Xavier Braun was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, April 16, 1813. He was reared in his native province, and as a young man served in the German army. In 1846, with his wife, Magdalena Lindel, and his two children, Mary and Theofiel, he came to America, and took up farming in Missouri, In 1853 he came to Stearns county, and took up a claim of 120 acres in sections 25 and 26, St, Cloud township, A year later he secured this land from the government at $1,25 an acre. He erected a log cabin, and went through many interesting experiences incident to pioneer life. In 1866 the log cabin was replaced with a frame structure, Mr, Braun was respected by all who knew him. He died February 29, 1904, His wife died June 12, 1912, Mr, and Mrs, Braun had eight children, four of whom are living, Mary married Andrew Fritz, Both are dead. They left nine children, Theofiel was killed by the falling of a tree, Lena, and her husband, Henry Herschbach, had four sons and are both dead, Elizabeth has nine children. Her husband, Julius Kuck is dead. Frank died in 1912, He was twice married and by his first wife had nine children, Barbara married Edward Doerner, for many years a schoolteacher in this county. They live in St Cloud and have eight children, John P is mentioned elsewhere, Gertrude married William Ernst, a St Cloud business man. They have five children.
[source: HISTORY OF STEARNS COUNTY, 1915]
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