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Johann Freidrich "Fredrick" Buerk

Male 1840 - 1915  (74 years)


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  • Name Johann Freidrich "Fredrick" Buerk  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname Fredrick 
    Born 16 Sep 1840  Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 1915  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Buried Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Frederick Buerk was a carpenter and undertaker, making caskets of wood, in Waldhausen, Germany. He made the wooden trunks bound by iron straps to carry the families possesions during their journey to America. He bought land from John Striffler to establish a farm.

      The Buerk's lost their possessions in the fire of 1881. Fred had just erected a new grainery and completed thrashing, leaving a large straw stack when the fire swept through in September. It ignited Fred's straw stack and burned the barns and house. The family survived by lying face down in a sugar cane patch, which kept them from suffocating from the smoke of the sorgum field, which was still green. They were forever grateful to Reverend Fred Klump, who carried a dish of water to wet his eyes as he walked through the woods until he found them still alive. Those families who were spared the tragedy of "burning out" formed a relief agency from which the Buerk's and others received hay, lumber, furniture and other supplies. Starting over again, the family picked blackberries in the woods which Catherine carried in a basket on her head to town and traded. The next summer the buildings were rebuilt and the family carried-on.  The family rebuilt one half mile south of the original buildings on what is now the Lawrence Buehrly farm. (From Art Peck book, recounting the memories shared by Mrs. Elsie C. Anthes of Cass City, with additional information from an article about the Frederick Benkelman family from Volume 27 of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST, published September 4, 1967, as well as from BonnieMargaret Jacobs unpublished 1981 manuscript, p. 161).

      Cass City Chronicle
      September 6, 1912
      Local Items, Page 5

      While driving to Cass City Saturday afternoon the horse of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Buerk became frightened and ran into the ditch. Mr. Buerk was thrown from the buggy and dragged some distance in the water. Fortunately neither Mr. or Mrs. Buerk sustained any serious injuries and aside from a few broken eggs no damage was done.

      Cass City Chronicle
      April 2, 1915

      Elkland Twp. Pioneer
      Fred Buerk Laid to Rest Tuesday, March 30

      Elkland township loses another pioneer in the death of Fred Buerk who passed away Saturday night, March 27, following an illness of several years duration.

      Fred Buerk was born in Walthausen, Wuertemberg, Germany, Sept. 16, 1840. In 1867 he was married to Catherine Benkelman. Two children were born to this union, one dying in infancy. In 1873 he and his family came to America, locating at Cass City where he endured the hardships of pioneer life, clearing the farm on which he lived and where he passed away. He was converted to God in 1874 under the labors of Rev. Berge. He continued a faithful member of the Evangelical Church and held many important offices of the society. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Leonard Buehrly, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon. Rev. J. A. Schweitzer of Bay City, a former pastor of the deceased, preached a short funeral service in German at the residence and Rev. D.J. Feather, pastor of the local Evangelical Church, officiated at the church service. Interment was made in Elkland cemetery.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Spring 2007)
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1880 Federal Census

      Household:

      Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Oc
      cupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
      John F. BURK   Self  M  Male  W  39  WERTENBERG  Carpenter  WERTENBURG  WERTENBURG
      Cathrine BURK   Wife  M  Female  W  36  WERTENBERG  Keeping House  WERTENBURG  WERTENBURG
      Cathrine BURK   Dau  S  Female  W  14  WERTENBERG  At School  WERTENBURG  WERTENBURG
      Christina BURK   Mother  Female  W  63  WERTENBERG  WERTENBURG  WERTENBURG
      Source Information:
      Census Place Elkland, Tuscola, Michigan
      Family History Library Film 1254607 NA Film Number  T9-0607
      Page Number 96C
    Person ID I12667  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Johannes Bürk,   b. Bef 1815, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1866, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother Christina Reinert,   b. 4 Jan 1817, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1907, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Abt 1835  Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • They were the parents of four sons and one daughter
    Family ID F9406  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Catharina Benkelman,   b. 6 Aug 1843, Bartenbach, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1917, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1867  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Children 
     1. Catherine Buerk,   b. 16 Aug 1865, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1954, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F5209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1840 - Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1867 - Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Mar 1915 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Buerk, J. Frederick
    Buerk, J. Frederick

  • Sources 
    1. [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.

    2. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, April 2, 1915 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 160 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, September 14, 1917 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, May 19, 1907 (Reliability: 3).