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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Henry County, Missouri by Uel W. Lamkin and published in 1919 by Historical Publishing Company.  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.

Gerhart Anton Dahlman. - The late Gerhart Anton Dahlman of Deepwater township was born in Westphalia, Germany, February 2, 1832, and departed this life at his home near Germantown, June 1, 1910. He was the son of Herman and Mary Ann Dahlman who lived all of their lives in the land of their birth. Accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Henry Kalwei, Mr. Dahlman emigrated from Germany in 1869 and arrived at Germantown, Henry County, Missouri, in May, 1869. He stayed at Germantown for nine years and was employed by Anton Mucke and Joseph Schmedding. He purchased his farm in 1872 and moved a house from Germantown to his farm. In 1878 he returned to Germany for his sweetheart, to whom he was married in 1878, and at once set sail for his home in America. He married Annie Marie Krimphoff, who was born in Westphalia, Germany, September 2, 1855, the daughter of Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Renekamp) Krimphoff, both of whom spent all of their lives in Germany. The father died in 1880 and the mother in 1877. Mr. Dahlman was ably assisted in the work of improving his farm by his devoted wife who assisted him in the farm work, set out trees, hedges, and vines and they created a beautiful home. The Dahlman farm consists of eighty acres with thirteen acres of timber land in addition.

The children born to Gerhart Anton and Annie Marie Dahlman are as follow: Elizabeth, born July 3, 1879, married 1899 to Robert Teeman, and has three children, Augusta, Richard, and Viola. Mrs. Dahlman has an adopted son, William Dahlman, born July 25, 1891, married September 28, 1915, to Lorena Minnich, the daughter of George and Ora (Bradburn) Minnich, and granddaughter of William Minnich, a pioneer who stood guard at Germantown during the Civil War. Mr. and Mrs. Dahlman have one child, Martha Ann, born February 22, 1917.

For some years or since the death of Mr. Dahlman, William has been managing the farm in the interest of his foster mother and has become a very successful farmer. The Dahlman land is underlaid with a vein of coal which has been mined for several years. The place is known as "The Fairview Farm," on account of the magnificent view of the surrounding country, which can be seen from the home. Mr. Dahlman, the younger, is a member of the Catholic Church, is a Republican, and belongs to Montrose Council No. 525, Knights of Columbus. He is an industrious, intelligent, well read young man who is a great reader and student who keeps himself well informed upon the events which are happening in the world today.

Gerhart Anton Dahlman was one of the best of men and a highly respected citizen of the Germantown neighborhood. He loved his home and family and was a devout Catholic. No Henry County citizen is more worthy of representation in a history of his home county than Mr. Dahlman.

This family biography is one of 474 biographies included in the History of Henry County, Missouri by Uel W. Lamkin and published by Historical Publishing Company in 1919.  For the complete description, click here: Henry County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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