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Peter J. Dirckx
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Birth: Apr. 5, 1828, Belgium
Death: Dec. 20, 1866

I believe this may be Peter Dierckx/Diercks. The other one must be his wife Anna Helen Bekel.

Peter J. Dierckx was born in Eclo, Belgium on April 5, 1828 (some sources say 1829). He immigrated to America with Father Helias, noted pioneer priest of Cole County, at the age of nineteen and located in Taos, Liberty Township, where he engaged in business as a general merchant.

Two years later he returned to Belgium, where he remained until 1850, returning to Taos where on June 22, 1852 he married Anna Helen Bekel, a native of Germany, at the St. Francis Church in Taos. Eleven children were born to this marriage: Henry Joseph, Charles L., Peter J. Jr., Clement A., Emil J., August V., Otilla M., Sophia C., Joseph F., and Frank G. Henry J. died September 20, 1888. One child died as an infant.

His wife was postmistress of Taos, which was continuously run by this family since 1854, except two years during the Civil War. Helen Dierckx was born November 18, 1833, and died August 23, 1924. She came to America at the age of eight.

Mr. Dierckx met with heavy financial losses during the Civil War and suffered many hardships; all the corn in his fields were taken by Union soldiers amounting to about 500 bushels, worth $1.25 per bushel; and his barn which contained all his wheat, four horses and a good mule was destroyed in July 1867; the wheat being worth about $3.00 per bushel and flour worth $9.00 per 100 pounds. Mr. Dierckx was a Democrat; member of the Catholic Church and died on April 20, 1886 (another source says December 20, 1866) at the age of 57 years and 15 days.

Clement A. Dierckx, fourth child of Peter J. and Helen Dierckx, was born January 16, 1862. He farmed until 1893, then ran a store at Centertown for nine years. He then moved to Jefferson City where he was city collector for the years 1905-1906. In the election of 1906 he was made county clerk, and served continuously until 1934. This was particularly noteworthy, in a county closely divided politically with many offices being held by members of the opposite party.

Mr. Dierckx was married June 25, 1895 to Miss Barbara Schubert, a native of this country born at Taos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Schubert both of whom were born in Bavaria. They had three children, Estella married Fred Tanner, Jefferson City druggist. George C., a graduate of the Missouri State University, was a high school teacher in Los Angeles. He married Miss Ruth Wagoner and they had two children, David and Joan. Elsie married R. D. Lewis who was connected with the gas and light company of St. Louis. They lived with their daughter, Nancy, in Webster Groves, Missouri.

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  Anna H Bekel Dirckx (1833 - 1924)
Old Saint Xaviers Catholic Church Cemetery
Cole County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Chris Wimmer
Record added: Dec 22, 2011
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Peter J. Dirckx
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