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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 Eickhoff, merchant and dealer in furniture and undertaker’s goods, at Cole Camp, Mo., is a native of Missouri, born in Benton County, Mo., July 16, 1850. His parents, John J. and Katie (Meyer) Eickhoff, were both natives of Germany and born in Hanover. The family immigrated to America in 1846, locating in Benton County, purchased land and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mrs. Eickhoff died here, and Mr. Eickhoff moved to Kansas about 1882, where he now resides. Henry Eickhoff was reared in Benton County, Mo., and learned the carpenter trade, which he followed in his younger days for a number of years. He then took up cabinet-making, engaged in the furniture business in 1883, and now has a large stock and a good trade. He was a member of the band for about fifteen years, and was leader of the same for some eight years, and four of his children played in the band when seven years of age. Mr. Eickhoff was married when about twenty years of age to Miss Mary Merhten, a native of Benton County, and the daughter of Jacob Merhten, one of the pioneers of the county. To Mr. and Mrs. Eickhoff were born six children, five sons and one daughter: Albert G., Willie, Freddie, Edward, Emil and Katie. Mr. Eickhoff is one of the prominent business men of the county, and carries a first-class stock of goods. He is wide awake and thorough going, and makes a success of whatever he undertakes.

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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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