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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 Muller, a successful agriculturist and one of the prominent stock-raisers of the county, was born in Benton County, Mo., November 4, 1850. His father, Garret Muller, was a native of Hanover, Germany, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sophia Blaedesal, was also a native of Hanover. The family immigrated to the United States about 1830, and first located in Benton County, where they purchased a farm. Here the father died July 10, 1887. Henry Muller was the second in a family of three sons and four daughters, all living in the county, with the exception of the oldest brother, John Muller, who is a business man in St. Louis. Henry Muller attained his majority in Benton County, and was married, March 2, 1871, to Miss Gazena S. Mahnken, daughter of John H. Mahnken, one of the early settlers from Hanover, and a resident of Benton County. Mrs. Muller was born and reared in Benton County. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Miller purchased land and settled on the farm where they now reside. This tract consists of 300 acres, all fenced and in cultivation, and he has also a fine orchard of about 300 trees. He is extensively engaged in stock-raising, and feeds from two to four car loads of cattle each winter. Mr. and Mrs. Muller are the parents of eight children: Garrett, John H., Paulina G., Maggie S., Lily A., Henry E., Lucinda G. and Alonzo F.; they lost one daughter, Katie E., who died at the age of three years. Mr. and Mrs. Muller 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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