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Jacob E. Zehr b. 8 Aug 1872 Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL d. 11 Aug 1950 Fisher, Champaign Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Jacob E. Zehr

Male 1872 - 1950  (78 years)


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  • Name Jacob E. Zehr  [1, 2
    Naturalization 5 Oct 1858  Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Born 8 Aug 1872  Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Religion Mennonite 
    Residence until 1904  Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • in the home of his parents
    Residence 1904  Near Bloomington, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Attended East White Oak Mennonite Church
    Residence 1911  Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Purchased the Joseph Yordy farm near Fisher
    Died 11 Aug 1950  Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • East Bend Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I1140  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 Emma A. Miller,   b. 20 Mar 1876, Carlock, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1955, Rantoul, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1902  [1
    Children 
     1. Harold A. Zehr,   b. 15 Oct 1903, Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1975  (Age 72 years)
     2. Walter Zehr,   b. 8 Sep 1905
     3. Mabel Louise Zehr,   b. 21 May 1908, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1951, Champaign, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     4. Ellis Zehr
     5. Mildred R. Zehr,   b. 13 Feb 1914, Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1978, Champaign, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     6. Chester Zehr,   b. 15 May 1916,   d. 19 Jan 1996  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2001 
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 5 Oct 1858 - Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Aug 1872 - Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - until 1904 - Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1904 - Near Bloomington, IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Fisher, Champaign Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Aug 1950 - 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:
      Zehr. --- Jacob E., son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Ehrisman) Zehr, was born near Goodfield in Woodford Co., Ill., Aug. 9, 1872; died at his home in Fisher, Ill., Aug. 11, 1950; aged 78 y. 2 d. On Feb. 13, 1902, he was married to Emma Miller, of Carlock, Ill. To this union were born 4 sons (Harold, Rantoul, Ill.; Walter, Albuquerque, N. Mex.; Ellis, Rockville, Ind.; and Chester, Fisher, Ill.), and 2 daughters (Mabel Schrock, Fisher, Ill.; and Mildred Good, Rantoul, Ill.). Early in life he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church. He maintained a keen interest in spiritual things and was a dovoted Bible student throughout life. He lived at the place of his birth until 1904, when he moved to a farm near Bloomington in McLean Co., Ill., and from there in 1911 to a farm west of Fisher. In 1941 he retired and moved into Fisher. He was a loving husband, an understanding father, and a Christian citizen. Surviving are his wife, 6 children, 22 grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at the East Ben Mennonite Church, in charge of A. J. Metzler and J. A. Heiser.

      Transcriber's note: The author of the obituary misspelled "devoted."

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

    2. [S1111] The Life and Legacy of a Farmer-Preacher, John E. Zehr.

    3. [S1112] Certificate of Naturalization.

    4. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/28759572/jacob-e-zehr.


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