Andrew Niels Byergo
Born: 03/08/1842 in Nordjylland,
Married: 06/11/1864 in Ephraim, Utah
Died: 11/23/1912 in Barnard, MO
Notes: Changed name to Byergo
Niels was 15 years old when he came to the United States
and settled in Utah. Family were converts to the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Neils was 24 years old
when he, his wife and first child, who was 4 hours old, left
for Missouri. Child died during the last part of the trip.
The child was born 05/07/1866 and they had to leave soon
after, in the night, so as not to have a confrontation with
church officials. Andrew had been told to practice polygamy
which he refused because he loved his wife, Johannah to much.
This meant they had to leave without anyone knowing. More
about this part of their life in Johanne's memo.
His wife Johanne Helene Byergo
Johanne Helene Bertelsen
Born: 12/29/1848 in Starrup Viborg,
Married: 06/11/1864 in Ephraim, Utah
Died: 08/17/1939 in Barnard, Missouri
Notes: Johannah, Johanna Lenna,
Johanne Helene. Called Lene.
Johannah as a baby was given to her
mother's youngest brother, John Larsen and his wife Anne, to
raise because her parents had to many children and John and
his wife had none. Johanne thought of them as parents.
John and Anne being converts to the
Mormon Church and being persecuted in Denmark for doing this,
decided to go to Utah, along with a large number of Danish
People. Leaving January 1853 Joanne, her Uncle, Aunt
(considered parents) and older sister, Johanne Bolette (Lette)
Bertelsen, started to the United States by way of England. On
New Years Day, 01/01/1854 they sailed from Liverpool England
for American and Arrived in New Orleans 02/1854, went up river
to St. Louis, landed there on 04/01/1854 after three months of
traveling. Picking up OX drawn covered wagons and supplies
(outfitting) headed accross country for Sal Lake City, Utah,
arriving there on 10/05/1854. Brigham Young (the Mormon
leader) sent Johanne and family to Ephraim, Utah. (Fort Ephram).
Her Johanne met, fell in Love and married Andrew N.
Bjerregaard. (at that time his name was spelled Byiargor) This
marriage was not witht eh blessing of her uncle John, but he
had to go along with it. Love conquers all.
Time passed and Niels was requested,
by the church, to practice polygamy. This he could not do
because he loved Johanne to much. This meant they could not
stay in Utah, and it was a poor time to leave because Johanne
was pregnant. Niels knew they had to leave as soon as
possilbe. So on 05/07/1866, 4 hours after the birth of their
first baby, in the night as not have a confrontation with
church officals, thery left for Missouri where Neils parents
had gone earlier because of a disagreement with the church
over polygamy and land ownership. On 08/31/1866 at Savannah
Missouri the baby, Mary Elizabeht, died and was buried. This
was within 25 minles of their destination of Guilford and
Barnard, Missouri area.
Johanne's Uncle Johns's first wife
Anne died while she was living with them. He then married her
sister, Eliza, and Johanne eventually thought of her as
mother. They moved to Missouri after Johanne and Niels and
lived our their lives there. They are buried in Barnard,
Missouri. Some record show Johannah and Andrew being married
on 01/11/1864. The date 06/11/1864 was taken from Johannah's
88th birthday celebration article in St. Joseph, Missouri
paper. Also the death date on her gravestone is 1938 but this
is said to be incorrect by Lavota Jobe Keck who is her
There is a great deal more written
about the life history of Johanne and her sisters in a stry
called, "A Doxen Good Danish People Who Deserve to be
Remembered", written by, "The Bertelsen Committe". Lavota
Jobe Keck had a copy of this story and she bave it to her
cousin Robert (Bob) Byergo who gave me, Devere Byergo, a
copy. This family history is so well written, and so
interesting that once you start reading it you cannot put it
down until you are finished.
His Child Elias N. Byergo
Child: Elias N. Byergo
Born: 02/21/1868 in Guilford, Nodway,
Note: had no children
His Child John Nelson Byergo
Child: John Nelson Byergo
Born: 12/29/1871 in Guilford, Missouri
Married: 12/27/1904, Axtell, Kansas
Died: 12/07/1948 in San Antonio, Texas
John and family lived in small towns
in north eastern Nebraska. They wer O'Neill, Page, Randolph
and Walthill. He worked as a depot agent for the C.B.&O.
railroad. he also worked as a railroad agent in St. Joseph,
Missouri. In 1925 John lived in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
John played the trumpet in a three
peice orchestra called "The Rose-Byergo Orchestra" around
His Child Eliza Kirstine
Child: Eliza Kirstine Byergo
Born: 08/27/1874 in Guilford, Missouri
Married 03/18/1906 in Guilford,
Died: 02/11/1971 in St. Joseph Misouri
Eliza lived in in Guildford (old town)
husband had a business in Guildford (new town). Eliza and
Sam's first child, Son, Born 08/17/1908 and died 08/17/1908.
His Child Arletta C. Byergo
Child: Arletta C. Byergo
Born: 12/03/1877 in Guilford, Missouri
Married: 10/12/1902 in Guilford,
Died: 12/01/1925 in Guilford, Missouri
Note: Found another name, Bolatty
Kirstine 10/01/1902 another marriage date.
His Child Andrew N. (Andy)
Child: Andrew N. Byergo
Born: 02/19/1880 in Guilford Missouri
Died: 01/20/1908 in Jersey City, New
Note: Andrew was never married.
Buried in Barnard Missouri. Gollowing taken from Bertelsen
On the 20th day of January A. N.
Byergo was killed while on a trip in the east. He was in the
employment of the Hathaway Produce Company and was on his
eleventh trip to New Yrok with a car of poultry,when in Jew
Jersy City he went to cross the switch yards at night, from
his car to the place where the poultry is unloaded, and was
run down by a switch engine.
His Child Mary Elizabeth
Child: Mary Elizabeth Byergo
Born: 07/26/1883 in Barnard, Missouri
Died: 09/19/1886 in Guilford, Missouri
Notes: She only lived to be 3 years
old and 2 months
His Child Frederick (Fred)
Child: Frederick Harrison Byergo
Born: 05/22/1888 in Barnard, Missouri
Died: 002/22/1962 in Rockford,
Note: Fred also lived in Galesburg,