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Bolender-Bolander-Bolinger Family Genealogy

This page is devoted to the history and genealogy of the BOLENDER-BOLANDER-BOLINGER family.  I will include information on all lines of these surnames, as well as any spellings. If other researchers would like to submit information on their lines, I would be happy to include it here.

My mother, Evelyn Mae Granger, was the daughter of George Harvey Granger and Bertha Mae BOLINGER. Bertha's grandfather, Noah BOLANDER, changed his name to BOLINGER sometime after June 18, 1855 when he married Tillitha C. MARTIN in Vigo Co., Indiana, and before the 1860 Vigo Co., Indiana federal census.

As part of this web site, I am including Family Pages for my MORTON, BURNETT and BRADFORD lines - ancestors of my great-grandmother, Gabriella (MORTON) BOLINGER.


The following is a summary of what I believe to be correct about the early Bolender or Bolander family.  I have used the sources noted at the end.  I am always open to changes, so please let me know if you find errors or additions - with the documentation you have used.  For those of you who are just beginning your research on this family, this history is not meant to be a primary source for your data.  Hopefully, it will be of interest and a good starting point.

Stephen Bolender, born in Berks Co.,  Pennsylvania on October 09, 1756, was the son of Peter and Maria Barbara Bolender.  Peter was an emigrant from the Rhine Valley of Germany, seeking freedom in America from religious persecutions and "ravages of monarchy so common in the sixteenth century" 1.

Phillip Carl Schenckel was born at Edenkoben, Bavaria, Germany.  He married Maria Elisabetha Zimpel on June 29, 1745 in Bavaria, Germany.  They came to America from Edenkoben on the ship, "Snow Ketty" , arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 16, 1752, settling in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.  The Schenckels moved to Brown Co., Ohio in 1805, and settled in the Bullskin Settlement, east of Felicity.  This part of Clermont Co. became Lewis Twp, Brown Co. about 1818.  He was a farmer and a German Baptist Brethren preacher, referred to as Dunkards.

Stephen married first Margreta (Peggy) Schenckel, daughter of Phillip Carl Schenkel, on August 29, 1779 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.  They had seven sons and three daughters:  Catherine, Barbara, Peter, Henry, John, Jacob, Elizabeth, Christian, Stephen, and Joseph.  They moved from Berks Co., Penn. to Ohio in 1800, landing at Boude's Ferry in Brown Co.  Stephen bought one thousand acres of land on Bullskin Creek in Clermont Co.  They lived near Feesburg, in Lewis Township, Brown Co., where both Stephen and Peggy were blacksmiths.  Stephen was also a farmer and a Dunkard preacher.  Peggy died January 10, 1804 in Boude's Ferry.  On August 19, 1813 in Clermont Co., Ohio, Stephen married Mrs. Elizabeth (Betsy) Kellam Fetterman.  They had two sons and three daughters: Daniel, William Henry, Margaret, Julia Ann, and Mary A.

Some of the Bolender-Shinkle-Kellum  families stayed in Brown and Clermont counties, some moved to other areas of Ohio, and others moved on to Indiana and Illinois.  Some of the allied surnames of these early families are:  Waldschmidt, Judd, Hoss, Jeffers, Yeatts, Hancock, Matthews, Fuller, Apple, and Wood.

1.  Article from a Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper announcing the 31st annual Bolender-Shinkle Reunion, to be held Aug. 26, 1912 in Bolenders Grove, Clermont Co., Ohio, sent to me by Merrill Bolender.

Mailing Lists
If you would like to join a mailing list for any Bolender-Bolander-Bolinger family associated surname, follow the directions below. 
There are two types of subscriptions:  Mail Mode, where every post is sent to each subscriber as a separate piece of e-mail, and Digest Mode, where several posts are batched together and then sent to subscribers - usually once a day.

For Mail Mode, you would send an e-mail to [email protected] - with only "subscribe" (without the quotes) in the body - nothing else.   For Digest Mode, just change the "L" to "D", and follow the same instructions.  To subscribe to any of the following lists, just use the specific link below.  They are set up to use Mail Mode.  There are mailing lists set up by Rootsweb for other surname spellings such as Bolender and Bolander, but at this time they do not have List Administrators.

Family Records




Research Links

General Research
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Ohio Research
Ohio Death Certificate Index Searchable Database - 1913 - 1937
Ohio Historic Preservation Office National Register - Searchable database by Style, City or County
Licking County Ohio Connection - Wonderful resource for Licking Co., Ohio researchers! 
NEWARKSATTIC.COM - The Portal to the Past - Great new site on Licking Co., OH from 1799 to 1900!
Indiana Research
Wabash Valley Obituary Index - 1903-1966 - Search by surname, and order copies for $1.00 ea. 

Family Websites

A Genealogical History of The Bolender & Shinkle Ancestry of K. Merrill Bolender
Merrill Bolender
Herbert Joel BOLENDER m. Genevieve Gertrude LOVE

Elizabeth Anne Shinkle
Stephen BOLENDER m. Margreta SCHENCKEL August 29, 1779 Lancaster Co., PA

William J. Shankle 


Sandy Barber
Catherine BOLENDER m. Samuel GEREN Sept 21, 1825 Georgetown, Brown Co., Ohio


Cyndi Daugherty

Ruth Gaboury

Veraline Oehler
William Henry BOLANDER m. Sarah MATTHEWS Nov 18, 1841 Van Buren Co., Iowa

Linda Shogren
William Henry BOLANDER m. Sarah MATTHEWS Nov 18, 1841 Van Buren Co, Iowa

Roberta Hunt
Sarah Catherine BOLANDER m. Pery OFFENBACKER Mar 16, 1875 Marion Co., Indiana

Jim Pfaff
John H. BOLANDER m. Martha A. MCCONNELL March 01, 1861 Marion Co., Indiana

Deb Farber
Terrell Stoner BOLANDER m. Thais YOUNG July 31, 1942, Huntington, Huntington Co., Indiana
Samuel Pierce BOLANDER m. Maria Catherine BRAGDON November 17, 1878 Marion Co., Indiana

B. June Babcock
(Especially needs information on Rebecca TOWNSLEY'S family - her father was Thomas TOWNSLEY.)
Joseph BOLANDER m. Elizabeth HANCOCK
(Especially needs information on Elizabeth HANCOCK'S family.)

Amy Hicks
Catherine BOLANDER m. William JUDD bet 1803-1811 in Felicity, Clermont Co., Ohio
Milton JUDD m. Sophia HOUSER abt 1837 in Clermont Co., Ohio

Alice Avila
Lord Guilford BOLANDER m. Belinda CAHILL August 12, 1860 in Brown County, Ohio

David Simrak
Samuel BOLANDER m. Matilda Ruby SHIRLEY April 14, 1860 in Hancock Co., IN

Kathleen Stroschein
Jennie Naomi BOLANDER m. William John LANEY in 1870.

Lu Anne Kriebs
John BOLANDER, b. 1791 Province of Hess, Germany; d. 1865 Randolph Co., IN

Cathy Ertley
Sylvester BOLENDER, Uniontown, OH

Jack Humbles
Louvisa BOLANDER m. John F. CAUDELL in Hancock Co., IN

Debra Fain
Ira N. (Speck) BOLINGER m. Alice RINEHART
Ira N. BOLINGER b. 17 JUL 1912 possibly in Iowa 
Ira d. 1 NOV 1988 in Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona

The Shinkle Genealogy
by Louisa J. and Chas. L. Abbott, Cincinnati, Ohio
Curts & Jennings Press, 1897

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