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Valentine Bircky (Birky) b. 12 Oct 1821 Bavaria, GR d. 28 Jun 1901 Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Valentine Bircky (Birky)[1]

Male 1821 - 1901  (79 years)


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  • Name Valentine Bircky (Birky)  [2
    Born 12 Oct 1821  Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Oct 1846  NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • On Ship Kilby: Joseph, 29; Catherine Augustein, 21; Barbara Augustein, 20 (Joseph’s wife-to-be); plus Valentine Burkey, 26, Joseph’s brother, and Magdalena and Elisabeth, Joseph’s sisters. Catherine Augustein later married a John Burkey.
    Census 1850  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • “Walter” Burkie, 26; Elizabeth 20
    Reference Number 172 
    Religion Amish Mennonite 
    Died 28 Jun 1901  Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Red Oak Cemetery
    Person ID I172  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2018 

    Father Valentin (Valentine) Bircky (Birky),   b. 1794, Lutterbach, Alsace, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1860, Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Unzicker (Hunziker),   b. 1796, Baierthal, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1848, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married Abt 1812-13  Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • 2,500 Guilders given to the bride and groom on the occasion of their marriage by the bride’s family.
    Notes 
    • Settlement of Valentine’s estate lists Joseph first and Jacob seond--the rest in the same order as here.
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Springer,   b. 24 Jul 1830, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1921, Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1850  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Birkey,   b. 2 Jul 1851, Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1935, Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Katherine Birkey,   b. 8 Nov 1852,   d. 3 Feb 1931  (Age 78 years)
     3. Magdalena Birkey,   b. 15 May 1855,   d. 24 Oct 1923  (Age 68 years)
     4. Mary Birkey,   b. 14 Apr 1870, Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1952  (Age 82 years)
     5. John B. Birkey,   b. 26 Nov 1858,   d. 14 Jun 1947  (Age 88 years)
     6. Barbara Birkey,   b. 1860,   d. 1860  (Age 0 years)
     7. David Birkey,   b. 7 Jul 1861,   d. 26 Jun 1926  (Age 64 years)
     8. Anna Birkey,   b. 26 May 1864,   d. 9 Jan 1938  (Age 73 years)
     9. Fannie Birkey,   b. 19 May 1866,   d. 14 Nov 1946  (Age 80 years)
     10. Valentine Birkey,   b. 27 Jun 1868, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1965, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     11. Henry Birkey,   b. 20 Feb 1872,   d. 12 Apr 1872  (Age 0 years)
     12. Joseph Springer Birkey,   b. 19 Mar 1873, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1958, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2007 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Oct 1846 - NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Feb 1850 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jun 1901 - Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bureau Co., IL Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • Obit: Herald of Truth - July 15, 1901 - Page 222, 223
      BIRKY - Valentine Birky was born on Oct. 12, 1821, and died June 28, 1901, aged 79 years, 8 months and 16 days. He came to America in 1846 and settled in Tazewell Co., Ill. In 1880* he was married to Elizabeth Springer. To this union were born thirteen children, three of whom preceded him to the spirit world. The deceased leaves ten children, twenty-four grandchildren, one great grandchild, three brothers, and three sisters to mourn his death. The funeral services were conducted by Jacob Ringenberg from Tiskilwa, and Peter Hochsettler, Groveland, Ill.
      (*This is no doubt a transcription error, should be 1850.)

      The 1850 census shows three couples family clustered next to Christian Bechler's property on the north side of Allentown Road (just west of what is now Pleasant Grove Cemetery): Walter Burkie, 26, Germany, and Elizabeth, 20; Andrew Burkie, 22, and Catherine, 18; Joseph Burkie, 28, Barbara, 25, and laborer Christian Springer, 15. In retrospect they appear to be Valentine Birky and Elizabeth Springer; Andrew Birky and Catherine Litwiller; and Joseph Birky and Barbara Eigsti; their incorrect ages may have been taken from travel documents prepared before their immigration.

      {According to Joe Staker, Valentine and Elizabeth lived next door to Nicholas Staker on Allentown Road in Tremont.}


      {Donna:
      The 1850 census of Tazewell County (undesignated parts, in no particular order) shows:

      Walter Burkie, 26; Elizabeth, 20
      Andrew Burkie, 22; Catherine, 18
      Joseph Burkie, 28; Barbara, 25; laborer Christian Springer, 15

      This was a genuine puzzle, since the name Walter and the ages are so far off. It took a while to realize that these were the Birkys who arrived before their father Valentine. The giveaway was the next-door neighbor, Christian Becktler, 50 -- this was Christian Bechler, who lived on the north side of Allentown Road, just west of where the Pleasant Grove Cemetery now is, across the road from the Baptist Pleasant Grove Church (no longer standing, was in the woods on the south side of Allentown Road).

      Someone who probably could not understand their German simply took the ages off their travel documents -- which in some cases had been obtained 5-6 years earlier.

      Valentine Birky and Elizabeth Springer
      Andrew Birky and Catherine Litwiller
      Joseph Birky and Barbara Eigsti

      Joe} [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] The Berkey Book, Ruth Berkey Reichly, (Arlington, VA).

    2. [S245] Valentine Birkey - Probate record .

    3. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker.

    4. [S2] The Berkey Book, Ruth Berkey Reichly, (Arlington, VA), gives birth as 14 Apr 1854.

    5. [S594] Burkey, Joseph & Eigsti, Kathryn immigration.

    6. [S2] The Berkey Book, Ruth Berkey Reichly, (Arlington, VA), Gives death as 16 Feb 1924.

    7. [S551] The Amish Bircky and Bürcky Families in Bavaria, Herbert Holly.


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