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Phoebe Zehr b. 9 Jun 1864 Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL d. 21 Oct 1939 Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Phoebe Zehr

Female 1864 - 1939  (75 years)


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  • Name Phoebe Zehr 
    Born 9 Jun 1864  Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Zimmerman Ford on Mackinaw River
    Gender Female 
    Religion Mennonite 
    Died 21 Oct 1939  Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mt. Zion Cemetery
    Person ID I1138  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 Jacob Wolber,   b. 13 Feb 1849, Konigsbach, Baden, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1931, Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1891 
    Children 
     1. Alvin Wolber,   b. 24 Apr 1892,   d. 13 May 1936  (Age 44 years)
     2. Magdalena Wolber,   b. 28 Dec 1895,   d. 2 Dec 1941  (Age 45 years)
     3. Esther Wolber,   b. 28 Aug 1898
     4. Ada Katherine Wolber,   b. 10 Aug 1901,   d. 27 May 1902  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2001 
    Family ID F829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jun 1864 - Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Oct 1939 - Deer Creek, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Deer Creek, Washington Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit: Gospel Herald, November 1939:
      "Phoebe, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Zehr, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., June 9, 1864; died at her home in Deer Creek, Ill., Oct. 21, 1939; aged 75 y. 4 m. 12 d. At the age of 15 she united with the Goodfield Mennonite Church, and remained a faithful member until her death. Jan. 1, 1891 she was married to Jacob Wolber, who preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1931. She had been in poor health for the past three years, failing more rapidly in the past six months. All through her life and even during her sickness she was always thinking of doing for others rather than herself. She was ready for the Lord's call and expressed a desire to be with Him. She leaves to mourn her departure Lena and Esther at home, Susan Heiser of Morton, Emma Guengerich of Deer Creek, John of Peoria, 19 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one sister (Lizzie Werner of Gibson City), two brothers (Chris Zehr of Los Angeles and Jacob Zehr of Fisher, Ill.), and a host of relatives and friends. Those who preceded her in death were her husband, an infant daughter (Ada), a son (Alvin), and a daughter (Lizzie Zehr). "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Funeral was held Oct. 23, in the Deer Creek Baptist Church with Brethren C. Warren Long of Peoria and Harold Oyer of Goodfield in charge."
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      “Phoebe...attended a country school about a mile from her home. she would often tell me how they would sign Gospel songs in school...After the death of her sister Lena, she went to work for her brother-in-law Jacob Wolber, living on a farm at the edge of Deer Creek. He was the father of four children. Later she became his wife. Besides being the stepmother to his children, she later had four children of her own. As I remember my mother she was a quiet, kind motherly person, a very sincere Christian. She was always wanting to help others and was so honest she was almost too much so for her own good. Her love to her stepchildren was as strong as to her own children, always afraid folks might think her partial.”--Esther Wolber [1]

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


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