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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dallas 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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Levi Brunner, a prominent citizen of Dallas County, Mo., was born in York County, Penn., September 6, 1834, and is a son of Peter and Sallie Brunner, who were born in Pennsylvania. The former died in his native State in 1882, at the age of seventy-seven years. After the death of his wife, whose demise occurred when Levi was a small child, Mr. Brunner wedded Elizabeth Misenbelder, who died in 1886. He followed the occupation of farming throughout life, and was a worthy member of the German Reformed Church. In early life he was a Whig in politics, but later in life became a Republican. To his first union four children were born, Levi being the only one now living, and his last union resulted in the birth of seven children, five of whom are living. Levi resided with his parents until twenty-four years of age, and then went to Tippecanoe County, Ind., but only resided there a short time, when he went to Lincoln County, Ill., where he made his home three years. From that time until 1868 he resided in Webster County, Mo., since which time he has made his home in Dallas County. In 1869 he purchased 120 acres of land, to which he has added until he now owns a good farm, with 100 acres under cultivation. When starting out in life for himself it was without means, but by industry and judicious management he has acquired his present property. December 25, 1862, he espoused Miss Catherine Fry, daughter of Daniel Fry. She was born in York County, Penn., in 1829, and died in Dallas County, Mo., in April, 1886, having become the mother of five children: William H., Jacob, John T. and Sarah E. Emanuel died in Illinois when an infant. Mr. Brunner is a member of the German Reformed Church, and throughout life has been a member of the Democratic party. While residing in his native State he learned the carpenter’s trade, but has given most of his attention to farming.

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This family biography is one of 74 biographies included in The History of Dallas County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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