George  A Birk

George A Birk

Death 13 Jul 1926 (aged 87)
Burial Madison Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 93483190 View Source
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George A Birk, son of George Birk & his wife Elizabeth Fuhrer Birk

George 1st married 1864 Mary Ann Kling Birk

George 2nd married 1914 Annette Sarah Pangborn Birk, daughter of Noah P Pangborn & his wife Mary Johnson Pangborn


Birk Reunion

The first reunion of the Birk family was held at the home of Jacob Birk on Sunday, July 4, 1915.

Although threatening clouds overhung the sky, the guests began to arrive early, bringing well-filled baskets, and at noon a long table set on the lawn fairly groaned with good things to eat, but before the meal was over rain marred the pleasure of this bountiful dinner served to 106 guests, of whom Jacob Birk was oldest and Richard Wagner, youngest.

The forenoon was given to social entertainment. After dinner all joined in singing several songs. Invocation by Samuel J Birk. Several recitations by the little folks. Address by David Harrington. Short history of the family by George A Birk.

A business meeting was held and the following officers chosen for next year: Honorary Pres, Jacob Birk; Acting Pres, Henry Birk; Vice Pres, Geo J Birk; Treasurer, Norman Birk; Sec'y, Julia Beron.

The next reunion will be held at the home of Geo A Birk in July, 1916.

History of Birk family.
Numbered among the early settlers of Madison township, St Joseph Co, Indiana, was the family of George and Elizabeth (Fuhrer) Birk and for many years was actively associated with the development of this state. He was one of the native sons of Altenstatten, Germany, born Jan 18, 1807. His father, Geo Birk, was also born in Altenstatten, and his mother, Katherine (Ricker) Birk was born in Bermel, Germany. He was the youngest of four children namely: Henry, Jacob, Mary and George.

On February 8, 1833 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Fuhrer, who ... where he lived until the year 1864. He then sold his farm, packed his belongings and came by rail to Plymouth, Indiana. From there they drove through to Madison township where he purchased a farm of 80 acres.

After the death of the parents, which occured in October 1877 (their deaths occuring only four weeks apart) the farm was owned by the daughter. Catherine, wife of Wm Nelson and is now owned and the residence of Lewis Nelson.

The four children are still living; Catherine Nelson, the oldest, aged 82 years, Jacob, aged 79 years, George, aged 76 years and Lewis, aged 73 years. Their combined ages are 300 years. All reside in Madison township except Lewis, in Wabash county, Indiana. The descendants of these four families number 106.

Wakarusa Tribune
15 July 1915

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George A Birk (7 Apr 1839–13 Jul 1926), Find a Grave Memorial ID 93483190, citing Resthaven Cemetery, Madison Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Linda K (contributor 47400410) .