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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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A. Berens, one of the oldest, or, in fact, the oldest settler in Lincoln, came to this city in 1868 and bought out Hermann Luherman, who had built a store-room and dwelling in 1865, and had started the post-office in 1866, and named it Lincoln. It is now, with the large additions to it, occupied by Fred Schwettman in general merchandise. Mr. Berens has retired from active business, and now, owing to the fact that he has always lived a single life, is nicely ensconced in pleasant apartments over the store of the building which he still owns. He has been closely identified with the business interests of Lincoln, and is also one of the leading Republicans of the county. During Republican administration he held the post-office at Lincoln, and has always worked for the good of the Republican party in that county. Mr. Berens is a native of Germany, born February 14, 1823, and emigrants from his own country coming to the township are given a correct idea of American politics as viewed by him. He served in the Prussian army from 1845 to 1847, and was called in when the Revolution broke out in 1848, and so again in 1849, at the time of the war with Denmark. Since coming to America, in 1850, he has used every effort in his power to build up his town, and may well be proud of the neat little village.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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