Axtell One Name Study

Family of James BRUNKER and Mary Eunice HAWK

Husband: James BRUNKER (1864-1939)
Wife: Mary Eunice HAWK (1875-1952)
Children: Richard BRUNKER (1892-1953)
Moses BRUNKER (1919-1976)
Fannie BRUNKER (1896-1983)
James BRUNKER (1905-1968)
Elizabeth BRUNKER (1893-1975)
Mary Jane BRUNKER (1895-1952)
Mary Eunice BRUNKER (1901-1981)
Edna BRUNKER (1900-1990)
Mabel BRUNKER (1911-1991)
Ella Ethel BRUNKER (1913-2003)
Newton BRUNKER (1909-1969)
Frances BRUNKER (1903-1983)
Susan BRUNKER (1907-1992)
Elma Eunice BRUNKER (1898-1932)
Marriage 1 Jul 1892 David City, Butler County, Nebraska, USA 1

Husband: James BRUNKER

Name: James BRUNKER 1
Sex: Male
Father: Richard BRUNKER ( -1865)
Mother: Mary MCBRIDE (1824-1900)
Birth 17 Mar 1864 Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland 1
Death 23 Dec 1939 (age 75) Hillrose, Morgan County, Colorado, USA 1

Wife: Mary Eunice HAWK

Name: Mary Eunice HAWK 1
Sex: Female
Father: Levi HAWK (1839- )
Mother: Elizabeth GARDNER ( - )
Birth 16 Aug 1875 Missouri, USA 1
Death 11 Mar 1952 (age 76) Akron, , Colorado, USA 1

Child 1: Richard BRUNKER

Name: Richard BRUNKER 1
Sex: Male
Birth 9 May 1892 Colorado, USA 1
Death 19 Sep 1953 (age 61) Brush, , Colorado, USA 1

Child 2: Moses BRUNKER

Name: Moses BRUNKER 1
Sex: Male
Birth 3 Feb 1919 Colorado, USA 1
U.S. Social Security Number 712-12-3555 1
Death 6 Apr 1976 (age 57) Grand Island, , Nebraska, USA 1

Child 3: Fannie BRUNKER

Name: Fannie BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Birth 22 May 1896 Colorado, USA 1
Death 22 Oct 1983 (age 87) Brighton, , Colorado, USA 1

Child 4: James BRUNKER

Name: James BRUNKER 1
Sex: Male
Birth 8 May 1905 Colorado, USA 1
U.S. Social Security Number 524-07-6384 1
Death 2 Apr 1968 (age 62) Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, USA 1

Child 5: Elizabeth BRUNKER

Name: Elizabeth BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Birth 18 Oct 1893 Colorado, USA 1
Death 2 Jul 1975 (age 81) Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, USA 1

Child 6: Mary Jane BRUNKER

Name: Mary Jane BRUNKER 2
Sex: Female
Spouse: Samuel AXTELL (1887-1977)
Birth 15 Jan 1895 Akron, Washington County, Colorado, USA
Death 15 Nov 1952 (age 57) Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA 1

Child 7: Mary Eunice BRUNKER

Name: Mary Eunice BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Spouse: Floyd D GRAVES ( - )
Birth 21 Oct 1901 Brunker, , Colorado, USA 1
Death 27 Apr 1981 (age 79) Akron, , Colorado, USA 1

Child 8: Edna BRUNKER

Name: Edna BRUNKER 1,2
Sex: Female
Spouse: Jesse Ray AXTELL (1894-1960)
Birth 25 Mar 1900 Brunker, , Colorado, USA 1
Death 5 Nov 1990 (age 90) Brush, , Colorado, USA 1

Child 9: Mabel BRUNKER

Name: Mabel BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Birth 16 Sep 1911 Colorado, USA 1
Death Jul 1991 (age 79) Greensville, , Idaho, USA 1

Child 10: Ella Ethel BRUNKER

Name: Ella Ethel BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Birth 23 Dec 1913 Brunker, , Colorado, USA 1
Death 16 May 2003 (age 89) Huntington Beach, , California, USA 1

Child 11: Newton BRUNKER

Name: Newton BRUNKER 1
Sex: Male
Birth 4 May 1909 Colorado, USA 1
U.S. Social Security Number 524-07-4439 1
Death 25 Jan 1969 (age 59) Commerce City, , Colorado, USA 1

Child 12: Frances BRUNKER

Name: Frances BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Birth 22 Aug 1903 Brunker, , Colorado, USA 1
Death 20 Nov 1983 (age 80) 1

Child 13: Susan BRUNKER

Name: Susan BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Birth 11 May 1907 Akron, , Colorado, USA 1
Death 28 Jun 1992 (age 85) Elwood, Gosper County, Nebraska, USA 1

Child 14: Elma Eunice BRUNKER

Name: Elma Eunice BRUNKER 1
Sex: Female
Spouse: Emil Theodore REHNBERG ( - )
Birth 25 Apr 1898 Brunker, , Colorado, USA 1
Death 22 Feb 1932 (age 33) Akron, , Colorado, USA 1

Note on Husband: James BRUNKER

Following article, written by James Brunker, appeared in the Brush, Colorado newspaper in either 1938 or early 1939:


The History of James Brunker


James Brunker was born at Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland on March 17, 1864, the son of Richard Brunker and Mary Brunker nee McBride. Richard Brunker was born and grew to manhood at Liverpool, England married Mary McBride at Taghshinny, County Longford in 1846. To this union eight children were born: Richard, Elizabeth, Thomas, Frank, Mary Jane, Moses, James and George, who died in infancy.

On January 1865 my father died and was buried at Ballymahon, Ireland. On his deathbed, he requested all his children to be brought to his bedside so that he could bid them good bye. My sister, maryJane, held me in her arms and he asked, "Who is that?" and mother said, "Don't you know little Jimmy?". He said, "Oh yes, God help little Jimmy."

I was placed under the care of the orphan society directed by Lord Longford. A small sum was paid quarterly to my mother for my support. At the age of two I was taken to the annual meeting in Longford. It was the custom of the society to take the children from their parent and adopt them to some other person able to support and educate them. I was restless and Lord Longford gave me his watch to keep me quiet. When mother was called upon to turn me over to their charge, she said, emphatically, "No!" They then told her that my name should be take off the rolls. To this Lord Longford objected and he stated that as long as the mother was a competent person, the children should be left with their mothers. So I was continued on the society, and the rule was amended.

At this time the family had moved to Athlone. We lived in a rented house on the Roscommon side of the Shannon River near the canal. We lived here about a year, when the honorable Robert Hancock hired mother to take care of a country lodge, with some fowl and a nice garden. He also hired my brother Tom and my sister Mary Jane. Brother Richard had enlisted in the British Army. Frank and Moses entered Wilson's Hospital School about the time of my father's death. We stayed there until I was seven years old at which time mother placed in the hospital for lung fever. We children then moved to a rented house near the school I attended near the chapel of Tang. Mr. Hancock's please and the rented room were on the Leinster side of the River Shannon; places well fastened in my memory. For there I spent many happy hours, following the soldiers to the review field, dancing around the German bands by gaslight, watching boat races, fireworks and even funeral processions where mourners (keeners) were hired to moan the fate of the departed. When they got their pay for this service they went to the public house (saloon) to spend it (Yes, man goeth to his long home and the mourners go about the streets.) Bible quote.

Mother was taken to the seashore so as to regain her health. By the bank examiner, I was placed in the banker's home - he having a boy about my age - he thought we would be company, but some stone masons working there got us into a fight. My sister Mary Jane took me to take care of and after a short time placed me in the Wilson's school where I stayed for six and one-half years; January 29, 1872 to 1876. This was boys' school with 155 pupils, endowed by Andrew Wilson in 1825. This school is still operating under said endowment. To it I owe much of my success in life. Here I received religious training, the foundation of character. August 16, 1876 I was bound as an apprentice to David Barnett of Colon County, Louth. Mother was working four miles from me at Slane but during the two years I was there, I only saw my mother about four times.

I was bound for five years to inhumane treatment. Yes, I ran away once to my mother and was examined by a doctor who threatened to prosecute Mr. Barnett if I was abused again.

It is not to be wondered at that, I prayed earnestly for deliverance. About this time, my brother Moses visited mother and gave her a letter written by my Uncle James McBride that was sent to my Aunt Susan Rutledge - dated during the Civil War, about 1864 or 1865. It was laid in a trunk for about 15 years. This was an inquiry for mother's address and as to what children she had with her. Later he sent a passage ticket to bring mother and I to America. Barnett refused to release me but had given his promise before Rev. Freeman. Upon refusal, Rev. Freeman asked for the indenture contract, and as soon as it was handed to him, he thrust it into the fire, and told Barlett I was released having served only two years.

I stayed with my mother a few days at Dr. Mc Gusty at Slane to get ready. On the 1st of August 1880, we went to visit my brother Frank, the first time I remembered seeing him, and on the morning of the 5th, we bid him goodbye and took the train for Londonderry. On the morning of the 6th, we set sail for the United States.

Landing on the 17th at New York, we then took the train for Schuyler., Nebraska and on the 22nd we landed. I walked to my uncle's place, about 12 miles. He came after my mother and our baggage. He lived at Linwood. Here I got my first view of darkies making sorghum. One of the girls handed me a wooden spoon so I could taste it.

My uncle promised us a good home but we soon found out that he wanted service from us without remuneration. At the end of two years he ordered mother to leave and, of course, I left with her. He thought that we could not find a home, but friends soon found a place for mother to work and a place for me at $10 per month. I worked here for four months. In the meantime mother found work in Papillion, Nebraska and she found me a place at Springfield, Nebraska. I worked her for James McCambley for one year, from 1883 to 1884 and saved $160, with which I bought a team of light horses. Then I rented a farm near Octavia, Nebraska where mother and I started a home after so many years without one.

We attended the Methodist Church, which I helped paint two years before. I joined the Methodist Church in Springfield in 1883; Rev. C. Day was pastor. I attended church services regularly and in 1884 I attended the Congregational Church in Linwood.

In 1887, we moved to a farm near Garrison, attended church there for one year and moved near David City in the fall of 1887. In 1888, the year of the big blizzard, I was on a farm near Abie, a bohemian community. I walked four miles to church, or drove on Sundays. Also went four miles after mail and groceries. In 1891 I bought a farm and got married. In 1892, we came to Akron, Colorado and took homestead 10 miles from town. Here we lived for 32 years, then we moved to Hillrose in 1924. During our stay on the farm I secured to Federal Experiment Farm and saved the forestry from being lost by default.

We are now in our small home, but free of debt and can truly say my father's prayer was answered "God help Jimmy!"


More About James Brunker:

Arrival 1: 188048

Arrival 2: 16 Aug 1880, New York, New York.49

Date born 2: Ireland.50

Date born 3: 17 Mar 1864, Balleymahon, Ireland.51

Date born 4: 186552

Date born 5: 1865, Ireland.53

Custom: Ireland.54

Departure: Scotland.54

Destination: United States.54

Died 2: 23 Dec 193955

Residence: 1920, West Akron, Washington, Colorado.561


1Mary Jane Axtell, "Person - Mary Jane Moore nee Axtell" (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/o/o/Mary-Jane-Moore-OR/index. html).
2Daniel Gibson Axtell, "Axb45.ged" (File from www.axtellfamily.org).