Biography of the Berzine Family
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Berzine Family, The. - Philip Bruyzine, (the name was afterward changed to Berzine), was a Frenchman, he emigrated to Holland, where he married a Holland lady, to them was born one son, Philip, whose parents died when he was but eight years old. He married at the age of twenty, and had three children, Philip, Susan and Mary. In 1848 they emigrated to America, where his son Philip married Mary DeCan. After being here about three years he and Henry Van Eenyck bought a farm of sixty acres in the northwestern part of the town of Williamson. This farm was all heavy timber, except a few acres next to the road, but by hard labor they soon cleared more of the land. There was a log house on the place and here they enjoyed life for a time, father and son being loved by all the neighbors. The son could adapt himself to any and all kinds of work, and was an American from the time he landed on these shores until he died; he took great pride in learning the English language, and winter evenings he spent with his American neighbors, and attending all religious and public meetings for the purpose of being able to write and read the English language. As be was known by all his neighbors for his ingenious qualities, he was once called upon by one of them to superintend a bee to raise a log barn; in some way the men let go of a log which fell on him; after suffering one day and night he died at the age of thirty years, four months and twenty days, leaving a wife, and aged mother and three small children too young to realize their loss. All that knew him felt that they had lost a friend and kind neighbor. April 4, 1860, the father died at the age of sixty three years. The three children born to Philip and Mary De Can Berzine were Lucinda, James C. and Philip. James C. learned the carpenter's trade and followed it sixteen years. After the death of his father he went to farming which occupation he followed for seven years, and then on April 1, 1883, he came to the village of Williamson and started in the furniture and undertaking business which he has since continued successfully. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, Order of A. O. U. W., Knights of L. F. O. December 24, 1873, Mr. Berzine married Jennie Van Cunningham; four children were born to them, Fannie May, who died May 17, 1877, at the age of nineteen months, eleven days; Minnie, Lois, Lucile M. and Mabel Gertrude.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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