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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Anthony and John B. Kahmann, general merchants of Washington, Mo., were born in 1856 and 1859, respectively, near Cincinnati, Ohio, and are the sons of Eberhart and Elizabeth (Richter) Kahmann, both of whom were natives of Ger many. The father was born in Hanover in 1819, and while in his native country followed farming. At the age of twenty-five he left for the United States, settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, married, and engaged in gardening. In 1862 he came to Washington, Mo., and began his career as a general merchant, which he continued until his death, which occurred in 1879. His wife was born in 1825, and came to the United States when sixteen years of age. She is now living in Washington and is the mother of four children: Henry E., Anthony, John B. and Mary. Our two subjects were six and three years of age when their parents came to Washington. They were educated in Catholic schools of Washington, and at the age of eleven, Anthony began clerking for his father. John B. began clerking at the age of thirteen, and both continued until their father’s death. They then succeeded him in the business, and have since conducted it with skill and marked success. They have two rooms fronting on Elm Street, one 24x70, the other 36x50 feet. They also have two warerooms, one 36x50, and one 20x40 feet, and all are full of a first-class stock of goods. In 1831 Anthony married Miss Mary Schwegmann, a native of Washington, Mo., born in 1860, and the daughter of J. F. Schwegmann. To them was born one child, Cornelia. In 1885 John B. married Miss Minnie Schwegmann, sister of the wife of Anthony, and who was born in Washington in. 1862. Two children, Edward and Rosa, are the fruits of this union. In politics the Kahmann brothers are Democrats, and they and their families are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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