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Bernhard DOERKSEN

Bernhard DOERKSEN[1]

Male 1831 - 1910  (78 years)

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  • Name Bernhard DOERKSEN 
    Born 10 Nov 1831  Fischau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism Abt Apr 1852  Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    History Hoffnungsau I p. 194: "1901 nach Okl. Medford Gemeinde atestiert." His old style birth date was 31 Oct. He was residing in Fischau in 1874 per the Molotschna school registers.
    Obituary - Dear brother, M.B. Fast! A greeting of love to you and all readers. Since our beloved father on his deathbed assigned me to announce his death in the Rundschau, so I will submit a short life sketch of him.?Our dear father Bernhard Doerksen was born 1831 29 October (old style) in Fischau, southern Russia; in 1859 on 19 November (old style) he entered into marriage with Justina Willems of Fürstenwerder. The parents lived in Fischau until 1876, when they then emigrated to America, settled in McPherson Co., Kansas. There they lived until 1901. Then they moved to Oklahoma, Grant Co., where the dear parents lived together for a year on a farm, then our dear mother died.?Then our father sold the farm and moved in with brother Gerhard on the farm, where he moved his house and lived there until his death; he died in the same house. On 4 April 1910 our dear father fell ill from a disease that the doctors did not know well. We asked three different doctors, but they all agreed that they could not make him healthy, because the problem was internal. In the beginning of his illness he was in great pain, but it left him; he had to endure a lot of discomfort in the 4 months of his illness, first the pain and second, it was exceptionally hot here this summer, so that he could hardly bear the heat. He bore his suffering in patience, knowing that the Lord had given this burden to him and that he would help him endure it to the end.?Our good father left us with the testimony that he is now with his Savior. In the last three weeks of his illness, the illness often rose up into his head so that he didn’t know what he was saying, but when it subsided, he spoke of his soul and prayed that God would soon take him home, and when his hour for parting came, he fell asleep, gently, so the 8th August new style our father died at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 28 days. He had been ill 4 months and four days. He was married for 42 years 8 months, and 25 days, a widower for 7 years 11 months, 13 days. He was the father of 3 sons and 1 daughter, of whom I and brother Gerhard are still alive. Grandfather of 22 children of whom 19 are living, and great-grandfather of one child.?Although our dear parents’ lives did not bring them earthly wealth, for it was not their desire, they could always accept their modest share from the Lord, for they never had a lack. The Lord preserved their lives from disease, except the last. Even the Lord has given them strength to work hard, which they have never avoided.?Since our parents have very many friends and acquaintances, this letter will serve as news of their departure, and should some not read the Rundschau, maybe neighbors can inform them. There are still children of Father's siblings, such as Konrads, Brauns and Doerksen’s children. We do not know where they all live, perhaps someone can be heard from via the Rundschau. How are all of you? Have you made material progress??We are doing quite well, had a nice harvest. We have 7 sons and 2 daughters. The oldest son is married. They have a daughter. We are all, thankfully, pretty healthy. Uncle and Aunt Bernhard Bergen are not as sprightly as they were, they often have some difficulties, but they take care of themselves and their small farm by themselves. Brother Gerhard and his family are also healthy.?Then be greeted warmly by us, my dear cousins all, including Reimers and Willems children in Fürstenwerder, yes all. Even you, dear uncle Gerhard Doerksen in Fischau and both aunts Katharina and Helena Doerksen in Fischau.?Greetings to all the readers and the editor from?Bernhard and Eva Doerksen,?Address:. BG Derksen, Route 3, Renfrow, Oklahoma, U.S. of America. 
    Immigration 28 Jul 1876  Vaderland; Philadelphia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Reference Number 051be 
    Died 10 Aug 1910  Medford, Grant, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I35773  Reid Family | Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 20 May 2014 

    Father Bernhard Gerhard DOERKSEN,   b. 1 Aug 1797,   d. 2 Dec 1874  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Maria BRAUN,   b. 3 Jan 1804, Fischau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1845  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 9 Sep 1824 
    Family ID F12424  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Justina WILLEMS,   b. 8 Apr 1838, Fuerstenwerder, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1902, Medford, Grant, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1859  Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Maria DOERKSEN,   b. 14 Sep 1863, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1896, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Ships
    S.S. Vaderland-1873
    S.S. Vaderland-1873
    Built by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co, Jarrow-on-Tyne. She was a 2,748 gross ton ship, length 320.5ft x beam 38.5ft, one funnel, three masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed of 13 knots. Launched on 21st Aug.1872 for the Red Star Line of Antwerp, she sailed from Antwerp on her maiden voyage to Falmouth, Halifax and Philadelphia on 20th Jan.1873. On 25th Mar.1873 she started her first Antwerp - Philadelphia direct sailing and on 29th Nov.1876 commenced her first Antwerp - New York voyage. Between 1877-87 she sailed between Antwerp and New York or Philadelphia, starting her last New York voyage on 26th Oct.1887, subsequently sailing to Philadelphia until in March 1889 she was sold to French owners and renamed GEOGRAPHIQUE. She was sunk in collision in Oct.1889.
    Family ID F24473  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Abt Apr 1852 - Molotschna Colony, South Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Nov 1859 - Molotschna Colony, South Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Aug 1910 - Medford, Grant, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Doerksen, Bernhard-1831
    Doerksen, Bernhard-1831

  • Sources 
    1. [S98] Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry (GRANDMA 3.0), (Published by the Genealogy Project Committee of the California Mennonite Historical Society; 4824 East Butler Avenue, Fresno, California 93727-5097; Phone (559) 453-2225).

    2. [S74] Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church, Inman, Kansas Kirchenbuch, Pg. 194.

    3. [S109] Brothers in Deed to Brothers in Need, compiled and edited by Clarence Hiebert, (published by Faith and Life Press, Newton, Kansas, 1974.), Pg. 296.