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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries 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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Philip Hibler Ammerman, justice of the peace of Jefferson Township, Maries Co., Mo., was born in Warren County, Mo., in 1821, and is a son of Isaac and Jane (Johnson) Ammerman, natives of Kentucky, where they were married, and from whence they removed about 1818 to what is now Warren County, Mo., where the mother died about 1830 and the father a few years later. Philip H. was the eighth in a family of ten children, and obtained his early education at the common schools. When about eighteen years of age he located with his brother in what is now Maries County, Mo., where he has ever since made his home. In 1843 he married Sarah Ann, daughter of John and Elizabeth Carroll, formerly of Tennessee, but early settlers of St. Louis County, Mo., where Mrs. Ammerman was born. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll afterward removed to Maries County, where they died. Mrs. Ammerman died July 18, 1887, leaving eight children, six of whom are living, viz.: John, Eliza Jane, James S., Joseph, Conrad and Willard B. Mr. Ammerman’s farm contains 556 acres, 200 acres of which are under cultivation, as a result of his industry and thrift. He has served as justice of the peace for nearly thirty years, having previously held the office of constable. He is a Democrat in politics, and for twenty-five years has been a member of the A. F. & A. M., now belonging to Lane’s Prairie Lodge. Mr. Ammerman is one of the best known and most enterprising farmers of Jefferson Township, and with the exception of a short time during the war, has devoted his entire attention to the pursuit of agriculture. Philip Ammerman, his paternal grandfather, was a native of Germany, who died in Kentucky. Robert Johnson, his maternal grandfather, was born in Ireland, and died in Warren County, Mo., about 1828, having served in the Revolution.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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