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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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Charles Borberg, judge of the Franklin County Court, is a native of Switzerland, and was born in 1836. He is the eldest in a family of seven children born to Charles and Susan (Reishard) Borberg. Charles Borberg, Sr., was a professor of ancient languages in the Berne University of Switzerland, and in this institute our subject was educated. When but about fifteen years of age he lost his parents, and was thrown upon his own resources. He immigrated to the United States in 1850, landing in New York City in September of that year, when he entered a paint shop as an apprentice to the trade, which he followed in New York for about four years. In 1858 he removed to Franklin County, Mo, where he was engaged at his trade until 1861. April 17, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, First Missouri Infantry, Union army, served three months, and was then sworn in for three years’ service in Company K, same regiment. He participated in the battles of Camp Jackson, Wilson’s Creek, Boonville, Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, Corinth, Shiloh and others, being wounded in the right foot at the battle of Wilson’s Creek, and in the left shoulder at Shiloh; he was promoted from sergeant to second lieutenant in 1864, and was mustered out as captain December 17, 1866, having served nearly six years. August 17, 1865, he was married to Margaret, daughter of Daniel Heeger, and they are the parents of six children, viz.: Charles, Bertha, Matilda, Adolph, Emil and Susan. Mr. Borberg owns a fine farm of 230 acres, well improved and stocked, a good vineyard and a comfortable residence. He was elected judge of the second district of the county court in November, 1886, is a member of the I. O. O. F., and the G. A. R., and, with his wife, is a worthy member of the Lutheran Church.

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