I am a grandson of John Baptiste Dirkes,b.07/23/1840 a brother of Peter Dirkes,7/23/1843. Sibs include John or Johan Dirkesbirthdate not known, reported to have stayed in Prussia, the eldest. John , 2nd oldest birthdate unknown, reported to have settled in St. Louis. Elizabeth Poos, settled in Aurora, Illilnois. Mathias, settled in Aurora , Illinois. John Baptiste07/23/1840-07/23/1936,m. Elizabeth Dobmeier 5/12/1870 in Albany, Minn, arrived US 1863, worked Aurora until 1865, homesteaded Stearns County 1865. 10 Children(I have 34 page tree). Peter Dirkes, I verified his grave site in Richardton in June of 1999. Some of his children settled in Fairfield, Montana and I believe still have an Auto dealership there(family that is). John Dirkes, b. 1846 d. 2/25/1922 in Iowa.m. Margaret Dobmeier and settled in Washburn, Iowa.