|Birth: ||Jan. 2, 1870|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 1893|
Miss Runk was my great grandmother. She was so on paper having married my great grandpa Daniel H Romberger, but she sadly never had opportunity to add to the bloodline of anyone living after her.
She was born January 2, 1870 and died, June 5, 1893 in the blush of youth at age 23.
Martha Ellis or Martha Ella Runk, also known as Ellie, was the daughter of Jacob Runk, a United Brethren (UB) preacher, and his wife Henrietta Geist Runk (a daughter of UB preacher Conrad Geist). Ella's siblings were Cora M., Anna J., Irvin E. (also a UB preacher), Henry, and Henrietta J. Ella's sister Cora married yet another UB preacher, Charles Ambrose Mutch, and it was Charles who performed the service for his sister-in-law Ella, and her husband-to-be, Daniel H. Romberger. Years later, Ella's brother Irvin Runk would perform the wedding ceremony for Daniel's little brother, Ralph. Clearly, the Runks, Mutches and Rombergers were close-knit for years. The fact the Runks and Mutches were United Brethren in Christ, and the Rombergers were Lutheran did not seem an issue.
A portrait of young Ella probably taken for her wedding to Daniel Henry Rombeger reveals a slim-hipped gamine girl reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn, with curly dark hair and a dreamy face. Her head is down and eyes up, her arms shyly clasped behind her.
The marriage was not long lived. While no obituary has been yet found, because Ella died before her marriage was a year old, it is presumed at this time that she died in childbirth.
Perhaps her child met the same fate and is buried with her- that remains to be investigated. For now, family members of my father's generation know only that they were told that Daniel had lost his first wife.
Sources vary on her burial. Much online documentation (probably copped from the online Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County) says she is buried in the "Berrysburg Cemetery" and I don't know of any called by this name then or now. To the best of my knowledge, Berrysburg has three cemeteries - Saint John's Lutheran, Salem aka Peace Reformed or Peace United, and Sweitzers Memorial Cemetery also known as Sweitzers Evangelical United Brethren.
Miss Runk's family was United Brethren which was separate from the Evangelical church (until 1946). It is now confirmed that she is buried at Sweitzers. Having been away from her family for marriage for less than a year, it would make sense she would be allowed to rest with her family and their faith.
It is odd to me to think of this lady; to know she would have been in every one of my family after my great grandparents' generation. My grandpa and his siblings and their kids and then their kids would have been different people than they were or are because of Ella, but it never came to pass.
Jacob R Runk (1835 - 1915)
Henrietta Geist Runk (1843 - 1874)
Daniel Henry Romberger (1858 - 1935)*
Sweitzers Memorial Cemetery
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Oct 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30397613
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