Schrock Immigrant Day and Family Reunion

Heritage Center Arboreatum, Metamora

Heritage Center Arboreatum, Metamora

Sutter Barn, Heritage Center

Sutter Barn, Heritage Center

Schrock Immigrant Day

A reunion of the ancestors of the children of Joseph Schrag and Maria Neyhouser — Johannes, Pierre, Andreas,
Magdalena (Smith), Barbara (Belsly)

Took Place on:
June 18-20, 2010
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center
675 State Route 116
Metamora, Illinois

June 18 – Friday evening Picnic Social – For Schrock Descendants

Registration 5:30-6:00 p.m.
A light meal began at 6:15
Professional photos of the five family line groupings
Get acquainted with your cousins activities

Sing along – Songs sung by Schrock ancestors
from the Amish Ausbund and the Apostolic Christian Zion’s Harp,
led by hymnodist
Mary Oyer

Gather ’round the campfire for famous Kandel Kettle Popcorn

Charted Family Trees were available for viewing during the evening

June 19 – Saturday Schrock Family Presentations – Open to the Public

8:00 – 8:45     Registration, coffee and rolls
9:00 – 9:15     Welcome and announcements

9:15 – 9:45     Session 1

Overview of Schrock European ancestry and movement of the
families from Switzerland to Illinois

10:00 – 11:30     Session 2

Sketches of three family lines:
Johannes (John),
Pierre (Peter),
Andreas (Andrew)

11:30 – 11:45     Announcements and explanation
of afternoon tour of historic sites

12:00     Noon Meal

Visit the Illinois Prairie Display that will include two quilts with prairie plants (one by a Schrock descendant), and walk through the Reeser Prairie on the grounds of the Heritage Center

12:45 – 2:15     Session 3

Sketches of two family lines:
Magdalena (Smith)

Schrock Family Singers – Songs of our Ancestors

Barbara (Belsly)

2:15 – 2:30     Announcements, closing hymn, prayer
2:30 – 3:00     Ice cream social and goodbyes


3:00 – 5:00     Tour of Historic Schrock Sites

Tour will include the site of the first Amish/Apostolic Christian meetings;
burial site and home area of Andrew; homestead and farm of
Johannes and family; small town of Congerville (for a time called Schrock),
home of the Joseph Schrock family, and site of Magdalena and Christian Smith’s home;
burial site and farm of Barbara and Joseph Belsly.

June 20 – Sunday Worship Service – Open to the Public

Apostolic Christian Church, Morton, Illinois

Until the 1950s the Schrock families in Illinois worshipped in either an Amish,
Mennonite, or Apostolic Christian church. This is an opportunity for cousins to
share Sunday worship with one of those church families.


CLICK HERE to view a three-generation chart of descendants and see where you fit into the Schrock family. The chart will be small, but click on it to enlarge.

Below are photos of European areas and sites where Joseph Schrag,
his parents and his children lived and worked

Bachats Farm near Rhodes

Bachats Farm near Rhodes

Bischwald Mill Ruins near Rhodes

Bischwald Mill Ruins near Rhodes

Ketzing Estate near Gondrexange

Ketzing Estate near Gondrexange

Alzing Farm near Gosselming

Alzing Farm near Gosselming

Peter Schrock (1839-1922) Family Bible

Peter Schrock (1839-1922) Family Bible

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