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Mahala (Younkin) Schrock


Mahala (Younkin) Schrock was born on or abouit Sept. 28, 1825 in Turkeyfoot Township, the daughter of "Yankee John" and Nancy (Hartzell) Younkin. She may also have used the spelling "Mahalia" and/or the name "Matilda."

She married Daniel Schrock (April 13, 1822-1856), reputedly the son of Jacob and Barbara (Fike) Schrock.

Their three children were Anne Matilda Schrock, Caroline "Carrie" Spangler and John Ellis Schrock.

When the 1850 federal census enumeration was made, the Schrocks dwelled in Milford Township, Somerset County, with Daniel earning a living as a "joiner" -- a 19th century term for woodworker and carpenter.

Daniel is said to have died at the age of 34 on July 8, 1856, possibly in [New] Centerville, Somerset County. 

When the federal census was next taken, in 1860, the widowed Mahala lived in Milford Township, Somerset County with her three children in the household. 

Family lore states that Mahala died on Jan. 12, 1864, at age 41, possibly also in Centerville.

The couple is named in Merilyn Belle (Fike) Morrow's 1996 book, Christian Fike and His Descendants.


~ Daughter Anna Matilda Schrock ~

Daughter Anna Matilda Schrock (1844- ? ) was born in 1844 in Milford Township. 

At one time it was believed that she was united marriage with (?) Spangler. But this is believed to be false.


~ Daughter Caroline "Carrie" (Schrock) Spangler ~

Daughter Caroline Schrock (1848-1911) was born on March 23, 1848 in Somerset County. 

She was wedded to (?) Spangler (? - ? ). We are looking into whether her husband's name was "Franklin D." Spangler ( ? - ? ).

Also under investigation is whether he is the same Franklin D. Spangler (Oct. 10, 1843-1879), a native of Stony Creek Township, Somerset County, and a Civil War veteran, who lived in Chicago at 90 Warren Avenue circa 1879 and was a manufacturer of spring beds. This Franklin died in Cook County at the age of 35, on May 26, 1879, with F.C. Schaefer serving as informant for the Illinois certificate of death. If so, his remains were returned to Pennsylvania for interment in Walker Cemetery in Shanksville, Somerset County. [Find-a-Grave]

If so, the couple produced one known daughter, Anna M. Spangler, born in 1869 in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County.


As a widow, Carrie resided in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County.

Sadly, at the age of 63, Carrie was felled by a stroke of paralysis, and died a day later, on Nov. 25, 1911. Interment was in Walker Cemetery. Mrs. Jonathan Spangler of Shanksville, Somerset County provided details for the death certificate.

At one time, research notes stated that Carrie had been married to Amos Schrock ( ? - ? ), but this may have been in error. As well, she is not to be confused with Caroline (Rayman) Spangler married to Peter Spangler.


~ Son John Ellis Schrock ~

Son John Ellis Schrock (1856- ? ) was born in 1856 in Milford Township, Somerset County. 

He apparently was born the year his father died.


Copyright 2013, 2018 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan.