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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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C. P. Michaelis, merchant of Cole Camp, Mo., is a native of Benton County, born on the 15th of April, 1858, being a son of Hemrich and Mary (Holsten) Michaelis, who were of German birth, and immigrated to the United States about 1840, settling in Benton County, Mo., where the father followed the wheelwright’s trade. He served three years in the Union army during the late war, and is now residing in Cole Camp. C. P. Michaelis received the most of his education in the common schools of the county, and this he supplemented by an attendance at the Lyman School of East Boston, Mass, (a public school). After returning home he went to Sedalia, where he clerked for several years, and in 1876 engaged in business for himself in Cole Camp, but sold out soon after, and the following two years were spent in farming. December 15, 1882, he became a general merchant of Cole Camp, and carries a complete and choice stock of goods, and commands a good trade. June 20, 1878, at the age of twenty years, he was married to Miss Margaret Mahnken, a daughter of Henry Mahnken, whose sketch appears in this work. They have four children: Anna M., Laura, Vernetta and Gustav Hemrich. The family worship in 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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