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Re: Mary Emma Mundorf
Posted by: Anita Camplese Date: December 02, 2001 at 08:31:59
In Reply to: Re: Mundorf of the 87th PA Inf - Civil War by Alan Silvia of 75

Mary Emma Mundorff/Mundorf was one of 13 children of Samuel Mundorf and Lucinda Fahs of Adams and Cumberland Counties, PA. Her father, Samuel Mundorff, was born in York Sulfur Springs on June 5, 1803 and christened at Lower Bermudian Union Church, Latimer Twp, Adams Co. on May 15, 1812. He was one of four sons of David Mundorff and Juliana Schweitzer of Huntington Twp, Adams County. There is a David Mundorff listed in Huntington Twp, Adams Co. in the 1775 census for that area. In 1800 federal census, David Mundorff was in the same location. In 1810, he is listed in Tyrone Twp, Adams Co, PA. The change of location may be due to the formation of new townships in the area of the Mundorff property between 1775-1810.

Samuel Mundorf's siblings were: William Harrison Mundorff (1798-1870), David Mundorff, Jr. (b. 1806), George Mundorff (1801-1880), and Rebecca Mundorff (m. Mickle). Samuel is listed as a weaver in the 1850 federal census, residing in Middleton Twp, Cumberland Co. Samuel married Lucinda Victoria Fahs on March 17, 1825 at the First Moravian Church in York, PA. She was born at the Graceham Moravian Community, Frederick County, Maryland on January 5, 1808, daughter of Henry Fahs and Anna Maria Hummer of York County, PA and Frederick Co, MD. Samuel died 11-25-1885 and Lucinda died 3-15-1893. Both are buried in Mt. Holly Springs Union Cemetery in Middleton Twp, Cumberland County.

According to Lucinda Fahs Mundorf's obituary in the Mt. Holly Springs Mountain Echo, Samuel and Lucinda moved to Mt. Holly Springs, Cumberland County, PA in 1836. He was most likely employed as a weaver at the Givens mill in Mt. Holly Springs, which was founded about that time and was a carpet mill originally. At some point during his adult life, Samuel changed the spelling of his surname, dropping the final "f". As you probably already know, there is much variation on the spelling of the surname, even among siblings.

Samuel and Lucinda had 13 known children. I have not been able to locate Samuel in the federal census by name prior to 1850. David Mundorff Sr. died in 1831. Samuel and his Lucinda may have lived on the family farm in Adams Co. in the early years of their marriage. Their older children were born in Adams County. The children of Samuel and Lucinda Mundorf are:
Maria Louisa Mundorf (born 1/5/1826)
George Washington Mundorf (8/29/1827-1909) m. Henrietta Meyers
Reuben Henry Mundorf (11/6/1829-3/15/1830)
Jane Eliza Mundorf (1831-3/27/1901)m. Beach
James Emanuel Mundorf (4/7/1838-12/23/1922) m. Susan Emma Ziegler
Charlotte Mundorf (1840-1951) m. Broderick
Sarah Mundorf (1841-1911)never married
Albert George Mondorf (1842-2/20/1897)note changed spelling of surname; m. Anna Lutz
Rebecca C. Mundorf (8/21/1848-7/11/1909)m. Sidney Kempton
Virginia Mundorf (1849-8/7/1889) m. Michael Goodyear
Charles Foster Mundorf (1845) m. Sarah Weaver
Julia Mundorf (b. 1836) m. Franciscus

James Emanuel Mundorf was my gr-gr-grandfather. Much of the information I have been able to gather on his siblings has been gleaned from US federal census records, the Mt. Holly Springs Mountain Echo newspaper, Charles R. Mundorff's "Mundorff Family Now and Then," and tombstone inscriptions at the Mt. Holly Union Cemetery. Many of these family members are buried in that cemetery, as the family remained in Mt. Holly Springs, for the most part, until after 1900. Mary Emma Mundorf is the only one of Samuel and Lucinda's children for whom I do not have a birthdate. Charles R. Mundorff cites a death record in Adams County for a George Washington Mundorf, son of Samuel and Lucinda, who had died in infancy. Since George Washington Mundorff, brother of James, Albert, and Foster, is mentioned repeatedly in the Mt. Holly Springs Mt. Echo around the turn of the 19th Century, this is obviously an error. Perhaps there were more children who died in infancy. Samuel and Lucinda appear to have added new babies at regular 1-2 year intervals. There are longer gaps in the 1832-36 and 1837-1840 periods. Perhaps Mary Emma fits in there.

Of note: James and Susan Mundorf named their third daughter, born July 1873, Mary Emma. The name appears in again when my grandmother, Mae Pearline Mundorf, named one of her daughters Mary Emma, as well.

Hope this helps.


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