(1833 - 1910)
Father: David Strunk
Mother: Amarilla Denton
Spouse: Magdelina 'Mattie' Adams
Mortimer Strunk was born on July 1, 1833 in Ellicott, Chautauqua, New York. Mortimer was the oldest of nine children; he had five brothers and three sisters.
In 1850 - US Federal Census shows farm in Pittsford Township, MI.
1860 - US Federal Census shows farms for both Mortimer (aka: Murtemir) and his father David in Lomodillo Township (pages 518 & 517). Mortimer had his own household with Mattie and their first son, nine-month old Edwin Strunk.
1862 - Enlisted as a private at Strawberry Point on 11 August at the age of 29, leaving Mattie to care for their 3-year-old son Edwin . Enlisted in Company D, 21st Infantry Regiment Iowa on 22 August 1862. Mustered out in 15 July 1865 in Baton Rouge, LA. (Source: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion. Published in 1910 by English, Ancestry.com American Civil War Soldiers database)
1868 - Summer, moved from Clayton County Iowa to Pawnee County, Nebraska where he homesteaded and made a timber claim. According to the 1870 Census, the farm was valued at $400 and his personal estate at $300.
1870 - Pawnee County, Nebraska Fed Census
1880 - Pawnee County Fed Census; younger brother Ebinezer & family also listed. Younger brother Albert Strunk had an adjacent farm valued at $1600; personal estate $300. Additional information and children listed in the Nebraska 1870 Census, Pawnee County, Town Two (2) N., Range Nine (9) E., p. 33