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Katherine Zehr b. 2 Apr 1858 Slabtown, Woodford Co., IL d. 14 Apr 1921 Fisher, Champaign Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Katherine Zehr[1]

Female 1858 - 1921  (63 years)


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  • Name Katherine Zehr  [2, 3, 4
    Born 2 Apr 1858  Slabtown, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Religion Mennonite 
    Died 14 Apr 1921  Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At her home
    Buried Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • East Bend Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I1135  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 26 May 2019 

    Father Bishop Jacob Zehr,   b. 17 Sep 1825, Manried, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1898, Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ehresman,   b. 11 Sep 1830, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1902, Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1850  Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F142  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christian Oyer,   b. 23 May 1852, Farmdale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1929, Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1876  Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jacob Oyer,   b. 24 May 1877
     2. Anna Katherine Oyer,   b. 9 Jul 1878, Krugar, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1948, Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Joseph Oyer,   b. 29 Mar 1880,   d. 10 Jul 1963  (Age 83 years)
     4. Peter W. Oyer,   b. 4 Jan 1882,   d. 23 Oct 1969, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Elizabeth Oyer,   b. 11 Dec 1883,   d. 6 Feb 1929  (Age 45 years)
     6. Samuel Oyer,   b. 7 May 1886,   d. 23 Nov 1983, Gibson City, Ford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     7. Manuel Oyer,   b. 19 Mar 1888, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1967, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     8. Magdalena M. Oyer,   b. 29 Jan 1890, Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1950, Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     9. Katherine Matilda Oyer,   b. 2 Feb 1892, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1960, Lowell, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     10. Elsie Oyer,   b. 23 Jan 1894, Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1977, Gibson City, Ford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     11. John R. Oyer,   b. 7 Jun 1896, Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1930, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     12. Clara Luella Oyer,   b. 14 Aug 1898,   d. 14 Aug 1898  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F826  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Aug 1876 - Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Apr 1921 - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:
      Oyer. - Kathrine (Zehr) Oyer was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Apr. 2, 1858; died at her home near Fisher, Ill., Apr. 14, 1921; aged 63 y. 12 d. Sister Oyer suffered a number of years from a complication of diseases. At the age of 16 she confessed her Christ, united with the Amish Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member to the end. On Aug. 27, 1876, she was united in marriage to Christian Oyer. To this union 12 children were born. She leaves 43 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services conducted in [German] by Bro. Daniel Grieser (Text, II Cor. 5:1), in English by Bro. J. A. Heiser (Text, I Thes. 4:13).


      “Jacob and Elizabeth had a daughter, Katherine Zehr Oyer (1858-1921) who "lived a full and active life.” She served as a practical nurse, delivering babies and caring for the sick. Often when her children would arise in the morning, mother would be gone having been called to the home of some sick neighbor. She was also the one who helped 'lay out the dead.' This was before undertakers as we know them today. She practiced in both the Mackinaw Valley and East Bend communities.

      “Katherine was good at figures and helped with keeping the family records. she also did a great deal of quilting and was a good seamstress. She was a quiet and patient person and loved by all her family. Her last five years she was ill much of the time which she bore patiently.” [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S26] Jacob Zehr, 1825-1898, Mackinaw Meeting Preacher, Margaret and Verle Oyer.

    2. [S134] Descendants of Christian Birky.

    3. [S198] Joseph Oyer 1814-1866, Pioneer Immigrant, Verle and Margaret Oyer.

    4. [S142] Illinois Mennonite Women: A Legacy of Caring, Myrna Slagell Park.


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