The below information may be of some interest to you. I happen to be trying to trace the lineage of B.B. Behrends, but it seems to me this information may be more than a coincidence.
Obit of Tobias Tobiassen
Mr. Tobias Tobiassen, a resident of Wayne township since 1864, and one of the wealthiest residents of that township, died at his home, last Tuesday evening, the 15th inst. The immediate cause of was paralysis. He suffered the stroke during the afternoon of that day, and came at half past ten in the evening of the same day. Mr. Tobiassen had been in failing health for about three months, but was not confined to his bed. He realized his enfeebled powers, and his family feared that he might not become strong again, but coming quickly, and with unexpected suddeness, was a shock to those who watched over him with solicitude. Mr. Tobiassen was born at Marx, of the province of Hanover, Germany, September 1, 1838 He came to America in 1857, a young lad with ambition but destitute of means, and worked at Galesburg, Illinois, one year, and afterwards for six years at Dixon, Illinois He then came into Wayne township—November,1864—and bought land. He added to his acres from time to time as fortune favored him, until he became the owner of 850 acres of rich soil. He was a good financier, with his word always as good as his bond, and his transactions fair and above board. Mr. Tobiassen was married to Mrs. Anke Behrends, who survives, he is also survived by two children, George Tobiassen and Mrs. Mary Hanken, also a step-son, Mr. B. B. Behrends. The deceased was a member of St. John's Lutheran church, the pastor, Rev. Wm. L. Scheutz, will conduct the funeral services at the late residence of the deceased, at eleven o'clock. As Mr. Tobiassen was widely and favorably known, his funeral will be attended by many sympathizing friends of the family.
FromMonticello Express,January 17, 1907, and submitted by Steve Hanken
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