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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Henry Gillman, an extensive sheep-raiser and farmer of Marion Township, Dade County, Mo., and president of the Bank of Lockwood, was born in Brunswick, Germany, in 1831. His parents, Andrew and Mary (Lohman) Gillman, were both natives of Germany, the former born in Brunswick in 1800, and the latter in Hanover in 1811. They were married in their native country, emigrated to the United States in 1849, and settled in Macoupin County, Ill., where the father spent the remainder of his days. He died in 1868, but the mother is still living, and is a member of the Lutheran Church. Andrew Gillman was a shepherd and sheep-raiser all his life, as was his father before him. Henry Gillman was the eldest of four sons and four daughters. He attended the common schools until fourteen years of age, and came with his parents to the United States when seventeen, settling in Illinois, where he was married in 1857 to Miss Kate Sinholz, who was also a native of Hanover, Germany. Her parents died when she was young, and she was the only one of the family who came to the United States. To Mr. Gillman and wife were born four sons and three daughters. Mr. Gillman removed to Montgomery County, Ill., about 1866, and in 1868 he came to Dade County, Mo., where he settled on the unbroken prairie. Here he has since lived, and here he has 1,040 acres of excellent land, all the result of his own efforts. In 1864 he engaged in the sheep raising business, and since then has been extensively engaged in that occupation, having at the present time 1,000 head of fine merinoes. He is one of the practical farmers and representative citizens of Dade County. In politics he was formerly a Democrat, but is now a Republican. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. Since the organization of the Bank of Lockwood, in October, 1888, Mr. Gillman has been its president.

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This family biography is one of 68 biographies included in The History of Dade County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Dade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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