Cathy, I have been looking for info on a "John Christian Runkel" with the same 1782-1860 dates that you mentioned. Where can you direct me for more data?
My rough tree shows his son as John Phillip Runkel (1817-1872) and his son as John George Runkel (1856-1919) and his son as George Wallace Runkel (1884-1947) and these are all WI Runkels. I'm only starting with these names and some dates and searching for details.
Thank You, Jim Runkel email:firstname.lastname@example.org