Shank, Joseph, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Schoharie, N.Y., about 1818, and professed conversion at the age of twenty. He was licensed to preach in 1841, and soon after joined the Oneida Conference. In 1864 he was transferred to the Detroit Conference, but his health failed him in 1866. After a trip to the sea coast, he returned to Fentonville, Mich., where he died Sept. 30, 1867. See Minutes of Annual Conferences 1868, p. 174.