Name: David SHIRK
Birth: 5 MAR 1790 in , , South Carolina
Death: 15 APR 1861 in , , Indiana
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DEATH: ANCESTRY WORLDTREE.
BIRTHPLACE: 1860 CENSUS, LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, PARKE, INDIANA.
DEATH AT ANCESTRY WORLDTREE IS INCORRECT.
DEATH: OBIT, "SIGNS OF THE TIMES", 1862, PG. 40.
OBITUARY OF ELDER DAVID SHIRK.
Elder Beebe:-- At the request of some of the numerous friends, I take up
my pen to perform a duty that I thought would have been done by some one
of the more immediate friends or relatives, ere this. ELDER DAVID SHIRK,
is no more on earth. He departed this life, April 15, 1861 - was born
March 15, 1790 -- aged 71 years and 1 month. As I learn, our departed
brother was born in the State of Georgia -- left there when small, and
came to Kentucky, from thence to Ohio, and from Ohio to Eastern Indiana,
where he lived until the year 1827, when he moved to this County, near
the Wabash River, to the place on which he died. Thus making about
thirty-four years he lived in Western Indiana. Joined the people with
whom he lived until his death, in 1813, and was baptized August 7th of
that year, by Elder Lewis Deweese. I have been acquainted with the
subject of this notice for nearly twenty-five years, and truly we say, a
useful man has fallen. He was a good neighbour, and a kind father -- was
well known among the Baptists of the West, and was only known by all to
be beloved and respected in every circle and sphere in which he was
called upon to act. Elder Shirk was a preacher of many years, and quite
an able defender of the doctrine of salvation by grace, to the exclusion
of everything else - and one of the most pleasant, easy, interesting,
experimental fireside talkers I ever knew. Also one of the most untiring,
indefatigable correspondents to the different Associations throughout the
entire correspondence of almost any member young or old. Our belovevd
brother has left quite a large family of children, and numerous
grandchildren. His children, all married and well settled in life, in
easy circumstances, maintaining the highest order of character in the
common circle of life. Indeed, the most of them I believe are members of
the Old School Baptist church. Brother Shirk lost his companion some
twelve or fifteen years ago. His children or grandchildren, some of them,
have lived with him, and looked after his household interests during this
time. He was a great admirer and an ardent supporter of our happy form of
government as handed down to us by some of the early fathers of the
Republic. I frequently talked with him in the last few years of his life
on the subject of the prosperity of our free institutions, when the old
man, with almost prophetic vision, I know, quaked with fear for their
stability. I often think of his exit, the time, etc., and of the happy
exchange he has no doubt made in having passed away just at the time of
the outbreak of our serious national troubles. Elder Shirk having lived
some fifteen miles from me, and having not been with him during his
confinement, I am not advised particularly of his disease, neither of his
last words, but from our long acquaintance with him, we have no doubt of
his happy exchange; and notwithstanding we mourn the loss of our departed
much revered brother, we sorrow not as those who have no hope, for we
most assuredly believe our irreparable loss has been his infinite and
eternal gain; and that he now surrounds the dazzling throne, chanting
anthems of praise to God, and to the Lamb. Will brother Beebe please
publish the foregoing in the Signs of the Times and oblige the friends?
From your unworthy brother in the Lord.
Parke Co., Indiana. Feb. 4, 1862.
Father: Andrew SHIRK b: 7 SEP 1753 in Shirksville, Bethel Township, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Mother: Martha HAMILTON b: 8 JUL 1745 in , Richmond, Georgia
- Malinda SHIRK
- Mary SHIRK
- Elmirah SHIRK
- Martha SHIRK b: ABT 1816
- Joseph SHIRK b: ABT 1820 in , , Indiana
- Lazarus SHIRK b: ABT 1822 in , , Ohio
- Isaac SHIRK b: ABT 1825 in , , Indiana
- Sarah Ann SHIRK b: ABT 1828 in , , Indiana
- David R SHIRK b: ABT 1832 in , , Ohio
- Nancy SHIRK b: ABT 1832 in , , Indiana
- John SHIRK b: ABT 1834 in , , Indiana
- Rosalin SHIRK b: ABT 1835 in , , Indiana