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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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Rev. William Heyne, pastor of the Lutheran Church at Lake Creek, Mo., was born in Apolda, Saxony, Germany, June 5, 1860, and is the youngest of five children born to the marriage of Louis Heyne and Eberhardine Koppisch, who were also native Germans. He was educated in his native land, his studies being pursued in the institution of Pastor Fred Brunn at Steeden, Hessen, Nassau. In 1875 he immigrated to the United States, and entered Concordia College at Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he remained a student until 1879. He then went to St. Louis, Mo., where he was in a prominent educational institution of that city for three years longer. On the 17th of May, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Hedwig Schaller, of St. Louis, by whom he became the father of three children, two sons and one daughter: Ernest, Edwin and Ada. He received his naturalization papers on the 15th of April, 1886, and in his political views has since been independent. The church of which he is now pastor was established in 1842, and he entered upon his duties September 26, 1882, and has won the respect and esteem of his congregation.

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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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