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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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B. Cordes, a successful agriculturist and stock-raiser of Williams Township, was born in Benton County, Mo., June 10, 1858, and is the son of Jacob Cordes, who was born in Hanover, Germany, learned the blacksmith trade, and was married in his native country to Miss Lena Radsemacher, also a native of Hanover. Mr. Cordes emigrated to the States in 1853, settling in Benton County, Mo., and, in connection with his trade, also carried on farming. He settled on his present farm in 1868, and there he has since remained. He has 320 acres about two and a half miles from Cole Camp, and with a considerable portion under cultivation. During the late war Mr. Cordes served some nine months in the Enrolled Militia, home protection, and participated in the Cole Camp fight. Previous to this he had been three months in the regular army. To Mr. and Mrs. Cordes’ marriage have been born three daughters and one son: Anna, wife of Henry Kosster; Rebecca, wife of John Wanka; Sophia, wife of George Fredericks; and Bernd, subject of this sketch. The last named attained his growth in his native county, and has made his home with his parents. He was married in this county October 16, 1884, to Miss Kate M. Schnahenbarg, a native of Morgan County, Mo., who was reared in that and Benton County. Mr. and Mrs. Cordes are the parents of two children, Jacob Henreich and Henry P. Rudolph. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Cordes are members of the Lutheran Church.

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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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