Birk William

Male 1850 - 1927  (76 years)


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  • Name Birk William 
    Born 7 Nov 1850  Kolschhausen, Rhineland, Preussen Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    MRIN 41 - Mary Ellen House 
    Immigration 4 Jun 1866  New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 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
    Name Wilhelm 
    _COLOR
    _FSFTID K1TH-CVH 
    _UID B0C84D09DBE4446FBBC6A07251AA6535687F 
    Buried Aug 1927  Allendale, Smith Twp, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 25 Aug 1927  Allendale, Smith Twp, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • This is the obituary of William Birk. It was reprinted on p.256 of "The Heart of the Nation, Worth Co., Missouri" by Pansy Rinehart:

      "William Birk was born in Kelschhausen, the province of Rhine, Germany, November 7, 1850. With his father and an older brother he came to this country in 1866 and settled near North Freedom, Wisconsin. In order to be with the Saints he came down to Iowa and settled near Allendale in 1874, and moved later into town. He spent his last months in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cora Ackley, who lives on a farm four miles southeast of Allendale, and here he departed from this life on August 25, 1927. In 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ellen House to which union were born seven children: Cora M. Ackley; Ruby, whose whereabouts is unknown; Emma King, who preceeded the father seven years ago;Charles who is in Bosler, Wyoming; Oscar, residing at Long Beach, California; Minnie Mercer of Grant City; and Herbert of Denver, Mo. His only brother, Peter Birk, 80 years old, and son, whose home is in Canton, Mo., were present at the funeral.

      "Brother Birk united with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S. in Wisconsin in the early seventies and was later ordained a teacher and took active part in the church work. He lived a faithful consistant life, and remained true to the covenant he made with God and the church until the end. He was the friend of the poor and the needy, was a kind helpful neighbor, and was deeply interested in the welfare of his fellow men. He was a devoted husband, a kind father, and lived a consistant Christian life, striving to walk in the foot steps of his Master.

      "A few days before his passing he called his daughter, Mrs. Ackley, to his bedside, to whom he revealed his wishes for his children, and his faith and interest in God and his church, and bore a strong testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel. After having thus relieved his mind he fell into a semiconscious condition from which he never recovered. He seemed to realize that the end had come and his work completed, and he was ready to obey the call of the Heavenly reaper to a well earned rest. The funeral services were conducted in the LDS church in Allendale by P. Muceus August 28 after which the remains were laid to rest in the Allendale cemetery. The singers were Charles Brewit, Frank Martin, Mrs. Mabel Martin, Mrs. Nellie Payton and Mrs. Maude Wilkinson. Mrs. Belle Robertson presided at the piano. The pall bearers were Jahu Payton, John Pendleton, Shan Craven Frank Sowards, Aubrey Wilkinson and Wilhelm Hauber. The mourning ones were shown the sympathy of their many friends by the large attendance at the funeral service. May the peace and blessings of our Heavenly Father comfort and his spirit lead and direct them in the way that leads to rest and peace in his celestial Kingdom."
    Notes 
    • Source of Birth Information: From obituary and 1900 Census (both in possession of Gary Petranek).
      could not find Kelschhausen but did find Kirchhausen (Geissler found this
      town in their atlas for us 2-95). It is near the Rhine river in the Rhine area
      of Germany. Kirch means church. most of the people in that area are Lutheran.

      Source of Marriage Information: From obituary and 1900 Census (both in possession of Gary Petranek).

      Source of Death Information: From obituary and Will (both in possession of Gary Petranek).

      1880 Census, Thorp, Clark County, Wisconsin, pg. 6:
      Burk, William, W, M, 29, Laborer on Railroad, Prusia, Prusia, Prusia


      Worth County Tribune, Grant City, MO, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1921
      "Here's More Old Worth Countians"
      Mrs. Mary Ellen House Birk, southeast of Allendale, was born on the homestead of A. M. House on June 9, 1859, and has never been out of sight of the old homestead. She was married October 17, 1875 at home to Wm. Birk by Squire Neal and seven children have blessed them, all of whom are living save one, Mrs. Amma Alice King who died last spring in Nebraska. Those living are: Mrs. Cora Ackley, Allendale; Reuben H. Birk, California; Charles A. Birk, Allendale; Oscar Birk, California; Mrs. Walter Mercer, Grant City, and Herbert V. Birk who is at home. Mrs. Birk is in poor health now.

      Mr. Birk was born Nov. 76, 1850 at Kolschausen, Rhine Province of Prussia, Germany, and came to America in the spring of 1866 with his father locating at Sauk Co Baraboo, Wis. Mr. Birk came here in 1874 and clerked for Allison Cure in the Hotel on the Lowry corner all winter. He came to Worth County the same time that E. S. Garver came from Pennsylvania. Mr. Birk located here through the influence of L. J. Farwell, former governor of Wisconsin. He and his son, Herbert, have started a herd of big type Poland China hogs.
      # # #

      Nov. 2004- Recollections of Mabel Mercer Wirth:
      I presume that my grandfather was a bright person because he was a printer in Germany. He came to the US when he was about 16-18 years old to escape the Prussian War (he would have been conscripted in the Army if he stayed. He was smart enough to know that if he left Germany, he would live.) He was a city boy who was a printer in a newspaper publication place. I don't know the story of how he came to a small town. I don't know why he didn't go to a city and work in the printing business here. He must have had a contact with someone, maybe a Latter-day Saint, in Allendale, Missouri. He wound up on a farm, but people would say that they would find him sitting in the field, against a fence post reading a book, when he should have been plowing the fields. He learned the English language here. He grew celery which, to be nice and white and crisp in the winter, had to be stored for a period of time. I never heard of celery when I was growing up as a girl - no one in my family grew it - I'm sure he learned this in Germany.

      Info from Audrey Benson King (phone conversation with Mabel Mercer Wirth and
      Gary Petranek on 9/18/95): I went to his birthplace in Germany. The Germans
      kept everything - records in ink, books and ledgers that went way back. I
      went to the county seat and got information. I found his birth record. I
      went to the church and parish and they had the records. I have it here
      somewhere, but I don't know where. I gave a copy to Cora and one to
      Mariann. If anyone in the family keeps the genealogy, it will be Mariann.
      Grandpa Birk came from Germany to Wisconsin with his father and brother, Peter,
      who was about 3 years older. They had some relatives in Wisconsin, but I
      don't know. In one place it says they just came and the other says r elatives
      were there. They went to Sauk St. Marie, Wisconsin. Grandpa Birk' s father's
      name was Jacob. I can't remember his wife's name. I don't know how long the
      family lived in the town in Germany, but he and Peter were born there and lived
      there. I don't think there were any other children - none were listed. No
      girls, just Peter and Wilhelm. I tried to meet other family relatives but they
      had left the area. I went to the graveyard and copied some graveston es but
      they were not our relatives - same name, different family. In the to wn there
      was one family that knew them. They showed me the house where the family had
      lived but no one was there. As far as I know, one of them had gone to Alaska.
      I don't know if they were from our family or not. They had a reunion a few
      years ago before I was there and the Birks had gotten together (the one from
      Alaska and another one, maybe from Canada). That group stayed in touch.

      This is the obituary of William Birk. It was reprinted
      on p.256 of "The Heart of the Nation, Worth Co., Missouri" by Pansy Rinehart:
      "William Birk was born in Kelschhausen, the province of Rhine, Germany,
      November 7, 1850. With his father an an older brother he came to thi s country
      in 1866 and settled near North Freedom, Wisconsin. In order to be with the
      Saints he came down to Iowa and settled near Allendale in 1874, and moved later
      into town. He spent his last months in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cora
      Ackley, who lives on a farm four miles southeast of Allendale, and here he
      departed from this life on August 25, 1927. In 1875 he was united i n marriage
      to Miss Mary Ellen House to which union were born seven children: Co a M.
      Ackley; Ruby, whose whereabouts is unknown; Emma King, who preceeded the father
      seven years ago; Charles who is in Bosler, Wyoming; Oscar, residing at Long
      Beach, California; Minnier Mercer of Grant City; and Herbert of Denver, Mo. His
      only brother, Peter Birk, 80 years old, and son, whose home is in Canton, Mo.,
      were present at the funeral.

      "Brother Birk united with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S. in
      Wisconsin in the early seventies and was later ordained a teacher and took
      active part in the church work. He lived a faithful consistant life , and
      remained true to the covenant he made with God and the church until the end.
      He was the friend of the poor and the needy, was a kind helpful neigh bor, and
      was deeply interested in the welfare of his fellow men. He was a devoted husband, a kind father, and lived a consistant Christian life, strivig to walk in the foot steps of his Master.

      "A few days before his passing he called his daughter, Mrs. Ackley, to his
      bedside, to whom he revealed his wishes for his children, and his faith and
      interest in God and his church, and bore a strong testimony to the truthfulness
      of the Gospel. After having thus relieved his mind he fell into a
      semiconscious condition from which he never recovered. He seemed to realize
      that the end had come and his work completed, and he was ready to obey the
      call of the Heavenly reaper to a well earned rest. The funeral services were conducted in the LDS church in Allendale by P. Muceus August 28 after which the remains were laid to rest in the Allendale cemetery. The singers were Charles Brewit, Frank Martin, Mrs. Mabel Martin, Mrs. Nellie Payton and Mrs. Maude Wilkinson. Mrs. Belle Robertson presided at the piano. The pall bearers were Jahu Payton, John Pendleton, Shan Craven Frank Sowards, Aubrey Wilkinson and Wilhelm Hauber. The mourning ones were shown the sympathy of their many friends by the large attendance at the funeral service. May the peace and blessings of our Heavenly Father comfort and his spirit lead and direct them in the way that leads to rest and peace in his celestial Kingdom."

      In Ms. Rinehart's book are several articles about the RLDS church, and two of them list William Birk's name. See pages 193 and 197. A building committee to raise funds to erect a church was appointed on March 22, 1886 and William Birk was among those named as a committee member. William is also named in the
      article on page 197 as follows: "William Birk was another early member of the Allendale church, having been received by letter in 1875 from Wiscons in. He held the office of teacher and at various times was the only resident priesthood member. Members of his family enrolled today include Ralph Ackley,
      Albany, Mo., and Elbert Ackley, Gentry, Mo."

      NOTES FROM CONVERSATION WITH PANSY RINEHART: On June 22, 1994, Gary and Carol Petranek visited Pansy Rinehart in her home in Lamoni, Iowa, to purchase her book and talk about William Birk. She
      remembered William as a "short, fat and jolly man" who would pull her pigtails. She looked up LDS Church records of Allendale which she had in her possession and gave us the following information. William Birk born on 7 November 1850 in Kolschhausen, Germany. He was baptized on 31 March 1873 in New Freedom, Wisconsin by John Bierline and received by letter on July 11, 1875 . Received by letter means that he was baptized in Wisconsin and when he came to Allendale, he brought a letter with him stating he had been baptize d into the
      church. William was ordained a teacher on March 21, 1877 and remained a member of the Allendale church until his death.





    Person ID I75  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2015 

    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  [1
    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 House Mary Ellen,   b. 9 Jun 1859, Allendale, Fletchall, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925, Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1875  Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Ordinance work completed by Gary & Carol Petranek.
    Children 
     1. Birk Cora Mae,   b. Oct 1877, Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1950, Albany , Gentry, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     2. Birk Charles Albert,   b. 11 Jun 1885, Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1960, , Modoc, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Birk Emma Alice,   b. 27 Nov 1882, Allendale, Fletchall, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1920, Macy, Thurston, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     4. Birk Minnie Mabel,   b. 17 May 1890, Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1982, St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     5. Birk Ruben,   b. Abt 1890, Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased
     6. Birk Oscar August,   b. 17 Nov 1896, Allendale, Fletchall, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1970, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     7. Birk Herbert Vancil,   b. 4 Feb 1899, Allendale, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1954, Vancouver, Clark, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Birk, 1920 US Census
    Birk, 1920 US Census
    William Birk, Mary Ellen, Charles
    Birk, William & Mary Ellen House
    Birk, William & Mary Ellen House

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Family Member.

    2. [S1] Obituary.

    3. [S50] Will, Will Book or official record.

    4. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration.

    5. [S53] Newspaper abstract or article.


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