David Huntwork

The History of the Huntwork Clan
Preparedness: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst
Wikileaks War
The Rise of the Tea Party
Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration
Boycott The One
Into a Twisted Future with Gary Wolf
We Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies - A Book Review
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
Obama's Natural Born Problem
The Giggle Monster Lost His Giggle (A children's story)
Victory at any Price
The History of the Huntwork Clan
Palin and those "scary" Christians
Our "Little Barracuda"
Civility at Saddleback
The Top Ten Reasons Obama Should Not Be President
The Coming Fascist State
You're to Blame for Everything
Hillary's Close Call
The Jerry Springer Party
Christianity, Obama, Identity Politics and Liberation Theology
Tis the Season to be PC
I Am NOT An Animal
The Sad Saga of Amanda Marcotte
The Left attempts to define Political Correctness
In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day Merc
Some Thoughts on the Senate Sleepover and the Iraq War
The Salt Lake Shooter and Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Successes and Setbacks in the "Long War"
The Rise of the Anti-Jihadists
The Little Boy and the Magic Snowman (A Children's Story)
Exploiting Children in the Name of Climate Change
Workshop of the Second Self: A Book Review
The Mystery of 9-11, Dr. Graham and Jamal Khan
2996: A tribute to the victims of 9-11
Myths (and Truths) of the Illegal Immigration Invasion
Out of Control Teacher Reinstated after Anti-US Rant
Alternating Worlds: A Book Review
Defending Christmas
The Execution of Terri Schiavo
The Saga of SpongeBob SquarePants
Civility at Saddleback
Embedded Reporters: A Bad Idea
Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Immigrations Unarmed Invasion
Post 47 and RAthERGATE
September 11th: Lives Lost and Lessons Learned
An Alliance of Evil
The Holy Land - A Book Review
The Nature of the Enemy
The Embracer: A Book Review
Final Battle of the Culture Wars
They Say Trevor Made a Mockery of MLK Day
Did You Lie to Your Kids at Christmas?
The Twists and Turns of the Jessica Lynch Story
Valley of the Dry Bones
Rush and Race
What's Wrong with the Caucasion Club?
The Seductive Temptress
A Just War
Living the Bill of Rights
The Institutionalism of Liberalism
Triumph of the Bush Doctrine
New Alliances for a New Century
The Real Reason for the Iraq War
The Family Historian
There Once Was A Little Brown Bug (A Children's Story)
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan
The U.N. Agenda
Powell the Pacifist

One fine autumn day in 1739 two young brothers began the adventure of a lifetime. They left their family, friends and home in Hettenhusen, Germany and dared to cast their lot in life on a voyage across the ocean. They sailed on The Loyal Judith from Rotterdam to the new American colonies. Johann Heinrich Handwerk and Nicholas Handwerk landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed the required oath of allegiance and began their new life. With the coming of the Revolutionary War, both brothers being of German heritage felt little loyalty to the Crown of England and joined the Continental Army under George Washington. (Years later a great-grandson of Johann would be named George Washington Handwerk). Both survived the war and lived out their days as free Americans.

Above the front door of the oldest house in Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania is a stone with the inscription "Hannes Handwerck mitt Gott hab ich disz haus gebaut im jahr Christi anno 1769", meaning “Johannes Handwerck with God’s help I have built this house in the year of Christ A.D. 1769.” The two story stone house was oriented towards the points of the compass. You can view a picture of the house at http://constitutionclub.org/2008/10/26/more-fun-with-genealogy/#more-5531,

Johann (also known as “Henry”) Handwerk married and had at least five children. His son Peter Handwerk served in the Revolutionary War. His son Frederick Handwerk (also a Revolutionary War soldier) married Maria Harter and had six children. Four of these children changed their last name from Handwerk to Huntwork. Everyone with the last name of Huntwork is descended from one of these four siblings; Henrich Huntwork, Johan Georg Huntwork, Michael Huntwork or Jonas “Jonathan” Huntwork.

Henrich Huntwork was my great, great, great, great, grandfather. All of the Huntworks I have come in contact with are descended from Henrich though undoubtedly others are descended from his siblings as well.

Henrich had a son Michael. Michael Huntwork was married twice. With his first wife he had five children including my great-great grandfather John Tussing and an additional eight children with his second wife. John Tussing fathered thirteen children including my great grandfather Michael Henry Huntwork. Michael Henry married Bertha Churchill and had five children including my grandfather Michael Forrest. He in turn had six children including my father David Stephen. He in turn had two children, David Mark (me) and Benjamin Clark. I have three children and my brother has one (so far).

As you can see by the large numbers of children in the last few generations, most Huntworks are probably just a few generations removed from each other. The largest concentrations of Huntworks appears to be in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania with Pennsylvania and Ohio being the earliest homes for the Huntwork/Handwerk clan in America. There is a record of a George Huntwork serving as a Union private in Company F of the 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.\
There is also a smal related branch of the Huntworks in Indiana that have changed their name to Huntworth.

Many thanks to Linda Teller of Michigan for supplying much of the above information on the fine and long history of the Huntwork clan.

The origin of the Handwerk name is interesting. I received the following information from Richard L. Handwerk via mail.

We have learned that the Handwerk name was originally spelled “Antwerck”, which in Old German means siege engine. It continued to undergo many spelling variations including Hantwerck, Handwercker, Handtwerck, Handwerk and Handwerg. Today it is spelled Handwerk and Handwerck. The meaning of the name also changed with time. Its current translation from German is “craftsman” or (skilled) “laborer”. The name is also connected with the very famous German doll makers of Thuringia.

For those who appreciate such things, the names of my forefathers of the Handwerk/Huntwork line goes like this starting with myself: (David Mark Huntwork, David Stephen, Michael Forrest, Michael Henry, John Tussing, Michael, Henrich, Friederich Handwerk, Johan Heinrich, Wilhelm Rudolph, Balzer, Hans, Walter, Ludwig Hans, Hans Ludwig). My children are tenth generation Americans on the Huntwork side with a proud and long legacy behind them.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

- President Ronald Reagan

 ”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

—William F. Buckley Jr.

"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?” 

"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. "

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."

- Orson Scott Card

"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!'  'You can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight of the human race. "

-Ann Coulter

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams