PLUNK FAMILY EARLY HISTORY
According to oral family history five brothers came to America from Holland via Switzerland.
After a visit to the Lancaster County, PA Historical Society, where I was informed that
I would probably find my ancestors in the Blanck or Planck families, I began researching both families and found the following:
The Ship Queen of Denmark arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 4, 1751. On the passenger list was Christian
Blanck, and Hans, Blanck. The ship St. Andrew landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 23, 1752. Passenger list includes
the following names: Jacob Blanck, Nicholas Blanck, Hans Blanck, and Frederick Planck/Blanck. I have a copy of the orginal
ship list for St. Andrew and Queen of Demark.
Through DNA analysis by Ancestry.com. I have been matched with following families from Switzerland.
Blank, Blanck, Joder (Yoder), Linder, Frye, Muller, Zimmerman, Schneider, Holly.
It is my belief the Plunk family are the descendants from the Blank/Blanck family from Steffisburg, Bern, Switzerland.
Not to say the below is accurate in its entirety. but it gives us some idea of why our fore fathers came to America.
Our ancestors were God fearing people who lived first in Germany, then in Switzerland. Our ancestors left
both countries, after years of regilious persecution and suffering. When the persecution followed them to
Switzerland, they decided to leave their family, friends, homes and the beautiful country for the promise of better
life in America.
EARLY MAP HOLLAND - GERMANY - SWITZERLAND EARLY 1700'S
Immigrants aboard ship to America
SWITZERLAND MARRIAGES AND BAPTISMS RECORD PETER BLANK
SWITZERLAND MARRIAGES RECORDS - BLANK FAMILY
ARTICLE FROM THE MAGAZINE: PENNSYLVANIA MENNONITE HERITAGE
The last Will and Testament of Nicholas "Blanck" Plank
names his brother Jacob "Blanck" Plank, along with Frederick Reinhold and Peter Burckholder, as the executors
of his estate. The Will was register with the court in Lancaster County Pennsylvania the 24 day of February
Nicholas and his brother Jacob "Blanck" Plank are listed on the ship's list of
St. Andrew which landed in Philadelphia September 23, 1752.
ARTICLE FROM THE BOOK: HISTORY OF CUMBERLAND AND ADAMS COUNTIES PENNSYLVANIA
Looking for land in Pennsylania, but not much is left. They heard there's good farmland further
south in North Carolina.
Moving to North Carolina.
THE GREAT WAGON ROAD
Beginning at the port of Philadelphia, where many immigrants
enter the colonies. The Great Wagon Road stretched from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia, passing through the town of Lancaster
and York, Pennsylvania down south through Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. And down to North Carolina. They traveled by covered
wagon pulled by four to six horses. The trip was very hard. The Great Wagon Road was slow, narrow, muddy, dusty, bumpy, and
Dr Peter Plunk purchased his first land in Lincoln County, North Carolina
Copy of Lancaster County Pennsylvnia will on Nicholas Blank/Blanck/Plank are very similar to Dr.
Peter Plunk signature on his will in Lincoln County North Carolina.
PETER PLUNK WILL
TRANSCRIPTION OF PETER PLUNK WILL BY LINDA G. PLUNK
Nicholas (Blank Blanck) PLANK will Lancaster County Pennsylvania (Written in German)
I realize the above information on the Blank (Blanck) family is not documented proof of our ancestry,
but my DNA results which has linked me to several families which were on the same ships as the Blanck's is a reasonable assumption.
Definite documented proof will probably never be found. Therefore, we probably will only be able to trace our family
back to Dr. Peter Plunk of Lincoln County, NC.