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