Francis Berkey

Francis Berkey

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Francis E. Berkey
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The biography for Francis Berkey is no longer empty. 16 Sep 2017 add: I decided that a bio should start a little earlier. In the late 50's I attended Embry Riddle School of Aviation in Miami, FL as aircraft mechanic student. Finished in top 1/3 of what was up until then the "smartest" class ever to graduate. I finished with a 94+ grade average. Came home to Ohio and went to work at Wooster Airport. Discovered that airlines were the only place that paid good so I bought my first dump truck. It was a '55 Ford F700 that I had helped install a '57 Mercury 312ci power pack engine in earlier. This was the first of a series of 3. 2&3 were semis. (all runners) I later worked at experimental development. tool engineering and purchasing for Crown Steel/Orrville Metal Specialties Plus every other job in the places (beginning @ 15) ending as highest paid truck driver. Quit when they decided to pull my driver mechanic classification. Went to work for a fiberglass company in Marshallville, OH building molds and several other chores, working my way up tp President of the company. along about that same period I met and married my 3rd and best wife, Mary Ann (Stafford) Berkey. We were married in Marshallville on Thanksgiving day of 1970. We sold the fiberglass plant and opened a phone and computer store in Orrville, OH. I built my 1st computer as a Heath kit and found a source for Chinese IBM XT clone parts and bought and assembled 5 for sale. Kept 1, sold 4. These were DOS machines so all my early software for genealogy was made to run on DOS machines and I have a ton more or less. In the early days I had Family Tree Maker original and many upgrades. I also had Brothers Keeper by John Steed because when I got hooked up with the Robey/Roby/Robie Family Association as Newsletter Editor the President, Bill Robey was using that to create his 2 volume family history and John enhanced the capabilities of the program for him. The last I heard Bill had the largest file going 2nd only to the Mormons in Salt Lake City. FEB 14 Jul 2017: Although I am new (for some unknown reason) to WIKITREE, been at this for a lon-n-n-g time. So here some of it is as directed to a fellow researcher that I found on the climb through the Salem. IN batch of Berkeys. My name is Francis E. Berkey (Berkey120) and I stumbled into your Jonas Brenheiser Berkey as I was traveling up the tree that started with Leonard Burgi and Anna Catherine Facesh somewhere in the late 1600's. I have been doing Berkey family research with the help of my wife, Mary Ann (Stafford) Berkey since the early 1970's. We have done hundreds of miles of travel and thousands hours of time at research facilities trying to hook my 3rd G-grandfather, William Berkey b. PA 15 Aug 1799-d. 16 Oct 1854, m. 26 May 1825 in Berlin, Holmes Co., OH, Elizabeth Grove, b. MD 02 Aug 1801-d. 18 Jun 1872. Naturally other lines & families were encountered along the way. The Washington/Jackson Counties, Indiana bunch have always been special to me because of a long line of coincidences that seem to keep popping up. It is obvious that someone up There is reaching down to grab me from time to time. Add 09 Sep 2017; I just added a Robey/Robie/Roby tag line and mentioned a Berkey connection. This connection is William Stewart Berkey who married Cynthia Maria Roby. William Stewart was the son of William who was the brother of Jonas Brenheiser Berkey AKA BK111a.


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Added 14 Jul 2017: My most used sources are The Berkey Book by Ruth Berkey Reichley, edition 2, heavily in Line 3 where I have come to believe I belong as well as the whole of the 1st & 2nd editions. Hugh F. Gingerich and Rachel W. Kreider's Amish, Amish/ Mennonite Genealogies book aimed at the associated religious communities we were aligned with but our immediate family was always Lutheran as far as I know. The Christian Berkey Family in America by Jonas Martin Berkey for the Salem, IN bunch; Robey, Roby, Robie volumes 1 & 2 by William G. Robey; Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler by Rev. Harvey Hostetler, D.D. which was originally published in 1912. It is an unrealistically extensive work especially considering it happened way before the advent of personal computers. Plus an extensive library of other acquired reference books gathered over the years. Added 22 Jul 2017. Upon reviewing, I notice that I left out the 4th and perhaps most prolific religion involved in the history of the Berkey family. In northern Somerset County, PA is located the town of Windber. Just outside the southern extent is Berkey Church of the Brethren and located across the road is a huge cemetery filled with enough Berkeys to fill a large ship such as Noah's Ark. Although we were always Lutheran as was the father of Ruth Berkey Reichley who was the publisher of The Berkey Book, it began by compiling the research notes of his. His name was Rev. William Albert Berkey who was born in the Stoystown area of Somerset Co., and grew in a scholarly way to seminary studies to become the minister of The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Beechview, Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as pastor for 46 years until his death. Added 15 Jan 2019. I recently had my memory jabbed when I noticed high activity in Thomas names and remembered I owned the original copy of Genealogy of the Thomas and Allied Families - section three, The Descendants of Daniel Thomas 1807-1880 and Maria Margaretha (Hoffman) Thomas 1808-1875 by C. Robert "Bob" Thomas of Strasburg, Ohio. I call this the original copy because I had seen copies in visits to various libraries around the country and had particular interest in book three as it contained family. By the time I managed to track down Bob, he had none left for sale. After having a lengthy chat he decided I was the most deserving owner he ever had run across so he sold his own beta working copy to me at a reduced price because of a missing cover etc. This is going to cause me to add a tag to the list I think if I am able to figure out how.

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Swiss/German, Early PA, In route WV, 1800+OH, where my 3rd G-grandfather William Berkey b. 15 Aug 1799 PA m. 1825 Holmes Co., OH, Elizabeth Grove b. 02 Aug 1801 MD and built the first house in what is now Baltic, Bucks Twp., Tuscarawas Co., OH, which is my primary beginning area, and to IN and beyond. Note of interest: William's oldest daughter, Catherine Winchester Berkey, was born on his 28th birthday and I on his 139th. Good date.
Line 27 of The Berkey Book, edition two, of local (Wayne County Ohio) interest, informant Margaret Elizabeth Berkey, b.1912, d.2017 2 days short of 105. I attended funeral at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, OH. The original cemetery at this church contains the Jerome Smucker family graves (J M SMUCKER COMPANY, Orrville, OH)
Parallel and mingled with my BERKEY, LINT in same areas Germen/Swiss, PA. WV. OH, IN & BEYOND. My 3rd G-grandfather, William Berkey b. 15 Aug 1799 PA m. 1825 Holmes Co., OH, Elizabeth Grove b. 02 Aug 1801 MD had as 2nd child Catherine Winchester Berkey b. 15 Aug 1827 who m. Joseph Hochstetler DJH4263 b. 23 May 1819 near Trail, Walnut Creek Twp., Holmes Co., OH
Francis Hoobler, son of Jacob and Mary Magdalena (Shawver) Hoobler, was my G-grandfather for who I am named and was m. to Sarah Jane Lint. The Lint's are closely tied to our Berkey family in many times and places. Linda Hoobler (#47485914) Find A Grave member has a nice memorial site for Francis located at the cemetery site known as Baltic Cemetery. I always knew it as Hoobler, Lint, Syler Cemetery on S. Butler Street. Francis & Sarah were the parents of my grandmother Minnie Agnes b.08 Jan 1881
This group is a family association that has appointed me as their newsletter editor. My wife's Stafford family is closely associated with them and as I learned more about them I found a Berkey connection. The association president is William Grafton Robey, Jr and he has published a two volume set of history books of the families from England to America which I am using as one of my sources. Bill is AKA Oxon Hill Bill since that is where he lives in Maryland just on the edge of Washington, DC.
This is the family of my wife's first husband. Her 4 boys from that marriage became my stepsons and all but the oldest (Dorsey) came to live with us in Ohio from Indiana where they had been living with their dad.
From Staffordshire to Morgantown, WV area, my wife's family which we also extensively researched starting at a WVU library and also including Guthrie information from the book American Guthrie and Allied Families and my mother-in-law, aligned with ROBEY/ROBIE/ROBY family association. (I'm newsletter editor), later on Cynthia Maria Roby married William Stewart Berkey of the Jackson Co., IN bunch and moved to IA.
This is the group from the area near Baltic, Bucks Twp., Tuscarawas Co., OH that is the most closely tied to my family. There seems to have been a large migration of families from that area into the Orrville area in the early 1900's.

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On 14 Jul 2018 at 23:23 GMT Lloyd Farris wrote:

My Kaub line is John Act 1817- Jacob 4 Apr 1804-Amos 20 Feb 1853, Myrtle 10 Jan 1886, Mable Sears 10 Jan 1910, Lloyd Farris 13 feb 1930.

The name change from Kaub to Koub caused me problems in the beginning.


On 15 Feb 2018 at 23:16 GMT Sherry Bartlett wrote:

Greetings:) I am happy to tell you that Kalona IA is pretty much a stone's throw from Sharon Center, IA, and Yost and Jost are just two spellings for the same sound in the German-Swiss-Amish. All good!

Bless you for the work! re: "Added 14 Feb 2018 by Francis E. Berkey (Berkey-120) I'm old and tired and not even boing to try to straighten. It seems that the text above states death @ Kalona and the death location box says Sharon Center for starters and the spelling Jost comes from ?"

On 23 Jan 2018 at 22:49 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

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On 20 Dec 2017 at 18:51 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


just a word (late) to congratulate you on the contributions you made during the month of November. Whatever the quantity, they are all important.

Your work is appreciated.


Guy Constantineau

On 20 Aug 2017 at 20:18 GMT Michael Scanlon wrote:

Thank you very much for the help. I'm most definitely an amateur genealogist and in recent months have become busy with other things (mostly work). I'm very interested in this though, if you see other errors please correct them! Thanks again!

On 8 Aug 2017 at 20:08 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:


This week we have your last stop on the guided tour. Hopefully, you're feeling like a WikiTree pro! If not, you can always revisit the tour stops via the comment boxes on the right side of your profile.

You've covered a lot of ground the past few weeks. Today, we want to give you just a few more tools that can take you even deeper into the WikiTree forest without getting lost: How to Dig a Little Deeper.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions! If the above link does not work from your email, please go to your profile in the public comments and it will work from there.

Thanks, WikiMesssenger Cindy

On 1 Aug 2017 at 16:39 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Hi Francis,

You may have been hard at work adding family members and getting connected to those that are already here. You probably have at least a few profiles that you manage. This week we want to show you How to Manage Your Watchlist.

Have questions? We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Debi - WikiMessenger

On 25 Jul 2017 at 15:24 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:

You've been here for several weeks now! We hope your profiles are coming together and you've enjoyed getting to know us a little better.

You're getting a good feel for the collaborative nature of WikiTree by now and collaboration isn't always easy. So, we've put together a few pointers that can make working in this type of environment a little easier: How to be a Successful WikiTreer.

Questions?? Just ask! If the above link does not work from your email, please go to your profile in the public comments and it will work from there.

Thanks, WikiMessenger Cindy

PS-Good work so far! Have you noticed on ancestor profiles on bottom right is "Research" where you can get sources and more information? Give it a try!

On 18 Jul 2017 at 02:43 GMT Mary Richardson wrote:


It's time for your next stop on the guided tour! This week, we'd like to show you How to Join in the Community. There's no shortage of opportunities to get involved through social media, our forum, and projects.

Be sure to check out the One Name Studies Project to see if anyone has started a project for one of the surnames in your family. Don't see one? Follow the instructions for starting your own!

Please ask me if you have questions. :-)

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On 11 Jul 2017 at 07:03 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi again!

You've been here a week now, and we hope you enjoyed your first stop on your guided tour of WikiTree and were able to make good use of the things you learned.

Our next stop will give you some pointers on how to make your profiles stand out: How to Make the Most of a Profile.

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