Phoebe Ann (Stocks) (Mrs. John J.) Shirk
Mrs. John J. Shirk passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Shufelt, Monday, just as the shades of evening were drawing to a close. Mrs. Shirk had been in failing health for some time past, but her final illness was of short duration, she being confined to her bed only five days. The cause of her death was due to heart trouble. Phoebe Ann Stocks was born in Bilper, England, Dec. 12, 1829, and when four years of age she came to America with her parents, settling in Pennsylvania. From there she moved to Illinois and thence to Iowa in 1856. May 7, 1849 she was married at Freeport, Illinois to John J. Shirk, who proceeded her to the great beyond April 20, 1907. They lived in Nashua two years when they returned to Freeport. Thirty years ago they returned to Nashua, which place was the home of the deceased until the time of her death. She was the mother of twelve children, nine of whom are living and are as follows: Mrs. Mary Hills, of Little Falls, Minn.; Mrs. Emma McLees, of Freeport; Albert H. Shirk of Clallam, Washington; Mrs. Rose Lawson, of Freeport; Mrs. Sadie McGilligan, of Ridott, Illinois; Mrs. Jessie Shufelt, of Nashua; Will and Charley Shirk, of Bellingham, Washington; Mrs. Bertha Tucker, of Nashua. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Ellen Stone, of this city, and four brothers, James Stocks, of Los Angeles; (Zachary) Taylor Stocks, of Buffalo, Wyoming; Cyrus Stocks, of Grinnell, Iowa; Millard Stocks, of Biggsville Illinois. Mrs. Shirk spent the later thirty years of her life in this community and was held in high esteem by those who knew her. She was a woman who possessed many lovable traits of character, which made her one of the kindest and best of wives and mothers. Since the death of her husband she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Shufelt, who cared for her tenderly. Three daughters, Madames Hill, McLees and Lawson, arrived Tuesday to attend the funeral. The funeral was held at the Congregational Church Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Hess officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua, Iowa.
"NASHUA REPORTER" - Nashua, Iowa Thursday, Dec. 2, 1909
CONTRIBUTOR'S NOTES: Phoebe's parents immigrated to Stephenson County with their family coming from Pennsylvania about 1843. Her parents were Thomas Martha (Gratien) Stocks, originally from England. She also had siblings that must have preceeded her in death: Charles, George, Mary, and Rhoda.
Submitted by: Sharon Shirk on 14 June 2001