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Christian (Harry) Bircky (Burkey) b. 4 Sep 1819 Obersanding, Bavaria, GR d. 6 Nov 1890 Milford, Seward Co., NE: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Christian (Harry) Bircky (Burkey)

Male 1819 - 1890  (71 years)


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  • Name Christian (Harry) Bircky (Burkey)  [1, 2
    Born 4 Sep 1819  Obersanding, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1842  New Orleans, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Made their way up the Mississippi River toward Illinois.
    Census 23 Jul 1860  Boynton Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Morton Twp. p. 181 Listed as head of household, with wife Mary and 10 children:
      Joseph 19 b. Germany, Christian 16 b. Germany; Jacobine 15, Elizabeth 13, Valentine 12, Henry 10, Kate 8, John 6, Francis 4(F), Barbara 2--all born in IL.
    Census 4 Aug 1870  Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Listed as Christian Burky, age 50, farmer, born Bavaria; wife Maria, age 48, keeping house, born Bavaria; Valentine age 21, farmer born Illinois; Henry age 19, farmer; Catharine age 18; John age 16; Veronika age 14; Barbara age 11, all born in Illinois
    Occupation Farming and stock raiser 
    Reference Number 173 
    Religion Amish Mennonite 
    Residence mid 1880s  NE Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 6 Nov 1890  Milford, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Milford, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • East Fairview Cemetery
    Person ID I173  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 10 Jul 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, Breimthal, Heidelberg, 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  [5
    • 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 Maria (Mary) Stalter,   b. 5 Mar 1820, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1916, Raymond, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 1838  Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 7
    Children 
     1. Maria Burkey,   b. 16 Feb 1839, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1928, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Joseph L. Burkey,   b. 24 Jun 1841, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1918  (Age 77 years)
     3. Christian Burkey,   b. 2 Feb 1843, Mempis, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1929, Milford, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Jacobina (Phoebe) Burkey,   b. 6 Jan 1845,   d. 17 Dec 1926  (Age 81 years)
     5. Elizabeth Burkey,   b. 3 Dec 1846, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1938  (Age 91 years)
     6. Valentine S. Burkey,   b. 3 Dec 1848, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1935  (Age 86 years)
     7. Henry C. Burkey,   b. 14 Feb 1850, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1931  (Age 81 years)
     8. Katherine Burkey,   b. 10 Dec 1852, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1893  (Age 40 years)
     9. John W. Burkey,   b. 24 Aug 1854, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1948  (Age 93 years)
     10. Veronica (Fannie) Burkey,   b. 10 May 1856, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1932  (Age 75 years)
     11. Barbara Burkey,   b. 30 Jul 1859, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1939  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Sep 1819 - Obersanding, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1838 - Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1842 - New Orleans, LA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 23 Jul 1860 - Boynton Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 4 Aug 1870 - Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Nov 1890 - Milford, Seward Co., NE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Milford, Seward Co., NE Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:
      BURKEY. On the 6th of Nov. 1890, near Milford, Seward Co., Neb., Christian Burkey, aged 71 Y., 2M., 2 D. He lived in matrimony 51 years and leaves a wife, 11 children, 46 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren to mourn their loss. He was a member of the A. Mennonite church. Services were conducted by Jos. Schlegel from John 11:25, 26, and Jos. Gasho from 2 Cor. 5:1.


      Following is an excerpt from 1878 History of Woodford County, Past and Present: “Burky, Christian. farmer and stock raiser; sec. 15; P.O. Metamora; was born in Bavaria, Germany Sept. 4, 1819; he was raised a farmer and came to this country in 1842, landing at New Orleans and proceeding up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to Peoria, where he remained a couple of weeks and then came to Woodford County; at the end of one year, however, he removed to Tazawell [sic] County, and resided there until 1875, when he returned to Woodford County. He was married in Germany in 1839 to Miss Mary Stalter, who was born in Bavaria in 1821. They have eleven children - Mary, Joseph, Christian, Phebe, Valentine, Elizabeth, Henry, Katie, Fannie, John and Barbara. He owns 80 acres of land valued at $4,800.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker, “Harry”.

    2. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/92479296/christian-burkey.

    3. [S615] Heinrich Stalter History.

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

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

    6. [S610] Heinrich and Jacobina Stalter of Gern near Munich, Gary L. Yordy, Place.

    7. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, Gives year as 1839.


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