Christian J. Birky (Birkey) b. 12 Mar 1851 Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL d. 3 Jun 1939 Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Christian J. Birky (Birkey)

Male 1851 - 1939  (88 years)


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  • Name Christian J. Birky (Birkey)  [1, 2
    Born 12 Mar 1851  Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 146 
    Religion Amish Mennonite 
    Died 3 Jun 1939  Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I146  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2021 

    Father Johannes Bircky (Birky),   b. 25 Jan 1815, Augsburg, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1896, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Elisabeth Bircky (Birky),   b. 19 Nov 1826, Nymphenburg, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1866, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 7 Jan 1847  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Good,   b. 11 Oct 1860, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1924, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1879 
    Children 
     1. Katherine Birkey,   b. 7 Oct 1880,   d. 1 Dec 1903  (Age 23 years)
     2. Emma Birkey,   b. 12 Jun 1882, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John J. Birkey,   b. 3 Jul 1884, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1962, Alto, Lowell Twp., MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. Phoebe Birkey,   b. 17 Dec 1886, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Simon G. Birkey,   b. 22 May 1889, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1968, Howard Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Levi Julius Birkey,   b. 17 Apr 1894, Delavan, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1975, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Clara Marie Birkey,   b. 13 Dec 1901, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1902, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Sarah Mae Birkey,   b. 13 Dec 1901, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1986, Sarasota, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2008 
    Family ID F65  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Barbara Wittrig,   b. 24 Apr 1854, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1939, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1928 
    • from obituary of Christian J. Birkey
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F2816  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Mar 1851 - Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jun 1939 - Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:
      Birkey.-Christian, son of John and Elizabeth Birkey, was born near Tremont, Ill., March 12, 1851; died of complications at the home of his son, Levi, near Hopedale, Ill., June 3, 1939; aged 88 y. 2 m. 22 d. In his youth he united with the Mennonite church and remained faithful unto death. On Oct. 18, 1874, he united in marriage to Elizabeth Schertz, who passed away July 14 1878. On Oct. 9, 1879, he united in marriage to Elizabeth Good, who passed away Oct. 2, 1924. To this union 3 sons and 5 daughters were born. On Feb. 23, 1928 he united in marriage to Barbara Birkey who preceded him in death Feb. 4, 1939. Surviving are 6 children (John, Emma Stahl, and Phoebe Slabaugh of Kent Co., Mich.; Simon of Amboy, Ind.; Levi of Delavan, Ill.; and Sarah Sutter of Minier, Ill.), 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 6 stepchildren. Two daughters (Katie, wife of C. B. Birkey and Clara, twin sister to Sarah), 2 brothers, and 2 sisters also preceded him. During his illness he frequently expressed a desire to go home, as he felt his work on earth was ended. Funeral services were held at the Hopedale Mennonite Church June 5, conducted by the home ministers.
      "The room is quiet, all is still,
      His place is vacant; 'tis God's will;
      But yet we're glad, is God saw best,
      To end his suffering and give him rest."
      ---The Children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Joseph and Catherine Stalter Good, Edna Schertz.

    2. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115239070/christian-j.-birkey.


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