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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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Henry C. Tonjer is one of the prominent men of Benton County, and is closely associated with the farming and stock-raising interests of that county. He is the son of Claus and Anna (Schroeder) Tonjer, and was born in Hanover, Germany, May 14, 1854. The parents were both natives of Hanover, Germany, and there passed their last days. Henry C. Tonjer grew to manhood in Hanover, and received a fair education in his native language. At the age of eighteen, or in 1872, he immigrated to the United States, locating in Benton County, and worked on a farm for several years. He was married in that county March 5, 1880, to Miss Kathrina S. Muller, a native of Benton County, and the sister of Henry Mailer, whose sketch appears in this history. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tonjer purchased their present property, which now consists of 340 acres of land, 300 cultivated. Mr. Tonjer has excellent buildings on his farm, and aside from his farming interest he is engaged in raising and feeding stock. He is the father of two children, Anna Sophia and Gerhart Ernest Amiel. Mr. and Mrs. Tonjer are members of 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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