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Christian Bürcky (Birki) b. 1781 Bitche, Moselle, FR d. 26 Apr 1840 Siebenbrunn, Bavaria, GR: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Christian Bürcky (Birki)[1, 2, 3]

Male 1781 - 1840  (59 years)


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  • Name Christian Bürcky (Birki)  [3, 4, 5
    Born 1781  Bitche, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Residence 1804-1813  Geretsried, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • South of Munich. Leased Schwaigwall (Gut Wahl/Wolfratshausen-Waal estate), succeeding Joseph Stalter; Joseph rented only 50 days, Christian had a contract for 10 years. A Schwaige was not a ordinary farm, and according to Helmut Gingerich it provided for for a castle or monastery, needing skills such as distilling and cattle raising and a knowledge of business processes. Christian and his people farmed the 240 Bavarian acres of meadows and pastures until 1813.
    PURC 22 Jun 1829  Unterdiessen, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Tafernwirt. Purchased an inn that included 53 acres of farmland. In 1831, Christian is mentioned twice as witness of the Mennonite community, and as innkeeper in Schwabunterdissen.
    PURC 1830  Abstried, near Diessen, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Heimberg estate, near Daniel Unzicker
    PURC 13 Feb 1832  Heimberg, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Bought farm estate near Fischach and 25 km S.W. of Augsburg, from Baroness von Grimmenstein for 4,000 Guilders. This farm was also near Daniel Unzicker’s Abstried Schwaige.
    Reference Number 34 
    Religion Mennonite 
    USR1 Pneumonia, per Dr. Heelbast from Augsburg 
    Died 26 Apr 1840  Siebenbrunn, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14
    • At 11:00 am in the house of Peter Hochstetler while visiting the family. Services at his funeral were conducted by minister Peter Hochstettler (1814-1884), a resident of Meringerau. Hermann Hage says he died at “Siebenbrunn b. Augsburg.” This is 20 miles east of Fischach, Christian’s home since 1838.
    Buried 28 Apr 1840  Haunstetten, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 12
    • At the wall from the chapel, in the presence of Stephan Klughammer the priest in the parish of St. Georg, near the Hochstetler family “the oldest from the Mennonite Peter Hochstetler, tenant to the Brik’schen farm.” Peter was in charge of the burial. (Haunstetten equals Siebenbrunn: they are very close together.)
    Person ID I34  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2019 

    Father Christian Birki (Bircki),   b. Abt 1759,   d. 13 Aug 1797, Petite-Rosselle, Bitche, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Mother Barbe Koch,   b. 1768,   d. 3 Feb 1798  (Age 30 years) 
    Married Abt 1781 
    • bei Augsburg
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katharina Nafziger,   b. 1776/1777,   d. 3 Apr 1861, Ehingen, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Children 
     1. Katharina Bürcky (Birki),   b. 5 Aug 1805,   d. 25 Nov 1886, Neidenfels, Palatinate, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. Christian Bürcky (Birky),   b. 29 Oct 1810, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1885, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. 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)
     4. Andreas Bircky (Buerky),   b. 27 Oct 1816, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1892, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. Valentine Bürcky (Birky),   b. 1817, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1856, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     6. Jacob Bürcky (Birki),   b. 4 May 1826, Lutterbacherhof, near Saar-Union, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1883, Garden City, Cass Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     7. Joseph Bürcky (Birki),   b. 19 Mar 1828, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1906, Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. Elizabeth Bürcky (Birki),   b. 25 Nov 1829, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1899  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1781 - Bitche, Moselle, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1804-1813 - Geretsried, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 22 Jun 1829 - Unterdiessen, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 1830 - Abstried, near Diessen, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Apr 1840 - Siebenbrunn, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Apr 1840 - Haunstetten, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Previously from Freudenbergerhof near Bitche in Lorraine.
      Later at Heimberg, near Augsburg.

      Harry F. Weber, in his book "Centennial History of the Mennonites of Illinois" reports them as the Big Burkeys and listed them along Dillon Creek in 1841. Reference is made to them as the Big Birkeys because of their large stature. Joseph was the youngest of the six sons and the smallest, and he was a man of over 6 feet in height and weighed over 200 pounds. In 1850, according to U.S. census files, Joseph Birky was 22 years old and his brother Jacob was 24, and they were living with their brother John Birky in Tazewell County, Illinois. [5, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18]

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

    2. [S16] Joseph and Catherine Stalter Good, Edna Schertz.

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

    4. [S967] Bavaria zu Chr. Burcky b. 1781-Death/burial info, Herbert Holly.

    5. [S137] Valentine Birky Remembers--1935 .

    6. [S670] Amish Mennonites in 19th Century Bavaria, Hermann Hage, Other dates are 1792 or 1794 .

    7. [S953] Burcky Part 1 (Christian Burcky), Herbert Holly, Birthdate .

    8. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker, abt 1782.

    9. [S551] The Amish Bircky and Bürcky Families in Bavaria, Herbert Holly, See this source for detailed description of Christian’s time on this farm.

    10. [S1096] Ducal Administration of Bavaria.

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

    12. [S966] Death Record of Christian Birki.

    13. [S954] Burcky Part 2 (Christian Burcky), Herbert Holly, Place of death.

    14. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker, Meringerau, Bavaria.

    15. [S953] Burcky Part 1 (Christian Burcky), Herbert Holly.

    16. [S945] Roggy family , Herbert Holly.

    17. [S539] Centennial History of the Mennonites of Illinois 1829-1929, Harry F. Weber, (The Mennonite Historical Society, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana).

    18. [S780] Old History is Retold at Birky Meet.


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