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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of 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.

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MICHAEL BRUNNER is a native of Germany, born February 23, 1840, the youngest of seven children of Frederick and Barbara (Moran) Brunner. His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father followed her six years later. Michael was reared to hard work with limited advantages, and in the year 1864, came to America, landing at New York, and coming directly to Cannelton, where he lived six years, then moved to his present residence. Two years before coming to America he was united in marriage with Barbara Poellein, who has borne him two children, one, Jacob F., now living. February 17, 1882, Mrs. Brunner died, and August 26, 1882, he married Magdalena Nuetzel, and by her he has one child, Andrew. For six years at Cannelton he mined coal, since which time he has followed farming, now owning 120 acres of land. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. Politically he is a Republican. He is a good farmer, and one of the county’s best citizens.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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