Elizabeth Birkey b. 2 Jul 1851 Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL d. 23 Jul 1935 Bureau Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Elizabeth Birkey

Female 1851 - 1935  (84 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Birkey  [1, 2, 3
    Born 2 Jul 1851  Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Jul 1935  Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Willow Springs Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I4126  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 

    Father Valentin Bircky (Birky),   b. 12 Oct 1820, Nymphenburg, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1901, Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother 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  [4
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John A. Albrecht,   b. 20 Apr 1849, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1927, Bureau Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1873 
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F10631  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Jul 1851 - Tremont, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jul 1935 - Bureau Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The IMHC Library contains extensive obituary files. Here is one from the

      Gospel Herald, Aug. 22, 1935, which celebrates a really lovely woman, Elizabeth Birkey (or Burcky) Albrecht: Albrecht.- Elizabeth, eldest child of a family of 13 children of Valentine & Elizabeth Birkey, was born near Tremont, Ill., July 2, 1851; died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. F. I. Smucker) near Tiskilwa, Ill.; aged 84 y. 21 d. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth & was faithful until the end. She was very unselfish & was always ready to do for others even at a sacrifice to herself. On Feb. 9, 1873, she was united in marriage to John A. Albrecht of Bureau Co., Ill., & they lived in wedlock for fifty-four years, her husband having preceded her in death in July, 1927. To them were born 6 children, all of whom survive except the youngest daughter (Annie) who passed away in 1901. The 3 sons are Simon of Sycamore, Ill., John & William of Tiskilwa; the daughters, Mrs. Rufus Yoder of Lancaster, Ohio, & Mrs. Frank Smucker of Tiskilwa, with whom mother had made her home since the death of her husband—except for a number of years she had preferred to go back to the little house on the Albrecht homestead she & her husband had built for themselves, during the summer months. Mother was almost blind for several years & unable to read, but she delighted in having the Scriptures read to her. Her voice was often heard in audible prayer when she was in her room by herself, & who shall say that her prayers & petitions to God were made in vain. Twelve days before her death she was seized with an attack of angina pectoris, but she rallied from the attack & looked forward to the time when she might again be with her loved ones at mealtime, but on Tuesday evening she suddenly collapsed & in a very short time she passed on to the other shore. She leaves, besides the 5 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers, & 3 sisters. Funeral services were held July 23 by her pastor, Bro. C. A. Hartzler, at the Willow Springs Mennonite Church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
      " Sleep on. beloved, sleep, & take thy rest
      Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast;
      We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best,
      Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight."

  • Sources 
    1. [S435] The Albrechts, 1836-1969, Amanda Sears, Lloyd Burkey, Lois Albrecht Zehr, Lucille Blade Crawford, Harriet Martin Albrecht and many others.

    2. [S951] Descendants of Valentine Birkey and Elizabeth Unzicker.

    3. [S2] The Berkey Book, Ruth Berkey Reichly, (Arlington, VA).

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


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