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Joseph (Schurch) Shirk (abt. 1700 - 1763)

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Joseph Shirk formerly Schurch
Born about in Sumiswald, Bern, Switzerlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Lancaster County, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Dec 2010 | Last significant change: 18 Jul 2019
00:44: Mary Jo (Willard) Freeman edited the Biography for Joseph (Schurch) Shirk (abt.1700-1763). [Thank Mary Jo for this]
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Joseph (Schurch) Shirk was a Pennsylvanian.


Joseph was likely born in Sumiswald, Canton Bern, Switzerland. His parents were Mennonites and were removed from Sumiswald in 1710-11 to Holland. Then they came to America in 1728.

These might be all the same man:
Joseph Sherrick-56
Joseph Shirk-78
Joseph Shirk-36
Joseph Schurch-98
Joseph Schorg-4
Then there is a Joseph who might be a cousin, if not the same man:
Joseph Schurch-37

To help sort this out, look at this possible family tree:[1]

This Joseph (or a cousin) married Catherine Forry:
Catherine Forry-1
Catherine Forry-141
Catherine Forry-142

According to History of Lancaster County, PA[2]:
"In 1732 Ulrich Shirk with 6 sons and 2 daughters came from Switzerland… [from Sumiswald, Switz by way of a few years in Holland] They went to Lancaster for a year. [They actually arrived on the ship Mortenhouse in 1728]
In 1733 three of the sons, Ulrich (Jr), Casper, and John, with their father, Ulrich, settled in the vicinity of Schoeneck, taking about 1500 acres. The other 3 sons, Michael, Joseph and Peter, one settled near New Holland, one along the Conestoga and the other near Mount Joy.
Ulrich [Jr] Shirk reared a family of 3 sons and 7 daughters:
Ulrich [III], born May 16, 1751, died May 14, 1842, married Maria Eberly
David, married Barbara Erb
Michael, born May 26, 1758, died Apr 4, 1827, married Barbara Flickinger
In 1780 we find that Ulrich [III], David, and Michael, sons of the orginal Ulrich [Jr] Shirk, were the only Shirks then living in the township of Cocalico, which proves that [their uncles] Casper and John had already sold their property and left for other parts...."

This source ties Joseph Shirk of Mount Joy, Hempfield twp, Lancaster Co, PA to Ulrich Schürch of the 1728 ship Mortenhouse.


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  2. History of Lancaster Co, PA, pg 719-720 --,+pa&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjWyKH-x6vjAhXJZs0KHWfeDb0Q6AEIUTAI#v=onepage&q=shirk%20lancaster%20county%2C%20pa&f=false

This might be a different Joseph Shirk:

1770 Death Joseph Schurch-Sherck
Birth: 1712 in Sumiswald, Verwaltungskreis Emmental, Bern, Switzerland
Death: 1770 (aged 57–58) in Hempfield, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: Sherk Cemetery, Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 137059827
aka: Scherch, Schurch, Sherck, Sherk, Sherrick etc
Joseph was a Swiss Palatine Immigrant
Father, Mennonite Minister Ulrich Shirk I, and family arrived Aug 24,1728 in Philadelphia on ship "Motonhouse"
Married to Catherine Furry (dau of John Furry-Swiss Immigrant)
Joseph settled in West Hempfield Twp, Lancaster County PA
*Children of Joseph & Catherine:
Joseph 1734-1807
Jacob 1735-1788
Maria 1737-1814 (m.Christian Erb)
John 1738-ca.1783
Magdalena 1740-1765(m.Jacob Strickler)
Barbara 1742-1770 (m.Christian Martin)
poss Catherine b.1739
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  • This person was created through the import of NESTRA~1.GED on 13 December 2010.

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On 24 Jun 2019 at 02:52 GMT Mary Jo (Willard) Freeman wrote:

Sherrick-56 and Schrirk-1 appear to represent the same person because: These two profiles are for the same person. Should be spelled Sherrick or Shirk, not Schrirk

Joseph is 17 degrees from Jim Angelo, 18 degrees from Willis Carrier and 19 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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