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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd 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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DOSSEL, GEORGE. Among our German citizens few won their way into popular favor more than George Dossel; he was a native of Germany, born June 2, 1821; in 1848 he stepped on board a sailing vessel bound for America, landing in New Orleans. In 1852 he made his way to Greene County. He was a plasterer and stone mason by trade; working at this vocation until 1861. In 1862 he entered into the business of a confectioner which he continued up to the time of his decease, which occurred April 13, 1869. The business successfully begun by the father has now fallen to the oldest son George, a patron of this work, who inherits from his father a business tact and decision of character that makes him a successful business man. Of this family there are four children: George, Louisa, John, and Charles. Mr. Dossel was twice married; his first wife was Miss Margaret Betts, the marriage ceremony taking place in the city of New Orleans, La.; their union was blessed with one child, George, previously mentioned. In 1856 he was married to Miss Catharine Shraum, by whom he had three children: Louisa, John, and Charles.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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