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The power of Google Books: 1885 book on the ancestry of Schencks
Tags: genealogy

Link. Excerpts:

From these sources have descended very large families, scattered through the United States and also in foreign countries. Those States in which they are most numerous are New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. In Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, and Iowa, also, they have established families of considerable magnitude, and representatives can no doubt be found in all of the Northwester States.

During the war of the Revolution this family was firmly devoted to the patriot cause [...]. The number who entered the Union army is not yet known, but in the "Roll of Honor," or record of the names of the Union soldiers, who died in the defense of the Union, interred n the national cemeteries, are found twenty-nine of the name Schenck, the larger part of them belonging to the one or other of the three branches of this family, and this does not include the names of many others who were killed in battle or died from wounds or of diseases incident to the service, and who were buried at their own homes. From the ratio of dead to survivors in that war there must have been near two hundred of our name and race who took part in that grand struggle to establish the integrity of our country; besides those in the army there were also many in the navy, some of whom were killed or died in the service. On the other hand no record has yet been found of any member of this family having served in the rebel army.

The Union forever.

The erz-schenck, or chief skinker, was an hereditary dignity, a perfect of the household, next to the king or lord. After this office became an hereditary one in Europe, many noble families bearing the name of Schenck became established. Especially in Germany and Holland these families were numerous, possessing various escuthcheons. No less than sixty-eight of the name are mentioned in Kueschke Dutsches Adels-Lexicon.
Wikipedia entry on General Robert C. Schenck. He may be the "Schenck" of the statue at the United States capitol. I would like some information on this.

No profanes - sacred
 
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