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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 Goetze. Among the prosperous farmers, stockmen and natives of Benton County, Mo., may be mentioned Mr. Goetze, who was born in the northern part of the county August 14, 1840, being one of six children born to the marriage of John and Catherine (Byer) Goetze, who came from Hessen, Germany, sixty years ago. Frederick Goetze lived with his parents until twenty-one years of age, then became one of the Home Guards, serving until shortly before the close of the war, when he married and engaged in farming. His marriage took place on the 5th of May, 1865, to Miss Amelia Frische, which union resulted in the birth of ten children— Herman, Lena, Otto, Charley, Josie Frances, Amelia, Lora, Marilda, Alma and Oscar. Since 1874 Mr. Goetze has resided on his present home farm of 160 acres, 95 acres being under cultivation. Besides this, he has 80 acres west of his present home, 160 acres on the Osage River, with 60 acres under cultivation; 90 acres on another part of the Osage River, 45 being under tillage; and 120 acres more, with 60 acres under cultivation. His home place is well improved with good buildings, fences and orchards. He is a member of the Lutheran Church; has always been active in supporting enterprises tending to benefit the town and county in which he resides, and in his political views has always been a stanch Republican.

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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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