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Christian Birky (Christopher) Schrock b. 2 Mar 1881 Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL d. 15 Jun 1962 Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Christian Birky (Christopher) Schrock

Male 1881 - 1962  (81 years)


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  • Name Christian Birky (Christopher) Schrock  [1, 2
    Born 2 Mar 1881  Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jun 1962  Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Salem Mennonite Cemetery
    Person ID I4266  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2019 

    Father Christian C. “C.C.” Schrock,   b. 13 Jun 1847, Alsace Lorraine, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1926, Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Catherine Birky,   b. 28 Jan 1852, Morton, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1931, Davenport, Thayer Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1873  Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F97  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Roth,   b. 15 Mar 1884, Milford, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1961, Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1903  Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Magdalena Schrock,   b. 26 Nov 1903, Milford, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1988, Geneva, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Pearl Schrock,   b. 27 Mar 1905, Clayton, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1969  (Age 64 years)
     3. Ada Schrock,   b. 1 Feb 1907, Ong, Clay Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Harry Schrock,   b. 3 Apr 1908, Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1980, Newhall, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Katherine (Katie) Schrock,   b. 24 Jun 1911, Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 2006  (Age > 96 years)
     6. Floyd Schrock,   b. 18 Aug 1913,   d. 21 Jan 1914  (Age 0 years)
     7. Florence Schrock,   b. 18 Aug 1913,   d. Aft 2005  (Age > 93 years)
     8. Gaylord Jay Schrock,   b. 18 Oct 1919,   d. 11 Apr 1978  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F3001  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Mar 1881 - Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Feb 1903 - Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jun 1962 - Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Shickley, Fillmore Co., NE Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • “Christopher’s middle initial “B” stands for “Burkey,” his mother’s maiden name. We are told that all of the boys of that family used that same initial, apparently proud of the Burkey name.
      His parents were Amish. In later years his father became an invalid. This grandfather is remembered by his grandchildren as sitting in his wheelchair by the window so he could look outside. He was a very large person, eventually weighing over 300 lbs; his helpful slightly-built wife had a hump in her back. As was the way in those days, the grandchildren were sent to help these grandparents when they grew older.
      They lived in Nebraska which is considered part of the Midwest “Heartland.” At that time small farms raised most of the food products for the nation. The frontier was considered closed in 1890 when Chris was about nine years old. At the close of Civil War, farmers constituted 60 percent of the work force. The farmers settled land in a westward movement; these frontier people did hand labor and used horses to pull simple equipment in contrast to the present corporate farms with huge expensive machinery.
      I understand that Grandpa Schrock did not own land but farmed land owned by others. He owned a combine and was hired to work in fields. He was a very tall, handsome person who enjoyed life, but it is said he did not accumulate much money. He was strict with his children. Mother said if one of his children got a spanking in school, Grandpa Schrock would deliver another spanking with a belt at home. If a teacher checked the space titled “Talks too much,” this also meant a spanking at home.
      “We have a copy of the Public Sale Notice for the auction that was held by Chris when selling his home. The auction notice states, “Two bedroom, full basement, 3 lots one block west and one block north of the schoolhouse, Lots l, 2, and 3, Block 10. Remodeled only a few years ago, furniture, canned fruit and fruit jars, wash tubs, snow shovel.”
      He then moved to the town of Geneva to be nearer his children as he was in ill health because of cancer.
      “There was a reunion in the 1980’s of the Christian C. Schrock family, Christ B. Schrock’s parents, at the Geneva Lion’s Club Building in Geneva with about 260 people attending. This family had become widespread as relatives arrived from California, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, and Arizona. This was the first time many had seen each other for a number of years, and some had never met previously. “ [6]

  • Sources 
    1. [S377] Christian Wagler Sutter, Merrill E. Balser.

    2. [S1097] Nana’s Book, Betty Garland Michel, (lulu.com eBook (PDF), ISBN 9781287208845), B. stands for “Burkey,” his mother’s maiden name.

    3. [S377] Christian Wagler Sutter, Merrill E. Balser, Place.

    4. [S1058] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Vol D, Page 34 - Marriage record ofChristian Schrock and Catherine Birkey.

    5. [S1097] Nana’s Book, Betty Garland Michel, (lulu.com eBook (PDF), ISBN 9781287208845), 25 Feb 1903?.

    6. [S1097] Nana’s Book, Betty Garland Michel, (lulu.com eBook (PDF), ISBN 9781287208845).


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