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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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Peter Kahl was born in Franklin County, Penn., in 1830, and moved to Ohio in 1849, where he remained four years. He then moved to Iowa, living there for six years, and then moved to Pettis County, Mo., where he remained only a few months before he crossed the plains during the Pike’s Peak excitement in 1859, and afterward continued on to California the same year, after prospecting in Colorado for several weeks. He joined a party of about 100 individuals, went overland, and, although the Indians were very bad, they reached the Pacific coast in safety. He resided in Merced County, and worked on his brother’s ranch until 1863, when he took passage for home, coming by way of the Isthmus, and soon reached Mason County, Ill. He was there married to Mrs. Hammil, daughter of George Spangenberg, a native of Pennsylvania, and after living there for two years he and family moved to Benton County, Mo., and in 1865 they settled on their present property. He is the owner of 610 acres of as good land as is to be found in Benton County, with a fine, large brick building and good outhouses. Mr. and Mrs. Kahl are the parents of four living children, and have two deceased: Katie died September4, 1878, at the age of seventeen years; Madie died in infancy; Amy M., John Wesley, William Edward and Ethel Janette. Mr. Kahl is an Odd Fellow of long standing, and is a Democrat in politics. Mrs. Kahl and two children, Wesley and Amy, are members of the Baptist 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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