Lee County Biography


Prominent among the energetic, successful and progressive farmers of Bradford township is numbered Nathan Burhenn, who, during his entire active life has been engaged in farming here and now owns a valuable property of one hundred and sixty acres on section 2. He was born in this township September 30, 1871, and is a son of Philip and Christine (Achenbrenner) Burhenn, natives of Germany. In 1865 the parents crossed the Atlantic to America and made their home in Lee county, Illinois. They now make their home in Franklin Grove, this county. They became the parents of ten children, all of whom survive.

Nathan Burhenn grew up on his father's farm and aided in its operation from an early age. He remained at home until his marriage and then bought a farm on section 21, Bradford township. At the end of seven years he sold this property and purchased his present farm, which comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 2. Upon this he has erected a comfortable modern residence and a number of substantial farm buildings, and he has brought the land to a high state of cultivation. He has a productive and valuable property, the attractive appearance of which is a visible evidence of his life of industry and thrift.

When he was twenty-one years of age Mr. Burhenn married Miss Mary Eisenberg, a native of Bradford township and a daughter of Peter and Kathrine Eisenberg. The parents were born in Germany and came to America in the early '50s, locating immediately in Lee county, Illinois, where both passed away. Of the eleven children born to their union nine still survive. Mr. and Mrs. Burhenn became the parents of three children: Nelta, who was born May 10, 1895, and who died May 1, 1904; Florence M., born December 13, 1899, and Wilbur N., born July 8, 1906. The parents are members of the United Evangelical church, and Mr. Burhenn gives his political allegiance to the republican party, serving at the present time as school director. He is one of the substantial agriculturists of his locality and is held in high regard wherever he is known.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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