|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1822|
|Death: ||1900, USA|
Son of James JUNKINS and Christiana STEINMAN. Husband of Isabella ALCORN. Father of of James W., Ruth A., Mary Annetta, David Loy and Edward M.
ISAAC JUNKINS, of Seward, is a native of Indiana county and was born August 29, 1822, and is a son of James and Christiana (Stienman) Junkins. James Junkins was born at Armagh, Indiana county, Pa., November 25, 1792. He was a day laborer and in the winter seasons worked at shoemaking. He was drafted for the war of 1812 but did not go out. His wife was born September 23, 1801, and was a daughter of Christopher Stienman, of Indiana county, who was a farmer of considerable wealth in his day. Hugh Junkins (grandfather) was born and reared in Ireland; when a young man he immigrated to this country and settled at Armagh; he was a stone-mason by trade, died in 1816 and was married to Susan Young, who was also a native of Ireland. Christopher Stienman (maternal grandfather) was born in Germany; after landing in America he settled in York county, Pa., from there he went to Bedford county where he married and then removed to Brush valley, Indiana county, where he followed farming pursuits and pruning apple trees. He was married to Catharine, daughter of Martin Loy, of Bedford county, Pa.
Isaac Junkins attended the subscription schools of East Wheatfield township in his native county. In 1837 he went to work at eight dollars a month on the old Pennsylvania canal where he continued to work for some time. In 1844 he engaged with the Bingham line and boated on the Pennsylvania canal from Johnstown to Pittsburg. He followed the canal for six or seven years when he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co., working on the tracks and brakeing. In 1874 he became night-watchman for the company and was stationed at Seward where he now resides. He has the esteem of the officials of the Pennsylvania system and is regarded as a man of honesty and truthfulness.
On November 21, 1861, he was married to Isabella Alcorn, born December 17, 1831, and was a daughter of William and Ruth (Forrester) Alcorn, of Indiana county, and of English descent. Her grandfather Alcorn was a native of Ireland and was among the early settlers in Indiana county. He was married three times; one of his wives was stolen by the Indians and never rescued. Isaac Junkins has five children, all of whom are living: James, who was born August 25, 1863; Ruth A., September 1, 1865, died September 25, 1872; Mary A., July 28, 1867; David L., September 17, 1869, and Edward M., February 28, 1874.
He is independent in political matters and a respected member of the Presbyterian church. Hugh Junkins, his grandfather, was a native of Ireland and immigrated to the United States with a colony that came from the vicinity of Armagh, Ireland, previous to the war of the Revolution. This colony settled in what was then Westmoreland county but a part of the settlement was on the Indiana side of the Conemaugh where the village of Armagh commemorates the location of the colony.
The Biographical & Historical Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 1890, pages 471-472
Isabella Alcorn Junkins (1831 - 1921)*
James William Junkins (1863 - 1919)*
Mary Annetta Junkins (1867 - 1949)*
David Loy Junkins (1869 - 1939)*
Edward Milliken Junkins (1874 - 1947)*
Created by: Kathryn Doyle
Record added: Jul 19, 2006
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