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John Schrock b. 26 Mar 1843 Trenton, Butler Co., OH d. 20 Apr 1935 Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

John Schrock

Male 1843 - 1935  (92 years)


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  • Name John Schrock  [1
    Born 26 Mar 1843  Trenton, Butler Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer  [2
    Religion Mennonite  [2
    Residence 1903 / 20 Apr 1935  Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 714 So. 9th. St.
    USR1 Stroke 
    Died 20 Apr 1935  Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 7:15 a.m.
    Buried Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Lakeside Cemetery, ministers Rev. Geo Gundy of Meadows and E.V. Young, pastor of the First M.E. church, Pekin. Mrs. A. B. Shacklette presided at the organ and Dick Groen, soloist sang “Lead Kindly Light,”, “Crossing the Bar,” “Old Rugged Cross,” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” Pallbearers were Edward Schrock, Herbert Ropp, Lawrence Gueber, Roland Heisel, Maurice Ringwald, Ernest Saal and Clyde McQueen.
    Person ID I462  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 

    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  [3, 4
    • 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 Barbara Rediger,   b. 29 May 1844, Washburn, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1911, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1865  Pekin Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Noel Funeral Home Document gives date and place.
    Children 
     1. Peter Schrock,   b. 29 Jan 1867,   d. 28 Jun 1942  (Age 75 years)
     2. Catherine Schrock,   b. 23 Jun 1868, Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1951  (Age 83 years)
     3. Daniel Schrock,   b. 18 Jan 1869, Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1937, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. Bina Schrock,   b. 19 Apr 1871, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1942, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Sarah Schrock,   b. 15 Nov 1872, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1941, Pekin, Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. Ida Schrock,   b. 25 Mar 1874, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1945  (Age 70 years)
     7. Frances Schrock,   b. 25 Oct 1875, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1968, Pekin Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     8. Edward Schrock, Sr.,   b. 1 Dec 1877, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1964  (Age 86 years)
     9. John William Schrock,   b. 24 Jun 1880, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1948, Pekin Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     10. Margaret Isabel (Belle) Schrock,   b. 1 Jul 1882, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1954, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     11. Barbara Schrock,   b. 27 Jan 1885,   d. Apr 1980, Peoria Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     12. Aaron Lester Schrock,   b. 25 Sep 1888, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1889, Pekin Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F202  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Mar 1843 - Trenton, Butler Co., OH Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Dec 1865 - Pekin Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 / 20 Apr 1935 - Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Apr 1935 - Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Obit: Newspaper article

      ”The founder of a great family died in Pekin today: John Schrock, of 714 South Ninth Street. He was the father of twelve children, eleven of whom survive along with 25 other descendants; but only one of the 36 is left to carry on the good name of Schrock.
      “Religion brought this grand old man to Pekin. Back in the Vaterland a man named Menno Simon founded a religion which has brought honor upon him and to this day they call his followers “Mennonites.” A century ago there was a group of them around Pekin among them the Ropp families.
      “Johannes Schrock was eight years old in 1851 when the family came to Pekin, for he had been born March 26, 1843. That trip was often recalled by Mr. Schrock; and the older he became the better he remembered those days of children; and the less he recalled the fleeting things of yesterday. The family located in a log house on what is now the Allen Miller farm five miles east of Pekin. They were made at home by the Mennonites here and kindly neighbors; and because they were honorable and thrifty, they prospered.
      “As John grew older he worked out in saw mills, grist mills, and brick yards. He could do a tremendous day's work, even in the days when a big day's work was expected of all men. He himself carried from the saw mill every tie and plank for the first bridge over the river here--the Peoria, Pekin & Jacksonville R.R. bridge. Three men would be assigned to such a job nowadays and work only half as many hours. They told of him that he could cut with an axe and rack five cords of wood in a day. Four men wouldn't want to do that today.
      “On December 3, 1865, he married Barbara Rediger and the two established one of the most respected homes in the county. Twelve children were born to them, and all but the last (who died in infancy) live today to mourn the passing of the father. They are: Peter Schrock, Pekin; Mrs. Katherine Ropp, Pasadena, Calif.; Daniel Schrock, Pekin; Bina Schrock, Pekin; Mrs. Sarah Ringwald, Pekin; Mrs. Ida Gueber, Pekin; Frances Schrock, Pekin; Edward Schrock, Pekin; John W. Schrock, Pekin; Mrs. Belle Thode, Pasadena; Mrs. Barbara Heisel, Pekin; and Aaron Lester, deceased.
      "In 1876, Mr. Schrock bought the home east of Pekin in which the first child born in that home still lives. He is Edward Schrock, president of the Farm Bureau. The family looks to it as the old family home.
      "In 1903, the sons built a nice home at 714 South Ninth Street for the parents and they moved to town. There they lived in comfort. Mrs. Schrock died on Aug. 3, 1911. Although Mr. Schrock was near 70 then, he has clung to life for 24 years more. He was a man of excellent character, good habits, and moral strength, and to this is attributed his long years. Three years ago on his 89th birthday, he spaded in his garden. On his 90th birthday the family gathered for a great reunion and celebration, but he took pneumonia that day. None expected him to survive; but he lived; and he even weathered another attack of pneumonia this winter. Even till yesterday he was up; but two strokes had weakened him and death came to him quietly at 7:15 this morning in his 93rd year.
      "Death of Mr. Schrock removes one of the links with Pekin's pioneer past. He lived in the day when pigeons came in flocks that shut out the sun; when wild turkey were in abundance; and deer were to be shot in the woods. The turn of his life has seen the coming of the modern age; but thru it all there has been no change in the fact that a man of honor and honest and clean living thrives best. His children today rise up to bless his memory.
      “Memorial services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Noel’s. Friends may call at the residence till 11 a.m. It is asked that no flowers be sent. Burial will be at Lakeside cemetery.,

      “The Pekin centenary 1849-1949: a souvenir book commemorating 100 years of community progress in the city of Pekin, Illinois”
      http://www.archive.org/stream/pekincentenary1800peki/pekincentenary1800peki_djvu.txt

      “Meanwhile, Pekin's growth became faster and faster. In 1858, Bitzer' s lake was drained to make right-of-way for the new Peoria, Pekin and Jacksonville railroad (later the Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis, and today the Chicago and Illinois Midland). The depot was built up on piling where Bitzer' s lake had been, and much of the track there was tresteled. The 16-foot ravine cutting across the river front area was filled, and the bridge over it destroyed. The city had subscribed $100,000 to get the railroad and other improvements.” [1, 2, 5]

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

    2. [S300] Obituary of John Schrock & Certificate of Burial .

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

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

    5. [S282] John Schrock Taken by Death, Age 92.


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