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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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F. W. Berthold, a native of Prussia, was born March 30, 1836, and is the second of the six children of John C. and Hermina (Becker) Berthold, the former a carpenter by trade. When fourteen years of age, F. W. Berthold came to the United States with his parents, settling first in Hermann, Mo., where they resided about two years, and then removed to Union, Franklin Co., Mo. When seventeen years old our subject began to learn the carpenter’s trade, which has since been his principal occupation, working at bridge and depot building at the time of the erection of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1862 he enlisted in Company G, Seventeenth Missouri Infantry, served three years, and was mustered out at Nashville, Tenn., in June, 1865. As a result of his perseverance and economy, he owns an improved farm of 160 acres. He was married June 14, 1862, to Emily Kierspe, a native of Germany. They have had eight children: Edward, Laura, John (deceased), Lena, John, William, Otto (deceased) and Alfred (deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Berthold are members of the Evangelical Church. Politically, he is a Republican; he is a member of Keeler Post, No. 152, G. A. R.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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