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Week 13:
Family Finds Charter Oak

Sisters – 2x Great Aunts

I have three sisters and my mother has three sisters. Both my grandmother’s had two sisters. My two maternal great-grandmothers had five sisters, each. But, my two paternal great-grandmothers were short in the sister category, one had one and the other none! This week I highlight my maternal-maternal great-grandmothers’ sisters. I’ve previously written about my great-grandmother, Ella Rumple King, for last years week 10 prompt, Strong Woman. [1]

Ella Anne Rumple, 1869-1962

My great-grandmother, Ella Anne Rumple, was born in Van Wert County, OH in 1869. She was the second of three daughters born to her parents, William Rumple, 1839-1912, and Hannah Gilbert, 1844-1874. [2] Her father then had three more daughters with his second wife, Mary Ann Shock, 1845-1922. Ella married Homer King in 1890. They had 8 children: three daughters and 5 sons. Read more about the King children in my Week 14, 2021 post Great.

Ella and her five sisters were daughters of a farmer and they all married farmers. Also, they were all born in Van Wert or Mercer Counties, Ohio and all lived most of their lives in these counties.

Rumple Sisters

The Rumple sisters in an undated photo that I estimate was taken about 1920. Left to right, back row: Emma, Ella and Sarah, front row: Vada, Maggie and Alma.

Sarah Rumple, 1867-1938, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio. [3] Sarah married Frank Stetler in July of 1891. Sarah and Frank had a large family, four sons and 5 daughters. They have many descendants alive today and several of those I have met online through DNA matching. Sarah died of heart disease at 70 ½ years old.

Emma Rumple, 1874-1938, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio. [4] Emma married Willis Butler in 1895. Emma and Willis had a large family, four sons and 3 daughters. They have many descendants alive today and several of those I have met online through DNA matching. Emma died less than 2 weeks after her older sister Sarah from complications of a stroke.

Alma Rumple, 1879-1968, was born in Van Wert Co., Ohio. [5] Alma married Charles Brunstetter in June of 1903. Alma and Charles had no children of their own, but they shared two nieces who were the daughters of Alma’s sister Vada and Charles’ brother Clarence.

Vada Rumple, 1883-1966, was born in Mercer Co., Ohio. [6] Vada married Clarence Brunstetter in June of 1907. Vada and Clarence had two daughters. I am not aware of any DNA matches for me among her descendants, but she had at least 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Many of her descendants would have the surname Duff or Topp.

Maggie Rumple, 1890-1965, was born in Mercer Co., Ohio. [7] Maggie married Charles Morrow in 1911. Maggie and Charles had three sons and three daughters. Sadly, the sons died when they were infants. After Charles’ death in 1932, Maggie moved to Los Angeles where she lived the rest of her life with her daughter Wilma.


I did not know any of my great-grandmothers sisters. But, my mother knew them when she was growing up, particularly Sarah Rumple Stetler. My mother, with her grandmother, would visit Sarah for extended stays and my mother got to know many of her second cousins during these visits. I’m sure my mother would enjoy hearing from, and receiving photos from, the descendants of her ‘Stetler‘ cousins. Below are photos of my mother with her sisters in 1995 and one of me with my sisters in 1977.

4 Sisters 1995
4 Sisters 1977


  1. Blog post, Family Finds: Strong Woman; https://barblafara.com/strong-woman/
  2. Profile of Ella Anne Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5107441017/facts
  3. Profile of Sarah Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109058429/facts
  4. Profile of Emma Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109058431/facts
  5. Profile of Alma Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109058432/facts
  6. Profile of Vada Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12164306039/facts
  7. Profile of Maggie Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12164287488/facts

1 Comment

  1. Susan Blakley

    Thanks for sharing! This was a wonderful post. I didn’t think of my sisters and my parents sisters and their parents sisters and so on. I choose my grandfather’s sister because I didn’t know much about them until I began to search more on them.

    I have 3 sisters, one passed at 30 days old And my mother had 5 sisters and my father had 3 adult sisters. And there were six of my father’s sister passed as infants.


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