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John Berrisford and family 1885The 1885 Census provides a listing of the Berrisford Family. John being the first business owner, operating a general store near the
Catholic Church in Byrnesville/Burnsville.
Ann Berrisford Mother of John Berrisford - Burnsville's first merchant, buried in Glendale Cemetery.
Birth: Jul. 26, 1816- Staffordshire, England
Death: Mar. 13, 1866 - Glendale (now Savage) Scott County Minnesota, USA

Spouse: Thomas A Berrisford (1813 - 1873)
John Berrisford of BurnsvilleThe family of John Berrisford provided this information which includes references to the Burnsville 76 Community History Book article on John. The piece is written by Jack Youatt of Great Kingshill High Wycombe who would be related to one of John's wives Elizabeth Youatt.
probate request for John BerrisfordBorn September 21,1842 - died June 8,1908.

The man defined as Burnsville's first business owner left Burnsville and moved to St. Paul where he would die.
Burnsville's first merchantBy DELSTELLING
November 17, 1981

John Berrisford, Burnsville’s first merchant, was one of those hardy pioneers, who not only fought in the Civil War, but also the Sioux Uprising.

Born in Staffordshire, England on Sept. 21, 1843, Berrisford and his parents moved to America in 1856, eventually settling in Minnesota.
After a rough sea voyage, they arrived in New York City and then ! took a train to Galena, where they transferred to a river boat which took them up the Mississippi River.

When they arrived at Reed’s Landing in Minnesota, they discovered Lake Pepin was still covered with ice, thus causing the passengers to disembark with their baggage.

Rather than wait until river traffic opened up, Berrisford’s father and his older brother, Tom, started to walk to the farm of William Berrisford, an uncle, who had settled in Credit River, about 100 miles away.

Later, after the ice had left Lake Pepin, Berrisford and his mother and four brothers and sisters resumed their steamboat trip to St. Paul.

Upon arriving in St. Paul, they again transferred to another river boat which traveled up the Minnesota River to Credit River landing, now Savage, where they were met by their father and Uncle William.
After a couple of days, they located a building site along side a lake and erected a log shanty, which served as their first home in America.

Shortly thereafter, Berrisford went to work on the farm of a Mr. Ragen (Regan?) at “the princely sum of $6 per month.”

In describing this later, Berrisford said he got up at 4 a.m. and milked six or seven cows before breakfast, following which he went out into the field.

After working all day in the field, he again had to milk the cows, following which he finally had supper about 9 p.m.

There were times, he said, he got so hungry he could have “eaten a jackass and chased the driver.”

It was while working for Mr. Ragan that he bargained with him to purchase a cow for his family. He purchased the cow for $20, with the understanding he would pay for it in labor.

By that time, his salary had increased to $8 per month, so after about two and a half months, he had finally paid for the cow, the first cow the Berrisford family had in America.

That winter the log shanty caught fire and burned, with the result young Berrisford moved in with his Uncle William, while the rest of family moved in with Mr. and Mrs. Murray, some neighbors.

When spring came, young Berrisford moved to St. Paul where he and his brother, Tom. went into the business of sawing and splitting wood.

Later, he learned the bakery trade from Robert Baxter, who was killed at the battle of Birch Coulee.

When the Civil War broke out, Berrisford enlisted with the Third Minnesota, serving with that regiment until the battle of Murfreesboro.

The regiment was later sent back to Minnesota on parole, and upon arriving here was sent out to western Minnesota to help quell the Indian uprising.

In doing so, the regiment participated in the Battle of Wood Lake.

It was after the war that John Berrisford opened a general store in Burnsville, near what is now the junction of Judicial Road and County Road 34.

At the time, this was on the old Shakopee-St. Paul Road, along which much of the horse and wagon traffic of that day travelled.

Nearby, the original St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was located. Thus, this became one of the most strategic locations of the community, serving the residents of Burnsville and also those of Hamilton, now Savage.

In later years, Berrisford returned to St. Paul, where he was engaged in the fuel business at Rondo and St. Albans streets.

He passed away in St. Paul on June 8, 1908.

Incidentally, the old Berrisford store is still in use. After the church burned, the store was moved to Hamilton and is now occupied by Razor’s Edge Barber Shop.
Berrisford childrenThese birth dates are taken from the records at the Dakota County Courthouse. Children of John and first wife Jane were:
James - January 17, 1873, John June 11, 1875, Margaret June 16, 1883, Thomas August 3, 1878. Child with second wife - Elizabeth:
Milicient April 15, 1887.
John Berrisford documentsConsidered Burnsville's first business owner, operating a general store near the corner of today's Williams Road and Judicial Road, members of his family have transcribed two of his speeches on the history of his family.
Berrisford Family HistoryMembers of the Berrisford family created this Genealogical chart for their family which includes John Berrisford - Burnsville's first merchant.
Berrisford Store - later Garvey StoreBuilt by John Berrisford in Burnsville, near Judicial Road and the then location of the St. John the Baptist Church. After church burnt in 1902 it was rebuilt in Savage, at which time the store was moved to the town. Mr Garvey was later the owner of the store, which in 2017 still stands as the Razor's Edge Barbershop.
John Berrisford Grave Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul 1842 - 1908Born September 21,1842 - died June 8,1908.

He immigrated to America with his parents in April 1856 from Staffordshire, England. The family settled in Credit River township, Scott County, Minnesota. John was a Civil War veteran. After his discharge in 1865, he erected a general mercantile near the Catholic church at the crossroads known as Hamilton Station in the settlement of Burnsville.

Around 1887 he sold the store and relocated to St. Paul, where he ran a fuel business. He is listed as one of Minnesota's Territorial Pioneers.

When John's first wife died in 1886 she was buried at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Burnsville. He remarried Elizabeth Youatt and they lived in St. Paul. He died June 8, 1908 in St. Paul.
John Berrisford's marriage 1887John Berrisford. Records indicate having a wife named Jennie Smith Berrisford who died in 1886 and buried at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Elizabeth Youatt emigrated from Devon, England in July, 1881 with her parents and brothers. She took out a homestead claim in Miner County, Dakota Territory in 1884. Married John Berrisford at Hamilton Station, MN on June 21, 1887, then moved to St. Paul, MN by 1892, where they remained the rest of their lives. They are buried in St. Paul.
First Merchant (John Berrisford) was importantBy BEA NORDSTROM Originally the village of Burnsville consisted of a store, a church and cemetery at the present junction of County Road 34 and Judicial Road
near the Scott County line.

William Byrne donated the hill for the cemetery and the land on which tile first St. John’s Catholic Church was built in 1954.

John Berrisford operated the gen eral store built on the southwest corner of that junction. The church was directly west of the store with its cemetery across the road to the south and east.
It was a promising location for the aspiring town on this ridge

Only a short distance away toward the west, the Eagle's Head band of Indians wintered near Teepee Hill providing impetus for the Larpenteur Trading Post near old Highway 13 (now Scott County Road 16) and Credit River.

Hamilton, now Savage, showed signs of growing but it was thought to be in an area which would be inundated during spring floods
John Berrisford was somewhat “an onion in a petunia patch”since his parents, Tom and Ann, were English immigrants settling in this concentration of Irish people on what is known as Eagan's Acres.
Worse yet, he was Prebyterian but apparently his business prospered until the church burned down and was rebuilt in 1902 at its present location in Savage.

The Irish on “the hill" couldn’t give him anymore business so John quit, leaving for opportunities in St. Paul.

A Mr. Garvey, local school teacher, bought the sturdy building so it could follow the parish to Hamilton.

Bob Allen tells of its being quite a feat to keep it in one piece, rolling it on logs down the hill to its present location across the street and to the east of the bowling alley.

It is in fine condition, housing the Razor's Edge Hair Styling Shop and an upholstering business.

What is known as the Berrisford Store has changed hands many times. Some owners included Mr. Hull, who came from Prior Lake, a Mr. Campbell, and Mr. O’Brien, whom people living there still remember.
Parents were pressured to shop there because he generously gave them a striped paper bag containing candy.

As was usual in general stores, farm wives brought their eggs and homemade butter to trade for staples they could not produce, such as cof fee. tea, sugar, spices, dried fruit, yard goods, thread, needles, lamp chimneys, matches, etc.

Frequently mail was distributed in a corner of the store, but later a post office was kept by Mrs. Hines in the Garvey House which is still standing at the corner of Sibley and Vine.

(Editor's note: The preceding historical sketch appeared in “Burnsville 76, A Community History,”This book was recently re-printed by the Burnsville Historical Society and copies, priced at $10 each, are available at the Burnsville City Hall.)
John Berrisford suffers stroke 1888April 23, 1888 St. Paul Globe reports: Friends of John Berrisford of Hamilton, Minnesota, brother of E.F. and Thomas Berrisford of this city will learn with regret of his serious illness. Mr. Berrisford suffered a stroke of paralysis a few days ago, from the effects of which he is now confined to his bed.
Jennie E Smith Berrisford 1886She was the first wife of John Berrisford, who ran the general store in Byrnesville - near the Catholic Church. They had one son James who was born and died in 1873, John re-married, sold the store and moved to St. Paul. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul.
Razors Edge Barbershop once Berrisford storeA winter 2019 view of the Razors Edge Barbershop, Savage. Originally the Berrisford general store in Burnsville, moved to Savage following the fire at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, which was rebuilt in Savage.
Razor's Edge Barbershop once the Berrisford storeRazor's Edge Barbershop owner Jens Bohn is past president and long-time member of the Dan Patch Historical Society. His shop, once the Burnsville Berrisford store, serves as a mini-museum to Dan Patch and Marion Savage. Shown is a Dan Patch Stove, which is displayed.
Enoch Berrisford 1842 - 1930Brother of Burnsville merchant John, born in England, upon arrival with his family to America they went directly to a farm in Credit River (Near Savage). A biography is found on this site.
Enoch Berrisford 1842 - 1930This biographical information appears on his "Find a grave" listing.
He is the brother of Burnsville merchant - John Berrisford.

Enoch F. Berrisford was born l'{lay 27,1846 upon a farm near. the town of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire,England. His father left England with his family in 1856 to seek his fortune in America. The main
incident of this voyage across the water in the sailing vessel Lucy Thompson was the loss and recovery of the subject of this sketch. While playing with his brothers, on March 9th, Enoch was
accidentally pushed overboard and remained in mid-ocean for twenty-four minutes, until rescued by the sailors of the vessel. All during his life Mr. Berrisford has celebrated the above date as his
second birthday.

On the arrival of the family in America, they went directly to a farm in Credit River township, Scott County, Minn., where an uncle had preceded them.

ln the spring of 1862, when the Fifth Minnesota regiment was being formed at Fort Snelling, Enoch, with two of his young friends, presented himself as ready to engage in military service, but was rejected on account of his extreme youth and frail body. He returned home dejected, but made a second unsuccessful attempt the following spring when the First Minnesota Mounted Rangers were enlisting to go with Gen. Sibley on what was known as "Sibley's Expedition against the lndians."

His third application, however, was successful. This time, the spring of 1864 the government was hiring men to go on the Sully Expedition, and Enoch was put in charge of a six-mule team and a Government supply wagon. Here was the golden opportunity the young man had been waiting for, of serving his country. The remuneration was also a great consideration, in those days $30 per month and a soldier's rations being considered big pay.

After working in the employ of the government for over two years, Mr. Berisford came to St. Paul and was admitted as partner in the wholesale and retail baking business of his eldest brother,
Thomas. On April 8, 1867, Berrisford & Bro. formally opened their doors and continued to do business until the year 1872, when the firm was dissolved, E. P. taking the wholesale part and Thomas retaining the retail department.

Mr. E. P. Berrisford was retained as manager of the Berrisford factory of the American Biscuit and Manufacturing Co. until his resignation, in 3.896, when he retired from active business, and has
since been devoting his time to his large real estate interests.
ln the early days Mr. Berrisford served five years as a volunteer fireman, and was foreman of the old Minnehaha Engine Co. No. 2 until his resignation, August 23, L873. ln 1873, he was elected
from the second ward of the city, on the Board of Education, for a term of three years.

Mr. Berrisford was married in 5t Paul in December, 1868, to Miss lsabella J. Young. To their union have been born six children, five of whom are now living - Ada A., Katherine M., lsabella J.,
Gertrude F. and Emma D., wife of Dr. Chas. W. Fogarty of Brown's Valley, Minn.
Razors Edge Barbershop and Berrisford StoreA 2019 view of the Razors Edge Barbershop in Savage, the original Berrisford Store before being moved to Savage from Burnsville. It seems every few years the color of the front door changes, now red.
Razor's Edge Barbershop once the Berrisford StoreInterior photo, 2017 shows barber Eric Maser at the Razor's Edge in Savage. The building originally stood in Burnsville as the Berrisford Store. After St. John the Baptist Church was rebuilt in 1902, after the fire in Burnsville, the store was moved into town. It was later the Garvey Store and today a combined barber and beauty shop.
Razors Edge Barbershop once Berrisford storeOnce the Berrisford store, when it stood in Burnsville. It was moved to Hamilton/Savage following the fire at St. John the Baptist, then in Burnsville.
Young John Berrisford (?) 1842 - 1908Participants on Ancestry.com related to the Berrisford's have posted this as a picture of early Burnsville/Hamilton/Savage businessmanJohn Berrisford.

Birth -Sept 21, 1842 • Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England

Apr 1856 • New York, United States-John Andrew Berrisford arrived with his parents and family in New York aboard the sailing vessel Lucy Thompson.

Apr 1856 • Credit River Township, Scott County, Minnesota, John Berrisford moved to Credit River Township with his family immediately after arriving in the United States.

1862-John Berrisford served in the Union Army from 1862 until Aug 1865 and was first a member of Company B, Third Minnesota Infantry and later the Twentieth New York Independent Battery. Served as regimental baker.

1867 • Hamilton Station, Scott County, Minnesota, United States
General Merchant.

1887 • Saint Paul Fuel business at the corner of Rondo and Saint Albans Streets

Death June 8, 1908 • Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States
John Berrisford biography 1901Minnesota Territorial Pioneer Sketch- John Berrisford 1842 - 1908

This is a verbatim account taken from: Proceedings and Report of the Annual Meetings of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers - May 11, 1899 and 1900. Volume II. Double Number. Saint Paul, Minnesota. Pioneer Press, 1901.

John Berrisford was born at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England, Sept. 21, 1842. His first work was in the Uttoxeter Pot Works, where he served as an apprentice for some time; this was continued when the family emigrated to America.On arriving at Credit River Township, Scott County, Minn., he went to work on a farm for a Mr. Reagen, and continued in his employ until he moved to St. Paul.

His first work in this city was with a Mr. Baxter, who kept a bakery on Jackson street between Fifth and Sixth streets. (He) stayed here four years, then went to Mississippi to bake for a large force of men that were building levees, but war broke out, and poor John lost all his winter's pay, and had to borrow enough money to get back to St. Paul. On his return he enlisted in Company B, Third Minnesota Infantry, acting also as baker for the regiment; was at the Battle of Murfreesboro, where Col. Lester surrendered on of our best Minnesota regiments.

Being paroled as prisoner of war he was sent back to Minnesota with his regiment, and engaged in the fight against Indians who had just massacred the frontier settlers. At Woodlake on the morning of Oct 23, 1862, the Third regiment showed its mettle, made a charge on the Indians and drove them over the hills. This ended the Indian campaign of 1862.

John Berrisford also served in the Twentieth New York Independent Battery, and was discharged from the United States service Aug. 5, 1865. Mr. Berrisford returned to Minnesota in 1867 and engaged in the general merchandise business at Hamilton Station, Scott County; moved to St. Paul in 1887, where he carries on a fuel business at the corner of Rondo and St. Albans streets.

Mr. Berrisford was married in Chicago March 7, 1867 to Miss Jane E. Smith of that city. She died at Hamilton Station Nov. 2, 1886. Of this union were born six children, five of whom are now (1899) living, viz. William, Anatole, Thomas, George and Margaret.

Mr. Berrisford was again married in 1887 to Miss Elizabeth Youatt of Hamilton, Minn. Of this union two children have been born - Irene and Harriet.
John Berrisford dies June 8, 1908Former Burnsville and Hamilton/Savage business man died in St. Paul, where he had lived a number of years. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, MN.

He immigrated to America with his parents in April 1856 from Staffordshire, England. The family settled in Credit River township, Scott County, Minnesota. John was a Civil War veteran. After his discharge in 1865, he erected a general mercantile near the Catholic church at the crossroads known as Hamilton Station in the settlement of Burnsville.

After 1887 and before 1892 he sold the store and relocated to St. Paul, where he ran a fuel business. He is listed as one of Minnesota's Territorial Pioneers.

When John's first wife died in 1886 she was buried at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Burnsville with one son. He remarried Elizabeth Youatt and they lived in St. Paul.
John Berrisford John Berrisford, a dealer at Hamilton Station on the Sioux City road, shipped a coop of chickens to this city so badly crowded that twelve of them died. The anti-cruelty society was around and gave the express company notice of it as they could get a hold of John. September 1, 1874 Minneapolis Star Tribune.
(John Berrisford) Pioneer merchant recalls ocean voyage to Americaby Del Stelling
February 1, 1983
(Editor's Note: The following article appeared in the January issue of “ Burnsville Community History,” a quarterly publication of the Burnsville Chapter of the Dako­ta County Historical Society.)

John Berrisford operated the Burnsville General Store at the junction of Judicial Road and Coun­ty Road 34. He was born in Uttoxeter Staffordshire, England on Sept. 22,1842.
The following article, prepared by Cynthia Melady O’Halloran and Carol Melady Regan, was actually a speech written by and delivered by Berrisford around 1898, and it accounts the journey of his family from England to America. According to O'Halloran and Re­gan, "We have attempted to retain John’s style and spelling and have only changed minor punctuation to clarify meaning.”

Our father Thomas had only one brother, William. He was several years younger than father. He also had four sisters.
After father married, he took up the occupation his father had followed. — the dairy business. He used to go through the streets of Uttoxeter with a wheel push cart and a milk can hung between the wheels to bring milk to his customers.
Father, after his marriage, lived on a small farm and took up the occupation of cattle dealer.
In the spring of 1852, Uncle Wil­liam and his family conceived the idea of emigrating to America — there was a great craze at that time about America, similar to the Klon­dike craze here a year ago.

That summer Uncle William, his wife, and three children started for America.
Father returned home very downhearted to think that he could not accompany them. On their ar­rival in New York, they came directly to St. Paul, which at that time was a small hamlet or Indian trading post.
We are told they remained in St Paul for several months, Uncle being out most of the time looking for a piece of land to settle on.
He finally moved to Credit River, which is now part of Scott County, and there he took claim of government land.
He wrote encouraging letters home to Father and his sisters urging them to come to the Promised Land. In February , 1856, Father, Mother, and the six chil­dren started for America.
We took passage at Liverpool on the sailing vessel, “Lucy Thomp­son.” The first nine days we had very favorable wind and good weather.
On March 8th or 9th it was evi­dent a storm was coming up. The mainsails had been jacked and the speed of the vessel had been re­duced by about two or three miles per hour. The waves were rolling angry and high.

About 11 o’clock A.M., brother Enoch (Berrisford) was thrown ov­erboard. I seen the people amid ships running to the starboard. I then ran to see what the trouble was.
I met a boy who said, “There’s a body tell overboard. It is your brother."
It would seem that when he had struck the water, the breath was taken out of him. In that case, we are told that a person floats to the surface, more especially in salt water, which he did.

A life boat was lowered and four or five brave sailors got in to man the boat. As he was carried to the tip of the high waves, he signaled the boatsmen where to row and it seemed that the fragile craft would swamp any minute.
At last the sailors were seen to lift the floater into the boat. The brave sailors step on deck and then lift out the apparently lifeless boy.
The doctor then ordered him to be taken to the ship’s hospital. It was not long before the doctor dis­ covered signs of life, and you can now imagine the feeling of his mother (who was not allowed to see him) when she was informed that her favorite son had returned to consciousness.

He continued to be very delicate and sickly for two or three years after, but we rejoiced to say that he outgrew his experience with the salt water.
At last the pilot boat was sighted off New York harbor and she piloted us to safety.
The passengers and baggage were transferred and we landed at Castle Garden, and I was the first one to put foot on shore.
We then took R and R transporta­tion for Minnesota.

Razors Edge Barbershop and Berrisford StoreThe Razors Edge Barbershop in Savage was once the Berrisford Store which stood in Burnville. Moved to Savage following the church fire, when St. John the Baptist was re-located from Burnsville to Savage. Circa 1980.
Razors Edge Barbershop and Berrisford StoreA 2019 view of the Razors Edge Barbershop in Savage, the original Berrisford Store before being moved to Savage from Burnsville. It seems every few years the color of the front door changes.
Razors Edge Barbershop and Berrisford StoreA 2019 view of the Razors Edge Barbershop in Savage, the original Berrisford Store before being moved to Savage from Burnsville. It seems every few years the color of the front door changes, now red.
References to John Berrisford from Dakota County Tribune newspaper.June 5, 1888 - Sam Youatt brother of Mrs. Berrisford visits.

May 8, 1890 - John Berrisford exchanged his place for Minneapolis property and is going to move to that city. We are sorry to see him go. He was a good neighbor, good citizen and friend to all the boys.

June 4, 1891- Mr. Carable of Shingle Creek, No. Minneapolis, has bought out the Berrisford place and opened up a new store of general merchandise.

He dies June 8, 1908. Survivors - wife Elizabeth, children, William, Thomas, John, George, Margaret, Irene, Harriet.
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