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Peter Yordy b. 26 Jul 1815 Jaegerthal, Niederbronn-les-Bains, FR d. 2 Jul 1897 Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Peter Yordy[1]

Male 1815 - 1897  (81 years)


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  • Name Peter Yordy  [2
    Born 26 Jul 1815  Jaegerthal, Niederbronn-les-Bains, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    • At 3 a.m. Near Windstein
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1817  Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • With his parents, “about 20 miles south of Munich”
    Residence 1836  Byron, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1838  Byron, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1839  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Peter age 35, Mary age 34, and children John 12, Christian 2, and Mary 1, were farming.
    PURC 30 Jan 1852  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Peter paid $1,400 for 154 acres of land Jan. 30, 1852. The land came in three parcels: two totalling 85 acres in south-central Groveland, and another 70 acres in north-central Elm Grove.


      Their neighbors (Joseph Heiser, Joseph Ropp, Samuel King, Peter and Christian Gerber) indicate that they probably lived on the north side of Allentown Road, across from Joseph Heiser. The property must have been sold before 1864; the plat map published in that year does not show a Yordy property.
    Census 1860  Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Peter Yorty age 54 [he was 45], farmer b. France; Mary age 49 [she was 44], b. Bavaria; John age 21, farmer, b. Bavaria; Christian age 11, b. IL; Mary age 10, b. IL; Jacob age 7, b. IL; Elizabeth age 4, b. IL; Philip age 3 [Peter Jr.], b. IL; Joseph age 2, b. IL. Lived next to Joseph Hieser and Joseph Ropp.
    Undefined 1863 
    • Peter paid $100 to purchase release of his step son John from military service in the Civil War.
    PURC 10 Feb 1865  Nebraska Twp., Livingston Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On Feb. 10, 1865, Peter purchased 80 acres of land at Nebraska Township (later Flanagan), Livingston County. The farm was cultivated by John Birkey Yordy 1865-71, then occupied by daughter Mary and her husband Daniel Orendorff, while John moved to Lombardville, Stark County.
    PURC 1866  Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 200 acres from Andrew Johnson and his wife for which he paid $8000.
    Residence 1867  Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • From Ten Mile Creek in Tazewell Co.
    Census 1870  Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Peter Yottey age -54, wife Mary age - 53; children:
    Census 1880  Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Peter, Mary, and children, Elisabeth, Peter, Joseph and Barbara.
    Occupation Farmer 
    Religion Amish Mennonite 
    Residence Köfering, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Peter Jordy & wife with 2 Children homeless-I think he stay short in Hahnfeld and moved from here to USA in 1838 (H. Holly)
    Buried Jul 1897  Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery
    Died 2 Jul 1897  Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I513  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2018 

    Father Jakob Jordy,   b. Abt 1778 
    Mother Catharina Schantz 
    Married 1811  [11
    Family ID F3313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria (Mary) Birky,   b. 18 Apr 1816, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1903, Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1847  Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • In the Dillon Creek meeting according to Joe Staker
    Children 
     1. Christian Yordy,   b. 29 Jul 1848, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1922, Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Mary Yordy,   b. 19 Oct 1849, Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1923, Flanagan, Livingston Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Magdalena Yordy,   b. Jun 1851, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     4. Jacob K. Yordy,   b. 8 Mar 1853, Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1930, Flanagan, Livingston Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     5. Elizabeth Yordy,   b. 6 Dec 1854, Pekin, Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1928, Cazenovia Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Peter Philip Yordy,   b. 29 Feb 1856, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1909, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     7. Joseph P. Yordy,   b. 7 Nov 1857, Pekin, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1925, Eureka, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     8. Barbara Yordy,   b. 18 Dec 1860, Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1943, Eureka, Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Jul 1815 - Jaegerthal, Niederbronn-les-Bains, FR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1817 - Munich, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1839 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Feb 1847 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 30 Jan 1852 - Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Elm Grove Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 10 Feb 1865 - Nebraska Twp., Livingston Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 1866 - Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1867 - Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - ? - Köfering, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jul 1897 - Roanoke, Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jul 1897 - Roanoke Twp., Woodford Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The Jordi family ancestral village is Steinen, Switzerland. Jordi/Jordy= Jordan/Jordanus, a first name from the times of the Crusades.

      YORDY, PETER, farmer; Secs. 13 and 24; P. O. Roanoke; was born in Alsace, France (now Germany), June 12, 1815; he married Miss Mary Burkey February 9, 1847; she was born in Germany in 1816; they had eight children, seven living--Christian, Mary, Jacob, Elizabeth, Peter, Joseph, Barbara; he lived in Alsace two years, then moved to Byron, in Germany; lived there until 1838, when he came to the United States; in 1839, he came to Illinois, settled in Tazewell Co., followed farming; in 1867 he came to Woodford Co., and settled on his present place, he came to the United States without any capital; he now owns 200 acres in this township (Roanoke Township).”

      “Peter Yordy was born June 12, 1815 in Alsace, France according to his headstone. However, according to official documents, he was born July 26, 1815.
      Civil Register, Windstein, Alsace, France (FHL Microfilm #1069482)states "7/26/1815 Pierre Jordi (masculine)born 2 a.m., son of Jacques Jordi (37, Laboureur) and Catharine Schantz of Jaegerthal near Windstein. Witnesses Jean Wolber and Pierre Mathis."

      In about 1819, Peter's family moved to Munich, Bavaria, Germany [ Woodford County Tax Records, 1868 located at the Illinois Mennonite Historical Society, Metamora, IL]. He grew up about 20 miles south of Munich. Peter had one known sister, Jacobina aka Philabena. It is possible that Peter had a second sister named Elizabeth, who emigrated to the US in 1849 and married Peter Gerber in 1850. Peter also had at least one brother, Christian Yotty, who emigrated with his future wife Katherina Stalter.

      Peter Emigrated in 1838. Peter "Jordte" or "Jodte" from France arrived in New York on the packet ship "Charles Carroll" from Le Havre on September 17, 1838. On the passenger list immediately before Peter's name is the name of Joseph "Heser" (Heiser, 20) and Andrew Burkey (29). Heiser and Burckey were from Hanfield, about 20 miles south of Munich. 

      While there is little record of Peter's life immediately after his arrival in Illinois in 1839, it is likely that he worked within the Amish community for an established Amish farmer as a laborer. 

      On February 9, 1847, Peter married Miss Mary Birkey, a Mennonite woman with a 9 year-old son, John Horn, at the Dillon Creek Congregation in Tazewell County. Peter and Mary had 8 additional children.

      Peter and family lived in Tazewell County until 1867 when they moved to Woodford County, residing 2 miles east of Roanoke on Panther Creek. 

      Peter was a member of the Roanoke Mennonite Church and the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. He was very interested in education and sponsored an English class for Amish children in his home.

      Peter died on July 2, 1897 and was buried in the Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery.” [6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21]

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] Joseph Yordy Family Record.

    2. [S153] Illinois Ministers Attending the Amish Ministers’ Meetings of 1862-1878, Part Two, Steven R. Estes.

    3. [S619] Birth Record of Peter Yordy.

    4. [S448] The Yordy Siblings in Illinois, Gary L. Yordy, Belfort.

    5. [S42] The Yordy Story, 1803-1871, Earl/Florence Yeackley, Paul/Merlyn Stutzmen.

    6. [S448] The Yordy Siblings in Illinois, Gary L. Yordy.

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

    8. [S369] Warranty Deed, Josephus Burton to John Roeschly.

    9. [S227] Living Stones: a History of the Metamora Mennonite Church, Steven R. Estes, p.145.

    10. [S18] Gravestone name and dates, Gravestone photo in file.

    11. [S712] Handwritten notes , Maurice Hebert .

    12. [S102] Interview with Alta Heiser Detweiler.

    13. [S138] Swiss-German Family Names--their Origin and Meanings.

    14. [S46] The Past and Present of Woodford Co., IL.

    15. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https:&|;&|;www.findagrave.com&|;memorial&|;32190985&|;peter-yordy.

    16. [S369] Warranty Deed, Josephus Burton to John Roeschly, (E1&|;2 of SW1&|;4 of Sec 13, also, 40 acres off N end of E1&|;2 of NW1&|;4 of Sec 24. Also, S1&|;2 of NW 1&|;4 of Sec 13, Twp 27N R1W).

    17. [S152] Schoolteacher by accident, Christian Erismann: 1835-1905, Nelson P. Springer.

    18. [S490] Proposal for an EMC Writing Project, Steven Estes.

    19. [S40] Original: Amische Mennoniten in Deutschland, Hermann Guth, (Masthof Press, Morgantown, PA), page 22, 34.

    20. [S547] Yordy Family information, Gary Yordy.

    21. [S621] Yordy Addendum: Birth Record and Ancestry of Peter Yordy, Gary L. Yordy.


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