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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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Benjamin Frisch, farmer and stockman, was born in Cole County, Mo., August 17, 1835, being one of seven children born to his parents, who were natives of Prussia, Germany, and came to America in 1834. Benjamin made his parents’ house his home until he attained his majority, then began earning his own living, and came to Benton County in October, 1853, residing at home with his father until the latter’s death, in March, 1862. The mother died in September, 1876. In 1869 he sold the farm on Buffalo Creek, which he had cleared and improved, and came to his present farm, which consists of 253 acres, about eighty of which are cleared and cultivated. During the late war he enlisted in the State Militia, and while on the march near Sedalia was shot through the body, which confined him to the hospital for four weeks. He was then taken to his home, and about ninety days later was entirely recovered. On the 6th of January, 1857, he was married to Margaret Anne Geisling, by whom he became the father of twelve children, ten of whom are now living: Mollie, born September 5, 1857; Josephine, born August 18, 1859; William, born January 29, 1861; Frederick, born January 8, 1863; Louis, born March 30, 1865; John, born February 12, 1867; Emil, born January 5, 1869, and died February 1, 1869; Louise, born November 25, 1869; Henry, born September 29, 1871; Anna M., born October 26, 1873; Benjamin, born December 9, 1875, and an infant, deceased. The two eldest daughters are married. Mr. Frisch and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and he has always been a Republican in his political views.

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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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