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Rev. Frederick William Tuerk

Rev. Frederick William Tuerk[1, 2]

Male 1820 - 1901  (81 years)

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  • Name Frederick William Tuerk 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 23 Feb 1820  Rade, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1849  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Citizenship 1859  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Name F. W. Tuerk 
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Minister 
    Residence 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    New Jerusalem 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Minister 
    Residence 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    New Jerusalem 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Minister 
    Residence 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Swedenborgian 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Preacher 
    Residence 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence 1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kitchener,Tuerk,F.W.-residence-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,Tuerk,F.W.-residence-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Residence of Re. F. W. Tuerk - From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Clergyman 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-27503 
    Died 3 Jul 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cause: heart failure 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I27503  Generations
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2021 

    Father Gottlieb Tuerk,   b. Abt 1806, Rade, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Wilhelmina Vollman,   b. Abt 1806, Rade, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F28677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Maria Sch. Eberhard,   b. 5 Apr 1834, Kappeln, , Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1917, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1884  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F7165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lisetta Jellinghaus,   b. 30 Oct 1816, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ida Christine Tuerk,   b. 12 Jan 1844, Zweibrücken, , Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1901  (Age 57 years)
     2. Frederick William Tuerk,   b. 22 Nov 1844, , Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Charles Emil Tuerk,   b. 3 Dec 1847, Elberfeld, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. August Heinrich Tuerk,   b. 25 Sep 1849, Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1888, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     5. Albert Tuerk,   b. 14 Oct 1851, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Rudolph Tuerk,   b. 1853, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Gustav Adolph Tuerk,   b. 23 Aug 1854, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age 79 years)
     8. Louis Emanuel Tuerk,   b. 22 Aug 1856, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Samuel Obidjah Tuerk,   b. 1858, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F7166  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    F. W. Tuerk
    F. W. Tuerk
    From the Daily Telegraph Newspaper 4 Jul 1901
    Rev. Frederick William Tuerk
    Rev. Frederick William Tuerk
    ebay 2020

  • Notes 
    • Carmel Church of the New Jerusalem

      There was a split in the Kitchener Swedenborgian congregation on September 18, 1891. One group, known as the Convention Church, continued to worship in the stone Swedenborgian Church, located at the corner of King and Water Streets, with Rev. F.W. Tuerk as pastor. The other group met in private homes until their new frame church, known as the Carmel Church Society, was erected in 1892 at 820 King Street West. A house at the corner of Shanley and Andrew Streets in Berlin was used as a school until school rooms were ready in the building at 820 King West. Rev. Frederick E. Waelchli was the first Pastor.

      The congregation called itself The Academy of the New Church in Berlin, Canada, until 1897 when its name was changed to The Carmel Church of the New Jerusalem. The church was seriously damaged by fire on October 19, 1929 but it was possible to effect repairs as well as some remodelling at the same time.

      A new church was built, and dedicated on November 25, 1962 at Caryndale near Strasburg; a church-operated elementary school is part of the church complex. The last service in the old church on King Street was held on November 11, 1962. The building was sold and razed in 1963; a Medical Arts Building is located on the property now. Carmel Church is a society of the New Church, and is now referred to as The Carmel Church of the General Church of the New Jerusalem. The headquarters of the church's parent body is in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. The church's schools located there include a College, Theological School, High School and Elementary Schools.

      Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

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      Church of the Good Shepherd

      The congregation began meeting in various locations as early as 1833, with Christian Enslin as leader. A small frame church was built on Frederick Street in 1842, and was called The Free Church; the congregations of four denominations held services in it. The seating space in the Free Church became insufficient for the growing Swedenborgian congregation with the result that land on the northwest corner of Church and Benton Streets was purchased in 1847 from Joseph E. Schneider. A frame church with a seating capacity of 150 was built in the same year; the church was called the New Church (Uttley 1937: 64). Several decades later a larger church was again needed. Land was purchased on the northeast corner of King and Water Streets where a new stone church was built and completed in 1870. The old church was sold to the congregation of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

      Serious differences resulted in a formal split in the Berlin Swedenborgian congregation on September 18, 1891. One group, the predecessor of this congregation, whose pastor was Rev. F.W. Tuerk (June 1857-July 3, 1901), continued to worship in the stone church. The other group, eventually to be known as the Carmel Church of the New Jerusalem, built their church in 1892 at 820 King Street West; their pastor was Rev. F.E. Waelchli. In 1935 the congregation purchased land on the corner of Queen Street North and Margaret Avenue as the site for a new church. The Church of the Good Shepherd is a Convention Church of the New Jerusalem.

      Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

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      Death Death of Rev. F. W. Tuerk.

      Died Very Suddenly of Heait Failure on Wednesday Afternoon - A Brief Sketch of His Career


      Very great was the shock Berlin citizens received on Wednesday afternoon when the news spread throughout the town that Rev. F. W. Tuerk, the esteemed pastor of the New Jerusalem Church, was suddenly called by death, while enjoying comparatively good health and in the best of spirits. The reverend gentleman had just completed writing a letter to one of his sons and was passing from his library to the drawing room when he fell over and died almost instantly. His wife, who was the only other person in the house, heard him fall, and quickly went to the aid of her deceased husband. She applied some household restoratives, but saw it was of no avail, and immediately sent for the physician, who, on his arrival, pronounced death due to heart failure. The news spread very quickly and sorrowing friends went immediately to the aid of the family with expressions of regret and sympathy, and tangible offers of assistance.

      Rev. Mr. Tuerk was over 80 years of age, and up to a short time ago enjoyed the best of health, but lately his age has had a visible effect upon his former strong constitution and his earlier vitality had begun to take its departure. About a month ago he was granted a few months' rest to recuperate, by his congregation, and as a result was steadily regaining his usual strength, only to be cut down suddenly by the Grim Reaper, Death.

      SKETCH OF HIS LIFE

      Frederick William Tuerk was born on September 23rd, 1820, at Rade, in the District of Dusseldurf, In Rhenish Prussia, Germany, and was trained from a tender age to habits of piety and love for religion.

      In the year 1848, when many Germans were emigrating to America, a tract fell into his hands, entitled "The Night in the West," describing the sad state of religion in the western part of the United States, which made such an impression on him that he proposed to emigrate to the new world and labor there for the kingdom of God. He accordingly wrote to the author of the tract, Mr Rouschenbusch, who was editor of the German edition of the "American Messenger," published in New York by the American Tract Society, and who encouraged his coming to America, promising to secure a suitable position for him. Mr Tuerk with his wife and three little children arrived in New York on July 3rd, 1849. He was appointed colporteur and missionary in Pittsburg, Pa. From this city as a centre he undertook missionary trips and sold religious books and Bibles.

      During the month of (June 10, 1857), Mr. Tuerk had made his appearance in Cincinnati, at the meeting of the General Convention of the New Church. On the 12th of June he was baptized by the Rev. Thomas Worcester, President of the General Convention, and was ordained by him on the following Sunday.

      He was the first ordained minister of the New Church In all Canada, and at once began an active propaganda, preaching at various places in the province of Ontario. In the course of a few years he had organized societies in Hamburg, Wellesley, Toronto and Hamilton. The Society at Wellesley was formed immediately after his coming to Berlin, and in the fall of the next year (1858) he laid the corner-stone of a church which was dedicated in the following year. Mr. Tuerk has had pastoral care of this Society ever since, preaching regularly once a month.

      In the year 1862 the "Association of the New Jerusalem" was formed, with Mr. Tuerk as President. On the 12th of June, 1864, seven years after his ordination, he was consecrated an ordaining minister by the Rev. Thomas Worcester, assisted by the Rev. J. R. Hibbard and the Rev. J. P. Stuart, and he has been annually re-elected President of the Association.

      Mr Tuerk was one of the founders of the "German Missionary Union of the New Church," which was organized in Boston in the year 1872. He was elect-ed President, and has continued in this office. On April 1st, 1887, the Union began the publication of a monthly periodical (Neukirchenblatt), of which he was editor for live years, when he resigned, owing to pressure of other duties, and was appointed an associate editor.

      Twice in his long pastorate he has had ministers associated with him. The first was the Rev F. E. Waelchli, who acted as assistant Minister for a few years, and the second was the Rev L. H. Tafel, who was associate pastor for five years.

      Of Mr Tuerk's activity in behalf of the New Church, the records bear the following impressive witness: Up to the close of the year 1900 he had baptised 981 persons, of whom 741 were children and 240 adults, the latter, so far as is known, being all converts from the old Church. He confirmed 322 sons and daughters of New-Church parentage, married 254 couples, and ministered at 209 funerals, at nearly all of which he delivered funeral discourses.

      The deceased reverend was married about the year 1844; By this marriage eight children were born to them, one daughter and seven sons, viz: Ida Tuerk, Berlin; Fred W., Berlin; Chas. E., London, Eng., Aug. H., deceased; Albert, Chicago; G. Adolph, Berlin; Louis E., Chicago; Samuel 0., Fulton, Y. Y.

      The Rev. Air. Tuerk will be greatly missed by the, citizens of Berlin of every denomination for his genial and kind disposition and the great interest he took in matters which pertained to the welfare of the town. He was very liberal in his views and his discourses in his pulpit always called forth deep thought and earnest heart searching on the part of his hearers. Berlin loses one of its best and men extends its sincere regrets and deep sympathy to the family which mourn the loss of a husband and father, and to the congregation of New Jerusalem church, for the loss of its able and faithful pastor of over fifty years.

      The funeral will take place from his late residence, Queen Street, South, on Sunday, July 7th, 1901, at 2 o'clock p.m., to the New Jerusalem Temple for services, thence to Mount Hope Cemetery for interment.

      The Daily Telegraph Newspaper July 4, 1901

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 17 May 1888.
      Died 9 May 1888 August H. Türk, son of Pastor F.W. Türk in Berlin, Ont., died in Chicago, Ill., of a throat ailment, at age of 38 years, 7 months & 14 days.

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 12169-83.
      Samuel Obadia Tuerk, 24, occ. Machinist, b. Canada, res. Toronto, son of Frederick W. Tuerk and Lisetta Gillinghaus, married Emma Germann, 20, b. USA, res. Berlin, daughter of Peter Germann and Elizabeth Doll, Witnessed by August H. Tuerk and Carl Harthing, both of Berlin, 24 March 1883 at Berlin

    3. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, 27655-1901 Frederick William Tuerk.

    4. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-11 Page 12.

    5. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      West: In/ memorium[sic] of/ F.W. Tuerk/ who was Pastor of the/ New Jerusalem Church/ Berlin 44 years/ on July 3rd 1901/ at the age of 80 years/ 9 mos. & 10 dys./ He left his earthly/ tabernacle for the New/ Jerusalem which is/ above. Gal. 4: 2/ memorial/ The Lord is my Shepherd/ I shall not want/ He maketh me lie down in/ green pastures. He leadeth/ me beside the still waters/ He restoreth my soul; He/ leadeth me in the paths of/ righteousness for His/ name's sake. Ps. 23: 1-3/ Tuerk/
      North: In/ memory of/ Maria S. Eberhardt/ beloved wife of/ Rev. F.W. Tuerk/ born in/ Switzerland/ died Jan. 30/ 1916/ in her 82nd year/
      East: In/ memory of/ G. Adolph/ Tuerk/ 1854-1934/
      South: In/ memory of/ Lisetta/ beloved wife of/ Rev. F.W. Tuerk/ she put off her/ natural body which/ is buried here/ Oct. 27, 1882/ aged 65 yrs./ 11 mos. 27 dys./ why seek ye the living/ among the dead/ He is not here but is/ risen. Luke 24: 5,6/
      (A) G.A. Tuerk (B) Father (C) F.W.T. (D) M.

    6. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div 3 Pg 26.

    7. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Name: Pastor F. W. Tuerk ??? Age: 63 res: Berlin, Ont. Place of Birth: Prussia, Germany Names of Parents: Gottlieb Tuerk & Wilha Vollman Name: Maria Sch. Eberhardt Age: 50 res: Biel Schweiz Place of Birth: Kappeln, Sw. Names of Parents: Jacob Eberhardt & Anna Ruchte Name: John Schnyder res: Civil In Wadensweil Name: ???Fran Schnyder res: Kirchl In Zurich Date of Marriage: June 19, 1884

    8. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 37.

    9. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 64.

    10. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 3 Page 26.

    11. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 1 Page 23.

    12. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, 17778-1882 Lisette Tuerk.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Feb 1820 - Rade, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1849 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCitizenship - 1859 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - New Jerusalem - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - New Jerusalem - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Swedenborgian - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jun 1884 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Preacher - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Swedenborgian - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1897 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clergyman - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: heart failure - 3 Jul 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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