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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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JOHN DAUER, whose sketch we now have the pleasure of presenting, is a German by birth, having been born in Bremen, Germany, in 1830. He is the son of John and Robe (Storey) Dauer, and grew to man’s estate in his native country, where he learned to cultivate the soil and acquired the principles of successful farming. His education was limited, but natural ability and fondness for knowledge more than atoned for the lack of what is commonly called “schooling.”

The parents of our subject were likewise natives of Germany, where they died, the father in 1849, and the mother in 1834. John Dauer was a farmer and shoemaker, and was twice married, the mother of our subject being his first wife. Only two children of this marriage are living: Peter, and John, of this sketch. The latter emigrated to the United States in 1852, and after remaining for a time in Maryland, went to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he spent a few days, and from there journeyed to Ohio, later to Kentucky, and finally made a permanent settlement in Illinois, arriving in Randolph County in 1855. Here he was variously engaged, working by the day and month for about three years, when he located on a forty-acre tract of land, and has since followed farming.

Miss Margaret Meyeroth and John Dauer were united in marriage September 21, 1858. The lady was born in Germany, and the six children of which she became the mother are, Frederick G., Andrew T., August J., Dora B., Magdalena M. and Theodore H. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Dauer located upon the tract above mentioned, where he resided for thirteen years, and then disposing of his forty acres, purchased the quarter-section where he now makes his home, and which is located in township 5, range 6. He has made this place his home since 1870. Like most of the early settlers, he was obliged to put up with numerous inconveniences, but finally made good headway, and has rapidly gained a competence and many friends. He and his wife are sincere Christian people, and the German Lutheran Church has in them two of its best members. Our subject is a Republican in politics, casting his first ballot for Abraham Lincoln.

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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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