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Joseph Schrock b. 17 Mar 1828 Dompcevrin, Meuse, FR d. 28 Dec 1901 Congerville, Woodford Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Joseph Schrock

Male 1828 - 1901  (73 years)


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  • Name Joseph Schrock  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 17 Mar 1828  Dompcevrin, Meuse, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • In Dompcevrin, Meuse, France where his sister was born. However, Frederic Schwindt says he was not born in the village of Dompcevrin, but at some other place within the broader territory of Dompcevrin.
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 30 Apr 1831  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Information from quarterly listing of Baltimore arrivals. Exact date and ship are unknown.
    Religion Amish Mennonite Then Apostolic Christian 
    Died 28 Dec 1901  Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Apostolic Christian Cemetery (Dells)
    Person ID I460  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2018 

    Father Johannes Schrock (Schrack, Gerrard),   b. 15 Jun 1801, Gondrexange, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1875, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Catherine (Elisabeth) Salzman,   b. 27 Oct 1804, Sarralbe, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1858, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1826  Blâmont, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • The French marriage index says Catherine Hergi was no longer living at the time of Catherine's marriage in 1826.
    Notes 
    • Johannes was living at Blâmont at the time of the marriage and Catherine was at Bistroff.
      A publication of the marriage was made at commune of Rhodes at Bistroff.

      Witnesses:
      Father of the groom, Joseph Schrack, living at the mill at Bachats, age 52, and Marie Nayhouser, age 53, mother of the groom
      Nicolas Cherrier, age 50 years; Augustin Demontzey b. 1763.
      Michael Salzman, age 44, miller at Xirange, father of the bride
      André Chertz, age 33 years (born 1793), an uncle “par alliance” (by marriage) of the bride.
    Family ID F200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Magdalena Guingerich,   b. 29 Nov 1830, Enroute To America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1922, Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 8 Jun 1852  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • by Andrew Ropp
    Notes 
    • “After the wedding, a supper and reception were held in their home south of Deer Creek, Illinois. There was a gathering of Mennonites to help celebrate. Joseph Verkler, an elder in the Apostolic Christian Church who was visiting in Slabtown, was invited to attend the reception. After supper, the couple brought out a game of dominoes for all the guests to enjoy. When they invited Joseph Verkler to join them, he politely declined and said that that was not for him. The young bride witnessed the way he stood for his religious beliefs and did not bend temporarily to satisfy his peers. As time unfolded, Joseph and Magdalena Schrock joined the Christian Apostolic Church.” [4]
    Children 
     1. Catherine Schrock,   b. 27 Feb 1853, Dillon Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1944, Carlock, McLean Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. John Schrock,   b. 30 Mar 1855,   d. 16 Jun 1930  (Age 75 years)
     3. Lidia Schrock,   b. 21 Aug 1857,   d. 25 May 1885  (Age 27 years)
     4. Joseph S. Schrock,   b. 21 Oct 1859, Eureka, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1936, Goodfield, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Jonathan Schrock,   b. 2 Dec 1861, Eureka, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1947, Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     6. Magdalena Schrock,   b. 18 Feb 1864,   d. 19 Dec 1938, Paulding, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Mary Schrock,   b. 15 Jan 1867,   d. Aft 1900  (Age > 34 years)
     8. David Schrock,   b. 24 Apr 1869, Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1948, Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     9. Susanna (Susan) Schrock,   b. 20 May 1872,   d. 20 Dec 1944  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2002 
    Family ID F213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Mar 1828 - Dompcevrin, Meuse, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 30 Apr 1831 - Baltimore, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Jun 1852 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Dec 1901 - Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Congerville, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • “Joseph Schrock, a well-to-do and successful farmer and stock-raiser of Montgomery Township is located on section 22. The village of Congerville, which was begun in the spring of 1888, is situated on a portion of his farm.* He owns about 320 acres of land, which is divided into two farms. Some of this land was bought in 1864, in which year he first came to this county, buying wild land and improving it with fences, trees, buildings, etc., and as fortune smiled upon him, purchasing more land, which he also improved until he is now very comfortably situated. Before coming to Montgomery Township, he resided some seven years in Roanoke Township, which was the second place in which he had located after coming to the state of Illinois in 1850.

      “...reared in Butler County, Ohio, and attended the common schools of the district through the winter, and in the summer assisted on the farm and in the mill, thus acquiring a practical knowledge of agricultural matters, and getting a good insight into business transactions while an employee in his father's mill. He was of legal age, but unmarried, when he came to this state. While a resident of Tazewell County, he was united in marriage with the lady of his choice, Miss Magdalena Guingerich, a country-woman of his....” ,

      “Mr. and Mrs. Schrock are good, intelligent German people, industrious, thrifty, and provident, and although not mingling in political matters, yet make excellent citizens, and are worthy members of the New Amish Church.” (Apostolic Christian)

      According to Illinois Public Land Purchase Records found at Ancestry.com, Joseph Guingerich purchased 20,000 acres of land between Oct 1861 and Mar 1869, paying $224,000.

      Joseph Guingerich, his father-in-law, along with Peter Farni, built a mill in Woodford County (near Farnisville, Mackinaw River area).

      The first Joseph and Magdalena Schrock reunion was held in 1949. Several Pekin Schrocks and Tillman Smith attended, but did not return other years. So it became known as the Jonathan Schrock reunion.

      *The History of Congerville (page 10, 17) tells the story of the town’s original intention of being named Schrock and the ultimate decision to name it Congerville. [1, 4, 9, 10, 11]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Johannes Schrock: His Children and Grandchildren, Willard Smith.

    2. [S150] Origins of Congerville Mennonite Church, Steven R. Estes.

    3. [S17] Just Pete, Pete and Jennie Schrock, (The Print Shop, Fort Morgan, CO).

    4. [S271] Joseph Gingerich of Woodford County, Ardys Serpette.

    5. [S927] Congerville Flashbacks, Russell L. Oyer.

    6. [S741] Birth Document of Joseph Schrock.

    7. [S302] Marriages - Registres Civil, Tables Decennales.

    8. [S319] Johannes Schrock and Catherine Salzman - Marriage Record .

    9. [S129] Portrait and Biographical Album of Woodford County, Illinois , (Chapman Brothers, Chicago), pp. 478,479.

    10. [S367] The History of Congerville.

    11. [S719] 105 Years and Counting - Mae Schrock remembers a simpler time, Rhonda Wetzler, (Woodford County Journal - Lifestyles).


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