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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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Loss Peterson, farmer, of Union Township, Pulaski Co., Mo., was born in Sweden in 1832, and is a son of Peter Peterson, who married a Miss Ingera. They were also born in that country, the father being a farmer and a carpenter by occupation. They were the parents of four children, two of whom are living: Loss and Paer G. The paternal grandfather was Peter Peterson, who was born in Sweden, and there spent his days. Loss Peterson went to Denmark in 1854, where he was engaged in farming until 1867, when he immigrated to the United States and located at Urbana, Ohio, making his home in that town for ten years, being engaged in tilling the soil. He then concluded to try his luck a little farther westward, and accordingly located in Missouri, where he purchased the farm of 188 acres where he now lives. He has eighty acres under cultivation, and is already considered one of the thrifty farmers of the county. In 1859 he was wedded to Miss Esther Grangoard, who was born in Schleswick Holstien, Germany, March 14, 1834, and by her is the father of three children: Ingera, Peter and Anna Margareta. Mr. Peterson is a Democrat politically, and his first presidential vote was cast for Samuel J. Tilden in 1876. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and family worship in the Lutheran Church. His wife is a daughter of Hans C. and Anna Margareta (Nicholson) Grangoard. The father is a shoemaker, and he and wife are the parents of nine children, two of whom, one son and one daughter, are residing in America.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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