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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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 BEGERT, president of the Chair Maker’s Union of Tell City, was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, January 24, 1826. He is one of six children born to Nicholas and Mary (Weber) Begert, who were also natives of Switzerland. He learned the cabinet-maker’s trade in his native country, and followed it there until 1856, when he came to the United States. He was engaged in saw-milling in Wisconsin between two and three years, after which he followed the same business at Tell City until the war. During the Rebellion he served his adopted country for over three years as a private in the First Indiana Artillery. He then returned to Tell City, and in 1865 assisted in organizing the Chair-maker’s Union, of which he has been president from the beginning, and its success has been largely due to his business ability. In 1864 he was united in marriage with Mary Milchi, a native of the same country as himself. Two children have been born to them, only one of whom, John is living. Mr. Begert is a Democrat in politics, and is one of the most enterprising and successful business men of the town.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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