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David D. Zehr b. 21 Apr 1864 Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL d. 7 Feb 1924 Manson, Calhoun Co., IA: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

David D. Zehr

Male 1864 - 1924  (59 years)


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  • Name David D. Zehr  [1
    Born 21 Apr 1864  Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    CLER
    Occupation Minister 
    Residence 1897  Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ordained 19 May 1902 
    • Minister
    Ordained 16 May 1909 
    • Bishop
    Religion Amish Mennonite 
    USR1 Results Of A Railroad Accident  [1
    Died 7 Feb 1924  Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Rose Hill Cemetery
    Person ID I317  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2019 

    Father Peter Zehr, Sr.,   b. 30 Dec 1818, Manried, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1886, Slabtown, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Oyer,   b. 23 Apr 1828, Niderhoff, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1896, Foosland, Champaign Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1845  Farmdale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth M. Zehr,   b. 12 Apr 1866, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1924, Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1886  [4
    Children 
     1. Rosa L. Zehr,   b. 4 Mar 1888,   d. 29 Aug 1965  (Age 77 years)
     2. Martha E. Zehr,   b. 12 Nov 1890,   d. 31 May 1950  (Age 59 years)
     3. Silas P. Zehr,   b. 23 Dec 1892,   d. 20 Jul 1957  (Age 64 years)
     4. Alvin William Zehr,   b. 30 May 1896, Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1982, Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Alma Allison Zehr,   b. 12 Aug 1899,   d. 8 Oct 1969  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F138  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Apr 1864 - Deer Creek Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1897 - Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Feb 1924 - Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Manson, Calhoun Co., IA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit:
      Zehr. - Bro. David D. Zehr was born at Deer Creek, Ill., April 4, 1864; died Feb. 7, 1924; aged 59 y. 9 m. 16 d. He died of injuries sustained in a railroad accident. He lived in the neighborhood of his birthplace until manhood. On Dec. 28, 1886, he was married to Lizzie, daughter of Andrew and Magdalena Zehr. He lived in Fisher, Ill., 2 years and at Flanagan, Ill., 6 years. In the spring of 1897 he moved with his family to Manson, Iowa, where he resided until God called him. Those who remain of his family are his wife and five children as follows: Martha E., Mrs. Rosa Roth, Silas P. Zehr, Alvin W. Zehr (who is suffering from the effects of the accident, but is doing nicely at present), and Anna L., wife of Clyde Garber, all residing in this vicinity. The following brothers and sisters survive: Elizabeth, wife of C. W. Heisey, Mary, wife of Joseph Baecher, Phoebe, wife of Christian Zehr, Daniel Zehr, and Samuel Zehr. He united with the Mennonite Church in his early youth and in his early manhood was much interested in Sunday school and church work. He was of the number who helped to organize the Sunday School at Fisher, Ill., and served as superintendent while living there. He was among the first ones to move to this neighborhood and was active in the organization of this congregation. He was the second ordained minister in this congregation and was ordained May 19, 1902, and ordained to the office of bishop May 16, 1909, serving as minister 22 years and as bishop 15 years. The last few weeks of his earthly life he would say about every night, "I wish Jesus would come." Just before he left his home on the night of the accident he was reading in our church paper, and said, "I wish I were well so I could go and do more or could get the young people together so they could do more." Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. J. W. Hess. Text, II Cor. 5:1. There were about 500 people present who had come to pay their last tribute of respect to our departed brother. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

      An ordained minister, David helped his brother, Peter, organize the first Sunday School at East Bend Mennonite Church and became the first Sunday School Superintendent. Then he moved to Flanagan, IL, and later to Manson, IA.

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals.

    2. [S973] Brief History of the Family of Samuel S. and Lena (Unzicker) Zehr.

    3. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals, April 4.

    4. [S11] Obituaries of Individuals, of David.


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