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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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Joseph Eastmann, now living in Williams Township, is one of the German pioneers of Benton County, Mo. He was born in Germany in the year 1849, and is one of nine children, two now living, born to Clause and Catherine Eastmann. He left the land of his birth in 1870, took passage for America, and landed in New York, where he remained for five years. He then came to Benton County, Mo., and here purchased 160 acres of land. Previous to coming to America Mr. Eastmann had chosen for his life companion Miss Catherine Holshield, and this happy union resulted in the birth of three children, viz.: John, who is at home at present; Hermann, at home, and Anna, who is the wife of Fritz Brauer, and is now living in Pettis County, Mo. Mr. Eastmann is an industrious, enterprising citizen, and one who merits and receives the respect of all with whom he comes in contact. He has not, as yet, taken out his naturalization papers.

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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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