Birk Peter[1]

Male 1848 - 1938  (90 years)


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  • Name Birk Peter 
    Born 2 Jan 1848  Kolschhausen, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    MRIN 243 - Mary Wilhemina "Minnie" Yust 
    Immigration 4 Jun 1866  New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Germans to America Passenger Data File, 1850-1897
      National Archives, Washington, DC
      source: see webtag

      S.S. Hermann, departed from Bremen to New York, arrival: June 4, 1866G. Wenke, Master; Manifest ID #: 30124 (New York)
      #492 - Jacob Birk, 48, Male, Farmer, country of origin: Germany, City/town of last residence: Kolschhausen,staying in USA; steerage
      #493 - Peter Birk, 18, Male, Farmer, country of origin: Germany, City/town of last residence: Kolschhausen,staying in USA; steerage
      #494 - Wilhelm Birk, 16, Male, Farmer, country of origin: Germany, City/town of last residence: Kolschhausen,staying in USA; steerage
    Residence 1920  Redlands, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1920 Census 
    Address:
    38 Sonora St 
    Residence 1930  515 Washington St. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1930 Census 
    Address:
    Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States 
    _FSFTID L7J1-HY4 
    _UID 5BFCF5A1AC5A48B1B2F82FEB62A9956EBE22 
    _WEBTAG
    • Washington St.
      Canton Township Canton town
      Lewis, Missouri, United States

      Household Gender Age Birthplace
      Head Peter Birk M 52 Germany
      Wife Minnie J Birk F 47 Germany
      Daughter Louise Birk F 26 Missouri
      Daughter Rosena Birk F 24 Missouri
      Son Frederick Birk M 21 Missouri
      Daughter Elizabeth D Birk F 18 Missouri
      Daughter Lennore Birk F 18 Missouri
      Daughter Florence Birk F 10 Missouri
      Son Earl Birk M 8 Missouri
    _WEBTAG
    • Household Gender Age Birthplace
      Head Peter Birk M 62 Germany
      Wife Minnie Birk F 57 Germany
      Daughter Louisa Birk F 35 Missouri
      Daughter Rose Birk F 33 Missouri
      Son Earl Birk M 18 Missouri
    _WEBTAG
    • 38 Sonors St
      Redlands, San Bernardino, California

      Household Gender Age Birthplace
      Head Peter Birk M 72 Germany
      Wife Minnie M Birk F 66 Germany
    _WEBTAG
    • 515 Washington St.
      Canton City, Lewis, Missouri, United States

      Household Gender Age Birthplace
      Head Peter Birk M 82 Germany
      Wife Minnie Birk F 77 Germany
    Died 28 Feb 1938  Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 3 Mar 1938  Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Forest Grove Cemetery Plot: Lot 64, Block 17 
    Notes 
    • BIRTH: Obituary lists birthday as January 2, 1848.
      Peter was 80 years old when his brother William died in 1927. Therefore he was born about 1847.
      1920 Census lists him as age 77, which makes his birth year 1843.
      William Birk's obituary lists him as living in Canton, MO and he and his son both were present at the funeral.\

      Information from Marilynn Stone Howard, July 2005:
      Peter was a wagon maker by trade which he first learned in Germany and later relearned in America. He returned to Germany two times (1900 alone & 1910 with Minnie) and traveled much in his later years. His two sons took over the business with his son-in-law. An autobiography was written in his 75th year and tells much about how he got started as an immigrant youth in America. (Gary Petranek has a copy of this autobiography, given to him by Marilynn Howard).

      The family name was changed from Burck to Birk when Peter emigrated to the US with his father Jacob and brother William. Jacob, Wilhelm and Peter are listed as passengers on the ship Hermann from Bremen to New York arriving June 4, 1866. Name was spelled Birk. (Gary Petranek has a copy of the ship manifest)

      Peter became a US citizen 9/23/1876. His naturalization papers are on file at the Lewis County, Missouri circuit cort record Vol. 13, p. 311.

      On 29 Jun 1871 when Peter was 23, he married Mary Wilhelmina "Minnie" Yust, daughter of Charles Frederick Yust Sr (29 Dec 1817-28 May 1900) and Christiana Amelia Roemer (29 Dec 1817-14 Mar 1904) in Canton, Lewis, Missouri. Marriage Certificate. Born on 20 Mar 1853 in Grafenhainchen, Germany. Mary Wilhelmina "Minnie" died in Canton, Lewis County, Missouri on 2 Jun 1934; she was 81. Death certificate. Buried on 4 Jun 1934 in Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Lewis County, Missouri. (Info from Marilynn Stone Howard)

      Peter Birk's obituary, from Lewis County Missouri website, http://www.rootsweb.com/~molewis/obit.htm:
      Obituaries for Peter Birk
      Unidentified original newspaper clipping, probably local Canton, MO paper: Peter Birk, 90 died at his home on Washington Street Monday. Mr. Birk was born in Germany and had lived 69 years in Canton. He was in business here from 1872 to 1920, as wagon and carriage maker, farm implement and hardware dealer. He sold to his son, Fred, following the World War.

      Another obituary, also unidentified:
      "Funeral services for Peter Birk were held at the Methodist church Thursday, March 3, in charge of the Rev. W.P. Wynn. Interment was in Forest Grove cemetery beiside his wife, the Masons having charge. "Mr. Birk had been in bad health for several months, but appeared no worse than usual, when death came suddenly Monday night, February 28. "For 69 years he had been a resident of Canton and during that time his name was synonymous with Canton history. Mr. Birk was born in Kolschausen, Germany, January 2, 1848, and came to Canton from Quincy by boat when 21 years of age. His first work here was with George Giegerich, the wagon maker, helping to make the sides of scrapers used in building the roadbed for the Burlington railroad. Afterward he entered the implement business and with the advent of factory-made buggies and wagons entered the implement business, which he conducted until 1920. "Mr. Birk was identified with the progress of Canton in a building program. He erected five dwelling houses on Washington street and four business houses on Clark street. "Following the World war, Mr. Birk sold his hardware and implement business to his son, Fred, and the plumbing and tinning business to his son-in-law, Robert Hohmann. At the time of his death he owned the buidlings and some farm land. "Mr. Birk was the oldest Mason in the local Mason lodge in age and years of membership. "He married Miss Minnie Yust in Canton June 29, 1871, and five daughters and two sons survive him--Mrs. George Heckrodt, Mrs. Mollie Stone and Mrs. Robert Hohmann, Canton; Mrs. George Laumann, St. Louis, Mrs. Oscar Morris, Hannibal; Fred, St. Louis, and Earl, Canton."

      Court records after death of Peter, where Fred and bud took all of the money...granddad took them to court and got a little bit back (in Marilynn Stone's notes).

      "At our last reunion in 2004 seveal stories were told about Peter and Minnie. One that stuck with me was about a stove vent that Peter was apparently replacing in the wall. The thing just wouldn't go through and finally Peter whacked on it with a few appropriate curse words. He turned to Minnie and said, see, it just needed talking to." Marilynn Stone Howard's notes.
      Census Record Information:

      1870 Canton, Lewis county, Missouri census, pg. 616:
      Burk, Peter, 22, m, w, Wagon Maker, Prussia

      1880 Canton, Lewis COunty, Missouri census, pg. 33B:
      Peter BAIRK, Self, M, Male, W, 31, COBLNTZ Painter Prussia Prussia
      Minnie Bairk, Wife, M, Female, W, 27, Prussia, Keeping House, Prussia, Prussia
      Mollie Bairk, Dau, S, Female, W, 8 MO Prussia Prussia
      Louisa Bairk, Dau, S, Female, W, 5, MO Prussia Prussia
      Rosa Bairk, Dau, S, Female, W, 3, MO Prussia, Prussia
      Fred Bairk, Son, S, Male, W, 1M MO Prussia, Prussia

      1900 Canton, Lewis County, Missouri census, ED 47, pg. 8B:
      Birk, Peter, head, m, w, Jan 1848, 52, m, 29, Germany, Germany, Germany
      Minnie J., wife, w, f, Mar 1853, 47, m, 29, 9, 8, Germany, Germany, Germany
      Louise, daughter, w, f, Oct 1874, 25, s, Missouri
      Roseana, daughter, w, f, Oct 1878, 23, s, Missouri
      Frederick, son, w, m, Dec 1879, 20 s, Missouri
      Elizabeth D., daughter, w, f, Feb 1882, 18, s, Missouri
      Lennore, daughter, w, f, Feb 1882, 18, s, Missouri
      Florence, daughter, w, f, June 1890, 8, s, Missouri
      Earl, son, w, m, Apr 1892, 8, s, Missouri

      1910 Canton, Lewis County, Missouri Census ED 53, pg. 159:
      Birk, Peter, head, m, w, 63, m 1, 39, Germany, Germany, Germany, owner, ?
      Minnie, wife, f, w, 57, m 1, 39, 9/8, Germany, Germany, Germany
      Louisa, daughter, f, w, 35, s, Missouri
      Rose, daughter, f, w, 33, s, Missouri
      Earl, son, m, w, 13, s, Missouri

      1920 Canton, Lewis County, Missouri census, ED 53, pg. 5B:
      Burk, Peter, head, m, w, 77, 1867, 1882, Rhine, Germany, Germany, Germany
      Minnie, wife, f, w, 65, 1857, 1878, Wertenberg, Germany, Germany, Germany
      Owned home at 15 Washington Street, Canton township, Lewis County, Missouri; free of mortgage. Year of immigration 1861; naturalized in 1866; from Rhine area in Germany; both parents from Rhine area in Germany; is able to speak English; not employed.

      1930 Canton, Lewis County, Missouri census, ED 1, pg. 14B:
      Birk, Peter, head, m, w. 82 m-23, Germany, Germany, Germany
      Minnie, wife, f, 78, m-18, Germany, Germany, Germany
    Person ID I360  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2014 

    Father Birk Jacob Henrich,   b. 17 Jun 1819, Kolschhausen, Rhineland, Preussen Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1886, Sauk, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Diehl Anna Margarethe,   b. 1812, Ehringshausen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1846  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Jacob was 27 when he married Anna. This was his first marriage. He remarried in America after Anna died.
    Family ID F43  Group Sheet

    Family Yust Mary Wilhemina "Minnie",   b. 8 Jan 1853, Grafenhainichen Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1934, Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1871  Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Marilynn Stone Howard has marriage certificate, July 2005.
    Children 
     1. Birk Anna Amalia Wilhemina "Mollie",   b. 1872,   d. 1965  (Age 93 years)
     2. Birk Emma Louise Amelia,   b. 1874, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1914  (Age 40 years)
     3. Birk Rosena Elizabeth,   b. 1878, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963  (Age 85 years)
     4. Birk Frederick Carl,   b. 1879, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 71 years)
     5. Birk Elizabeth Dora,   b. 24 Feb 1882, Canton, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941  (Age 58 years)
     6. Birk Lenora "Nora",   b. 24 Feb 1882, Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1943, Canton, Lewis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. Birk Catharina Clara Mathilda,   b. 1887, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1888  (Age 1 years)
     8. Birk Florence Marie,   b. 1890, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1984  (Age 94 years)
     9. Birk William Earl "Bud",   b. 1892, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1975  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F243  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Birk, Peter & MinnieYust
    Birk, Peter & MinnieYust

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] Heart of the Nation - Worth Co. Missouri.

    2. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration.

    3. [S4] Family Member.

    4. [S1] Obituary.


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