Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mathias Berres Made the History Book

While doing some name searches on the Berres families that moved to Lakeville, Minnesota, I came across Mathias (gggrandfather of husband, Mark) in a history book.

The following biographies are from "History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings, including the Explorers and Pioneers of Minnesota , and Outlines of the History of Minnesota". By Rev. Edward D. Neill and J. Fletcher Williams. Published in Minneapolis by North Star Publishing Company, 1881.

Page 422

M. Berres - a native of Germany, was born in 1821. After reaching man's estate he came to America. proceeding from Quebec to Buffalo, New York, thence to Washington county, Wisconsin. Here he engaged in agricultural pursuits eleven years. Coming to Lakeville, Dakota  County, Minnesota, he purchased a farm on which he lived about seven years, then bought property in the village where he now lives. His wife was Miss Elizabeth Hammes, married in 1852. They have nine children living.

(And his son, John)

Page 422

John Berres - was born in Wisconsin, in 1853. When a lad of twelve years he moved with his parents to Owatonna, Minnesota, and soon after to Lakeville. After attaining man's estate he purchased a farm from his father, and has since continued in agricultural pursuits. In 1876, he was married to Miss Mary Simons. Mary B., Catherine and Lena are their children.

Now all I have to do is run down to DCHS (Dakota County Historical Society), find the book and see if there are pictures in it!

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