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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  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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DECKER, KARL HEINRICH ADOLF, born June 12, 1851, in Rendsburg, Holstein, Germany; came to this country May 22, on the steamer Bremen, sent by Rev. Vilmar, president of the board of mission of Melsungen Kurhessen; was in the Theological Seminary of Wartburg, Clayton county, Iowa, which institute was moved May, 1874 to Mendota Illinois; finished his studies there, Nov., 1874, and was sent to Keokuk Junction as teacher of the schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel’s Church. In Feb., 1876, he took charge of the Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul’s Church, of Fowler. He married, July 11, in Peoria, Illinois, with Margarethe Elizabeth Sophie Muenstermann, born Jan. 6, 1852, in Hoenebach Kurhessen. She is the mother of two children: Christian August, born June 25, 1877; Karl Heinrich Theodor, born Jan. 2, 1879.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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