- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Junkin, George (01 November 1790–20 May 1868), Presbyterian clergyman and educator, was born near Kingston, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Junkin, Jr., and Eleanor Cochran, farmers. After attending frontier schools, he accompanied his family as they relocated westward to Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in 1806. Junkin then worked in a variety of professions (farming, carpentry, lumbering, milling, and wool-carding) until 1809, when he entered the grammar school associated with Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1813 with a B.A. from the college itself. He then went to New York City, where he studied theology in a seminary (the forerunner of the Union Theological Seminary) established by the Reverend John Mitchell Mason. By September 1816 he had been licensed to preach by the Associate Reformed Presbytery of Monongahela, and he then engaged in missionary work in the region; he was formally ordained by the Associate Reformed Presbytery of Philadelphia on 29 June 1818. In 1819 he married Julia Rush Miller, the wealthy daughter of John and Margaret Miller of Philadelphia; the Junkins had two children....