Bio: Burbey, Louis / Lewis A. (1849 - ?)

Contact: Janet Schwarze


Surnames: Burbey, Anderson, Allie, Alie, Ellie, Langlade, Bence


----Source: 1881 Hisotry of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 1031


Biographical Sketch of L. A. Burbey.

L. A. BURBEY hotel, Chelsea, was born in Lower Canada June 15, 1849. When a child he came with his parents to Manitowoc Co., where they lived on a farm. In 1870 he went to Medford, and from there went to Phillips, and soon after came to Chelsea In 1877 he opened a hotel. He was appointed Deputy Town Clerk under Anderson, and was elected, in 1878, to the office. In 1879 he was elected Chairman of the Town Board, and of the County Board for 1880 - 81; has been Justice of the Peace. He is now dealing in bark. In 1879 he bought 160 acres of land. He raised a crop of potatoes there for his hotel use, and carried them on his back from the field to the hotel. His first wife died, leaving two children—Alfred A. and Lewis E. He was married again in 1875, to Miss Margaret Ellie ("Maggie" Allie), whose father was one of the first settlers of Manitowoc Co. They have had three children—-Andrew, Mary Elizabeth and Clara (deceased). He belongs to the I. O. O. P., the A. O. U. W. and the- Temple of Honor; is a member of the Catholic Church.

----Source: 1905 Commemorative Biographical Record Of The Upper Lake Region By J. H. Beers & Co.

Louis A. Burbey, a pioneer in Taylor county, Wisconsin, and an influential citizen, was for a number of years a well known hotel keeper, but is now residing on a farm. He was born in the Province of Quebec, Canada, June 15, 1849, and comes of a hardy, long lived race. His grandfather, Andrew Burbey, lived to be 103 years old, and he and his wife, formerly a Miss Langlade, were wedded for over seventy-five years. Mrs. Burbey was a relative of the noted Langlade family, so closely identified with the early history of Green Bay, Wis..

Andrew and Matilda (Lamere) Burbey, the parents of Louis A., were natives of Quebec, and lived in that Province until Louis was two years old. They then migrated to the United States, and settled on a farm in Manitowoc, remaining there many years. In 1879, they sold out and removed to Oconto county, Wis., where Andrew Burbey died in 1893. Although he was eighty five years old Mr. Burbey enjoyed good health until a week before his death, and might well have lived longer if he had not been injured by being thrown out of a buggy in a runaway. Mrs. Matilda Burbey reached the age of seventy-five years. A brother, Francis Lamere. was one of the pioneers of Stevens Point, where he located as early as 1847, and kept a hotel. He had previously been engaged in driving a stage between Green Bay and Stevens Point.

Louis A. Burbey was educated in the public schools of Manitowoc county, and remained at home assisting on the farm until he was twenty-one. His first employment otherwise was in driving a team in lumber camps. In 1876 he went to Taylor county, built the "Star Hotel'' at Chelsea, and for ten years was occupied in conducting it, which he did very successfully. By 1886 Mr. Burbey was ready to resume agricultural life, so he bought 160 acres of wild land near the village of Chelsea, and has there made his home up to the present time. Over forty acres are now under cultivation, and he has a well kept farm with comfortable buildings. In the matter of buildings Mr. Burbey has been very unfortunate since coming to Taylor county, for in 1894 a forest tire destroyed not only everything on his farm, with all his personal property, but also his hotel property in Chelsea, in addition to his hotel and other interests he has also until recently done considerable logging.

Mr. Burbey was first married, in 1871, to Mary Elizabeth Bence, a native of Oconto, Wis., who died when only twenty-seven years old, after four years of married life. On Aug. 11, 1875, Mr. Burbey was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Alie, who was born in Cooperstown, Manitowoc Co., Wis., a granddaughter of Joseph Alie, a pioneer of Green Bay and a veteran of the Black Hawk war, who lived to an advanced age. Mr. and Mrs. Burbey have a family of seven children, namely: Mary Elizabeth, wife of R. R. Allamang, of Chelsea; Louis, a professional cook and also a lumber scaler; Katie and Annie, teachers in the public schools; and Ruth, Dolphus and Prosper, still attending school. The two eldest have also taught school. The family are connected with the Greenwood Catholic Church.

Mr. Burbey has always been a strong Democrat, and has been very prominent in the public life of the town and county. He was town clerk for three years; chairman of the town four years, two of which he also served as chairman of the county board; has long been a member of the school board; and for the past several years has been a justice of the peace. He has been sent as a delegate to almost every Democratic county convention. He is energetic and thoroughly capable, and has discharged all the duties of his various offices most satisfactorily.

1900 Federal Census, Chelsea & Greenwood towns, Taylor, Wisconsin, United States

Louis Burbey, white married male
Years Married: 24
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1876
Immigration Year: 1850
Father's Birthplace: Canada Fch
Mother's Birthplace: Canada Fch

Household Members
Louis Burbey Head M 51 (Jun 1849) Canada Fch
Margret Burbey Wife F 54 (Feb 1846) Wisconsin
Lizie Burbey Daughter F 22 (Apr 1878) Wisconsin
Louis Burbey Son M 19 (Dec 1881) Wisconsin
Catherine Burbey Daughter F 15 (Apr 1885) Wisconsin
Anna Burbey Daughter F 13 (Mar 1887) Wisconsin
Ruthe Burbey Daughter F 8 (Mar 1892) Wisconsin
Dolphis Burbey Son M 6 (Jan 1894) Wisconsin
Prosper Burbey Son M 4 (Jan 1896) Wisconsin
Joseph Allie Brother-in-law M 44 Jul 1856) Wisconsin


Wisconsin Birth Records


Ruth Burbey
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 12 Mar 1892
Birthplace: Chelsea, Taylor, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Louis Alfred Burbey
Mother's Name: Maggie Allie


Wisconsin Marriage Records


BioM: Burbey, Lizzie (1901)


Rossie A Allemang
Birthplace: Eggle, Richland, Wisconsin
Spouse's Name: Lizzie Burbey
Spouse's Birthplace: Chelsea, Wisconsin
Event Date: 20 Apr 1901
Event Place: Westboro, Taylor, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Washington A Allemang
Mother's Name: Julia Collins
Spouse's Father's Name: Louis A Burbey
Spouse's Mother's Name: Margareth Allie
Race: White



There are two references to Andrew burbey. One lived to be 103 and another reference says Andrew burbey died at 85.  Were there two different Andrew burbey's? David Wallace



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