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Elizabeth Zehr b. 28 Sep 1854 Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL d. 1 Aug 1948: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Elizabeth Zehr

Female 1854 - 1948  (93 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Zehr  [1
    Born 28 Sep 1854  Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mackinaw River area
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Aug 1948 
    Buried Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Stambaugh Cemetery
    Person ID I1084  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 

    Father Christian Zehr,   b. 12 Nov 1812, Laim, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1893, Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Marie (Mary) Oyer,   b. 16 Apr 1823, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1893, Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1844  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Wedding performed by bishop Michael Moseman. The Zehrs probably belonged to the Mackinaw Meeting Amish congregation
    Notes 
    • Source 356 says, “In his native land he married Mary Oyer, born in France in 1823, and who died November 22, 1892, one month before her husband.”
    Family ID F145  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Andrew Ulrich,   b. 5 Jun 1848, Peoria, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1919  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1873  McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Ulrich,   b. 23 Jun 1887,   d. 13 Sep 1913  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Sep 1854 - Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Mar 1873 - McLean Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The recollections of Christian's daughter Elizabeth, written in the 1930s:
      "I was born in 1854 in a log cabin which contained only two rooms and no floors. The roof was made of clapboards. This cabin was situated along the Mackinaw River which was only two jumps wide. It is now about 80 feet wide. There were fourteen log cabins in the community where I was born. I was the last one born in the long [sic] house, for soon after that my father made his own bricks out of clay and built a brick house.
      My father's wagon was made out of logs with broad axe and saw and not one pound of iron in it. I saw him work in the field with that wagon and three yoke of oxen a great number of times. He also built a log barn - 70 ft. by 40 ft. My father made his own plow out of wood. This was a one-horse plow and it took one row for one round.
      We always went to church in the wagon. The church was twenty five miles away. In those days church services were held in houses, while now it is held in buildings use for that purpose only. In years after, we rode in spring wagons. Now automobiles are used almost entirely, and if it rains we can't get there.
      My father put the wheat and grain on the barn floor and threshed it out with clubs. Now all farmers have threshing machines. He put the corn on the barn floor and stamped it out with horses, fanned it, put it in sacks, and took it to market. Now corn shellers are used. He cut his grain with a cradle and one of us had to follow with the garden rake and make bundles, another to bind it. They now have a machine which does both cutting and threshing.
      It always seemed that my father was blessed, for he was never too tired or busy for family worship. God blessed him with six children. My father was born in 1812 and was always a hard working man. He died when he was 82 years of age....
      I think the old days were a blessing and a comfort. The times now are so different that they are hard to get used to. I think the automobiles and high ways of living spoil things. Then the neighbors helped each other without pay; now it is pay for every quarter of an hour. During the years 1861, '62, and '63, the Civil War was fought. Two of my uncles were drafted but my father bought substitutes for them. The Civil War and also the World War are sad memories.
      I was married in 1873 to Mr. Andrew Ulrich. We lived with my folks for two years and then moved in 1875 to Harlen farm, a mile and a half east of Deer Creek. From the Harlen place, we moved to Deer Creek. We raised four children. I have fourteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. My husband died February 13, 1919. Since then I have lived alone. Up to this time I have made 168 quilts.
      God blessed me and still does, for he keeps me well. My wish is that God may bless the whole relationship."

  • Sources 
    1. [S1060] Find-A-Grave.

    2. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16247148/elizabeth-ulrich.

    3. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker.


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