William M. Schrock b. 19 Aug 1837 Turkeyfoot Twp., Somerset Co., PA: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

William M. Schrock

Male 1837 -

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  • Name William M. Schrock  [1
    Born 19 Aug 1837  Turkeyfoot Twp., Somerset Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Teacher, farmer, publisher of newspaper 
    Person ID I10969  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 

    Father Aaron Schrock,   b. 30 Jan 1805, Berlin, Somerset Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Catherine Meyers,   b. 10 Oct 1805,   d. 14 Dec 1840  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 15 May 1825 
    Family ID F10933  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary E. Foy 
    Married 10 Dec 1859  Somerset Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F10930  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • William M. Schrock, youngest child and son of Aaron (3) and Catherine (Meyers) Schrock, was born in Tur­keyfoot township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1837. He was educated in the public schools of his native town­ship, and in addition had the benefit of six months' attendance at a collegiate institute in Somerset, Pennsylvania. At the early age of sixteen years he commenced to teach in the pub­lic schools, and assisted his father on the position in a country store, and a year later, early in 1859, went with four companions to the west. They started with a three-yoke ox team and a supply of provisions to last them six months. They crossed the plains, then known as the Great American desert, in search of gold Mr. Schrock returned to Somerset later in the same year, a bankrupt in money and worldly goods, but rich in expe­rience and knowledge of the then wild west. He again took up the work of a clerk in a store. Later, in 1870, with his eldest brother, Edward, he estab­lished the Somerset Standard, a paper which enjoyed a con­siderable amount of popularity and influence. Later it was merged with another newspaper. In 1894, in connection with his son-in-law, John A. Lambert, he again established and be­gan the publication of the Somerset Standard, and a few years later withdrew from this, leaving his son-in-law to continue the publication. Mr. Schrock has served his country and town in various capacities. He was for six years clerk for the county commissioners, and has always taken an active interest in all movements that tended to the welfare of the community. He is a civil engineer and for almost twenty-five years has been the engineer and superintendent for the construction of bridges in the county.

      The couple had 9 children. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1119] History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania (Volume III), Somerset County by William H. Welfley, (The Lewis Publishing Company: New York, Chicago), P. 63.

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