Biography of J. D. Bury



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Prominent among the pioneers of Berrien County is the gentleman whose name appears above. He was born in Pennsylvania Aug. 18, 1804, and was the sixth in a family of fourteen children. His father was a native of England, but was married in Pennsylvania, and when the son was an infant his parents went to Canada. The youth grew up "after the manner of those days," remaining beneath the parental roof until he had attained his majority. In 1830 he was married to Miss Martha Green, who was born in Canada Aug. 24, 1810. This union was blessed with eleven children, of whom but one is now living. In 1835, Mr. Bury removed to St. Joseph, Mich., and in 1837 located upon the place he now occupies, in Benton township, Berrien Co., having purchased one hundred and twenty acres from government. He subsequently became a large landholder, owning at one time fifteen hundred and twentyone acres. About seven hundred and sixty one acres are still in the hands of different members of the family. Mr. Bury has twice entered the matrimonial state, the second time with Miss Fannie Beyers, August 18, 1860. Her pa. rents were Jacob and Elizabeth Beyers, natives of Pennsylvania. The fruit of this union is three children, C. Beyers Bury, born June 17, 1862; J. D. Bury, Jr., born May 12, 1864; and Elsie J. Bury, born Dec. 23, 1865. Mr. Bury's present wife was the oldest in a family of eight girls, and came to Michigan in 1857. Her father died in 18GB, and her mother is yet living, in the State of New York. Mrs. Bury is a devoted wife and mother, and a true woman. Mr. Bury, who has reached an advanced age, has been through life devoted to his family, and has striven to place them in comfortable circumstances. His farm has received the closest attention, and he has labored energetically, in common with others, to bring the township to its present substantial level. In politics he is a Democrat, and, aside from minor offices held by him, he has four times been elected supervisor of his town. His religious views are of a liberal nature.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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