Mary Catherine Rauk/Rauck/Ronk/Ranck

Mary Catherine Rauk/Rauck/Ronk/Ranck
birth: 10 July 1798 in Somerset, Pennsylvania to John A. Ranck & Unknown
death: 30 March 1841 in Fayette, Indiana
burial: Smoker Family Cemetery, Abington, Wayne, Indiana

marriage: 28 December 1819 Montgomery, Ohio
Jacob Troxell
birth: 2 October 1797 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Abraham and Mary Rohrer Troxell
death: 6 April 1885 in Fayette, Indiana
burial: Robinson Chapel Cemetery, Fayette, Indiana

Children of Mary Catherine Ranck and Jacob Troxell:

  • Elizabeth Troxell 1820-1901 John Anderson Long
  • Joseph Troxell 1823-1845
  • John Troxell 1825-1911 1st m. Louisa Sampson 2nd m. Ann Elizabth Gruwell
  • Abraham Troxell 1827-1908
  • Levi Troxel Abt 1830-1871 Sarah J. Campbell
  • Jonathan Troxell 1833-1871 Eliza Jane Port
  • Jacob Troxell 1835-1906 Malinda Lynn
  • Mary Catherine Troxell 1837-1912 John Calvin Henry

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Waterloo, Fayette County

Other Information: Mary Catherine was born on 10 July 1798 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. The name of her mother is unknown. Mary Catherine and her sister, Elizabeth 1799-1825, were the only two children of her father’s first union. Her father remarried circa 1804 to Elizabeth Dumbaugh. About 1814, the family relocated briefly to Yadkin, North Carolina where Mary Catherine’s 4th step-sibling was born. By December 1819, the family had moved to Montgomery, Ohio where Mary Catherine wed Jacob Troxell. Although family records conflict on when the couple and their young children moved to Indiana, it was likely by 1829 where they lived on the west fork of the White River near Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana. It was there that husband Jacob worked to build a mill race. Mary Catherine died in Fayette, Indiana on 30 March 1841. The youngest of her eight children was four years old at the time of her death.

Mary Catherine’s step mother was Elizabeth Dumbaugh, born about 1812 in Pennsylvania. She was last found in the 1880 US Federal census suffering from rheumatism. She resided with her husband, John, in Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania. The couple had the following children:
Jonathan D. Ranck 1805-1891 Hannah Saylor
Edmond Ranck 1807-1833
Hiram Amon Ranck 1812-1881 Clarinda
Nancy Ranck 1814-1878 Henry Long
Some family trees list Elhanan Ranck ?-1835 as a fifth child, however, that is unconfirmed. A Elhanan Ranck is found in the 1830 US Federal Census as a head of household in Center, Wayne, Indiana with five others in the household. He may have been the 20-29 year old male or the 15-19 year old male if he was born about 1810. There is a gap in the known siblings ages where he possibly fits. Also in the household was a male 60-69 and three females, 15-19, 20-29 and 60-69. An Indiana will is found for Elhanan probated on 7 October 1835 in Wayne, Indiana. It noted his wife, Elizabeth, and two brothers, Jonathan and Hiram. If Elhanan is in this family, his brother Edmond would have been deceased. There was no mention of his sister, Nancy, who would have been single. It is unknown who the others enumerated in the household were. If Elhanan was a step sibling of Mary Catherine and Eleanor, there was also no mention of them in the will.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson

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