longer numbered with the living. He was united in marriage in his native county Feb.7, 1867, to Susan Miller, who was born in Somerset county, Pa., July 20, 1849; her parents, neither of whom are living, were Debias and Nancy (Engard) Miller. One son was the issue of this marriage, Peter. Comrade Shank was 23 years of age when he left home and friends to fight for the preservation of the Union; he had been engaged in farming when he was enrolled at Carlisle, Pa., as a private in Co. E, 28th Pa. V.V. I., 1st Brig., 2d Div., 20th A.C. He took part in the battle of Goldsboro, besides considerable scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty. Upon the close of the war, he was honorably discharged July 18, 1865, at Alexandria, Va. He had two brothers in service, John, who fell at the battle of Wilderness for the glorious cause he had upheld, and Jacob; his wife's brother Josiah served in a Pa. Regt.; his great-grandfather, Jacob Shank, and his great-grandfather Wissinger, both served in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war. Comrade Shank follows farming as an avocation, and his post office is Salix, Pa.

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