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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Henry M. Maidt was born in Hanover, Germany, on May 29, 1840, and is a son of Arnold J. M. and Elizabeth (Von Leporin) Maidt. The father, who is now dead, was once a Prussian army officer. The mother is a niece of a once noted veterinary surgeon general in the army of Holland. Henry M. Maidt was reared and educated in his native country, and attended the military academy. In 1859 he immigrated to the United States, landing in New York City, where he remained until the following fall, when he enlisted in the United States army, and served nine years. He joined the United States Regular army, and was assigned to Company H, Ninth United States Infantry. During the Civil War he remained with his regiment, which was the only one left on the Pacific coast. Upon leaving the army in 1867 he went to New York City, thence to Philadelphia, where he lived about one year. He then resided successively in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Baltimore. In 1876 he attended the Centennial at Philadelphia. The following February he removed to Fort Smith as president of a colony of forty-five families, to locate them there on government land. Failing health caused him to abandon the enterprise, and two years later he went to Emporia, Kas., thence to Wichita the next year. He was an intimate friend and companion of Capt. D. L. Payne through his Oklahoma troubles, and was in attendance at his funeral. In 1882 Mr. Maidt located in Arkansas City, Kas., and resided there until March, 1888, when he came to South West City, Mo. In September, 1867, he was united in marriage with Annie E. Fayaux, a daughter of George Fayaux (deceased), born in France. Eight children have blessed their union. Those living are Lavinia S., Alphonso H., Matilda R., Clara J. T., Albert E. P. and Julia A. Mr. Maidt is an intelligent and respected citizen, and a member of various secret organizations.

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