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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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Frederick Brauer. Prominent among the old and much esteemed citizens of Union Township, Benton Co., Mo., stands the name of the above mentioned gentleman, who was born in Germany September 16, 1826, and is the son of Henry and Margaret (Dorman) Brauer. Of the eight children born to their union only three are now alive: Henry, now living in Pettis County on the old homestead; Margaret, the widow of Henry Alrech, a resident of Benton County, and Frederick, subject of this sketch. The last named came to America with his parents in 1842, landed at New Orleans, then came on a Mississippi River steamer as far as St. Louis, and from there sailed up the Missouri river as far as Boonville. The father bought an improved farm of 160 acres in Pettis County, and after increasing this to 250 acres, died at the age of fifty-eight years. He was born in 1791. Mrs. Brauer was born in 1790 and died in 1875. Frederick Brauer remained at home on his father’s farm until twenty-two years of age, when he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Brockman, August 17, 1847. She was a native of Germany, and was born August 18, 1828. Her parents, C. H. and G. Brockman, came from Germany in 1844 and settled in Benton County, Mo. Both are now deceased. Soon after his marriage Frederick Brauer purchased a farm of 160 acres, on which he soon moved. To his union were born ten children: Henry, Christina, Margaret, Peter, John, Frederick, Anna and George. Two are deceased, George and Mary Ann. In connection with his general farming Mr. Brauer raises and handles stock quite extensively. He is Republican in his politics, and filled the position of postmaster at Brauersville for eight years. He and Mrs. Brauer are members of the German Lutheran Church. Their son Peter was born August 14, 1855, in Benton County, Mo., and is running a general store at Brauersville. He worked on his father’s farm until sixteen years of age, and then learned the blacksmith trade at Lincoln, Benton county, but went from there to Nebraska, where he followed his trade for about two years. He then came back to Benton County, and in the fall of 1877 he built a shop at this place, which he conducted for some time and then engaged in merchandising. In 1887 he bought out his father’s mercantile business, which was established in 1876, and has since been actively engaged. He carries a stock of goods valued at $2,000. May 24, 1878, he married Miss Seney Harms, a native of Missouri, born April 24, 1856, and the daughter of John and Anna (Banches) Harms. To Mr. and Mrs. Brauer were born two children, Anna and Lena, the latter being deceased. Mr. Brauer is 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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