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    The Briesacher-Hayes Farm has a long lineage indeed.  The beginning of the lineage in the United States started with Johannes Briesacher, from Offwiller, Alsace, France, immigrated to America around 1828.  Where he, his wife, and six sons entered into the United States is not yet known, but according to Phillip Briesacher the son of Georg Briesacher and grandson to Johannes Briesacher it was New York.  Phillip also said that the same year his father Georg met and married his mother Christina Roth. Click here to read Phillip Briesacher's entire biographical interview.

    Johannes Briesacher met his wife, Christina Kopp, in Offwiller, Alsace, France.  It is not known where the Kopp family originate. According to the birth records of Johann and Georg, sons of Johannes, found by Phil Brachet of the Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller, Johanns Briesacher was a tailor in Offwiller and Christina Kopp Briesacher was a housekeeper.

     To see how they may have lived in Offwiller visit, Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller. Johannes decided somehow to come to America for a fresh and different life.  How he came to that decision or who he knew here in America is still a mystery.  However, he did make the decision to gather his family and pack their belongings and start their travels to a port-of-call to board a ship and head to America.  What ship they boarded is not known at this time but research is underway to locate ship records with the BRIESACHER name it.  According to Johannes Briesacher's grandson Phillip, who is the son of Georg Briesacher, our farm's originator, the year that the Briesacher came to America wan in 1828 at a port in New York.

     Supposely, it took two week to arrive in Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois.  Again, it is a mystery as to why they came to this region and who they knew that was here.  In about 1828 they settled in Centreville, IL which is currently the charming town of Millstadt, IL. Some of the first lots bought in Centreville (Millstadt) where bought by Johannes, his sons George and Heinrich (Henry) in 1828. Research is underway to determine which lots and have photographs taken of the current lot.

     In 1846, Johannes and his son, Georg, bought two tracts of land each having 40 acres from the U.S. Government for $50.00 each.   Today both of those land tracts are now the old Belleville Landfill located off Hwy. 158 between Belleville and Millstadt.  The old landfill now a composting facility and it is where the Briesacher-Hayes Farm gets it mulch for the estate landscaping.

    In 1854, Johannes' son Georg Briesacher was looking for for farmland.  Together with Jean St. Eve, he bought about 230 acres in 1S R 8W. Georg's brother Philip Briesacher then purchase 28 acres of the 230 acres from Georg and Jean St. Eve for his farmland.  Today, all that is left of this 230 is the 30 acres that is currently the Briesacher-Hayes farm.

1854 land deed See the original land deed for the 230 acres bought by Georg Briesacher and John St. Eve. (Coming Soon)
Aerial of B-HFarm See an aerial view of the current Briesacher-Hayes Estate.  (Coming Soon)

    Three years after Johannes Briesacher arrived to the the good land of America (1831) he had settled in what was called Belleville Praire.   Belleville Praire was situated between Roachtown Road, Mine Haul Road, and Park Road.  In that year (1831), Johannes Briesacher wrote a letter back to his native town of Offwiller. After a year when Johannes had not heard a reply he wrote again in November 1832 back to Offwiller.  In his letter, he asked why no one had written him back and if everything was ok. A copy of this letter that was given to us by Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller and it a was written on behalf of Johannes by his friend Carl Beltcher. 

     In this same letter Johannes says that Indians were in an uproar and that they were wild.  It also says that all men between the ages of 18 and 45 had to join the military to fight the Indians and that there wasn't much for them to do since the white men were better fighters.  Johannes states that all military men were paid about 5 Francs a day.  The letter also gave several examples in cost comparison between flour, butter, and meat.  In his letter he says that you could purchase a whole kilo of flour for the same price that you could purchase just a few crumbs of flour in Offwiller.  Johannes remarks on how strange it is that in America you purchase meat in big piece and preserve instead of buying it by the little piece as you need it.

Copy of original letter of Johannes back to Offwiller See a copy of the original letter by Johannes Briesacher back to Offwiller. (Coming Soon)
German translation of letter of Johannes back to Offwiller See a the translated version in old german of Johannes Briesacher's letter back to Offwiller. (Coming Soon)
English translation of letter of Johannes back to Offwiller See a translated version in english of Johannes Briesacher's letter back to Offwiller. (Coming Soon)

      Please be patience with us as we add more information that we have on our Briesacher. 



    *** Please take note for a special Trans-Atlantic thank you to Phil at Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller for the Briesacher ancestry in our Johannes Briesacher.  It has been of great excitement to learn all that  Les Amis du Musée d'Offwiller  has taught us. 



Johanne Briesacher's tombstone located at Union Cemetery between Belleville and Millstadt IL
Johannes Briesacher's tombstone located at Union Hill Cemetery between Belleville and Millstadt, IL

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