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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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H. D. Heimsoth was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, September 24, 1829, and is a son of Herman Henry and Anne Catherine (Bozkelman) Heimsoth, all of whom came to the United States in 1844. To the parents were born seven children: Herman Henry, Catherine, Herman D.; Anna, who died in 1855 in Chicago; Frederick, who died January 12, 1889, and left a wife and ten children, one of whom is dead; Martha, the deceased wife of Peter E. Holtzen, left two children; and Henry, who is married and has seven children. After landing in the United States the family first came from New Orleans to St. Louis, from which place they moved to Boonville, where the father entered and improved a farm of 120 acres. This farm he sold, however, and purchased eighty acres, which he increased; to several hundred acres, and, in time, divided it among his children. H. D. Heimsoth, whose name heads this sketch, went to Boonville in the spring of 1845, and for one year clerked in the store of Wilson. & Brown, after which he went to St. Louis, and was in the employ of a cigar merchant for eight years. He then returned to Benton County, Mo., and was married the same year (1853) to Miss Charlotte Maria Dierking, by whom he became the father of ten children, five of whom are living: John D., born July 18, 1859; Louis E., born July 22, 1863; Katie, born February 8, 1866; Edward T., born October 9, 1870; and Emma Charlotte, born September 20, 1873. Those deceased are: Herman Henry, who was born July 15, 1854, and died March 9, 1855; Henry, born December 31, 1861, and died January 15, 1862; Louisa, born July 29, 1868, and died July 2, 1876; William Herman, born January 25, 1856, and died November 22, 1878; and Theresa Matilda, born November 30, 1875, and died October 9, 1878. Mr. Heimsoth lives on his valuable farm of 320 acres, on which he has resided since 1855, and is extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising. During the sessions of 1873 and 1874 he served in the State Legislature from Benton County, and from 1877 to 1881 served as county judge. He was a Republican in politics for some time, but now supports the principles of the Democratic party. He and wife belong to the Holy Cross 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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