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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  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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HYMANN HENRY BUNSELMEYER. This enterprising young gentleman, a resident of Jackson County, is prosecuting his chosen calling, that of agriculture, with a degree of energy highly commendable. On sections 3 and 10, Degognia Township, he operates a farm comprising one hundred and twenty-one acres of rich bottom land. He is an industrious and capable farmer, who by his constant devotion to his work has wrought with his hands a successful career in his chosen occupation.

The parents of our subject, Frank and Mary (Roever) Bunselmeyer, natives of Germany, had a family of five children, three of whom still survive. Henry, who was second in order of birth, was born in St. Louis, Mo., September 27, 1859, and received the rudiments of his education in the schools of that city. When he was a lad of ten years his mother removed with her second husband, Fred Winter, to Madison County, Ill., and he became a pupil in the district schools of Sand Prairie. Afterward he prosecuted his studies in the Collinsville High School for one scholastic year.

Together with Herman Strackeljahn our subject raised a crop of potatoes in 1881, and the following year he bought a team and put in a crop in partnership with Gust Frazen. In the fall of that year he was married and removed, together with his father-in-law, to Degognia Township, Jackson County, where he has since resided. The lady with whom he has linked his fortunes is Caroline, daughter of John and Mary (Strackeljahn) Heinbokel, natives of Hanover, Germany. Mrs. Bunselmeyer was born in Nameoki, Ill., October 5, 1863, and is the second in order of birth in a family of thirteen children. The date of her marriage was November 5,1882, and the union has resulted in the birth of eight children, six of whom are now living. They are: John F., Mary Elizabeth, Mary Caroline, August H. J., Frank H. W. and Annie. The two deceased are Henry, who died in infancy, and Fred H., who passed from earth at the age of three.

In politics Mr. Bunselmeyer adheres to the Republican party as the one whose principles are for the best government. His fellow-citizens, appreciating his fitness for official positions, have chosen him to represent them in a number of local offices, in all of which he has served with efficiency and success. At the present time he is Commissioner of Highways and is also filling the position of School Director. He and his entire family are members of the Lutheran Church and are attendants at the services of the organization at Fountain Bluff. In social circles they are highly regarded as people of worth and occupy a prominent place among the best families of the community. Mr. Bunselmeyer is a progressive young man, who is devoting his energies to the improvement of the farm, while at the same time he is interested in matters of local importance.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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