First a question: How do we know Henry Shank's wife Esther was a Wisssinger?
If it is definately established that she was a Wissinger, then it is a process of elimination problem. I assume that the birth year of 1829 comes from a census record in which she is located with her husband.
Since all the Wissingers in the area are descendants of Ludwig, then all later Esthers must be named for the first one, Ludwig's daughter Esther, b. 1795. An Esther b. ca. 1829 would be about the right age to be a niece of the original Esther.
The first Esther left 8 brothers: Jacob, John, Daniel, Lewis, David, George, Samuel and Isaac.
Jacob resided all of his adult life in Ohio, therefore is unlikely to be the father of an Esther residing back in PA. And I believe all of his children are firmly established in his probate records. So Jacob is out.
John had a daughter Esther b. 1814 who married John Hay. So John is out.
Lewis had a daughter Esther b. 1842 and died 1865 unmarried. Her existance is firmly established, as she is found on the 1850 and 1860 censuses. Lewis would not have had an older daughter with the same name. So Lewis is out.
David had a daughter Esther b. ca. 1835 (probably the "Preston" on the 1850 census), who married Joseph Fry. SO David is out.
George had a daughter Esther b. 1828 who married John Marsh. I have her with her husband on at least one census. So George is out.
Isaac had a daughter Esther b. 1838 who married Samuel Baumgardner. She is listed with her father on the 1850 census, so her birth year is correct. Isaac is then out.
This leaves Samuel and Daniel.
Samuel could have had an extra daughter born ca. 1829, who would already be out of the household in 1850, BUT, the 1840 census shows no female children for Samuel, which is in keeping with what we know of his family at that time. So Samuel is out.
We are left with Daniel. He resided in Rayne Twp, Indiana Co. in 1860, one of the places that Henry Shank and wife Esther were supposed to have lived. According to the Wissinger genealogy, Daniel had a daughter NANCY b. ca. 1829, but this is apparently a mistake in mathmatics as she is found in her father's household in 1850 and 1860 and her age is consistant with a birth year of 1838. That leaves 1829 open for another possible daughter. On the 1840 census, Daniel appears to have an extra female child. There are two females age 15-20 (should be Eliz., age 18 and Cath. age 16); one female age 10-15 (Mary age 13); one female under five (Nancy, age 2). But there is also a female in the 5-10 catagory. I would suggest that this is Esther, b. mid 1830 and therefore age 9 and who m. Henry Shank.
Comments welcome. I will be leaving for a vacation on Aug. 27, hope to hear back from Bob or Ashley before then. If not, I will be back about Sept. 13.
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