Capt. John Junkin (1786-1814)

ANCESTRAL LINE: A1 Joseph Junkin I | B3 Joseph Junkin II

Tombstone of Captain John Junkin (1786-1814)
Old Mercer Cemetery
Mercer, Pennsylvania
C5 Captain John Junkin, the oldest of Joseph II's sons who grew to manhood, was born 12 September, 1786, and died 27 April, 1814 of a virulent fever contracted during his military service in the War of 1812. He was always a colorful figure to Mercer County residents, who regarded him with the highest esteem. In April of 1804 he had married his first cousin Martha Findley, born 21 October 1762, died 11 February, 1813, the daughter of Mary Cochran and William Findley of Westmoreland County, Pa.

He became a captain in the army and during the War of 1812 commanded a most unusual company of 84 men known as the "Mercer Blues". This company, hand-picked by Captain John himself, furnished their own uniforms and weapons. They also carried their own Bibles, and daily worship was held. The Captain himself was a man of great piety and prayer as well as of superior talents and administrative ability, and was a great favorite with his men. He was the only one of Joseph II's seven sons who was not a minister or elder in the church, yet he was an extremely devout person. The public also regarded him as a potential candidate for future usefulness and eminence. During his absence in the army the people of his district nominated him for the state legislature, but Capt. John declined because of his military duties.

Child of John Junkin and Martha Findley:

  1. Junkin, Laura Gayle. The Descendants of Joseph Junkin I and Elizabeth Wallace, September 1976.
  2. Junkin.David X., Biography of George Junkin, D.D.,LL.D. 1871. J.B. Lippincott and County
  3. Hinkhouse, James F., and R. H. Lyon. Junkin Family Genealogy. 1976. Cumberland County Historical Society. Typescript.
  4. Robinson, Richard D. and Elisabeth C. Repassing at My Side...A Story of the Junkins. 1975, Southern Printing County, Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Joseph Junkin Family Tree is a collection of information gathered by Eric & Liz Davis, Mary Eleanor Bell, Alice Erma Bell, Margaret A. Killian, Laura Gayle Junkin, Winston Ray Norris, Joyce Ann Junkin, Barbara Ann Millner, and many others. The html version was initiated by Eric and Elizabeth Fisher-Davis in 1998 .
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