27 September 1733–4 December 1808 (Age 75) Trub, Bern, Switzerland
The Life of Niclaus
Niclaus Beer was born on 27 September 1733, in Trub, Bern, Switzerland as the son of Niklaus Beer and Elisabeth Hebeisen. He married Maria Gerber in November 1760. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 4 December 1808, at the age of 75.
Revolution in Switzerland. Farmers in occupied territories become free citizens. Centralistic parliamentary republic according to French model. Occupation by French troops and some battles of Napoleon vs. Austria and Russia in Switzerland.
Switzerland is one of the first industrialized countries in Europe.
1 English (West Country): habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow ). Some may be from Old English bǣr ‘swine pasture’.2 North German and Dutch: from Middle Low German bāre, Middle Dutch bēre ‘bear’, applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, or as a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing bear. Alternatively, it could have been a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a bear, or from a Germanic personal name with this as the first element. See also Baer , Bahr .3 Respelling of Swiss German Bier .