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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 Monsees, an old settler of Benton County, who came here in 1843, was born on a steamship when his parents were coming to America, September 22, 1843. He is a son of Clause and Anna (Aliet) Monsees, and the third of six children, who are named as follows: Anna, John J., Herman F. (now living in Benton County, Mo.), Henry, Gesche A. (wife of John Burches) and Dick (now in Benton County). Henry Monsees remained at home until he was seventeen years of age, and then enlisted in the war. He was in the Home Guards for about three months, subsequently enlisting in Company E, Missouri Cavalry, Enrolled Militia, in 1862, and remained in the service until the close of the war, although he says he has never been mustered out. He was in a number of battles. He was united in marriage to Miss Lena Tidgin November 28, 1883, and for some years previous to that time had followed agricultural pursuits on his farm, which consists of 178 acres of very good land, ninety acres of which are under cultivation. This pursuit he still continues, and in connection raises considerable stock. Politically he affiliates with the Republican party. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. To their union were born three children: Theodore C., born October 20, 1884; Alvinia, born August 4, 1886, and Lydia, born April 24, 1888. Mr. Monsees’ father died August 4, 1877, at the age of sixty-six years, but his mother is still living on the old homestead. She was born March 15, 1815, and is now seventy-five years of age.

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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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