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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Osage County, Missouri History published in 1889 by Goodspeed.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

Anton Baumhoer, an enterprising farmer and stock-raiser of Jackson Township, Osage Co., No., resides nine miles southwest of Westphalia, and was born in Prussia in 1822. He was next to the youngest in the family of eight children, only four of whom are now living, born to Stephen and Eva (Harselholst) Baumhoer. Stephen Baumhoer was born in Prussia in 1778; was a farmer, and died in the country of his birth in 1840; his wife, who was born in 1780, died in 1847. Anton Baumhoer received a common-school education in his native country, and in 1846 immigrated to the United States, first locating at St. Louis, where he remained about one year, and subsequently went to Osage County, Mo. The following year he returned to St. Louis, remaining there until February, 1852, when he returned to Prussia, and in September of that year married Elizabeth Kellner, who was born in Prussia in 1826, and is a daughter of Stephen and Francesca Kellner, both of whom spent their lives in Prussia, the country of their nativity. Mr. and Mrs. Baumhoer are the parents of eight children, viz.: Frank, a farmer of Osage County; Anton, a resident of St. Louis; Joseph, in Audrain County, Mo.; Bernard and Harman (twins), John, Henry (deceased) and Martin. In October, 1852, Mr. Baumhoer left his native country with his bride, arriving in Osage County, Mo., in February, 1853, where he purchased the farm upon which he has ever since resided and cultivated, and which consists of 480 acres, with about 110 acres under cultivation. He erected a fine two-story stone dwelling in 1883, and has also built a substantial barn. He has planted a young orchard, and has made other improvements on his farm which is one of the best in the township, and is located on Little Maries Creek. As a result of industry, enterprise and economy he has been unusually successful in the pursuit of agriculture, and is one of the most influential and highly respected citizens of Jackson Township. He took an active part in organizing the school district in 1854, and has done much to promote the cause of education in that district, serving as its clerk for ten years. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

This family biography is one from 35 pages of biographies included in the History of Osage County, Missouri published by Goodspeed in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Osage County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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