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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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John Bohling, who is now living on Section 30, Williams Township, is one of the old and much esteemed citizens of Benton County. He came to this county about twenty-five years ago, and during all that time has lived on his present farm. He is a native of Germany, born September 20, 1828, and is the son of Gerd and Tebke Bohling, who were the parents of five children, two sons and three daughters. John Bohling left Germany for America in 1854, and landed at New Orleans, where he remained one winter. He was married, in 1864, to Miss Sophia Heiterberg, who bore him five children: Gerd, born March 30, 1865, and who is now living at home; Henry, born April 2, 1867, and who is now in Sedalia engaged in the railroad business; Sophia, born July 10, 1869, now at home; Ernest (deceased), was born May 12, 1875, and died June 19, 1876, and Lena (deceased), who was born May 3, 1878, and died June 2, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Bohling and the three children living are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Bohling is a Republican in politics. Aside from his farming interests he is also engaged to some extent in handling stock. His eldest son is occupied in the business of boring wells for wind mills. Mr. Bohling’s wife owned one-fourth of the farm, which consisted of 169 acres, and since then Mr. Bohling has bought out the interest of the other heirs.

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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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