Re: Bieri's of Switzerland then Missouri
I descend from Nicholas Bieri who came to Philadelphis in 1727. He was a part of a group of about 30,000 Mennonites who left Switzerland shortly after the 1698 passage of compulsary military conscription there. Most from that early settler changed their name to Beery. About 200 of us celebrated the 275th anniversary of Nichols' arrival last summer in Fairfield Co., OH. We have a fairly complete history of those early Bieri / Beery family members.
Those who came to this country in the early to mid 1800s generally kept the Swiss spelling, Bieri.
I have visited and sometimes correspond with some of the Bieri family in Schangnau, Bern, CH. They are very friendly and helpful but do not have very old family records. Since the old churches in Schangnau have twice burned, the best records may come from Bern, the capital of Bern Canton. The Schangnau Bieri family operates a bakery and butchery in town. Others of this family came from Oberdeissbach, also in Bern Canton, west of Schangnau, between Bern and Thun. Some early settlers also came from Buchholderberg, just a little west of Schangnau.
Since Schangnau is best reached via Signau, it is sometimes assumed not to be in Canton Bern. It is in the Upper Emental River valley and is a beautiful place.
I have some good Bumgardner friends from MO with whom I will try to share your information.
I hope this may be of some value and encouragement.